Being single on Valentine’s Day has its perks.
There is less pressure to buy the perfect gift, say the right thing and make unforgettable plans with that special someone. Singles can enjoy the holiday in San Diego with a host of fun events, many of which will get hearts racing.
Oceanside has the biggest heart in San Diego, literally. If you visit Oceanside now through Feb. 16 you will see a giant, 25-foot, heart-shaped balloon that represents Oceanside’s Valentine’s Week, because a day of love just isn’t enough.
Oceanside's Valentine's Week kicked off Monday with 10 free mini-weddings for active military couples. Each day that follows brings different activities to the North County community, including a free movie night on Feb. 13. The 10 days of love concludes on Feb. 16 with a free Fun Run. More information can be found here.
Coronado may not be hosting a week of events but their 6th annual Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run will take place Sunday at 6 a.m. in Tidelands Park at 2000 Mullinex Dr. Individuals and team runners can register online through Saturday. Once you arrive at the event and pick up a running number, you will be able to select a relationship status bib of either “Available,” “It’s Complicated,” or “I’m Taken,” making this run a little more like a match-making event. Regardless if you are looking for love or running to just run, you will still be able to enjoy the post-race party at McP's Irish Pub and Grill at 1107 Orange Ave. and the award ceremony for the top racers. For more information, click here.
If you would rather sleep a little longer, another Valentine’s Day race option is the Jump Start Your Heart 5K on Mission Bay at 8:30 a.m. This non-profit race donates 100 percent of proceeds to The Children’s Heart Foundation, which benefits congenital heart defect research. Registration is available online for $45. The race is open to all ages and paces, and will take you along the bay beginning at 2688 E. Mission Bay Dr. Enjoy the weather and knowing you are making a difference with your donation. To learn more, click here.
If running is not for you, but beer is, Green Flash Cellar 3 at 12260 Crosthwaite Cir. in Poway is hosting a special 21+ Valentine’s Day event open to all at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Blossoms and Brew event will also feature a casual flower design workshop and an on-site food truck, That’s What Cheese Said. Tickets are $37 online and must be purchased prior to the event. More information about this gathering and the brewery can be found here.
To add humor into your Valentine’s Day, Comedy Palace has a special event featuring Russell Hicks and Mark Christopher Lawrence. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. in Comedy Palace’s main room at 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Be sure to buy your tickets for $25 online soon, as seating is limited. To learn more, click here.
Last but certainly not least, going to the movies is a classic Valentine’s Day option that isn't just for those in love. The rom-com, "How To Be Single," opens on Friday and follows characters played by Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann as they experience single life in New York City. For less romance and more orange mocha frappuccinos, plan to see "Zoolander 2," also opening Feb. 12. In this film, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson reprise the roles of male models Derek Zoolander and Hansel 15 years after the first "Zoolander" was released. Both movies will be shown throughout San Diego theaters, including Mission Valley, Fashion Valley and Mira Mesa.