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New York's Best Things to Do for Singles this Valentine's Day

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Updated: 26 January 2018

Whether you like it or not, you can’t keep Cupid away. This Valentine’s Day, however, single celebrants can take their pick of anti-amour events, connection-sparking mixers, and much more. Forget flowers: consider this guide to New York’s best things to do for singles this Valentine’s Day our gift to you.

Unlovable: A Smiths and Morrissey Valentine’s Day

With no double-decker buses in sight this Valentine’s Day, this Morrissey-themed concert is the next best thing. At Unlovable: A Smiths and Morrissey Valentine’s Day, lonely hearts can hear tribute band the Sons & Heirs croon the Smiths singer’s most delightfully-depressing love songs.

Tinder Live: Valentine’s Day

Join comedian Lane Moore as she finds love (or more likely, laughter) via dating app at Tinder Live: Valentine’s Day. This critically-acclaimed show follows Moore–an alum of Girls and The Onion–as she swipes, messages, and calls Tinder matches live with a little ‘help’ from you, the audience.

Valentine’s Day Soiree

Explore the holiday’s sultrier side at this fundraising event hosted in an unexpected setting. Sex-positive shop Babeland invites you to browse and mingle in support of Young Survival Coalition at its Valentine’s Day Soiree. Every dollar donated earns you one entry to a raffle, with prizes of more than $300 worth of adult toys.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Nothing gets the heart racing like scantily-clad… runners? Break the ice (and your PR) without saying a word at Cupid’s Undie Run, the only charity run requiring sneakers and your best skivvies. At the end of this February 10th event and post-run dance party at Stage 48, you may even walk away with a new running partner.

The Most Decadent Valentine’s Day Ever! at Murray’s Cheese

Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or eat your troubles this Valentine’s Day, Murray’s Cheese is the place to be. With The Most Decadent Valentine’s Day Ever!, the famed Greenwich Village cheese shop delivers a spread (think: caviar, truffles, and of course, plenty of cheeses) deserving of the name— and your appetite.

Tavi Gevinson: Rookie on Love

Cynical celebrants could benefit from this refresher in the thrill of young love. World-famous New York bookstore The Strand presents Tavi Gevinson: Rookie on Love, the multi-hyphenate’s YA love-themed collection. Join Gevinson as she shares never-before-seen work from Rainbow Rowell, John Green, and many more before crafting your own DIY Valentine’s Day cards.

NYRR Running Social: Singles Jog and Mixer

Love to run? Find someone who shares your passion at New York Road Runners’ Running Social: Singles Jog and Mixer. A 3-mile jog at an inclusive 8 to 12-minute mile pace kicks off the evening, which includes post-run mingling, hydration, and snacks. All orientations are welcome.

Valentine’s Day with ‘Harold and Maude’

Pass on eye-roll-inducing fluff films in favor of Videology Bar & Cinema’s surprising V-Day screening. At Valentine’s Day with ‘Harold and Maude,’ you’ll enjoy an unconventional love story and movie snacks, like chocolate-covered strawberries and chilled Prosecco.

SpeedRoommating: Palentine’s Day Edition

This Valentine’s Day, make a different kind of connection at SpeedRoommating: Palentine’s Day Edition. Brought to you by SpareRoom, this fun riff on speed dating puts you face to face with loads of potential new… roommates, otherwise known as the New Yorker’s most important relationship.

House of Yes’ F**k Love

Where better to break from convention this Valentine’s Day than Bushwick rule-buster House of Yes? This self-described ‘sexy crazy dance party’ welcomes singles, couples, triads, and every other partnership for a night of great music, kissing booths, love tarot, and much, much more.