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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Five Great Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day for Under $25

Posted By on Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

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The day of (made-up Hallmark) love is upon us! If you and your honey want to celebrate without over-indulging in Valentine's extravagance, and if you lovely single folk are just looking for fun stuff to do that day, then fear not. We've come up with some awesome ways to spend the holiday that don't involve spending all of your hard-earned cash.

See Also: San Francisco's Top 10 Dates Under $20

Eighth Annual Valentine's Day Pillow Fight

Honestly, this is the cheapest -- and probably funniest -- event happening in San Francisco for VD. This thing has grown year upon year since its inception and is now an annual favorite for everyone with a sense of humor and a fondness for getting whacked in the face by strangers -- including families, couples, singles, and gangs of friends. There have been some concerns in recent years about the cost of the post-fight clean-up, so try and use a non-feather pillow or cushion, if you can.

Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero, 6 p.m., free

Harold and Maude at The Clay

It's one of the most bizarre love stories ever told. And it was filmed in San Francisco. If you ask us, this is the perfect way to spend Valentine's evening.



Clay Theatre, midnight, $9-$10

The Union Street Wine Walk

Haven't you heard? Union Street has a crush on you! And you're bound to develop a few crushes of your own on this wine-tasting tour, now in its third year. The walk travels to a variety of bars and restaurants on Union from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore from Union to Lombard. There'll be plenty of nibbles along the way too.

4-8 p.m., $20 advance tickets, $25 on site (cash only)

Delta Rae, ZZ Ward at the Great American



If music be the food of love, then you should probably catch the sultry sass of ZZ Ward (she's like a cross between Adele and Amy Winehouse -- i.e. awesome), who's supporting blues-folk family outfit Delta Rae at GAMH. Don't let the family-folk part put you off -- this firey band is in no way boring.

Great American Music Hall, 7 p.m., $16

Louvre Treasures

Nowhere on earth is as devastatingly romantic as Paris. Since most of us can't afford the cost of the flights there and back, let's just marvel at the fact that the Legion of Honor is bringing a little bit of Paris to us right now. All the way from the Louvre, these Royal Treasures, from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette will bring sumptuous decadence to your Valentine's Day. Get lost in the romance of it all.

Legion of Honor, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., adults $20

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