It’s time to return to the quiver and find the arrow that will point toward love. Luckily, Baltimore has Valentine’s Day events for all comers, from the sweet to the doomed. Even the songs range from saucy to sad. Plus, check out Black History Month events around the city from Pennsylvania Avenue to Highlandtown.
Friday, Feb. 14
Belgian Beer Fest: Feb. 14-16 at Max’s Taphouse. The annual Belgian beer bonanza arrives with 200 drafts, more than 250 bottles, special tastings and a focus on Lambieks under the stairs.
Sweet Love: Valentine’s Day at the Lewis: 6:30-8 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Check out wine and chocolate tasting, plus the exhibit “Elizabeth Catlett: Artist as Activist.”
I Love Night Brunch Drag Show: 6:30 p.m. at The Point in Fells. Robyn Ya’Men hosts a night of love and empowerment.
Couples Owl Prowl: 6:30-8 p.m. at Carrie Murray Nature Center. Meet the resident owls and learn how to spot the birds at night. Hot chocolate adds to the romance.
Beat Karaoke: 7 p.m. at Studio 4. Sing your heart out this Valentine’s Day and support the Baltimore Beat.
Psycho Killers: 7 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. The locally loved Talking Heads cover band plays the Medfield brewery, adding some extra love songs to the proceedings.
Grand Opening Celebration: 7 p.m. at the Baltimore Art Gallery. The Hampden gallery opens for the first time to exhibit works by local artists.
Gost: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The synth group comes to town “to freeze our black little hearts.” Aertex and Ca8al open, and the Heresy DJs make an appearance.
No Love Beyond: A Valentine’s Day Party: 7 p.m. at No Land Beyond. Celebrate the day of love with happy hour, free board game rental, themed cocktails, games and a Valentine’s D&D sesh.
Valentine Fear Experience: 7-9:30 p.m. at Bennett’s Curse Haunted House Maryland. Learn about Cupid’s dark side at this haunted house experience.
“Purlie” Opening Night: 7-10:30 p.m. at Arena Players. See the musical set in the Jim Crow South and stick around for a reception with the cast and director.
Festival of Laughs: 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The comedy show features Sommore, Gary Owen, Lavell Crawford, DC Young Fly, Kountry Wayne and Tony Rock.
Valentine’s Classic Soul: 8 p.m. at The Modell Lyric. The Spinners, The Manhattans, The Intruders, The Softones and The Chi-Lites take the stage.
A Tribute to Elliott Smith: 8 p.m. at North Ave. Market. Nearly 10 musicians, including Amanda Glasser, Abby Becker and Devon Kardell, offer tribute to the late singer-songwriter.
Beyoncé vs Rihanna Dance Party: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. DJ Mills and DJ Craig B offer tracks from the R&B queens.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: 8 p.m. at The Charles Baltimore. The South Baltimore celebrates all the single people with special drinks and drink specials.
B ∆ L L $: 9 p.m. at The Sidebar. Enjoy punk, metal and new wave courtesy of Alastor, Peggy Uranus, Cher Rub, Jaxknife and Madeleine.
For The Love of Club: 9 p.m. at The Depot. Ducky Dynamo and DJ Sega spin tracks for all the club music lovers out there.
Flashback Fridays: Valentine’s Day Edition: 10 p.m. at Ottobar upstairs. DJ Chris Brooks spins for the lovers.
Saturday, Feb. 15
Union Collective presents: Chocolate Fest 2020: noon-5 p.m. at Union Collective. All of the makers at the Medfield complex are getting involved for a day of chocolate offerings.
Cupid’s Undie Run: noon-4 p.m. at Luckie’s Tavern. Traverse the streets in your skivvies to benefit Neurofibromatosis research.
Puppy Love: Pet Photos Benefiting BARCS: noon-3 p.m. at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore. Get pet portraits taken by Eric Stocklin Photography, LLC , and save room for plenty of snacks.
Avenue Bakery Celebrates the Royal & Pennsylvania Ave theaters: 1-3 p.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue. Head to West Baltimore for a history of 18 theaters in the district, which are featured in a permanent exhibit at the bakery. Bakery owner James Hamlin and Pennsylvania Avenue Arts & Entertainment director Lady Brion will talk about the future.
Valentine’s Tea: 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Clifton Mansion. Enjoy hot drinks, snacks, piano music and tours of the historic house.
Black History Month, Violence and Education: 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library. Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle presents an event to address the “relationship between the limits of mainstream approaches to honoring Black history, the challenges regarding education, and violence in the Black community.”
Opening Reception: Delaney, Raedeke & Townsend: 6-9 p.m. at Y:ART. The exhibition featuring oil painting and furniture design opens at the Highlandtown gallery.
The Holy Circle: 7 p.m. at Rituals. The Baltimore heavy dream-pop band plays a Station North show with Brooklyn’s Ghost Cop and L’Avenir.
Mortified Baltimore: Doomed Valentines: 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The storytelling series features love-themed diary entries.
Bruce Goldfarb: 7-9 p.m. at Atomic Books. The author and curator of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death discusses his book on the famed dioramas that pioneered forensic science.
Mt. Joy: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. The L.A. indie band with Philly roots stops downtown. Mo Lowda opens.
Jesse Malin: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The singer-songwriter comes to town in support of 2019’s “Sunset Kids.” Diane And The Gentlemen and Rodney Henry open.
Foghound: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The Baltimore rock band headlines a bill with Distinguished Gentlemen, Stars and the Sea, Painted Mirror and Fun Never Starts.
Sunday, Feb. 16
Pinewood Derby: noon-5 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. The Medfield brewery hosts the event, complete with custom-built racers and a 40-ft. track. Plus, a carnival-themed menu from Well-Crafted Kitchen.
Alex Wasserman: 2-4 p.m. at An die Musik. The classical pianist performs works by Chopin, Ravel, Schubert and Mussorgsky.
A Day of Dance Fundraiser: 2:30-6:30 p.m. at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. The fundraiser includes classes in West African dance and ballet. Plus, a vendor market.
Sankofa: Moving Forward and Backward: 3-6 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The crankie performance features stories of Baltimore’s history, starting with the slave trade.
Black Arts District Brand Launch Party: 5 p.m. at Shake and Bake Skating Rink. Celebrate the Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts and Entertainment District with artists, roller skating, DJs, giveaways and more.
Tap Takeover & Bingo Night: 5-8 p.m. at Gypsy’s Truckstaurant. Monument City Brewing Company comes to Hampden with some brews for a night of bingo.
“Posture of Possibility”: 6 p.m. at An Die Musik. Derrick Michaels leads the music series featuring young improvisers.
- Nuggetfest 2020 descends on Nobles Bar with chicken nuggets (and dipping sauce contest) on Feb. 22.
- Frozen Harbor Music Festival descends on Inner Harbor venues Feb. 29-March 1.
- Women of the World Festival arrives at Columbus Center on March 7.