The 5 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Pre-Valentine’s Day Weekend

Whether you love love or hate love, there’s something for you

Mortified’s Annual Doomed Valentine’s Show
February 10

Remember that one time in middle school when you embarrassed yourself thoroughly then wrote about it in a diary? Oh, that was the entirety of your middle school tenure? Cool, me too. People who are braver than us are sharing those moments on stage at Mortified’s annual Doomed Valentine’s Day Show at Wanderlust, an evening of storytelling focused on the horrors of past relationships (“love, lust, and awkward teenage makeouts,” as they describe it). Performers will share excerpts from old diaries, love letters, poems, and even original songs; the performance is all ages, but beware, readings can get a little raunchy.

The Broken Hearts Circus
February 11

L.A.’s dating scene is full of enough clowns without the help of Angel City Brewing, but that doesn’t mean they don’t feel the need to help anyway. Head to the Arts District on Sunday for an afternoon of circus-themed tomfoolery featuring games from Two-Bit Circus, big toppy performances, a stilt-walker, and more. There will, of course, be beer if you need to drown your online dating sorrows, plus treats from the likes of Ridges Churros and Downtown Taco. Misery loves company, so go live it up.

Naked at the Getty
February 10-11

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No, the event is not clothing-optional. But Watson Adventures (not associated with the museum) is putting on a pseudo-saucy scavenger hunt that should tickle any art-loving valentine in your life. Clues lead to specific pieces of art in the hilltop galleries (many of which involve nudity—hence “naked”). Download the app Pixelot before you go—your Insta-story will be all the more hilarious.

The California International Antiquarian Book Fair
February 9-11

Remember when the Beast shows Belle his private library and she loses her mind? That’s about to be you. More than 200 booksellers showcase and sell rare tomes, manuscripts, and other ephemera at the Pasadena Convention Center. This year’s special exhibit celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Valentine’s Gift Market at Smorgasburg
February 12

Get a little twofer at this week’s iteration of the outdoor food festival: In addition to more than 50 vendors slinging their delicious delicacies, there will also be a number of stalls selling precious gifts perfect for your Sig-O (no matter what kind of person they are). Peruse some jewelry from Hannah Frost, some Japanese moss ball home decor from Kokedama LA, some bonkers condiments from Kill Sauce hot sauce, some menswear from California Cowboy, and way more places than we can responsibly list here.

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