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Safe, sweet ways to celebrate Valentine's Day weekend

Posted at 9:15 AM, Feb 12, 2021

CINCINNATI — Friday kicks off the start of Valentine’s Day weekend.

By now, most restaurants are booked solid because of seating limitations and restrictions. You’ll need to get a little creative to plan a last-minute celebration with your loved one, but there’s still passion to be had amid a pandemic with restrictions.

Findlay Market is hosting theSweet and Savory Stroll on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets get you and your sweetheart champagne, sweet and savory samples, live music and warm heaters. The Biergarten will be selling warm cider and local beer.

Temperatures are expected to be bitter this weekend, but there’s still the option to bundle up and go ice skating down on Fountain Square. You can make a reservation here.

For those looking for some flare with their flame, Bircus Brewing Co. and Circus Mojo are hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner and live show at The Ludlow Theatre.

“People are craving entertainment in a safe space and we are creatively trying to give the people what they want,” said Paul Miller of Bircus Brewing Co. “We have superb circus talent from Australia, Cuba, Canada and of course, the U.S.”

Things going well with your boo? This weekend gives you the chance to strip down to your underwear.

John Smith is an organizer of Cupids Undie Run. He's one of the thousands willing to bare (almost) all on Saturday to help find a cure for neurofibromatosis.

“It can cause tumors to grow on the skin, which is why we strip down to our undies, because those that have NF, they can't cover up their tumors,” Smith said.

There's still time to register for the run, which has gone virtual in 2021. The after party on Saturday will be in-person and socially-distanced.

“We're going to make the most of it,” Smith said. “We're gonna have a DJ, fun drinking games. I can't think of a more creative, unclad way to bond with your boo.”

While dating can be tough during a pandemic, virtual speed dating could help get singles out of their shell without having to leave the house.

Matchmaker Toyia Montgomery will be playing the part of cupid this weekend during a virtual speed-dating event.

“I've already been invited to one wedding next year of a couple that I connected, so I'm super excited,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery said there is still room for two guys to join the virtual dating pool.

Filter Off speed dating is another option for singles looking to make connections beyond the dating apps. The event goes beyond Valentine’s weekend and is hosted every Friday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Register ahead of time to get matched with locals based on your interests.