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It’s just flowers and chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Actually, it’s not just love and friendship either.

From singles get-togethers at a rooftop bar to romance aboard the streetcar, events celebrating – or berate – the holidays abound across the border.

Making a comeback is the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ popular “Quit Bugging Me” event that allows scorned lovers to get revenge on an ex while giving back to a good cause.

Until February 10, the public can name a cockroach after their insignificant other or someone who has “annoyed” them. The cockroaches will be fed to the zoo animals on February 12 and 13 and will be streamed live on the zoo’s Facebook page.

Donations are encouraged but not required. Name your cockroach on

Here’s what’s happening and things to do around El Paso for Valentine’s Day:

Now to February 28

love locks

Couples are invited to put padlocks on a heart-shaped metal structure to seal their love.

6:30 p.m. every evening

Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta

@ascaratepark on Facebook

Sunday February 6

Movie Night ‘Grease’

An interactive song, filled with accessories, for all T-Birds and Pink Ladies.

6 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo

250 Montecillo

(*also 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 12; 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 13)

Tuesday February 8

Movie Night ‘Grease’

An interactive song, filled with accessories, for all T-Birds and Pink Ladies.

7:30 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Theater East El Paso

12351 Pellicano

Friday February 11

Abe Mac’s Valentine’s Day Dance

Three sets with call dances; DJ Little Dave between sets

9:00 PM Ricky D’s, 10780 Pebble Hills

@abemacmusic on Facebook

Valentine’s Day Dinner Show

“Sons of Soul Legends”

8 p.m. El Maida Shrine

@ElMaidaShriners on Facebook

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Stroll through Lake Ascarate and see hand-painted hearts and gnomes; then hide them from other visitors

Daily until Monday, February 14 Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta

@ascaratepark on Facebook

Saturday February 12

The heart that is in Desert

Dinner, live music, animal encounters, DeadBeach beer, play station

Event for 21+ only

5:30-9:00 p.m. El Paso Zoo 4100 E. Paisano

@elpasozoo on Facebook

Read and Roll for Valentine’s Day

Ride the El Paso Trolley and Hear Stories

10:00 Glory Road Transfer Center, 100 Glory Road

Gran Baile de San Valentine

Dinner-show with Christian Valle & Xavier Tisa, plus a tribute to Juan Gabriel

6:30pm Gunslingers Adobe Cantina & Grill

1500 Main, San Elizario

EP Love and Laughter Lyrics Experience

6:30 p.m.-midnight

Hotel Indigo, 325 N. Kansas

@HotelIndigoElPasoDowntown on Facebook

Hearts Desire 5 Course Dinner


Hotel Indigo, 325 N. Kansas

@HotelIndigoElPasoDowntown on Facebook

Brunch of the Galentines

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mamacitas

Hotel Indigo, 325 N. Kansas

@HotelIndigoElPasoDowntown on Facebook

Dinner and Dance Valentine’s Senses

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sensory dinner; guess your food by its smell, feel, and taste 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Epic Railyard Events Center

2201 E. Moulins

@EPICRailyard on Facebook

Sunday February 13

Singles mingle at La Perla

Aperitifs, live DJ sets, limited rooftop guests.

7:00 p.m. Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park, 106 W. Mills

Valentine’s Day Romantic Bachata Group Class

3:30-5:00 p.m. El Paso Ballroom Academy, 7220 N. Mesa

@ElPasoBallroomDanceAcademy on Facebook

be my valentiki

Dinner, drinks and more in an island-style experience

3 p.m. Toltec Tiki Hall, 602 Magoffin

(also Monday, February 14)

@toltectikiroom on Facebook

Monday February 14

Valentine’s dinner

6:30 p.m. The kitchen at 150 Sunset, 150 Sunset @150sunseteventcenter on Facebook

Valentine’s dinner

6 p.m. Crossing the Ardovino desert

1 Ardovinos, Sunland Park, New Mexico

@Ardovinosdc on Facebook

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