Valentine's Day ideas, events and things to do for singles

Single on Valentine's Day? In Los Angeles, there are plenty of things to do solo on February 14. Check out our list of V-Day ideas, events & things to do for singles.

Birds' annual Anti-Valentine's party

Solo on V-Day? Whether you're happily single, just dumped or dating long-distance, check out our list of Valentine's Day ideas for the best places to be a party of one (or a party of many, if you round up your untethered friends) on February 14.

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Attend an Anti-Valentine's bash

Birds on Franklin hosts its annual Anti-Valentine's party, complete with voodoo dolls, piñata "aggression-release therapy," all the best heartache music and prizes for the worst "got dumped" stories. Sounds cynical, but since everyone is single and commiserating, you'd be surprised at how many numbers get exchanged by the end of the evening.

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Birds Until Sat Feb 14 Free

Treat yourself

Who better to love on Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) than yourself? Peruse the Pleasure Chest's aisles of toys, DVDs and other titillating treasures and treat yourself to something sexy, then take yourself and your new purchase home to bed. Studies prove that self-lovin’ leads to a longer, healthier life (which means more time for self-lovin’, and on it goes).

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West Hollywood

Hear hilarious ladies poke fun at love

Even comedians need a safe place to vent and find their voice. Enter Uncabaret, the personal storytelling showcase from alt comedy pioneer Beth Lapides. The long-running show is hosting a special Valentine's Day edition, Uncabaret: Bleeding Hearts, at the Skirball. Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kira Soltanovich and Alec Mapa perform in a show that encourages you to "come for the laughs, stay for the hugs."

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Skirball Cultural Center Until Fri Feb 6

Shoot off a few rounds

Okay, so it’s a little aggressive, but if you’re feeling any misplaced animosity toward your ex, your newlywed friends, or just the consumerist-driven, made-up-holiday inanity going on all around you, shooting off a few rounds—in the safe, regulated environment of the LA Gun Club—might be the healthiest way to ease your frustrations.

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Prance around in your undies

Dart around West Hollywood Park in your undies—for a good cause, of course—at Cupid's Undie Run, the annual V-Day weekend charity race. The party starts at noon at the Abbey and the run kicks off at 2pm. The event is aiming to raise $3 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, so consider that uncovered underside of yours a charitable contribution.

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Abbey Until Sat Feb 14

Watch puppets make a mockery of love

Puppetzilla kicks V-Day to the curb with its Anti-Valentine's Day Puppet Slam at the Bootleg Theater. The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry's anti-love letter puts host Jayne Entwistle and a hodgepodge of puppets onstage for a decidedly un-kid-friendly show.

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Bootleg Theater Until Sun Feb 15

Find your true love at a (fake) prom

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Was your high school prom forgettable (or hazily forgotten)? Relive all of the awkward romance and under-the-table drinking at Unique's annual Fake Prom. Every ticket for the Valentine's Day event includes access to an open bar, a cookie decorating station, DIY corsages and boutonnieres, and, of course, a prom photo shoot. Going solo? There's a singles-only lounge complete with self-identifying vitals stickers. Get those self-lacing Nikes ready: this year's theme is Enchantment Under the Sea, as in the prom scene from Back to the Future.

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The Unique Space Until Sat Feb 14

Mix and mingle on the Metro

Rediscover a missed connection deep underneath the LA streets with Metro's Valentine's Day speed dating service. Single-and-looking Red Line riders can register at select stations to receive a wrist band and a button—to hopefully weed out the smells-like-pee creepers.

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Various locations in L.A. Until Fri Feb 13

Reconnect with love (and some sweaty babes)

What started as an adverse reaction to the celebutante-heavy and TMZ-soaked club scene has flourished into one of the artsiest, most inclusive parties in the city. Rhonda International (the same crew behind A Club Called Rhonda) throws a few particularly massive parties, including this special Valentine's one: Rhondavous: Love is the Message takes over three venues at the Hollywood Roosevelt, including the Blossom Ballroom, Teddy’s and the Theatre Underground.

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Hollywood Roosevelt Until Fri Feb 13

Add some sexo y violencia to your night

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Slam down those V-Day blues with Lucha VaVOOM's "Dangerous/Beautiful" show. The masked wrestlers aren't the only ones showing some skin at this extravaganza of Mexican lucha libre wrestling-meets-striptease showcase. The "Buxoticas" add some serious sexo to the violencia on display. Expect cartoonish costumes, an edgy rock-'n'-roll/rock-en-español aesthetic, crowd-pleasing hijinks from hula hooping to pole dancing, and ladies who bare it all save for pasties and the proverbial fig leaf.

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Mayan Until Tue May 5

Take a cooking class

The best antidote for a broken (or lonely) heart? Food, of course! Learn to make some of Julia Childs's most famous French recipes at this Feb 14th evening class. You'll gain the ability to woo yourself (or a potential new lover) with dishes like chicken roulade with tarragon cream sauce, roasted rosemary butternut squash and rustic apple galette. Bon appetit mon amour!

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Cook LA Until Sat Feb 14

Listen to V-Day tales worse than your own

Mortified is a live storytelling extravaganza—a show-and-tell, if you will, of people's most embarrassing, awkward, and often seminal moments. At this Mortified event, celebrate and comiserate February 14th with stories of past V-Days gone wrong. The event is 21 and up at King King, so expect strong drinks and inappropriate tales all around.

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King King Until Sat Feb 14
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