Valentine's Day might seem a long way off, but it always sneaks up, so it's not too soon to start planning. If you're looking to set aside the traditional dinner and chocolates and find a new way to celebrate, here are four unusual options to try:
- Animal Instincts: Make your reservation at the Pittsburgh Zoo for dinner, cocktails, and an adults-only presentation by Henry Kacprzyk, who will reveal the intimate secrets of exotic animal mating. Event held Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 and costs $75 for non-members. Click here for more information.
- Cupid's Chase: Run with your heart this Valentine's Day by running the Cupid's Chase 5K Run on the North Shore on Feb. 9. The race supports Community Options, Inc.—a national nonprofit organization that develops housing and employment support for people with developmental disabilities. Click here for registration information.
- Bloody Valentine: Enjoy a non-romantic horror-themed event on Feb. 9 at the Crowne Plaza that will feature food, drink, music and games. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is open to singles and couples 21 and over. The evening begins with a comfort food buffet. Guests will also receive a complimentary glass of “blood” (Sangria). Other planned activities include a Shredathon—bring a picture of your ex to put through a shredder—and a horror trivia contest featuring questions on films with a love-gone-bad theme. Suggested dress is casual, horror-themed apparel. Click here to get tickets.
- Red is Dead Anti-Valentine's Day Party: Celebrate being hot and single, and enjoy some time to mingle. Stop by Olive or Twist on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. There's a $5 cover, but if you bring a picture of your ex and shred it at the door you get in free. There will be a live DJ, hors d'ouerves and drink specials.
What did we miss? What other Valentine's Day celebrations are going on?