Valentine’s Day Events Happening in Boston 2016

Celebrate Valentine's Day with ImprovBoston, craft a terrarium at Naco Taco, or see a zombie opera.
Plant Nite

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Plant Nite Valentine’s Day Special at Naco Taco

Create succulent gardens in glass rose bowls while you enjoy a specialty drink and a taco from Naco Taco, all included in the ticket price. Plant Nite hosts similar events in Boston that fuse together gardening, socializing, and a night out at the bar. “It’s a great Valentines Day activity because it’s social,” says Courtney Osgood, PR manager of Plant Nite. “Whether it’s with your date or your girlfriends, this is such an awesome environment for people to interact with new people they haven’t met before.”

$50 per person, Sunday, February 14, 5:30 p.m., Naco Taco, 297 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, plantnite.com.

The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

Naked in the art museum? Well, sort of. It’s a classic date at the museum with a twist—a scavenger hunt through nude and suggestive art. This Watson Adventures event is sure to be a memorable way to spend time with a significant other or friend while getting a blushing tour of the museum.

$40 per person (includes museum admission), Friday, February 12, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 1 p.m., Sunday, February 14, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, watsonadventures.com.

La Zombiata Opera

What happens when two zombies fall in love, an act that rebels against their undead culture? Now, you can find out. La Zombiata is a comedic opera performed by WholeTone opera, a group focused on woman-composed shows. Nora Maynard, who is both featured in the show and the artistic director, says, “It’s both a celebration of love, but it’s also full of humor. It’s perfect for people who want something interesting and alternative to do. This show would be good to bring a date to, but would also be great to go as a single and bring a group of friends and not feel that traditional love was being forced down your throat.”

$25 per person, Friday, February 12, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 10:30 p.m., Sunday, February 14, 4:30 p.m., Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville, brownpapertickets.com.

An actor playing the role of John Adams in the love letter event.

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Unconditional Love: The Letters of John & Abigail Adams

Whisk yourself back in time and experience the 54-year love story of John and Abigail Adams. Actors from the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum will read part of their letter collection and animate a love that endured through historical revolutions and prolonged separation. A ticket includes a glass of champagne, sparkling cider, wine, or beer as well as a medley of fruit and cheese.

$35 per person/$50 per couple, Friday, February 12, and Saturday, February 13, 7-8 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m., Abigail’s Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, 306 Congress St., Boston, bostonteapartyship.com.

Vellumsound Presents: Love Letters

For classical music lovers, Vellumsound—the MFA’s resident ensemble—is hosting a concert. They will perform powerful songs about love from composers Leoš Janácek, Carter Pann, and Antonín Dvorák.

$25 per person, Sunday, February 14, 2 pm, MFA Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, mfa.org.

Silent Film It with Live Music by Jeff Rapsis

Does love have you for a loss of words? You’re not alone. Aeronaut Brewery Company will show the 1927 silent film It, a romantic comedy about a shop girl pursuing a wealthy department store owner who also happens to be her boss. To complement the movie, composer, and performer Jeff Rapsis will use a digital synthesizer to create orchestra music to accompany the film.

$10 per person (suggested donation), Sunday, February 14, 8 p.m. Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler St., Somerville, thebostoncalendar.com.

Two glassblowers work on a project as a class watches at Diablo Glass School.

Diablo Glass School

Glassblowing Valentine’s Day Parties at Diablo Glass School

Everyone appreciates a homemade gift. Diablo Glass School will offer classes in basic hotshop, flameworking, or fused glass theory for a hot date. After you create glass hearts and flowers, enjoy a selection of wine and cheese.

$95 per person (hotshop class)/$75 per person (flameworking or fused class), Saturday, February 13, 6-9 p.m., 123 Terrace St., Boston, diabloglasschoool.com.

Boston Chocolate Workshop

Indulge your sweet tooth and learn to make truffles with professional chefs in this monthly event. You’ll learn about the history, the production process, and most importantly, how to create truffles with a variety of flavors, from champagne to peanut butter.

$75 per person, Sunday, February 14, 12 p.m., Elephant & Castle Restaurant, 161 Devonshire St., Boston, bostonchocolatetours.com.

Red Lantern’s Annual Couples Valentine’s Day Sushi Class & Lunch

Learn to make sushi for a spin on a traditional dinner date.  Red Lantern’s executive chef Kevin Long and sushi master Jim Lam will instruct you and your date in the art of sushi creation. In addition to sushi, there will be miso soup, appetizers, and champagne pairings.

$250 per couple, Saturday, February 13, and Sunday, February 14, 1-3 p.m., 39 Stanhope St., Boston, eventbrite.com.

An array of items at the oddity market, like skulls.

Holiday Oddity Market

Love Sucks Oddity Market

“What’s better than giving your significant other or sweetheart a skull?” asks Eridanos Tattoo and Art Gallery manager Stephanie Crumley. Find your valentine a unique gift from this vintage pop-up market at Eridanos Tattoo and Art Gallery. Our Lady of Reclamation and Bad Moon Consignment will sell strange crafts and trinkets—everything from hearts and skulls from animals to taxidermy and religious relics. Crumley says it’s a way to do something different, “I think there are a variety of ways to celebrate your appreciation of one another, and going in and checking out some interesting things specifically in a community-based event is an interesting way of shaking things up.” Their wildly successful holiday market last year sold out in about an hour, so don’t be late.

Free admission, Saturday, February 13, 12-8 p.m., Eridanos Tattoo and Art Gallery, 36 Prospect St., Cambridge, thebostoncalendar.com.

ImprovBoston’s “Thorns”

In this annual comedy show, artists use a variety of mediums—improvisation, sketch comedy, storytelling, music, and short films—to express the hilarity in love and heartbreak. Deana Criess, Director of ImprovBoston National Touring Company, says that the beauty of this Valentine’s Day comedy show is in its lack of pressure, “You just get to have a good time… Sit next to someone you love or like and laugh for an hour and a half.” In memory of the show’s co-creator, the proceeds go to TC Cheever Family Trust and The Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers at Massachusetts General Hospital.

$18 per person, Sunday, February 14, 8 p.m., 40 Prospect St., Cambridge, improvboston.com.

Couples Valentine’s Day Workshop: Etching Shot and Wine Glasses

Laser engraving might not scream romance, but this event could change your mind. Danger!Awesome will host an event for couples to etch designs onto shot or wine glasses for the perfect way to get in touch with your creative side and leave with a special souvenir.

$43 per couple, Saturday, February 13, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Danger!Awesome, 10 Prospect St., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

 2nd Annual Back Alley Blackheart’s Ball

If you’re single and ready to mingle, head to Night Market for their annual party.

There’s complimentary food with your ticket and a cash bar. Night Market is an Asian street food-inspired restaurant. The event’s tagline? Down with love, up with sake.

$27 per person, Sunday, February 14, 5-10 p.m., Night Market, 75 Winthrop St., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.


Greta Jochem Greta Jochem, Digital Intern at Boston Magazine gjochem@bostonmagazine.com