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Here’s Where to Celebrate Valentine’s in LB Without Breaking the Bank

Here’s Where to Celebrate Valentine’s in LB Without Breaking the Bank

Maisie Vilchis
Watch an old film with a live music ensemble at the Long Beach Art Theatre
The Long Beach Art Theatre located on Retro Row. (Photo by Maisie Vilchis)

For $25.00 a ticket, you and your date can enjoy a screening of the 1927 film Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans accompanied by music performed by the Jack Curtis Dubosky Ensemble at the Long Beach Art Theatre. The silent film focuses on a love triangle between a married farm couple whose marriage has grown dull and a flirtatious city woman the husband becomes fascinated with. The one-time-only screening takes place on Valentine’s day at 7 p.m.and those interested can buy tickets on the Long Beach Art Theatre website.


Go on a scavenger hunt throughout Long Beach’s urban landscape at no cost

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If you or your partner consider yourselves urban explorers and have a knack for puzzles then this is the perfect date idea for you. If you download the geocaching app, the free app will give you coordinates around your local area of where items will be hidden throughout Long Beach’s landscape. The coordinates come with a difficulty ranking and a clue giving insight into the location of the item as well as what the item might possibly be. It is important to check every nook and cranny of the location you are at since items can be hidden under parking curbs, inside telephone pole boxes, PVC pipes and even inside small screws carefully placed right where they seem to belong so don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. The app is free and can be used at any time but they  also have a premium version that offers additional locations to find items.


Visit one of Nyte Mrkts most popular events of the year

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Once a month, Nyte Mrkt takes place at the Able ARTS Work Gallery providing a place to enjoy local live music, scour booths filled with handmade goods, plants, enjoy mouth-watering food, drinks and much more. If you have the coin for it and are daring enough, you and your partner can even get matching tattoos at one of the many body modification booths at the event. The all-ages event has a donation-based entry fee so you can give what you can or just walk right in. Nyte Mrkt is this Saturday, Feb. 11 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


 Go to a burlesque show at Harvelle’s 

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Descend beneath the city to enter Harvelle’s, a dimly-lit cabaret adorned with red lights and intimate decor. It’s the perfect space to experience a fun, sultry night of burlesque performances. Harvelle’s often pairs their shows with stand-up comedy acts, creating a well-rounded experience for your date night. Tickets are $15 per person, but be aware that there is also a two-drink minimum.


Walk through the Japanese Garden at CSULB 

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Visit this lovely botanical retreat so you and your date can relish in the serenity of a Zen Garden ornate with Japanese bonsai. Watch koi pop their heads out of the water as you pass them by while walking over crescent wood bridges, then make your way over to the tea house to get a glimpse of this replica of Japanese architecture. Tickets are only $5, but you are required to make reservations on the website before your visit.


Watch a play at Long Beach Playhouse 

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Head over to the Long Beach Playhouse for an immersive and exciting experience of storytelling. Through the art of live performance, this theater creates an ambiance for the audience to connect to the actors on stage. The Long Beach Playhouse is currently having showings for “Toward Zero,” a play about a murder mystery entwined in adultery. Tickets are $25 a person on Fridays and $30 on Saturdays. 

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