Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about fancy dinners and wining and dining. While there are fine dining options a-plenty in the Seattle area, there are also many fun events going on for Valentine’s. Many are actually on February 14, but others are on days before and after the holiday. Get out, get active, and support a cause by joining in a fun run; learn to make a cherry pie; or take a romantic dinner cruise with Argosy. Whether you are married, dating, or single, what to do on Valentine’s Day just got more exciting.
1. Cupid’s Undie Run
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 Nuerofibromatosis. The first 120 people to register will receive a free pint of hefeweisen courtesy of Widmer Brewery. Enjoy happy hour food and drink specials all day, raffles, and plenty of fun.
When: February 11
Where: Fremont. Pre- and post-race activities at The Ballroom, 456 N 36th Street, Seattle
2. Go on an Argosy Cruise
A romantic dinner cruise from Pier 56 is the perfect way to enjoy some canoodling on the water. You can book a cruise on many nights in February, but on the 11th is a special menu designed for Valentine’s Day. Special touches include a welcoming glass of champagne, live entertainment, and a five-course menu. Dessert is a heart-shaped cake and guests can request flowers at their table in advance.
When: February 11, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Departs from Pier 56 in Seattle
How much: $110/person
3. Learn How to Cook at Efeste Winery
Another option for a couples cooking class is at the Efeste Winery. Prepare a delicious menu that includes sweet potato pancakes, grilled shrimp, and seared beef brochettes. Listen to upbeat music while you learn cooking techniques, such as how to dice an onion really fast. Two glasses of wine are included.
When: February 11, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Efeste Winery, 19730 144th Ave NE, Woodinville
How much: $115/couple
4. Learn Pottery at Pottery Northwest
If you ever watched “Ghost” and thought the Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore pottery scene was the best thing ever, this is the event for you! Pottery Northwest’s couples night welcomes in couples of all sorts (you don’t have to be dating). Learn how to throw on a pottery wheel or build with clay by hand. You can reserve a wheel ahead of time, but walk-ins are also welcome. Walk-ins may have to wait for a wheel when they get there.
When: February 12, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Pottery Northwest, 226 First Avenue N, Seattle
How much: Free!
5. Theatre Shows
Columbia City Theatre is putting on two Valentine’s-themed shows. On February 14, “Love Songs” features Matt Bishop of Hey Marseilles, Tim Wilson of Ivan & Alyosha, and Kaylee Cole, singing a variety of popular love songs.
On February 15, take in a different kind of show with Belladonna’s Burlesque. The eight artists of Belladonna’s put on a classic, sophisticated show with just the right amount of tease.
Where: Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
How much: $10-$15
6. Take a Class at Babeland
Babeland is one of the coolest adult stores in Seattle and it regularly offers classes. February 12 at 7 p.m., a “Sexpert” will be available for guests to ask any and all questions they may have about intimacy. This class is free.
February 16 at 6:30 p.m. is a class for new mothers seeking to reconnect with their intimate sides. This class has a fee of $10.
Where: Babeland, 707 E Pike Street
7. Take a Class at Art of the Pie
Classes at Art of the Pie are no ordinary cooking classes—you will learn pie-making secrets by award-winning pie master Kate McDermott. At the end of each class, you will take home a pie, as well as knowledge of how to make amazing pie crusts and filling from fresh fruit.
In February, there are several classes.
February 5: Apple Pie Goddesses – Learn to make a fabulous apple pie alongside Kate and astrologer Stephanie Gailing, who adds a spiritual dimension to this class. $80.
February 14: Can They Bake A Cherry Pie? is a couples-only workshop with champagne included. $225/couple.
February 18: Learn to bake a savory pie.