Avoid the sting of Cupid’s arrow on Valentine’s Day by attending a charity event, a musical experience or an art show perfect for singles. These parties range from exclusive, luxe cocktail parties to chill neighborhood gatherings. You’ll find fun and interesting things to do during Valentine’s weekend around Detroit. There’s music, a marathon, wine tastings and more, enough to keep you busy for the entire week surrounding St. Valentine. Check out some off-the-hook parties for singles here.
Cupid’s Undie Run
The Fillmore Detroit
2115 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
www.cupidsundierun.com/city/detroit

Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 12 p.m.

Here’s your chance to meet others and bond over running while almost naked through the streets of Detroit for charity. Participate in Cupid’s Undie Run 2015 for your chance to streak in the city. Here’s the lowdown: embark on a one-mile run – in your unmentionables – in the frigid February air while raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Be sure to attend the pre-party. And after the run, it’s the after-party. During this event you’ll meet other warm-hearted individuals that don’t mind dropping their drawers for a charitable cause. Runners can register here and anyone is welcome to donate here.

New Way Bar
23130 Woodward Ave.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 541-9870
www.newwaybar.com

Date: Feb. 13, 2015 at 9 p.m.

Head to the New Way Bar to drink with those who haven’t been shot by cupid’s arrow. Revel in the fact that you don’t need to drop a small fortune in gifts while watching progressive rock band The Sympathy Orchestra hit the stage with fellow musical guests The Suburban Soul Surfers and Downfall. This neighborhood bar has been around for ages, and continues its reign as one of Ferndale’s favorite dives.

Indulgence
Petruzzelo’s
6950 Rochester Road
Troy, MI 48085
(248) 543-1000
www.decadenceevent.com

Date: Feb. 14, 2015 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Indulge in a decadent assortment of savories and sweets while helping out a good cause at the Indulgence event held at Petruzzelo’s. This upscale event calls for evening chic attire, which means now’s your chance to wear that stunning dress that’s been hanging in your closet, just waiting for the right moment. Step out in style with your best gals; this is a great event to attend together. Sip on a selection of top-notch wine, liqueur, craft beer and martinis while nibbling on assorted appetizers at a variety of tasting stations. The wine is expertly paired with some choice selections of food from the best local restaurants. For your listening pleasure, DJ Chrome and Danno will be spinning until all hours of the night. This is a low-key way to mingle and have some fun on Valentine’s Day. A portion of the proceeds from this exclusive event will be given to local charities.

Detroit Derby Girls
Masonic Temple
500 Temple Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 444-4841
www.detroitderbygirls.com

Date: Feb. 21, 2015 from 4:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Looking for a thrilling evening of heart-pounding action? There is no better way to celebrate going solo on Valentine’s Day than by witnessing the Detroit Derby Girls rough up their opponents at the Masonic Temple. This hardcore battle on skates is something that shouldn’t be missed – it is the 10th anniversary celebration, after all. This rip-roaring adventure features the infamous Detroit Pistoffs facing off against the Grand Prix Madonnas. This is a great sporting event to attend as you’ll meet other excited fans cheering on the lovely ladies. Purchase tickets here.

Dirty Show
Russell Exhibition Center
1600 Clay St.
Detroit, MI 48211
(313) 393-3233
www.dirtydetroit.com

Dates: Feb. 12-15 and 20-21, 2015

The Dirty Show is an international art exhibition featuring erotic work in a variety of mediums. This popular event draws thousands of attendees, and continues to grow exponentially every year. Here’s your chance to check out unique sculptures, interesting concepts on canvas and photographic pieces by notable and underground artists alike. This is a unique opportunity to expand your horizons and perhaps meet someone at this massive event. The atmosphere is wild and features dancers and special performances on stage at the venue. Even if you don’t leave with someone, you can still take something home, as pieces are available for purchase.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.

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