Valentine’s Day can be a very stressful time, especially for college students.
Not only do you have to worry about midterms and homework, but there’s a ton of pressure to give a romantic date and a thoughtful gift. Even though we wish we could plan everything, sometimes time slips away from us. If you’re having trouble planning a fun night out with your partner, look no further!
1. Valentine’s Night Market
Valentine’s Day is the worst time of year for people who are terrible at organizing things, and even worse at time management. Every year we hear stories of partners who forgot to make reservations, plan a date or even receive a small gift. With the Alt After Dark Valentine’s Day Market, at least one of these unfortunate events is avoided. With a wide variety of alternative sellers, you’re bound to find a unique and fun gift for your partner! Held at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Center, it’s super accessible to anyone returning from college! Even better, it takes place from 7-11 p.m. on February 11, so you’ll have plenty of time to hunt for some thoughtful freebies! Check out this market with your partner this Valentine’s Day for a date off the beaten track and avoid being the partner everyone makes fun of.
2. Taco Night at Azucar Taco House
Often Valentine’s Day parties are often very expensive and overpriced for what you get. Many places expect you to pay hundreds of dollars, and all you get are heart-shaped desserts. The best restaurants, however, will try to give you the most for the lowest price. That’s exactly what Azucar Taco House promises from February 11 to 15. For just $40 per couple, you get all-you-can-eat tacos. Did I mention tacos are pink? Not only that, but at 8 p.m. there will be a mariachi band playing! If you want to please your partner, but are worried about the costs that always come with Valentine’s Day, Azucar has you covered!
3. Valentine’s Day Candlelight Concert
Romantic displays of affection happen in every rom-com, but still feel unreachable for the average couple. People, especially college students, just can’t afford to splurge on their partners the way rom-com love interests always do. Average people can’t serenade their partner in a plane, launch a dancing crowd at Grand Central Station, or, say, be played by a string quartet by candlelight. Although most of them are off limits, if you’ve ever wanted a magical movie time, Fever Edmonton is hosting a special of their By candlelight series, where a string quartet plays famous romantic ballads. There are two date options, February 11 or 14 at 6:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $40 per person. For a much more affordable price, you can give your partner the romantic moment of their dreams!
4. Skating at Victoria Park Oval
While Valentine’s Day is often a time when we spend a lot of money on expensive restaurants or events, many of us just want some quiet time with our loved ones. A great way to spend time with your partner, while enjoying a romantic setting, is to skate Victoria Iceway Trail. Open until 10 p.m. daily, the trail is a magical and breathtaking experience. Illuminated with beautiful lights and surrounded by breathtaking views of the river valley, Victoria Park is ideal for a date night. Best of all, admission is free and they have little warming stations if you get cold. Just be aware that the rink can get very busy, especially when there are young children and activities taking place.
5. Marry Me
One of the cornerstones of Valentine’s Day is corny romantic comedies that are nothing if not corny. There’s nothing better than snuggling up with your partner and watching an hour and a half of squeaky romance. However, recycling the same movies every year can get a bit boring. (How many times can we really expect to watch Notebook?) Fortunately, a new romantic comedy hits theaters a few days before Valentine’s Day: Marry me. Released on February 11, this new film stars the queen of romantic comedy herself, Jennifer Lopez, alongside Owen Wilson. It has all of our favorite tropes, like marriage before romance and marriage of convenience. Like all good things, Marry me is necessarily corny and romantic. If you don’t have any concrete plans for Valentine’s Day, but want to do something a little more low-key, why not spend it with Jennifer Lopez?