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.

  • 01 of 08
    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.

  • 02 of 08
    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.

  • 03 of 08
    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.​

  • 04 of 08
    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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  • 05 of 08
    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.  

  • 06 of 08
    Charity runners
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    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.

  • 07 of 08
    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. 

  • 08 of 08
    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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    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.