Whether you are going out with your spouse, significant other, first date or group of buddies, Valentine’s Day can be a blast or a bust. With everyone rushing out to dinner, restaurants can be crowded and may even wind up draining your wallet. Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, hardly the day of the week meant for partying and staying out all night. Thinking about being spontaneous? Not enough planning can also ruin a perfectly good Valentine’s Day date. This year, Minnesota has a whole host of options in shows to see that will make your night great — even if your date turns out to be a dud.

Newsies
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-7007
www.orpheum.theaterminneapolis.com

Newsies brings Broadway to Minneapolis just in time for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the music and dancing of this incredibly loved musical on your Valentine’s Day date. The Orpheum Theatre is always a great historic venue to bring a date, whether it is romantic or not. Have dinner downtown in the historic district and gear up for a great show to follow. Watch the Newsies fight for their rights against greedy and powerful business owners. A Tony-award winning show, Newsies is sure to be a hit, even if the dinner and date are a miss.

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AC/DC
Xcel Energy Center
199 W Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 265-4800
www.xcelenergycenter.com

Yes, one of the greatest rock bands of all time is coming to St. Paul on Valentine’s Day. AC/DC has been rocking the stage for over 40 years all over the world. This year, the Australian band is taking their act to St. Paul. The Xcel Energy Center is also a great venue, right in the middle of downtown St. Paul and right inside the action. Really impress your date by getting tickets to this huge show and rocking out your Valentine’s Day.

Gary Allan
Treasure Island Casino
5734 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch, MN 55089
(651) 388-6300
www.ticasino.com

Head out to a valentine’s show a day early. Gary Allan, the popular American country music artist, will be performing at Treasure Island Resort and Casino the Friday and Saturday before Valentine’s Day. Gary Allan puts on an energetic and lively show with great music and an even greater venue to enjoy 24-hour activity and entertainment. Treasure Island provides casino action and excitement to go along with world-class entertainment. Have a great valentine’s weekend away at Treasure Island.

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Diane Coffee
First Avenue
701 1st Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 332-1775
www.first-ave.com

A show at First Ave. is always a great date idea. Even if it wasn’t Valentine’s Day, Diane Coffee is a great show to head out to see on a Sunday night. Coffee grew up in California and has been involved in the performing arts in some capacity for most of his life. His latest album, “Everybody’s A Good Dog,”  is a great collection of of music and harmony. Described as “psychedelic Motown,” Coffee’s music is original and fun.

Valentine’s Day Laugh-A-Thon
State Theatre
805 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(800) 952-2787
www.hennepintrust.org

Yes, it’s called the Valentine’s Day Laugh-A-Thon, but it isn’t on Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 13, join some of the funniest comedians in America for an entertaining and hilarious show. Last year, this show sold out and got such high reviews that they headed back to Minneapolis for more. The lineup at this event includes LaVell Crawford, Henry Welch and other great comedians and headliners. Make it a funny evening at this historic theatre.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.