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Valentine's Day ideas and things to do for singles

Don't worry solo Angelenos, we've come up with plenty of Valentine's Day ideas and things to do for singles

Photograph: Eleonor Segura
Cupid Undie Run

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

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 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.

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Wanderlust Hollywood , Hollywood Saturday February 11 2017

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

Prance around in your undies

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.

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The Victorian , Santa Monica Saturday February 11 2017

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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Downtown Arts District

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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Until Sun Feb 14

Volunteer your time

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.

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Get gross with John Waters

Check out the acclaimed filmmaker of such cult classics as Serial Mom, Hairspray and Pink Flamingos in his one-night-only, monologue-style comedy show, This Filthy World: Dirtier & Flirtier.

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Until Sat Feb 13

Add some sexo y violencia to your night

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.

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Mayan , Downtown Wednesday February 8 2017 - Thursday February 9 2017

Mosh the night away

Flip love the middle finger this Valentine's Day with a trio of trippy punk acts during the Valentine’s Day Rumble. The Frights, SWMRS and Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls will all be taking the stage at the Echoplex.

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Until Sun Feb 14

Swipe left on love

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).

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Until Sun Feb 14

Spoil yourself with silk and sweets

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.

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13 Feb 2016

Hear hilarious ladies (and dudes) 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: The Word is Love at Au Lac. The show encourages you to "come for the laughs, stay for the hugs."

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Au Lac , Downtown Sunday January 22 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017

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: 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."

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Until Fri Feb 12
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