While there are endless romantic dining options available throughout Southern California to treat your sweetie to this Valentine’s Day, why not celebrate the day of love — or boycott it all together and just hang with friends — at a live concert, variety show or stand-up comedy performance?
Whether you’re looking to sing along to love-filled R&B classics with your significant other or enjoy your single status with others at a drag show, there are plenty of options for both Valentine’s weekend and Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Here are seven options for celebrating the holiday. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
The Righteous Brothers
The Southern California Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted duo is bringing some of its biggest hits to the stage including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “Unchained Melody,” “Soul & Inspiration” and founding member Bill Medley’s Grammy-winning “Dirty Dancing” themed song, “The Time of My Life.” 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Tickets start at $47 at scfta.org.
A Romantic Night With Ramón Ayala
Join norteño accordion king Ramón Ayala for his Una Noche Romantica Con Ramón Ayala (A Romantic Night With Ramón Ayala) show on Valentine’s Day in Anaheim. Though the bulk of his vast repertoire lyrically details the tropes of heartache, hardships and even some fights, Ayala can still set the mood for anyone ready to hear and break a sweat dancing along to banda classics. 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at House of Blues Anaheim, 400 Disney Way #337, Anaheim. Tickets start at $65 at livenation.com.
Swift Me Away
Those freshly in love or looking to get over an ex can unite this Valentine’s Day at Swift Me Away, an unofficial Taylor Swift-themed dance party. Single and taken Swifties can enjoy all of the singer-songwriter’s greatest hits, including tracks off of 2019’s “Lover” record, which will be celebrated that evening. 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Parish, House of Blues Anaheim, 400 Disney Way #337, Anaheim. Tickets start at $20 at livenation.com.
Jacquees: Sincerely For You
The 28-year-old R&B star will host a special one-night-only performance on Valentine’s Day. The show comes in support of his newest record, “Sincerely For You,” with tracks like “Say Yea” and “Tell Me It’s Over” as staples of the sensual, romantic energy Jacquees brings to the ever-evolving genre. 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Novo, 800 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets start at $30 at axs.com.
Trixie Mattel & Willam
Drag stars Trixie Mattel and Willam have something special in mind for their fans this Valentine’s Day. The pair will host a fully immersive, standing-room-only concert-style experience with both queens taking over the turntables and setting the mood for a fun-filled evening of dancing, laughs and snappy commentary. 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at The House of Avalon at Heart WeHo, 8911 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Tickets start at $20 at seetickets.us.
The Love Café with Muni Long
The three-time Grammy-nominated R&B star hosted a Valentine’s Day show last year and she’s back at it. “We had so much fun last year so we’re doing it again,” she shared on her official Instagram account. The show, dubbed The Love Café, will include a unique set filled with Long’s love ballads and hits from her latest record, 2022’s “Public Displays Of Affection.” 7 p.m. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets start at $25 at livenation.com.
Laughentine’s Day with Whitney Cummings
Comedian, actress and writer Whitney Cummings is commemorating the lovey-dovey holiday with a bit more laughter than romance. Cummings’ Laughentine’s Day will be a night filled with jokes, reminiscing about exes and more Valentine’s Day-themed banter. There are two shows at 8 and 10: 15 p.m. Feb. 14 at Irvine Improv, 527 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine. Tickets start at $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP at ticketweb.com.