International Quirkyalone Day (Feb. 14) is a do-it-yourself celebration of romance, friendship, and independent spirit. It’s a celebration of all kinds of love: romantic, platonic, familial, and yes, self-love.
International Quirkyalone Day is not anti-Valentine’s Day. It’s NOT a pity party for single people. It’s an alternative–a feel-good alternative to the marketing barrage of Valentine’s Day and an antidote to the silicone version of love presented in shows such as The Bachelor.
It just happens to fall on the same day as Valentine’s Day. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it!
International Quirkyalone Day is a grassroots movement. It’s been celebrated in over 40 cities across the four continents since 2003.
If you are single, International Quirkyalone Day is a call to arms to celebrate the possibilities available to single people today. If you are partnered, IQD is a vital reminder to value yourself and develop your individuality even when in a couple.
Couples (especially quirkytogethers, of course) are welcomed to attend. After all, many a partnered person complains about the contrived nature of Valentine’s Day. Couples who are turned off by the pressures and the formulaic nature of Valentine’s Day also are invited to attend.
How do people celebrate Quirkyalone Day?
Quirkyalone Day is based on the ideas in Sasha Cagen’s book Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics. It’s an invitation to create a great day for yourself, whatever that means to you (and your partner if you have one and choose to celebrate with him or her).
It’s a day to celebrate the things you love to do alone and the things you love to do with your friends. Ways to celebrate include: throwing a dinner party, buying yourself new underwear, rearranging your furniture, taking a long walk without your cell phone, exploring a new part of town, organizing a card-making party, trying a new recipe, or coming to or hosting a quirkyalone party.The first-ever celebration of IQD in 2003 featured parties in San Francisco, New York, Providence, Rhode Island, and Glasgow, Scotland. The parties resulted in worldwide media coverage, beaming the quirkyalone message of love and empowerment around the globe.
Here you can watch what happened when MSNBC came to a quirkyalone party in San Francisco.
What’s on for Quirkyalone Day 2016?
Here in the Bay Area the place to be for Quirkyalone Day is Oakland, California. . . where whether you are quirkyalone or quirkytogether, we are gathering for an afternoon Quirkyalone Together workshop where you can meet others and learn the keys to a happy quirkyalone/together life. After the workshop we’ll gather for quirky cocktails. Click HERE to get the details and grab your ticket now for this intimate and empowering event.
Live elsewhere? If you are interested in hosting your own soiree, we have resources to help you. Check out the party tips and the downloadable party pack online.
Don’t ask when or where. IQD is a grassroots movement. Bring it there yourself.