20 Things to Do Around Philadelphia on Valentine’s Day

February 14th will be here before you know it.

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Spend Valentine’s Day making delicious treats at Shane’s Confectionery. | Facebook

Valentine’s Day S’mores Making Party
Head to the historic Old City sweets shop Shane Confectionery for a two-hour s’more making party. You’ll have your choice of house-made chocolates, marshmallows, and cookies to combine to create the ultimate s’more — undoubtedly with plenty of taste-testing along the way.
$16 per person or $30 per pair; Friday, February 14, 7 p.m., 110 Market St.

Ex-Files Story Slam
The biggest event on the First Person Arts calendar is always the Ex-Files story slam (now in its 10th year), in which top-notch storytellers tell war stories from past relationships, dates gone wrong, etc. After all, what’s more romantic than thinking about all the ways things could go wrong? Alyssa Al-Dookhi and John Deary host.
$15, Friday, February 14, 6 p.m., Underground Arts, 200 Callowhill St., 267-402-2055.

Boyz II Men
Armed with a full quiver of R&B anthems and powerhouse love songs — “I’ll Make Love to You,” “On Bended Knee,” “End of the Road,” etc. — Boyz II Men play a big old hometown show on V-Day.
$39-$128, Friday, February 14, 6:30 p.m., The Met, 858 N. Broad St., 800-653-8000.

Rise & Get Married with Rise & Grind
Mikey Dredd, Mutha Knows and Roxy Romeo — hosts of the Rise & Grind Morning Show on Power 99 — “will each be ordained as ministers” so they can marry three couples of their choosing at Love Park.
Free, Friday, February 14, 6 a.m.-noon, Love Park, 15th & JFK.

Valentine’s Ghost Tour
To paraphrase The Sixth Sense: “Philadelphia is really old, so pretty much everywhere you go, there are ghosts and only you can see them, little kid.” That’s the gist of it, I think. Anyway, yeah. Bundle up and hit the pavement with your sweetheart on the Love Never Dies walking tour focused on history, love, and death. (P.S. There’s also the Saints or Sinners Valentine’s Ghost Tour.)
$22, Friday & Saturday, February 14 & 15, tours start and end at the Physick House, 321 S. Fourth St.

Trashed Hearts
This group gallery show and sale features Valentine’s Day cards and gifts made from street trash, found objects, recycled, or re-purposed items.
Free, Friday, February 14, 4-10 p.m., Scavengers United, 2152 E. Dauphin St.

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Mural Arts hosts a train ride tour of Stephen Powers’ Love Letter murals in West Philadelphia. Photograph by Adam Wallacavage

Love Letters Train Tour
Hop aboard the Market-Frankford line for this two-hour tour past street artist Steve Powers’ A Love Letter For You murals in West Philly. According to Mural Arts Philadelphia, “the murals collectively express a love letter from a guy to a girl, from an artist to his hometown, and from local residents to their neighborhood of West Philadelphia,” and you can get the best view of them from the El.
$23, Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., starts at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 128 N. Broad St.

Yeah, it’s not on V-Day but love will be in the air at Boot & Saddle on Thursday when Philly rockers Blushed celebrate the release of their new EP, I Love You So Much It Hurts. Missy Pidgeon and pals specialize in surfy, jangley garage rock
$10, Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m., Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 267-639-4528.

Let’s Talk About Sex
This V-Day get-together boasts a rather eclectic evening of entertainment, including Clown Sex Ed. with Tribe of Fools, Drag Queen Story Time with Brittany Lynn, a For-Play area of sensory activities, and live presentations by various sex experts (including Timaree Schmit of Sex With Timaree).
$20, Thursday, February 13, 7-10 p.m., Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

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