Spice Up Your Valentine's Day At These Red-Hot Events

Whether you love to hate it or just plain love it, Valentine’s Day is officially in sight. And even if you have a Charlie Brown attitude about the doting holiday, we’ve found the raddest events to make sure you get through this week without a hiccup. Actually, we’ve rallied together the definitive list to make sure you have a blast — regardless of your relationship status. Read through the events below, find your perfect match, and live happily ever after — or, you know, just have a good time.
Erica Tanov V-Day Trunk Show
Proving that it’s possible to fall in love more than once, local designer Erica Tanov is hosting a can’t-miss trunk show featuring two awesome vendors. At the designer's Marin boutique, we get to shop handmade pottery by Lala Land ceramicist Bethy Katz, along with hand-screened heart pillows by Polish + Katz. And as if this event couldn’t get any more adorable, the entire shop will be on sale for 14% off. We see what you did there, Erica Tanov! Toast to your one-of-a-kind steals with free flutes of pink mimosas, too!
When: Wednesday, February 13, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: Erica Tanov at Marin Country Mart, 2415 Larkspur Landing Circle (near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard); 415-464-9008.
Bay Area Ladies' Night
If you’re looking for some baubles to gift your beloved, bestie, or hey, even yourself (we don’t judge!), then head to this trinket treasure trove. Gallery of Jewels is hosting ladies' night, where we can clasp on some charms, spritz on some eu du parfums by L’Aromatica Perfume, and get dolled up with Elizabeth Street Cosmetics. Once you’re done getting drop-dead gorgeous, try your luck in the event’s raffle, where the winner walks away with a $250 gift certificate towards a purchase.
When: Wednesday, February 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Gallery of Jewels, 427 Post Street (at Powell Street); 415-617-0007.
Rare Device Valentine’s Trunk Show
Rare Device is feeling extra affectionate this Valentine’s Day, and it’s sharing its space with a bevy of local designers for a killer trunk show. Head over to the Divis shop for handmade wares, bijoux, eye-popping illustrations, and tasty confections by Le Dix-Sept Patisserie. Cupid’s bound to throw an arrow or two guaranteeing you’ll fall in love with a new special knickknack.
When: Thursday, February 14, 3 to 8 p.m.
Where: Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street (at Hayes Street); 415-863-3969.
Pizza, Pitchers, and Grilled Cheese
Does your dream Valentine’s Day include ooey-gooey, grilled-cheese sammies, pizza, and brewskies? Then this shindig goes out to you! The American Grilled Cheese will be supplying the holy trinity, including pies served by Del Popolo and drafts brewed by Pacific Brew Labs. With a menu like this, who would miss the heart-shaped box of chocolates? Not us!
When: Thursday, February 14, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: The American Grilled Kitchen, 1 South Park (at 2nd Street); 415-243-0107.
Spin The Bottle Nightlife
Don’t let the name scare you. At this Valentine’s Day edition of California Academy of Sciences' Nightlife, spinning the bottle really means knocking back some pints of local drafts. And if you’re in the holiday spirit, head to the event’s craft table and whip together your very own Valentine. Then, lose your cool at the awe-inducing Celestial Attraction that tours the night sky. Whether you come single or part of a duo, prepare to get swept off your feet by this crazy-cool fête.
When: Thursday, February 14, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, 55 Concourse Drive (near John F Kennedy Drive); 415-379-8000.
Cost: $12; Buy here.
Crave Build-A-Vibe Workshop
Okay, if all of these events are a bit too tame for your taste, then get a load of this. Score the opportunity to have a pretty sensational V-Day with Crave’s Build-A-Vibe workshop. Crave’s high-tech, USB-friendly vibrator is luxe and oh-so-discreet and for only $75 you can craft, personalize, and take one home — typically a $149 value. Plus, this one-time-only event will feature tasty refreshments, to boot. Need we say more? The workshops are happening every hour from 5 to 10 p.m. That’s one way to spend your evening.
When: February 14, 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: The NWBLK, 1999 Bryant Street (at 18th Street); 415-621-2344.
Cost: $75; Buy here.
Photo: Via Facebook/Le Dix-Sept Patisserie

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