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The best events to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dayton

Don’t just settle for dinner and a movie this Valentine’s Day. 

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No matter what you and your lovebirds’ scene is, there are plenty of romantic and fun events happening to make the night special. 

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

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💕Duets at Trolley Stop

Photo: Trolley Stop

From 9 p.m. to midnight, you and your sweetie can steal the spotlight on the Trolley Stop stage. This event is ages 21 and up only.

Want to go? 

WHAT: Duets

WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Trolley Stop, 530 E. 5th St., Dayton 

INFO: Facebook

💕Celebrate Your Valentine at Lily’s Bistro

Lily's Bistro has been a chic fixture in the Oregon District since 2013.
Photo: Sarah Franks

As Lily’s does on most special occasions, the restaurant in the Oregon District has prepared a mouthwatering menu for sweethearts. Reservations should be made by calling 937-723-7637. The restaurant is offering a 6-course prix fixe menu for $59 per person plus tax and tip. View the entire menu here

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Want to go? 

WHAT: Celebrate Your Valentine at Lily’s Bistro

WHEN: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

💕Cupid’s Undie Run

It is the first year for the Austin Landing Cupid's Run.
Photo: Photo credit: Michael Markilinski

It’s the first year for Austin Landing’s Cupid’s Undie Run. This race happens in 40 different cities around the world. 

“Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” fun run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party. Party, run (a mile-ish, at your own pace), party — all to find a cure to neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born. We encourage undies, but we get that it’s not for everyone, maybe costumes are more your style? So whether you start a team with your friends, join a team, or run solo, just come out, have a blast, and raise some money for NF research.”

Want to go? 

WHAT: Cupid’s Undie Run

WHEN: 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16

WHERE: Austin Landing, 10400 Innovation Drive, Miamisburg

INFO: Facebookmy.cupids.org

💕Trolley presents The Not-So-Newlywed Game

Trolley Stop manager Suzy Switzer
Photo: Amelia Robinson

How well do you know your Valentine? “Trolley Stop is looking for contestants to join us for a friendly game of Not-So-Newlywed. Styled after the classic Newlywed game, we are pitting couples, friends, siblings and even co-workers against each other to see who pays the most attention. The event is first-come, first-served, so you need to reserve your spot by calling Trolley Stop at 937-461-1101. 

Want to go? 

WHAT: Trolley presents The Not-So-Newlywed Game

WHEN: 8 p.m.- 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21

WHERE: Trolley Stop, 530 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO:  Facebook

💕Valentine’s Day Dinner at Rip Rap Roadhouse

Chicken, wings and burgers are among the stars on the menu at Rip Rap Tavern. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

Rip Rap is now taking reservations for a dinner for two on Valentine’s Day evening. For $40, you and your date will get:

-An appetizer to share 

-Salad and bread 

-Your choice of two entrees, including two sides 

-A shared dessert 

-Add a bottle of wine for $10. 

Every couple will also receive two raffle tickets for a special drawing at 8 p.m. 

Anyone wanting to go must reserve your spot at 937-236-4329. 

Want to go? 

WHAT: Valentine’s Dinner at Rip Rap Roadhouse

WHEN: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Rip Rap Roadhouse, 6024 Rip Rap Road, Huber Heights

INFO: Facebook

💕Chocolate and Beer Valentine’s Day Race

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Yes, you read that right. It’s the 6th annual Chocolate and Beer race in which runners receive a T-shirt, custom pint glass, chocolates, heart-shaped race bib, bottle opener medal and drink tickets for the Brixx Ice after party. Tickets can be purchased prior to the day of for cheapest rates. There is an option for a 5k or 10k. 

Want to go? 

WHAT: Chocolate and Beer Valentine’s Day Race

WHEN: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16

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

INFO: Facebook

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💕Valentine’s Day Dinner at DLM -- SOLD OUT

Dorothy Lane Market, with three Dayton-area locations, is celebrating 70 years. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Amy Truett

The talented Chef Carrie Walters is preparing a 5-course menu with wine pairings at Dorothy Lane Market on Valentine’s Day evening. The cost is $90 per person. 

Want to go? 

WHAT: DLM Culinary Class 

WHEN: Feb. 14

WHERE: Dorothy Lane Market, 2710 Far Hills Ave., Dayton

INFO: dorothylane.com

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💕14th Annual Dayton’s Dancing with the Stars Valentine’s Dance

The 2017 Dayton Dancing with the Stars Champions.
Photo: A Special Wish Dayton

This exclusive event features a “Dayton's Dancing with the Stars” competition in which audience applause will determine the winner. Local community leaders and their professional dance partners will compete for the “Mirrored Ball” trophy and take home the title. Guests will enjoy live music, generous hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and desserts, dancing and a silent auction. The Dance benefits A Special Wish Foundation- Dayton. See the competing 2019 celebrities on aspecialwishdayton.com

Want to go? 

WHAT: Wright State Valentine’s Dance

WHEN: 7 p.m. -11:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8

WHERE: Wright State University Nutter Center, 

INFO: aspecialwishdayton.com

💕Valentine’s Evening Under the Stars

Photo: Boonshoft

The Boonshoft presents a special evening under the stars set to romantic music in the planetarium. Timeless love stories will be set to spectacular full-dome special effects and fun couple’s trivia will be part of the evening as well. Reservations are required. Tickets are $30 per couple. Ages 18 and up only.

Want to go? 

WHAT: Valentine’s Evening Under the Stars 

WHEN: Three show times: 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 14 and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15

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

INFO & RESERVATIONS: boonshoftmuseum.org

💕 Starlight City Market: Love is in the Air

The Starlight City Market wants you to grab someone special and bring them down to the Market for a special evening with food trucks, free live music, a special beer infusion from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., local vendors and of course beer. This event is free. 

“Held every second Friday of the month at Star City Brewing Company in downtown Miamisburg, the The Starlight City Market is an eclectic gathering of vendors from across the Miami Valley.”

The Starlight City Market at Star City Brewing Company in Miamisburg held an ugly Christmas sweater party Dec. 14. The event also featured live music from Harold Hensley and Billy Swayne of Neo American Pioneers and craft vendors. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Want to go? 

WHAT: Starlight City Market: Love is in the Air

WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 

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

INFO: Facebook

💕 Vine & Canvas

This Dayton Art Institute Valentine’s evening is 100 years in the making. “Join us in celebrating 100 years of love, service and partnership the museum has provided to the community with a Valentine’s Day wine and chocolate tasting. Steve Slinger, Regional Manager for Trinchero Family Estates, will be presenting along with a sampling of fine chocolates and a guided museum experience focusing on the museum’s centennial.” Tickets are $35 for members, $45 for non members and $50 at the door. 

Want to go? 

WHAT: Vine & Canvas 

WHEN: 6:30 P.M.- 9 P.M. Thursday, Feb. 14

WHERE: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton

INFO & Tickets: e.tix.com Facebook

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

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