Ten ways to spend Valentine’s Day in the District
Ideas and deals to make you fall in love all over again
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with friends or a special someone, the District has a lot to offer. With so many romantic places to choose from, making plans can be overwhelming. Celebrate the holiday without straining your wallet with the 10 options below.
Spend a night under the stars with your loved one ice skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Hold hands under the twinkly lights (and maybe fall down a few times). Admission is $8 for students with a valid ID plus $3.50 for skate rental.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Constitution Ave NW & 7th Street
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Present your poetry at Busboys and Poets’ open mic night, hosted by Simply Sherri. The evening will include rookie spoken word and musical performances about love. Come for a laugh, for a date or just to have fun. There is a $5 cover fee. Tickets can be purchased here.
When: Feb. 14 from 9 to 11 p.m.
Where: 1025 5th St. NW
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
What’s more perfect than dancing and listening to some great tunes? Make Valentine’s Day even more special by taking someone you love to a concert. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is proud to present a new concert series called Street Scenes. Street Scenes is focused on emerging D.C. jazz artists. Imani-Grace Cooper, a recent graduate of the Howard University jazz program, will be performing. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 14 doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Metro: Eastern Market
Treat yourself, treat your friend or treat your partner with Georgetown Cupcakes. This famous cupcake shop has a sweet deal of a dozen special Valentine’s Day cupcakes for $36. Featured flavors include Chocolate Lava Fudge, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter Fudge. This deal extends until Feb. 28, so you can even send a belated cupcake surprise. To check it out, visit their website.
When: Feb. 1 to Feb. 28
Where: 3301 M St. NW
Metro: Any of the 30 buses to Georgetown
If cupcakes are not your speed and you’re looking for a sweet way to share the love, just go online to District Doughnut. For $20, you can order their four classic chocolate donuts which include flavors such as glazed chocolate or nutella ganache and bacon. For $25, you can purchase a dozen of their mini conversation donuts which feature messages like “hug me” and “I luv you.” Both orders include a rose, a ribbon and a message you can write yourself. More information can be found here.
When: Feb. 12 to Feb. 14
Where: 3327 Cady's Alley NW or 749 8th St. SE
Metro: For Cady’s Alley location, take any of the 30 buses to Georgetown. For 8th Street location, take Metro to Eastern Market.
This is your chance to test your spy skills with your significant other. The Spy Museum is hosting a special event for Valentine’s Day called “Lips, Locks, and Body Language: Valentine's Day Spy Style.” Deceptive analysis expert Lena Sisco, a former military intelligence officer and interrogator, will teach guests how to detect if someone is romantically interested in them based on their body language. This event will include eating sweet treats, having your lip print analyzed and a lesson in lock picking. Change up your usual Valentine’s Day routine with this unique, romantic and fun experience. You must be 18 to enter. General admission is $35 and includes a cocktail and sweets.
When: Feb. 14 at 6 p.m.
Where: 800 F St. NW
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
If you’re looking for a relaxed meal with your significant other without the restricted pre-fixed menu, Convivial is the restaurant for you. Located in Logan Circle, this restaurant treats you and your significant other to a meal in a cozy setting with an a la carte menu and specialty profiteroles for dessert. To book a table in advance, go here.
Where: 801 O St NW
When: Feb. 14
Metro: Mt. Vernon Square Metro Station
If you’re 21 or older and are looking for a belated Valentine’s Day celebration, head to Comet Ping Pong on Saturday, Feb. 17 for the Transformer’s annual Heartbreaker’s Ball. Transformer is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local DMV artists. At this celebration, works of art will be displayed by DMV artists. It also includes a DJ, artists who will be drawing portraits for couples, tarot card readings, body painting and a photobooth. If you go as a couple, it’s $60 ($35 dollars if you’re single), but you will have access to cocktails and a dessert bar. Tickets can be purchased here.
When: Feb. 17
Where: 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW
Metro: Take the M4 bus to Connecticut Ave
If you’re looking for a traditional dinner for Valentine’s Day, head to Matchbox. Visit any Matchbox location from Feb. 12 to 18 to steal a sweet deal. The dinner is composed of three courses and is only $35, plus it comes with a $30 bottle of Matchbox wine. To make a reservation, head to their website.
When: Feb. 12 to Feb. 18
Where: 1901 14th St. NW or 713 H St. NW
Metro: For 14th Street location, metro to Dupont Circle or Shaw/Howard University and walk a few blocks. For H Street location, metro to Gallery Place-Chinatown.
The Parallel Universe Exhibit hosted by Artechouse offers a unique experience for Valentine’s Day. Although this event has no specific Valentine’s Day deals, tickets are still available online. This exhibit uses 3-D motion light projections and a mesmerizing electro-industrial soundtrack. The exhibit is open for guests 12 and older from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The evening show begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 12 a.m. for guests 21 and older. It is the perfect escape from reality with someone you love. Tickets are $12 for students.
When: Feb. 12 to March 4
Where: 1238 Maryland Ave. SW
Metro: Smithsonian Metro Station
Spending Valentine’s Day without a significant someone doesn’t have to be dreary. Valentine’s Day is meant to celebrate all kinds of love, not just one. So, spend the day with your friends or your family. Spread the love around.