Alternative Valentine’s Day Events in Los Angeles

Go beyond roses and chocolates

Los Crazy Chickens at Lucha VaVOOM
Los Crazy Chickens | Instagram: @luchavoom

Leave the roses and chocolates behind and check out these alternative Valentine’s Day events in Los Angeles.

If you're looking for a more traditional celebration, we've got you covered with restaurants offering Valentine's specials.

Lucha VaVoom de La Liz Valentine's Day 2024
La Venganza del Amor | Photo: Lucha VaVoom de La Liz

Lucha VaVoom de La Liz (Feb. 14-15, 2024)

The mind-blowing mash-up of Mexican wrestling, burlesque and comedy now known as Lucha VaVoom de La Liz is taking over the famed Mayan Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, February 14-15.

Dubbed "La Venganza del Amor" ("The Revenge of Love"), the Valentine's shows feature LVVDLL's signature brand of sexo y violencia, including an all-star lineup of luchadores, burlesque goddesses, aerialists, contortionists, a lowrider show and much more. The raucous commentary comes courtesy of comedian Blaine Capatch, who is often joined by pals like Drew Carey and Andy Richter.

Tickets for this 21+ event are $45 for General Admission (Mezzanine & Balcony) and $65 for Ringside Seating & Standing (non-reserved).

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" | Photo: 20th Century Fox

Street Food Cinema: Lovestruck Cinema (Feb. 10 & 14, 2024)

One of LA's most popular outdoor movie series, Street Food Cinema is presenting "Lovestruck Cinema" at the landmark Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown LA. The Rocky Horror Picture Show screens on Saturday, February 10 with a Shadow Cast performance by Sins o' the Flesh. On Valentine's Day, Romeo + Juliet will screen with burlesque by Cabaret Versatile.

Tickets are on sale at the Street Food Cinema website, with options ranging from General Admission to the Sweetheart Single, Romance Package for two and the Deluxe Lovestruck Experience - two reserved seats, two glasses of sangria, two popcorn and a sweet treat. Outside food from Grand Central Market is permitted. Two full bars at the theatre, no outside alcohol is allowed.

Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook" (2004)
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook" | Photo: New Line Cinema

Cinespia: "The Notebook" (Feb. 14, 2024)

"If you’re a bird, I’m a bird." Celebrate summer love that lasts a lifetime with a 20th anniversary screening of The Notebook, presented by Cinespia at the stunning Los Angeles Theatre.

Directed by Nick Cassavetes, The Notebook stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a young couple who fall in love in the 1940s. Their story is told in flashback by an elderly man who reads from a notebook to a fellow nursing home resident.

Along with the movie, the event includes live performances, DJ sets, full bars and a photo booth. Formal dress or themed attire is encouraged!

Tickets are $45 for General Admission and $95 for Premium Admission, which includes skipping the entry and photo booth lines; free photo booth print and premium bar line access.

Tease If You Please
Photo: Tease If You Please

Tease If You Please - Orpheum Theatre (Feb. 14, 2024)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Tease If You Please presents an unforgettable evening of opulence and sophistication at the historic Orpheum Theatre. The Valentine's Day cabaret experience features stunning showgirls, burlesque artists, cirque performers, and comedy mayhem from the emcee.

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster, with options for Balcony, Mezzanine and Orchestra.

Alamo Drafthouse Valentine's Day 2024
Friend or Flame | Photo: Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse: Friend or Flame (Feb. 15, 2024)

Located at Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown LA, the Video Vortex lounge features a full bar, 45+ beers on tap, Tex-Mex food, vintage arcade games, board games and more than 40,000 Blu-rays and DVDs available for FREE rental.

On Thursday, February 15, Video Vortex is hosting Friend or Flame, a free speed dating event, from 7-10pm. RSVP and who knows, maybe you'll find a love match and someday be able to tell friends and family "We Met at Alamo Drafthouse"!

Broken Hearts Circus at Angel City Brewery
Broken Hearts Circus | Photo: Angel City Brewery

Broken Hearts Circus - Angel City Brewery (Feb. 18, 2024)

Located in the Downtown LA Arts District, Angel City Brewery is hosting its annual Broken Hearts Circus – a celebration of the single, the third wheels, and everything in between.

Taking place on Sunday, February 18, the circus features aerialists, stilt-walkers, contortionists, jugglers, sword swallowers, tarot card readers and more as the Public House transforms into a big top tent for the day.

Doors open at 11am, the festivities begin at 1pm. Bring your crew - all are welcome, especially pups! No cover, RSVP at Eventbrite.

Auditorium at the Philosophical Research Society
Auditorium | Photo: Aaron Araki, Philosophical Research Society

EXP TV - Philosophical Research Society (Feb. 15, 2024)

On Thursday, February 15, Philosophical Research Society presents EXP TV's Love Is…, featuring a unique lineup of 16mm films, screwy original EXP TV shorts and other mating rituals. The highlight of the evening is a rare 16mm screening of a sweet 1970s after school special!

Tickets are $15 and on sale at Eventbrite.

Love Aaj Kal: Bollywood Valentine's Party 2024
Love Aaj Kal: Bollywood Valentine's Party | Photo: Eventbrite

Love Aaj Kal: Bollywood Valentine's Party (Feb. 9, 2024)

Bollywood in Hollywood (BIH) presents the annual Love Aaj Kal: Bollywood Valentine's Party on Friday, February 9 at the legendary Catch One. Whether you're single and ready to mingle, or already attached, Love Aaj Kal is the Bollywood-style Valentine's party of your dreams. BIH notes there's a special dress code: red (taken), black (available) and white (maybe).

Tickets for this 18 and over event are on sale at Eventbrite, with options for groups and VIP tables.

The iconic piano from "Casablanca" on view at the Academy Museum
The iconic piano from "Casablanca" | Photo: Academy Museum

Time to Fall in Love - Academy Museum (Feb. 14, 2024)

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is celebrating Valentine's Day with a matinee of Casablanca and the separately ticketed Time to Fall in Love Tour. One of the greatest and most romantic movies of all time, Casablanca will be screening in 35mm at 2pm in the David Geffen Theater.

Experience the Academy Museum in a new way with the Time to Fall in Love Tour, led by museum educators as they highlight the core exhibition, Stories of Cinema. Explore Level Two with educators as they spotlight the timeless love story of Casablanca (1942), the haunting romance of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940), and the costume design of movies such as September Affair (1950) and Mamma Mia! (2008). On Level Three, educators will highlight the dramatic style of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar; the devastating love and design of Emily from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005); and the blissfully macabre Morticia Addams from The Addams Family (1991). Tours are scheduled for 4pm, 4:30pm and 5pm and will meet at the Netflix Lounge on Level 2. These special tours are first-come, first-served.

Crushed: Singalong Piano Heartbreak Bar at Three Clubs
Crushed | Photo: Bucket Listers

Crushed - Three Clubs (February 2024)

Popping up at Three Clubs on select dates in February, Crushed: Singalong Piano Heartbreak Bar invites you to sing the heartache away with a live pianist, whether that's from your seat or on stage!

The experience includes themed cocktails/mocktails, the Crush List, love letter shredding, photo ops and a tarot card reading to see what the universe has in store for your love life.

Tickets are $23-25 and on sale at Bucket Listers. Each ticket includes a 90-minute reservation and a welcome drink. Additional drinks and bites will be available for purchase.

Theatre at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood
Black Rabbit Rose | Photo: Houston Hospitality

Black Rabbit Rose

Experience a magical Valentine's Day at Houston Hospitality's Black Rabbit Rose, a hidden gem in the heart of Hollywood. Enjoy performances by a trio of magicians, signature cocktails and live jazz.

Tickets are on sale at SevenRooms with two options: $70 includes admission to the 9:30pm magic show, champagne toast and red rose; $125 adds a two-course dinner (8pm seating) and one cocktail. Jazz starts after 11pm. Upscale attire is encouraged.

Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in "True Romance" (1993)
Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette in "True Romance" | Photo: Warner Bros.

New Beverly Cinema (Feb. 12-18, 2024)

Quentin Tarantino's indie movie theater, the New Beverly Cinema, is screening double features throughout Valentine's Week: Comrades, Almost a Love Story / Cupid One (Feb. 12), Bonnie and Clyde / True Romance (Feb. 13-15) and Casablanca / Before Sunset (Feb. 16-18). Full schedule and tickets at the New Beverly website.

Valentine's Day 2024 at Upright Citizens Brigade
Photo: Upright Citizens Brigade

Upright Citizens Brigade (Feb. 14, 2024)

Cupid is retiring! He’s ready to put down his bow, but he can't leave the world without love. So he's searching for his replacement Top Model-style and hosting a competition featuring the wildest character performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Tickets to Cupid’s Next Top Valentine’s Day Mascot are $5 in advance and $10 on the day of the show.

Skate Oddity: Valentines & Frankensteins
Skate Oddity: Valentines & Frankensteins | Photo: Eventbrite

Skate Oddity: Valentines & Frankensteins (Feb. 10, 2024)

On Saturday, February 10, Skate Oddity presents Valentines & Frankensteins, a "monstrous" Skate Date taking place from 4pm to 8pm at the LA Kings Burbank Sports Center.

Skate Oddity DJs will spin a soundtrack of goth, 80's, synth and rock & roll for your skate macabre! Costumes are encouraged - think Frankenstein's Monster, the Bride, Mad Scientist, Igor etc. Besides skating, you can shop "Valloween" vendors; nosh on vegan comfort food by Leaf Over Beef; get a reading from Fantasma Witch and much more.

Valentines & Frankensteins welcomes roller skaters and bladers of all skill levels (recommended ages 11 and up). General Admission is $22 and $29 for VIP. Skate rentals are $6. Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite.

Orbic Air Malibu Mountaintop Landing
Malibu Mountaintop Landing | Photo: Orbic Air

Orbic Air (Feb. 10-18, 2024)

"Love is in the air" with Orbic Air, which is offering unforgettable Valentine's Day packages from February 10 to 18. Priced at $1,098 per couple, the Malibu Mountaintop Landing Tour includes a private 45-minute helicopter tour and 30 minutes of personal time on the peak with a complimentary photo, champagne toast, assorted chocolates and berries, and a rose. Other packages include the exclusive DTLA Rooftop Landing and 30-minute Cupid's Tour.

Orbic Air also boasts the closest views of the iconic Hollywood Sign with its ten-minute Lover's Tour, which includes bird's eye views of Universal Studios Hollywood and the Griffith Observatory.

Sunday Sweetheart Valentine's Rides at the Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum
Sunday Sweetheart Valentine's Rides | Photo: The Zimmerman

Valentine's Rides - The Zimmerman (Feb. 11, 2024)

Located in El Segundo a half-mile south of LAX, the Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum (ZADM) displays a rotating selection of more than 130 vintage automobiles. The ZADM is the only automobile museum in the world that takes guests for rides in the fleet.

On February 11, the Zimmerman is hosting Sunday Sweetheart Valentine's Rides from 10am to 3pm. FREE with admission to the museum, the family-friendly event includes chauffeured rides in a classic car, along with complimentary champagne and chocolate tasting. NOTE: children must be at least 10 years old or 55″ tall to ride in a vintage vehicle.

Suggested admission donation is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 11-17, and free for kids under 10.

Caviar set at Esters Wine Shop
Caviar set at Esters Wine Shop | Instagram: @esterswine

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Esters Wine Shop is toasting to love all day long! Starting at noon on Valentine's Day, Sommelier Randall Middleton is pouring Champagne by the glass from magnums to pair with oysters, caviar and cheese & charcuterie platters. And with 2024 Champagne Resolutions, Esters will be offering some of the best deals in town on bottles. Starting at 5pm, Chef de Cuisine Sheyna McCallister will be cooking up a decadent Prime Rib to pair with a themed wine flight. Walk-ins are welcome, but booking a table at Resy is highly recommended.


On Sunday, February 11, Esters will host a Val/Gal-entine's Day Flower Workshop with local florist Krystal Chang. All flowers, vases and tools will be provided. Each participant will take home their own floral arrangement. The workshop includes a glass of sparkling rosé and housemade chocolate truffles by Esters. Tickets are $155.