Things to Do Valentine's Day events in NYC for those who are decidedly against the holiday of love By Shaye Weaver firstname.lastname@example.org Updated January 17, 2018 6:58 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Valentine's Day can either thrill or annoy you, and if it bothers you, there's not much you can do to escape the sickly sweet love songs and heart-shaped box of chocolates that fill every Duane Reade and Walgreens. But there is hope: some bars, shops and venues are keeping the single and the disenchanted in mind and throwing anti-Valentine's Day events, Galentine's days (thanks "Parks and Rec") and cool things to do on Feb. 14 that don't require an S.O. We’ve rounded up of some of the best events around the city that will be sure to make your Valentine's Day the opposite of corny or lonely. All events take place on Valentine's Day unless otherwise noted. Enjoy Galentine's Day cookies, wine & music party Photo Credit: Insomnia Cookies Bite into gooey cookies from Insomnia Cookie, taste wine from City Winery, and create bookmarks while listening to live music by Due Bassi. This all-female (but inclusive) event will donate half the proceeds to Drink and Draw Like a Lady, a meetup group for female cartoonists. ($10, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., 828 Broadway, facebook.com) Laugh through it at Videology Photo Credit: Videology Bar & Cinema Head to the bar with some friends to laugh at how stupid and complex love can be with a marathon of love episodes from "The Simpsons" while you play bingo for a free drink. (Free, 9 p.m., 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, videologybarandcinema.com) 'Treat yoself' to mimosas and beauty for Galentine's Day Photo Credit: iStock This brunch is so much more -- it's a day of manicures, hairstyling, nail polish-making, mimosas and sangria. In the spirit of Leslie Knope's Galentine's Day in "Parks and Rec," Monarch Rooftop is hosting this brunch to raise funds for the Bethenny Frankel B Strong Foundation, a crisis intervention initiative. One ticket includes a brunch buffet, unlimited drinks, beauty stations and a raffle. ($75 to $100, Feb. 11, noon to 4 p.m., 71 W. 35th St., eventbrite.com) UnValentine's Day mixer at Harold's Meat & Three Photo Credit: Liz Clayman Grab one of these "Cupid Floats," made with amaretto, vodka, club soda, whipped cream and heart sprinkles, at this night out at Harold's Meat & Three. Whether on your own or with friends, enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres, a food buffet with oysters, tacos, fried chicken, sliders, mini-soft serve ice cream cones and more. (6 to 9 p.m., 2 Renwick St., haroldsmeatandthree.com) Get Consolacion at Arlene's Grocery Photo Credit: Getty Images / Roger Kisby If you're looking for something to drown out everything Valentine's Day, this concert may do the trick. Head to downtown's Arlene's Grocery for a night of music, featuring Jason Consolacion, a city-based singer-songwriter who is influenced by Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. ($8, 8 p.m., 95 Stanton St., Manhattan, arlenesgrocery.net) F--- Love at the House of Yes Photo Credit: Kenny Rodriguez It's time to throw your feelings on love out the window and just have fun. House of Yes is putting on a party that'll incorporate live performances, music, crazy lights, kissing booths, kissing lessons, tarot readings, relationship therapists, matchmakers, Champagne, roses and more. (Free before 11 p.m., $10 for priority entry all night, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., 2 Wyckoff Ave., Bushwick, eventbrite.com) Make virtual reality art Photo Credit: YokeyPokey Virtual Reality Make your own 3D art using VR technology. Once you put on the headset, you'll step into the virtual room that offers a variety of dynamic brushes to paint anything you want. You'll be able to share photos, videos and gifs of your work online, but bring a thumb drive if you want to save it for yourself. ($60, 7 p.m., YokeyPokey Virtual Reality, 537 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, eventbrite.com) Cuddle up with canines, coloring and candy Photo Credit: Strand Bookstore There is likely nothing better than playing with puppies, eating chocolate and coloring on a holiday you'd rather skip -- and that's just what you'll get at this Strand Bookstore event. Cuddly puppies from the ASPCA will be inside the shop to pet and adopt, and Fine & Raw of Brooklyn will offer "copious amounts" of their delectable chocolates. You can relax with a coloring session, too. The perfect day awaits. ($15, 7 to 9 p.m., 828 Broadway, facebook.com) By Shaye Weaver email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.