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 pals for a friend date) on February 14. Step away from that singles bar and check out these things to do for singles instead.
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Valentine's Day ideas, events and things to do for singles
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 14 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.
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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Dart around Downtown in your undies—for a good cause, of course—at the annual Cupid's Undie Run (this year held the weekend after V-Day). The party starts at noon at the Belasco Theatre and the run kicks off at 2pm. The event is aiming to raise $3.5 million for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, so consider that uncovered underside of yours a charitable contribution.
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.
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.
Hey, sad sack—instead of moping around all day feeling lonely, think of all the folks in LA who are less worried about getting a date and more worried about getting a meal. Volunteer some time and we guarantee you’ll end the day with a lot more love in your heart than if you’d stayed home with the cat.
Slam down those V-Day blues with Lucha VaVOOM's "Crazy in Love" 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.
We were tired of dating so we turned to Tinder, and then we were tired of dating online so swiped left and returned to the real world. Everything comes full circle on Valentine's day at Beelman's Pub as the Downtown water hole hosts a Tinder-themed singles party. Expect a kissing booth, sex toy raffles and a live date auction (with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood). Drink specials include D.T.F. Punch ($6), Dale Loves You Pale Ale ($4) and Hearts on Fire shots ($5).
This Pasadena spot may be better known for its freshly prepared goodies, but walk next door and you'll find a charming boutique under the Lincoln name as well. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the store will be hosting a local shopping event with hand-painted silk from Shiva Wheeler's Wearable Art and necklaces, rings and hairpins from Tiffany Kunz jewelry.
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: The Word is Love at Au Lac. The show encourages you to "come for the laughs, stay for the hugs."
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: A Lover's Ball is taking over the new nightclub Union with "a crew of consumate cupids to capture your hearts with the sounds of sensuality."