Valentine’s Day is a holiday that you either hate or love — no in-between. Perhaps most feel there’s not much else besides the traditional lovey-dovey cards, dinner and a movie, decadent desserts, or the overflowing buckets of red roses. In fact, living in urban Miami means we’ve got options! Despite the side you root for on February 14th, mixing things up a notch is a motto we roll with. From artsy dates, concerts, to an erotic pottery workshop — take your pick and have yourself a far-from-basic V-Day this year.

CALLING ALL MUSIC BAES

Ah, did someone say concert dates? Bask and woo along with symphony group Nu Deco Ensemble for a romantic yet charming evening at The Light Box in Wynwood, as they cover classics by one and only, Nina Simone. Expect a special appearance from singer-songwriter, Tei Shi, who’s angelic voice will strike all those romantic chords within! Nothing screams heart-eye emojis than soulful music with perfect company.

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If you’re looking to take it up a notch for an unforgettable music experience, grab some last minute tickets to see Andrea Bocelli — YES, that’s right. Share an incredible moment with your hunny as Bocelli owns the night at the AAA this V-Day.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE MOVIE DATE

Dinner and a movie may sound far from adventurous, but it’s all about where and what you watch. Even if you’re not the hopeless romantic here, nobody turns down the amorous Hollywood film, Casablanca! Get comfy and cozy as you watch this passionate classic at The Coral Gables Art Cinema. Minus Humphrey Bogart, this is love and heartbreak that most of us could relate to. Sidenote: fedoras not included, fellas!

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GET A LIL’ DIRTY

Curious about a hands-on date? Look no further — explore and express body positivity with Kuu Pottery’s erotic mug workshop! All materials included, this 90-minute pottery class is light-hearted and everyone is welcome (couples, singles, friends). Let the subconscious imagination run wild as you design mugs with boobies and all other body parts you fancy. Led by Kassandra Guzman in her studio, save your spots and try something new!

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For a craft-making-with-a-view date, head over to Broken Shaker for the Renegade Craft Valentine’s Pop-Up — showcasing over a dozen of designers & artisans. Open (and free) to the public, shop eccentric handmade goodies from makers and join one of the many crafty workshops onsite as you bump to vinyl sets with the crowd. Don’t forget to treat your sweetie to quench-worthy cocktails and tasty bites.

ROLLIN’ WITH THE HOMIES

Who says group dates are overrated? Own the night with your crew and indulge in vintage, modern delight with the Moon River Cabaret Show, “The Garter”. Featuring neoclassical burlesque performances by Aurora Natrix, Candy Muldane, and Miami-native Sofia Luna — this V-Day gig brings humor and playful drinking games. Come hungry and munch on savory Latin cuisine in a laid-back vintage setting.

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LET’S ART & CHILL

For all you artsy love birds who are unable to celebrate on Valentine’s Day, take a trip to Art Wynwood for opening day on Friday, February 15th! We don’t blame you for craving an art fix — share perspectives on contemporary & modern collections with your boo, enjoy light sips, and the creative vibes around. Love is art and art is love, after all. For added adventure, take the Metromover or Wynwood Trolley (free) for a bit of sightseeing and a break from Miami’s parking hassles.

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However you choose to celebrate, try not to be a sour puss this Valentine’s Day and share the love regardless of a relationship status! We hope this ignites a new outlook on this love/hated holiday.

Cover photo by Miami Happening.