Non-Traditional Valentine's Day Ideas in Roanoke, VA

Valentine’s Day is here! We are offering a few non-traditional suggestions to help show your loved ones that you care. It is not too late to take part in most of these events! 

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Many local restaurants are offering Valentine’s dinner specials this week at any price point. We have gathered regional activities will make a great addition to a traditional Valentine’s dinner. Whether you are scrambling for some last minute ideas or plan on extending your celebration into the weekend, don’t forget to stop by Fresh Baked this week for the most essential part of any Valentine’s Day celebration, the dessert!


Get Creative
There are many different classes on offer this weekend to get your creativity flowing. The Taubman Museum of Art’s “Crayola Hand Lettering” class is the perfect way to step-up your homemade Valentine cards. Try a new hobby with a class on furniture painting at Black Dog Salvage or learn a new art form at The Studio School’s “Beginners Encaustic Class”. These are all greats ways to spend some quality time with a loved one and maybe even discover hidden talents you both can enjoy for years to come.


Be in the Spotlight
Valentine’s Day is a great time to try something new. Get in character with a murder mystery event hosted by Big Lick Brewing Company on Sunday, February 18. Performed by Step into Mystery, “Valentine to Kill For” is an interactive and immersive mystery experience. Prefer to remain in the audience? The 1980s musical “Heathers” debuts at Showtimers this Friday, February 16. Enjoy this absurd look at the extreme results of teenage love and high school feuds. (Recommended for mature audiences).

Feeling the need for peace and quiet this Valentine’s Day? Spend some quality time with your partner this weekend. Stop by Roanoke’s newest independent bookstore, Book No Further, pick out a new book to read, head to your favorite coffee shop or quiet spot, and enjoy some time reading together. Want to do something relaxing but a little more active? Try a Candlelight Partner Yoga class at the Mountain View Center.

Love Your Family
Valentine’s Day doesn’t only have to be for romantic relationships. Enjoy spending time with the whole family. The Taubman Museum of Art’s exhibition “Play: Toys Re-imagined as Art” closes on Sunday, February 18. This exhibition is especially geared to children and there are any family events going on at the museum this weekend. Are your kids up for a little adventure? Try “Night Howls” at the Mill Mountain Zoo on Thursday, February 15. Learn about nocturnal animals, listen to the wolves howl, and enjoy snacks together.

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Love Your Community
Extend your feelings of love to those around you by serving others in your community. Communication is often said to be the most important part of any relationship. Rethink the way you communicate by taking a class on American Sign Language at the Main Library (across the street from Fresh Baked!). Looking for a larger commitment? Ready to add a pet to your family? Fall in love at PetSmart’s Mega Adoption event to celebrate. National Adoption Weekend. Adoptable animals from Angels of Assisi will be at PetSmart on Franklin Rd. each afternoon February 16-18.


Written by Sara Stanley w/ Fresh Baked