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Things to Do for Valentine’s Day in Washington, DC

Choose from virtual and safe, in-person activities to celebrate the romantic holiday in the nation's capital

The nation’s capital shines as a romantic destination at any time of the year. The 2021 edition of Valentine's Day still offers plenty of holiday revelry, including virtual and safe, in-person entertainment. Here’s how to make the most of the most romantic time of the year. And if you're looking for more date night inspiration, check out our guide to the romantic side of DC.
 

‘Simply Sondheim’ – Streaming Feb. 2 – March 26
Classic compositions crafted by the legendary Stephen Sondheim are performed with gusto during this Signature Theatre production, available exclusively online. A 16-piece orchestra and 12 singers, including Broadway’s Norm Lewis, Solea Pfeiffer and Conrad Ricamora, take on more than 30 songs in Sondheim’s canon. You’ll hear essential tracks like “Finishing the Hat,” “Another Hundred People” and “Losing My Mind” in addition to diamonds in the rough such as “Saturday Night” and “Goodbye for Now”.
Tickets
 

Virtual Galentine's Day Tea – Feb. 13
Join Dumbarton House for this online celebration of Galentine’s Day, which will include instruction on craft activities, the construction of a tea sandwich, a lecture on friendship in the Federal period and conversation starters. A supply list will be sent out once you purchase your ticket, or you can buy a pre-made craft kit from Dumbarton House (available for pickup at the venue or mail delivery). Tea boxes are also offered for pickup.
1-3 p.m. |  Tickets
 

Virtual Cakepop Class with Baked by Yael – Feb. 14
Learn how to make your own cakepops on Valentine’s Day with this special virtual class from DC’s beloved Baked by Yael. The 45-60-minute class will teach you how to crumble cake, mix it with frosting and the process of rolling, dipping and decorating your cakepops. Your registration fee includes a Home Cakepop Kit (can be obtained via curbside pick-up or delivery), which includes baked cake, frosting, candy melts, glitter, sprinkles, sticks and a cakepop drying stand. For $25 more, you can get an additional kit. Flavor options include vanilla, chocolate or gluten-free and vegan chocolate (will not feature frosting).
4:30 p.m. |  Sign up
 

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Experiences in Alexandria, Va. – Through Feb. 28
While ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ showcases DC, the big-budget blockbuster also features the District’s across-the-Potomac neighbor, Alexandria, Va. Throughout February, you can check out the seven-foot-tall drum prop featuring the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan prominently showcased in the film. You can also enjoy a self-guided outdoor stroll among TV- and film-related sites in Old Town Alexandria and purchase Wonder Woman-inspired offerings at the city’s businesses. For more information, check out Visit Alexandria’s website.
 

Experience The Capital Wheel
Soar 180 feet in the air on the area’s only observation wheel, which spins right on the National Harbor’s majestic waterfront. The Capital Wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondola cars that seat up to eight and circle every day and night of the year, providing stunning views of Alexandria, Va., DC’s monuments and the Potomac River. Sunset rides are particularly scenic. Use code VISITDC for a 10% discount on tickets through April 30, 2021.
Monday – Thursday, 4-8 p.m. |  Friday – Sunday, 12-8 p.m. |  Tickets
The Capital Wheel at National Harbor, 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD 20745
 

Woo your boo with the perfect DC-themed date night
Putting together a special evening for Valentine’s Day (or any day, for that matter) is priority number one – and the nation’s capital shines as a date night destination with its scenic monuments, award-winning dining scene and outstanding attractions. Even in the time of COVID-19, you can still enjoy a wonderful DC-themed date night, whether safely exploring the town or chilling at home.
 

For more ideas on how to do Valentine’s Day right, check out our ultimate guide to romance in Washington, DC.

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