Valentine’s Day 2022: Celebrate with music, art and events throughout the Bay Area

Valentine’s Day 2022: Celebrate with music, art and events throughout the Bay Area

Dykes on Bikes motorcycle club member Karina Alves waves a rainbow heart Pride flag in San Francisco in 2018. Valentine’s Day weekend events abound in the Bay Area this year. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle 2018

Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, with Super Bowl Sunday right in the middle of the holiday mix. But with a wide variety of romantic and love-inspired offerings scheduled before, during and after the big game, people in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area have plenty of options to plan the perfect date.

Rejoice in all things lovey-dovey; take a flowery stroll at the reopened UC Berkeley and San Francisco botanical gardens, or amble around the Conservatory of Flowers and the nearby de Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park; hop on a Valentine’s-themed trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train; party it up with friends; or attend a live performance event. This holiday is about honoring love and all things beloved, including chocolate.

Check out some romantic events for couples, singles, friends and more taking place around the Bay Area in honor of Valentine’s Day:

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Co-founder of the Hearts in San Francisco Project, Nancy Hellman Bechtle. Photo: Hearts in San Francisco

Hearts in S.F. 2022

Dr. Priscilla Chan, co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, and “KQED Newsroom” host Priya David Clemens plan to present a live-streamed program featuring a tribute to the co-founder of the Hearts in San Francisco Project, Nancy Hellman Bechtle; a celebration of the legacy of UCSF School of Medicine Vice Dean Dr. Sue Carlisle; and a presentation of the 2022 Heroes and Hearts Awards to Dr. Neil R. Powe, Dr. Geoff Manley and Dr. Malini K. Singh.

The 20 new art pieces in the “Hearts in San Francisco” series this year include large, tabletop and mini-size hearts designed by Bay Area artists. All will be on display in the San Francisco Ferry Building through Feb. 28. View the hearts in person or online, and consider making a bid to take your favorite home for Valentine’s Day.

Live stream 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10. Free, donations encouraged, registration required. Exhibit runs through Feb. 28. San Francisco Ferry Building, the Embarcadero, S.F. 628-206-4478.

S.F. Zoo Valentine’s Day Adopt-an-Animal

Support the zoo and “adopt” an animal bachelor or bachelorette from the zoo for Valentine’s Day. The recipient will receive a plush zoo animal, a Valentine-themed adoption certificate, a photo, two tickets to the zoo and a few other sweet surprises.

$130 to adopt. Zoo open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $15-$25. S.F. Zoo, Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway, S.F. 415-753-7080.

Cécile McLorin Salvant  and pianist Sullivan Fortner Photo: SFJAZZ

SFJazz Week of Love: Cécile McLorin Salvant

Beginning on Thursday, the multiple Grammy Award-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant is set to perform with her new quintet, featuring pianist Sullivan Fortner, through Sunday, Feb. 13.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 10-12; 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. $40-$125, vaccination proof, masks and reservations required. SFJazz, 201 Franklin St., S.F. 866-920-5299.

The Speakeasy: Cupid’s Arrow

A dramatic, romance-laden event aims to transport you back in time to a Prohibition-era speakeasy in North Beach. Characters from the immersive theater experience will take guests on an adventurous romp featuring live performances, opera, poetry, couples tarot readings, hidden rooms, a Cupid’s photo booth and handcrafted cocktails.

Vaudeville shows are presented in the cabaret at 9 and 10 p.m. Early entry tickets at 7:30 p.m. include a short play and live music. General entry begins at 8:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.-midnight. Feb. 11-12. $110-$150. The Palace Theater, 644 Broadway, S.F. 415-967-2227. 

A gentleman takes in a show at the cabaret in “The Speakeasy.” Photo: Peter Liu / The Speakeasy

Zaccho Dance Theatre presents: ‘Love, a State of Grace’

A dance performance installation, with choreography and direction by Joanna Haigood. The program features Bay Area aerial dancers performing to composer Walter Kitundu’s score, which incorporates recorded and live music activation within the space.

1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, and Feb. 17; 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12; 7-9 p.m. Feb. 18. $25, vaccination proof and reservations required. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F. 415-822-6744.

2nd annual St. Valentine’s Day Concert at the California Ballroom

Montuno Productions has announced the details for its second annual Valentine’s Day event. Planned to be reminiscent of concerts from the 1970s-80s at Old San Juan’s Casa de España, Luis Medina will host the program in the Oakland Art Deco hall. The lineup is scheduled to feature jazz vocalist Jessy Díaz with Grammy Award-winning pianist Oscar Hernández (Spanish Harlem Orchestra), Edgardo & Candela and Montuno Productions All-Stars Salsa Project. Cuban food, catered by Yaqueline y Su Sabor Cubano, will be available for purchase.

7 p.m.-midnight Friday, Feb. 11. $ California Ballroom, 1736 Franklin St., Oakland. 510-698-9370.  

A participant in the 2017 Cupid’s Undie Run in San Francisco. Photo: Amy Osborne / Special to The Chronicle 2017

Cupid’s Undie Fun Run and Party

Join fellow runners in cities across the country, in-person or virtually, for a short fun run along the waterfront featuring both before and after parties. Have fun and enjoy the company of friends all while providing critical fundraising support for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. $45, registration required. Red’s Java House, Pier 30, S.F. 415-777-5626.

Penguin Valentines at the Cal Academy

Join the caregivers of the “Species Survival Plan” colony of African penguins in residence at the Academy for their annual enrichment event, in which penguins nab soft, felt hearts to line their nests. Then learn about important animal husbandry work being done by the Steinhart Aquarium biologists.

10:30 a.m. Saturday-Monday, Feb. 12-14. Included with museum admission, vaccination proof, masks and reservations required. Live-stream viewing options available. California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F. 415-379-8000.

Penguins at the California Academy of Sciences get felt hearts for Valentine’s Day nest enrichment event. Photo: California Academy of Sciences

Hearts and Crafts Market

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with local San Francisco artists and makers at an outdoor event in Potrero Hill, featuring Valentine’s-themed crafts, live jazz from San Francisco Jazz Mobile artists and wares from local San Francisco merchants.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Free, registration encouraged. Daggett Plaza, 1001 16th St., S.F. 415-621-3260. 

Elixir’s ‘Great Cocktails’ Mixology Series: Valentine’s Day

Score a ticket to the in-person class on Saturday, where whiskey and chocolate pairings are included with admission, or attend the live Zoom class on Monday, where the chocolate and a shopping list for alcohol are provided. Online bar tool kits are available for order. Get pairing tips for drinks and chocolate. Learn about tools, core formulas, basic to advanced techniques and general ins and outs of making and presenting tasty cocktails or mocktails.

Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12; 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. $45-$160, vaccination proof and masks required for in-person. Registration required. Elixir, 3200 16th St., S.F. 415-552-1633.

Kapwa Gardens Lovers Mart

A local, small business pop-up market selling sweet things for you and your special someone. Set in a tiny urban garden oasis, enjoy the living walls, mural art, bamboo and mini Filipino calamansi trees while shopping for Valentine treats or attending a hands-on floral bouquet-making workshop.

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. $5. 967 Mission St., S.F. 295-2698. 

Marin Symphony presents: ‘Valentines Pops — The Power of Love’

Stuart Chafetz conducts a program featuring the symphony and a pop vocal trio in a musical celebration of romance highlighted by love songs from the ’60s to the ’80s.

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. $25-$102, vaccination proof and reservations required. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-479-8100. 

Maria Muldaur’s Jazzabelle Quintet: ‘Music for Lovers’

An evening of romantic blues and jazz songs should put you in the mood for love. The socially distanced, seated performance will offer room on the dance floor to get a bit closer. There will also be a special Valentine’s Day-themed food and drinks menu from the onsite bar/restaurant.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. $27-$77, vaccination proof and reservations required. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 415-388-3850. 

Olivia Kim, 5, scoots past a floral Valentine’s Day-themed backdrop set up at the Ferry Building in San Francisco in 2021. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie / The Chronicle 2021

I Love you so Ferry Much

Bring a partner, or simply treat yourself, to a romantically enhanced outdoor market with wares from Bay Area makers and merchants. Event also features a salsa dance class, live music and entertainment, real-time poetry writing and card making. They will once again feature large-scale, artistically decorated flower walls for the perfect Instagram moment.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. Free. Ferry Building Marketplace, Embarcadero, S.F.

Anna Maria Mendieta Photo: Lisa Keating / Presidio Chapel

Love-ly Music for St. Valentine’s Day Eve

As part of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Presidio’s Interfaith Center presents Bay Area harpist Anna Maria Mendieta in concert. In person and live stream attendance options are available.

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. Free, vaccination proof, masks and reservations required. RSVP at [email protected]. Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, S.F. 415-515-5681.

Chamber Music Society S.F. Presents: ‘Dances and Romances’

A program of chamber works by Brahms, Amy Beach and William Grant Still will feature violinists Evan Price, Jory Fankuchen and Natasha Makhijani; violist Clio Tilton; cellist Samsun van Loon and highly acclaimed pianist Stephen Prutsman.

5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, 2325 Union St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. Free-$11, vaccination proof, masks and reservations required.

Celebrate the lovey-dovey holiday with Charlie Brown at the Schulz Museum. Photo: Charles Schulz Museum

Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown

Celebrate a day of love with the Peanuts gang. The event is scheduled to include Valentine’s Day card making and craft activities, special Peanuts film screenings and photo ops with Charlie Brown and friends.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. Included with museum admission. Masks required. Charles Schulz Museum, 23301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. 707-579-4452.

Valentine’s Day at Mr. Tipples: Paula West and Kenya Moses

Celebrate love with live, back-to-back music featuring the Kenya Moses Bossa Nova Quartet and then from the widely acclaimed, inimitable local jazz and cabaret vocalist Paula West and her small ensemble.

5, 6, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. $15-$75, vaccination proof and reservations required. Mr. Tipples, 39 Fell St., S.F. 415-384-9365.

Paula West will be at Mr. Tipples for Valentine’s Day. Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle 2017

Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble Presents: ‘Momentum in Love’

A live-streamed performance of choreographic works exploring themes of love, romance and passion for the self, featuring a sneak peek at the ensemble’s upcoming 2022 touring piece “The Golden Thread.”

6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. $25-$30, registration required.

St. Valentine’s Day Dinner & Show at Peña Pachamama

Add some flavor to your Valentine’s Day plans with live flamenco dancing, music and a three-course dinner. The evening’s entertainment includes two-time Latin Grammy nominee Eddy Navia, Quentin Navia and the Pachamama Latin Band, Georges Lammam, Gabriel Navia, and special guests.

6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. $55, reservations required. Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F. 415-694-0845.

Crystal singing bowls are seen at Grace Cathedral. Photo: Kara Cooper / Kara Cooper Photography.

Grace Cathedral Evening Sound Bath

Bay Area musicians Egemen Sanli, Phoenix Song, Sam Jackson and DJ Drez plan to host an evening event featuring sonic meditation and vibrational healing. Bring a yoga mat or blanket, and celebrate the reopening of the cathedral as you heal body and soul with an immersive sound program set in a unique and beautiful environment.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. $20, vaccination proof, masks and reservations required. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F. 415-749-6300.

Tiffany Austin will perform a Valentine’s Day show at the Black Cat nightclub. Photo: Hammer Theater

A Night of Romance & Jazz with Tiffany Austin

Have a fancy dinner followed by an intimate performance, featuring soulful jazz and romantic R&B songs from the popular, locally based chanteuse. She will perform a second show with her trio on Feb. 17 at the Hammer Theatre.

6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. $90-$140, includes three-course dinner and show. Vaccination proof and reservations required. Black Cat, 400 Eddy St., S.F. 415-358-1999.

FolkYeah Presents: Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange)

“Watchhouse,” which would have been Mandolin Orange’s sixth album, represents the experimental folk-rock duo’s reinvention with a new name and self-titled LP.

8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. $48.50, vaccination proof and reservations required. The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F. 415-551-5157.