Valentine's Day in the City

by Kate Thrane

Photography courtesy of Noor Nasser

As Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches, students are looking for ways to celebrate the holiday. The good news: Boston is never boring. Whether you are a couple or single, Boston has events all over to keep you entertained at all price ranges.

Valentine’s Day SHAKEup: A night with Shakespeare’s Iconic Couples

An evening of Shakespeare with a twist! The Bard’s most illustrious couples—think Romeo and Juliet and Antony and Cleopatra—perform scenes and sonnets from Shakespeare’s best works. Unlike other stoic Shakespeare plays, it promises to be an entertaining evening as the audience is immersed in the show in a fun and playful way as the action takes place throughout the theater. The show is from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge. Tickets range from $12 to $117.

Dance

MIT hosts swing dances every Wednesday night so you can dance the night away from 9 to 11 p.m. on Valentine’s Day! Admission is free and the only requirements are your dancing shoes and some rhythm. Beginners are welcome, no partner is required and groups are encouraged. For more information click here.

Ice Skating at the Boston Common

Celebrate the day by zipping around Frog Pond at the Boston Common. If you bring your own skates it’s $6, and if you rent them, it’s $18 in total with the entry fee. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day -- plenty of time to enjoy the fresh air and fun.

Bask Among the Stars

Visit Boston University’s Coit Observatory, open every Wednesday, to look at the stars. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and it is recommended to arrive ten minutes before. If it is raining or cloudy, the event is cancelled. Even though the event is free, they suggest reserving tickets here through Eventbrite.

Watch sparks fly on screen at the Brattle Theater

Casablanca is returning to the screen at the Brattle Theater for its 75th anniversary. Watch Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman fall in love and utter the famous lines, “we’ll always have Paris” and “of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…” this Valentine’s Day. The Brattle Theater is located in Cambridge and tickets range from $8 to $20.

Eat Your Heart Out

Upper Crust Pizzeria is offering heart shaped pizzas for delivery and pick-up. Their locations include Beacon Hill, Brookline and Cambridge. The cost is $16 for a small pizza and $23 for a large pizza plus delivery fees. As an added bonus, they have gluten free dough!

Boston Poetry Slam

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an unusual open mic poetry slam. Boston Poetry Slam is featuring renowned poet Arianna Brown this Valentine’s Day at the Cantab Lounge at 7:15 p.m. There is a strict no romance rule—so no romantic poetry. The tickets are $3 at the door, and the show is 18+. For more information, click here.

Grab your valentine or a group of valentines and make February 14 a night to remember!