It’s (already?!) February, and that means some of us get cascading flower arrangements delivered to our desks, while some of us look forward to nothing more than a long, romantic walk with our dog. Trading cards and candy is fine for sweethearts, but if you're looking for something different, we’ve got you covered.
In the days leading up to Valentine's Day, there's plenty to do in the area. Whether you want to celebrate solo, with your crew, or even with a date who prefers a lower-key celebration, from comedy to cocktails, there’s something for everyone—including the black hearts—here in the Emerald City.
2/14: Comedy of Love: Join Unexpected Productions for a night of Valentine’s improv sure to provide laughs, not heartache. Snacks and booze available at the concessions stand. 8:30 p.m. $15. Market Theater, Pike Place Market, unexpectedproductions.org
2/10: Dancing On The Valentine XII: Take heart in local bands covering the hits by musical artists lost in 2016. This annual benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is organized by local leukemia survivor Jenny George & friends. 8 p.m. $15. The Crocodile, Belltown, dancingonthevalentine.com
2/14: Cocktails at the Conservatory: Enjoy wine and spirits at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Featuring The Hardware Distillery and Grand Vin Win Merchants with tastings. 5-8 p.m. $20-30. Volunteer Park Conservatory, Capitol Hill, volunteerparkconservatory.org
2/9-2/14: J’Adore! A Burlesque Valentine: Ben DeLaCreme hosts the fabulous Atomic Bombshells for their glittering, glamorous Valentine’s Day performance. Times and prices vary. Triple Door, Downtown, theatomicbombshells.com
2/12: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em Valentine’s Day Dash: Show off your love of running and whatever your relationship status might be on your personalized bib at the 5 or 10K race of your choice. Costume contests, food and a beer and mimosa garden are all included. Registration opens at 8 a.m. $40-50. Green Lake Park, Green Lake, promotionevents.com/valentines
2/14: Game Night: Featuring red wine and pink ciders all day, head to the cider house 8-11 p.m. to take part in game night. Capitol Cider, Capitol Hill, capitolcider.com
Through 3/5: Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds: See, for the first time ever on public display, the original Starfleet’s costumes along with 100+ other artifacts from one of the world’s most popular television series. Prices vary. Museum of Pop Culture Seattle, Lower Queen Anne, mopop.org
Through 2/14: As You Wish: Part The Princess Bride, part improv, As You Wish is “an improvised tru wuv parody” for audiences aged 12 and up. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Theater off Jackson, International District, seattleexperimentaltheater.com
2/14: Adult Coloring: One and a half hours of peaceful, relaxing coloring in a cozy environment. Tea, snacks and materials provided. 7:30 p.m. $5. Cuddle Club Seattle, West Seattle, meetup.com
2/14: Music Club: Arrive at 7:30 p.m. to sign up for the open mic, or at 8 p.m. to watch amateurs and professionals alike. No cover. Columbia City Theater, Columbia City, columbiacitytheater.com
2/14: It Happened One Night: Enjoy this Clark Gable classic for an old-school price. Dinner and a movie option available. Times and prices vary. Admiral Theater, Bremerton, admiraltheatre.org
If all else fails, grab yourself a local sip, some takeout, and settle in for a night of binge-watching. Treat yourself.