Since Saint Valentine of Rome was persecuted for performing forbidden weddings, leaving behind the very first valentine, lovers have been looking for ways to express themselves in his honor. And sure, most of those expressions have come in the form of cards, chocolates, or an evening out to dinner and a movie, but there are other, more creative options for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Oklahoma. We’ve listed a few of those for you.
(Lest we put off any single folks, there’s plenty here to do either solo or with friends. And if the concept of Valentine’s Day offends you, maybe celebrate one of these other anniversaries instead.)
Feed your sweet tooth at Ardmore’s A Fantasy in Chocolate fundraiser. Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Fall in love with the spoken word at Norman’s monthly poetry event. This month’s featured artist is Carol Kloss. Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
Sway to the funky folk sounds of Neutral Milk Hotel at Tulsa’s historic Cain’s Ballroom. Feb. 14, 7 p.m.
Reel one in at Turner Falls, where it’s trout-fishing season through March.
Find a sweet piece of art at the Tulsa Girls Art Schools’ Valentine’s Day show and sale. Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
Admire the magnificence of hundreds of bald eagles at one of Oklahoma’s 10 eagle-viewing hot spots (February is peak season, by the way).
Get your heart racing at the Sweetheart Run. Choose from a 10K, 5K, or 1K. Feb. 15, 7:45 a.m. in Tulsa.
Charter a sunset cruise on the Oklahoma River.
Have some Heart. The classic rock band plays The Joint in Catoosa on Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
Feel your heart in your throat at the Circle Cinema’s showing of the 1981 slasher flick My Bloody Valentine. Feb. 13, 14, 15 in Tulsa.
Watch a love story come to life when Beauty and the Beast takes the stage at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. Feb. 14-16.
Take your gal pals for a tasting at Girls Gone Wine in Broken Bow.
Have your heart set on a getting new piece of art at the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art in Norman. Feb. 14, 6 p.m.
Send your love to someone in need at the Tulsa <3 Tex Fundraiser at Dwelling Spaces and the IDL Ballroom in Tulsa. Feb. 13, 6 p.m.
Eat your heart out at one of Oklahoma’s most romantic restaurants (according to TravelOK).
Meander hand-in-hand through LIVE on the Plaza. Listen to live music, shop, or wander through various galleries. Feb. 14 in OKC.
Feel your heart pound in time with the engines at Monster Jam. Feb. 15-16 at the Chesapeake Arena in OKC.
Get swept up in the romance of Cinderella, performed by the Tulsa Ballet Feb. 14-16 at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
Ride along in A Streetcar Named Desire, presented by Playhouse Tulsa Feb. 14-16 at the Tulsa PAC.
Book the “sweetheart special” at the Great Plains State Park and get complementary chocolates delivered to your campsite. Feb. 14 and 15.
Get cuddly with the Oklahoma Rat Club at its third tri-annual Small Animal Expo. Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Broken Arrow.
Fall in love/lust at Love & Lust, a spoken word event at Living Arts of Tulsa that uses poetry, multimedia, singing, and dancing to celebrate the sensual. Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
Get lovestruck at the OK, So… Tulsa Story Slam, where real people tell true stories in front of a live audience. Feb. 12, 8 p.m., at Enso Bar in downtown Tulsa.
Enjoy an “unromantic evening of murder ballads” at Tulsa’s Nightingale Theater. Local troubadours perform all your favorite songs about murder and other crimes of passion. Feb. 16, 7 p.m.
Rise up with One Billion Rising for Justice, which calls for citizens across the country to take a stand to end violence against women and girls. Happening in Tulsa Feb. 16 at 10 a.m.
Stand on the side of love at an engagement ceremony for same-gender couples at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. Feb. 12, 6 p.m.
Victoria Richmond contributed to this story.