Boston’s Best Date Night Shows For Valentine’s Day

January 27, 2014 6:00 AM

A man carries a bouquet of red roses. (JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)

Many couples just want to get out on Valentine’s Day and spend some time together away from the humdrum of everyday life. Boston has enough for couples to see a show every night and certainly does not disappoint on Valentine’s Day. It does not matter if a couple enjoys music or art, or is out with other couples or has to bring their kids along; there is a show for everyone. The only question is what kind of show to see.
(Photo from Wilbur Theatre)

(Photo from Wilbur Theatre)

Mike Birbiglia’s “Thank God for Jokes”
The Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 248-9700

Comedy is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. Laughing with a loved one tends to brighten up any occasion. The best part about doing that with Mike Birbiglia is that the joke is always on him. His “Thank God for Jokes” tour has this popular writing, filming and joking extraordinaire in the awkward spotlight as he tells jokes about telling jokes. Learn more about how being a comic has put Mike in some strange situations, while getting a laugh out of his storytelling ability.

Disney on Ice: “Let’s Celebrate” (Photo credit: TD Garden)

Disney on Ice: “Let’s Celebrate” (Photo credit: TD Garden)

Disney on Ice: “Let’s Celebrate”
TD Garden
100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 624-1050

Sometimes, a babysitter is not possible. Other times, a Valentine’s date loves Disney and sometimes parents just want to have their kids celebrating with them. There is no reason not to with a popular show like Disney on Ice in town. The “Let’s Celebrate” show is all about parties. The characters in the show will put on Halloween, winter and unbirthday celebrations, among others. Everyone from villains to princesses are there to celebrate love with a child or an adult lover of Disney this year at the TD Garden.

(Photo from G. Love/Facebook)

(Photo from G. Love/Facebook)

G. Love & Special Sauce
House of Blues
15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215
(888) 693-2583

More musically inclined couples with an ear for a mish mash of blues, hip-hop and alternative can celebrate Valentine’s Day with G. Love & Special Sauce at House of Blues. Have a drink and dance a bit to songs from the past two decades. This band’s music definitely has a groove couples can dance to. It is also pretty low key so couples can relax and go home happy. Just be sure to bring parking money, as the only parking is usually at the garage up the street.

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Bernstein West Side Story: UnderScore Friday Evening (Photo from BSO)

Bernstein West Side Story: UnderScore Friday Evening (Photo from BSO)

Bernstein West Side Story: UnderScore Friday Evening
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-1492

Fans of the classic film “West Side Story” from Leonard Bernstein can have a musical evening with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This evening at the Symphony Hall features the remastered film playing with the original vocals and lines, but with the orchestra playing the film’s score. This take on one of the most famous musicals of all time brings everything to a bigger and better level. What better way to spend a Valentine’s Day evening?

“Red-Eye to Havre de Grace”
Paramount Mainstage
120 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 824-8500

Few things are as dramatic as the works of Edgar Allen Poe, but even more dramatic is the mystery surrounding his death. “Red-Eye to Havre de Grace” draws on that drama in an action opera that follows the master of horror during his last days up until his mysterious death. The path of the deceased writer is recreated using contemporary maps and the writing of the man himself. Be prepared for an interesting story made entertaining by skilled performers.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at