Life comes at you fast, and it seems like Valentine’s Day 2017 snuck up on us all. V-Day arrives the week after the Super Bowl – on a Tuesday, at that – but don’t panic: if you’re in Houston looking for something to do with your boo, we got you. Whether you’re looking to chill at a restaurant, take in a show, or just do something different, we here at Day & A have you covered with sweet happenings to ensure your Valentine’s Day is a success and stress-free, regardless of whether you’ll be celebrating it solo, with friends, or with your soul mate.

Our own Monica Jones (aka “Born CEO”) did the work so you don’t have to. Check out our recommendations below for some of the sweetest spots the city has to offer for the weekend before and the week of Valentine’s Day.

February 10th

Fidelite Wine Presents: J.A.W.N Vol. 1: An evening of Jazz, Art, Wine, and Novel, highlighting more than 50 wines from across the world. In addition to the wine tasting, the event will also provide a 5-course meal to attendees courtesy of Chef KeepItDef. J.A.W.N. Vol. 1 takes place on February 10th at the Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline St. Advance tickets are $30, and will be $40 at the door. The event begins at 7:30 PM and you can buy tickets here.

50 Shades Darker: The sequel to the lusty 50 Shades of Grey film adaptation lands in theaters the weekend before Valentine’s Day,   providing the proper motivation for a sexy evening with bae. We recommend grabbing a few specialty cocktails together before heading over to the movies!

I Love Midtown Fridays: Live music is always a plus, so grab your date and head on over to the hip Alley Kat bar/lounge for “I Love Midtown Fridays,” where you’ll be treated to an evening of soothing sounds of Jazz and R&B and live performance. The jam session commences at 9 pm, and will feature 3 guest DJs on the 1’s and 2’s throughout the venue and two separate live shows. Though it’s free to attend for those 21 and up, there is limited seating available, so you might want to make arrangements to get there in advance or you might just have to cut a rug with your boo in the corner. RSVP here.

The Aviante Music Experience – Valentine’s Edition: Looking to start your weekend with bae with live music and a good atmosphere? The Aviante Music Experience might be a good look. Kicking off at Sharespace (2201 Preston St.) at 6 PM, the event offers live performances from vocalists, musicians, spoken word artists and more. Tickets start at $20 for 2 and one can even purchase a table if you’re, say, double dating. RSVP here.

Masquerade & Lingerie: A Bedtime Story: 
The Houston “Masquerade & Lingerie Parlay” is exactly what it says it is – a party where ladies are encouraged to wear their sexiest attire and men are urged to dress “Hugh Hefner style” for a damn good time. Local vocalist OhLordRoe will play Mistress of Ceremonies, so to speak, at the function, which takes place at Sharespace (2201 Preston St.). With four DJs (DJ AudiTory, DJ YoungStreetz, DJ Dee Wells, and DJ Uncle Rich Nasty) on hand providing sounds all night, expect it to go all the way down. Doors open at 10 PM and “Last Call” online tickets can be purchased here.

February 11th

Meet.Bike.Eat: If you’re looking to tap into your adventurous side, join the Meet.Bike.Eat crew for an alternative date, with their “Riding Around the H with my Boo” event. Explore the beauty of Buffalo Bayou and downtown Houston on two wheels before grabbing a bite to eat at one of Houston’s newest eateries. Not to worry if you don’t have a boo either, as organizers Mickey and ZeeJay welcome those riding solo, as well. It all starts at 2 PM at Houston’s Bike Barn Bayou Rentals, 105 Sabine Street. Tickets are $20 for Single Love Bird; and $40 Early Love Bird for couples (though it’s free to bring your own bike), and you can get tickets here.

February 14th

Dinner @ Laurenzo’s: Houston continues to make strides as the new food capital of the U.S., as new additions pop up around the city nearly every other week. Laurenzo’s Bar & Grill in Midtown is one of many restaurants opening their doors to lovers alike on Valentine’s Day, offering a dinner special for 2 that comes with an appetizer, 2 entrees, and dessert, all for $55 (not including tax and tip). Take advantage any time on Tuesday between 11 AM and 10 PM.

February 15th

Valentine’s Day Soul Food Supper Club: Etta’s Little Kitchen’s weekly collaboration with Bar 5015 on Wednesday nights for “Soul Food Supper Club” is always a nice look, and Valentine’s Day week will be no exception. There’s a special “Valentine’s Dinner” Supper Club planned next Wednesday, just in case you and your love aren’t able to get together on Valentine’s Day itself. Etta’s menu provides inexpensive but delicious menu options and drink specials, and DJ Red Soda will be on hand to provide sounds that set the mood right. Dinner is served from 6-10 PM at Bar 5015, 5015 Almeda.