January 31, 2017
Valentine's Day can be a little nauseating. There's so much pink and red everywhere, so many plastic hearts and way too many public displays of affection.
If you're not feeling the lovey-dovey holiday this year, we have some ideas on how to survive the weekend.
The anti-Valnetine's Day story slam returns for its seventh year. This time, it will take place on stage at Punch Line Philly.
Ten storytellers will be selected from audience volunteers to share personal stories on the theme "Ex-Files." Whether your story is hilarious, ridiculous, horrifying, sweet or sad, you'll be among people who understand.
If you're interested in sharing your story, check out these guidelines first.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
7-9:30 p.m. | $10-$14 per person
Punch Line Philly
33 E. Laurel St.
Take your Valentine's Day frustrations out at a kickboxing class with ILoveKickboxing. On Feb. 13, those frustrated with love can bring a picture of their ex and start punching.
The event is taking place at all ILoveKickboxing locations during the 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. class times. Just sign up to participate.
Monday, Feb. 13
5 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
734 South St.
This rom-com play is loosely based on Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman's popular sex manual of the same name. There's a (thin) storyline, but mainly the goal is to laugh a lot.
At the end, the audience is treated to a striptease by a man in an astronaut suit. Read more about the show here.
Thursday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 11
$39-$59 per person
Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater
300 S. Broad St.
Feeling like love is sour? Head to the Trestle Inn for a sweet deal. Get any two whiskey sours off the menu for $14. Then, spend the rest of the night judging "best movie kisses" from the '60s and '70s with your best friend.
Friday, Feb. 10 through Saturday, Feb. 11
The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th St.
Spend the night dancing with friends. Attendees will learn salsa basics from expert instructor Maestro Flaco, then try out their new moves to live music.
Saturday, Feb. 11
8 p.m. | $15-$25 per person
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
Leslie Knope is a big supporter of Galentine's Day and so is Jet Wine Bar. On Feb. 13, the bar will offer $1-off all glasses of rosé wine. There will be also be $15 rosé flights and a speciality rosé cocktail.
"Parks and Recreation" will play through the evening.
Monday, Feb. 13
Beginning at 4 p.m.
1525 South St.
Those who are feeling not-so-lucky in love can meet at the Penn Museum. Attendees will learn about love potions, make amulets to attract their love, learn about ancient aphrodisiacs and explore the "Magic in the Ancient World" exhibit.
There will also be a comedic performance, a tarot card reader and drinks for purchase, including a special "Love Potion #9" cocktail.
Wednesday, Feb. 15
6-9 p.m. | $15-$20 per person
3260 South St.
Spend time with the ultimate pair: pizza and beer.
Bell's Brewery will take over the taps at Pizzeria Vetri on Feb. 10 for a special happy hour. These four beers will be available:
•Smitten - Rye Pale Ale
•Hopslam - Double IPA
•Two Hearted - IPA
•Expedition - Imperial Stout
To spread the love, the restaurant will be donating $1 from every Smitten and Hopslam purchased to the William Way LGBT Community Center.
Friday, Feb. 10
1615 Chancellor St.
The Young Advocates of Philly have planned a special happy hour on Feb. 13 to support Planned Parenthood. It will take place at Strangelove's, beginning at 5 p.m.
Attendees can sip on the signature cocktail “The Galentine." $1 from every "Galentine" cocktail purchased will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
Attendees are also asked to make a $5 donation before attending.
Monday, Feb. 13
5-7 p.m. | $5 donation; pay-as-you-go
216 S. 11th St.
No need to leave the house. You can shop Free People's Valentine's day collection online.
All of the proceeds from the brand's Valentine’s Day merchandise will go to three causes: Girls Inc. (which provides female empowerment programs to girls), PAWS (which rescues Philadelphia’s homeless animals) and Clean Water Fund (which protects clean drinking water in the United States).
Love your dog? Then spend the day together on Sunday, Feb. 12 and meet other animal lovers.
The Valentine’s Day PAWty at Panorama benefits the nonprofit Saved Me. Tickets are $45 and include wine, samples from the restaurant's new menu, a gourmet dog treat bar, a photo booth, a doggie lounge and party favors.
There will also be an adoption station for those looking to add another pet to their family.
Attendees are asked to dress to impress for the holiday soiree.
Sunday, Feb. 12
3-5 p.m. | $45 per person
14 N. Front St.