Guide to Valentine's Day in Seattle-Tacoma: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

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In a city like Seattle, celebrating Valentine’s Day means finding an activity, event or restaurant that suits your idea of romance. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from including a host of romantic restaurants, special Valentine’s day shows and concerts, and even something a little different like a burlesque performance.

In Seattle and nearby cities like Tacoma, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about fancy dinners. While there are fine dining options aplenty in the Seattle area, there are also many fun events going on for Valentine’s Day. Although many of these events will be held on February 14 this year, others are on days before and after the holiday.

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner

The obvious choice of what to do on Valentine's Day is going out to eat for a romantic dinner. Fortunately, Seattle's culinary scene rises to the challenge, and tons of restaurants have special menus, wine tastings, events or just the usual romantic decor. Best of all, going out for dinner is completely customizable. Whether you seek an upscale culinary experience or want something laid back and casual, there are plenty of romantic restaurants in the Seattle and Tacoma area.

For a great seafood place, check out Salty's on Alki in Seattle, which offers unparalleled views of the city skyline. If you're looking for something more quirky and charming, you may want to visit The Pink Door on Post Alley in Seattle instead. This Italian-American restaurant features a circus theme (including free live entertainment) and an outdoor patio with great views of the waterfront. If you want something unique, head to the Blind Cafe where blind waiters and a blind orchestra will serve and serenade you. In Tacoma, Pacific Grill in downtown Tacoma is always a solid choice, and places like The Table and Over the Moon Cafe are romantic and delicious.

Go for a Run

At least one run takes to the streets for Valentine's Day (or in the days leading up to Valentine's Day) and it's not quite like any other! If you enjoy running and helping good causes raise money, join in Cupid’s Undie Run. Don your favorite underwear (or at least whatever you’re willing to wear in public) and join this run around Fremont. The event takes place in six cities throughout the nation and all proceeds go straight to the Children's Tumor Foundation to benefit children suffering from Neurofibromatosis. In 2020, Cupid's Undie Run takes place on February 8 and starts at the Ballroom at 456 North 36th Street.

Go on a Cruise

A romantic dinner cruise is a perfect way to enjoy some canoodling on the water with your special someone any time of year, and you can typically book a cruise on many nights in February. Additionally, select dates close to Valentine's Day usually have special menus and romantic touches to their dinners. For instance, Argosy Cruises always has a Valentine's Day cruise, but you should also check with Waterways Cruises to see their seasonal special. However, if you're planning to take your significant other out on one of these romantic cruises for the holiday, be sure to book your trip by the end of January to ensure you have a spot.

Attend a Theatre Show

While the larger venues like Paramount and 5th Avenue don't commonly put on Valentine's Day shows, the smaller and community theatres often do. If you're hoping to take your special someone out to a Valentine's Day show, Unexpected Productions will be putting on its annual "Comedy of Love: A Valentine's Day Improv" on February 14. Otherwise, you can look to venues such as Columbia City Theatre, Showbox at the Market, Town Hall, and other small to mid-sized theatres for a great night out on Valentine's Day. To the south, Tacoma Arts Live (which operates the Pantages and Rialto theaters downtown) usually has some kind of programming on Valentine's Day. In 2020, the opera "Tosca" will be at the Pantages.

Take a Class at Babeland

If you're looking for a way to spice up your sex life with your significant other, Babeland Seattle offers adults-only classes throughout the year to teach singles and couples how to be better intimate partners. Known as one of the best adult stores in the country, a trip to Babeland is a great way to start off a date night even if you don't wind up taking any classes.

In February this year, you can attend both classes and story times, which are perfect if you want something a little spicy, but aren't yet ready for a class!

Attend a Concert or Performance

Although not necessarily Valentine's Day-themed, there are a number of great concerts, comedy acts, and other performances taking place at venues across the region in February. Whether you're catching a stellar performance of 2Cellos at the Paramount Theatre or laughing out loud at the adult puppet show put on by Unexpected Productions, you're sure to find a great concert or performance in Seattle that would be perfect for a date night around Valentine's Day.

Pike Chocofest

If you and your special someone are both fans of crafted brews, ciders, wine and delicious chocolates, you can head over to Pike's Brewing Company on the Sunday before Valentine's Day for a special tasting event that benefits the Washington Trails Association. Pike Brewing Company will host its annual Chocofest on Sunday, February 9, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m. Guest will receive a commemorative glass and access to unlimited samples of local restaurants, chocolatiers, wineries, distilleries, and breweries. 

Hearts & Wine 2020

You can give back on this romantic holiday while enjoying a farm-to-table feast at the annual Hearts & Wine event, which is both an event to enjoy and a way to give back as proceeds help to feed the hungry in Washington State and beyond. Taking place on February 28, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Foundry (4130 1st Avenue South) in Seattle, this fundraiser event helps the RFH to acquire fresh fruits and vegetables for the community throughout the year. The event also features wine tastings from vineyards across the region, fun games, and a live auction to further benefit the charity.

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