Maybe it’s because my neighborhood grocery store has been pink and red and heart-covered since Jan. 2, but I’d all but forgotten this is Valentine’s Day week. (What tipped me off? The aisles are starting to turn all green and shamrocky.) Time to start making some plans.
Rana at the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog has done some legwork to find a solid list of free-to-cheap Atlanta Valentine’s Day date ideas, from the High Museum to Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum, from movies at The Strand to improv at Relapse.
There are dozens more Valentine’s Day events and ideas on the AccessAtlanta.com calendar, too.
Here are a few more ideas, but I’d love to hear yours, too! What are your plans for yourself, your sweetheart or your pals this Valentine’s Day? (Also: let’s keep this family friendly. We don’t need to hear about your late-night plans.)
For animal lovers:
The Georgia Aquarium’s Valentine’s Day events include a lecture about animal mating by Dr. Al Dove and Senior Animal Care Specialist Patricia Dove — yep, a married couple — a reception and dinner. You can follow that up, too, with an adults-only sleepover in the Aquarium’s galleries, followed by breakfast in the morning. The lecture and dinner costs $90 per person for non-members or $80 per person for members. With the sleepover, the cost rises to $160 per non-member or $135 per member. (By the way, I put the Georgia Aquarium’s video about one penguin’s “search” for love on the Must Watch list. OMGpenguin.)
You can also use the holiday weekend to support the Humane Society of Cobb County and enjoy its annual winter variety show, “Hearts and Dreams,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. For $100 per ticket, you’ll enjoy performances by the Lyric Theatre, Pebblebrook School for the Performing Arts, magician Joe Turner and others, all while giving back.
For music lovers:
Georgia State University Orchestra’s Valentine’s Celebration will features musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and pieces including Bach’s “Flute Concerto in D Minor,” Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture,” the Chinese-legend turned orchestral piece “Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto” and music from “West Side Story.” The free concert is at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Atlanta.
Want a different style? Check out guitarist Witold Tulodziecki as he performs a free concert of contemporary, Flamenco-inspired music at SCAD’s Ivy Hall at 3 p.m. Feb. 14.
For outdoorsy types:
I’m always impressed by the variety of weekend offerings at Georgia State Parks, and there’s no shortage this weekend either, including the Mountaintop Adventure Hike at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge at 2 p.m. Feb. 14.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell has its usual list of hikes and Creature Features this weekend, and the family-friendly Laughing Matters improv at 11 a.m. Feb. 13. Expect a little, um, romance. As Nature Center staff points out, February is the start of breeding season.
For an offbeat holiday:
Skip the chocolates and flowers.
Check out the Center for Puppetry Arts’ “Oh, Poe is Me!” Valentine’s Weekend Feb. 11-14. You can see the teen/adult performance of “Tales of Edgar Allen Poe,” grab a drink from the cash bar and post a “broken heart Valentine” on the wall for all to see.
Eyedrum is hosting the CinErotic Film Festival this weekend, too, showing off “beautiful, smart, sexy, surprising, titillating and artful independent films with erotic themes.” Here’s the full schedule and descriptions of the films.
There are plenty of family-and-kid friendly Valentine’s Day activities this week.
Check out the list of Valentine’s Day crafts, stories and movies at Atlanta Fulton County Public libraries this week.
Visit the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center in Alpharetta for a Valentine’s Day craft from noon-2 p.m. Feb. 13.
Or you could do something bigger, like checking out the Big Apple Circus opening this weekend in Stone Mountain, or the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Baily Circus “Zing Zang Zoom” opening at Philips Arena.
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