With Valentine’s Day happening on a Monday, most area venues are planning events from Friday through Sunday, though there are a handful on the big day itself. So it’s a love weekend for the smitten and committed, the yearning and resigned. Advance booking is always a good idea, but since it’s so close to the date, here are four days’ worth of options, offered with the hope that something’s bound to be open.
Friday, Feb. 11
• Enjoy a sweetheart dinner for two, available all weekend, or experience brunch on Sunday at Alan’s (133 N. Main St. in Boscawen, 753-6631) — Jim Hollis plays at 9 p.m. Friday, music Saturday TBA.
• A Latin Valentine’s dance includes a wide selection of grilled meats and a top area Salsa band at Gaucho’s Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St. in Manchester, 669-9460) as Grupo Fantasia performs at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $29.95 with dinner, $10 for the dance only.
Saturday, Feb. 12
• Grupo Fantasia DJ Angel hosts a Salsa Dance Party with Cumbia, Vallenato, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo and other Latin rhythms at 48 Below (55 Water St. in Exeter, 772-2222) starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
• The Keene Jazz Orchestra leads “All That Jazz,” an event also featuring performances from Milford High School students, along with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and desserts, at Amato Center for Performing Arts (56 Mont Vernon St. in Milford, 673-4201 x3154) at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for kids).
• For those craving the opposite of the soft touch, look no further than The Amber Room (53 High St. in Nashua, www.amberroomnightlife.com) which hosts British heavy metal veterans Raven and In Harm’s Way at noon. Tickets are $20.
• Enjoy classic rock and R&B with the Bert Scott Band performing at American Legion Post 51 (Route 125 in Epping, 679-8320) beginning at 8 p.m. There’s a cash bar and tickets are $6.
• A big hardwood dance floor will accommodate all types of dancing when The Tom Dixon Band plays country music at Brookline Event Center (35 Proctor Hill Road, Route 130 in Brookline, 673-4474) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
• A full sit-down dinner, cash bar, music, dancing and live entertainment will benefit Southern New Hampshire Youth Ballet at Castleton Banquet and Conference Center (92 Indian Rock Road in Windham, 625-9272) with a Valentine Gala & Benefit Auction at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50.
• Get down with the Mighty Bad Habits and Soul Alley at The Jam Factory (1211 Elm St. in Manchester, 203-1458) at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $5.
• Enjoy comedy from Steve Guilmette, Tom Hayes and Jody Sloane at Killarney’s at Holiday Inn & Suites (9 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua, 888-1551), with music later by the Risen. A $119 Love, Laughs & Luxury package covers room (with champagne and strawberries) and dinner for two ($20/comedy only).
• Swoon when country hit-maker Phil Vassar headlines at Lowell Memorial Auditorium (50 East Merrimack St. in Lowell, www.lowellauditorium.com) at 8 p.m. Tickets prices range from $29.75 to $55.75.
• Crank it up at a four-band rock show at Mad Bob’s Saloon (342 Lincoln St. in Manchester, 669-3049) featuring Life & Limb, Steiner Street, Connelly and Building at 9 p.m.
• Conjure up a past love with psychic/medium Lauren Rainbow, who promises “messages from beyond” at Middle Center for the Arts (316 Central St. in Franklin, 934-1901) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $17 to $20.
• Try a line dance lesson with Jonathan Scott and the Blazing Hearts at Midnight Rodeo Bar (1211 S. Mammoth Road in Manchester, 703-8444) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
• Nimbus 9 draws from pop, hard rock and R&B influences for a soulful sound at Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St. in Manchester, 644-3535) beginning at 9 p.m.
• Jimmy Dunn, Frank Santorelli, Bernadette Pauley and Mike Whitman provide the laughs for Funny Guys, Naughty Girls and Great Sax, an evening of comedy, burlesque and rock & roll at Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester, www.palacetheatre.org) at 8 p.m., benefiting the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. The Bliss Burlesque Dancers and Carte Blanche and the Left Bank also appear; tickets are $30.
• Old-school soul band Holmes provides booty-shaking motivation at Penuche’s Ale House (6 Pleasant St. in Concord, 228-9833) beginning at 9 p.m.
• Music from DJ Eric Fletcher and a catered buffet highlight the Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance at the Chapel at Saint Lawrence Parish (1 East Union St. in Goffstown, 622-3100) beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20.
• Top-notch songwriting talent — host Simón Ríos, Amy Petty and Joe Iadanza — set the mood at a show benefiting Doctors Without Borders at Simple Gifts Coffeehouse (UU Church, 58 Lowell St. in Nashua, 882-1091). The Local Performers Showcase starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5.
• The jilted, dumped and just plain cranky are asked to bring bitter breakup poems, love-gone-wrong songs and broken-hearted monologues for Love Gone Bad, a celebration of bad love poetry and prose at Studio 99 (115 Main St., 3rd floor, in Nashua, 562–5179) starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $3 (BYOB fee $2).
• Seventies guitar hero Pat Travers, best known for his cover of Little Walter’s “Boom Boom Out Go the Lights,” headlines Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road in Londonderry, www.tupelohall.com) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.
• From the basement to the stage, a love of classic hits and modern rock made Facedown a band. Minted in the 2010 summer party circuit, they play at Village Trestle (25 Main St. in Goffstown, 497-8230) starting at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13
• The New Hampshire Country Music Association presents a Pigeon Forge Benefit at Circle 9 Ranch (Windymere Drive in Epsom, www.circle9ranch.com) with The Natalie Turgeon Band at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10.• Enjoy a romantic concert with classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan, followed by red velvet cupcakes, at Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester, www.currier.org) at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15.
• Jazz and Latin fuse in a beautiful setting at Dream Farm (64 Dow Road in Hollis, www.thedreamfarm.org) when the Rodrigo Bonelli Group performs. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to attend this invitation-only event.
• Enjoy a romantic movie, the Oscar-winning Moonstruck starring Cher as a bookkeeper caught between her safe-as-milk fiancé and his wild younger brother, played by Nicholas Cage, at Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord, www.redrivertheatres.org). Shows at 3 & 5 p.m. Tickets $5 to $8.
• Chill out with Japanese smooth jazz pianist Keiko Matsui at Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road in Londonderry, www.tupelohall.com) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.
• See Moonstruck at Red River Theatres; bring a ticket stub and receive a 15-percent discount on your meal at The Barley House (132 N. Main St. in Concord, 228-6363). Dave Tonkin plays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Valentine’s Day Dinner & Jazz event.
Monday, Feb. 14
• Reservations are required for the 4, 6 and 8 p.m. dinner seatings at Jewell & the Beanstalk (793 Somerville St. in Manchester, 624-3709) with music from Alli Beaudry. The event is BYOB.
• Don Severance mixes vocals, guitar riffs and his own studio-recorded beats into a digital loop machine, blending ’70s folk rock, jazz and world rhythms for a groove-oriented sound he calls Sevhead at The Homestead (641 DW Highway in Merrimack, 744-2022) beginning at 6 p.m.