November 25, 2022

Things to do for Valentine’s Day in the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — This year, with Valentine’s Day falling on a Monday, one day after the Super Bowl — be sure to check out some of the following Bay Area love-inspired ideas for you and your significant other.

San Francisco

Cupid’s Undie Fun Run and Party

Join other runners in cities across the United States, in person or virtually, for a short run along the waterfront before and after the holidays while raising money to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

The event will take place on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A $45 registration is required.

Located at Red’s Java House, Pier 30 in San Francisco.

Chamber Music Society SF presents: ‘Dances and Romances’

Join the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco and guest artists Stephen Prusman and Evan Price for a lively program featuring works by Amy Beach, Johannes Brahms and William Grant Still.

Starting Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, located at 2325 Union Street in San Francisco — and again Monday at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley.

Tickets range from free to $11 with proof of vaccination, masks and reservations required.

Hearts and Crafts Market

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with local San Francisco artists at an outdoor event in Potrero Hill, which will feature live music from Bay Area artists and more.

The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday — registration encouraged.

I love you so much Ferry

Bring a partner and treat yourself to Valentine’s Day treats from local vendors, enjoy live music, performances, personalized poetry, card making, and more.

The free event also offers a salsa dance class.

Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kapwa Garden Lover’s Market

Pop-up market of local small businesses selling something sweet for you and your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Located in the urban oasis of Kapwa Gardens, you’ll be immersed in a wonderland of living walls, colorful murals, swaying bamboo and a mini grove of Philippine Calamansi trees while shopping for your beloved.

Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., $5 to enter. Located at 967 Mission Street in San Francisco.

Penguin Valentines at Cal Academy

Join the Caregivers of the “Species Survival Plan” African Penguin Colony in Residence at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park for their annual enrichment event.

The event features penguins grabbing soft felt hearts to line their nests and learn about the important breeding work done by Steinhart Aquarium biologists.

From Saturday February 12 to 14 at 10:30 a.m. – included with museum admission, proof of vaccination, masks and reservations required.

SF Zoo Valentine’s Day Adopt an animal

Support the San Francisco Zoo and “adopt” a bachelor or unmarried animal from the zoo for Valentine’s Day.

Each recipient will receive a stuffed zoo animal, a Valentine’s Day-themed adoption certificate, a photo, two zoo tickets and more.

Costs $130 to adopt.

The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with tickets ranging from $15 to $25.

SF Jazz Week of Love: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Grammy-winning singer Cécile McLorin Salvant performs with her new quintet, featuring pianist Sullivan Fortner, through Sunday.

Tickets cost between $40 and $125.

Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday – must show proof of vaccination, masks and reservations required.

Valentine’s Day dinner and show at Peña Pachamama

Bring you and your partner on Valentine’s Day with live flamenco dancing, music and a three-course dinner at Penota Pachamama located at 1630 Powell Street in San Francisco.

The evening will feature two-time Grammy nominee Eddy Navia, Quentin Navia and the Pachamama Latin Band, Georges Lammam, Gabriel Navia and special guests.

Starting at 6 p.m. Monday, $55 for reservations.

The Speakeasy: Cupid’s arrow

Step back in time to the Roaring Twenties and enjoy a romantic and intimate evening filled with familiar characters from The Speakeasy as well as new characters created especially for the North Beach event.

Vaudeville shows are presented in the cabaret at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Early admission tickets at 7:30 p.m. include a short play and live music. General admission begins at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets cost between $110 and $150.

Zachho Dance Theater presents: ‘Love, s State of Grace’

Performances held at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral feature six of the Bay Area’s most talented aerial dancers interacting with original props including a 100-foot anchored ladder and a 70-foot swinging pendulum.

Tickets are $25.

Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (The Saturday show is sold out.)

February 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

February 18 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

San Jose

Enjoy some romantic walks in the South Bay.

Enjoy Municipal Garden of San Joséa local favorite for picnics, photos, or just a causal stroll with your Valentine.

San Jose has many open spaces that are ideal for hiking and scenic walks.

Hearts and Hands (with children aged 2-5) provides a safe and fun environment for the family to learn, explore and use their creativity – includes arts and crafts, a photo booth and light refreshments.

Located at 1353 West Hedding Street in San Jose, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Love in Action (A Recovery Cafe community open house and silent auction)

Drop by the cafe for an open house and enjoy member music, refreshments and various other entertainment.

Saturday 1-4 p.m. located at 80 South 5th Street in San Jose.


Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown

Celebrate a day of love with the Peanuts gang. The event is expected to include Valentine’s Day card making and craft activities, special peanuts film screeningsand photo ops with Charlie Brown and friends.

Held at the Charles Shulz Museum, located at 23301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa.

From Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — included in admission to the museum


2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Concert at the California Ballroom

Montuno Productions has announced that it will host the 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Concert, part of the Bay Area Latin Jazz Festival concert series.

The concert will feature jazz singer Jessy Diaz with Grammy-winning pianists Oscar Hernandez (Spanish Harlem Orchestra,) Edgardo, and Candela and Montuno Productions All-Stars Salsa Project.

Enjoy Cuban cuisine, prepared by Yaquieline y Su Sabor Cubano.

Costs $11 to enter

The event will take place Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight at the California Ballroom, located at 1736 Franklin Street in Oakland.