Best Ways to Pretend It’s Not Valentine’s Day

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Written by Emma Janicki-Gechoff

Published on February 9, 2016


A lot of people don’t like Valentine’s Day. If you’re not one of them, head to our post on “9 Date Ideas for the Freshest Valentine’s Day Ever“. Luckily for the haters, there are activities to do on the Holiday-That-Must-Not-Be-Named in Buffalo. Whether you’re kicking it totally alone, spending the day with your jaded lover, or gathering up the whole crew, you can find something that’ll totally take your mind off all the hearts, red, and chocolate.


President Lincoln’s Birthday Celebration 

Sunday, Feb. 14 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

The Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo

Free with admission ($7/adults)

What could be more distracting from love, romance, and desire than a good history lesson? The History Museum is celebrating President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (he was actually born on Feb. 12) with a Lincoln orator, uniformed re-enactors, and local authors. And while you might not have even known places celebrated Lincoln’s b-day, you should be proud to know that the one in Buffalo is the longest running in the nation.

(See, you learn something new every day!)

After the program ends, explore Buffalo’s history in the Museum’s unique exhibit spaces.

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Buffalo Sabres vs. Colorado Avalanche

Sunday, Feb. 14 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

First Niagara Center, 1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza, Buffalo

One of the best ways to forget about mushy, gushy love is to indulge in some adrenaline-pumping, testosterone-filled sporting. There’s no better way to scream out your rage at Valentine’s Day than with a cold beer in hand, friends by your side, and an arena full of local Sabres fans.

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Single Ladies Open Class

Sunday, Feb. 14 6 p.m.

Paint the Town, 74 Allen St., Buffalo


Log off the Internet and head down to Allentown on Feb. 14 if you want to see a hot guy. Paint the Town is hosting a Single Ladies painting session with their male model Jeremy. Aside from indulging in the biceps and buns, every lady will receive a special surprise.

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Blue Man Group

Friday, Feb. 12 – Sunday, Feb. 14

Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St., Buffalo

This show is for anyone who needs a break from language and wants to delve into a world of color, music, laughter, and art. The Blue Man Group will take the stage at the beautiful and historic Shea’s Performing Arts Center to combat monotony and promote happiness! If Valentine’s Day makes you feel rather melancholic, the Blue Man Group’s performance is just the antidote you need.

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Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Saturday, Feb. 13 @ 8pm – 11pm
Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington Street, Buffalo
$30 per person
This list would not be complete without an anti V-day party. Grab your friends, forget about celebrating love , and celebrate loving life instead with a night out at the historic Hotel Lafayette in Downtown Buffalo. There will be music, dancing, wine tastings, free cosmos served through a giant ice sculpture luge, and a break from the madness that is love.
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“Fetch Clay, Make Man”

Sunday, Feb. 14 @ 4 p.m. (recurring event, check website)

Paul Robeson Theatre, 350 Masten Ave.

African American Cultural Center


Nothing will take your mind off the woes of love quite like watching a live theater performance of the true story of how Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit developed an unlikely bond. Although both men are cultural icons, they had to forge their own legacies while the Civil Rights Movement raged behind them.

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Buffalo Auto Show

Thursday, Feb. 11 – Sunday, Feb. 14

Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo

$8/adult presale; $10/adult at the door; $30/Family Four Pack

Even if you’re not planning on buying a car this year, the Buffalo Auto Show’s massive display of every car brand sold in WNY will soothe your soul. You’ll definitely be feeling new sorts of love and desire as you look at all the big, shiny metal contraptions.

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WNY’s Furtastic Adopt-a-thon

Saturday Feb. 13 @ 10am – 5pm

Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center, 3359 Broadway, Buffalo

Maybe you hate V-Day because you aren’t really feeling the love in your life. The perfect remedy: kitty cats and doggies ready to come home and be your best friend! Twenty rescues and shelters in WNY will converge at the Erie County Services Training and Operation Center on Broadway with animals who are up for adoption on Feb. 13.

Who needs a boyfriend when you’ve got a big, furry golden retriever?

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