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How To Spend Valentine's Day In Fort Lauderdale If You're Single

All the single ladies, put your hands up. 

And pick your heads up while you're at it. Valentine's Day can be fun if you're single—we swear.

First of all, realize there are plenty of other single people in Fort Lauderdale also looking to have fun. (Remember that time we were named one of the best cities for singles in the nation?)

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Second, think of all the free time you'll have for yourself this weekend while your couple friends are dropping big bucks on a prix fixe dinner or local getaway. It means you'll finally have time to spend the holiday the way you want.

Take the day to celebrate yourself, or grab your best gal pal and celebrate your friendship. Here are a few events going on this weekend—from performances and parties to a movie and a makeover—that will keep things cheap, fun and fabulous.

 

'How To Be Single'

Appropriate. Watch as Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann star in this comedy about single life in New York City. At AMC Dine-In Theatres, you can kick your feet up, recline and relax, as you dine on easy-to-eat-in-the-dark gourmet selections. Might we suggest noshing on the crab and avocado sushi roll and a shareable plate of crispy brussels sprouts while you have a laugh with your girlfriends?

Starts Feb. 11; AMC Dine-In Theatres Coral Ridge 10 in Fort Lauderdale; $6.36-$12.73 for adult-priced tickets depending on the showing

 

Amore with Norma

Spend a night at the opera, but start the evening off with some vino. James Beard Award-winning wine authority Lyn Farmer will host a wine tasting at the Broward Center's Intermezzo Lounge shortly before before the Florida Grand Opera performs "Norma." For a fanciful affair with a friend at a fair price, snag discounted tickets to the show with the "Amore with Norma" package, which is being offered at about 30 percent off. Use the code "Norma20" at checkout.

Feb. 11 and Feb. 13, 7 p.m. (wine tasting), 7:30 p.m. (opera); Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale; Tickets start at $32

 

Mini Makeovers at Lilac and Lilies Boutique

Free makeovers. Need we say more? It's time to get dolled up before your GNO. Celebrity makeup artist Leslie Munsell, who is the founder of Beauty for Real, will make a guest appearance at Lilac and and Lilies in Fort Lauderdale, as she demonstrates sexy eye and kissable lip touch-ups using the latest items from her 2016 product collection. The boutique will also offer complimentary mimosas and sweets all weekend long as the shop showcases new pieces from Kendra Scott Jewelry, often worn by such lovely ladies as Selena Gomez, Mindy Kaling and Eva Longoria. 

Feb. 11-14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (trunk show) and Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (makeovers); Lilac and Lilies in Fort Lauderdale; free

 

My Bloody Valentine's Day Party

Head up to Delray for an Anti-Valentine's party at the new, but very old, Prohibition-era bar The Old Arcade. (It's a secret craft cocktail bar that opened up in the same space as Delray's original speakeasy.) Come dressed in red or black—a must—and enjoy $8 Purity Vodka drinks, $10 cocktails, and funk and soul music classics. There's no cover for the night, but guests must RSVP to theoldarcade@yahoo.com for an entry password. 

Feb. 13, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; The Old Arcade at Caffe Martier in Delray Beach; free

 

"It's not me. It's You." Party

Here's another pre-Valentine's Day bash to check out with your girlfriends. Salt7 in Delray Beach is hosting its "It's not me. It's you." Party—a name that makes us wonder if there's ever been a more perfect break-up line to use on your man. No need for sensitivity. Just straight up honesty. From photo ops to sipping and dancing the night away with your ladies, the celebration is sure to make for a memorable night. Salt7 will offer drink specials all night and, most importantly, a raffle to win a Christian Louboutin handbag. (We're sold.) P.S. There's no cover.

Feb. 13, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Salt7 in Delray Beach; free

 

My Funny Valentine

How about having a good laugh on VDay? At married couples, at divorced couples, at yourself. Living Room at the W Fort Lauderdale is hosting a standup comedy show featuring five of the funniest comedians in South Florida. Together, they'll look at the humorous side of love—whether that means being single, married or even happily divorced. There's no cover charge, but there will be drink specials.

Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Living Room at W Fort Lauderdale; free