Valentine’s Day is February 14, and there are V-Day celebrations happening around Vancouver that will suit every taste, from an uber-romantic dining-and-dancing harbour cruise to a radical, queer-friendly “People’s Prom.” And while you can choose to splurge on a Vancouver spa package, you can also stay budget-conscious with events that cost as little as $5 – $10 per person.
Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver 2012
1. Hugs & Fishes Sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium – February 11, 2012
The Vancouver Aquarium’s annual V-Day event is an adult-only sleepover at the Aquarium that includes wine, cooking workshops, romantic games, 4-D cinema, a dessert buffet, and, of course, a chance to sleep with the Belugas. Tickets $125 for non-members.
2. Romantic Rachmaninoff and Ravel: A Valentine Celebration – February 11 & 13, 2012
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and pianist Joyce Yang will seduce you with their gorgeous renditions of Rachmaninoff’s wildly-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a suite from Der Rosenkavalier (the Knight of the Rose) and Ravel’s intense, Romantic La Valse. Tickets $21.60 – $84.
3. Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance on Pride of Vancouver Cruise – February 14, 2012
This luxurious cruise aboard the Pride of Vancouver includes a gourmet buffet, candlelight dining, dancing, and spectacular waterfront views—a perfect evening for Valentine’s Day traditionalists. Tickets $80.
4. Valentine’s Day at the Britannia Mine Museum
It’s an unusual venue, but the Britannia Mine Museum’s “Romancing the Stone” Valentine’s Day event is a unique option for dining out: The event includes a three-course dinner with wine pairings from Two Birds Eatery, an underground train ride, and—if you want to make a whole night of it—a discount at the Executive Suites Garibaldi Springs Hotel & Resort in Squamish. Tickets are $220 per couple.
5. Valentine’s Day at Vancouver Spas – February 14, 2012
Treat yourself and your partner to a couple’s spa day at one of Vancouver’s fabulous spas. Not sure what treatment to try? 8 Vancouver Spa Treatments to Make You Melt
6. Sweet Heart Serenade at Rio Theatre – February 14 , 2012
Back for its second year, this 19+ event at East Van’s Rio Theatre (located just across from the Commercial/Broadway SkyTrain Station) is an intimate evening of live music from favourite Vancouver bands. Performers include Zachary Gray (The Zolas), Tariq Hussain (Brasstronaut), Harold and John (Portage and Main), Spencer Schoening (Sunny Pompeii), and Hannah Epperson. Tickets just $10 in advance; $14 at the door.
7. Vancouver Improv Fight Club: Valentine’s Day Destruction – February 14, 2012
Nothing is sexier than laughter, right? This 19+ Valentine’s Day event will either get you in the mood or help you forget all about V-Day: watch the hilarious improv actors work ladders, chairs and tables into every scene at the Cafe Deux Soleils. Tickets just $5 at the door.
8. The People’s Prom – February 14, 2012
East Van’s Waldorf Hotel celebrates V-Day with “the prom you never had in high school: a radical, community-oriented, anti-capitalist, queer, cross-dressing, gender bending, bike loving, slow dancing, big dress wearing, good time.” Hosted by Paul Anthony and featuring The Attorney, DJ Rhek, Mr Wendell, DJ Buzy B, Sweet Anomaly, Mandai and more. Tickets $10 in advance; ticket info here.
9. Taste of the Cocktail 2012: BC Bar Crawl – February 14, 2012
Sample cocktails at venues across Vancouver—and try a brand-new cocktail made just for Taste of the Cocktail and unveiled on V-Day—with this Bar Crawl that hits the homes of some of Vancouver’s best mixologists. Complementary admission; you pay for the cocktails.
10. Free Ice Skating at Robson Square – February 14, 2012
The beauty of ice skating on Valentine’s Day is that it can be romantic—you and your partner twirling into each others’ arms à la The Cutting Edge—or it can just be a super-fun (and very cheap) activity for the whole family or a great group of friends. Just $4 for skate rentals.
For Valentine’s Day dining options, check out Taraneh’s post 5 Valentine’s Day Dining Options for Love Birds.
Have more ideas for things to do on Valentine’s Day in Vancouver? Please add your suggestions in the comments!