Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Unveils Valentine’s Day ‘Box of Excitement’

The Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District has announced a Valentine’s Day “Box of Excitement.”

This year, Valentine’s Day lands on Wednesday, Feb. 14, providing an opportunity for those who plan last minute to enjoy the celebration over the weekend with their significant other, children, or friends.

The Valentine’s Day celebrations in downtown Silver Spring will offer a variety of special events and opportunities:

For those looking for a classic dinner and a movie experience, the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District boasts nearly 200 restaurants, ranging from elegant dining to casual fare. No reservations are required at many of these establishments. Some restaurants will be offering special holiday dinners, such as All Set’s Bella Notte, or post-Valentine’s events like J. Hollinger’s Cupid’s Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 17.

The AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center will be showcasing romantic movies, including classics like Sabrina, Roman Holiday, and His Girl Friday, as well as quirky romances such as Scott Pilgrim Versus the World. Families can enjoy blockbusters like Peppa’s Cinema Party and Dune at the Regal Majestic Theater.

Couples can also take a romantic art walk near Colesville Road and Silver Plaza, where they can admire over 50 pieces of public art, including the mesmerizing Botero Ballerinas and the sculptural Sisyphus inspired by Greek mythology.

Live music enthusiasts can head to the Fillmore Silver Spring for nightly concerts, while those interested in dance can attend the free Friday Night Dance Series at the Maryland Youth Ballet.

For a sophisticated date night, the Bettie Mae Kramer Gallery will host a jazz performance by Darden Purcell and Paul Bratcher on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Outdoor ice skating at Veterans Plaza offers a fun activity with lively music and a colored light canopy, complemented by nearby coffee shops and casual dining options. Skate rentals are available in various sizes for all ages.

Those looking for trivia nights or live games can check out Elemental Trivia at Silver Branch Brewing on Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Capital Trivia at Third Hill Brewing on Thursday evenings.

The Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center will feature an Ethiopian musical performance, Meklit Live, on Thursday, Feb. 15, and an Italian guitar duo on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Comedy lovers can catch the SPRUNG! Comedy Festival presented by Improbable Comedy at the Silver Spring Black Box Theater through Feb. 11.

Individuals interested in arts and crafts can sign up for creative classes at Arts on the Block or CREATE Arts Center, offering workshops in felting, pottery, painting, and more.

Fun outings for friends or family during Valentine’s week include puzzle rooms at The Big Escape Room and arcade games at Dave and Buster’s.

According to a Montgomery County press release, the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District was designated as such by the State of Maryland in 2001. This district serves as a central location for various performance venues, restaurants, nightlife spots, festivals, community celebrations, and family-friendly activities. The establishment of an Arts and Entertainment District aims to foster community participation, boost tourism, and revitalize businesses through tax incentives that entice artists, arts organizations, and other creative ventures.

For additional details and an events schedule, check out the official Silver Spring website.

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