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What to Do in Cambridge for Valentine’s Day

This year instead of boycotting the so-called “Hallmark Holiday” or secretly wishing the delivery man will show up at your door with a dozen roses, why not plan your Valentine’s Day Weekend in Cambridge? Every time we run along the Charles River at sunset, learn of a new invention that was imagined in Kendall Square or walk through the historic Harvard Yard, we fall in love with our beautiful city all over again. So, who cares if you don’t have a Valentine?

In Cambridge, you’ll find events that you’ll love, exhibits that are thought-provoking, activities that allow even your littlest of loved ones to participate and restaurants that are sure to make you fall head-over-heels in only one, tasty bite. 

Here are some ideas to help make the day devoted to everything pink and red even more enjoyable. Grab your loved ones, whether they are your true love, family members or a group of friends; there is a lot of love to celebrate here with our one true love, Cambridge:

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Valentine’s Day Brunch at Commonwealth

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means one very important thing: BRUNCH.

If brunch is your favorite part of the week, you’re in luck.  Grab your loved ones and head to Commonwealth Restaurant in Kendall Square for a seriously swoon-worthy brunch.  Choose from decadent dishes like red-velvet pancakes with a cream cheese glaze and oreos or the menage a trois- pork chops cooked three ways.  How did Commonwealth know that the way to our hearts was through our stomachs?

Area 4’s Annual Haters Valentine’s Day

If the day dedicated to love, hearts, pink and roses isn’t quite your thing, you’ll want to head over to Area Four’s Annual Haters Valentine’s Day this Saturday and Sunday.  Inside the Kendall Square restaurant, you’ll find the antithesis of Valentine’s Day which includes everything from the music, the movies on the television and the menu.

Warning: You will fall in love with Area Four’s pizza and we’re pretty sure that’s allowed.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Cafe Artscience

If you’ve always dreamed of spending Love Day in Paris, look no further than Cafe Artscience. Originally devised in Paris, Cafe Artscience offers a parisian atmosphere while speaking right to your heart and your stomach. Expect romantic marble and rose gold decor, with exciting dinner options, and a mad-scientist kick.

Cafe Artscience has decided to host a delicious four-course prix-fixe menu all weekend long.  We don’t want to spoil too much of the menu, but we can assure you that you and your date may just fall in love...with the chef and the bartender that is -- and yes, that’s totally allowed! After tasting their delicious concoctions, we think you’ll agree.

Pro tip: If you really want to impress your guest, make your Valentine’s Day into a dinner and a show! Switch, a modern opera, just happens to be playing right next door at Le Laboratoire.  The show doesn’t start until 7p, which means you have plenty of time to grab dinner before (or after) the performance. For more info, click here.

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Thorns: A comedy show from ImprovBoston

Let’s face it, laughter is the best kind of medicine. After a night spent laughing with ImprovBoston, any broken heart you may have will be magically healed. 

Grab your friends and get ready for a night full of giggling at the Improv’s Valentine’s Day show, Thorns. Leave it to ImprovBoston to find the funny in breaking up and falling in and out of love.

The Princess Bride

Grab your besties and head over to the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square for a special Valentine’s Day showing of everyone’s favorite romantic comedy, The Princess Bride. 

Since the day dedicated to all things pink, roses and candy only comes around once a year, we suggest splurging and purchasing a “special ticket” to the showing.  The special ticket ensures that your seats will be in a reserved section, but most importantly you’ll have unlimited access to popcorn and soda. What says “love” better than unlimited popcorn and soda?

I Heart Science

Here in Cambridge, we have a major ongoing love affair with science, and we’re pretty sure science loves us back. 

Help us celebrate our love for science at the Harvard Museum of Natural History on February 13th.  This daylong festival will feature dozens of activities all led by graduate students, Harvard scientists and established explorers. The event is perfect for people of all ages, making it the perfect way to celebrate your love of science with those you love most.

From Longy, with Love

For centuries, great musicians have expressed their feelings of love through music.  This weekend, the acclaimed Longy Conservatory Orchestra and Longy’s Sistema Side by Side Orchestra will perform a classic concert that was inspired by love.  The orchestra will perform Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 Op. 38 “Spring”, “Step Up” by Jeremy Van Buskirk and Oscar Navarro’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2, under the direction of Sean Wang.

Are you confused why the Longy Conservatory Orchestra picked a symphony titled, “Spring” for their Valentine’s performance? The story behind the symphony is actually pretty romantic:

Basically, Robert Schumann was the the Taylor Swift of 1840 (minus the messy break-ups and guitar -- Schumann was known for his work in voice and piano).  His future wife, Clara, sent him a note, and in it she wrote, “Your imagination and your spirit are far too great for the weak piano.” Inspired by his fiance’s words, Schumann wrote an entire symphony in a little over a month! Hence the title “Spring” for his “spring of love” with his soon-to-be wife. Swoon.

photo courtesy of Sofra Bakery

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Ice Skating at Kendall or Harvard Skate

If a nice, quiet dinner doesn’t quite sound like your perfect date night, we suggest planning your evening at the ice skating rink in Kendall or Harvard Square.

We can’t think of anything more romantic (or more fun) than ice skating while arm-in-arm with your Valentine under twinkle lights. Both skate rinks offer skate rentals, making it almost a no-brainer to visit. Plus, if you get a little cold practicing your twirls, there are tons of warm, cozy restaurants and coffee shops just steps away.

All About Chocolate Baking Class

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day practically go together like peanut butter and jelly. Let’s face it, chocolate is one of our favorite parts about Valentine’s Day, for obvious reasons. This year you can learn how to actually make a chocolately treat from one of Cambridge’s best.

Sofra Bakery is opening their doors for a baking class lead by Pastry Chef de Cuisine, Emily Weber. You’ll taste different varieties of chocolate, learn tips and tricks to make candy and even snag some of your favorite chocolate recipes. When we eat chocolate, our brain reacts the same way it does when we feel that we are in “love”. We think this might explain why we love Sofra Bakery’s signature brownie-rich earthquake cookie so much.

Valentine’s Day Storytime with Curious George

Don’t forget about your littlest of loves this Valentine’s Day! Take your little monkeys to the World’s Only Curious Curious George Store for a Valentine’s themed storytime. Children of all ages will hear stories of love and friendship, followed by a Valentine’s themed craft activity.  We even heard a rumor that the big guy himself, Curious George, will attend!  After this storytime, your little monkeys will not be able to stop saying, “I love you!”

Will you be our Valentine?

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