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Share The Love: A Guide to Valentine’s Day 2022 in Philadelphia

Whether you want to spend the holiday in a restaurant, on the town, or at home, there's something for everyone in Philly to enjoy this Valentine's Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Philadelphia! Even though things are still looking a little different this year, it shouldn’t stop you from having a holiday to remember with your significant other, family, or friends. Spread the love safely this Valentine’s Day with some of our favorite Philly restaurants, storefronts, and activities.

This guide comes complete with everything you need for a five-star Valentine’s Day, no matter how you choose to spend it. Are you in the mood to dress up and enjoy a meal out? Look at our recommendations for the best romantic restaurants in the city. Want to have a more unique date night? Check out our ideas for can’t-miss Valentine’s Day activities for couples! Would you rather just stay home in your pajamas with your family? We have ideas for that too!

And of course, Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without tokens of love and appreciation. If you’re looking for a gift for that special someone, check out our gift guide section to browse unique gifts from local Philly businesses.


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Valentine’s Day 2022 in Philadelphia: A Guide

Read through this comprehensive guide to find the best Valentine’s Day gifts and activities in Philadelphia!

Valentine’s Day Events for Families

Who said that kids can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day too? Tell the babysitter to take a break, because these activities are for the whole family to enjoy. The events below give little ones the chance to feel the love and get creative!

February Kids Club: Handprinted Valentine Cards

February 12, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center – 6918 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia

One day workshop – Handprinted Valentine Cards

The Tacony LAB’s classes are unique in Philadelphia: they do not charge tuition or any sort of fees for any of their classes. Classes are popular and often have wait-lists. If you enroll in a class, please commit to attending it!

How to enroll in a Tacony LAB class:

• You may enroll IN PERSON at the LAB beginning 3 weeks before a class first meets. Please check the “About” section of the LAB’s Facebook page for open hours or call the LAB at 267-686-7420 to hear the hours.

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

February 13, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

PlayArts – 1241 N Front Street, Philadelphia

Love is in the air at PlayArts, and it looks like Cupid has hidden some secret Valentines!

Join them in the Playspace on Sunday, February 13th for a very special Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. Cupid’s gift certificates will appear throughout the day, waiting for you to find them!

Valentine’s Day Kids Event – All Ages

February 13, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hudson Table – 1001 N 2nd St Unit 01, Philadelphia

Join Hudson Table for this fun Valentine’s Day event where kids will make 2 food related gifts and a craft. They will have stations set up so kids can make a jar of edible body scrub, decorate a tie-dyed heart cookie, and make a Valentine’s Day craft. Come anytime between 3-5pm. $10/child. Masks must be worn while inside and all adult attendees must be vaccinated.

Imagine More – Valentine’s Day Story Adventure

February 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

kit + kin – 3060 West Jefferson Street, Philadelphia

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little one as kit + kin celebrates the love between parent and child and go on a imagination-filled, interactive adventure with @imaginemorestoryadventures! In the story, “I love you, Mommy,” an inquisitive little bear is quick to try new adventures without listening to Mommy Bear’s advice. We will swim, fish, and pick fruit along with little bear as he learns valuable lessons taught with his mothers love!

After class, join us in making Valentines for the people we love most. All supplies included.

All ages welcome!
+ $20 per kid, pre-registration required (limited spots available!)


Date Night in Philadelphia

Ready for some one-on-one time with your partner or a Galentine’s Day with friends? Drop off the kids and enjoy a date night in the city with these one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day couples events and activities.

Tipsy History: A Love Story

February 11 & 12, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Betsy Ross House – 239 Arch St, Philadelphia

Graphic by Betsy Ross House

Love is in the air at the Betsy Ross House this Valentine’s Day weekend. For the most unique date in town, grab your plus one and join Betsy, herself, for Tipsy History: A Love Story Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12.

You’ll hear a love story for the ages when you meet a young Betsy Ross just after her elopement with husband John. She faces the condemnation of her Quaker community for marrying outside her religion. Will she choose faith and family or true love?

Tickets include one handcrafted cocktail. Tours run about 75 minutes. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your tour start time as the tour begins promptly. Tickets are limited to allow for proper social distancing. There are no refunds or reschedules available for late arrivals.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Beer Tasting!

February 10, 5:30-6:30 pm & 7:00-8:00 pm

Chestnut Hill Brewing Company – 8231 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

Join Chestnut Hill Brewing Company Thursday, February 10 at 5:30pm or 7pm for a special Valentine’s Day celebration, a chocolate and beer tasting! MaryEllen, the chocolatier behind Made by ME, and Nick Gunderson, the brewer behind Chestnut Hill Brewing Company’s beer, will walk you through four beer and chocolate pairings. You’ll taste delicious beers and chocolates! The beers and chocolates are still being determined, but will most likely include a Pilsner, Doppelbock, a Pale Ale, and an English Double IPA.

Valentine’s Day 2022 with Tiny Dynamite

February 13 @ 3:00 pm, February 12 and 14 @ 6:30 pm

Powel House Garden – 244 S 3rd St., Philadelphia

Looking for an extra cheesy night out to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Join A Play, A Pie, and A Pint outdoors for our annual “brilliantly casual”™ event – this time cozied up with warm drinks in a heated tent in the beautiful Powel House garden! Join us for good times and big laughs with our new collection of stories, poetry, and tweets about modern love — the good, the bad, and the hilarious. Each in-person ticket includes the show, a beverage (including hot chocolate — spiked or not), and a warm snack.

Valentine’s BYOB G.O.A.T. Happy Hour Fundraiser

February 12, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Farm At Awbury – 6336 Ardleigh St, Philadelphia

Photo by Philly Goat Project

Bring your friends and family and come over to the farm for the Philly Goat Project monthly Fundraiser! 

Tickets get you into an exclusive “lounge” area with our 13 lovely goats where you can share silliness and goat love. Festivities include Goat Art Raffle, Bedtime Goat Walk, and a fire pit with S’mores fixin’s. 

This is a great Valentine’s Day gift while supporting Philly Goat Project’s mission and programs. More details are at the ticket site.

Valentine’s Day Couples Paint & Sip

February 14, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

ARTrageous Brush & Flow – 6345 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

Come together on Valentine’s Day to have an evening of fun painting and some games to complete the bond.

Join ARTrageous Brush & Flow for a fun-filled evening to celebrate Valentines Day! You and your bae or another participant will create a masterpiece by putting your 2 canvases together or paint a wine glass/ beer mug or ceramic together. (Tickets are for two people) Experience the pleasure of painting together with complimentary wine, while in good company, and take your relationship to the next level. We do not discriminate between couples, so bring a friend, spouse or any significant other.

The two of you will receive your own canvas or wine/beer mug or ceramic to create your masterpiece! How much fun! No art skills needed and all supplies included. BYOB: Feel free to bring Beer & Wine ONLY (in original bottles). Under All Circumstances, you must be 21 to consume alcohol. We may require you to show photo ID.

Candlelight: Classical Valentines Day at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

February 14, 6:00 pm & 8:30 pm

Philadelphia Fashion District – 901 Market St, Unit 1150

Immerse yourself with beauty and music this Valentine’s Day with this once and a lifetime Candlelight experience. Stroll through the iconic paintings of the Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Exhibit in Philadelphia, and discover a secret candlelit concert heralding sweet love songs by some of Philly’s finest musicians. Whether you’re looking for a perfect date night with your star crossed lover or looking for a unique experience, this concert is for you. As the candles flicker across Italy’s most notable landmarks, you’ll be transported to a whole new world!

Love Notes 2.0… Sour Notes

February 19, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Society Hill Dance Academy – 1919 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

On the evening of February 19th, 2022, there will be TWO back-to-back cabaret performances of Love Notes 2.0… Sour Notes with local artists at Society Hill Dance Academy. It’s an amazing space and we’re teaming up with a local vendor to have cocktails available. Proof of vaccination will be required. Artists for the live event include tenor Joshua Blue, mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano, soprano Ashley Marie Robillard, soprano Katrina Thurman, pianist Aurelien Eulert, and drag queen and emcee extraordinaire, Maria TopCatt.

Repertoire performed will be from the opera, art song, and musical theater oeuvre. East Passyunk Opera Project is thrilled to bring #OperaUpFront to YOU and the whole ePOP audience.


Romantic Restaurant Recommendations

Has all the fun made you hungry? It’s time to eat! Enjoy a Valentine’s Day meal at one of the many romantic Philadelphia restaurants.

Barcelona Wine Bar

1709 E. Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

Photo by Barcelona Wine Bar

Valentine’s Day Dinner: Fueled by the romance of Spain and the Mediterranean coast, tapas are more a way of life than a particular type of food, and a Valentine’s Day meal at Barcelona Wine Bar is a guaranteed night of hand-held food, bites, tastes and textures – and wine – great for a Galentine’s dinner, an intimate couple’s date night or anything in between. Seasonal Chef’s specials will be on the menu special for the day, great to pair with incredible paellas to share straight out of the pan, like the Paella Salvaje; or the charcuterie boards with jamón, chorizo, manchego and Idiazábal; and the olive oil cake is a traditional sweet ending to a magical night. Wash it all down with one of Barcelona’s cheeky cocktails or choice from the eclectic wine menu of Spanish, Mediterranean, and regional favorites.

Bing Bing Dim Sum

1648 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

Nibble on special Chicken & Foie Gras soup dumplings wrapped in red for V-Day while you enjoy the fun atmosphere at one of the hottest spots on Avenue.

Other local restaurants open on Valentine’s Day include East Passyunk favorites like Le Virtù, Noir, Pistolas del Sur, and Triangle Tavern. Contact each individual restaurant to learn about their Valentine’s Day hours and specials.


Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts

Creations By Coppola

1724 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

Photo by Creations by Coppola

The simple and easy yet thoughtful, go-to gift to give [or keep] each year for Valentine’s Day is the classic flowers and chocolates duo. Creations By Coppola custom crafts elaborate floral arrangements, with bouquets available for pre-order online, and Grab & Go bouquets ready for pick-up in-store

Favors and Flavors

1827 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

Favors and Flavors offers decadent sweets including chocolate covered strawberries, custom candy bouquets, personalized gift baskets, and more available for ordering here.

Sermania Jewelry

1719 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

As for gifting personalized and one-of-a-kind presents for someone special, various local retailers and services offer a plethora of items including hand-crafted, custom heart-shaped earrings, rings, and pendants from Sermania Jewelry

Deja 42 Art Gallery

1912 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

Deja 42 Art Gallery is an ideal source for sentimental gifts ranging from local art to jewelry to home décor.

Occasionette

1825 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

Photo by Occasionette

Occasionette boasts an extensive selection of Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day greeting cards, chocolate and candy, jewelry, candles, self-care necessities, and much more.

Amelie’s Bark Shop

1544 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

For those furry, four-legged Valentine’s, Amelie’s Bark Shop has red and white themed bow ties for cats and dogs to accessorize, Valentine’s Mystery Boxes brimming with surprise goodies, and an assortment of heart shaped treats monogrammed with notes such as “Puppy Love”, “I Chews You”, and “XOXO”. All items are available for on-site shopping, and online ordering for pick-up and delivery.

Barcelona Wine Bar

1709 E. Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

Out-of-the-Box Valentine’s Day Gift – The Barcelona Wine Bar Experience

Photo by Barcelona Wine Bar

A gift for the person who craves an experience, not a “thing,” for Valentine’s Day, this gift is the best of Barcelona Wine Bar in an in-restaurant experience that’s thoughtfully curated and immersive, with take-home aspects to extend the gift to home:

The Aperitivo Experience is an immersive and thematic food, wine, and take-home-gift journey. Designed for two people, each experience includes one glass of Cava per person, paired with an Aperitivo Board, two Chef-created tapas, and a take-home gift of one bottle of Barcava ($65).

The Barcelona Wine Bar Experience builds on the Aperitivo Experience with more expansive wine and food, including two flights of three hand selected Spanish wines per person, paired with six Chef-created signature tapas, a half paella, and a take-home gift of a bottle of Barcava ($130).


At-Home Valentine’s Day Experiences

Virtual Valentine’s Day Cooking Class – A Taste of Italy

February 11, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Online – Hosted by 12th Street Catering

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the virtual Taste of Italy Cooking Class takes place on Friday, February 11, at 6 p.m. and is the perfect date night in for couples, families, or friends looking to ditch the reservations and have a delicious meal.

Attendees will cook and master a 3-course dinner with live step-by-step instruction via Zoom from Executive Chef Adam DeLosso. The new menu includes an antipasti platter, Tuscan petite filet and jumbo shrimp, and Tiramisu. Each kit serves two people and costs $150. 12th Street Catering offers free onsite pickup, local delivery, and priority overnight shipping.

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Class

February 12, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Online – Hosted by Cocktail Culture Co.

For the love of cocktails!

This Valentine’s Day cocktail class is perfect for friends or couples. Inspired by roses, chocolate, gold, champagne, and more. Our Valentine’s Day cocktail class includes a variety of flavor profiles – whether you like sweet, spicy, or strong cocktails – this class is for everyone. We can’t wait to shake up your Valentine’s Day!

Seasonal cocktails and ingredients are subject to change.

Online Cooking Class: Romantic French Cuisine

February 14, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Online – Hosted by ClassPop!

In this online cooking class, Chef Marc will guide you through the fundamentals of creating popular French dishes among the locals. 

Create a romantic dinner for two that seems like something out of a romantic restaurant in the heart of Paris without ever leaving your home. Start your virtual cooking class off with a hearty and traditional French onion soup au gratin. Then, master the art of savory duck breast à l’orange with honey and soy sauce paired with fresh, butter garlic roasted asparagus.

Online Cooking Class – Seafood Paella From Scratch

February 14, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Online – Hosted by CozyMeal

Learn how to make seafood paella from scratch while you sip a refreshing blackberry-peach sangria.

In this seafood-centered online cooking class, you will learn how to prepare homemade authentic seafood paella, from prepping the clams, prawns and mussels, to cooking the perfect rice. But before you learn the finer points of making this traditional Spanish dish, you’ll mix a refreshing blackberry-peach sangria to sip on while you cook. This class is welcoming for all levels of cooks, and no special equipment is necessary.


We hope this guide has helped you curate the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration for you and your family! If you’ll be closer to The Main Line or Bucks County over the holiday, check out our Valentine’s Day Guides on Main Line Parent and Bucks County Parent.

Visit the Philadelphia Family calendar for more upcoming events in your area.

Photo credit: Betsy Ross House, Philly Goat Project, Barcelona Wine Bar, Creations by Coppola, Occasionette

Writer for Philadelphia Family. Email tips to lani@familyfocus.org.

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