Plan a Night Out in Philly This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Candy and flowers are the go-to last-minute gift for most, but if you really want to impress your sweetheart (or other loved one if your life), why not give the gift of time? A night out with that special someone can create lasting memories, whose value long outlasts the Valentine’s season. For residents of 1500 Locust apartments, there are ample opportunities for a night out on the town—from fine-dining restaurants to museums to concerts.

Those with theater lovers in their life who want to really ramp up the romance are in luck, as Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy is coming to a stage near us. From Feb. 8-17, catch “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Academy of Music, just one block from your 1500 Locust apartment. The production is being put on by Opera Philadelphia, which will take the classic tale and give it the full musical treatment. The opera version of the beloved show has toured the world for more than 25 years, but the Philly show marks its U.S. premiere—making it a definite must-see!

If you’ve never seen “Midsummer,” here’s a quick synopsis: Four young lovers are thrust into hilarious misadventures when they enter a forest inhabited by trouble-seeking fairies. The show highlights the light and dark sides of love and relationships, all with a comedic approach that has allowed it to remain one of the world’s most well-known stories for centuries.

All of that drama and comedy will be set to song by the award-winning opera company. Unlike many operas, this show is sung entirely in English—so even if you’re not an opera buff, you can easily follow along and enjoy the performance, all the while impressing your special someone with your cultural insight!

A night at the opera pairs great with a pre- or post-show dinner, and there are ample opportunities for quality cuisine right near the theater and your 1500 Locust apartment. With everything within walking distance, you can also eliminate the headache of traffic and parking and stroll hand in hand with your date to make the night even more meaningful.


Academy of Music

240 S. Broad St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102