Celebrate the Spirit of Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 13, from 4 to 6pm

Capitol Square’s Annual “Romancing the Square” Event. Celebrate the Spirit of Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 13, from 4 to 6pm

Capitol Square’s annual “Romancing the Square” event celebrates the spirit of Valentine’s Day with free activities on Saturday, February 13, from 4 to 6pm, throughout East Arlington’s vibrant business district. Enjoy chocolates, art happenings and exhibits, store sales, live music, and refreshments to help you get in the mood for romance. This event is free and open to adults and teenagers, and there will be interactive art activities for all ages.

The event kicks off during the week with an old-fashioned Valentine making extravaganza, held at Artbeat Monday through Friday. “Hearts On Fire”, a community art show, is also showing in Artbeat’s Upper Walls Gallery, featuring photos, poetry, drawings, and mixed media pieces submitted by local adult and child artists. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites on Saturday.

“Romancing the Square has a tradition of hosting events that inspire connectivity,” says Diane Buxton, owner of Luv and Other Gifts. “Through interactive arts, poetry, community art exhibits, and live music performances, guests have the opportunity to engage with friends and neighbors for a variety of fun activities throughout Capitol Square.”

Activities on Saturday, February 13 from 4 to 6 PM:

Pop-up art activities throughout the Square: keep your eyes open for sidewalk surprises!

Express yourself in words and art during Poetree, an activity for all ages led by Kendall Dudley at Artbeat (212A Mass Ave).

Enjoy some adult time with neighbors at a Neighborhood Mixer at Luv and Other Gifts (189 Mass Ave). Friends are invited to unwind with refreshments and live music in the Luv Lounge; Tarot Card readings will also be offered from 2 to 6pm.

Get your chocolate fix at a Fixx Chocolate Tasting at Maxima Gift Center (212 Mass Ave).

Decorate your own cupcakes at Something Sweet Without Wheat (169 Mass Ave). Decorating materials will be supplied for free with purchase of each cupcake.

Cocktail Hour at 13FOREST. An afternoon of fine art and festive refreshments. Sip on French 75s (a champagne cocktail made with gin, lemon, and a hint of sugar. served with a twist!) and peruse our exciting selection of locally made art, craft and jewelry.

Artwear (185 Mass Ave) will hold a jewelry sale with refreshments from 4 to 6pm. Customers can enter to win something special from the store with every purchase.

At The Little Fox Thrift Shop (175 Mass Ave) visitors will find beautiful Fox Reusable Totes—adorned with hair bows and hearts— for a special price of $10. Plus there’s still a lot of red clothing perfect for Valentine’s Day. Make sure to check business hours.

Quebrada Baking Co. (208 Mass Ave) will be selling heart shaped cookies, cakes and Valentine’s Day cupcakes.

On Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb 14:

Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens (218 Mass Ave) will be busy creating beautiful flower arrangements. Make sure to order yours in time.

Classic rom-com “His Girl Friday” will be showing at The Capitol Theatre (204 Mass Ave) on Valentine’s Day at 7pm for only $5 per ticket.

Ristorante Olivio (201 Mass. Ave.) will offer a very special $75 for two, prix fixe menu. Be sure to make your reservations early.

Flora (190 Mass Ave) will have a special Valentine’s Day menu for the entire weekend, and on Sunday an $80 prix fixe, 4-course menu, with a beautiful rose to carry home. Make your reservations now for this very popular evening.

Menotomy Grill & Tavern (25 Mass Ave) will welcome guests with menu specials.


Image Credit: Oona Metz