5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Metro Detroit

Upgrade your dinner and movie night at home with these fun events
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Check in at The Siren Hotel for a romantic staycation. // Photograph by Christian Harder

While there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple — we’ve all enjoyed plenty of dinner and movie nights at home during this pandemic — why not shake up date night?  As you try to navigate the most romantic day of the year during unprecedented times, consider trying one of these unique Valentine’s Day events.

A Night In The City

The Siren Hotel recommends its Chamber, Chamber Superior, or Parlor rooms for a romantic evening. To capture your love, fashion illustrator Brooke Hitchcock is available to sketch two-minute portraits, and photographer Rosa María Zamarrón is offering polaroid photoshoots. Pricing varies. Feb. 12-14. The Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-277-4736; thesirenhotel.com

Just for Laughs

Get some much-needed comedic relief this Valentine’s Day. The My Funny Valentine comedy show will take place at Bert’s Warehouse Theatre. The show will be headlined by comedian and actor Pierre Edwards and feature special guests Mike Bonner, Dezz White, and Foolish. Edwards starred in the 1997 films How to be a Player and BAPS and has also been featured on BET’s Comedic View. The theater will be following COVID-19 restrictions, so tickets are limited for this in-person show. $50+. Feb. 13, 6 p.m. Bert’s Warehouse Theatre, 2727 Russell St., Detroit; tickets available at eventbrite.com

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Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day event? Make pizza at home with Pizza Plex’s virtual cooking class. // Photograph courtesy of Featherstone

Put a Spin on Dinner for Two

A pandemic-friendly date night, Pizza Plex is offering a Zoom class that teaches couples how to make delicious pizza at home. The class, which is an hour and a half long, will be taught by Chef Nathan Hannon. Anyone who signs up for the course receives all the necessities for a romantic night in, including two bottles of Pizza Plex’s wine, two pre-made dough balls, a pizza stone, and toppings for four Margherita pizzas. The restaurant also offers vegan and gluten-free ingredients. $85. Feb. 14, 1 p.m. Pizza Plex, 4458 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; 313-757-4992; register online at pizzaplex.com

Single and Ready to Mingle

Singles don’t need to sit on the sidelines this Valentine’s Day. Filter Off, an online dating platform, offers 90-second, video chat speed dating in Detroit. Simply download the Filter Off app and tune at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 12 for a chance to find love. The event is free, but registration is required. Filter Off app; getfilteroff.com

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Whether you enjoy checking out local shops with your significant other or want a fun event to celebrate Galentine’s Day, then look no further. With complimentary cake pops, a hot cocoa bomb pop-up with Chef Allie Lytlle, and plenty of special discounts, the Ferne Boutique, Rock Paper Scissors, and Lily Grace shopping event is a great way to support local businesses — all in the name of love. Feb. 13. Rock, Paper, Scissors; 216 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-531-6264; rockpaperscissorsshop.com