Valentine’s Day weekend: heaven for some, hell for others. For those who would rather celebrate with fun friends rather than awkward dates, Lucent L’amour is your savior.

Lucent L’amour is a festival “that embraces the visual, architectural and performance arts as passionately as it does music and dance.” If you’re thinking sculptures, interactive art, mural painters, street artists, music and light shows, you’re on the right track.

Jesse Shannon from the Do LaB explains: “What makes us different as a festival is the amount of effort that goes into the whole experience. A lot of festivals are just lineups, and their main attraction is what sells. We have more than 100 artists booked; think of it as the ‘Burning Man’ for a night.”

With taglines like “a transformation of one night into a spontaneous combustion of love and mayhem,” Lucent L’amour promises to be more than just your grandma’s art show: “Above all – it’s a party.” For people getting excited about this visionary love fest, there is a student ticket available at the discounted price of $45. Think about it this way: It’s about five-plus hours of “a multisensory experience to remember.” You win by going to Lucent!

To receive the discount, purchase tickets online at or come with your college ID to buy them at the door.

Come dressed to impress, Shannon says, “People will be sexy.” Who knows, maybe after Lucent L’amour, you’ll end up with a Valentine after all?

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