There are more charming ways to spend Valentine’s Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

Old-fashioned lovers might visit romantic classics like “Cinderella” on Broadway, a concert of remarkable Romanticism works at Carnegie Hall, or the enchanting Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History.

The more modern couple—or group of single friends—might head downtown for live storytelling, an on-stage speed-dating show, or stand-up comedy at the heart’s expense. For couples whose idea of fun runs on the kinky side, head straight to the Highline Ballroom for “Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque,” or visit the Museum of Sex to learn a new trick or two.

Scroll down for our full list of things to do on (and around) Valentine’s Day.

    Bandshell Presents: Teengirl Fantasy

    Le Poisson Rouge

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 10:00 pm

    Just as the album is one of the most beautiful and unusual things you’re likely to hear, Teengirl Fantasy's shows are unmissable events, and rare opportunities to see the pair play their music where it truly belongs — in a live setting, on a dance floor.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Composers Now: Rebels+REDS: Falling in Love…with Floanne

    Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 7:30 pm

    Evoking the spirit of Piaf, Floanne takes her audience on a romantic journey in song. From the Metropolitan Room and The Triad to NPR, this original and charming chanteuse offers French classics, opera arias and her own songs with Joe Cohn on guitar, Ian James on piano, and Ray Parker on bass. Perfect for Valentine's Day, especially when served with a robust French Bordeaux.

    Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque

    Highline Ballroom

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Treat yourself and your sweetie to burlesque this Valentine's Day, with a date to Filthy Gorgeous Valentine Burlesque at the Highline Ballroom. This amazing event features live music and bawdy burlesque from New York's finest performers.

    Lovers Rock: A Post Valentine’s Day Sade Love Fest

    Joe’s Pub

    Manhattan

    Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 9:00 pm

    Enjoy this conversation between three unique voices that some how move together in the world. Lovers Rock will feature Ganessa James, Allison Miller, Kimberly Nichole, Alex Nolan, Morley, Toshi Reagon and Sun Singleton.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    The Lovers

    Museum of Modern Art

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 1:30 pm

    This 1958 drama about a bored middle-aged wife's affair established Louis Malle's reputation and made Jeanne Moreau an international icon of erotic wisdom. The sex scenes, tame by today's standards, triggered a legal fight decided in the movie's favor by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Museum of Sex

    Opened in 2002, the Museum of Sex is an institution with little precedent in the art world. Founded by Daniel Gluck, the museum devotes itself to the positive exploration and exhibition of human sexuality. The museum's first exhibition, NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America, looked at the evolution of eroticism in America and paved the way for future exhibitions examining BDSM, fetishes, pornography and erotica.

    Never Sleep Alone

    Joe’s Pub

    Manhattan

    Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 11:30 pm

    Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and best-selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    Broadway Theatre

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    Break out your best ball gown for 'Cinderella' on Broadway! Acclaimed writer Douglas Carter Beane's romantic and hilarious take on the ultimate makeover story features all the classic elements you remember, plus surprising new twists! William Ivey Long won the 2013 Tony Award for best costume design.

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

    Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 8:00 pm

    This concert features two remarkable works of late Romanticism, performed by Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Strauss’ mercurial musical meditation on death, and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony—a towering work that was the composer’s springboard to international success.

    Valentine to New York 2013

    There are more charming ways to spend Valentine's Day than at a heavily booked restaurant. No matter where you fall on the romance spectrum—passionately love-struck or hopelessly lovelorn—New York City offers plenty of great date-night opportunities.

    The Tiki Tiki Club by Shaun Leonardo

    Clock Tower Plaza

    Queens

    Fri, Feb 15, 2013, 7:00 pm

    The day after Valentine's day, join No Longer Empty and artists Shaun Leonardo, Andrew Leonardo and Ivan Monforte in redefining the Tiki Tiki club, a popular Queens nightclub phenomenon.

    UCBT’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Spectacular

    Upright Citizens Brigade

    Manhattan

    Mon, Feb 04, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Valentine's Day. Who needs it? Just another made-up holiday to sell more cards and candy and gifts and oh god why are we so alone?! Join UCBTNY's funniest performers for a night of celebrating everything awful (and maybe wonderful) about love and relationships.

    Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids

    Valentine's Day is such a sweet and innocent holiday for kids. Allow them to explore creative ways to say "I love you" to friends and family in these Valentine-themed arts and crafts workshops.

Story Slam: Love in the Time of the Internet

12 Eldridge Street

new york N.Y. 10002

2122190888

Got great stories about looking for “the one” online? Bring your friends and share your best bad dating experiences and your triumphs at this Moth-inspired story slam.

UCBT’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Spectacular

307 West 26th Street

new york N.Y. 10001

(212) 366-9176

Valentine's Day. Who needs it? Just another made-up holiday to sell more cards and candy and gifts and oh god why are we so alone?! Join UCBTNY's funniest performers for a night of celebrating everything awful (and maybe wonderful) about love and relationships.

Lovers Rock: A Post Valentine’s Day Sade Love Fest

425 Lafayette Street

New York N.Y. 10003

2129677555

Enjoy this conversation between three unique voices that some how move together in the world. Lovers Rock will feature Ganessa James, Allison Miller, Kimberly Nichole, Alex Nolan, Morley, Toshi Reagon and Sun Singleton.

Valentine’s Day Eve Ladies of Soul Tribute with XAVIER and Friends

425 Lafayette Street

New York N.Y. 10003

2129677555

XAVIER and his supporting cadre of talented musical guests will help you get turned on a day early with their salute to soul music's leading ladies.

Never Sleep Alone

425 Lafayette Street

New York N.Y. 10003

2129677555

Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and best-selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction.

The Lovers

11 West 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2127089400

This 1958 drama about a bored middle-aged wife's affair established Louis Malle's reputation and made Jeanne Moreau an international icon of erotic wisdom. The sex scenes, tame by today's standards, triggered a legal fight decided in the movie's favor by the U.S. Supreme Court.