Try something new this Valentine’s Day!
Instead of overspending on February 14, try one of these free and cheap Valentine’s Day activities in Portland. Enjoying each other’s company and celebrating your love does not have to come with a hefty price tag. The events below range from free to cheap, at $0 to $20.
Also, if you’re rolling solo this V Day, all of these activities are fun by yourself or with friends. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. Feel free to treat yourself to something special!
The calendar below covers events all weekend, from February 10-14. Check the dates and times of these activities to make sure they align with your chosen day of celebration.
If you know of a fun Valentine’s Day activity in Portland, send me a message!
Free and Cheap Valentine’s Day Activities in Portland
Fall in Love with Live Vintage Radio Theater
Treat your and your beau to the Valentine’s special of this one-of-a-kind Portland theater experience, The Tesla City Stories Live Vintage Radio Theater Onstage. On Friday, February 10, local actors take the stage to perform live radio theater derived from the long-lost radio programs of Tesla Broadcasting Company. Pay only $10 per ticket with discount code CHEAP223.
Cuddle Up at the Movies
Seeing a movie is always something I look forward to. Thankfully in Portland, you don’t have to pay $12+ per ticket. Here’s where you can see a movie for $7 or less. One of my favorites is the St. Johns Theater & Pub. It’s are $5 before 5 p.m. and you can get a basket of cajun tots to share!
Go to the Valentine’s Skate
Lloyd Center Ice Rink is hosting a special Valentine’s Skate on Saturday, February 11 from 2-4 p.m. Admission is $14 and includes skate rental.
Attend Portland Night Market
The event features more than 175 of Portland’s best brands, makers and merchants. Best of all, it is free to attend! Visit the market and pick out a gift for each other while filling up on great food and fun activities.
Search for Glass Hearts at Tualatin Parks
Make Cards for Each Other at Crafternoon
Spend your Sunday making special crafts from reused materials at SCRAP PDX’s Crafternoon. On February 12, make Valentine’s cards, heart-shaped decorations and love-inspired origami. Tickets are $9.50 per person.
Take a (Romantic) Stroll
If you’re looking for a completely free Valentine’s celebration, pack a snack for two and a blanket and head to one of Portland’s best urban parks.
Tryon Creek Natural Area has all the elements of a great Portland hike: trees covered in moss with huge ferns lining the trails that lead to a meandering creek. Enjoy the outdoor and learn something new together at the natural area’s free guided hikes on February 11.
Get a Deal on Thai Food for Two
Treat yourself to a special discount at the local family-owned Thai restaurant, Gin Thai Brasserie. During the month of February, mention Portland Living on the Cheap and get 10% off your entire order.
Is this the year you start a new tradition? Find a memento to decorate your home or a new outfit for your next date night. Portland has more than 50 thrift and consignment stores filled with treasures.
Sing Your Heart Out to Live Music
In Portland, the live music possibilities are endless, but why pay more than $20? These five venues offer unique vibes and cheap tickets, and have shows almost every night of the week.
Unearth Portland’s History
Looking for a one-of-a-kind experience to retrace Portland’s history in an arboretum? Take a tour of Portland’s historic Lone Fir Cemetery. On February 11, you can take a historical tour of the cemetery and retrace the incredible lives of our city’s pioneers. Admission is a suggested donation of $10.
Ride Around Washington Park
Washington Park is the keeper of many of Portland’s best attractions. Access these attractions on the Washington Park free shuttle. It runs daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in February.
Be Illuminated at Portland Winter Light Festival
The citywide outdoor arts celebration featuring interactive light-based art installations, vibrant performances, and kinetic fire sculptures. The festival presents public art installations and performances for for free. Portland Winter Light Festival is taking place February 3-11. Find the installments and learn about special events.
Do the Time Warp
Have you been to a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Clinton Street Theater? If not, add it to your Portland bucket list. Pick out your best outrageous costume, practice the signature moves and head to the Saturday show. Tickets to the February 11 screening are $10 per person.
Have a Laugh Together
If you’re a lover of comedy and want to see the talent right here in your community, attend a Portland comedy night. Here are five places around Portland that host weekly free and cheap comedy nights.