Sample some of these only-in-SF experiences on Valentine's Day.

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January 29, 2020
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7 Unusual Valentine's Day Events in San Francisco

San Francisco is full of experiences you can't have anywhere else. That's true no matter when you visit. Why should Valentine's Day be any different? Grab your significant other—or get ready to find a new one—and head to one of these unusual San Francisco Valentine's Day events.

Exploratorium After Dark: Sexplorations (The Exploratorium)

This might just be one of the hottest evenings in town, scientifically speaking. This eve of Valentine's Day, visit the Exploratorium for an After Dark experience, where scientific aspects of sex in the plant and animal world will be explained. There will also be a pairings event with oysters, the classic aphrodisiac food.

Guests must be 18 or older.

Thur., Feb. 13. 6-10 p.m.

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For the Love of Science: A Valentine's Sleepover for Adults (California Academy of Sciences)

Love will be in the air and underwater at California Academy of Science's Valentine's Sleepover for Adults. Bring your camping pads, yoga mats or small cots for this all-inclusive overnight at the museum, which includes a buffet dinner, champagne toast, planetarium screenings, silent disco, science demos, aquarium yoga, and more.

Guests must be 21 or older.

Fri., Feb. 14. 6 p.m.-8 a.m. Cost: $195 public, $175 members

Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight (Embarcadero Plaza)

Officially “unofficial,” the annual Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight sees plenty of people show up with a pillow in hand and the hope of good times to come. Participants should always bring synthetic pillows to cut down on mess, and only hit those who are carrying a pillow themselves.

Fri., Feb. 14 – 6 p.m. Cost: Free

SF by Night: Valentine’s Day (Pier 7)

Dedicated to evening romance, this event takes participants on a guided tour of San Francisco when the city’s nighttime charms are on display. You’ll stroll past rooftop gardens, Chinatown, Grace Cathedral and several other highlights.

Fri., Feb. 14 – 7 to 11 p.m. Cost: $20 each

Tacolicious Valentine’s Day Crab + Wine Bender (1548 Stockton St.)

A communal dinner served on newspapers will encourage plenty of conversation for anyone going out on Valentine’s Day. This year’s dinner at Tacolicious includes roasted Dungeness crab, winter chopped salad, Mexican-style clam chowder, and sticky date cake. Wine pours from Belden Barns, a Sonoma-based farmstead and winery, will be introduced for each course.

Fri., Feb. 14 – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $125

Valentine's Day Champagne Stroll (San Francisco Zoo and Gardens)

Birds do it, bees do it, and apparently every couple (and sometimes procreating single individuals) in the animal kingdom does as well. For a different twist on the science of animal mating behaviors, San Francisco Zoo and Gardens presents a special Valentine’s Day Champagne Stroll, where couples can pony up to The Love Potion Bar for mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, then follow along on a self-guided tour with their significant “otter” to various animal habitats to learn about fascinating animal mating facts.

Guests must be 18 or older to attend, and 21+ to consume alcohol.

Sat.-Mon., Feb. 15-17 – 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: included in the price of general admission.

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Victorian Valentine Ball (2007 Franklin St.)

This unique event at the Haas-Lilienthal House emphasizes traditional social customs and entertainment, all in the spirit of setting aside modern habits to meet up or spend time with someone special.

You’ll enjoy trivia games, waltzing, and polka lessons from professional instructors, and an evening mix and mingle event to cap things off. Guests are encouraged to wear late Victorian-era costumes or formal evening wear. Proceeds benefit the continued maintenance and stewardship of the Haas-Lilienthal House and suport a variety of Heritage eucation programs.

To attend, guests must be 18 or older, and 21+ to consume alcohol.

Fri., Feb. 14 – 8-11 p.m. Cost: $55 for single admittance, $95 for couples

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