Want to do something other than roses and a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day?
We have you covered. Here are some ideas even Cupid wouldn’t turn his back on.
All events are on Thursday, Feb. 14 unless otherwise noted.
Movies for Lovers
Romance in a Can: Two romantic film screenings as part of the Romance in a Can Film Festival also include a wine tasting; prices vary. 1-877-836-4849. For list of all films in festival, go to romanceinacan.com.
- French film Le Coeur des hommes: 7 p.m. wine tasting, 8 p.m. screening in French with English subtitles; Alliance Francaise-Miami, 618 SW Eighth St., Little Havana; $20, $15 AF members.
- U.S. film Girl Shy: 8:30 p.m.; Miami Beach Cinematheque, 512 Espanola Way, Miami Beach; $20.
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing: Special Valentine’s Day film screening of the classic romantic film about a widowed doctor who falls in love with an American correspondent in Hong Kong during China’s Communist Revolution; 10 a.m. to noon; Fred Lippman Center 2030 Polk St., Hollywood; $1. 954-921-3408.
Music for Lovers
Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club: Four-time Grammy Award winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval performs with Cuban vocalist Malena Burke; 9 p.m.; 6701 Collins Ave., South Beach; $150. 305-403-7565 or arturosandovaljazzclub.com.
Concert for Lovers with Eric Roberson: The South Florida Soul Series hosts this Valentine’s Day concert featuring Eric Roberson, a soul artist from Rahway, N.J. plus local music acts and comedians. Hosted by Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns; 7 p.m.; Joseph Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Ave., Miami; $25. 305-804-5741.
Deering Estate Moonlight & Music Valentine’s Day Concert: Romantic outdoor concert features Eric Hansen and the Hansenhaus Sextet. Guests can bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets with wine inside; also features food and beverage vendors with wine; vendors also on hand with food and beverages; 8 p.m.; Deering Estate; 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay; free parking. $15. 305-235-1668, ext.‚233 or www.deeringestate.org.
Fairchild Garden’s Valentine’s Day Concert: Spend a romantic evening with local jazz vocalist Nicole Henry and the 18-piece Florida International University Big Band, under the direction of Sam L. Lussier, director of jazz ensembles at FIU. Bring a blanket or a small lawn chair, a picnic basket and a special someone and relax amid the stunning landscape and the modern sculptural designs of Roy Lichtenstein. Reserve a gourmet picnic basket by Creative Tastes by calling 305-256-8399 by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Candlelit tables may also be reserved; gates open at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; prices for baskets vary. 305-667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
Still Lovin’ That Jazz: The Gold Coast Jazz Society presents a jazz concert featuring the internationally renown coronetist Warren Vachi, clarinetist Allan Vachi and pianist Eddie Higgins in an evening of jazz classics; 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13; Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; $30, $35, $40. 954-462-0222.
A Love Experience: In celebration of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, spoken word artist Sunni Patterson and soul singer-songwriter Anthony David perform; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13; Bohemia Room 501 Lincoln Rd., South Beach; $15. 305-519-1369 or www.thebohemiaroom.com.
Sugar Sand Park’s Valentine’s Day Carousel Reception & Concert: Features a carousel under the starts with exotic desserts and coffee plus a performance by the Palm Beach Chamber Ensemble; 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sugar Sand Park 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton; $25. 561-347-3901.
Dancing Through the Night
Best of Dance Valentine’s Party: Ballroom dance group lesson. Then enjoy a nonstop ballroom and Latin dance party with performance by Salsa Heat Wave. Light refreshments served; 6:45 to 11 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10; Best of Dance Studio 6255 SW Eighth St. (Calle Ocho), Miami; free parking. 305-269-0335.
Fred Lippman Center Sweethearts Dance: Senior Dance features music by the Bowery
Boys; 5 p.m.; Fred Lippman Center 2030 Polk St., Hollywood; free for seniors 60 and older with ID. 954-921-3408.
Tequila Ranch: Singles Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance features special three-course menu including tuna ceviche, Mexican filet and coconut flan. Also includes champagne specials and a live DJ; 5 p.m.; 5760 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale; $46 per person. RSVP at 954-556-7430.
Ex-Factor Anti-Valentine’s Day Boxing Class: Take out your post-relationship aggression in this intense class. Participants can bring a picture of their ex to tape on a focus mitt and pair up with another boxer; 8 p.m.; Crunch Fitness 1259 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. free. 305-674-8222.
South Beach-style Speed Dating: Club B.E.D. along with Cupid.com have planned an evening to help those looking to find love. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, singles will sip two-for-one glasses of Moët & Chandon champagne and enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries during rounds of six-minute “speed dates”; for ages 25-39. B.E.D., 929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; $45; 7:30 p.m.; register at Cupid.com.
A Singles Affair Valentine’s Day Party: Features live music, dancing, a light buffet and prizes for singles of all ages: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12; Jeff’s Beach House, 4140 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; $15. 954-370-7352.
Surprise a Love
Toast at the Top: Romance is in the air. Propose to your love at the top of the lighthouse in a tradition started by early pioneers Harry and Susan DuBois. Limited to couples only; 4 to 6 p.m.; Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, 50 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter; $50 for 20 minutes of romantic twilight plus champagne for two. Must reserve by calling 561-747-8380, ext. 101.
Sex and the Animals: Ron Magill, Metrozoo spokesperson, gives a presentation on how animals mate through a slide show. Show is for adults only; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; Miami Metrozoo 12400 SW 152nd St., South Miami-Dade; $30, $25 for Zoological Society Foundation members. 305-255-5551.
Cupid’s Carnival at Flamingo Park: Features carnival rides, music by a DJ, arts and crafts and face painting. Food available for purchase. Benefits the Miami Beach Recreation Cheerleaders to raise money for out of state competitions; 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; Flamingo Park Jefferson Avenue and 11th Street, Miami Beach; free, tickets available for purchase. 305-673-7730 or miamibeachparks.com.
Singing Valentines: The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest will perform two songs for a Valentine, hand out a rose along with a card. The Valentine will be delivered in a four-hour delivery window. Reservations are required by Feb. 13; Miami; $75. 305-274-7464.
South Florida Jubilees: Six quartets from the South Florida chapter of Sweet Adelines International Chorus deliver singing Valentines, throughout Broward County; 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; $50, check or money order only. For details, call 954-741-5674.