Valentine's Day 2014 in San Francisco inspires parties, eating, public confessions, art, comedy, biological discussions, conflicting emotions and of course anti-Valentine's outbursts. Here's where and how you can partake. Plan ahead, because the Valentine's Day celebrating begins a week before February 14. To help you through the Valentine's Day hoopla/minefield, we also have a guide to the city's romantic restaurants, a Valentine's Day gifts guide and a list of the best chocolate in San Francisco.
VALENTINE'S DAY PARTIES & EVENTS
Feb. 7, at 5-7:30 pm
The Ferry Building’s market turns romantic Friday evening with candles, tango dancing, music and tastings of hors d'oeuvres and wines, to benefit Slow Food San Francisco.
At the Ferry Building, the Embarcadero. Free admission; tastings $2-8.
Feb. 12, at 5:30-8 pm
Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, made by a dozen bartenders and seven chefs, that highlight California citrus (known for its bitter rind and sweet flesh) and other fresh produce such as cherimoyas, fennel and kiwi. Presented by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) and the US Bartenders Guild’s San Francisco chapter.
At the Ferry Building, The Embarcadero, San Francisco 94121. Ages 21+. Tickets $45.
Feb. 13, at 11:30 am-1:30 pm
A fundraising lunch for San Francisco General Hospital, which operates San Francisco's only trauma center. Community heroes are honored, and decorated heart sculptures made by local artists are unveiled. Eight giant hearts will be installed around town; 19 smaller hearts (of 5 or 25 pounds each) are up for sale at the luncheon.
At AT&T Park. Tickets $300. Info: Contact Katie Moe, (415) 206-5928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 13, at 7:30 pm
The show of embarrassing confessionals reaches its annual climax this month—love, after all, is responsible for some of the best, worst, oddest and most awkward moments of our lives. Brave, grown adults take the stage to reveal their most mortifying, true love stories. Plus contests, improv hip hop from The Freeze, and a post-show DJ dance party. All ages welcome.
At DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., San Francisco 94103. Tickets $15, 21.
Feb. 13, at 7:30-9 pm
Zookeeper and naturalist Patrick Schlemmer shows pics of and describes porn—which, though in the animal world, will have you blushing, cringing and more.
At the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco 94114. Free admission, but donations welcome.
Feb. 14, at 5:50 pm
Here’s one Val Day event that both those in and out of love can do: Swat other people with pillows (playfully, lovingly, or not so much). And here’s one time to opt for synthetic over natural (feather-stuffed pillows cause potential breathing problems and a huge mess).
At Justin Herman Plaza, Market St. & the Embarcadero, San Francisco. Free.
Feb. 14, at 7–10 pm
Go back to turn-of-the-century Main Street USA at the Disney museum’s after-hours party, which features old-time music and dance performances and Prohibition-style cocktails.
At the Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., The Presidio. Ages 18+. General admission $15.
Feb. 14, at 8 pm
Emcee Jill Bourque interviews couples on stage about how they met, while a gaggle of quick-witted comics improvise songs and skits to re-enact key moments in their dating history.
At Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., San Francisco 94102. Tickets $40, 55.
Feb. 14, at 8-9:50 pm
BATS Improv performs a completely improvised, romantic farce that promises "big characters, mistaken identities, slamming doors and lots of love."
At Bayfront Theater, 350 Fort Mason Center, San Francisco 94123. Tickets $17-20.
Feb. 14, at 9:15 pm
If love is forever, why did God make breakup songs? Can’t argue with that logic from SF IndieFest, which hosts this annual therapeutic karaoke session of anti-Valentine’s songs by Journey, Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi and other bands. Wave your lighters and glow-sticks in the air and sing your broken little heart out.
At Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco. Tickets $12.
Hundreds of photos displayed and for sale, along with fashion shows of corsets and lingerie and a pole dancing performance.
At SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco 94103. Ages 18+. Admission $10 on Feb. 14 & 15; free on Feb. 16.