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Save Your Weekends: Sales, Workshops + Shows

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Valentine’s week is impending, but that’s no reason to start having a pity party this week — even if you’re single. In fact, with so much free and cheap fun abounding in Boston and the surrounding boroughs, you might just meet your match at one of these super cool events.

Or forget to care whether you’re attached or not.

The Glass Menagerie with Zachary Quinto
February 2nd to March 17th
Loeb Drama Center at A.R.T.
Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA
(Harvard Square)
Discount tickets now on sale, from $27.50/pp

Don’t miss your chance to see hottie Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek) in this revival of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece, now in its first week at the American Repertory Theater. Call the box office to save on group tickets, or try BosTix or Goldstar for discounted seats.

Spring Social with Foret Design and blueGuava
Wednesday, February 6th
6 to 8 p.m.
west elm Fenway
160 Brookline Ave (between Kilmarnock & Park Drive)
Boston, MA 02215
Free & open to the public, no RSVP required

Check out our preview of this free floral gardening & design workshop over at DIY Boston on

Free Yoga + Relaxation at 40Berkeley
Wednesday, February 6th
4 p.m.
40 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
(South End)
Free & open to the public. Mats available.

Join our favorite Boston hostel for a free yoga class to stretch your body and soul. The Shoestring team will all be there, saving you a space in the living room!

Midnight Madness Sale
February 6th & 7th
Open until midnight
Second Time Around
All locations

Shop winter clearance (70% off) and new Spring arrivals (20% off), plus find secondhand furs (50%) at all locations of this consignment shop, founded right here in Mass. Harvard Square, Newbury Street, Newton and Needham will be open until midnight both Wednesday and Thursday.

February First Thursday
Thursday, February 7th
6 to 8 p.m.
City Feed & Supply
672 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain
Free & open to the public

We don’t know why this is the first we’re hearing of First Thursdays at our favorite locavore gourmet location in JP, but we’re glad we did. Join City Feed for free tastings from Red Kite Candy and Dean’s Sweet Truffles of Portland, Maine, plus craft beer & wine tastings, while listening to the sweet sounds of Gracious Calamity and Carola Emrich-Fisher.

A Very Davis Valentine
Thursday, February 7th
5 to 8 p.m.
67 Holland Street
Somerville, MA
(Davis Square)
Free to the public, special discounts from participating stores

Shop local this February for yourself or someone special with this Davis Square shopping event where “on one block you’ll be able to pre-order flowers, pick up the perfect gift and card, and get everything you need for impressive after-dinner cocktails.” Take 10% or more off great gifts from local shops including Whats-Nu, The Boston Shaker, Union Square Donuts, and Nellie’s Wildflowers.

DIY Paper Flowers Workshop
Thursday, February 7th

6:30 to 8 p.m.
Crompton Collective
138 Green Street
Worcester, MA
Free & open to the public, materials provided

Worcester’s newest haven for makers is at it again with this workshop, taught by Aly and Jenn of The Flea Circus, perfect for DIY brides-to-be and handmade valentines. Plus, all attendees will receive an exclusive coupon for $5 off purchases of $25 or more at The Flea Circus, good between February 7th and 14th.

Local is For Lovers 2.0
Sunday, February 10th
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA
(Spring Hill, take MBTA bus from Davis Square)
Free & open to the public

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, shop locally made and sourced gifts from over 35 vendors at this beloved winter market, now in its second year.

Oona’s E-store Launch Party & Fashion Show
Sunday, February 10th
3 to 5:30 p.m.
Monday Club at Upstairs on the Square
91 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA
(Harvard Square)
Free to attend, complimentary appetizers & cash bar

Join Oona’s Experienced Clothing for a salon-style runway show where models will show off a sneak peak at the goods offering in Oona’s new online store. Attendees will be eligible for a special discount to shop the online store, and a  $50 gift certificate will be awarded to the best dressed guest. Free to attend, including complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Dress to impress and be there on time: doors close promptly at 3 p.m. though guests are welcome to make a dinner reservation at Upstairs on the Square following the fashion show. RSVP here.

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Photo: Michael J. Lutch/American Repertory Theater

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