Valentine’s Day: Last-Minute Romance & Revelry

Melanie Noel Light

Even if you’re a little late in planning a big night out, there’s more to Valentine’s Day in Sacramento than any Hallmark card can etch on your beloved’s heart. How about something casual, something comfortable, something thrilling, or something a little unexpected?!

See a Movie –

If you’re nostalgic, Casablanca at Tower Theater just might be the ticket. See the 75th anniversary film screening at a historic neighborhood theater with great stadium seating. 2508 Land Park Drive, 7pm, $7

If you’re single, The Age of Love is a documentary that explores the universality of love and desire, regardless of age. A casual mixer will be held afterward with beer and wine for purchase. 24th Street Theatre, 1pm, $5

See a Show –

If you’re a little bit country, the Liv On Project at the Crest Theatre features singing trio Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky. The theme is love, loss and endurance. 2013 K Street, 7:30pm, $35-65

If you’re a little more rock ‘n roll, Freedom Hawk will perform their catchy, old-school style freedom rock (along with Irata, Frack! and Shotgun Sawyer) live at Starlite Lounge. 1517 21st Street, 8pm, $8

Be the Show –

If you like to express yourself, perform for others, or cheer on your peers, Open Mic Night at Kupros Craft House happens Tuesday nights – This one in the name of love, of course. 1217 21st Street, 8pm, No Cover

See a Play –

If you’re curious, Becoming Dr. Ruth at B Street Theatre might enlighten – or at least entertain – you and your date.  2711 B Street, 6:30pm, Price Varies

Just Play –

If you like a little adrenaline with your romance, Valentine Haunt (at Ultimate Terror Scream Park) might just scare the pants off someone. 4909 Auburn Blvd, 7-11pm, $25-35

Just Dance –

If you’re interested in Latin styles of dance – and like free things – Arthur Murray Carmichael is hosting a dance party + lessons, open to beginners and beyond, singles and couples. 4141 Manzanita Ave, 7:45pm, Free

People Watch –

And finally, if you like to watch… Old Sacramento is going to be one of the most festive places in town. But reservations won’t matter when there are plenty of benches, bars and windowed cafes from which to soak up the sweet scenery. An old-fashioned stroll with hot chocolate in hand would also be a nice pairing for a love-ly evening such as this.