St. Valentine’s Day is back, which means it’s once again time to buy overpriced chocolates and bouquets of red roses to celebrate a holiday that many view more to do with consumerism than romance.
But, instead of contributing to the $18 billion that Americans are estimated to spend this year on their valentines with predictable gifts, why not change it up this year? Long Island is home to a host of unique events for those looking to do something different with their dates.
Take advantage and explore some of the best events on LI happening this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Night Cabaret
Join cast members of award winning Broadway musicals for a special Valentine’s cabaret performance. Featuring Tony winner Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lisa O’Hare and Catherine Walker, these talented cast members of the Tony-winning Broadway production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” will reunite to perform witty songs, and join guests for cocktails, dinner and dessert. Hempstead House, 127 Middle Neck Rd, Sands Point, NY 11050. 516-304-5076. thesandspointpreserve.org. $125. 7 p.m. February 13.
Valentine’s Laugh, Dine, and Dance Stand-up
If you are looking for a laugh in an easy-going atmosphere, come laugh the night away with a line up of Long Island’s top stand-up comedians. Featuring George Rini, Talia Reese and Gary Vider, you can eat while you watch, and there will also be a dance floor for those inclined. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St, Riverhead. 631-727-4343. suffolktheater.com $35. 8 p.m. February 13.
3rd Annual Louder Than Love Valentine’s Day Concert
Music lovers prepare to dance the night away. With a varied line-up, this concert features groups like TKA, and an appearance by DJ Chef. NYCB Theater at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury. 516-247-5200. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-115. 8 p.m. February 13.
Love on Ice
Want to include the kids on this special day, or just looking to skate with your loved one? Either way, “Love on Ice” celebrations are taking place at the Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park and Grant Park ice rinks. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be available for attendees, and there will be a DJ and prizes for children. Ice rink admission will include a free skate rental. Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park and Grant Park. Free children 3 and under, $6 4-17, $8 Adults. 1 p.m. February 14.
Annual Historic Mansion Valentine’s Day Dinner
Dine where Hollywood stars, Long Island’s rich and famous, and European royalty once supped in a glamorous and romantic mansion overlooking Northport Bay. Those looking to get a taste of the glamorous past will get a tour of the mansion, including exclusive collections accompanied by Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. A gourmet dinner in the storybook atmosphere will follow. Tickets are by reservation only. Vanderbilt Mansion Museum, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport. 631-854-5579. Vanderbiltmuseum.org $100. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 14.
Valentine’s Day Comedy Show Starring Jim Breuer
Laugh the night away with your loved one or laugh away your unsuccessful love life at this special comedy event. Starring radio host, stand up comedian, and SNL cast member Jim Breuer, you are sure to be kept in stitches. Cabaret tables sold with roses, chocolates, and champagne. The Paramount, 370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. 631-673-7300. paramountny.com $30-100. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.
The Way We Were Film Screening
Enjoy flowers, chocolates, and a special screening of The Way We Were, a story of star crossed lovers (who certainly prove that opposites attract) Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. Starting with a reception featuring roses and chocolates, this special screening is sure to get you in a romantic mood. Perfect dinner and a movie date opportunity, Valentine’s edition. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. 631-423-7611. Cinemaartscentre.org $12 members, $17 public. 3:30 p.m. February 14.
Dinner at the Glen Cove Mansion
Treat your Valentine to a delicious dinner, followed by live music and dancing. Champagne specials, roses, and the beautiful atmosphere will give you a night to remember. Tickets are by reservation only. Glen Cove Mansion, 200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, New York 11542. 516.671.6400. glencovemansion.com $89 .6, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14.
Couples Massage at Hand and Stone
If relaxation is something you are looking for on Valentine’s Day, Hand and Stone is the place to go. It offers private rooms so you and your loved one can enjoy some pampering and relaxation together. Hand and Stone,16 Wall St., Huntington. (also has locations in Jericho, Port Washington, Levittown). handandstone.com Prices vary depending on duration and location.