How to celebrate Valentine's Day on and off campus

Students can celebrate Valentine's Day on or off campus with food, movies or even axe-throwing.
Students can celebrate Valentine's Day on or off campus with food, movies or even axe-throwing.

Finding what to do on Valentine’s Day to get in the spirit, with or without a significant other, can be difficult. Some want to focus on the romance, while others to keep their minds away from love altogether. Here are a few ways to spend your Valentine’s Day on Duke campus and in the Triangle:

Maggiano’s Valentine’s Dinner

Maggiano’s Little Italy

If you’re seeking a more traditional Valentine’s Day experience, with a group of friends or on a date, Maggiano’s is the place to be. At $50 per person, Maggiano’s is offering a multi-course meal and a bouquet of long-stemmed roses, accompanied by jazz performances to create the perfect ambience of romance and love. Be sure to make reservations beforehand; they’ll be open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. 

Couple’s Cooking Class with Chef Zwe

Zweli’s Kitchen

Couples can learn cooking techniques and recipes from Chef Zwe at Zweli’s Kitchen for $180 on any night from Feb. 13 to 16. The four-course menu for the evening includes bacon-wrapped dates, wild mushroom-stuffed ravioli, bananas fosters crepe, and much more. Wine and champagne will be served throughout and each guest will get jars of Chef Zwe’s pickled ingredients. Be sure to book beforehand. 

Valentine’s Day Double Feature

Ponysaurus Brewing Company

Ponysaurus Brewing Company is showing two Valentine’s Day classics, “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Wedding Singer,” Feb. 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. They will have snacks and drinks, including pita pockets and hot mulled wine. There's no better way to get into the Valentine's Day spirit than with two back-to-back romantic comedies. 

“She’s the Man” Free Movie Screening

Griffith Theater

For those busy with midterms but wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Griffith Theater is presenting “She’s the Man” for free at 7 and 10 p.m. Veiled Shakespeare references, soccer and masquerading as your twin brother when he's in London — what could be more festive?

Valentine’s Day at Urban Axes

Urban Axes Durham

If you are 21 or above and seeking an unconventional Valentine’s Day, Urban Axes is the ideal location. Between 6 and 9 p.m, groups of two can throw axes and get drinks from the bar for $55. Be sure to book beforehand and wear closed toed shoes to get an hour of axe-throwing.

Lover’s Lament: A Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery

Aloft Raleigh

Presented by Triangle Game Night, Lover’s Lament is a perfect gift for those who love mysteries and detective stories. From 8 to 11 p.m., individuals get to play the characters of a murder mystery, each with their own character bio. You will be given clues and puzzles to piece together the mystery and find out who the killer is. Reservations beforehand are required.

Valentine’s Day at the Museum

Museum of Life and Science

From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Museum of Life and Sciences will be offering animal enrichment programs to show some love to all their animals, from bears to lemurs. Visitors can watch the keepers work with the animals and even make some valentines of their own, either for loved ones or some of their own favorite animals. The event is free with admission to the museum. 

Goth Prom: Dark Alternative Dance Party

Arcana Bar and Lounge

For an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration, the Arcana presents Goth Prom, a night filled with dark dance music and tarot-themed cocktails with an entrance fee of only $5. Tarot card readings will be available to those who attend. The suggested dress code for the evening is red and black.


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