An all-inclusive guide to surviving Valentine’s Day

By Rebecca Brandel

Features Contributor

Valentine’s Day. Love it, hate it, or anything in-between, the often-celebrated and somewhat-berated holiday is plastered on calendars, store fronts, and hearts across America. Although sometimes seen as a “Hallmark holiday,” Valentine’s Day dates back to the third century AD with strong historical roots; after all, the holiday did get its name from St. Valentine.

Regardless of your relationship status on February 14, the holiday of love can be celebrated by friends, families, or lovers alike, and Buffalo is just the city celebrate in; a number of unique events will be held, the large majority of which are on Saturday, February 11. Check out our compiled list of Valentine’s Day events to attend with your partner, your friends, or your family.

For couples:

Intimate Fitness featuring Kris Hollie Fitness

On February 11, for just $25 per couple, GoPole Fitness will be holding an equipment-less intimate fitness workout that will bring you closer to your partner, as well as build trust and intimacy. Each couple that finishes the class receives a gift for completing the class! GoPole Fitness is accepting reservations now, as the event is expected to sell out.

Tri-Main Center at 2495 Main Street

LGBT Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance

The second Annual LGBT Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance will be held at the Hotel at the Lafayette on Saturday, February 11. Tickets cost $65 per person and can ordered by calling the reservation number 16-874-5400. The dance will be held in the magnificent Crystal Ballroom, where guests are invited to a romantic evening of dinner and dancing.

391 Washington St, Buffalo


Enjoy a six-course, French-themed, all-vegan dinner with one complimentary glass of wine. Additional glasses will be available for purchase. $65.00 per person.

Thinking Elvish Fantasy Chocolate Shop

423 Elmwood Avenue

Buffalo, New York 14222

For singles/friends

Galantine’s Day card making class @ Blue Sky Design Supply

If you’re not familiar with Galantine’s Day, it’s a fictitious holiday (created on the show Parks and Recreation) when single girls hang out and celebrate their friendship. Participants will be provided with project packets containing templates and materials to upcycle. Participants are invited to bring items from their personal DIY stash, such as fabrics, stamps, stationery paper, copies of sentimental photos, colored pencils, etc.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided – participants 21 and older are welcome to BYO.  Makers of all skill levels. The event is being held February 12 at 1:00 p.m. and costs $25.00 per person.

978 Elmwood Ave

Space Yoga & Wellness Studio

Space Yoga and Wellness Studio will be making a Sensual Linen Spray, His-and-Her Magical Young Living Essential Oil Roll-Ons, chocolate cinnamon-covered pretzels, and a massage oil. What better way to prepare for that special day on February 14? $25.00 per person, everything included. Surprise Ningxia Red Drink for everyone. Chair Massages done by Laurie Markowski, LMT will be available for an extra charge. Zyto Scans available. Tickets will be limited, payable at event. A 5 mL bottle of Joy will go to one lucky person that attends.

8823 State Road

Colden, NY 14033

For families:

The Buffalo Zoo

The polar bears will have Valentine’s Day-themed enrichment and treats Saturday, Feb. 11. There will be activities for people, too, throughout the day, including keeper talks.

300 Parkside Ave

Town of Tonawanda Family Valentine’s Dance

The event will include a meal catered by Chiavetta’s, coloring, pictures, and appearances by Nick Presents Magic and Princess Belle from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Tonawanda Senior Center. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased by Wednesday, Feb. 1. Semi-formal dress is encouraged.

291 Ensminger Road.


Ben Gleib

Ben Gleib is currently host, writer, and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated game show, “Idiotest,” on GSN. Named by TBS as one of the “funniest comedians working today,” Gleib racked up more than 100 appearances on “Chelsea Lately,” is a regular on the “Today Show,” and is the first comedian ever to live stream a full headline set on Facebook Live.

Helium Comedy Club

30 Mississippi Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Valentine’s Day Gifts (On a student’s budget!)

Valentine’s Day often consists of gifts being exchanged between partners, but on a college student’s budget, planning a romantic day with a gift on top may seem a bit overwhelming.

However, if you are willing to get a bit crafty, you will find there is a variety of thoughtful gifts to get your partner that will warm their heart.

-A jar of reasons why you love and care about them… All you need is a mason jar, pieces of paper, and some paint or stickers to decorate your jar with!

-Decorated picture frames with pictures of you and your partner in them… All you need are plain black picture frames, some paint to decorate, and pictures to fill them with!

-Bath Bombs… They aren’t just from Lush! Bath bombs are relatively easy to make yourself, and your partner will love the careful thought you put into them!

-Sharpie mugs… Buy your partner any color of mug, and get a sharpie that goes with your chosen color- then write a sweet message on their mug for them!

-A handmade dessert… Even if comes from the box, making your partner their favorite treat and perhaps giving it some flair with icing and sprinkles is a sure hit!

No matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, there are options for everyone that are affordable, unique, and fun.

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