Oooooo! Valentine's weekend is approaching. I'm giving you the good stuff early so you have plenty of time to make some plans with your sweetie or your squad of singles (or everyone together because friendship is love too, duh).
So many options!
Thursday (2/11): Swing by Bauhaus Brew Labs between 5-11pm for Made by Hands: Beyond Chocolatedome. This is a craft fair curated towards Valentine's Day gifts, and to make it even better, they'll be screening Mad Max accompanied by some specially curated tunes.
All weekend, Fri-Sun (2/12-2/14): I haven't been to this before, but it sounds so interesting! SlamMN throws their annual Erotica Poetry Contest all weekend at Kieran's Irish Pub. Prelim's are Friday and Saturday at 9pm and finalists compete on Sunday at 7pm. Tickets are available here, starting at $10.
Friday (2/12): My favorite dance party dudes are throwing a semi-formal at First Ave, celebrating the love songs of the TRL era. This is great for anyone who loved the 90's -- I know I did. 9pm-2am, 18+, Advance: $6 Solo / $10 Couple, Door $8
All weekend, Sat-Sun (2/13-2/14): If you are a lover of unique experiences, make a little time to check out the 34th Annual Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands. It starts at 1:30pm on Saturday at the Eagles 34, and then picks up again on Sunday at the Cabooze at 12:30pm. The lineup is listed here, and there is a suggested donation of $5 to get in. (Side note: In searching for a picture for this, I stumbled across a funny documentary about this whole thing: Jug Band Hokum - check it!)
Saturday (2/13): Eeeeeee! It's Galentine's Day! If you don't know what that is, then watch these clips from Parks & Rec to get in the mood. Then, ladies, grab your best gal pals and head to Black Coffee & Waffle to celebrate. They aren't throwing an event (#missedopportunity) but they DO have delicious waffles, a Knope favorite.
Once you've recovered from waffle overload, put on your winter gear and head to Trails by Candlelight. Lebanon Hills Regional Park is putting out more that 1,500 luminaries over 2 miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails and 4 miles of cross-country skiing trails. The event starts at 6pm. Tickets are $8 and available here (scroll down to Trails by Candlelight). Registration is filling up fast, so move quickly if you want to snag a spot.
If the outdoors aren't your thing, head to the cozy basement venue, Honey, for Adele's Heartbreak Valentine's Drag Dinner on Saturday night. It's a prix fixe dinner with an unlimited champagne option. There will be two shows, performed by B. Louise as Adele. Seating is very limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. Peep the Facebook event for full details.
More choices! Scott Seekins, a local artist frequently spotted around town and always wearing all black in the winter and all white in the summer, is having an art exhibition at Gamut Gallery this Saturday night. The opening goes from 7-11pm and features champagne and chocolates and works by Seekins as well as his partner, Aleister White.
Too much? Does this weekend have you feeling like, "Forget it all, I just want to dance!"? Here's another good one put on by the Forever Young DJ's. This time they're taking over the 5th floor of Marin Bar & Restaurant, and THEY'RE BRINGING IN A BOUNCY HOUSE. OH. YES. All the details are in their Facebook event, here. Note that the cover photo says $10, but their event deets confirm it will actually be only $5 cash at the door.
Sunday (2/14): Aaaand it's Valentine's Day! Technically, it is Sunday so I think you should be brunching, but if you want plans post-brunch, here you go:
Throw on your winter gear again, squeeze your sweetie to stay warm and get your buns to White Bear Lake to visit the Art Shanties. This event is just as it sounds, with plenty of added silliness: selected artists have built little shanties on the lake for you to visit and experience. This festival will be going on all month, so there's plenty of time to swing by if you're too busy kissing all day. Details here.
Move onto your evening at the Cedar Cultural Center, with A Valentine's Evening With Chris Koza and Lucy Michelle. These two local singer-songwriters have collaborated with several local musicians to put together a show featuring covers and original songs surrounding the trials and tribulations of romance. Tickets are $15 advance (available here) and $17 at the door.
Or, again, if you just want to dance you can head back to Honey for Feeling Myself: A Party for Singles and Their Friends, put on by Flip Phone, the dance party machine. Here's the deal on this one: It's going to be hot, sweaty and crowded. Leave your thermals at home and bring cash to make it easy.
If none of this appeals to you, I highly recommend holing up at home with your best friends on V-Day and marathoning your way through all of the Die Hard movies. Bonus points if you have bottomless mimosas.
Have fun this weekend! I know it's Monday now, but it'll be here before you know it!