5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh During a Pandemic

Try out these ideas for a romantic date night at home.
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If your idea of a romantic Valentine’s Day typically involves indulging in a night on the town, then you might be struggling to think of some alternative ways to celebrate this year. Since Pennsylvania restaurants and movie theaters are operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19, it’s time to get creative. Here are five ideas for celebrating an at-home romantic evening with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. 

Get Crafty in the Kitchen

Treat your loved one to a homemade meal to kick off your intimate evening and make it extra special by preparing their favorite dish! You could kick it up a notch by starting with some fondue favorites by melting various cheeses to dip bread, vegetables and fruits. Or you could create a charcuterie board with cured meats, veggies, nuts or dried fruits to snack on throughout the evening. If the thought of cooking to impress your significant other seems intimidating, check out this live cooking class hosted by Appetite4Seduction for some step-by-step recipes. Or order takeout from a local restaurant and serve it on your plates.

Visit a Virtual Photo Booth 

If you’re looking for an endearing memento to commemorate your pandemic Valentine’s celebration, check out the City of Pittsburgh’s virtual photo booth through Feb. 15 at this website. Share your mementos by using the hashtag ILovePGH! 

Take a Dance Class Together 

Grab your significant other and join Pittsburgh’s Ballet Theatre for its virtual dance class this Valentine’s Day. The class is $30 and will take place Sunday, Feb. 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with breaks. Nothing says romance like sweating alongside your sweetheart with some core conditioning, ballet barre and romantic pantomiming. For more information, check out the website

Embrace Your Creative Sides

What could be more romantic than creating beautiful art with your loved one? Grab a bottle of wine and treat yourselves to an at-home paint and sip. Follow along with this Bob Ross romantic sunset painting tutorial, or find one that appeals to you and your lover’s own aesthetic. Some other fun projects to try are writing poems for each other, DIY-ing some candles or printing photos for scrapbooking to reminisce your favorite moments together.

Tune into “Songs from the Heart”

Serenade your lover with “Songs from the Heart,” performed by Pittsburgh Opera. This event will be live-streamed through Facebook and Youtube starting at 5:30 p.m. on Feb 14. This free romantic concert will run for approximately 45 minutes. More information and access links to the live streaming platforms can be found here.

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