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Find The Perfect New Haven Valentine's Day For You!

There is no one right way to celebrate on February 14th, so here are some helpful ideas for crafting your perfect Valentine’s Day. If you’re spending a romantic evening with the bae bonding with your roommate, going out with friends, or even having a treat-yourself solo night, there are lots of different ways to spread love and appreciation for the people close to you.

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1. A classy date night at ROÌA

An inside look into ROÌA’s main dining room.

If you’re looking to dress up for Valentine’s Day, definitely consider taking your Valentine to ROÌA for an elegant meal. Whether it’s a special someone, a close friend, or even a blind date, ROÌA won’t disappoint, and will give you a chance to show off your best outfit.

2. Special V-Day hike to East Rock

A view from East Rock overlooking Yale and New Haven.

For lovers of the outdoors and bravers of cold weather, a Valentine’s Day hike to East Rock might be the perfect way to bond with your roommate or get to know someone new. After the hike, you even get a surprise gift of enjoying the beautiful view over New Haven.

3. Escape New Haven

Do you dare enter?

Looking for a brainteaser on Valentine’s Day? If you’re up for the challenge, head over to Escape New Haven: you’ll be trapped in a room with your friends and have only 60 minutes to solve the puzzles presented to you and escape. Valentine’s Day is all about sticking together, so why not put your relationship to the ultimate test of teamwork and collaboration?

4. Try out some Valentine’s Day Crafts

Cute cards are a great way to show some casual love to your besties!

Artistic Yalies might prefer to spend Valentine’s Day making as many cute cards, posters, and fun crafts as possible. You and a group of your friends can just pull together colored paper, tape, scissors, and markers, and get to work! Making crafts can be super simple, and nice gifts can last much longer than just one day.

5. Jam out at the Shades Concert

Shades is known for their amazing riffs and unforgettable harmonies.

Looking for a great date night that is happening right here on campus? Shades, one Yale’s premier a capella groups that specializes in music of the African diaspora, is hosting their annual VDay Jam in SSS 114 at 8pm. The concert is going to be packed with powerful ballads and cute love songs that set the perfect mood for a romantic Valentine’s celebration.

6. V-Day doesn't have to drain your wallet

If you're going out into New Haven and celebrating on a budget, show your ID for some great discounts, all of which can be found at

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