Party for One

As soon as February rolls around, the single people of the world start to cringe. Chocolate comes out in heart-shaped boxes, every convenience store in the city starts selling teddy bears and we singles plan for a night in to avoid it all. Valentine’s Day can be a boring, lonely time for those without a date. Philly happens to accommodate the single people in the city on this gushy holiday with fun and charitable events . There are as many things for singles over the age of 21 to do as there are for the couples. Don’t hide in the apartment with Netflix and General Tso’s; here are four great places to go.

First Person Arts —  “Ex-Files” StorySlam

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First Person Arts is a non-profit organization that supports storytelling in Philadelphia. The group holds StorySlams on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of every month but has a few specialty nights including this Valentines event. Ten volunteers get up in front of the crowd and be judged by audience members. If you are feeling brave or have a story that will take down the house, you can put your name in the hat to be a storyteller. The audience scores the performances on a 10-point scale and the highest-scoring storyteller wins $100 and a “golden ticket” that grants them a spot in the First Person Arts’ annual Grand Slam in May. It is a light and fun night where people tell all of their love-lost, bad-breakup, or crazy-ex stories.  This event sold out after article was written, but you can check out last year’s winner .

Time: Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Location: Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.)
Cost: $14
This event is for 21+

Cupid’s Undie Run

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If you are looking for a crazy and charitable day, sign up for Cupid’s Undie Run. Leaving from Xfinity Live at 1:00 the run lasts for about a mile and is deemed a fun-run. Everyone, decked out in costumes or undergarments, runs together as a pack. After the run, there is a celebratory party at Xfinity Live. All Proceeds go to the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Take a few friends dress up, or down and run for charity. Check out some of the pictures from previous years for outfit ideas.  Registration is open until the day of the event.

Time: Doors open at noon; 1 p.m. award ceremony; 2 p.m. Undie Run; 3:30 p.m. VIP bar closes; 4 p.m. event officially ends.
Location: 1100 Pattison Ave.
Registration cost: $55
This event is for 21+.

The Philadelphia Monster Ball


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If you like The Philly Zombie Prom, you will love this event. Dress up like a monster and come to the Trocadero Theater. DJ Robert Drake is hosting with music from The Monster Orchestra. If you register before 9:45 p.m. you can compete to see who is the best monster in front of a panel of celebrity judges. If you want to take the romance out of the day without loosing any excitement, Monster Ball is the way to go. Tickets are on sale until the day of the event through The Trocadero box office.


Time: Doors open at 8 p.m. registration for the competition ends at 9:45 p.m.
Location: 1003 Arch Street
Cost: $10
This event is for 21+

24th Annual Desperate & Dateless Anti-Valentines Day Party

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The Irish Pub has a celebratory party bashing the need for dates or mates annually. Prizes are awarded to people who share their date from hell. There is also a version of The Dating Game to try our luck at love with the other singles. Drink specials are all night long. Who knows, maybe you will find love while you are desperately trying to avoid celebrating it. If you don’t find it, at least you’re having fun in a room of people in the same boat. Check out the Facebook Event for more information.

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: 2007 Walnut Street
Specials: $3 Coors light & $10 Pitchers; $4 Blue Moon Pints; $5 Strawberry Lemonades
This event is for 21+

By Darian Muka

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