Are you a last-minute planner and still looking for something to do to make Valentine’s Day weekend feel a little more exciting? Look no further: We’ve put a list of events, concerts, and museums you can head to with your special someone, your friends, or your kids to celebrate the day of love.
Go to a concert:
There’s still time to buy concert tickets for this weekend, and you’ve got some good choices. If you don’t mind spending over $100 per head, legendary singer, songwriter, rapper, and producer Lauryn Hill is in Boston this weekend. Anderson East, known for his jazzy fusion of soul, R&B, and rock, is also in town and won’t cost you quite as much (may we suggest you listen to this album Spotify to get excited?). Lee Fields, who’s been releasing soul and funk since 1969, is playing with his band The Expressions at The Sinclair.
Lauryn Hill at the Paradise Rock Club: 967 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.
Anderson East at Brighton Music Hall: 158 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA.
Lee Fields at The Sinclair: 52 Church Street, Cambridge, MA.
Go to the premier of an opera
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, an innovative collective near MIT known for it’s groundbreaking exhibitions and performances, is hosting the world premiere of a contemporary opera called SWITCH. The collaboration from the group Ecce Ensemble (led by Cambridge resident John Aylward) borrows from a variety of texts, including Hemingway, Calvino, Thomas Mann, D.H. Lawrence and Plato. It premiers on Friday, February 12 and has shows running through the weekend. Tickets available here.
Le Laboratoire Cambridge: 650 East Kendall St, Cambridge, MA 02142.
Learn how to make chocolate
Valentine’s Day might as well be called Chocolate Day. But rather than simply buying someone a box, take them to make their own. The Boston Chocolate School Workshop occurs on Saturdays at the Elephant & Castle Restaurant in Downtown Crossing, and teaches you everything you need to know about going from bean to bar. Tickets available here.
Boston Chocolate School Workshop: 161 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA.
Check out a museum:
Head to the Seaport and go to the Institute of Contemporary Art — it overlooks the water, so in addition to the Diane Simpson sculpture exhibit currently on display, you’re guaranteed beautiful harbor views. You can also go to the Museum of Fine Arts to check out the Frida Kahlo painting they just added to their collection. If you’re more outdoorsy—but don’t want to actually go outdoors because, you know, it’s cold—check out the National Parks Adventure iMax opening this Friday at the Museum of Science.
Institute of Contemporary Art: 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts: 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
Museum of Science: 11 Science Park, Boston, MA
Treat your kids to a Valentine’s Day outing:
If you want to include your kids in your Valentine’s Day plans, take them to the Children’s Museum Kids museum—a fort building exhibition starts on Sunday, and who doesn’t love a good fort? You can also take them to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, to get some ya-yas out given that it might be too cold to run around outside. This Saturday at 11 a.m. there’s a story time and craft session at the Harvard Coop. Or, you can make nature-themed crafts—like heart-shaped bird feeders—at Friends of the Fells Botume House Visitor Center in Stoneham.
Children’s Museum: 308 Congress St, Boston, MA
Sky Zone: 91-B Sprague Street, Boston, MA
Botume House: 4 Woodland Rd, Stoneham, MA