The Best Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day In NYC
Skip the mushy card aisle and say I love you by taking your date to one of these sweet events happening over Valentine's Day weekend. By Carly Petrone.
Blood Manor's Bloody Valentine's Weekend
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If you and your sweetheart like living on the dark side, get your tickets for Blood Manor's Bloody Valentine's Weekend. General admission starts at $30, RIP Express Entry is $45, and RIP Express Entry Demon Package is $60. Good for either Friday or Saturday night, you can celebrate the day of love by walking through this updated haunted house. Expect several new surprises as the inhabitants have been readying the Manor for your arrival. RIP packages include a custom Blood Manor key chain, shot glass, and color poster. Admission starts at 7:30 p.m. and last entrance is at midnight.
Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along
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Start your fist pumping now because Union Hall's Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along is coming your way this Valentine's Day. Sing along to heartbreaking and heartwarming collections of music from the 80's and 90's and wave your lighters in the air. Watch or take part in the air guitar competition, enter the power ballads costume contest, sip on themed drinks like the Eternal Flame, Kiss From a Rose, or More Than Words, and don't forget to grab your free valentine heart candy and cards for that special someone. Party begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10.
Never Sleep Alone: Valentine's Show and Book Release Party
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Dr. Alex Schiller has been bringing couples together since 2011 with her interactive comedic music show Never Sleep Alone. "Singles" mix in the front and become active participants in the show, joining Dr. Alex on stage for free champagne, blind dates, and interactive demonstrations. Warning: you may be asked to make out with a complete stranger if you risk sitting in the front row! This Valentine's Day, Dr. Alex celebrates the release of her first book with a special Valentine's Day show and after party, where she'll sign copies of Never Sleep Alone. All audience members will receive a free copy upon admission. Whether you're looking for a unique date or you just want to spice things up, this event will definitely put you in the mood. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and tickets range from $30-$40.
Missed Connections Party
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Take part in the 5th annual Missed Connections Party happening at the New York Transit Museum. Enjoy a night of crafting, local Brooklyn tastings, and diving into relationship data collected by OKCupid and what it says about our romantic lives. Show your best pout at the photo booth, write a love poem to your valentine, and explore the 1936 decommissioned subway station after hours. Sip on brews from Brooklyn Brewery if you need a little liquid courage to ask out your crush. Part goes from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for museum members. Please make note of the new date: Thursday, February 12th.
Valentine's Day with Harold and Maude
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Spend your Valentine's Day with Harold and Maude. Videology in Brooklyn is screening the iconic film starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are 2 for $40, which includes chocolate fondue and strawberries for two, plus two glasses of chilled Prosecco. Sit back and watch Hal Ashby's 1971 classic while reminiscing about your own adolescence. Or come if you just want to hear an entire film soundtrack by Cat Stevens.
"Get Steamy" at the Museum of Sex
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Things get steamy at the Museum of Sex this Valentine's Day weekend. Buy a spa-themed package that includes stimulating exhibitions, alcoholic aphrodisiac "treatments" ($10.80), and the debut of their new sensual bath and body kit. Taste the Lychee Libidinal, Pomegranate Virility, or Citrous Oxide vodka shooters to help boost your sex drive or walk through the recently opened exhibition "Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground." Come up for air at the museum's popular lounge and bar or explore the erotic subtext of the carnival through such physically engaging installations like Jump for Joy, the world's only moon bounce made of giant breasts. Yep, you read that correctly. Tickets start at $17.50 and entry is good for two hours. Purchase by February 12th to receive 10% off.
Valentine's Day Brunch Cruise
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Spend your Valentine's Day aboard the Hornblower Hybrid. Make a lasting memory by having a romantic dinner along the Hudson that includes your own private table, a four-course meal, a sparkling wine toast, and a single red rose for the special person in your life. Romantic Dinner Package is $110/person and boat leaves from Pier 40 at 7 p.m. Boarding time begins at 6:30 p.m. If you feel like celebrating earlier in the day, check out their Valentine's Day Brunch Cruise from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sip on bottomless mimosas and take advantage of the bountiful buffet, dessert station, and selection of coffee and herbal teas. Tickets are $80/person and boarding time begins at 12:30 p.m.
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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.
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