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


    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.

    Private: The Butterfly Conservatory

    American Museum of Natural History


    Tue, Oct 16, 2012 - Fri, May 31, 2013

    The Butterfly Conservatory is a re-creation of a tropical forest environment filled with over 500 live butterflies. Stroll along a winding pathway surrounded by the varied leaves of tropical plants and trees and a riot of vibrant blossoms as monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites, and other butterfly species flutter by.

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

    Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space


    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


    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


    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.

    Private: Heartwalk

    Duffy Square


    Tue, Feb 12, 2013 - Fri, Mar 08, 2013

    Using boardwalk boards salvaged during Sandy’s aftermath—from Long Beach, New York; Sea Girt, New Jersey; and Atlantic City, New Jersey—"Heartwalk" begins as two ribbons of wooden planks that fluidly lift from the ground to form a heart shaped enclosure in the middle of Duffy Square.

    Private: Ice Skating at Bryant Park

    Bryant Park


    Mon, Oct 22, 2012 - Sun, Mar 03, 2013

    The ice skating season is even longer this season at Bryant Park, where the free rink Citi Pond forms the park's centerpiece. The rink is a generous size—170 x 100 feet—and hosts skating shows and special events.

    Private: Love Unmasked: An Imaginative Night of Music and Poetry

    Poets House


    Sat, Feb 09, 2013, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    It’s Valentine’s Day, reinterpreted. Join us for an exciting night of music and poetry where we will take a peek at all the faces of love. This sight-specific, theatrical experience brings a new twist to a holiday traditionally devoted to romantic love.

    The Lovers

    Museum of Modern Art


    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.

    Private: Missed Connections at Vanderbilt Hall

    Grand Central Terminal


    Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Anonymous Craigslist postings on the Missed Connections classifieds are the inspiration for this evening of art, poetry, music and romance. Alan Feuer will recite Craigslist postings verbatim. Illustrator Sophie Blackall will share stories of New York’s love for her Missed Connections-inspired poster.

    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


    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.

    Private: Passion

    Classic Stage Company


    Fri, Feb 08, 2013 - Sun, Apr 14, 2013

    Discover the power of love in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1994 Tony Award-winning musical. This first fully-mounted New York revival of this rarely-performed masterpiece is helmed by the innovative John Doyle. The show has been extended through April 19, 2013.

    Private: Picnic

    American Airlines Theater


    Fri, Dec 14, 2012 - Sun, Feb 24, 2013

    William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Picnic" returns to Broadway in a striking new production helmed by acclaimed director Sam Gold (Roundabout’s Look Back in Anger, Seminar). Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn stars alongside theater veterans Reed Birney (The Dream of the Burning Boy) and Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities), rising stars Maggie Grace (“Lost”) and Sebastian Stan (“Gossip Girl”), Emmy Award winner Mare Winningham (recently seen in Tribes), Madeleine Martin (August: Osage County) and Ben ...

    Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    Broadway Theatre



    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


    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.

    The Tiki Tiki Club by Shaun Leonardo

    Clock Tower Plaza


    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


    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.