Celebrate a nontraditional Valentine’s Day at these Dayton-area events

Tired of the same old dinner-and-a-movie routine on Valentine’s Day? This year, leave behind the monotony of wining and dining by showing your affection in a truly unconventional way.

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These are the Dayton-area Valentine’s Day events that prove to be just as unique as your love is for your significant other.

We will be regularly updating this guide with more events, so check back for updates through Valentine’s Day. 

💕Cupid’s Undie Run

Dayton will be participating in this national event yet again in 2020. Cupid’s Undie Run happens in 40 different cities around the world. It will take place at Lock 27 Brewing Company on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 12-4 p.m.

Don’t be fooled by the event’s name. Attendees will only run for a mile at their own pace. Though undies are the preferred garment, event organizers understand that the attire is not for everyone. The compromise? They ask that you wear the most outrageous costume that you own.

What makes this event even sweeter? The underwear party is put on each year to raise awareness and find a cure for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects one in every 3,000 children born. The event raises money to find the cure to this genetic disorder.

Attendees will pay $40 to participate, with the option of raising donations to receive extra goodies like a race T-shirt. You can register for the undie run by visiting my.cupids.org/register.


What: Cupid's Undie Run

When: From 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15

Where: Lock 27 Brewing Company, 329 E. First St., Dayton

Cost: $40

More info: WebsiteFacebook

💕Valentine's Day Chocolate + Beer 5k/10k

Credit: michael clare | mikecimages

Credit: michael clare | mikecimages

Yes, you read that right. It’s the 7th annual Chocolate and Beer race in which runners receive a T-shirt, chocolates, appetizers and drink tickets at the Brixx Ice after party after running a 5K or 10K.

Tickets are $90 for the 5K and $100 for the 10K. Purchase your tickets now by visiting chocolateandbeervalentinesday.itsyourrace.com.


What: Chocolate and Beer Valentine's Day Race

When: Saturday, Feb. 15, from 3-5 p.m.

Where: Brixx Ice Company, 500 E. 1st St., Dayton

Cost: $90 for the 5K and $100 for the 10K (includes food and drinks after)

More info: Facebook

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💕Girls’ Night Out: Galentine’s Day at DLM

Credit: Jessica Uttinger

Credit: Jessica Uttinger

Spend Valentine’s Day with your closest gal pals and indulge in chef-curated cuisine at Dorothy Lane Market. The talented Chef Carrie Walters and wine educator Teresa are preparing a five-course menu with wine pairings at Dorothy Lane Market on Thursday, Feb. 13.

The cost is $90 per person. Register online by visiting dorothylane.com.

Each small plate will be paired with wine. Attendees can look forward to scarfing down their own creations in this cooking class, which includes Scallops with Brown Butter Miso, Charred Beet Salad with Yogurt, Herbs, and Crispy Quinoa, Lobster Risotto, Slow Roasted Beef Filet with Porcini Mushroom Sauce and the "What's Trending" Cookie Plate.


What: Girls' Night Out: Galentine's Day at DLM

When: Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Dorothy Lane Market Culinary Center, 6161 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

Cost: $90

More info: WebsiteFacebook

💕Valentine’s Evening Under the Stars

The Boonshoft presents a special evening under the stars set to romantic music in the planetarium. Timeless constellation love stories will be set to spectacular full-dome special effects. Fun couple’s trivia will be part of the evening as well.

New this year, parents will be able to enjoy their Valentine’s Day date while the children enjoy a movie, experience the new STEM-based White Allen Racetrack Exhibit, a night hike through the zoo and other exhibits while accompanied by museum caregivers and professionals. As long as they are potty trained, children ages 4-12 may attend the event.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $30 per couple, $15 for one child and $12 for each additional child. Tickets can be purchased at dsnh.regfox.com.


What: Valentine's Evening Under the Stars

When: Four showtimes: 6 p.m. or 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14; 6 p.m. or 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15

Where: Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, 2600 Deweese Parkway, Dayton

Cost: Tickets are $30 per couple, $15 for one child and $12 for each additional child.

More info: WebsiteFacebook

💕ValenWines Weekend with Peerless Mill Wines at Star City Brewing Company

This Valentine’s Day, sip on the most romantic spirits at Star City Brewing Company’s ValenWines Weekend with Peerless Mill Wines. On Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15, Star City Brewing Company will be offering $1 off all glasses of wine.


What: ValenWines Weekend with Peerless Mill Wines at Star City Brewing Company

When: Friday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.

Where: Star City Brewing Company, 319 S. 2nd St., Miamisburg

More info: Facebook

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💕A Sweet Wine Tasting

Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar is hosting a sweet wine tasting on Saturday, Feb. 15. The tasting will feature three red, three white, and three bubbly concoctions and each category will have one of each: semi-sweet, moderately sweet and sweet-sweet. Attendees can also expect delicious confections that pair nicely with the wines.

Tickets are $25 for a regular ticket and $40 for a ticket and a bottle of wine to go. They can be purchased at eventbrite.com.


What: A Sweet Wine Tasting

When: Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2-5 p.m.

Where: Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 46 W. 5th St., Dayton

Cost: $25 or $40

More info: Facebook

💕LORE Mainstage: Valentine's Day Edition

Do you love storytelling and food? If so, LORE has you (and perhaps, your significant other) covered. On Friday, Feb. 14, LORE presents a special Valentine’s Day edition of their storytelling event.

Five Dayton couples will be telling two sides of the same story, perhaps offering a series of unique perspectives to audience members. A catered dinner will be provided by Picnk.

Tickets are $55 per person or $99 per couple, and includes drink tickets. Purchase your tickets by Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. by visiting the event's Facebook page.


What: LORE Mainstage: Valentine's Day Edition

When: Friday, Feb. 14, from 7-9 p.m.

Where: LORE, 116 W. 5th St., Dayton

Cost: $55 per person or $99 per couple

More info: WebsiteFacebook

💕Love Vignettes: Carmen and Butterfly Suite

Celebrate all of the trials and tribulations of love at Love Vignettes: Carmen and Butterfly Suite, a mashup of two famous operas, performed by the Dayton Ballet.

Catch one of the shows (taking place Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.) at the Victoria Theatre.

Tickets are $15-83 and can be purchased by visiting my.ticketcenterstage.com.


What: Love Vignettes: Carmen and Butterfly Suite

When: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.

Where: Victoria Theatre, 138 N Main St, Dayton

Cost: $15-83

More info: WebsiteFacebook

💕The Great Guinness Toast

The Dublin Pub in Dayton asks one simple question: What’s more romantic than sharing a pint with that special someone? If you can’t seem to think of anything more romantic than this booze-fueled date night, then the Dublin Pub suggests attending their Great Guinness Toast event on Friday, Feb. 14.

Irish folk band Jameson’s Folly will be providing the ambiance for the evening. And, making the night even sweeter, one lucky person could also win a free pint every day for a year.

Credit: Tina Lawson

Credit: Tina Lawson


What: The Great Guinness Toast

When: Friday, Feb. 14, from 9 p.m. to midnight

Where: The Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave, Dayton

Cost: Free, with the cost of drinks and other fare

More info: Facebook

We’ll continue to update this list. Did we miss something? Email info to contact@dayton.com.

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