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30 Awesome Things to Do in Philadelphia for Valentine’s Day 2017

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

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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.

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Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine's Day dinner

Valentine’s Day dinner options run the gamut for 2017. — E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia

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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Take your photo at one of Philadelphia's most romantic spots

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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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Yards Cozy Love Stout Party at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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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Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man at the Kimmel Center

Exterior of the Kimmel Center Exterior of the Kimmel Center
— Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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

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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Friday Night Jazz at Woodmere Art Museum

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.

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Valentine's Day at Crossing Vineyards

Sample champagne and enjoy delicious desserts at the Crossing Vineyards and Winery. — B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

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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Valentine’s Day Date Night at the Clay Studio

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.

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Salsa Caliente: Valentine’s Day Edition at the Painted Bride Art Center

The Painted Bride Art Center offers salsa lessons, a concert and more this Valentine's Day. — J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Sweets and Stouts at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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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Our Mighty Galentine's Day Pop-Up Shop at Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

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Valentine’s Day at Adventure Aquarium

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

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Macy's Family Fun Day: A Celebration of Black Love at the African American Museum

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

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Valentine’s on Ice in Chestnut Hill

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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.

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Love, Letters and Libations at the Rosenbach

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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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Print Love-In at the Fleisher Art Memorial

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.

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YOWIE Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop

February 11-12, 2017

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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Valentine’s Day at Longwood Gardens

February 11-12, 2017

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.

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Valentine’s Day Ghost Tours: Love Never Dies

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.

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Black Walnut Winery: Wine & Chocolate Pairing

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.

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Sweetheart Skate at Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park

Enjoy two for one admission to the ice rink, food and drink specials and more at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. — J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Philly Vegan Pop: Love Yourself Valentine’s Flea Market

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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.

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Skate.Pride.Love: An LGBT Soiree at Rothman Ice Rink

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.

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Last Chance for LOVE at Dilworth Park

Party with the LOVE sculpture on Valentine's Day before it is temporarily taken off display for restoration. — C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Valentine’s Day Concert

The Philadelphia Orchestra brings their annual Valentine's Day concert to the Kimmel Center. — J. Griffin for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Sweetheart Skate at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

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Anti-Valentine's Ex-Files StorySlam

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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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Valentine’s Day Menage A Bowl at North Bowl and South Bowl

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

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A Tribute to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

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Penn Museum School Nights: Love Potion #9

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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Penns Woods Winery: Wine & Chocolate Pairing

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.

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Chadds Ford Winery: Wine & Chocolate Pairing & Tour

Every Weekend in February and Valentine’s Day

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.

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Cupid's Undie Run at XFINITY Live!

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.

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