Get creative with dates in the District

Single

You’re in luck if you’re single right now, because D.C. happens to be rated in the top five among the Best Cities for Singles, according to Forbes Magazine, and the city with the most attractive residents, according to The Daily Beast.

If you’re single and ready to mingle, then get ready to kick off this Valentine’s Day weekend at a speed dating event at the Holiday Inn in Georgetown. Meet new singles at a speed dating session and you just may end up with your very own Valentine’s Day fairy-tale ending. 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, http://eventful.com/washington/events/valentines-day-speed-dating

Enjoy a fun-filled day with Washington’s First Ever Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt, Great Race and Challenge. After being split into teams, take the time to treasure the D.C. surroundings with themed challenges. Challenges may include: champagne tastings, spin the bottle, a holiday appetite test, and much more! Meet outside Ben and Jerry’s in the Old Post Office Pavilion: 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, http://www.thingstododc.com/events.php?show=1439

Host an anti-Valentine’s Day party. What better excuse than to invite some of your friends – or your entire residence hall – to show that you don’t need to be in a relationship to have a good time? Who knows, you might even make some couples jealous with all the fun you’re having.
An official anti-Valentine’s Day party:
1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
http://washingtondc.citysearch.com/profile/603393282/washington_dc/social.html

It’s Complicated

Valentine’s Day can be tricky if your relationship is unusual. Avoid the subject completely at some neutral activities.

A concert can be a great place for a complicated situation – just focus on the music. The 9:30 Club is hosting the Next Big Thing tour, featuring over 20 local alternative punk acts. The best part? Tickets are only $15. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, Feb. 14, starting at 11 a.m.

Indulge your passion for food and wine. Pick from more than 600 wines from upwards of 100 international wineries and watch celebrity chefs cook their favorite recipes at the 11th Annual International Wine & Food Festival at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, http://www.wineandfooddc.com

Another neutral place is a stand-up comedy venue. A few laughs with your date at the D.C. Improv Comedy Club can make the night memorable and fun. 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW, Feb. 14 at 10:30 p.m., www.dcimprov.com

In a relationship and beyond

Take your relationship to the next step with these fun activities.

Live it up in style! Take a stroll around Capitol Hill and then take a break to enjoy an intimate meal for two with a special three-course dinner at Art and Soul Restaurant. Enjoy some southern hospitality with regional cuisines and southern influences from chef Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, 202-393-7777, http://www.artandsouldc.com/valentine-day

Recreate a favorite past date. Did you go somewhere special, or did you have an unforgettable moment you just wish you could repeat? Now is the time. For example, try to recreate your first date together, or the moment when you first said, “I love you.” This gesture is sure to win you major points with your loved one.

All aboard! Nothing could be better than sweethearts at sea enjoying the scenic beauty of D.C. on a luxurious Valentine’s Day dinner cruise aboard the Odyssey. You’re sure to remember it as a night of dinner, dancing and discovering new memories! $129.90 per person, Board: 5:00 p.m., Odyssey III docks at the Gangplank Marina, 6th and Water streets SW, http://www.odyssey.com/dc

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