10 Valentine's Parties in Phoenix

Attendees of last year's Crush Arizona Festival.
Attendees of last year's Crush Arizona Festival. Benjamin Leatherman
Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily for everyone. As a matter of fact, it's quite the polarizing experience, considering that most folks either love it or hate it.

And we’re willing to bet their feelings on the matter have a lot to do with their particular relationship statuses at the moment.

In other words, not everyone will be in the mood to celebrate come February 14.

The good news, however, is that there are plenty of things to do here in the Valley both on and around Valentine’s Day, regardless of your relationship situation.

If you want to be all hearts and flowers, there are a few nightlife and music events for you and your S.O. Conversely, if you’re feeling a bit lonesome or downright emo about the fact you’re single, there will be a couple of parties aimed at you.

Who knows? You might even meet someone special.

Love Is Dead
Tuesday, February 13
Stacy's at Melrose

The members of local female illusionist troupe The Queer Agenda will provide a glammy and goth evening of drag entertainment that takes a jaded view of matters of the heart. The lineup will include performances by Abhora and Dahli from Dragula, Miss Arizona US of A diva Taylor “Slay” Renee, Carnita Asada, Evah Destruction, Rubye Moore, and Benaddiction.

Rob Poe, Stacy's Tuesday night resident DJ, will also spin. The show starts at 9 p.m. General admission is free, VIP seating is $5.

Be Mines
Tuesday, February 13
Valley Bar

Speaking Into Existence is putting on this R&B-filled Valentine event, which will feature dancing to live music sets by Latosque, Leewater, Tindal Muzik, and Truvonne. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

Singles Awareness Day Party
Wednesday, February 14
Cobra Arcade Bar

Sad bois or anyone who’s rolling solo during Valentine’s might want to attend the Single Awareness Day (or “S.A.D.”) affair at Cobra. They can drown their sorrows with drinks, get in some dancing while Riot Earp works the mixers, or mope about while playing arcade classics. The party starts at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover.

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Emo Prom
Wednesday, February 14
The Van Buren

If ever there was a holiday conducive to the emotionally wrought nature of emo music, it’s Valentine’s Day. So local DJ duo Daylight Heist (the dudes behind the monthly Emo Night PHX) earn a few genius point for having an Emo Prom on the holiday itself.

Local emo cover band Hands Down will perform, and there will be a photo booth, spiked punch, and the crowning of a king and queen.

If you’ve got a date, the good news is that couples can get a discount when purchasing tickets online (use code “SADSONGS”). For anyone who’s single, there will be a speed dating session at 7:30 p.m. Obviously, we can’t promise you’ll make a love connection. In fact, things might get a little weird. But that’s okay, since awkward social interactions and moping over lost love are what prom and emo are all about.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $7.50 to $15.

Ariana's Valentine's Day Show
Wednesday, February 14
Karamba Nightclub

Local illusionist Ariana will host this showcase of drag artistry that will include performances by several locals. Drink specials will also be available. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call 602-254-0231.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.