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Spread the love: 5 Valentine’s Day events to put on your calendar

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, which gives you even more reasons to celebrate. From a tribute to Billy Joel to a burlesque show at The Birchmere, here’s how to feel the love all weekend long.

person playing piano to a crowd
Photo courtesy of Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
The Art of the Cocktail Tour: Through the “Bartender’s Canon”

Join Catoctin Creek Distillery founder Scott Harris to learn the art of creating the perfect cocktail, using author Kara Newman’s book Shake. Stir. Sip: More Than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts. // Feb. 14, 7 p.m.; Catoctin Creek Distillery: 120 W. Main St., Purcellville; $35

Burlesque-A-Pades in Loveland

Skip the usual Valentine’s celebration and enjoy The Birchmere’s own burlesque show, featuring The Italian Stallionette Angie Pontani, with special guests The Maine Attraction, Gal Friday and more. // Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; $29.50

The Stranger – A Tribute to Billy Joel

After a romantic dinner, head over to The State Theatre for a tribute to the Piano Man. Spend the night with Mike Santoro rocking out to some of Billy Joel’s greatest hits, including “Uptown Girl,” and “New York State of Mind.” // Feb. 14, 9 p.m.; The State Theatre: 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church; $17-$20

Parent’s Night Out for Valentine’s Day

Drop the kids off at the Marshall Community Center for a special night out. Enjoy a romantic celebration while the kids play games, watch movies and enjoy music. // Feb. 15, 5:30-9 p.m.; Marshall Community Center: 4133 Rectortown Road, Suite A, Marshall; $5

My Queer Valentine

Celebrate love through the art of non-heteronormative and nonbinary artists. The exhibit features 16 artists, including Alexandria natives Veronica Barker-Barzel, Linda Hesh and Annika Papke. // Through March 8; Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria; free

This post originally appeared in our February 2020 print issue. To be the first to know about events coming to NoVA, subscribe to our newsletters.

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