Looking for a romantic outing with your sweetie? Or maybe you’re in the mood for an anti-Valentine’s Day comedy event? From Valentine crafts for kids to wine tasting for lovers, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate—or bash—Valentine’s day in the Tri-Valley.
We’ve highlighted 10 of our favorites taking place in or near San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore all week long. Click on the links for event details.
Valentine’s Day Fun for Families
1) Head to your local libraries for some free Valentine Day kid crafts: Pop into the anytime between 12 - 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 to make a for someone special. School-aged kids are invited to create a valentine during the event on Feb. 8 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Got crafty teens? Send your middle school kids to the on Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m.for a
2) Celebrate your love of music by taking your whole family to the , perfectly timed for Valentine's Day. Listen to your favorite pieces performed by 40 young people from the Tri-Valley. The free concert takes place Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the in San Ramon.
3) Bring your tots to a special on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. to hear The Day It Rained Hearts. This free M.O.M's Reading Time is designed for preschoolers and their families and takes place at the in Pleasanton.
4) What kid doesn't like cookies? in Danville is hosting a free drop-in from 1 - 3 p.m. on Feb. 11. During this family-friendly event, you and your kids can decorate cookies and take them home to share with other loved ones (or gobble them up on your own).
5) Extend your Valentine's Day celebration a few days for the Pleasanton Sweetheart Glow Jump from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. For $12, everyone ages 6 and older receives a glow necklace and jump time in a special glow-in-the-dark setting.
Valentine-Themed Outings for Adults
1) Just not that into Valentine’s Day? Maybe even hate it a little? Then head to in Dublin for its on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. You can even get on stage to rant about the holiday during the “Airing of Grievances.” Really bitter? The comedy club invites you to introduce that photo of your ex to the lounge's paper shredder. Tickets cost $10.
2) If you don't think bus rides are all that romantic, you may change your mind when you hop aboard the at Pleasanton's daily Feb. 14 - Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Couples enjoy a Champagne toast at the summit, barrel tastings and food pairings in the refurbished Water Tower plus port served in handmade chocolate cups. Tickets cost $70 per couple ($50 per couple for winery members).
3) departs from Sunol but it's close enough to the Tri-Valley for all of us. The special Valentine's Day wine tasting event on Feb. 12 features wines and appetizers aboard an art deco lounge car on the Niles Canyon Railway. Tickets cost $75 and sell out fast.
4) Enjoy dinner paired with wines or beers during at in Pleasanton at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11. Tickets cost $80 per person and proceeds benefit the Museum on Main.
5) How about a chocolate gift that's doesn't come in a box? Take your sweetie to at the in Alamo at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. Taste chocolate desserts created by local chefs and watch them compete for the title of Best Chocolate Dessert in the East Bay. What's even sweeter is that your $50 ticket benefits the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay.
Looking for a nice restaurant for a romantic Valentine's dinner out? Be sure to browse Patch's comprehensive restaurant listing. Just click on "Places" at the top of your hometown's Patch site, then select "Food & Dining."
For even more things to do, browse Patch’s calendar, which we’re constantly updating with new events.
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