Valentine's Day is one of the busiest date nights of the year -- so plan ahead! There are also lots of love- and Valentine's-themed events happening in early February, before the big day. Also, be sure to check our February 2013 Events page for a list of cool stuff happening all month long.
Expect this list to grow -- we'll add events as we hear about them.
Unmentionable: A Lingerie Exposition
What: A 21-and-over lingerie fashion show accompanied by music from DJ Gregarious. The event will feature several vendors selling apparel, and both men and women will be modeling what could be the perfect gift for your sweetie.
Where: The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell
When: 8 p.m.
Price: $10 pre-order
9th Annual Valentine Fanconi Anemia Run/Walk 5K/8K/12K
What: Run/walk to fight and fundriase for Fanconi anemia, a "a life threatening disease that leads to bone marrow failure and cancers in children and young adults."
Where: Downtown Portland
When: 8:00 a.m.
Portland Center for the Performing Arts Free Noontime Showcase: Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner
What: Pianist/composer Sally Harmon joins bass player Frank Gruner for romantic music to get you in the mood pre-Valentine's Day. And what's more romantic than free? Bring your lunch and enjoy a midday performance. It's an all-age-appropriate show.
Where: Antoinette Hatfield Hall, Portland Center for the Performing Arts
2/12 - 2/17
Kenny & Zuke's Valentine's Special Desserts and Cocktails
What: Desserts and cocktails designed to share are on offer at Kenny & Zuke's, including heart-shaped sandwich cookies, red velvet cheese cake and a vegan red velvet cake.
Where: Kenny & Zuke's Deli Bar (for cocktails and desserts): 3901 N Williams Avenue; and downtown Delicatessen (for desserts): 1038 SW Stark Street
2/1 - 2/28
Salt & Straw -- Valentine's Ice Cream Flights
What: Salt & Straw ice cream collaborated with five local gourmet chocaltiers to create five seasonal flavors as well as a "Love Potion Float." Flavors range from chocolate mole with raisins, pepitas and pecans to chèvre with black pepper ganache to a Meyer lemon chocolate sorbet. Get in there for some samples!
Where:The Salt & Straw Scoop Shop is located at 2035 NE Alberta Street; The Salt & Straw Scoop Shop and Bakery is located at 838 NW 23rd Avenue.
Phone: 503-208-3867 (NE Alberta Street); 971-271-8168 (NW 23rd Avenue)
Valentine's Day Events
A Roberta Flack Valentine
What: Roberta Flack joins the Oregon Symphony to sing classic love songs.
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway Drive
When: 7:30 p.m.
Gay & Grey Valentines Day Social
What: Gay & Grey focuses on creating a supporting a nurturing environment for GLBTQI seniors.
Where: Crush, 1400 SE Morrison
When: 4:00 p.m.
A Lovers' Night of Indie/Electro-pop from the Emerald City with Head Like A Kite, Chaos Chaos
What: Seattle's electro-pop comes to Portland for a love serenade. Of sorts.
Where: Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside Street
When: Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at door
Valentine's Kiss and Tell
What: Portland Story Theater presents a "a Valentine's date to remember, with wine, chocolate, and stories of real love and romance woven together in a funny, sexy and intimate evening of story theater, featuring some of Portland Story Theater's favorites." 21+ show.
Where: Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 Northeast Alberta Street
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at door -- includes champagne and chocolate
Anti-Valentines Day Event
What: Singles who revel in their singleness, or just don't want to be surrounded by make-out artists, can commingle at Jones bar for dancing and drinking.
Where: Jones, 107 NW Couch Street
When: 7:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Andina's Dia de los Enamorados
What: Peruvian restaurant Andina offers a prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day, with several wine options, dessert and three food courses.
Where: 1314 NW Glisan
Cost: $65 - $155, depending on wine choice
When: Seatings from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
23 Hoyt -- Chef Amber's Special Three-Course Valentine's Menu
What: A prix fixe menu at $50 for three courses at 23 Hoyt restaurant. First course is potato soup, chilled roasted beets or braised duck ragu; entree is wild mushroom ragu, King salmon, roasted chicken breast or 21-day dry aged sirloin steak; and dessert is miniature whoopie pies, caramel pots de crème or warm chocolate cake with mint ice cream.
Where: 529 NW 23rd at Hoyt