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 and dine on Valentine’s Day at any one of 40-plus restaurants serving up romantic meals. Treat your sweetheart to a tantalizing meal of everything from French fare and Mexican food to Italian eats and Spanish tapas.
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The City of Brotherly Love offers a wealth of romantic excursions for lovebirds to explore. Spend a romantic evening at waterfront attractions, take a lap around winter pop-up skating rinks and discover secret spots, tantalizing tours with our interactive guide to the city’s most romantic spots.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Yards Brewing Company and Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest team up for the first-annual Yards Cozy Love Stout Party. For $13, guests can listen to the funniest or most cringe-worthy love stories — submitted by locals! — as they’re read aloud by Yards staffers. In addition to stories, ticket holders will receive a pint of beer and s’mores for roasting at the fire pits.
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February 9-11, 2017
A different kind of performance takes the stage inside of the Kimmel Center this February as Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man arrives in the City of Brotherly Love. The show encourages audience participation (ask any of your deepest questions!) while providing a hilarious atmosphere that’s perfect for a night out with friends or your significant other.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Popular improve troupe Tongue & Groove gets sexy this weekend with a special show, Secrets of the Heart: Lusted, Trusted and Busted. Audience members will have the chance to anonymously share love-related secrets, which will inspire the ensemble’s performance. Theater-goers are encouraged to BYOB.
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Fridays, February 10 and 17, 2017
Chestnut Hill’s Woodmere Art Museum hosts its weekly Friday Night Jazz concert series with a special romantic twist in celebration of the upcoming holiday. On February 10, the Kukuru Jona Freedom Jazz Orchestra performs a concert that explores the ups and downs of love, and on February 17, a pair of vocalists perform classic love songs like At Last and I Love You.
Champagne for Lovers: February 10, 2017
Wine & Chocolate for Lovers: February 12, 2017
Sample the world’s most romantic drink (Champagne!) while learning about different Champagnes and how the drink is made at a special event at Crossings Vineyards and Winery.
Sip wine while noshing on complementary chocolate at a special wine and chocolate tasting at Crossings Vineyards and Winery. A wine expert will lead the tasting and will offer up information about wine and chocolate pairings.
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February 10-14, 2017
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.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Singles and couples can head to Painted Bride Art Center for salsa lessons from Maestro Flaco and music from El Combo Melaza. After the lessons, the fun continues with a dance party and concert.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest kicks off its Valentine’s Day events a few days early with a Sweets and Stouts party on Saturday, February 11. Guests of the waterfront attraction will enjoy free samples of various local stouts and wine as well as free sweet treats from Franklin Fountain, Garces and Chickie’s and Pete’s. In addition to food, guests can enjoy a make-your-own perfume craft station, balloon animal makers and more.
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Celebrate all of the ladies in your life — and all of the awesome lady makers in the city — by purchasing one-of-a-kind goods at the Our Mighty Galentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop at Kensington’s Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse. At the afternoon pop-up shop, browse handmade soaps, tank tops, art, candles, coloring books, comic books and more. Amalgam staff will have plenty of refreshments available for shoppers, too.
The 21-plus set are invited to Adventure Aquarium for an adults-only evening of aquatic exploration. Tickets, $175 per couple, give guests the opportunity to stroll the aquarium after hours, learn about the mating habits of the aquarium’s animals, enjoy drinks, a buffet and more.
In Valentine’s Day spirit, the African American Museum celebrates black love with a day of crafts, live performances, workshops and more. The first 250 people who RSVP to this event will receive free admission to the museum and free access to this day of fun.
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 the woman and her reasoning 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.
Winter fun is the theme of the day in Laurel Hill Gardens in Chestnut Hill as the neighborhood presents its Valentine’s on Ice festival. From noon to 2 p.m. on February 11, guests can enjoy an ice-carving demonstration, a bonfire (complete with free s’mores), hot chocolate and a visit from Frozen’s Queen Elsa.
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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February 11-12, 2017
Fleisher Art Memorial once again invites guests to get in touch with their creative sides by making Valentine’s Day cards for their loved ones. Participants needn’t have any experience; local artists will be on hand to help with media like silkscreen, letterpress and lithography.
For last-minute Valentine’s Day shopping, pay a visit to the YOWIE pop-up shop at Rally Coffee in Queen Village. Browse handmade items from a number of local makers at the two-day pop up.
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From its Orchid Extravaganza display to live music throughout the gardens, Longwood Gardens is the perfect place for a little Valentine’s Day romance. The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Valentine’s Day weekend, February 11 and 12.
February 11-14, 2017
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 features stops at historic homes and eerie graveyards that come complete with stories of love lost, eternal love and old-time scandals.
Every weekend from February 11-26, 2017
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Black Walnut Wintery serves up Phoenixville’s popular Bridge Street Chocolates with delicious wine pairings on weekends from February 11 through 26. The tastings take place on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons this month.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Dilworth Park welcomes Valentine’s Day revelers for its Sweetheart Skate on Sunday, February 12. Guests can enjoy two-for-one admission to the rink, drink specials in Rothman Cabin and a complimentary rose all while love-themed songs play throughout the space.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and veganism at the Philly Vegan Pop Flea at the Rotunda on Sunday, February 12. Enjoy vegan treats while browsing goods from a number of local, sustainable vendors.
Monday, February 13, 2017
The day after its Sweetheart Skate, the ice rink at Dilworth Park continues its Valentine’s Day celebrations with an LGBT skate night featuring ice skating, a rainbow-themed cocktail inside of Rothman Cabin, dance-worthy tunes from a DJ and more.
After a successful run at Dilworth Park, the iconic LOVE sculpture leaves Philly for restoration ahead of the re-opening of LOVE Park this summer. Center City District and 101.1 More FM are teaming up to bid farewell to the artwork with free roses for the first 200 guests, giveaways, a soundtrack of love songs and more. The goodbye party runs from noon to 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Treat your sweetheart to a night at the theater as the Philadelphia Orchestra performs music that exemplifies the spirit of love. Taking place in the grand Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, the show is directed by Cristian Măcelaru and combines influential works by renowned composers.
Between ice skating hand-in-hand with your significant other, chocolate, flowers, cocktails and music, the annual Sweetheart Skate at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is the perfect spot to soak up some V-Day feels. Guests of the waterfront ice rink can skate during one of two sessions — from 7 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
For the seventh year, First Person Arts presents Ex-Files Story Slam, its highly anticipated anti-Valentine’s Day event. Scorned lovers will take to the stage to share their personal stories of breakups and makeups in front of a live audience.
Keystone Mini-Golf and Arcade hosts a different kind of Valentine’s Day event on February 14. After dinner, 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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Bowling, music, drink specials and roses are just a few of the things you’ll find at both North Bowl and South Bowl’s Valentine’s Day celebrations. Interested? Make a reservation for an evening of bowling with friends.
For a music-filled Valentine’s Day, head to Underground Arts for a performance of John Coltrane’s iconic album, A Love Supreme. General admission tickets are $10 each.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
The day after Valentine’s Day, the Penn Museum hosts a special love-themed event where guests can learn about romantic superstitions and beliefs while exploring the impressive galleries.
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Every Weekend in February and Valentine’s Day
Sample five of Penn’s Woods Winery’s delicious wines and a number of local chocolates for the winery’s wine and chocolate pairing. Running every weekend in February (and on Valentine’s Day), guests can learn about the art of wine pairing while enjoying great local wine and chocolate.
Stroll with your sweetheart through the picturesque Chaddsford Winery during its wine and chocolate walking tour. Throughout the tour, guests will enjoy wines from the vineyard and chocolate from the popular Tradestone Confections.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Strip down to your skivvies and your sneakers for Cupid’s Undie Run, a one-mile charity run at XFINITY Live. Once you cross the finish line, head inside for a drink at the after-party. Proceeds support the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.