Ah, Valentine’s Day. For those in a relationship, February 14 can be a wonderful day filled with special mementos, memories, and romantic gestures. Date nights and thoughtful gifts are a given for many couples on Valentine’s Day, but the holiday of love has also earned the nickname of “Singles Awareness Day” for those who aren’t romantically involved with anyone.
Luckily, there’s plenty of ways to have fun on V-Day, as well as a few opportunities to get out and meet other singles. Here are some unique options for the single crowd as Valentine’s Day approaches in the Valley.
Red Hot Valentine’s Day Party - BLK Live
Feb. 14, 6 p.m.
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
If you’re in the mood to enjoy a night out, then grab some friends for a free event with cocktail specials, delicious food, fun contests, and live music from the band Ashley Red. The music and entertaining atmosphere at this popular new American restaurant can set the tone for a memorable Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale
Various times and locations
One of the most common gifts for Valentine’s Day is chocolate, and Scottsdale sure does have an amazing array of delectables and delights. Treat yourself to the Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale, a tradition for tourists and residents alike. It’s a fantastic way to show yourself a little love this February. This guided walking tour takes you through the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, stopping at chocolate destinations along the way. Some of the chocolatiers and pastry chefs on the tour include Sugarfina, The Herb Box, See’s Candies, Sprinkles, Zak’s Chocolate and Classic Cakes and Confections (subject to availability).
Michelle Wolf at Stand Up Live
Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Enjoy a few laughs at one of the Valley’s comedy destinations on Valentine’s Day. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Stand Up Live will welcome comedian Michelle Wolf, who headlined last year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. With Lucky Strike Bowling and the rest of Cityscape right there, you could enjoy an entire evening in the city center, with lots of laughs along the way.
The Grapevine Restaurant & Karaoke Bar
4013 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale
Get a few friends together for a group performance at this lively karaoke bar, or show off your self-confidence with a solo performance. This casual eatery with Mediterranean-inspired fare and an open-air bar upstairs, offers nightly karaoke from
5 p.m. until close. Relax, indulge in some drinks and food, meet new people or catch up with old friends.
Valentine’s Day Ball for Widows and Ladies at Scottsdale Lodge 43
Feb. 14, 6 – 9 p.m.
2531 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Scottsdale Masonic Lodge will host a formal gathering in celebration of its female members. The public is invited to come and indulge in an Italian dinner and dance. Entertainer/DJ Scott Favers will lead everyone onto the dance floor to end the evening in style. RSVPs are kindly requested.
Valentine’s Breakfast for Dinner at Scramble
Feb. 13, 5 – 8 p.m.
6590 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
How about bacon and eggs, or maybe waffles for dinner? On Valentine’s Day Eve, head out to Scramble, a breakfast and lunch joint in Scottsdale. The restaurant has partnered with Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary to offer a dinner event where 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the animal rescue shelter. Dog lovers will appreciate this opportunity to show love to their furry friends while enjoying breakfast for dinner.
Pre-Valentines Lock and Key Singles Party at Three Wisemen
Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
7323 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale
This cocktail garden in Scottsdale will host a Lock and Key Singles Party ahead of Valentine’s Day where single professionals are issued padlocks and keys at the start of the event. The fun starts when guests begin mingling to find which keys match which locks. This is a great chance to get to know new people and network in a unique way.