You may have only just awoken from your holiday feast-induced coma, but it’s time to face facts: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Good thing we’ve rounded up some of Hartford’s best Valentine’s shows, dinners, and parties so you don’t have to.
Whether you’re dating, single, or married with kids, Hartford has something for everyone to celebrate the season of love with their special someones.
For the Drama Kings/Queens
If you happen to be crazy about the kind of person who pronounces it thee-AY-ter, tickets are on sale for the best shows in town. Go the classic route with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors at Hartford Stage, or take in the acclaimed original play Sunset Baby at TheaterWorks. Broadway’s beloved Book of Mormon begins its run at the Bushnell on the 14th, and you can even snag a package with tickets and a Valentine’s dinner at Max’s Downtown.
For the Hopeful Romantic
Whisk your starry-eyed sweetheart away on a whirlwind weekend with a three-course Candlelight Dinner at Hartford’s Polish National Home on Friday, the latest wedding-themed iteration of Marquee’s famed Murder Mystery Series at the G. Fox Ballroom on Saturday, and a special screening of Casablanca at Cinestudio on Sunday.
For the Audiophile
Cover bands Big-Eyed Phish and Voyage headline at Infinity Hall and Arch Street Tavern hosts Madaila, Eggy & Schwizz and Dead Meets Marley over the weekend. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra gets in the spirit of the season with Symphonic Love Potions, a showcase of sensuous classical compositions.
For Your Funny Valentine
There’s no shortage of romance themed comedy this month – though some jokes may be more bitter than sweet. Check out Mars vs. Venus, a co-ed comedy showcase at Infinity Hall on Thursday. Then head to Sea Tea Improv on Saturday for their gut-busting double feature of Hallmark vs. Lifetime and Worst Date Ever!!
For the Casual Date
If flowers and Fabio isn’t your cup of tea, Hartford Flavor Co, Hanging Hills, and Hog River tasting rooms provide a low-key option all through Valentine’s weekend. On Saturday, ArtSpace hosts their 20th Anniversary Party, featuring food, funk, and fine art.
For the Family Type
This month’s installment of the Wadsworth’s Second Saturdays for Families explores the culture of Japan as a tie-in with their latest exhibit. Later, you can join the annual Art Sled Derby at Elizabeth Park and participate in Hartford’s newest winter tradition. On Sunday, Sea Tea Improv presents their weekly Family Show, where suggestions from the audience come to life in a totally PG way.
For the Wild Card
There’s all sorts of people in the world. For the brave few, there’s Monster Jam, which rolls through the XL Center Valentine’s weekend. You can also check out the Charter Oak Cultural Center’s annual staging of The Vagina Monologues. And if you’re feeling really wild, you can catch them both back-to-back on Saturday.