Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14 in the U.S. (and many other countries). Gifts are often exchanged between loved ones. Couples often share a romantic dinner at home or at a special restaurant. Some families like to celebrate together, adults and children.
About Valentine’s Day
The history of the holiday is complex and murky. There are several Saint Valentine’s in Christian religions, but otherwise the holiday is not a Christian tradition and in fact has pagan roots. Other vestiges of the Feast of St. Valentine occurred in the European Middle Ages as a celebration of early spring, when birds begin mating.
Today, Valentine’s Day is strictly a retail holiday, when consumers are coaxed into buying flowers, candy, perfume, cards, or other gifts, and making memories with special dinners.
Before Valentine’s Day, you might want to get in the mood by making Valentine’s cards and other “lovely” arts and crafts.
To celebrate the day with the ones you love, there are often special concerts, movies, and other events and entertainment. Some of it is irreverent, because not everyone likes to celebrate the day or be reminded of the lack of love in their life.
Whatever your inclinations, we peruse local venues and event calendars for fun events to mark the day. You can find all kinds of suggestions in the event calendar below. We’ll update this list in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, so check back from time to time for all sorts of Valentine’s Day ideas.
Valentine’s Day Dining Ideas
Fine dining loyalty programs & restaurant gift cards. Our list of local dinging loyalty programs and restaurant gift cards is a great way to save money while dining out for special occasions. We have a few tips for choosing a restaurant loyalty program that best suits your restaurant dining style. These tips can help maximize your savings.
OpenTable lists restaurants in the Seattle area that offer special menus for Valentine’s Day. The free OpenTable app is a great resource for any holiday or any occasion when dining out in the Puget Sound region.
- Getaway: Yakima Valley Red Wine & Chocolate Presidents’ Day weekend (145 mi. SE of Seattle)
- Celebrate Seattle Museum Month with hotel deals and half-off museum admission
- Amtrak train travel reservation BOGO sale February 13-17
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
Best retailers for gifts, party supplies, holiday decor. Our list of the best places to buy gifts in the Puget Sound region. Our list focuses on local retailers with a variety of products for every occasion and gift recipient on your list. These shopping sources feature unique gifts for every special occasion, from Valentine’s Day to Christmas and graduation to retirement. Many of the brick and mortar stores also offer gift certificates and online shopping with delivery directly to your recipient for last minute gifts or when you aren’t sure what to give.
Roses are red and cheaper by the 2-dozen at Whole Foods! From Feb. 7 to 14, Whole Foods stores are selling two dozen Whole Trade Guarantee** roses for $19.99 — while supplies last. The discounted price is only open to Amazon Prime members. Stop by on your way into shop and the roses will be lovingly wrapped at no additional charge for Valentine’s Day. Just pick them up on your way out. Find a list of Whole Foods locations in the Puget Sound region below. More info: Thanks to our mother ship, LivingOnTheCheap.com who turned us on to this deal for Whole Foods Market: Get two dozen roses for $19.99. ** Whole Foods created the Whole Trade Guarantee program in 2007 to demonstrate a commitment to ethical trade, fair farm working conditions, and positive environmental impact where products are grown and sourced.
- Roosevelt Square, 1026 NE 64th St. Seattle, WA 98115
- West Seattle, 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98116
- Interbay, 2001 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
- Westlake, 2210 Westlake Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
- Madison Broadway, 1001 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
- Bellevue, 888 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
- Kirkland, 12501 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
- Lynnwood, 2800 SW 196th St, Lynnwood, WA 98036
- Redmond, 17991 Ne, Redmond Way, Redmond, WA 98052
- Chambers Bay, 515 Bridgeport Way W, University Place, WA 98466
Valentine’s Day Crafts and Entertainment
The following events feature a variety of crafts and entertainment to celebrate Valentine’s Day romance and love in traditional and unique ways.
(If no events are listed below, there are no upcoming Valentine’s Day events in our calendar. We usually update this list in January.)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020
Friday, February 14, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Monday, February 17, 2020