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FEBRUARY 9, 2017

12 Nontraditional Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Not into candlelit dinners? Not to worry. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, Indianapolis is abuzz with different activities. From dance parties to puppet shows, there are numerous events for singles, couples, friends, and families. Here are some nontraditional things you can to do celebrate Valentine’s Day:

Cupid is Stupid Dance Party at Tappers Arcade Bar

From 7 pm to midnight on February 14, shake your tail feather at Tappers Arcade Bar. DJ Evil Twin will be in the house and Tappers will be sure to keep the drinks coming. Feel free to bring your significant other to this party. … Or not. Cupid who?

Valentine Date Night Pop-ups at Indianapolis Art Center

Over the next couple of weeks, the Indianapolis Art Center has several pop-up workshops: glass hearts, cheese boards, watercolor paintings, welding. The “date night” workshops also include drinks, snacks, a raffle, a goody bag, and a social hour following the class.

Italian on Valentine’s at Indy’s Kitchen

Looking for that special someone? You might find them at Indy’s Kitchen. This Valentine’s Day, join other singles for a cooking class hosted by Chef Jenny Fox. Chef Jenny will teach the class how to cook a delicious Italian meal. Bon appétit!

Valentine’s Cabaret at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio

This year, take your smallest sweethearts to a fun-filled marionette show at Peewinkle’s, a 65-seat puppet theater located in the Indiana State Museum. The show runs February 10 through February 14, and the $13 ticket price includes a sweet treat. There also will be a post-show workshop, which your little ones can attend for an additional $3.

Valentine’s Day Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School

For just $15, the entire family can attend an open swim at Goldfish Swim School. While this Friday night event requires pre-registration, the costs includes Valentine’s Day-themed crafts and snacks. So, don your goggles and dive in.

Galentine’s Day Trivia at Bent Rail Brewery

Grab your girlfriends and head to Bent Rail for a night out. This trivia event will be “Parks and Recreation”-themed, and Li’l Sebastian is rumored to make an appearance. Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 at the door), and all proceeds support the Domestic Violence Network.

Be My Valentine Cupcake 5K Run/Walk

This February 11 run begins and ends at the Athenaeum, with a course that loops around Mass Ave and the Cultural Trail. All race participants will receive a medal and fuzzy fleece blanket. Better yet? There will be hot chocolate and cupcakes.

The Princess Bride Edition: Culinary Cult Classics at Thunderbird

Anybody want a peanut? This year, spend Valentine’s Day at Thunderbird, which will present the 1987 classic The Princess Bride. Although this event requires a reservation, a portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the ACLU of Indiana.

Local Love at Homespun: Modern Handmade

Drop by Homespun on February 11 for an afternoon of local love. Personalize a pendant or necklace with Salame Jewelry Designs or grab a bouquet from Blue Flower Studio. Onyx Exchange will be there, too, mixing up candles. And to top things off, Homespun is offering 14 percent off all its products.



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