It’s Valentine’s Day weekend! Why not celebrate? If you’re looking for something fun to do, here are six events in the D.C. area to kick off the holiday.
1. "I Love You Because"
Go see a musical! Starting Friday at 8 p.m., you can watch a romance unfold in the musical play “I Love You Because” at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, Maryland (311 Kent Square Road). The story follows an uptight greeting card writer and a flighty photographer who fall in love with each other despite their differences. The show is set in New York City and has a similar vibe to the popular sitcom “Friends.”
The play will run every weekend through Feb. 26. On Fridays and Saturdays the show starts at 8 p.m., while every Sunday the show will begin at 2 p.m.
“I Love You Because” is presented by Damascus Theatre Company with music by Joshua Salzman. The book and lyrics are by Ryan Cunningham, an award-winning writer.
General admission tickets for individuals are $22 while group tickets are discounted at $19.80. You can get your tickets here.
2. Cupid’s Crawl Mega Bar Party
Cupid’s Bar Crawl is turning into Cupid’s Crawl Mega Bar Party this year! What does this mean for you? You don’t have to walk around all day -- you can have a blast at one big party!
Saturday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. celebrate the season of love at Public Bar in Dupont Circle (1214 B 18th Street NW). Public Bar, a restaurant, lounge and sports bar, will be decked with DJs, decorations and Valentine’s Day shenanigans so you'll have plenty to do at the party.
Tickets are $20 but prices will go up to $30 on the day of the event. You can get your tickets and register online to save time or you check in on the day of between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The cost of admission gets you a signature Cupid’s refillable mug, Valentine’s Day party beads and a raffle entry for tons of great prizes. You’ll have access to drink and food specials all day and you can get your picture taken for free.
Get your tickets online fast because they’re limited.
3. Spend Valentine's Day Weekend at the National Harbor
The AC Hotel National Harbor is offering specials and promotions all weekend. You can reserve a room for as low as $185 between Friday and Valentine's Day (Tuesday). You'll have access to daily drink specials, including a Valentine's Day drink called Rebound on the rocks for just $6.
Three Maryland craft beers will also be discounted over at the AC Lounge. You can dine from special menus at nearby restaurants like Granite City Food and Brewery, Old Hickory Steakhouse and Redstone American Grill.
4. Sweetheart Skate
For just $7 you and a loved one can go ice skating!
Cabin John Ice Rink in Rockville, Maryland, (10610 Westlake Drive) offers a $7 special for two on Saturday. That includes admission and skates for two. Whether you want to bring a date, relative or friend, this deal is a steal! Just say you’re there for the Sweetheart Skate and the discount is yours. You can get your tickets at the rink.
5. Valentine’s Day Heart Arrangement Class
Of course you can buy a bouquet of flowers from your local florist or grocery store, but have you ever thought about making your own? Join a Valentine’s Heart Floral Arrangement class to learn how to make a heart-shaped assortment of fresh roses and other flowers.
Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm at 8109 Telegraph Road in Severn, Maryland, hosts the two-hour class Saturday at 10 a.m. You’ll get to make your own beautiful bouquet, perfect for your Valentine’s table. You'll get to choose from a beautiful variety of vibrant, fresh flowers for your personalized arrangement.
It’s a great way to start the weekend!
Tickets are $50. Call 410-551-2237 to make a reservation.
6. Cupid’s Undie Run
Have fun for a cause at Cupid’s Undie Run!
Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. you can run 1 mile around Franklin Square in northwest D.C. to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation and neurofibromatosis (NF) research. NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, causing deafness, blindness, learning disabilities and severe chronic pain.
Participants run in their underwear because people with NF cannot cover up their tumors.
The mile run is coupled with a four-hour party.
In 2016, Cupid’s Undie Run raised $3.5 million. You can support the cause and get your tickets for $35. When these ticket sell out, prices will go up!