Six Local Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

From family-friendly activities to romantic nights out, channel your inner Cupid this Valentine’s Day with these local events.

February 14 is right around the corner. Before you start scrambling for last-minute flowers and chocolates, why not explore some local ways to channel your inner Cupid? From family-friendly activities to romantic nights out, we’ve got you covered this Valentine’s Day.

Photograph courtesy of Urban Axes Cincinnati

Anti-Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day Celebrations at Urban Axes Cincinnati

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, Urban Axes Cincinnati is there for you. You can attend their Anti-Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 11 or celebrate Valentine’s Day with them on the weekend. Book a private lane for two to three people or groups of four to six. It includes an hour of axe throwing, one free drink per person, and chocolates for snacking.
$30 per person (must be at least 21 to register). Thurs., Feb. 11, 5-10 pm; Fri., Feb. 12, 5-10 pm; Sat., Feb. 13, 1-10 pm; Sun., Feb. 14 1-7 pm. 2010 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 970-2937

Galentine’s Day at Overlook Kitchen + Bar

Grab your girlfriends and raise a toast to friendship at The Summit Hotel’s Overlook Kitchen + Bar. While enjoying the view of Madisonville, sip from half-priced bottles of wine or the bubbly, pink specialty cocktail, The Best Mistake. Ambiance courtesy of violinist Preston Bell Charles III, who will play live music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Free. Fri., Feb. 12, 4-10 pm. 5345 Medpace Way, Madisonville, (513) 527-9906

(This photograph was taken pre-COVID-19.)

Photograph courtesy of Cupid's Undie Run

Cupid’s Undie Run

Show some love to neurofibromatosis research by registering for the Cupid’s Undie Run. In a pre-COVID-19 world, participants would meet up with the Cincinnati chapter for a mile(ish) run, sans-pants, and be ready to party. While there’s no large meetup this year, you can choose any activity and do it for a mile. Unwind from your workout with the nationwide virtual afterparty.
$30 (you must be at least 21 to register). Sat., Feb. 13, virtual afterparty from 4-6 pm.

Snuggles & Bubbles at 21c Cincinnati

Swooning for an elaborate night out with your beau? Check out the Snuggles & Bubbles package at 21c Cincinnati. You’ll enjoy an overnight stay, bottle of champagne, bubble bath at the hotel’s spa, breakfast in bed from Metropole at 21c Cincinnati, and a 1 p.m. check out time. Not up for an overnight? Metropole is offering a three-course pre-fixe menu ($65 per person) throughout the weekend. If you’re more of a homebody, try a Valentine’s Day Feast to-go ($75).
Starting at $249 a night. Available Fri., Feb. 12 & Sat., Feb. 13. 609 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 578-6600

Photograph by Eric Africa

Cincinnati Observatory Online Classes

There’s nothing more romantic than a night under the stars. Although Cincinnati Observatory is currently closed to visitors, you can still marvel at the wonders of space via the observatory’s virtual courses. Launch your V-Day weekend early with “The Milky Way – Online Class.” Astronomer Dean Regas will take you on a journey through the galaxy, exploring billions of stars and ominous black holes.
$10 per household. Wed., Feb. 10, 7-8 pm. (Other class dates and times vary.)

Cincinnati Children’s Valentine’s Day e-Card Campaign

It’s time to send valentines—and no permanent markers or messy glitter required. Cincinnati Children’s invites anyone to participate in their annual Valentine’s Day e-card campaign. Head over to, fill out the form, and select a valentine. The printed cards, which will feature your first name and a game on the back, will be delivered to patients.
Free (donations welcomed). The drive runs from now through Sun., Feb. 14. FYI: Kolar is matching all gifts to the campaign up to $20,000.

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