Valentine’s Day activities in the city, DIYs at home

Written By Tia Bailey, Co-Features/A&E Editor

It’s finally February, and all the stores are stocked with pink, red and white heart-shaped everything. Valentine’s Day approaches whether you’re in a relationship, single or celebrating with friends, there’s something fun waiting for you on this day of love in the city.

Of course, there are some Valentine’s Day-specific events, but you can also make your own fun. Some events are even planned the week before V-Day.

Specific Events for V-Day:

Cookies and Candles: Valentine’s Day:

The Candle Lab and the Call Me Crazy Cookie Lady join forces for this event of candle-making and cookie-decorating. For $58, you can make your own 8 oz candle and decorate six cookies.

Price: $58

Location: The Candle Lab (Pittsburgh location)

Date and time: Feb. 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Keanu Reeves Can Be Your Valentine:

Who doesn’t love Keanu Reeves? This event allows all super-fans to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their favorite actor—kind of. The event website states that there will be a life-size Keanu cutout, discounted Row House chocolate popcorn and a chance to win some “Keanu-themed prizes.” If you go on Feb. 14, there will of course be show times for a Keanu movie binge watch. On V-Day itself, they will show “My Own Private Idaho,” “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “The Matrix.”

Price: about $10 for movie ticket

Location: Row House Cinema

Date and time: Feb. 14, 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Skate:

What kind of “Pittsburgh Events” article would this be without mentioning the MassMutual Ice Rink? Q92.9 FM is hosting the Valentine’s Day skate at the rink.

Price: $10 admission, $4 skates

Location: PPG place rink

Date and time: Feb. 14, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


The Carnegie Museum of Art will host a “pARTy” where guests can dance, make valentines and take V-Day themed tours around the museum.

Price: $20 admission

Location: Carnegie Museum of Art

Date and time: Feb. 14, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Make your own:


There are many places in the city to go out to eat. You can go with a date, a group or friends or treat yourself. We’re lucky to be close to places such as the Cheesecake Factory, the Melting Pot and more. If you want something cheaper, you can always go with friends or by yourself to the Milkshake Factory for a small treat.


Ross Park Mall has a Build-A-Bear, so you and your date or friends and make each other cute little stuffed animals to show each other how much you appreciate them.

Phipps Conservatory:

Spice up the “flowers and chocolates” by visiting Phipps Conservatory. They currently have an orchid and bonsai exhibit that would be great for your Instagram feed.


Don’t forget that as students, we get free admission to museums like the Heinz History Center, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory and Andy Warhol. Dress up with your friends and enjoy the art the city has to offer.

Dave & Busters:

If you’re wanting to go out and DO something, definitely get a group and head to Dave & Busters at The Waterfront. Everyone can play games and win prizes, which could end up as the most fun option for everyone involved.

Regardless of whether you enjoy Valentine’s Day or not, there’s something for everyone to do in Pittsburgh. Go out or stay in, and do whatever it is that will make you feel happy this V-Day.