22 Atlanta Valentine’s Day events to celebrate romance

From Romeo and Juliet to burlesque, there’s plenty of ways to love
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A romantic dinner isn’t the only way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Get your heart literally pumping at a one-mile underwear run, or let a tenor serenade your loved one. Whether you’re someone’s Valentine or still looking for one, here are 22 romantic events.

Romantic Evenings

Sips Under the Sea
2/13, 6 p.m.
There’s always more fish in the sea at the Georgia Aquarium cocktail party. Drink martinis and munch on tapas with dolphins and beluga whales for a date.
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Valentines in the Garden
2/14, 7 p.m.
Love blossoms at this Atlanta Botanical Garden evening of dancing, drinks, and live music through the new orchid display. You can even take a piece of the garden home with free long-stemmed roses for guests.
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Music

Valentine’s Day Love Songs
2/13, 12 p.m.
Tenor Bradley Howard and the Vega String Quartet set a romantic mood for the weekend at this lunchtime concert series at the Carlos Museum.
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 From the Heart
2/13–14, 8 p.m.
Let the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serenade you at this concert of love songs led by conductor Michael Krajewski and singer-songwriter Tony DeSare.
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A Romantic Valentine’s Day Concert
2/14, 7:30 p.m.
This concert from Mexican violinist Anabel Ramirez and local bass Ben Polite shows that it only takes two for a good Valentine’s Day at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
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Theater

Love Letters
2/13–22; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Love letters are alive and well in this Academy Theatre play about a two friends who fall for each other through snail mail at Hapeville Performing Arts Center.
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How to Almost Get Away with 50 Shades of Murder
Through 4/15
Did Anesthesia Steele murder Christian Beige? Analise Cheating finds out in this mystery satire at Agatha’s Atlanta Mystery Dinner Theater.
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Performance

Luscious Love
2/13–14, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Vaudeville, chocolate, cabaret, burlesque, live music, a circus, and comedy—this Paris on Ponce night satisfies any desire.
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Valentine’s Day Improv Show
2/14, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Whether you’re coupled up or single, everyone’s love life is fodder for romantic comedies. Dad’s Garage turns your heartwarming or heartbreaking stories into an improv show at 7 Stages.
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Roméo et Juliette
2/14, 8 p.m.
Atlanta Ballet dances through Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy at this Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre production. This is the final performance.
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Vices and Valentines
2/14, 11:30 p.m.
If your vice is burlesque, head to the New American Shakespeare Tavern to see Talloolah Love and Persephone Phoenix of Hearts Ablaze Entertainment. For a full night of illicit love, see Romeo and Juliet at the theater beforehand.
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Parties

Valentine’s Day Red & Black Salsa Party
2/14, 8 p.m.
Salsa dance to a live band at Thirsty’s Bar and Grill, and enjoy the complimentary chocolate fountain.
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Valloween Costume Cabaret
2/14, 8 p.m.
If fancy dress isn’t your thing, don a costume for Red Light Cafe’s Halloween and Valentine’s Day mashup, complete with live music and sword dancing.
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For Singles

Be My Stupid Cupid Valentine
2/13, 5 p.m.
If you’re single and ready to mingle with margaritas, El Taco’s night starts with “Jilted Juice” shots (pineapple-infused tequila) and a “Misery Loves Company” dinner special.
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Bloody Valentines: An Evening of Murder Ballads and Mayhem
2/14, 9 p.m.
For the scorned, Aileen Loy & Till Someone Loses An Eye and The Thimblerig Circus headline the Earl’s night of murder ballads. This valentine will be bloody, so dress accordingly.
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Kids Events

Baby Cake Run
2/14, 9 a.m.
Kids under 10 can run their way to a cupcake at this Cumming race. There’s a Peachtree qualifier 15/5K run for parents, too.
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Valentine’s Day Animal Enrichment Extravaganza
2/14, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Would you be a giant panda’s valentine? You have the chance at Zoo Atlanta’s animal amore event, when zoo critters get special Valentines throughout the day.
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My Family Valentine
2/14, 11 a.m.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra leads budding romantics through classic love stories, like Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping Beauty.
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Athletic Events

Chattahoochee Challenge 10K
2/14, 6:30 a.m. registration
Give your actual heart some love with a scenic 10K on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The race serves as a Peachtree qualifier.
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Valentine’s Day Cupid Bike Ride
2/14, 11:30 a.m.
Dress up like Cupid to cycle through the city, starting at Kirkwood re-Cycle.
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Cupid’s Undie Run
2/14, 12 p.m.
Strip down for charity in this mile-ish underwear run through Buckhead. Neon pink sports bras encouraged, just leave your pasties and thongs at home.
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Love Stories of Oakland
2/14–15; 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
They say love is eternal, and this romantic walking tour through 25 lovebirds’ graves in Atlanta’s oldest cemetery proves it.
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