Thursday, February 13, 2020

Beyond Roses & Teddy Bears: Your Guide to Exciting Valentine Day Events in Los Angeles

Leave the roses and teddy bears behind and check out these alternative Valentine’s Day events in Los
Angeles. Events are taking place on Friday, Feb. 14 unless otherwise noted.

Music at the Market - Grand Central Market Kick off Valentine's Day Weekend at Grand Central Market with a sweetheart's edition of Music at the Market, featuring a special Valentine's Day setlist by Nic Jackson. Nic Jackson stands out from the crowd with his soulful voice, breathtaking melodies, and tasteful instrumentation. He attributes his music style to legends like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Tower of Power, Brian McKnight, Sharon Jackson (his mother) and his aunt, Janice Marie Johnson of the Grammy Award-winning group, A Taste of Honey.

Grand Park: Lovers Rock
Grand Park celebrates Lovers Rock and transforms the 12-acre urban oasis with mood lighting and reggae into the premier date spot for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day on a budget. DJ Linafornia will set the vibe while sweets and treats will be available for purchase from various food trucks, including Cerda Vega serving their specialty, Birria de Res. Capture your romantic moments at the
complimentary photo booth. Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner, take a moonlit walk through the park’s Olive Court, enjoy iconic views of City Hall, and groove to a Lovers Rock playlist featuring past and present artists, including Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Chronixx, Aaliyah, Erykah Badu, Wayne Wonder and The Internet.

Street Food Cinema: "La La Land" - Million Dollar Theatre
Built in 1918, the landmark Million Dollar Theatre was the first movie palace built by Sid Grauman, the man behind the iconic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (now the TCL Chinese Theatre) and Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre.
On Valentine's Day, Street Food Cinema presents a special screening of the Academy Award-winning La La Land, featuring a Valentine's photo booth and specialty cocktails. Guests will be able to bring food from the nearby Grand Central Market into the Million Dollar Theatre, or eat at one of the vendors inside the theatre.

Los Angeles Vampire Ball - Globe Theatre
On Sunday, Feb. 16, Endless Night presents the Los Angeles Vampire Ball 2020, taking place from 9pm to 3am at the Globe Theatre in Downtown LA. The theme will be Anti-Valentines Day, so bring out your deepest and finest reds! Featuring DJs Aengel and V Christ, live music performance by ORGY, go-go dancers by Penny Suicide & the Suicide Girls, Mistress of Ceremonies Diana Dzhaketov, a Best Dressed Contest, and more.

Dress code: Victorian, Edwardian, Latex, Ancient Cultures, Baroque, Medieval, Pagan, Elegant gowns, Tophats, Black Tie, Cloaks and Capes. NO: Superhero cosplay, jeans or T-shirts. When in doubt wear all black. Be fabulous and amazing! Fangs, SFX contacts and Legacy Ankhs encouraged but not required.

Good Hands Market - Ace Hotel DTLA
Good Hands Market is a collective of working hands, teaming up to create a thriving community market and promote shared success. They host market parties where the community can explore small local brands. Skip the box of chocolates and shop local at Better Together, a Valentine's Day pop-up presented by Good Hands Market. From 6pm - 11pm, ten vendors will be selling all things handmade and vintage at Segovia Hall in the Ace Hotel DTLA. Come for after-dinner drinks and dancing while supporting great L.A. makers.

Love is in the Air - OUE Skyspace (through Feb. 16, 2020)
Celebrate an elevated Valentine's Week with breathtaking views at OUE Skyspace, which is offering the Love is in the Air package through Feb. 16. Priced at $75, the package includes 2 General Admission tickets, 2 rides on the Skyslide, a bottle of champagne, 2 chocolate covered strawberries and a Viewfinder Brochure.
On Valentine's Day, OUE Skyspace is hosting the Be Wine Valentine Tasting Event from 7pm-9pm. Sample wine different wine varietals paired with delicious bites and breathtaking views. Dance the night away at the Skyspace Nights afterparty with Lani Love and Diall Jess (House, R&B, Funk, and Disco).

Cinespia: "The Wedding Singer" - Los Angeles Theatre
Party like it’s 1985 at Cinespia's annual Valentine's Party, featuring a screening of The Wedding Singer (1998) at the spectacular Los Angeles Theatre. Get love-struck with a full bar, scrumptious treats, a glam photobooth, and DJ sets featuring totally awesome 80s hits that will make your heart flutter. Come dressed for the 80s Date Night of your dreams with your extra-special someone for a romantic night of sights, sounds and surprises.
Fall a little more in love in the City of Angels!

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