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6 ways to boycott Valentine’s Day this year

So, you hate Valentine’s Day.

Maybe you just went through a shitty break-up, maybe you’re in a relationship and hate the pressure, or maybe you just think the holiday is materialistic and not worth buying into. Whatever the reason, boycott capitalism’s day of love by participating in any of these anti-Valentine’s Day activities.

Check out some anti-Valentine’s Day activities below!

Name a cockroach after your ex

If you hate your ex and want to see them get eaten by bugs, then check out El Paso Zoo’s “Quit Bugging Me” fundraising initiative. From now until February 15th, this Texas zoo is accepting name submissions and donations for cockroaches that will later get fed to meerkats, primates, birds and small mammals.

Get some laughs in at the Cannabis Comedy Festival

The Cannabis Comedy Festival is back for their annual Valentine’s Day show. Although some couples will be attendance, the lineup is stacked with talented comedians making fun of their own relationships, which is sure to make you enjoy Valentine’s Day a little bit more.

Catch a movie at the TIFF Next Wave film festival

Taking place from February 14th – 16th, TIFF is hosting their annual Next Wave Film Festival. Screening a wide variety of classics and brand new films, both local and international, Next Wave is a great way to spend a weekend removed from Valentine’s Day celebrations. Better yet, if you’re under 25, you get free admission!

Go to The Beaver’s karaoke night and sing songs about being single

A cozy, local bar located at 1192 Queen St W, The Beaver hosts karaoke every Sunday night starting at 11 p.m. Although this takes place a couple of days after Valentine’s Day, celebrating being single is a great way to close off the weekend.

Watch the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

There is probably nothing less romantic than watching a bunch of rich people sweat for 40 minutes. Chance the Rapper will lead Team Stephen A. and Common will lead Team Wilbon. Other celebrity appearances include Quavo, Hannibal Burress and Guy Fieri.

Get free wings at Hooter’s

Last, but definitely not least, there’s the classic option of going to Hooter’s. If you bring in a photo of your ex and rip it up in front of the servers, you’re eligible for their buy-10-wings-get-10-free deal. Take part in the cathartic experience of getting rid of physical and emotional memories.

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