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February 06, 2015

11 alternative ways to spend Valentine's weekend

There are other ways to enjoy the lovey-dovey holiday

There are plenty of reasons you might not have any romantic Valentine's Day plans. You could be single and looking to mingle or planning a fun girls' night out; your significant other may be far away or busy; or maybe you're totally anti-Valentine's Day. 

No matter what, you don't need to hide in your apartment while couples galavant around town. Head out to meet other singles the night before V-Day, enjoy a fossil festival, have a "Gal"-entine's Day with friends, celebrate Friday the 13th - whatever you want! Just don't sit home with Ben and Jerry all weekend. 

Shakespeare's "Othello"

Romeo, shmromeo. Ditch the Bard's sweetest play for an intense, intimate performance of "Othello," a story of jealousy and betrayal.

Thursdays-Saturdays, February 12-March 14
8 p.m. | $15-25
Curio Theatre Company's Corner Stage
4740 Baltimore Ave.
(215) 525-1350

Nest's Fourth Annual Tweetheart Social Benefitting PAWS

Grab your family to play with some cute puppies, make some crafts, nibble on chocolate and have a few drinks. Make sure to bring some donations to PAWS, including canned food for cats and dogs, toys and supplies.

Friday, February 13
4-6:30 p.m. | $30-35 per family, free for purple members
1301 Locust St.
(215) 545-6378

Valentine's Benefit Party

Raise money for the Philadelphia Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, the philanthropic society of professional women in the food and hospitality industries. Fifteen percent of your purchases will go to the organization and chocolate and spiked hot chocolate will be available.

Friday, February 13
5-7:30 p.m. | Pay as you go
Scarlett Alley
241 Race St.
(215) 592-7898

The Skivvies Tinder Lounge

Prior to the "undie-rock" duo's performance, singles looking for a Valentine can mingle in the lounge outside the SEI Innovation Studio with $1 off drink specials and connect via Tinder.

Friday, February 13
6:30-7:30 p.m. | $20 tickets with promo code TINDER
The Kimmel Center SEI Innovation Center
300 S. Broad St.
(215) 893-1999 

Zombie Skate

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary hosts a special Friday the 13th skate with spooky tunes from DJ Jen Blaze and photo ops with "zombies."

Friday, February 13
7-10 p.m. | $3 for children 10 and under, $4 for adults, $8 skate rental
Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets


An annual two day festival, Paleopalooza celebrates all things fossilized. Try your hand at fossil juggling, get a dinosaur tattoo, learn what it takes to be a paleontologist and more. 

Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15
10 a.m.-5 p.m. | $13.95-15.95
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
(215) 299-1000 

Second Saturday at East Passyunk Avenue

Grab some shopping buddies and head down EPA. Tons of the local shops are holding discounts for Valentine's weekend.

Saturday, February 14
Times and locations vary | Pay as you go

Style Camp Trunk Show

Chestnut Hill boutique Style Camp will play host to a trunk show with accessory brand Moss Mills all weekend.

Thursday, February 12 and Sunday February 15
11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Pay as you go
Style Camp
8433 Germantown Ave.
(215) 242-3108

Ex-Files StorySlam

Hear horror stories (and hilarious stories) of break ups and relationships as you and other storytellers revel in the anti-Valentine's Day spirit.

Saturday, February 14
7 p.m. | $14-18
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.

The Noise Presents: Periphery with Nothing More

Alternative rock bands Periphery, Nothing More and Wovenwar will perform, as will pop act Thank You Scientist.

Saturday, February 14
7 p.m. | $18
District N9NE
460 N. 9th St.
(215) 769-2780

The Philadelphia Monster Ball

Come dressed as a monster to this big bash from the creators of The Zombie Prom. DJ Robert Drake, The Monster Orchestra and The Divine Hand Ensemble will provide the dancing tunes.

Saturday, February 14
8 p.m. | $10-15
The Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.
(215) 922-6888