In Seattle, February days can be dreary, cold, and rainy. When it comes to Valentine's Day, you can find plenty of indoor activities—from intimate dinners to cruises around Puget Sound—to up the romance while staying protected from the elements. Tickets to events and restaurant reservations book up quickly for Valentine's Day and the nearest weekend, so it's best to look into plans by the end of January to make sure you and your date aren't left sitting at home.
Valentine's Day in 2021 looks different from other years since restaurants are closed for indoor dining, many attractions are closed, and most events are canceled. Be sure to confirm the latest information from individual businesses.
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 usually 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 area.
However, Seattle restaurants are closed for indoor dining in February 2021, and the Pacific Northwest rain makes it hard to plan on outdoor seating. Thankfully, many eateries are open for pick-up and delivery, some of them with special Valentine's Day options. Your three-course meal from Paragon also includes video access to a cabaret show to watch from home while you eat. Meanwhile, the romantic "red and black box" from Sushi Kashiba is hand-prepared each day for a sensual sushi dinner.
Give Back to the Community
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.
The event usually takes place at The Foundry, but Hearts & Wine is happening virtually on February 19, 2021. If you are celebrating a belated Valentine's Day, order the "Wine, Jazz, and Sweet Treats" package to pick up a romantic-themed goodie bag with all of the above. You can also tune in to the live event from home to hear engaging speakers talk about how you can help the hungry in your community.
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 a good cause, 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, which is usually around the Fremont neighborhood.
However, the 2021 Cupid's Undie Run—scheduled for February 13—is taking place virtually. Participants can join from anywhere and in any way, whether it's running, biking, swimming, walking, rollerblading; the options are endless. Even if you can't run in a group, your participation still benefits the Children's Tumor Foundation.
Cruise the Puget Sound
In February 2021, dinner cruises in the Seattle area were suspended until further notice.
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 add 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.
Spend the Night at the Theater
In February 2021, all live shows with audiences were suspended until further notice in Seattle. However, some groups may be hosting virtual events.
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 usually puts 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.
Gorge Yourselves on Chocolate
Chocofest at Pike Brewing was canceled in 2021.
If you and your special someone are both fans of crafted brews, ciders, wine, and delicious chocolates, you can head over to Pike Brewing Company on the Sunday before Valentine's Day for Chocofest, a special tasting event that benefits the Washington Trails Association. Guests receive a commemorative glass and access to unlimited samples of local restaurants, chocolatiers, wineries, distilleries, and breweries.