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.
St. Valentine’s Day Release Party
When: Feb. 14, 5-11:30 p.m.
Where: Falls Church Distillers, 442 S. Washington St., Suite A, Falls Church
Heat up your Valentine’s Day in a new way with the latest from Falls Church Distillers. Church Burn is rye whiskey that’s spent the last six months in habanero porter beer barrels. Sip it slow, savoring the taste and tunes from Washington Area Music Awards-winner Patty Reese. Admission is free.
When: Feb. 14, 4-8 p.m.
Where: The Grounds, 1102 S. Eads St., Arlington
Why go one place for Valentine’s Day when you can check out a handful of food, beverage and shopping options all at once? At the Grounds at Crystal City, you and your boo can sample beer or wine, grab a bite to eat from a food truck, and check out wares by local makers. Plus, you’ll both get your steps in. Admission is free.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
When: Feb. 14, 6-11:30 p.m.
Where: Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub, 2800 S. Randolph St., Suite 110, Arlington
All the single ladies – and men – should think about stopping by Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub to avoid all the lovey-dovey hubbub. There will be food and drink specials, games, and even a piñata. Admission is free.
Swingin’ Sweethearts Day: A Tribute to Benny Goodman
When: Feb. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Gunston Arts Center, Theater One, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington
This National Chamber Ensemble tribute to the legendary Benny Goodman is presented with the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia. Clarinetist Julian Milkis, Goodman’s renowned protégé, will perform some of his mentor’s most popular jazz and classical compositions, including a special arrangement of Mozart’s exquisite Clarinet Concerto, which Goodman recorded. Tickets $36; $18 for students.