Normally, I write about romantic date ideas and fine dining, but I realize this time of year is actually dreaded by many.  If you are sick of watching  jewelry commercials and think Valentine’s Day is a gimmick created by greeting card companies, you are not alone.  You also don’t have to be alone on Valentine’s Day. Try one of these local events for fellow Valentine’s Day protesters.

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The Bitter Ball

A Jacksonville tradition now for seven years, The Bitter Ball claims to offer “double the party, twice the bitterness.”  This year, The Bitter Ball will take place on February 8 at SUITE, 4880 Big Island Drive in the Town Center.  Featuring host Brody Jenner and DJ Matt Sparxxx of WAPE, the theme will be “Love stinks, so let’s drink!”

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50 Shades of Men: The Show

For ladies looking for the perfect man, 50 Shades of Men: The Show is on February 7 at SUITE.  Featuring members of the 2010 Chippendale’s show, entrance is for ladies only until 11 p.m.   General admission is $10, and includes a glass of champagne.  Tickets are available for both the Bitter Ball and 50 Shades of Men on Eventbrite.

Brokenheartsville

The 6th annual Brokenheartsville party will take place on February 14 at Maverick’s Rock N Honky Tonk, The Landing.  Doors open at 8 p.m., and the evening kicks off with a $10 all-you-can-drink happy hour so you can drown your sorrows in booze.

3rd Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Soiree Benefiting the American Heart Association

This last option lets you turn your bitterness into a benefit for the American Heart Association. The 3rd Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Soiree takes place on February 8 at The Oasis by SALT concepts on 1662 Stockton Street in Riverside.  Tickets are available online for $25, or $30 at the door, and include complimentary food, champagne toast and a raffle entry.

Most of these events are really singles mixers in disguise, so if that’s not what you’re looking for, you might want to try what a group of my single friends used to do in college…dress in black and eat Chinese food.