Guide to Valentine's Day in Pittsburgh: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

If you're looking for something different than dinner and a movie for Valentine's Day, there are a slew of fun things to do around the Pittsburgh area. Whether you're looking for a great date idea, a new way to meet people, or a unique way to spend time with the family, here are eight options to get you started.

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I Made It! Market - Valentine's Style!

I Made It! Market
I Made It! Market

Buy local and support independent artists this Valentine’s Day at the I Made It! Market, featuring handmade gifts from over 45 local artists. It's a great way to spend a few hours with the family, and it's held the weekend prior to Valentine's Day.

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Clay and Wine Friday at the Union Project

Union Project
Union Project

Spend your Valentine's Day getting dirty in the studio while enjoying wine from R Wine Cellar. Everyone will have a chance to play on the wheel, and you will also learn a variety of hand building techniques. Appropriate for pairs (friends, couples, etc.) ages 21 and over. They also host​ Valentine's Day Dinner Dance at the Great Hall.

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Valentine's Day Skates

PPG Place iceskating Pittsburgh
PPG Place

A Sweetheart Couples Skate is scheduled for both North Park and South Park on Valentine's Day, plus Valentines on Ice is on the calendar at the Schenley Skating Rink. If you'd prefer to avoid Valentine's Day crowds, then check for special events at the Rink at PPG Place.​

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'Burgh Bits & Bites Valentine's Strip District Food Tour

Pittsburgh strip District
Perry Quan / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0

Do you enjoy both food and adventure? A ‘Burgh Bits & Bites Food Tour may be just the ticket for a fun Valentine's Day experience. Explore the vivid history and culinary delights of Pittsburgh's Market District on this special Valentine's Day edition of their Strip District Tour. Come hungry!

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Valentine's Dinner Cruise

Gateway Clipper Fleet Riverboat
Michael Righi / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Enjoy a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration with your sweetheart out on the water aboard a grand Gateway Clipper Fleet riverboat. The cruise includes a buffet dinner, live music, and the sparkling city lights shimmering off the river.  

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RSG1 Valentine's Day 5K, 10K and 15K Race

Charity runners
Stuart Grout / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

The mission of RSG1 is to advance cures, and therapies for patients afflicted with brain tumors, cancer, and with other neurological diseases and disorders through treatment, research, and human clinical trials, and this special Valentine's Day race helps them to advance that mission.

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Animal Instincts: Valentine's Dinner at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo kissing booth
Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium hosts a special Valentine's dinner each year. It includes hors d'oeuvres, an open bar with cocktails, a formal dinner, dessert, an adults-only presentation by Henry Kacprzyk, who will reveal the intimate secrets of exotic animal mating, and a special Water's Edge animal event. 

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Pittsburgh Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Nick Amoscato / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra hosts an evening of music dedicated to romance each year. On Valentine's Day 2019 you can catch world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax performing some of the best known romance ballads. Then from February 15-17, the Pittsburgh Symphony will be performing Romeo & Juliet.

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