by LAINEY KRAL

America’s Finest Valentines

Love is in the air this February, whether you’re feeling the romance or enjoying time with family and friends – and even pets! San Diegans are no strangers to magnificent sunsets and long walks on the beach, of course, but Valentine’s Day is a great chance to stop and appreciate our neighborhood and our community. Make a date with your loved ones to stroll down a familiar trail, explore a new museum exhibit, or make a reservation at your favorite restaurant. Or, mark your calendars for some of San Diego’s unique Valentine’s Day events!


For the Love of Chocolate
Feb. 8, 12 – 5 p.m. | Historic Downtown Escondido
The Escondido Chocolate Festival is a favorite celebration of all things chocolate. Beyond sampling chocolates from more than 20 shops – complete with wine, beer, and spirits pairings – festival-goers can enjoy chocolate-making classes, live music, glass-blowing demonstrations, and more entertainment.
www.facebook.com/escondidochocfest

Coronado Valentine’s Day Races
Feb. 9, 7 a.m. | Tidelands Park
Get in on the heart-racing action at the 10th Annual Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Fun Run. Registration is open for individuals and couples, and costumes are welcome! The event will even include free wedding vow renewals overlooking the water.
www.valentinesday10k.com

Valentine’s Day Film Festival
Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. | Don Powell Theatre, San Diego State University
Student filmmakers from San Diego State University’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film present a series of romantic short films. Bring a date – but leave kids under six at home – for this one-of-a-kind evening, as each filmmaker takes a different approach to filming love.
ttf.sdsu.edu

Fido Fest: My Furry Valentine
Feb. 15, 12 – 4 p.m. | Santee Town Center Community Park East
The 5th Annual Fido Fest has moved to February, and it’s the perfect time to fall in love. Pets and people are welcome, and the festival includes giveaways, live entertainment, adoption opportunities from dozens of rescue groups, and discounted vaccinations and microchipping.
www.cityofsanteeca.gov