If you're really into Valentine's Day, it's time to start making plans. Here are 12 ways to celebrate:
Champagne, Chocolate and Comedy
Laugh it up with well-known local comedians. Paul Varghese (Feb. 11) and Aaron Aryanpur (Feb. 12 and 14) are the headliners, and Linda Stogner and others will also perform. Tickets include a glass of champagne and a box of chocolates for each guest. And you won't just laugh for one night, you'll also get a ticket to a future show. Feb. 11 at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 14 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Backdoor Comedy, inside the Doubletree Hotel at 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. $37. Check our listing for more details.
Elvis tribute artist Kraig Parker serves up a hunka hunka burning love during a Valentine's dinner and show, complete with roses for the women. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Garland. $55-$66. Check our listing for more details.
The Singapore Slingers' Sweethearts Revue
The band is offering a retro way to celebrate with an evening of romantic '20s and '30s music. Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for food and beverage service. $25. Check our listng for more details.
Valentine's Double Feature
Hear crooner Ricki Derek's smooth tribute to Frank Sinatra and see Casablanca at the Granada Theater. Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Doors open at 7. $30-$42. Check our listing for more details.
Love is in the Air
Chocolate-covered insects are among the hors d'oeuvres at Texas Discovery Gardens' event, which also includes a talk by entomologist John Watts about bug reproduction and a ladybug release. Feb. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas (in Fair Park). $35 for an individual, $50 for a couple. Check our listing for more details.
Hot to Trot
Take a free carriage ride at Watters Creek on Feb. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Feb. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the American Heart Association. (Looking for more fun? There's also a free My Jazzy Valentine concert with romantic standards and ballads Feb. 11 and 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. between Vera Bradley and White House Black Market.) 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen. Check our listing for more details.
Beer Yoga: Partners
Get loose with some partners yoga in the taproom at the Collective Brewing Project, followed by beer. A $20 ticket gets you one hour of yoga and three beverages (beer, kombucha or cold brew coffee). Bring your own yoga mat. Feb. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. 112 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth. Sign up in advance, more details here.
Donut and Beer Pairing Flight
What's not to love? Try Glazed Donut Works doughnuts paired with four brews from North Texas craft breweries. Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at LUCK, 3011 Gulden Lane, Dallas. $18. Check our listing for more details.
Sweetheart Wine Trail
Sip your way through three wine tastings at each of seven stops, plus you'll get a souvenir wine glass and food samples. Feb. 11 and 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $50-$55. Check our listing for more details.
Pretty Things Peepshow
Is your love quirky? Celebrate it at this vintage vaudeville show that includes puppetry, burlesque, sword swallowing, "Scraps the mind-reading dog," magic and more. Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas. $20-$30. Check our listing for more details.
Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
The studio offers two creative kinds of dates. At both, you will have the chance to choose and apply the colors for heart or flower creations, work with the artist to heat the glass in a 2,000-degree furnace and watch the pieces being made. The studio is at 701 S. Main St., Grapevine. Check our listing for more details.
- At Help-Create Hearts + Flowers events on Feb. 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m., you'd choose your colors from five pre-selected color mixes. No reservations are required, it's first-come, first-served. $30 per flower and $40 per heart.
- At the Flaming Cocktails Hot Date Night, sip cocktails with your love and work with a Vetro artist on two pieces of glass art. For either program, the pieces will be available for pickup the next business day after 3 p.m. Various times Feb. 10, 11 and 14. Online reservations are required. $195 per couple (must be 21 or older to drink alcohol).
If you're more of the zombies-and-gore type than the flowers-and-candy type, some local haunts have creepy stuff in store.
Attempt to embrace the darkness with only a glow stick to light your path during Love is Blind at the Dark Hour haunted house in Plano. Feb. 10 and 11 from 7 to 11 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m.at 701 Taylor Drive, Plano.
- At Hangman's House of Horrors' Fifty Shades of Fear on Feb. 10 and 11 from 8 p.m. to midnight, one person is blindfolded and has to trust his or her beloved as a guide through the thrills and chills. 4400 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth. $25-$35.
- Cutting Edge Haunted House is open for business Feb. 11 and 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. at 1701 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth (tickets are timed). $29.95-$39.95.