You've made reservations for an enchanting night at a romantic restaurant, but then what? Or what if you haven't made any plans at all? Don't fret: There are tons of things to do on Valentine's Day in Los Angeles. We've rounded up some of our favorite events, dinners and Valentine's Day ideas—even some Anti-Valentine's things to do for singles.
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Things to do on Valentine's Day
Lucha VaVOOM brings its unique mix of “sexo y violencia” to the Mayan (plus occasional one-off shows elsewhere) with exuberant spectacles throughout the year, most notably with its popular Cinco de Mayo performance. See good vs. evil played out in a sinful circus of masked Mexican wrestling, burlesque stripteasing and comedic commentating—Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt are among those who have lent their opinion to past matches. Fill up on tequila and tamales while you watch Aztec dancers and luchadores like Li'l Cholo and Crazy Chickens.
It’s famous for that spaghetti kiss—a legendary scene that Walt Disney almost cut out. But Lady and the Tramp has many other charming moments: the script evolved out of years of personal pet stories shared by the studio's animal-loving writers and executives. A true labor of love. See it at El Captian around Valentine's Day and you'll be treated to a candlelit dinner before the movie, catered by Miceli’s (sold separately; call 818-845-3110).
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 commiserate February 14th with stories of past V-Days gone wrong. The event is all ages at Wanderlust, but you can still expect beer, wine and inappropriate tales all around.
Dart around Santa Monica in your undies—for a good cause, of course—at this annual V-Day-themed run. The party starts at noon at the Victorian and the run kicks off at 2pm. The event raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, so consider that uncovered underside of yours a charitable contribution.
A bona fide institution in San Francisco, this delightfully off-kilter annual fête, devoted to the macabre work of writer and illustrator Edward Gorey and the Edwardian era (1901-1910) has caught on in L.A., too. Step into the past at this costume party and dance. The elegant night features live music, themed stage shows, an absinthe bar and parlor games. This year's ball will showcase Gorey's "whodunit" noir classic, "The Deadly Blotter," with a live version of the story accompanied by original music, choreography and circus theatrics. Guests typically show up dressed in anything from Victorian to steampunk or goth get-ups.