Weekend 2.13-2.16: Love is in the Air

Anyone else feel like we’re living in the movie Groundhog Day? This weekend is the perfect time to shake things up, with lots of fun events on tap in honor of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Small businesses have taken a big hit during the recent storms, so let’s get out and support them so they’re still there come summer! Highlights from the weekend are below and a full listing of events can be found on our calendar.

Please keep in mind that winter weather sometimes leads to event cancellations and we urge you to check with organizers before heading out if things seem dicey.


Eat Boutique Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop: Come to Forge Baking Company on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to take part in the Eat Boutique Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop. The event will give you the chance to discover and sample food gifts and try one of Forge’s delicious pastries or meals.

Love is a Many Splintered Thing: Join Tongue in Cheek (Robin O. Burrage, Marilyn Dale, Pamela Enders, Jennifer Lawrence, Gail Leondar-Wright and Marva Wooden) for a pre-Valentine’s Day concert that’s sure to get you humming along. The free event at the Armory will feature music from Broadway hits to popular country and everything in between.



Happy Valentine’s Day! There are a ton of special events happening in Somerville in celebration of (or in reaction against) Valentine’s Day.

During the day, Whats-Nü hosts a free yoga class and jewelry-making workshop ($7), Nibble is popping up with brunch tamales at Kitchen Inc., the Eat Boutique Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop is back at Forge, Bow Street Yoga hosts a donation-based class Yoga for Mamas and Taza Chocolate celebrates with the free A Perfectly Unrefined Valentine’s Day event.

At night, head to River Bar, Brass Union, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Casa B, True Bistro or Foundry on Elm for dinner (some require reservations). If a romantic meal isn’t really your speed, nosh on cheese and beer at Aeronaut before enjoying a silent film with live music, get your creative juices flowing at Paint Night, drown your sorrows in sour beer at The Independent or don your best ’80s get-up at the Parlor Sports Prom.


Post Valentine’s Brunch: Head to La Brasa in East Somerville for a post Valentine’s Day brunch on Sunday morning. Start your day by dining on brisket benedict and Nutella crepes with punch to drink. (Don’t forget to check out our guide to the best brunches in Somerville happening every week.)

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Tufts Maple Tree Tapping and Maple Brunch at The Independent: Support Groundwork Somerville’s Maple Syrup Project by helping out at the tree tapping at Tufts on Monday morning. Then warm up with a maple-themed brunch to benefit Groundwork at The Independent featuring items like pancakes with maple cinnamon applesauce and cocktails like the Wafflegeddon (rye, maple syrup, orange juice, cider).

President’s Day Luau Brunch: Head to Daddy Jones Bar in Magoun Square on Monday to celebrate President’s Day with a luau brunch. It’s the perfect chance to shake off those mid-winter blues by sipping Brugal Rum cocktails.

P.S. Staying in for Valentine’s Day? Whip up the Heartbeet cocktail from Booze Époque and this Flourless Taza Chocolate Cake from Cuisine en Locale to make the evening extra special!

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