Ah, Valentine's Day. The Hallmark holiday we both love and loathe is once again upon us. Maybe you have a hot date—with a lover, a friend, or your Netflix account—but whatever your plans, you can forget the pressure and feel the love with one of these sweet events.
FEB. 12: THE WALTERS' SUPER THURSDAY PARTY
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. 5-9 p.m. Free. 410-547-9000. Join the Walters Art Museum for an early Valentine's celebration, with art, cocktails, and old-school soul and funk by DJ Paul Lebelle.
FEB. 13: WINE & CHOCOLATE TASTING
Hard Rock Café, 601 E. Pratt St. 7-9 p.m. $25. At this pre-Valentine's pairing, sample a sweet medley of Maryland wines alongside local gourmet chocolates from Parfections.
FEB. 14: KACEY MUSGRAVES
Rams Head Live, 20 Market Pl. 7 p.m. $25. 410-244-1131. ramsheadlive.com. This rebellious, rising country starlet brings her musical moxie to Rams Head for a special show, performing hits like "Follow Your Arrow" and "Blowin' Smoke."
FEB. 14: VALENTINE'S DATE NIGHT
National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. 8-11 p.m. $80-100. 410-576-3800. aqua.org. Take your date on a romantic trip under the sea at this private, nighttime aquarium tour set to live music with cocktails and dessert.
FEB. 14: SEX AT THE ZOO
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Dr. 6-9 p.m. $80. 410-396-7102. marylandzoo.org. They say romance is for the birds, so learn all about love in the animal kingdom at this annual affair at the zoo, with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and live jazz.
FEB. 14: OTTOBAR VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE PARTY
The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. 8 p.m. $5-10 suggest donation. 410-662-0069. Feel the local love at this dance party-cum-benefit with Baltimore musicians like Jana Hunter of Lower Dens, Williams Cashion of Future Islands, Lesser Gonzales, and Dianamatic, plus DJ sets by James Nasty and Young Coconut, with donations benefitting Moveable Feast.
FEB. 14: TASSELS & CHAMPAGNE
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. 7:30 & 10 p.m. $20-125. 410-276-1651. creative alliance.org. Nothing says passion like a little bit of skin, so swing by the Patterson to see Baltimore's premier burlesque troupe, Gilded Lily, and their Roman-themed Palazzo Decadente performance.
FEB. 14: TALKING HEADS AND LOVE SONGS
The 8x10, 10 E. Cross St. 8 p.m. $15. 41-625-2000. Boogie down to the Psycho Killers this Saturday as the Talking Heads cover band presents an evening of the group's greatest hits—like "Once in a Lifetime" and "This Must Be The Place"—as well as a set of assorted love songs.
FEB. 14: KATT WILLIAMS
Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. 8 p.m. $45-125. 410-347-2020. royalfarmsarena.com. Take your date out for some hearty laughs as this outlandish comedian performs his animated standup.
FEB. 14: OFF THE CUFF: THE BACH FAMILY
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 7 p.m. $29-84. 410-783-8000. bsomusic.org. Enjoy a romantic night of Baroque music, Bach family compositions, and insight from conductor Nicholas McGegan.
FEB. 14: CUPID'S UNDIE RUN
Luckie's Tavern, 10 Market Pl. 12 p.m. $55. 410-223-1105. Don your lucky underwear and brave the cold for this mile-long charity run, benefitting the Children's Tumor Foundation, followed by an after-party until 4 p.m.
FEB. 14: BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP'S VALENTINE'S EXTRAVAGANZA
The Mercury Theater, 1823 N. Charles St. 8-10 p.m. $8-10. 888-745-8393. The Baltimore Improv Group presents a Cupid-themed comedy night in two acts, with multiple performers, music, and standup.
FEB. 14: ENCHANTMENT UNDER THE SEA VALENTINE'S DANCE
Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Pl. 7:30 p.m. $20-30. 410-244-0057. With the dance floor decked out like Back to the Future's Hill Valley High, this '50s and '60s-themed mixer is a music-filled night for singles and couples alike, with DJs, a live band, Hawaiian fusion food, drinks, dating games, and more.
FEB. 14: BEER & DESSERTS
Phoenix Emporium, 8049 Main St., Ellicott City. 7-10 p.m. 301-694-7899. This craft beer and dessert tasting pairs a series of sweets with three Flying Dog brews, including the Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, and the just-released Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout.
TO FEB. 15: ICE SKATING
Inner Harbor Ice Rink, McKeldin Plaza, 101 Pratt St. Times vary. $3-9. 443-890-6158. This weekend is your last chance to ice skate in the Inner Harbor, so grab a sweater and take your Valentine out for a spin.