Ten Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Miami

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If you’re scouring the internet for things to do on Valentine’s Day, scour no more. We’ve got you covered on a variety of things to do Thursday, February 14. Remember, this holiday is not exclusively for folks in romantic relationships — take this opportunity to celebrate love in all its forms: among friends, family, and don’t forget that self love, baby.

Tinsel town.
Tinsel town.
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By now you’ve noticed the latest overhead trend to take over Giralda in the Gables, the Sunlit Sky. Let the gold and silver tinsel floating aimlessly above put you in the right mood during the City of Coral Gables’ Valentine’s Day Under Sunlit Sky celebration. Complimentary flowers will be handed out, a selfie booth, sweets, and live music will serenade you as you dine al fresco along the pedestrian avenue. Even though you should be spending the evening gazing into your lover’s eyes, break away to look up for a moment or two and enjoy the public art. 6:30 p.m. February 14 at Giralda Plaza, 100 Block of Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables. Free.

Boats are a surefire way for yuppies to impress other yuppies. So if you’re a yuppie — or hoping to impress one — head on over to the annual Miami Boat Show. Aside from all the nautical talk, the event is taking place at Miami Marine Stadium, so the views will be nothing short of spectacular. Bonus: Organizers are offering free shuttle service to the event from downtown Miami. This would be a great way to avoid any sort of road range from dealing with traffic when you really should be focusing on wooing your date. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. February 14-18 at Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway; miamiboatshow.com. Tickets start at $25.

Speaking of views (and no, we’re not referring to your smoking hot date), the Deering Estate offers a beautiful view of the bay. At their Moonlight & Music Valentine’s Day concert, couples can lounge under the stars while enjoying the musical stylings of Vintash Band. This event was organized with romance in mind, so it’s best to leave your mom at home. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets, and food and drink will be available for purchase. 8 p.m. February 14 at Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami; deeringestate.org. Tickets cost $35.

Jeremy Piven thinks he’s funny. The question now is, do you? The actor and comedian will be performing stand up at the Miami Improv for three nights starting on Valentine’s Day. Maybe he’ll do his best Ari Gold impression or take the opportunity to make fun of the #MeToo movement like his girlfriend did last year in this video from TMZ. Who knows. 8 p.m. February 14, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. February 15, and 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on February 16 at Miami Improv, 3450 NW 83 Avenue, Doral; miamiimprov.com. Tickets start at $30.

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The world renowned dance theater company Alvin Ailey is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a four night performance right here in Miami. When you turn the big six-oh, you either go big or go home. The dance company is spicing things up by performing a mixture of new pieces every night and culminating each show with Ailey’s classic Revelations. If you’re not already a dance lover, this show might just convert you. 8 p.m. February 14 and 15, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. February 16, and 2 p.m. February 17 at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; alvinailey.org. Tickets start at $29.

Andrea Bocelli is a man who emanates romance from his very core. There’s a very real possibility that his pores radiate with pheromones stronger than the average human. For what has become a Miami tradition, the Italian singer is once again performing a concert on Valentine’s Day. In addition to the concert, there will be an outdoor experience where guests can take in the view while indulging on italian food, some wine, espresso, and even freshly-rolled cigars (all available at an additional cost, of course). 8 p.m. February 14 at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; aaarena.com. Tickets start at $79.

The cast of Fake.
The cast of Fake.
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Written by local actress and playwright, Carmen Pelaez, Fake tells the story of an art auctioneer who comes across a questionable piece of art. The artwork in question just so happens to be from her great aunt, so now Camila is torn between her family and her career. In addition to writing the play, the Cuban-American is also starring in it. Produced by Miami New Drama, the play wraps its world premiere Valentine's Day weekend, so be sure to catch it while you still can. 8 p.m. February 14-16 and 3 p.m. February 17 at Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; miaminewdrama.org. Tickets start at $35.

Arguably one of the greatest love stories ever told — and certainly one of the most quotable — Casablanca returns to the screen for three nights only at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. The venue is offering a special “Kiss me as if it were the last time” movie package for $40 on Valentine’s Day that includes: Two movie tickets, one rose, six chocolate covered strawberries, and one bottle of wine. Get off your couch, turn off Netflix, and go enjoy a classic film the way it was meant to be seen on the silver screen. 6:30 p.m. February 14 and 3:15 p.m. February 15-16 at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables; gablescinema.com. Tickets cost $11.75.

Nu Deco Ensemble
Nu Deco Ensemble
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As part of Nu Deco Ensemble’s 2018-19 season, the chamber orchestra is putting on a concert Valentine’s Day weekend. The three night performance, simply titled Concert 4, will feature all female composers with special guest, Argentinean singer-songwriter, Tei Shi. VIP tickets are available for the event and include two drink tickets and access to an after party. 8 p.m. February 14-16 at The Light Box, 404 NW 26 Street, Wynwood; nu-deco.org. Tickets cost $45.

You already spent your winter holiday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the NightGarden immersive outdoor experience, so you might as well spend your Valentine’s Day holiday there too. The tropical garden is hosting an outdoor Valentine’s Day Concert featuring Jarrod Lawson. Guests can either take their own picnic basket or pre-order one online with their ticket purchase. In addition, the Glasshouse Cafe will have a pop up on site and present a special menu for the event. 5:30 p.m. February 14 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables; fairchildgarden.org. Tickets start at $80.

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