Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be about flowers, chocolates or even a romantic dinner, although most women would appreciate any of those traditional gift ideas. Instead, try celebrating Valentine’s Day in a different way this year by taking in a popular Seattle show with your date or sweetheart. You’ll have several to choose from, including an entertaining burlesque show, a couple of rock music shows featuring popular bands from the area and flirty dance parties featuring DJs and live music to get you on your feet and grooving the night away.

The Atomic Bombshells: J’Adore! A Burlesque Valentine
The Triple Door
216 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 838-4333

Date: Feb. 12-15, 2014

The Triple Door venue in Seattle has two fun burlesque shows scheduled for Valentine’s Day, with one starting at 7 p.m. and the other at 10 p.m. The Atomic Bombshells, a well-known burlesque troop from the area, will keep you entertained with its Valentine’s Day show called “J’Adore! A Burlesque Valentine.” Not only will you get to see these lovely ladies in action on stage, you’ll also be treated to a delicious Asian-inspired dinner, complete with a main course, dessert and cocktails. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the day of the show.

The Crocodile Presents: “Let’s Dance” A Valentine’s Ball
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-4618

Date: Feb. 14, 2014

The Crocodile in downtown Seattle will be bumping on Valentine’s Day with a band called BowieVision, as they will be making their debut that evening, along with opening bands Purr Gato and Braxmatics. The “Let’s Dance Valentine’s Ball” begins at 8 p.m. and is a 21-and-over event. Be sure to put on your most comfortable “red shoes and dance the blues” because all three bands will have you on your feet throughout the night. BowieVision will not only be playing the music of David Bowie, but will also provide a funky, visual backdrop with lights and video footage. Braxmatics will play funky, old-school 80s-type music and Purr Gato will do the same, while adding its own touch of electronica to the mix. Event tickets can be purchased in advance or upon arrival at the door.

Moondoggies Valentine’s Day Party
Tractor Tavern
5213 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-3599

Date: Feb. 14, 2014

The Tractor Tavern is hosting a Valentine’s Day Party, which starts at 9 p.m. and features the rock and pop band The Moondoggies, as well as two additional, alternative and indie rock acts — Ark Life and Dean Johnson. The Tractor Tavern is located in the Ballard neighborhood and is one of Seattle’s go-to places that always features live music. The Moondoggies band members have known one another since high school, and say their music is influenced primarily by 60s and 70s psychedelic acts such as The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Band. Event tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door on the day of the event.

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Showbox Presents: Pulses Tour With Karmin And Bryce Vine
925 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-9442

Date: Feb. 14, 2014

For Valentine’s Day, Seattle’s Showbox presents the Pulses Tour with Karmin’s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan at Neumos. Never heard of them? Well you’re not the only one, but if you go to Youtube and search for this up-and-coming duo, you’ll be blown away. Amy and Nick were discovered on Youtube doing cover rap videos of superstars such as Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Along with Amy and Nick of Karmin, you can also enjoy the lyrical genius known as Bryce Vine. Vine is a rapping voice major at Berklee College of Music and has also made a name for himself rather quickly, being compared to artists such as Mac Miller and Travie McCoy. Tickets for this all-ages show can be purchased in advance or at the door.

RED – Seattle’s Flirtiest Bash
The Showbox at the Market
1426 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 628-3151

Simply called RED, this Valentine’s Day party is being hailed as “Seattle’s flirtiest bash” and welcomes one and all including singles, couples and groups of friends to come out and dance all night long to one of the best DJs in the area, DJ Mack Long. Put on your best red attire, whether it be a red cocktail dress, a suit, slacks, shirt or tie. The theme is red and everyone is encouraged to “dress to impress,” meaning no jeans, sneakers or athletic attire. Five full bars will be available to guests, so you’ll have plenty of cocktails, beers and appetizers to last throughout the night. If you are single, you’ll have plenty of chances to mingle too, as will be there to kick the party into high-gear with singles activities. Tickets will sell fast, so it’s wise to purchase them online and in advance to secure admission.

Related: Guide To Dinner And A Show For Your Valentine

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on