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Jan 30, 2021 | NYC Attractions and Events

10 Valentine’s Day Events in New York 2021

Make your heart beat faster by celebrating the most romantic day of the year in New York. Here’s a list of Valentine’s Day events in NYC that are open to the public (and interesting date ideas!). 

1. Love in Times Square

There's no better place to say "I love you" than Times Square. Join or see hundreds of couples tying the knot, proposing, or taking part in a (mostly) virtual Vow Renewal Ceremony in Times Square on Valentine’s Day. Take part in this inclusive celebration of love on February 14, 2021. A special large-scale sculptural installation, Love Letters, will be on display in Duffy Square (46th Street and Broadway) from February 10 - March 10, 2021.

2. Romantic Dinner in Midtown

Our concierge has recommended superb Midtown restaurants that are great for any occasion.  Consult OpenTable for more information on special Valentine’s Day menus in New York.

3. Cupid’s Undie Run

Burn calories and have some fun before Valentine’s Day on the Cupid’s Undie Run on February 13. Run a mile in your coolest undies and join an epic party at the end. This year, Cupid's Undie Run is going virtual. After you finish your mile, join the Cupid's party at 4 p.m. for dancing, live entertainment, drinks, drinking games, and drink tutorials.

4. Virtual Wine Gala

Although Ripple Effect Artists’ Annual Wine and Chocolate Gala has been postponed, they are still hosting a fun, virtual date night with the “beverage of love”. A ticket to the Virtual Wine Gala on February 12 includes a class on wine history, pairings with sommelier and lifestyle expert, Maureen Petrosky, along with a virtual raffle ticket.

5. Love in the Parlors Concert at Merchant’s House Museum

The Merchant’s House Museum is once again hosting its beloved Love in the Parlors Concert, albeit virtually on February 13 through February 14. Listen to romantic 19th-century music by Schumann, Fauré, Foster, Amy Beach, Johann Strauss II, and others performed in the Museum’s authentic Greek Revival double parlor.

6. Met Cloisters

The Met Cloisters is straight out of a fairytale. Overlooking the Hudson River, The Cloisters  houses the Met’s medieval architecture and art collections. The design, layout, and ambiance of the medieval gardens, chapels, and themed galleries evoke a sense of medieval European monastic life. Entry to the Museum is by timed ticket or reservation only and capacity is limited. We recommend reserving Valentine’s Day in advance.

7. Chocolate Shops

NYC chocolate shops deliver. Visit some of the best in the city, like Jacques Torres Chocolate, Kee’s Chocolates, and L.A. Burdick to grab some sweet confections for your special someone. Prefer your chocolate in liquid form? We’ve found the most tantalizing hot chocolates in the city. Read more.

8. Sunrise Access at Edge

Love is in the air (literally) at Edge. This Valentine’s Day, see the city from 1,131 feet at NYC’s highest outdoor sky deck. Edge is opening its doors at 6 a.m. for a special sunrise peek that includes 360° NYC views from their glass-floor and angled glass walls. Upgrades include beverages like Champagne, Rosé Champagne, or a cup “Cupid’s Cocoa” that is topped with whipped cream and a red and pink sprinkled rice crispy treat.

9. Virtual Museum

Beloved Valentine’s Day events like The Naked at the Met Scavenger Hunt and Valentine’s Day Art Tour at MoMa may not be happening this year. Even if you can’t visit the museum in person, you and your sweetheart can still take in some of the most spectacular museums in the world. Feel like you’re in the heart of culture with some of the best NYC museums you can visit online.

10. The Manhattan Club

Treat your loved one with an urban staycation at The Manhattan Club and fall in love with New York all over again. Experience the pleasure of Manhattan’s most prized luxury suites, just steps from Times Square, Central Park, the Theater District and so much more. This is a place to call your own, in a perfect location in Midtown Manhattan.  

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