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.



Valentine Crafternoon for Tweens

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.


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“Formal Valentine’s Milonga”

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.


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Spoons, Toons & Booze: Valentine’s Special

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.


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Cooking Classes at The Commentary

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.

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