Sample some of these only-in-SF experiences on Valentine's Day.

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February 4, 2019
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Unusual Valentine's Day Events in San Francisco

San Francisco is full of experiences you can't have anywhere else. That's true no matter when you visit. Why should Valentine's Day be any different? Grab your significant other—or get ready to find a new one—and head to one of these unusual San Francisco Valentine's Day events.

Exploratorium After Dark: Chocolate (The Exploratorium)

Chocolate: it’s everyone’s favorite...bean? This Valentine's Day evening, learn how the food of the gods goes from bitter fruit to beloved bar. Then taste your way through a flight of delicious demonstrations and talks for all of your senses: get your hands on some beans, hear about the chocolate-making process firsthand, smell and taste some of the final product, and see some applications of chocolate that might be new to you.

Guests must be 18 or older.

Thur., Feb. 14. 6-10 p.m.

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Noise Pop NightLife (California Academy of Sciences)

Celebrate your love of indie music with NightLife, the official pre-party for the Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival—and the best way to spend Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re newly-in-love or recently broken-hearted (or happily single), we have a silent disco for you. Electronic music producers/DJs Lil’ Waifu and Arumi will host the ultimate “Love Songs vs. Breakup Songs” throw-down in the aquarium.

Guests must be 21 or older.

Thur., Feb. 14. 6-10 p.m. Cost: $22 each

Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics (Conservatory of Flowers)

Tropical fragrances are sure to fill the air during this evening botanical experience at the Conservatory of Flowers. Guests will wander through the conservatory enjoying a variety of chocolates and treats, along with a complimentary drink from Revive Kombucha or Lagunitas Brewery.

Live accordion music will accompany your evening as conservatory docents teach you about some of the most intriguing and sensual plant aphrodisiacs. Tropical orchid sex lives and vanilla-themed love stories will be of particular focus. Guests can take photos at the pink velvet photo booth and get a tarot reading, too.

Guests must be 21 or older.

Thur., Feb. 14 – Timed Tickets. Choose from 5 to 6:30 p.m., 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., or 8:30 to 10 p.m. Cost: $35 each

GOAT My Valentine: Love in The Cut (302 Folsom St.)

This unique Valentine’s Day happy hour will provide plenty of fun experiences, featuring goats, a wine bar, musical performers, a photo booth, and more.

The goats stop by courtesy of City Grazing, the local non-profit dedicated to goat-scaping and land management. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your photo taken with these cloven hoof beauties at the goat photo booth.

Thur., Feb. 14 – 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free

Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight (Embarcadero Plaza)

Officially “unofficial,” the annual Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight sees plenty of people show up with a pillow in hand and the hope of good times to come. Participants should always bring synthetic pillows to cut down on mess, and only hit those who are carrying a pillow themselves.

Thur., Feb. 14, 2019 – 6 p.m. Cost: Free

SF by Night: Valentine’s Day (Pier 7)

Dedicated to evening romance, this event takes participants on a guided tour of San Francisco when The City’s nighttime charms are on display. You’ll walk past rooftop gardens, Chinatown, Grace Cathedral and several other highlights.

Thur., Feb. 14 – 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $20 each

Smitten’s Churn-Your-Own-Ice-Cream Valentine’s Day Party (904 Valencia St.)

Now in its fourth year, the Smitten’s Churn-Your-Own-Ice-Cream Valentine’s Day Party is gearing up to inspire new flavors and new romance this February. Participants can make their own ice cream sundae and add whatever toppings they like, all while enjoying champagne cocktails. You’ll also get tips and tricks on how to make your own deliciously creamy ice cream.

Thur., Feb 14 – 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: $40 for single admittance, $75 for couples

Tacolicious Valentine’s Day Crab Bender (1548 Stockton St.)

A communal dinner served on newspapers will encourage plenty of conversation for anyone going out on Valentine’s Day. This year’s dinner at Tacolicious includes roasted Dungeness crab, winter chopped salad, bread, clam chowder, and horchata pot de creme. Each dish is paired with beers from Faction Brewing. Faction staff will be on hand to indulge beer enthusiasts about their latest brews.

Thur., Feb. 14 – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $120

Valentine's Day Champagne Stroll (San Francisco Zoo and Gardens)

Birds do it, bees do it, and apparently every couple (and sometimes procreating single individuals) in the animal kingdom does as well. For a different twist on the science of animal mating behaviors, San Francisco Zoo and Gardens presents a special Valentine’s Day Champagne Stroll, where couples can pony up to The Love Potion Bar for mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, then follow along on a self-guided tour with their significant “otter” to various animal habitats to catch up on fascinating animal mating facts.

Guests must be 18 or older to attend, and 21+ to consume alcohol.

Sat., Feb. 16. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: included in the price of general admission.

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Victorian Valentine Ball (2007 Franklin St.)

This unique event at the Haas-Lilienthal House emphasizes traditional social customs and entertainment all in the spirit of setting aside modern habits to meet up or spend time with someone special.

You’ll enjoy trivia games, waltzing, and polka lessons from professional instructors, and an evening mix and mingle event to cap things off. Guests are encouraged to wear late-Victorian-era costumes or else formal evening wear.

To attend, guests must be 18 or older, and 21+ to consume alcohol.

Sat., Feb. 9 – 8 to 11 p.m. Cost: $55 for single admittance, $95 for couples

Cupid’s Undie Run (128 King St.)

Rain or shine, Cupid’s Undie Run invites skivvy-clad participants for a brisk run, all for a good cause. You’ll run down the Embarcadero past Java House and then back across King Street to your starting point, having traveled about a mile in 15 minutes.

The event starts with a fun mixer and ends with a dance party. Participants must be 21 or older and need to choose PG-13-appropriate undies.

All proceeds go to the Children’s Tumor Foundation to help fight neurofibromatosis (NF).

Sat., Feb 9, – 12 to 4 p.m. Cost: $40 ($50 at the door)


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