Valentine’s Day represents a wonderful opportunity to support locally owned businesses! For your shopping needs, we encourage you to check out our directory websites for Oakland and Chinatown San Francisco where you can discover new local businesses. Also, here are some useful Timeout guides for chocolate and flowers.
In addition to shopping, there are many different ways to celebrate on February 14th. Here are some events we found around the Bay Area (for more info click here). Please spread the love by sharing your favorite celebrations and events with us on social media!
The Great San Francisco Pillow Fight
The Great San Francisco Pillow Fight will once again be at Justin Herman Plaza this year. It’s open to everyone and starts at 5:50pm on February 14. Make sure to arrive with your pillow in a bag. When the clock strikes 6pm, it’s time to begin the fun. Please don’t hit anyone without a pillow in their hand (unless they want you to hit them)!
Un-valentine’s Day Party, Oakland
Drop by Oakland’s store Viscera for a fun afternoon of DIY projects while sipping on mimosas. The event is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and prices are $5 for the DIY projects and $10 for the projects plus drinks. All proceeds go to Girls Inc., a non-profit providing educational services for underserved communities.
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, San Francisco
Run a 5K in Golden Gate Park and admire the scenic views. The race supports a number of charities like The Salvation Army and Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, to name a few. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
Love the Bay Beach Clean-Up, Alameda
Make the beach your Valentine’s date by helping clean up trash. Volunteers should meet at the Visitor Center by 10:30 a.m. You can bring your own gloves and bucket or borrow some at the Visitor Center.
Sweatin’ to the ’80s: Throwback Outdoor Fitness Class, San Francisco
Pay homage to the 1980s with an 80s workout class in Panhandle Park. Tickets are $1 and the hour-long class starts at 10:30 a.m. While 80s gear is optional, bringing your own mat is required.
Valentine’s Ball for Single Professionals, San Francisco
If you’re unattached and want to mingle with other singles check out the Valentine’s Ball for Single Professionals hosted in the Terrace Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel. You can expect a live DJ, speed dating, wine tasting, speakers, and more.
For more ideas about how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with local businesses, check out Shop Oakland Now by clicking here.