Valentine’s Day in the Bay Area doesn’t have to be just another holiday. Thanks to beer and movie festivals, dinner cruises, local gardens, famous attractions and, of course, the charm of Napa Valley, there is plenty to do whether you’re celebrating love or simply celebrating another week.
We rounded up the can’t-miss events from February 9th through February 17th so you can share in the fun of Valentine’s Day and Bay Area culture for two full weekends! Including festive, themed events, elegant tours of the waterfront and annual celebrations, there’s something for every individual, couple or group outing.
For dinner ideas and reservations, check out 15 Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco and The 11 Most Romantic Restaurants in San Francisco’s Embarcadero Neighborhood.
February 9 – 18 at various locations
Is there anything more charming than ten days of craft beer fun? SF Beer Week brings together some of the region’s best brewers to showcase the culture, talents and hop beverages of the Bay Area. Featuring hundreds of beer-centric events, you can celebrate new releases, enjoy delicious beer and food pairings, practice yoga with beer in hand, and even join us at SoMa StrEat Food Park for beer trivia — all with your loved one by your side. See the full schedule here.
One of the week’s annual, sell-out events is Cerveza y Paella, a food and beer festival hosted by ThirstyBear Organic Brewery. Taking place on Thursday this year, you can enjoy unlimited paella, ThirstyBear organic beers and live flamenco guitar! Buy your tickets today.
February 9 – 15 at various locations
Movies are a classic date night activity so take it up a notch on Valentine’s Day with an entire film festival! Berlin & Beyond is celebrating its 22nd year in 2018 and has become one of the leading festivals of European cinema in the world. Join thousands of movie-goers this February to experience the diversity, history and progress of German-speaking countries via the big screen.
February 9 + 11 at Pier 3
Hornblower Cruises & Events is hosting several festive cruise options this Valentine’s Day. Starting at $132 per person, this particular journey is a three-hour trip and a four-course seated dinner with live music, dramatic views and plenty of fun.
February 10 at Presidio Officers’ Club
The Ely Brothers & The Doubletake Band are setting the scene for this throwback Valentine’s Day dance. Wear your best 1950s clothing, dance all evening to old-school tunes, and enjoy retro cocktails provided by Arguello.
February 10 at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Flowers are a classic romance tradition, but at UC Berkeley, they’re taking it to the next level with an educational garden and a serene tea. The program includes a walk through the facility so you can collect ingredients for make-your-own tea party snacks and garden drinks!
February 10 + 14 at Pier 3
Starting at $179 per person, this elegant Hornblower cruise is a three-hour trip on the water and a four-course seated dinner with live music, dramatic views, a hosted top-shelf bar, and a complimentary boarding photo to remember the evening. See all of Hornblower’s Valentine’s Day options online.
February 10 + 14 at Pier 3
Beginning at $127 per person, this Hornblower dinner cruise includes a three-hour trip beneath the lights of the Bay, a dinner buffet, a hosted wine and beer bar, a complimentary boarding photo, and live DJ entertainment and dancing so you can rock the night away. Check out all of Hornblower’s Valentine’s Day cruises online.
February 10 + 11 at Pier 3
If brunch is more your speed, we recommend Hornblower’s festive brunch cruise option! Twice during the weekend before Valentine’s Day, you have the opportunity to hop aboard the luxury cruise, enjoy bottomless mimosas and champagne, a full brunch spread, live entertainment and, of course, breathtaking views. See all the dinner cruises here.
February 10 – 18 at Pier 39
Set the scene this Valentine’s Day with more than 39,000 tulips! Anytime throughout the entire week, you can enjoy a free, self-guided tour, take in the vibrant colors and enjoy San Francisco’s Pier 39.
February 14 at Doubletree Marina
Across the water in the East Bay, you can hop on this Hornblower cruise for $136 per person. The elegant evening consists of a three-hour yacht cruise, a four-course seated dinner, a hosted wine and beer bar, a live DJ, and a complimentary photo of you and yours. If you want to take off from San Francisco, you can see all those dinner and brunch cruises here.
February 14 at Napa Valley Wine Train
You can book a romantic wine country tour with Napa Valley Wine Train any day of the year, but on Valentine’s Day, they’re offering the Gourmet Car for lunch and dinner, the Vista Dome Car for lunch and dinner, the Ambassador Winery Tour, the Castle Winery Tour, the Grgich Hills Winery Tour, and the Raymond Tour. Featuring extra romance in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, you can enjoy a welcome glass of sparkling wine, a multiple course Napa-style gourmet meal, a winding journey through California’s wine country, a strolling violinist and private tours, and tastings on the winery tours. Get all the details and options here.
February 15 – 18 at Hotel Whitcomb
Spend the holiday at the 10th Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival. Inside the historic Hotel Whitcomb, you can take part in four exciting days of social dancing, performances and shows, live music, workshops, and classes for all experience levels, a beginner boot camp, educational lectures and late night parties. You’ll find details on the lineup and the schedule here.
February 15 – 22 at Vogue Theatre
About a decade ago, the first Mostly British Film Festival premiered in San Francisco to showcase the best in cinema from the UK, Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa. Featuring events and appearances by world-renowned directors and actors, the 2018 event has more than 25 films on the schedule with opportunities to buy individual movie tickets or a 2018 Festival Pass. Check out the lineup and buy your tickets online.
February 17 at Pedro’s Cantina
Tickets are $35 for this party and fun run! Don your best pink or red undies, enjoy a drink at Pedro’s Cantina in South Beach, run the one-mile route, then keep partying to benefit Neurofibromatosis research. It’s a fun-loving event and it’s all for charity! Register on the website.
February 17 at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
The annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting is taking place just in time for the year’s most romantic weekend. As the largest competition of American wines in the world, the event is a chance for wine lovers of the Bay to come together and taste the most-awarded beverages on the globe. Paired with fine food tastings as well, it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day activity! Ranging in price from $55 – $95, you can buy your tickets online.
February 17 at Pier 39, Gate 3
For the second year in a row, this festive, 21+ event is coming to the San Francisco waterfront. Join the team behind the San Francisco International Hip Hop Dancefest for an elegant evening on a glamorous boat and you’ll enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, amazing prizes, live dance entertainment, insight into the 20th anniversary season, and more! See all the price options and buy tickets here.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
In the comments below, let us know how you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Bay.