Philly To-Do: Valentine’s Day in the City of Brotherly Love + Sisterly Affection

Whether you have one sweetheart or a whole crew of Galentines, you’re bound to find Valentine’s inspiration from our picks below!

Free Valentine’s Love Stout Cake Shake Giveaway
P’unk Burger, 1823 Passyunk Ave. | Friday, February 10 from 5-7 p.m.
Kick-off Valentine’s weekend with a free treat – Yard’s Love Stout Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Milkshake (21+) or alcohol-free “Birthday Cake Shake” option! Also, that night, enjoy $5 build-your-own organic beef burgers and $1 off all other items.

This special limited edition anniversary and Valentine’s milkshake will also be available during regular hours from February 10 through Tuesday, February 14, 2017.


Salsa Caliente: Valentine’s Day Edition
The Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St. | Saturday, Feb. 11  at 8 p.m.
FREE for Open Arts Members
Learn salsa basics from expert instructor, Maestro Flaco, and then try out your new moves to the sounds of El Combo Melaza during this romantic evening of live music. Salsa Caliente invites dancers of any skill level or walk of life to enjoy the live energy of Latin music together.


Books Through Bars Valentines Weekend Packathon
4722 Baltimore Ave. | Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Books Through Bars sends free books to people who are incarcerated in PA, NJ, MD, VA, NY, and WV. This Valentine’s Day weekend, come spread a different kind of love – help us send packages to all the incarcerated folks waiting for books!

Volunteers will be reading letters, matching people’s requests with books from our library, and/or wrapping up the books into packages. You can drop in at any time, there will be Packathon hosts to show you what to do if you are new!


Sweetheart Skate at Rothman Rink 
Dilworth Park, Sunday, February 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. 
Buy-one-get-one-free admission, and lots of love-themed fun at the Rothman Rink! Come skate to love songs new and old, and remember this special evening with a complimentary rose and keepsake photo from the photo booth. Inside the Rothman Cabin, there will be Make-and-take Valentines. There will be specialty Champagne and Chambord drinks, small packages of Brûlée’s chocolate truffles and heart-shaped red and white macarons available for purchase. SEPTA is asking “Did you find love on Septa?” Stop by the Septa table and share your love story.


AMÉLIE at the Barnes Foundations
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Monday, February 13 at 8 p.m.
$7 for Open Arts Members
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001. 122 min. Fitting the flânerie theme of our spring exhibition, this film brings one of cinema’s most lovable wanderers to the screen. The title character is a lonely waitress with an active imagination who gives herself over to chance as she roams the city bringing happiness to others.


7th Annual Ex-Files StorySlams 
Punch Line Philly, 33 E Laurel St. | Tuesday, February 14 at 7 p.m. | $14
Storytellers take to the stage with their true tales of love lost, ranging from the sweet to the sad, the hilarious to the ridiculous. Ten storytellers will be selected from audience volunteers to tell personal stories on the theme “Ex-Files.” Bring your ex. Bring your bestie. Bring your date. Bring your story. With your host Chris Lundy. Featuring DJ Prof.


Sweetheart Skate at Blue Cross RiverRink 
101 S. Columbus Blvd. | Tuesday, February 14 from 7-11 p.m. | $25
The $25 ticket includes ice skating, skate rental, chocolates, flowers, photo booth, and a DJ taking your special requests. Purchase tickets by clicking the “Tickets” button above. Dunkin Donuts will be on-site providing complimentary heart-shaped donuts while supplies last.


Sex on the Reef at the Wagner Insitute
1700 W. Montgomery Ave. | Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. | Free!
If soft moonlight reflecting on warm ocean water sounds romantic to you, you’re not alone—this scene is also ideal for coral reproduction. Once a year, entire reefs release reproductive matter into the ocean in a matter of hours. While scientists believe this synchronized spawning is driven by lunar cycles and water temperature, many aspects of coral love lives remain a mystery. Dr. Alison Sweeney of the University of Pennsylvania straddles the worlds of physics and biology in her quest to understand light-related biological phenomena. She will share her insights into the sex lives of coral at a special Valentine’s-themed Weeknights at the Wagner.