Valentine’s Day events off the beaten path

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A man selling Valentine’s Day balloons waits for customers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — There are plenty of events happening in the Roanoke area on Valentine’s Day that do not include your typical dinner, heart-shaped balloons, and box of chocolates.

While the day is usually tied to romantic love, it can also include a celebration of care and affection for your friends, grandparents, or your children. Gifts are welcome on Valentine’s Day, but spending time together and sharing new experiences can leave lasting memories that a singing stuffed animal crooning Frank Sinatra tunes may not.

Here is a list of events that can be enjoyed with loved ones, even those not of the romantic kind.

  • Terror Manor, a haunted house in downtown Roanoke, presents Terrotines, a Valentine’s Special. On Feb. 14 and 15, from 7:30 to 11 P.M. If you want to discover another side of your significant other, or share a great scream with some friends this may be a great addition to your night.
  • Paint Nite: Paint Your Person, hosted by Yaymaker in Roanoke provides the paint and all the supplies so that you can focus on capturing your loved one’s features and flaws that make them special on canvass. The event will be held at A Few Old Goats Brewing, so even if the painting skills are no Michaelangelo, you can enjoy a great beer to ease your paint strokes.
  • Enjoy roller skating and then eat endless amounts of pizza at Fire House Skate ‘N Play -Family Fun Center. Especially with the recent droopy weather, getting active with bites of pizza in between may be a great way to activate your heart and your blood and love flowing.
  • Roanoke Jail Solidarity and the Roanoke People’s Power Network will show love to people behind bars this Valentine’s with its Bailentine’s Day Benefit Concert at the Hope Center. The event is a fundraiser to help people who can’t afford to pay their bail and features a line up of music, and a raffle.
  • Participating in a new sport may be a great way to bond with your love and create connections long after the red roses wither. The ACO Blue Ridge Major is happening Valentine’s weekend at the Berglund Center, where singles and coeds can compete in cornhole. Entry prices are reasonable, so even if your skills are rusty, the fun is worth the cost.
  • If you want a more formal affair with the opportunity for dining and dancing the Policeman’s Ball may be a nice treat. The Kings, a regional band with a wide repertoire of sounds will play throughout the event. Tickets can be purchased through the Salem Police Department who is hosting the ball at the Salem Civic Center.
  • You may say your ‘honey’ is the sweetest, but if you are open to buzzing around and tasting local nectar creations, The Hive Tasting Room’s Pastry Perfect Pairing may be a great event to check out. Pastries will be paired with a flight of mead, a fermented honey drink.


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