Valentine's Day for 2018 falls on Wednesday, February 14.
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 things to do 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
Get half-price tickets for these top Boston events on Valentine's Day Weekend & Valentine's Day (February 10-14) - and have more to spend on flowers, dinner, and chocolates for your sweetie:
- Sh*t-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet @ The Rockwell, Somerville - Goldstar $15, full price $25
- The Road to Striptopia @ Thalia, Cambridge - Goldstar $18, full price $30
- Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour @ Westin Copley Place Hotel - Goldstar $20-$24, Full price $48
- Hot Chocolat Tasting Tour @ starts at Cuppacoffee - Full price $55; Goldstar $28
- Blue Man Group @ Charles Playhouse - Goldstar $43-$180; Full price $94-$243
- Intimate Exchanges @ Central Square Theatre, Cambridge - Goldstar $20-$28, Full price $39-$55
- Donkey Show @ The Oberon in Cambridge - Goldstar $0-$15, Full price $35
Say It with Chocolate (& Wine)
Express your love with chocolate ... and wine pairings, at the special "In Love with 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: Tuesday, February 14, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Event held at Bottega Fiorentina, Coolidge Corner, Brookline
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 Lion and 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, 2018:
Ticket Discount Code: TicketLiquidator - Enter TLSUMMER to get $10 off orders of $250+
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Give a Unique Card or Gift
Need a unique card or gift for Valentine's Day?
Stop by the Made in Fort Point store (315 A Street) in the art-filled Fort Point neighborhood, where you'll find an assortment of art and other items such as jewelry, ceramics, books, wearables, lighting, and even furniture made by the neighborhood's artists and artisans.
While you are in Fort Point, explore some of the neighborhood's wonderful galleries, such as Society of Arts and Crafts (new location at 100 Pier 4 Boulevard at the corner of Seaport Ave), FPAC Gallery (300 Summer Street), Gallery at Atlantic Wharf (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
Champagne Dinner Dance & Valentine's Brunch - 2018
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.
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 regularly get emails from newcomers to the city who ask, "Where can you meet someone in Boston, outside of school/work/bars/online apps?"
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
Meetups - Have an interest in something ... anything? Meetup.com lists groups for just about every interest you can imagine - for example: 20s Brunch Club, Davis Square Runners, Divorced and Dating, Boston Single Wine Tasters, Classic/Indie Movie Group, Beantown Gamers, Hey Siri: 'How Do I Make New Friends after College?' - and many, many more! Meetup.com is also a good way to find professional groups (especially if you work in tech) and volunteer organizations. Find out more on meetup.com
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
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 - 2018
Casablanca and The Princess Bride - Find out if you and your love share the same passion for romantic classics - catch both of these films at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge on February 13 and 14 - More
Valentine's Day Concerts at Berklee - Choose from 5 different concerts and performances featuring soul, jazz, blues, guitar, singers, and more. Admission ranges from free to $15. See the Berklee website for details: click on Events, and search for February 14.
Swing 101 - Want to do something different and fun? Learn the basics of Lindy and Swing dancing in classes held on Tuesday, February 14 (and other dates/times) near Boston's North Station (and other Boston and Cambridge locations) at Boston Lindy Hop - no partner or previous experience necessary!
Valentines Day Party Singles Meetup - Want to maybe meet your valentine? Or at least have lots of fun? Sign up for a Boston-area Valentine's Day Party - or one of the other many meetups going on in and around Boston every day - great way to meet others and have fun! More: https://www.meetup.com/cities/us/ma/boston/