Ditch The Fancy Dinner: Alternative Valentine’s Dates in The Bay

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday. And, yes, dinner by candlelight staring into your special someone’s eyes is sweet and all, but what about exploring a museum after dark? Or hitting up a video game night? OR cuddling with baby goats?! Here’s just a couple fun things worth checking out in the Bay Area this Thursday:


Valentine’s Day Goat Party

Where: The East Cut Pop Up Gallery – 302 Folsom Street, SF

When: 4-8pm

Cost: FREE with RSVP, $50 for the Goat Photo Experience

You probably love cuddling with your SO, but maybe sometimes you just wanna cuddle cute, baby animals too! Come hang out and celebrate goats at this awesome 2nd annual free event, complete with a wine bar, pop-up art gallery, surprise musical guests, and more! If you want the VIG (Very Important Goat) experience in a cool photo booth, it costs $50 and is so worth it. Make all your friends jealous on Instagram! Details here.


Noise Pop Nightlife

Where: California Academy of Sciences – 55 Music Concourse Drive, SF

When: 6-10pm

Cost: $22 ($18 Academy Members)

The California Academy of Sciences transforms into an exciting place for adults of all ages to come explore every Thursday night. The aquarium, rainforest, planetarium and more are open to check out without children around, which, let’s be honest, you’ll probably run around like a kid yourself at this event. This Thursday, the museum is pairing with Noise Pop for an official pre-party like no other! There will be art, dancing, silent discos, yummy chocolates and alcohol; perfect ingredients for a fantastic Valentine’s Day. Plus, special musical guests throughout the night!  Tickets and info here.


Valentine’s Day Game Night

Where: Folsom Street Foundry – 1425 Folsom Street, SF

When: 6pm-Midnight

Cost: $0 – $15

If you and your partner are big gamers, this is the event for you! With food, drinks and a bunch of video games to play, you’ll be entertained all evening! According to their site, “Games available range from classic to new releases on both console and PC. Games and controllers are provided so all you need to do is bring some friends!” Awesome! There are a couple different ticket options, which you can find here. 


Valentine Haunt

Where: Bayfair Center – 15555 E. 14th Street, San Leandro

When: 7-10pm

Cost: $27.99 or $37.99 for Fast Pass Admission

Can’t wait until Halloween to go through a haunted house? You’re in luck! If you’re a couple that LOVES getting scared, you can’t miss this event! From Fear Overload Scream Park comes a scary alternative to a sweet date. This haunted house is massive, and you only get one dim flashlight to navigate your way through it. You can, however, purchase flickering candles, glow sticks, and vampire repellant… if you think you need it. Mwahaha! Tickets go fast for this, so get yours soon! Horrifying details and more here.


Rockridge Valentine’s Ice Cream & Gelato Tour

Where: Meet at Dreyer’s Ice Cream Parlor and Cafe – 5925 College Avenue, Oakland

When: 7:30-8:30pm

Cost: $20

For the treat-lover in your life, and let’s be real, ice cream is the BEST dessert, check out this super sweet ice cream tour! Over the course of an hour, explore a variety of ice creams and history of ice cream. If you’re planning on a low-key evening, like ordering pizza in and watching a movie on the couch, this could be a fun way to get out for a bit! Whether you’re a mint chip, rocky road, cookie dough, or french vanilla fan, this is a great way to share your love of ice cream with your favorite person. Info here!


Still looking for gift ideas? We got you! Check out these ideas and have an awesome Valentine’s Day!




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