ONE: According to Northern Essex Community College chemistry professor Mike Cross, chocolate might just be the “perfect indulgence.” Join Cross at the Hollis Social Library on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. as he shares his knowledge, as both a chemist and a passionate lover of chocolate, during “Chocolate: The Perfect Indulgence with the Chocolate Doctor.” Who knows? Maybe you’ll learn some new excuses for your chocolate habit.
TWO: Check out the 404 International Festival of Art & Technology on Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University Gallery at UMass Lowell. The festival unites art with technology in an environment where artists can engage with the community. Works featured include a robot that reads the Twitter feed, a virtual reality tour of a unique Chinese monastery, electronic music compositions, a video mirror and computationally created images.
THREE: Browse the custom bike show, chat with custom bike builders and see hundreds of new and used motorcycles at the Northeast Motorcycle Expo at Shriners Auditorium on Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Whether you’re in the market to purchase a new bike or just want to browse, have a drink and listen to the live band, there’s enough at the expo for a full day of entertainment.
FOUR: The Burlington Parks & Recreation Department’s 2019 Winter Carnival will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Join them for a chili cook off, scavenger hunt, sledding, marshmallow roasting and more.
FIVE: The relationship between Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and the woman they both loved, Clara Schumann, has been called the greatest love triangle of all time. Mistral Music’s “Devotion, Desire and Delirium” concert at Andover’s West Parish Church on Saturday at 4 p.m. presents works from all three of these brilliant minds.
SIX: Western Avenue Studios’ “Lovesick: A Valentine’s Pop-Up Market & Psychic Fair” on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. has a little bit of everything: psychics, mediums, palm readers, tarot card readers, Valentine’s Day shopping, Navigation Brewing and – last but not least – the Empanada Dada food truck with a full lineup of delicious Cuban food!
SEVEN: WWE NXT is headed back to Lowell for a one-night-only event packed with live action! Catch the likes of NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler and more at Lowell Memorial Auditorium from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
EIGHT: Lowell National Historical Park will host “Lowell Talks: LGBTQ History,” a community conversation on how the Lowell LGBTQ community has historically and still actively helps shape the Spindle City, on Sunday at 2 p.m.
MORE FUN & FOOD AROUND THE VALLEY
For the Love of Art & Wine Party
Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Helen Thomas Simply Smashing | Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com
Bill Siopes Live @ NoLo Bar & Bistro
Friday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Stonehedge Hotel & Spa | Tyngsborough, Mass. | StonehedgeInnAndSpa.com
10th Annual New England Winter Blues Festival
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.
Blue Ocean Music Hall | Salisbury, Mass. | BlueOceanHall.com
Essex County Greenbelt: Farm Stories
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
Firehouse Center for the Arts | Newburyport, Mass. | Firehouse.org
Monty Python’s Spamalot
Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Lowell Memorial Auditorium | Lowell, Mass. | LowellAuditorium.com
Thursday Tunes: Grace Rapetti
Thursday, Feb. 21 from 8 to 11 p.m.
Copper Door Restaurant | Bedford, N.H. | CopperDoorRestaurant.com
Mary Ann Esposito Book Signing & 4 Course Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuscan Kitchen | Boston, Mass. | Eventbrite.com
VALENTINE’S DAY & MORE
Victorian Valentine’s Day Party
Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Buttonwoods Museum | Haverhill, Mass. | Facebook.com
Valentine’s Day Desserts
Thursday, Feb. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Purple Carrot Bread Co. | Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Thursday, Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m.
moonstones | Chelmsford, Mass. | Facebook.com
Valentine’s Dinner for Two
Thursday, Feb. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The Wine Lab | North Andover, Mass. | Facebook.com
Valentine’s Day Weekend
Feb. 14 – 16
Horseshoe Grille | North Reading, Mass. | HorseshoeGrille.com
Valentine Comedy Night
Saturday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Atkinson Resort & Country Club | Atkinson, N.H. | Eventbrite.com
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar.