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20 Awesome Things to Do in Philadelphia for Valentine’s Day 2018

Romance is in the air at Philly’s museums, theaters, ice rinks, art studios and more

Valentine's Day may be synonymous with candlelit dinner and thoughtful gifts, but in Philadelphia, major attractions and popular venues welcome crowds for love-themed — or anti-love-themed — events.

Both before, on and after Valentine's Day, enjoy everything from a beer-fueled party on the waterfront and an evening of clay crafts in Philadelphia's Historic District to an anti-Valentine's Day poetry slam and wine tastings in the countryside.

Check out our picks for Valentine's Day events in Philly, arranged chronologically.


Wine & Chocolate Pairing Tour at Chaddsford Winery

People enjoying wine at Chadds Ford winery

Enjoy Chadds Ford wines paired with delicious fine chocolates throughout February at Chadds Ford Winery. (Photo courtesy Chaddsford Winery)

Every Weekend in February and Valentine's Day

Stroll with your sweetheart through the picturesque Chaddsford Winery during its wine and chocolate pairing tour. Throughout the tour, guests will enjoy chocolate as well as wines from the vineyard.

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Tongue & Groove performs Secrets of the Heart: Lusted, Busted or Trusted

Friday, February 9, 2018

Popular improve troupe Tongue & Groove gets sexy during a special show, Secrets of the Heart: Lusted, Trusted and Busted, on Friday, February 9. Audience members will have the chance to anonymously share love-related secrets, which will inspire the ensemble's performance.

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Valentine’s Day Ghost Tours: Love Never Dies

February 9, 10 & 14, 2018

In the Valentine's Day spirit (pun intended), the team behind the Ghost Tours of Philadelphia leads a 75-minute walking tour of Philadelphia's Historic District. The tour of historic homes and eerie graveyards comes with stories of love lost, eternal love and old-time scandals.

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Print Love-In at the Fleisher Art Memorial

February 9 & 11, 2018

The annual Print Love-In event returns to Fleisher Art Memorial just before Valentine's Day. Attendees get the opportunity to make their own valentine as well as explore a wide range of printmaking techniques with the help of onsite artists.

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Valentine’s Day Date Nights at The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio

Create a handmade gift for your love at The Clay Studio's Date Night Series. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

February 9-14, 2018

During this romantic time of year, The Clay Studio hosts a series of date nights that come complete with chocolate, champagne, wine and more. Guests will learn the art of four-handed throwing as they create a clay masterpiece with their sweetheart.

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Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Black Walnut Winery

February 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25, 2018

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Black Walnut Winery serves up Phoenixville's popular Bridge Street Chocolates with delicious wine pairings on select Saturday and Sunday afternoons in February.

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Til Death Do Us Part: The Love Stories of Laurel Hill Cemetery

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Little-known fact: Buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery is a single heart. The heart once belonged to a Philadelphia resident who asked for her heart — and only her heart — to be buried at the cemetery for a specific reason. Learn about her reasoning and other Laurel Hill-related love tales at a special Valentine's event at the cemetery that comes complete with fireside reception with wine and treats at the end of the night.

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Love, Letters and Libations at the Rosenbach

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Rosenbach hosts a Saturday night party to honor Valentine's Day this year. Guests of the party can browse the collections — which include personal and emotional letters by renowned authors — while enjoying refreshments and crafts throughout the space.

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Cupid's Undie Run at World Cafe Live

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Strip down to your skivvies and your sneakers for Cupid's Undie Run, a one-mile charity run at World Cafe Live! Once you cross the finish line, head inside for a drink at the after-party. Proceeds support the Children's Tumor Foundation.

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Valentine's Cruises Aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia

Spirit of Philadelphia

Enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise with your special someone this Valentine's Day. (Photo courtesy Spirit of Philadelphia)

February 10, 11, 14 & 17, 2018

Set sail with your love on one of Spirit Cruises’ Valentine’s Day outings. Both lunch and dinner cruises are offered, featuring a more-than-two-hour hour cruise along with a buffet-style meal and a DJ spinning romantic ballads on the dance floor.

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Sweetheart Skate at the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

During Sweetheart Skate, enjoy two-for-one admission to the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, food and drink specials and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Skate hand in hand with your sweetheart during Dilworth Park’s Valentine’s Day event, when ice rink admission is buy one, get one free (excluding skate rental). Afterward, warm up inside the adjacent Rothman Institute Cabin, where cozy cocktails await.

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Sweetheart Skate at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

A couple skating at Blue Cross RiverRink WInterfest

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest goes all out for Valentine's Day with chocolates, flowers and more at its special Valentine's Day event. (Photo courtesy DRWC)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Head to Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest for a winter wonderland perfect for you and your love. A $25 ticket gets you chocolates, flowers and photo booth access, and covers ice skating and rentals as well. Food, beer and specialty cocktails also await inside the Lodge.

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Valentine’s Day at Longwood Gardens

Hanging orchids at Longwood Gardens

Head to Longwood Gardens to be amongst thousands of beautiful florals this Valentine's Day. (Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love and florals fill the air at Longwood Gardens on Valentine’s Day. The massively popular regional attraction invites you to take in the Orchid Extravaganza display and delight in live music in the Conservatory.

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Valentine's Day with Justin Willman at Helium Club

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

There are endless benefits to laughter in the world of love. Bond with your partner at Helium Club as Justin Willman — who has appeared on @Midnight and Conan — takes to the stage with a sly and sarcastic comedic performance.

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Shakespeare in Love: Open Mic Poetry Night at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spend Valentine’s day listening or reciting lines from some of the greatest love poems by Shakespeare, Langston Hughes and more at Shakespeare in Love: Open Mic Poetry Night at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The event takes place in the library’s Skyline Room, featuring a beautiful skyline view.

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Be My Valentine Bash at Stratus Lounge

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Single for Valentine’s Day? Tired of Tinder? Try speed dating at the Be My Valentine Bash at Stratus Rooftop Lounge, where you’re soulmate might just be waiting. Who knows!

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The 8th Annual First Person Arts Ex Files StorySlam!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

For the eighth year, First Person Arts presents Ex Files StorySlam!, its highly anticipated anti-Valentine's Day event. Storytellers will take to the stage to share their personal stories of breakups and makeups in front of a live audience.

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Valentine's Day Murder Mystery Dinner at Red Owl Tavern

Red Owl Tavern

This Valentine's Day, solve a murder mystery while eating a three-course meal at Red Owl Tavern. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This Valentine's Day, team up with your love to solve a mystery that's brewing at Red Owl Tavern. Tickets to the Valentine's Day Murder Mystery Dinner include a three-course meal, beer and wine. Click the button below for purchasing information.

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V-Day Date Night at Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade hosts a different kind of Valentine’s Day event on February 14. Couples are encouraged to head to the attraction to enjoy games of mini-golf, wine, Weckerly’s ice cream sandwiches and a rose to take home. Those interested in attending must register in advance. (Note: This event often sells out!)

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings at Penns Woods Winery

February 2018 (weekends only)

Nothing says romance like chocolate and wine. Head out to Penns Woods Winery for a pairing event featuring five of the winery’s selections paired with local chocolate treats. Reservations are required.

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History After Hours: Love Letters at the Museum of the American Revolution

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Museum of the American Revolution celebrates Valentine’s Day in true Revolutionary spirit with its History After Hours: Love Letters event. Attendees will learn about the Revolutionaries who crafted love letters and engaged in other romantic activities, such as carving “busks” for loved ones to wear close to their hearts.

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