The next best thing to a night in might just be the Flannel Formal.

Bummershoot Galentine’s Day

Feb 13 You and your strong, independent gals (who certainly need no partners) can gather at Conor Byrne pub the night before the big day for a sappy blend of alternative pop, soul, and jazz. The Womxn in Music Collective will round up Kate Dinsmore, Leah T, Marina and the Dreamboats, and Claire Michelle for this “Galentine’s Day” Edition of Bummershoot 2020, which will also traffic in elementary school nostalgia with arts and crafts. Conor Byrne Pub, $8

Comedy at Peddler Brewing Company

Feb 14 It's not that you don't want to go out on Valentine's Day... It's just not exactly the easiest night to find a sitter. Peddler Brewing Company will play host to some cheesy chuckles your kid just might understand at an early-evening, age-appropriate comedy hour. For the childless (or childless for the night), the raunchy, Valentine's-themed stuff comes immediately after. Peddler Brewing Company, $10

Galentine’s Bingo Soiree

Feb 13 The pre-Valentine’s Day tradition, popularized by Parks and Rec’s earnest main character Leslie Knope, is all about taking time to value your friendships. For Seattle nonprofit The World is Fun, Galentine’s Day means playing bingo. But it's not just some bonding exercise: Prizes include a $200 Canlis gift certificate and tickets to the upcoming Cocktail District, both perfect opportunities for Girls' Night Out round two. The Collective Seattle, $28

Flannel Formal

Feb 14 If you mostly want to spend Valentine’s Day as a pile of pajamas on your couch, the Flannel Formal is the perfect outing, stealthily disguised as a comfy night in (plaid pjs totally welcomed). Take it to the next level of cozy with Theo Chocolate s’mores and ghost stories around an indoor fire; or, if the espresso martini gets you properly riled up, try your hand in the Pike Place fish-throwing contest. Multiple bars will dispense local beer and wine, moscow mules, and specialty coffee drinks; your first two, as well as light appetizers and dessert, are included in the ticket price. Block 41, $35

Lost Love Market and Art Show

Feb 8 Local vendors will take over the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall all day just about a week before the holiday in question for the Lost Love Market and Art Exhibit. Shop art, skincare, clothing, plants, and more for your BFF, mom, or (sigh) honey. With the auxiliary donuts, dancing, and hula-hooping, you could even file this one under “treat yourself” and practice some self-love. Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, free

Puppy Networking

Feb 9 This alternative to a singles mixer just might help you find your canine Valentine: During Puppy Speed Dating at Hellbent Brewing Company, those interested in adopting can chat with Resilient Hearts Animal Sanctuary adoption staff while meeting eligible dogs. After perusing pups, go downstairs for Biped Speed Networking. You’ll have five minutes with a pup and a person, a classic Seattle way to break the ice. Hellbent Brewing Company, free (before adoption)

The Rendezvous Shows

Feb 14 & 15 The Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater is hosting a relatively tame Valentine's threesome of local burlesque, cabaret, and comedy, on and after the special day. Heart-Shaped Box and Hedonism and Hearts celebrate and deplore modern romance through cabaret and burlesque performances (on February 14 and 15, respectively); Just a Phase  features queer and trans people of color comics on February 14. The Rendezvous, $15–$25

The Works Classes

Feb 8–14 The Works lets you create some Valentine’s-themed crafts, like resplendent dried floral wreaths, charcuterie boards, your own terrarium, Valentine’s cards, or decorate themed sugar cookies on multiple dates during Valentine's week. Tickets include the lesson and supplies for the first batch of whatever you create in class (ex: one wreath, one charcuterie board, five cookies). Registration is required. The Works Seattle, $49–$89 

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