From the Phoenix, With Love: 30 + ways to party, laugh, dance, drink, eat, crawl, cry + more this Valentine's Day


Boston Swing Central's I <Heart> Swing Ball
Swing dancing ball with music by Red Hook Ramblers
Crosby Whistle Stop on Friday, February 10 @ 9 pm | $17 |

Crawl In Boston Valentine Pub Crawl
ove beer? This is the V-Day plan for you. Crawl through the downtown area bars, ridiculous Valentine's-themed attire welcome
Kicks off at Kitty O'Shea's on Saturday, February 11 @ 12:30 pm | free to crawl, drink prices vary |

A.R.T Ever After
Oh you fancy, huh? If you're a big-spender you can drop some serious cash money on your date for tickets to American Repertory Theatre's fairy-tale themed gala with dinner, drinks, dancing, an auction, a cabaret performance by Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and more.
Plaza Castle on Monday, February 13 @ 5:30 pm | $250-$5,000 | 617.496.2000 or

Love Sux Party
Anti-Valentine's Day party with themed drinks like the "Ex-Boyfriend Cocktail" and...for those who seriously need to drown some lovelorn 86 ounce "Bad Romance Bucket of Booze"
Howl at the Moon on Tuesday, February 14 | $10 |

14th Annual Flirt Fest
DJ, dancing, and light hors d'oeuvres. Try out your best -  and worst - pick up line to score a prize in the Pick Up Line Contest . . . or a date. They'll also be crowning the Biggest Flirts of 2012.
Bell in Hand on Tuesday, February 14 @ 7 pm | $15 |

Fuck Valentines Day
"No hugs. No kissing. No P.D.A. No love songs. No overpriced candy. Just a bunch of people drinking at the bar."
Bukowski Tavern in Cambridge on Tuesday, February 14 | free |

2nd Annual Valentine's Day Ball
Gala event with music by the Boston String Quartet, dinner catered by East Coast Grill, and Latin and ballroom dancing
Cambridge Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 14 @ 6:30 pm | $30-$120, singles + couples packages available |

Check out our round-up of V-Day parties geared towards the singles in town....


Traffic Light Party & Brazilian Carnival
A traffic light party is a bash where each guest identifies their relationship status with a color (Green for Single and ready to mingle, Yellow for Single (ish) and Possibly looking, and Red for Stop: I'm in a relationship.) Come dressed in your chosen color and get ready to get hit on...or not. With live music by Bloco AfroBrazil, stilt walkers, samba dancers, and much more.
Courtyard Mariott Hotel in Cambridge on Friday, February 10 from 9 pm-2 am | $15-$45 |


Xmortis Presents: Vampy Valentine
Valentine's party for the anti cupid and candy set. Creative goth, fetish, industrial, vampire, ghoul, succubus, and slayer attire encouraged; all-black attire minimum.
T.T. the Bear's Place on Friday, February 10 @ 9 pm | $10; $5 before 10:30 pm |

Honeytape Presents Singles Night Out
They're spinning songs released as singles and only songs released as singles for this Valentine's party. Feel free to bring your favorite singles, they'll play them, too.
The Independent on Monday, February 13 @ 10 pm | call for ticket info | 617.440.6022 or

Throwed Valentine's Edition
18+ celebration of luv where you can meet a young'un to get busy with. Resident DJ E-Marce and Texas Mike are joined by  Mord Fustang and the Bolivian Marching Affair. Red and pink dress code, plz 
Middle East downstairs on Tuesday, February 14 @ 9 pm | $20; $15 Advance; $25 VIP (to skip the line) |

"Heart Beats"
Electro show with electronic artist and producer (and Berklee alum) BT. The show includes premiere of software developed for Berklee's Music Therapy department. Good date idea for music nerds and nerds alike.
Berklee Performance Center on Tuesday, February 14 @ 8:15 pm | $12; $8 advance |

Beat Research
Get your heart beating with resident DJs Flack and Wayne & Wax and special guest DJ Grimm Trigger for this Valentine's night edition of Beat Research. Good Life on Monday, February 14 @ 9 pm | free |


Color Me Badd
Oh yeah, this is happening. In Malden. Wouldn't miss it.
Rain Nightclub on Saturday, February 11 @ 9 pm | $10 |


Valentine's Day Massacre
Rock your heart out with Dead Ellington, For Sleeping or Jumping, Ghost Thrower, Double Nines, and The Thickness, presented by Indie Ambassador and Strewnshank.
Foundry24 on Friday, February 10 @ 7:30 pm | free; RSVP required |

Lifestyle Valentines Masquerade
Party down with someone you love (or like....or just met, whatever) with Casey Desmond and Streight Angular
Great Scott on Saturday, February 11 @ 9 pm | $10 |

Songs Of Love From The American Musical
Here's a more reserved way to celebrate. Classic love songs from the American songbook, with Nancy Armstrong, Robert Honeysucker, Daniel Stepner, and Laura Jeppesen.
Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, February 12 @ 3 pm | $25; $20 students, seniors, MFA members |

"Smell The Love"
And here's a less reserved way. JP Music Fest presents a Valentine's show at the Midway, line-up TBA.
Midway Cafe on Tuesday, February 14 @ 9 pm | call for ticket info| 617.524.9038 or

The Jealous Sound
With Yale, Massachusetts + Soccer Mom
Great Scott on Tuesday, February 14 @ 9 pm | $10 |

"Sweethearts' Night Out"
Actual musical couples (both dating and married) performing together: with Darol Anger & Emy Phelps, Lissa Schneckenberger & Corey DiMario, and Brittany Haas & Kai Welch.
Club Passim on Tuesday, February 14 @ 8 pm | $25 |

The Explorers Club
Valentine's night album release show with the South Carolina rockers, with Ruby Rose Fox
Lizard Lounge on Tuesday, February 14 @ 8:30 pm | call for ticket info | 617.547.0759 or


Trial Of Love With Mike Dorval: Valentine's Edition
Comedian Dorval invites a couple onstage and solves their relationship issues, front of everyone. Sound like it could get messy. Hilariously so.
Mottley's Comedy Club on Saturday, February 11 @ 8 pm | $20 |

Mortified's Doomed Valentines Day
Full grown adults share their most embarrassing/shameful/hilarious memories from adolescence. Material includes journal entries, letter, poems, lyrics, and more about high-school crushes, first kisses, doomed romances, failed sexual exploits, and more. It wasn't at all funny then, but it sure as hell is now.
Coolidge Corner Theatre on Monday, February 13 @ 7:30 pm | $18; $15 advance; $12 students and members |

Poke fun at love with Improv Asylum's main stage cast for this one-night only Valentine's special.
Improv Asylum on Tuesday, February 14 @ 7:30 pm | $25 (includes a rose for the ladies) | 617.263.6887 or

Big Hearts Comedy Show
With local comedy heavy-hotters Paul D'Angelo, Jimmy Dunn, and Tony V. Music by Sugarfoot and the Brass Kickin' Horns.
Lowell Auditorium on Tuesday, February 14 @ 8 pm | $25 |


Valentine's Themed Classes at the BCAE
Perhaps your bedroom skills are a bit rusty? Hey, it happens. Well, it's crunch time. You can get schooled on some advanced love and sex thangs with classes running thru Valentine's Day including "Transform Your Dating Life: A Man's Guide to Approaching Women" and "Flirting: The Psychology of Instant Sexual Attraction."
Boston Center for Adult Education | Classes run through February 14 | prices vary |


"Sex At The Zoo"
You and me baby ain't nothing but mammals. . . you know the rest. That's pretty much the gist of it at this adults-only Valentine's sex talk at the zoo. Love us some monkey love.
Franklin Park Zoo on Friday, February 10 @ 6 pm | $20; $35 per couple |

MassMouth Valentine's Day Slam
The theme is "Stupid Cupid." Basically, all the dumb shit you ever did for love. And we're guessing, for some people, that encompasses quite a lot.
Doyle's on Sunday, February 12 @ 6:30 pm | $10 |

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pre-Valentines Day Mixer
Workshop and lecture at erotic boutique with staff sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. (How do you get that job?) With reception and light refreshments
Good Vibrations on Sunday, February 12 from 3-5 pm | free |

Geeks Who Drink: Valentine's Edition
Luuurv-themed quiz for a good cause. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.
Sweet Caroline's on Tuesday, February 14 @ 6 pm | free |



Fetish Fair Flea Market
If you can't experiment a little on the most romantic day of the year, then when can you, we ask? Especially if, to you, romantic means liquid latex, gimp suits, and ball gags. Stock up on your fetish fashions at this annual flea market for the sexually adventurous set with vendors, music, a masquerade ball, a fetish fashion show, classes on everything from BDSM to roleplay, and more.
Westin Providence from Friday, February 10-Sunday, February 12 | $5-$30; various passes available |


"Breakfast In Bed"
Valentine's cooking class catered to couples, taught by Towne culinary director Lydia Shire.
Towne Stove and Spirits on Saturday, February 11 from 10 am-1 pm | $250 (includes lunch, homemade catalogue of select recipes, and $50 gift card to Towne) |

"Diamonds + Pearls"
Prince (the artist, not the fairytale kind) themed four-course Valentine's dinner, with the Prince tunes spun by DJ Bruno. "Princely" attire strongly encouraged. (You decide what that means. We're thinking lots of crushed velvet. And ruffles.)
Bella Luna at the Milky Way on Tuesday, February 14 from 5 pm on | $38 |

Avant Le Soir at Noir
Load up on your aphrodisiacs with a pre-dinner (or pre-whatever) champagne and oysters package for you and your date.
Noir at the Charles Hotel on Tuesday, February 14 (call for times)  | $20 | 617.661.8010

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