16 Alternative Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day/Month
Swap out a sit-down dinner for cooking classes, family time, partner yoga – or even a protest party.
When: Feb. 1, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington
There are plenty of opportunities for little ones to get crafty, but this event skews toward an older, PG-13 audience. Isn’t It Romantic, starring Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson, will be screened while tweens make crafts for their crush and chow down on snacks. Admission is free.
When: Feb. 8-9
Where: Forever Dancing Ballroom, 5818 Seminary Road, Suite B, Falls Church
The Tango is one of the most sensual dances known to humankind, and this is your chance to try your hand – or foot, rather – at it, with live music, no less. If it turns out you have two left feet, not to worry. Snacks and drinks will be available, and it’s perfectly OK to just observe the experts. Tickets $30.
When: Feb. 8-9, noon
Where: Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington
If your love language involves slow-moving mornings with breakfast and a side of cartoons, this one’s for you and yours. Grab a bowl of sugary cereal, add a shot of Kahlua or Baileys if you’re feeling so inclined, and snuggle up while watching themed animated classics. Also enjoy a CoCo Puff cocktail called “The Sonny” and a chance to win prizes in onstage contests. Tickets $15.
When: Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m.
Where: 801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington
The Commentary, one of the newer American eateries in Ballston, is kicking off its cooking class offerings by showing participants how to make a Valentine’s Day treat and accompanying cocktail. $35.