Valentine’s Day fun for adults: Romance optional

In a relationship? Single? “It’s complicated?” No matter your status, there’s no escaping Valentine’s Day — or those Hallmark commercials. While the holiday traditionally focuses on couples, there are fun events across the Granite State for everyone.

If you haven’t already sworn off Valentine’s Day and you are looking for something to do on or around the holiday with a partner, or with a group of friends, here are some offbeat, fun ideas for you to explore.

The birds and the bees

The Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn is hosting a seminar on the courtship behaviors of animals, titled “The Romantic Habits of Animals” on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. According to the Audubon, “Many mammals and birds spend February and the coming months finding mates through a variety of interesting calls, behaviors, and habits, some of which are fascinating to observe.” Refreshments will be provided, including chocolate. The seminar is by Kelly Dwyer, expert birder and NH 2018 Environmental Educator of the Year. Pre-registration required. Cost: $10 for members or $15 for non-members.

Massabesic Audubon Center
26 Audubon Way, Auburn

In bloom     

Head to downtown Manchester to take part in Valentine’s Blooms at the Bookery on Monday, February 11, where you will create a beautiful flower arrangement just in time for the holiday. You will learn flower tips and tricks, and the best part is you get to bring it home. Before class, stop at the café or peruse the newest selections of the independent bookstore. Class is 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: $65

The Bookery
844 Elm St., Manchester

Blood red

If Valentine’s Day fills you with horror, The Strand is the place to be on Thursday, February 14, at 7 p.m. My Bloody Valentine is the 1981 Canadian slasher film that tells the story of a group of young adults who decide to throw a Valentine’s Day party only to incur the vengeful wrath of an assailant in mining gear who begins a killing spree. Tickets: $5

The Strand
20 Third St., Dover
Tickets through Eventbrite

Glitz and glam

Live from New York, it’s the Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl on Thursday, February 14. Dig out the legwarmers, Spandex and Aqua Net and you are ready to enjoy a show at the Palace Theatre brought to you by WZID. Jessie’s Girl has mastered renditions of some the decade’s best songs, all while dressed up as unforgettable singers including John Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and more. It is theatre, meets live music, smothered in 80’s glitz. Get your girlfriends together and party like it’s 1989. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $33.  

The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St., Manchester


Forget Valentine’s Day, it’s time for a girls night out to celebrate Galentine's Day. Galentine's Day, which is on February 13 is all about celebrating ladyfriends. Join Red River Theatres for a special Galentine's Day event on Thursday, February 7 (yes… it's a bit early) for the playing of “Legally Blonde” at 7 p.m. In addition to checking out a cult classic, ladies are invited to enter the costume contest by dressing up as their favorite female hero and don’t forget to stop by the photo booth. Cost: $12.

Red River Theatres
11 South Main Street, Concord

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