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Ten Weird and Wild Things to Do to Shake Up Valentine's Day in Denver

Valentine's Day is here again.
Valentine's Day is here again. Brandon Marshall
The day of hearts is upon us. Whether or not you have a sweetheart to cozy up with, there are plenty of fun things to do. Skip the fancy dinner and catch a burlesque show instead. Or maybe your honey and you can duke it out at the racetrack. From not-so-romantic films to comedy to a circus to benefit puppies, make this February 14th (or 13th) a day of love for yourself and whoever else you want to invite along for the ride.
 
click to enlarge A scene from the classic film, Harold and Maude. - HAROLD AND MAUDE
A scene from the classic film, Harold and Maude.
Harold and Maude
Seventh Annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party Featuring Harold and Maude
Modern Nomad
2936 Larimer Street
Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m.

Tap into the oddball love story Harold and Maude, a film about a morbid young man who finds joy being with an elderly woman who is just as obsessed with life as he is with death. While it's far from your typical rom-com, this romantic film shows that love isn't just black and white. Presented by the Denver Public Library, this special event takes place at Modern Nomad and will be presented by film historian and critic Walter Chaw. Refreshments will be served while guests wander around the shop, as well. Get free tickets by registering online.

click to enlarge An anatomically incorrect rendering of a sheep's heart. - FLICKR/DAVID GOEHRING
An anatomically incorrect rendering of a sheep's heart.
Valentine's Day Roast
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Thursday, February 13, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Join comedians Jessie Hanson and Kat Atwell for a Valentine's Day eve of romantic comedy with a side of science for 21-and-up brainiacs. Expect a roast laced with facts about the animal kingdom's love-making techniques from Denver Museum of Nature & Science scientists; a literal knife to the heart as they demonstrate how to dissect the organ (possibly a sheep's), and Valentine-themed cocktails and desserts. Bring a Galentine pal or your sweetheart and wander the wildlife halls in between these festive activities. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members; both can be purchased here.

Go go-kart racing this Valentine's Day. - UNSER KARTING & EVENTS
Go go-kart racing this Valentine's Day.
Unser Karting & Events

All-You-Can-Race Speed Dating Event
Unser Karting & Events
7300 Broadway
Friday, February 14, 6 to 11 p.m.

Prefer pedals to petals? Tap into your sweetheart's competitive side by challenging him or her to a go-kart battle during this special all-you-can-race shindig on Valentine's Day. Check in for the $59-per-person event starting at 6 p.m.; there's a training session at 6:30 p.m. After that you can play all night. Don't forget to take a break at some point to try one of the comfort food and drink specials at the venue's Trackside Tavern.

My Circus Valentine: A Benefit for Rescue Puppies
Armory Performing Arts Center
300 Strong Street, Brighton
Friday, February 14, 6:30 p.m.

Last year, this heartfelt benefit went so well that the folks behind My Circus Valentine decided to raise money for the little dogs of Lifeline Puppy Rescue again. But it's not just a feel-good charity event; it's a night of fire breathers, jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists and more. There's also an adorable puppy playtime, circus-themed food and drinks, a silent auction and a wine raffle. The goal is to raise $54,000. Tickets are $15 for kids and $25 for adults.
 
A terrarium filled with succulents. - THE TERRORIUM SHOP
A terrarium filled with succulents.

Build Your Own Terrarium
Empourium Brewing Company
4385 West 42nd Avenue
720-361-2973
Friday, February 14, 7 to 9 p.m.

Why say it with flowers when you can profess love with a cute terrarium that you build with your sweetheart instead? This Berkeley brewery has teamed up with Twig & Leaf to bring a bit of succulent plant life to the space this Valentine's Day. Even if you don't take a date with you, the class will have everything you need to create a darling succulent terrarium to take home and nurture with love all year long. Grab a beer while creating, and make this holiday a simple success for just $25 a person. Call ahead to reserve a spot.

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington