Love is in the air! Cupid is visiting us this Valentine’s Day on Monday, February 14th.
Originally, Valentine’s Day began as a Pagan holiday — called Lupercalia — in 270 B.C.E. Lupercalia was a feast honoring the deity of fertility and agriculture, Faunus. During the Middle Ages, England and France associated Valentine’s Day with courtship and mating seasons. In 1375, Geoffrey Chaucer even first recorded Valentine’s Day as a romantic celebration. Throughout the centuries, Valentine’s Day began to be celebrated with hand-made valentines, chocolates, and love.
If you’re interested, read more about Valentine’s Day.
Here are some ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Baltimore, all not too far from your home here at the Promenade.
Valentine’s and Galentine’s
Food and a good time? Count us in!
Zoo Valentine’s Day Event
We love the Maryland Zoo like no otter. On Saturday, February 12th, the Maryland Zoo is discussing courtship and matchmaking. From 6:00-9:00 p.m., the Mansion House porch will serve an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and decadent desserts.
Galentine’s Day Drag Brunch
Galentine’s Day has a pizza of our hearts. Diamondback Beer is hosting a drag brunch, on Sunday, February 13th at 11:30 a.m. There will be boozy beverages and pizza to accompany the show.
Galentine’s Flamingle Brunch
On Sunday, February 13th, the Maryland Zoo is hosting a Galentine’s Day brunch. At noon, the Mansion House will be serving signature cocktails, unlimited mimosas, and finger foods. There will also be live music.
Don’t Run Away
From these events.
For the Love of Running Fun Run
On Sunday, February 13th, Charm City Run is hosting a “fun run” at 10:00 a.m. If interested, the run will occur around the Lake Elkhorn loop.
Valentine’s Day Makers’ Market
On Saturday, February 12th, Cross Street is opening their Valentines Day Market from noon until 5:00 p.m. Baltimore Florist, Charlsie’s Bakehouse, Blissed Candles, Dogs of Charm City, and more will be there.
What Will You Give Your Sweetheart (or yourself!)
Chocolate Will Never Dessert Us
So, here’s where to get your sweet V-Day treats.
Berries by Quicha
Don’t take Valentine’s Day down a rocky road. Berries by Quicha is here to sweeten your day with various chocolate-covered strawberries in red velvet, toffee, tequila, ciroc, caramel, and more. Berries by Quicha is also pairing their sweet treats with beautiful bouquets.
Mouth Party Caramel
Mouth Party Caramel will make you melt. For Valentine’s Day, they’re crafting heart-shaped caramels; some are even coated in delectable chocolate. Trust us, they’re totally worth it.
Aloe You Vera Much
Are you a succ-er for flowers?
Fleur De Lis
Fleur De Lis’ bouquets are unbeleafable. Their flowers are available in delicate pinks, stunning off-whites, and rich reds. Besides their floral arrangements, Fleur De Lis retails balloons, chocolates (even chocolate-covered strawberries), teddy bears, and romantic rose petals.
Enchanted Petals Florist
We’re head over heels in love with Enchanted Petals Florist. This Valentine’s season, they’re offering romantic and flirtatious arrangements.
Say You’ll Be Wine
Will you accept this rosé?
Bin 604 Wine & Spirits
Bin604 can help you celebrate the one you’re with, with wine, this February 14th. Located above the Whole Foods in Harbor East, Bin604 carefully selects reds, whites, and rosés that will pair well with your Valentine’s Day dinner. They also retail $99 cases of twelve bottles of wines.
Chesapeake Wine Co.
Chesapeake Wine Co. is celebrating Win-elentine’s Day, with $120 cases of twelve bottles; they’ve selected various whites, reds, and sparkling wines. Chesapeake is also offering charcuterie boards, artisanal meats, and local flowers that pair with their wines.
Brighten Up Their Day With Some Jewelry
Who doesn’t want a little bling or sparkle?
If you’re looking for a unique gift, visit Tigerlillyshop Jewelry. Local artisan Allison Fomich handcrafts nature-inspired jewelry with mixed and fine metals. She, also, retails vintage jewelry and masculine accessories.
Stephen Page of Baltimore
Ring in Valentine’s Day with Stephen Page, a Baltimorean jewelry designer. Their pieces are delicate and beautiful; Stephen Page offers various rings and necklaces with various golds, silvers, and gems.
Happy Valentine’s Day
However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we hope it’s a good one!