Your Guide to D.C. Events: Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine's Day. Photo courtesy of gettyimages

Valentine’s Day weekend is finally here — whatever that means…  

Whether you are in a relationship, still in the ‘talking’ phase, or single but refuse to stay indoors on this loving holiday, here are a few budget-friendly activities around the D.C. area that you can enjoy this weekend:

  1.     Outdoor ice skating
Outdoor skating rink at Veterans Plaza. Photo courtesy of

The Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza is the perfect place to go if you are not bothered by the brutally cold weather. Located in Downtown Silver Spring, the outdoor skating rink is beautifully lit in the evening and within walking distance to some great restaurants, including Nando’s, BurgerFi, and Red Lobster (highly recommended, by the way). The rink is also offering a “Skate and Dine” deal right now where you can receive special discounts at participating restaurants if you skate within the same day. Check them out here!

  1.      Listening to live music
Howard Theatre, photo courtesy of City Market at O

The Howard Theatre will be hosting two artists on Valentine’s Day. If you are looking for a place to eat and listen to live music, jazz pianist Marcus Johnson will be performing at 1:30 p.m. for their Valentine’s Day Brunch. Tickets are $25-$40.

And if you really feel like going all out with your date (or on your own), Baltimore-native Maysa will be performing at 8 p.m. So for those of you that are Jazz and R&B fanatics, this is the concert for you. Tickets range from $40-$90 and judging by the prices, I hope you are willing to splurge. 

  1.      Exploring the National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art, photo taken from National Gallery of Art website

The National Gallery of Art hosts many events throughout the year so you can expect them to be doing something special for Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Day, Forever,  a romantic film directed by Margarita Manda, will be showing for free at the East building Auditorium. The film starts at 4 p.m. Check out their website for more information on the film.

If you’d rather listen to music, the National Gallery will also be holding a free concert at 3:30 p.m. that same afternoon. In honor of Black History Month, two sisters known as the Cann Duo will be performing works by Leonard Bernstein, Margaret Bonds, and more. You can find more information about the event here.

  1.     Sweat it out!
(Photo: Alex Perrin) Last Year’s #SWEATdate at Union Market. Photo courtesy of DConHeels

If you would rather spend you valentine’s day in a non-traditional type of way, you can go work out instead! The Union Market in D.C. is hosting #SWEATdate Valentine’s workout with trainers Chris and Alex Perrin at Dock 5 for one hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. This is a perfect way to stick to those New Year resolutions with your significant other, or simply blow off some steam. Visit their website for more details!

And if a night out on the town is just not for you, there’s nothing better than having a warm cheesy pizza and a Netflix subscription to comfort you this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!