The following list includes a few traditional Valentine-themed events, and a lot of others that are more outside the box. A handful of them are even family-friendly, like a kids-eat-free deal.
And don’t forget about Galentine’s Day, a non-official holiday on February 13 that’s all about “ladies celebrating ladies.”
The list includes things to do from Thursday, February 13th through Sunday, February 16th.
It starts with a few highlighted events, followed by a chronological calendar list of free and cheap events that you could easily adapt into a Valentine’s Day outing on the cheap — everything from ice skating to a BOGO coffee date to $5 movies and $15 stage plays.
And remember — some free events require registration, an RSVP, or a complimentary ticket. Click through the links for all the details.
You may also be interested in:
- The best local restaurant deals for Valentine’s Day
- Get 2 movie tickets for $20 at CinéBistro at Town Brookhaven
- Get 2 dozen Valentine’s Day roses for $19.99 at Whole Foods
- Hamilton tickets make a great Valentine’s Day gift
- Half-off deals on Valentine flowers and treats through Groupon
- Groupon’s restaurant deals
Romantic Valentine’s dinner at Waffle House (yes, it’s a thing!)
Friday, February 14th
Table for two? For the twelfth year, select Waffle House restaurants are pulling out all the stops and setting the stage for a romantic Valentine’s evening — complete with white tablecloths, candles, and soft dinner music.
Believe it or not, Waffle House’s annual Valentine’s dinner is a popular event. Rumor even has it that some people have it on their bucket lists. So if you’re interested in doing romance on the cheap, you should make your reservation now.
See our list of participating Waffle House locations to find one near you.
FREE: Castleberry Hill Second Friday Art Stroll
Friday, February 14th
Set your own pace as you browse the art galleries and shops in this trendy neighborhood (which is also a federally recognized historic district and popular filming location!)
Food, cocktails, and live music round out the experience — whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or making this a Galentine’s event.
For more info, see our article on the Art Stroll.
Slow Food, now playing at Theatrical Outfit
Thursday thru Sunday, February 13 – 16
Just in time for Valentine’s week, Theatrical Outfit presents Slow Food, now playing at the Balzer Theatre in downtown Atlanta. Take advantage of Theatrical Outfit’s $15 tickets — probably the best deal in town for staged theater.
This light-hearted comedy is perfect for date night, gals night out, or even a solo outing. It tells the story of a couple who just want to enjoy their anniversary dinner, until a meddling waiter hilariously inserts himself into their date.
Once, now playing at Horizon Theatre
Thursday through Sunday, February 13 – 16
This Tony-award winning play was staged by a touring production company at the Fox Theatre several years ago (tickets were over $100!) and has not been back to Atlanta since.
This local production of a heartwarming love story is a real bargain for live theatre. If you go on the weekend, tickets are $35 — no service fee, and there’s a $3 discount for seniors. To buy weekend tickets online, visit the Horizon website. To buy via phone, call the box office at 404-584-7450 between the hours of noon and 5 p.m.
The Horizon Theatre has FREE parking in their spacious back lot — making this venue a tremendous value.
For more info, visit Horizon’s website.
Free admission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden
These FREE admission days, February 12th thru 16th, are actually a memorial tribute to a garden trustee who passed away recently — not a Valentine’s deal.
Still, you can take advantage of the free entry for an amazing cheap date this Valentine weekend. Remember, you’ll still have to pay parking if you drive to the Garden.
Details on how to redeem free admission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden here.
Singin’ In The Rain — a $5 screening at SCADshow
Friday, February 14th
View this classic love story on the big screen for just $5.
If you’ve never seen Singin’ In the Rain, it’s a lot of fun — and has been called the finest movie musical of all time. Although it dates to 1952, it remains just as fresh as ever. Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds dance, sing, and make you feel happy.