Valentine's Day for 2016 falls on Sunday - the perfect excuse for a long romantic weekend, especially if you plan to celebrate your love in Boston.
Whether you want to declare your love, wow your secret crush, or just have some memorable fun on Valentine's Day, you'll find plenty of Cupid-worthy Boston events and activities taking place from Friday through Sunday.
Here are Boston Discovery Guide's recommendations for ways to celebrate ranging from romantic to silly, elaborate to simple - and everything in between!
Best of all, some are not just for Valentine's Day - they're perfect any time you're looking for romantic things to do in Boston.
If you're coming to Boston to celebrate Cupid's favorite day, either on the 14th or on some other February weekend, be sure to check out all the Valentine special packages offered by city hotels - you'll find some very sweet deals!
To make your Valentine's Day celebration extra-special by staying over in the city, check out the super savings packages offered by many of Boston's top hotels.
Opt for the "Lovers Rock" Valentine's Day package at Verb Hotel, "Be Mine in Beantown" at The Boxer, the "Romance Package" special at the Revere Boston, or the "Boston is for Lovers" package at the Midtown Boston Hotel - plus many more!
Half-Price & Discount Tickets for Valentine's Day Events
These events are from last year - look for updates soon!
Get half-price tickets for these top Boston events on Valentine's Day Weekend (February 12-14) - and have more to spend on flowers, dinner, and chocolates for your sweetie:
- Disney on Ice @ TD Garden - Full price $27-$37; Goldstar $20-$27
- Boston Chocolate Workshop: Make Your Own Truffles @ Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant - Full price $75; Goldstar $38
- Quiet Clubbing Party with 3 DJs @ The Greatest Bar - Full price $15; Goldstar $8
- Hot Chocolat Walking & Tasting Tour - Full price $55; Goldstar $28
- CupidCon Pub Crawl @ Mija Cantina and Tequila Bar - Full price $10, Goldstar price $5
- Sondheim on Sondheim at the Lyric Stage Company - Full price $49-$74; Goldstar $29-$52
- Acoustica Electronica @ Oberon - Full price $25-$55, Goldstar price $12-$40
- Nick's Comedy Stop - Boston Theatre District
- The Donkey Show - Oberon, Cambridge
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse
- Monster Jam @ DCU Center in Worcester - Full price $27-$40; Goldstar $14-$20
- Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Laugh Boston - Full price $25, Goldstar price $15
Say It with Chocolate (& Wine)
Express your love with chocolate ... and wine pairings, at the special Valentine's Day Wine and Chocolate" class and dinner offered by the Boston Wine School.
Dinner, fancy chocolates, and wine pairings . . . Valentine's Day celebrations don't get better than this!
When: Saturday, February 11, 6:30pm-9:30pm (to be confirmed for 2017)
Where: Boston Wine School, 1354 Commonwealth Ave, Allston
More Info: Boston Wine School website
CNY Parade, Dim Sum, & Ice Skating
The big Chinese New Year Parade in Boston's Chinatown falls on Sunday, February 12 this year - so celebrate early with a non-traditional Valentine's Day experience by watching the colorful Dragon Dances march up and down the streets.
Then head to your favorite Chinatown restaurant for dim sum (or check out our suggestions).
Mid-February weather is usually perfect for ice skating - so walk over to Boston Common (depending on where you go for dim sum, just a few blocks away at most) and take a spin on the ice. More about ice skating in Boston
Take your Valentine to a Show and Dinner
Shows and performances for February 12-14, 2017:
TicketNetwork Discount Code - Enter TNTIX to get $10 off orders of $300+
TicketLiquidator Discount Code - Enter TLWINTER to get $10 off orders of $350+
Boston Theatre District HotelsFind more Boston Theatre District hotels
Make Your Own Valentine
This event is from last year - look for updates soon!
Show your love by making your own unique valentine at the Made in Fort Point store (315 A Street) in the art-filled Fort Point neighborhood. Ana Noordzij Crowly will be teaching a hands-on Valentine's card workshop at the store on Saturday, February 13th from 2:00-4:00 at the Made In Fort Point store. Materials will be provided. The workshop is free, but you must RSVP. The store will be open from 12-4 that day, and will be offering a special 10% discount to all shoppers during the workshop.
While you are in Fort Point, explore some of the neighborhood's wonderful galleries, such as FPAC Gallery (300 Summer Street), Atlantic Wharf Gallery (290 Congress Street), and Gallery at 249A (300 Summer Street).
Head for dinner at one of Fort Point's top chef-owned restaurants.
Go for a Romantic Dinner Cruise
For a special romantic Valentine's Day dinner in a unique setting, go on one of the Boston Harbor dinner cruises offered by the Odyssey.
You'll love the gourmet dinner served in the elegant dining room. Sip Champagne, enjoy the live music, try out the dance floor, or just enjoy romantic moments as you gaze at spectacular nighttime views of the city skyline...and each other
Where to Propose
Ready to pop the big question?
Here are 3 romantic indoor venues to consider:
- Parker's - Classically sumptuous restaurant at the Omni Parker House Hotel where Boston Cream Pie was invented and JFK proposed to Jackie. Stay at the hotel
- Top of the Hub Lounge (shown in photo) - Spectacular views from the 52nd floor of the Prudential building and nightly jazz ensembles create the perfect romantic ambiance for your proposal. More
- Bistro du Midi - Plush seating, romantic lighting, and an excellent selection of French wines and classic Mediterranean bistro cuisine will make you feel like you are in Paris, the City of Love. More about Bistro du Midi and other French restaurants in Boston
Boston Bridal Bash ... if a Ring is in Your Future
Expecting a ring on Valentine's Day?
You can start planning for the big event - the wedding, that is - at the Boston Bridal Bash, a huge expo on March 6, noon to 4pm, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel (check rates and reviews).
With plenty of vendors on hand, it's an easy way to get lots of tips and start planning the perfect wedding.
Get tickets from Goldstar: Comp - $7.50
Champagne Dinner Dance & Valentine's Brunch
The Boston Wine Festival, underway from January through early April at the Boston Harbor Hotel, offers a special Champagne Dinner Dance on February 11 featuring live music, dancing, and incredible food matches with memorable Champagnes from Moet & Chandon. (to be confirmed for 2017)
Alternately, opt for the Valentine's Day Jazz Brunch on Sunday, February 12.
Looking for Love? Where to Meet Someone Special in Boston
Here at Boston Discovery Guide, we sometimes get emails from newcomers to the city who ask, "Where can you meet someone in Boston, outside of school/work/bars?"
As travel website publishers, this isn't exactly our area of expertise . . . but Valentine's Day provides the perfect excuse for offering a few suggestions. Of course, you should act on them before February 14th if you're trying to line up a date for Valentine's Day.
We can't guarantee you'll find love - but if you pick activities you enjoy, you're sure to have fun, become more familiar with Boston, and make a few new friends.
BDG's Looking for Love Recommendations:
MFA First Fridays - Art, wine, tapas, music - February 7 and first Friday of every month, 6:00-9:30pm, ticket is free with museum admission ($25), 21+; cash bar and food for purchase - but best to get ticket in advance as they do sell out More info from Museum of Fine Arts
ICA Boston First Fridays - Art, DJs, live performances, gallery talks, complimentary drinks - February 7 and first Friday of most months, 5-10pm, $15 ticket includes museum admission, 21+; ICA's Water Cafe offers small plates and full bar More info from ICA Boston
Glass Fridays - Spend the last Friday evening (6:30-9:30pm) of each month in Diablo Glass School's flameworking studio learning how to make glass paperweights or beads, followed a glassblowing demo, wine, and socializing More info from Diablo School of Glass
Social Boston Sports - Bowling, dodgeball, basketball, skiing - there's something for everyone, plus fun special events. Costs varies by sport/event but are reasonable. More info from Social Boston Sports
Boston Ski & Sports Club - With 45,000+ participants each year, this is the largest sports club in the Boston area, organizing teams for everything from lacrosse to tennis to frisbee to indoor baseball, planning ski trips and other outings, and hosting social events. More info from Boston Ski and Sports Club
Meetups - Have an interest in something ... anything? There are sure to be others who share it, but how to find them? That's where meetup.com comes in - you'll find a group for just about every interest you can imagine. Meetup.com is also a good way to find professional groups and volunteer organizations. More info from meetup.com
Boston Center for Adult Education - Classes in cooking, dance, computers, languages, art, and much, much more give you the chance to learn something new. Many are just one session in length - perfect for fitting into tight schedules. More info from BCAE
Gyms - Some Boston gyms are known as being more "social" than others - so if you want to get exercise, get in shape, take a class - and perhaps meet someone - visit several gyms to find the vibe that works for you.
More Valentine's Day Weekend Events in Boston
These events are from last year - look for updates soon!
Bugs Bunny Film Festival - Find out if you and your love share the same sense of humor - stop by this class film fest underway throughout the Valentine's Day weekend at the Brattle Theatre - More
Swing 101 - Want to do something different and fun? Learn the basics of swing dancing in this 2-hour class held on Saturday, February 13 near Boston's North Station at Boston Lindy Hop - no partner or previous experience necessary!
Jewelry Making Meetup - Want to make your valentine something sparkly? Sign up for jewelry-making meetup at family-run Hidden Jewel of the South End on February 13 - or one of the many other dates available - More: www.meetup.com/Boston-Jewelry-Making-Group/events/past/#upcoming