It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day. We either love it or hate it. And you’re going to either spend this day in Los Angeles shared with a sweetheart who lights your fire, or downing a bottle of wine and eating a box of chocolate from CVS.
For myself – Los Angeles is my valentine.
Ditch the traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations and take your honey somewhere special. Or if you’re single, flip love the middle finger and check out our list of the best LA spots to be a party of one.
Finding something unique to do on Valentine’s Day just got a whole lot easier. Here’s a guide to local special events on Valentine’s Day and the weekend that will woo your beloved. Or if dodging Cupid’s arrows and cheesy pick-up lines is more your style, we’ve got some anti-Valentine’s Day events too.
If you’re single…
Doomed Valentine’s Day Show
Solo on V-Day? If you want to reminisce on the holiday’s most awkward and embarrassing moments, this storytelling event allows guests to tell their stories of past V-Days. So get on stage, drink a beer and tell inappropriate stories to strangers.
When: Saturday, Feb. 13
Where: 1357 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles
Cupid’s Undie Run
Strip down in your undies for a good cause at this annual Valentine’s Day themed run. The run is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and aims to raise $3.5 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Grab your red and run around and pink panties downtown Los Angeles with other Angelenos.
When: Saturday, Feb. 20
Where: 1050 S Hill St., Los Angeles
Birds’ Annual Anti-Valentine’s Party
Honestly, this sounds like a blast. This upbeat neighborhood bar will fill the place with a bunch of activities for “aggression-release therapy.” You can bash a piñata, stick a needle in a voodoo doll, listen to heartbreak music and win a prize for the worst “got dumped” stories while drinking heavily. Yeah, this sounds like my type of party.
When: Sunday, Feb. 4
Where: 5925 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles
If you’re a fan of Tinder and tired of dating online and swiping left, it’s time to return to the real world of dating. So put down your phone and exchange your number at Bellman’s Pub. The pub will host a Tinder-themed singles party with a kissing booth, sex toy raffle and a live date auction. Drink specials include D.T.F. Punch and fire shots.
When: Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: 600 S Spring St., Los Angeles
Valentine’s Day Mosh
Aggressive behavior, black clothing and black eyeliner are highly suggested at this event. Rumble and mosh the night away if you’re feeling extra angsty at this Valentine’s Day concert. Three punk bands will gather and play a show at the Echoplex. The Frights, SWMRS and Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls will play a show and get your mind off all the sappy V-Day lovers. So ditch the fancy jewelry, pink dresses, and suit and ties.
When: Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: 1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles
If you’re happily taken…
Valentine’s Day Malibu Wine Safari & Chocolate Tasting at Saddlerock Ranch
Nothing says “I love you” better than exotic wildlife and wine. Why not take a break from the city and head out to Malibu. You can taste locally produced wine and visit all the furry animals.
When: Friday, Feb. 12 – Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: 32111 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, California 90265
Sex and the City Zoo Dinner
Gather for a celebration of animal dating, mating and cohabitation on Valentine’s Day. The event features an animal sex talk with the L.A. Zoo’s curator. This wild, adults-only celebration will explore all the romance in the animal kingdom. Be prepared to learn about all the mating rituals in the animal kingdom and how they compare with human courtship. Chocolate and champagne will be offered to humans. There’s also an optional three-course dinner for you lovebirds. Reservations are required.
When: Saturday, Feb.13, at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens – 5333 Zoo Drive Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost: Tickets are $42.99 per person and $121.74 for the lecture and dinner
Grand Park’s PROUD Love
Free love is the best love, and it comes in all backgrounds, ages, shapes, color and sizes. Celebrate with all the colors of the rainbow in Grand Park on Saturday. Pack a picnic or enjoy local food trucks, good vibes and the gardens. Learn how to square or line dance with the community and LGBTQ supporters. Pucker up because there’s also a free photo booth. No partner is required, so if you’re single this works too.
When: Saturday, Feb. 13, at 12 p.m.
Where: Grand Park’s Performance Lawn – 200 North Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
The El Capitan Theatre
Calling all red-blooded humans who want to impress their cutie on V-Day with a Disney movie. Relive the famous spaghetti kiss scene in “Lady and the Tramp” at a screening of the movie at the El Capitan.
When: Friday, Feb. 12 – Monday, Feb. 15
Where: 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
Cost: $13 adults, $11 before 6 p.m.
Dinner Reservations for two…
If you’ve forgotten about the Hallmark holiday this year, relax because Valentine’s Day dinner is all figured out. Cooking a meal at home is romantic, but the clean up is a drag. Skip the dirty dishes and make a reservation at a romantic restaurant.
This place is fancy. The dinner menu at this Hollywood restaurant includes oysters, sunchoke velouté and a variety of decadent entrees.
Price: $70 per person
E.P. & L.P.
This swanky West Hollywood spot has a killer rooftop view and a full indoor dining room. Again, it’s a fancy menu with oysters, Chiang Mai lamb and more. So take someone you want to drop the cash for.
Price: $100 per couple
Knuckle & Claw
If you want to share champagne with your significant other, this is your spot. There’s $1 oysters and half bottles of the bubbly for $9. No reservations are needed and the deal is from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: $1 oysters, $9 half bottle of champagne
Reserve: None needed, (323) 407-6142
Love & Salt
Italian food is always a good idea. The three-course menu includes classic Italian dishes – the perfect cuisine to warm your belly and your heart.
Price: $45 per person
Reserve: (310) 545-5452