San Francisco Pillow Fight Club
Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94101
Date: February 14
It’s not every day that an occasion springs up where you get to wallop, pummel and bash out your frustrations on a mob of strangers. A few words of advice for the pillow-fighting novice: bring a helmet and your noggin will thank you. Bring soft, fluffy pillows of puffiness and leave the old, dirty, used, feathered cushions at home and your fellow pillow fighters will be grateful. If you are allergic to feathers, by all means, do not engage in this pillow game. Enjoy taking your single frustrations out on those in the same bat, but please refrain from hitting the pillow-less peeps. Bring cans of food and pillows to donate to charity organizations at the event. Enjoy this alternative celebration of sorts for the day of love.
Marines’ Memorial Club
609 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Date: February 14
Located in the theater district, this unique club and hotel serves as a memorial to the U.S. Marines who fought in the Pacific during World War II. The Eternity Ball is a special Valentine’s Day event for everyone and is not a ‘couples only’ soiree. If you are married, divorced, engaged or single, this event is an excuse to dress in your favorite wedding reception attire and dance the night away. This year, sponsors and individuals can also ‘gift’ tickets to the USO BAY-area active military personnel, wounded warriors or veterans who would like to attend. Dinner, dance, drinks and entertainment by Franco Finn are included in the festivities.
A Special Valentine’s Day with Mint Condition
Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Dates: February 14 and 15
If you just want a night of listening to mature, smooth, melodic, soulful anthems by an amazing R&B band, look no further. Hit groovers Mint Condition are set to entertain you and a few of your jazzy gents or R&B gal pals. This band has earned Grammy nominations, with such songs as “Not My Daddy” and “Pretty Brown Eyes.” Years ago, while playing at a club in Minneapolis, Mint Condition’s talent caught the attention of major music producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, formerly of The Time. They have been through many changes and recording studios since then, and are still playing great music.
375 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Dates: Every Saturday night
Round up the girlfriends – or guys – and head over to DNA Lounge for Bootie SF. If you are looking to celebrate the single life with a crowd of unpretentious hipsters and club goers like yourself, the DNA Lounge is your perfect venue for entertainment. Come ready to listen to the best mash-ups around, watch incredible stage acts and dance until sunrise.
Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash 5K
Golden Gate Park
501 Stanyan St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Date: February 10
Love will run rampant on the streets of San Francisco when the 2nd annual Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash 5K takes place. You can run with a team or by yourself. Spread the message of love and write a note to someone you care about whom you are participating with to be posted in the Tunnel of Love. Don’t worry if you don’t have a significant other to run with. The message can also inspire your mom, dad, brother, friend, etc. It’s all about love. Food and fun will be waiting for you at the finish line. Who knows, you could even make a new friend at this festival of love. Complete the paper entry form for mail-in registration and return the postmarked entry on or before February 3rd, 2013. For online registration, click here.
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Kelly Gullo is a freelance writer in San Francisco, CA. Kellys topics are about music and nightlife. Kelly has also written a variety of articles on health and dieting and topics related to the environment. Kelly has a degree in journalism and public relations from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.