Dinner. flowers. Maybe a bottle of wine… organizing a traditional Valentine’s Day isn’t hard.
But what if you’re not quite so traditional? Maybe you’re freshly single, or freshly it’s-complicated. Maybe you just hate Valentine’s Day. We still hope you’ll be able to get a little enjoyment out of this annual Hallmark holiday, so we cherrypicked a few things happening around town that seem palatable for the less traditionally minded among you.
Less traditional Valentine’s Day options in Nashville
Thursday, Feb. 4
Dirty Girl Valentines at O.liv Body Bar
Pre-V-Day, here’s a chance to hang with your girls and spoil your dang self. East Nashville’s O.liv Body Bar has a day of giveaways and drinks and relaxed hangs planned, including lots of mini services on special ($20 Valentine manicure, $25 hot stone massage, $30 organic mini facial and lots more), plus a jewelry trunk show with Nashville artist m.florita jewelry.
5 to 8 p.m., 922 Main Street
Thursday, Feb. 11
Love Birds Picking Party and Winter Wonderland Cake Walk at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center
This one’s for the musicians and/or folks who get a jolt from the tense insanity that is musical chairs. You’re invited to swing by the nature center at Shelby Park in East Nashville and bring a stringed instrument to play, or just hang out and listen. The Cake Walk portion isn’t exactly musical chairs, but similar — you move around a grid, and when the music stops, the person on a winning grid spot snags a cake as a prize. Which may come in handy for a Valentine’s Day chocolate binge.
6 to 8 p.m., free registration here, 1900 Davidson Street
East Nashville’s Gallery Luperca has a Friday night event for those of us looking for something a little more… risqué. They’ll be setting up a lounge-style atmosphere in the gallery, with live jazz theatre, local treats and an early look at artist Sebastian Smith’s provocative exhibit “The Old Testament of Kink.” Attendees are encouraged to get decked out in ‘40s glam style to walk the red carpet (yep, there’ll be one) into the celebration.
Doors at 7 p.m., $25 (tickets here), feel free to BYOB, 604 Gallatin Ave, Ste 212
A great one for those of you who’d like to do some family Valentine’s stuff pre-grown-up Valentine’s stuff: Work up an appetite (for s’mores) by hiking around the woodland beauty at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, then roll back to the pavilion to drink hot cocoa and make gourmet s’mores.
Sunday, Feb. 14
Zombie Valentine Party at Smokers Abbey
Plenty of us have February 14 marked on our calendars for reasons that have nothing to do with hearts and cupids. The day also brings the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead, a big-time holiday for the devoted. East Nashville cigar shop Smokers Abbey brings the day’s two big events together with a Zombie Valentine Party. Grab some free beer, grab photo ops with zombified party people, watch the show and, if you decide to come in zombie costume, snag discounts on some smokeables, too.
7 p.m. to 11 p.m., 604 Gallatin Avenue, Ste 102
Sunday, Feb. 14
If you were in high school around the early part of this century, there’s a fairly good chance your profound feelings were soundtracked by emo heavy-hitters like Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance and the like. On Valentine’s night at East Nashville’s FooBar, you’re encouraged to feel those feels all over again at Emo Night Nashville, where sadness and loneliness and frustration and guitars will be spun all night. Show up early, and there’s Two Boots Nashville pizza, too.
8 p.m., free, 2511 Gallatin Road
Any of this speak to you? Have other Valentine’s Day plans you find more fascinating? We’d love to hear your suggestions.