5 Unique, Non-Cheesy Local Valentine’s Day Ideas

It’s early February, and that means Valentine’s Day is in the air. It seems that almost everywhere you turn, there’s a frosted pink heart or a teddy bear holding a cheap chocolate rose (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But if you’ve left the days of Sailor Moon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pre-made boxed Valentine’s greetings behind and are not quite ready to spring for a seven-course dinner at Canlis, check out our list of unique local Valentine’s Day activities that won’t make your wallet weep.

The Heartbreak Science Fair – This “heartbreak-themed scientifically concocted art show” will feature the work of local artists exploring the theme of heartbreak from the perspective of a science fair. Bring your safety googles, Erlenmeyer flasks and graduated cylinders, because this V-Day activity is bound to get mad-nerdy. It all happens at Arts Northwest from February 12th-14th.

Adult Beverage Tasting at the Central Co-op – What could be more romantic than grocery shopping with your special someone? Why, drinking wine in the aisles of course! The Central Co-op on Madison regularly features awesome events and tastings, and this Valentine’s day is no different. Between 2 and 4pm on the 14th, enjoy a free wine tasting, a 10% off coupon and some special V-Day drinks. Free!

Dream Date Sing Along at Central Cinema – OK, if you don’t like Moulin Rouge or True Romance you might not like CC’s Valentine’s Day showings. But if you’re feeling nostalgic for the good old days of 90s R&B, modern slow-jam jems and even Elvis (and who isn’t?), you might want to check out Dream Date Sing Along! on Thursday, 2/12. It’s all the best of Usher, Bruno Mars, Ginuwine, New Kids on the Block, Elvis and Justin Timberlake. These guys know the language of love, and lucky for you and your date, you get to sing along with them!

Cupid’s Undie Run in FremontPut on your most presentable underwear and hit the streets on Valentine’s Day—for a good cause! Cupid’s Undie Run is a traveling fund-raising event that invites locals to don skimpy running attire and run about a mile to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Registration costs between $22 and $50, depending on when you register.

Love Me or Leave Me at Letters Aloud – For you literary and word nerds out there, Letters Aloud has a treat in store for you this Valentine’s Day.  Letters Aloud features some of Seattle’s most accomplished actors reading famous letters, accompanied by live music and a slide show. For Valentine’s Day they’re exploring the theme of romantic love through letters by the likes of Henry Miller, Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Taylor, Napoleon Bonaparte and Slash from Guns N’ Roses. Now that’s a lineup you don’t want to miss.

-Maggie Tarnawa, TWIF Blogger and 90s R&B aficionado