11 Last-Minute Ways to Save Valentine's Day

By Tessa Shull
In Culture

Stumped for Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day) plans—or gifts? Not to worry, ALIVE has you covered with 11 ideas to inspire you. Save the date indeed!

"Love Is in the Air," courtesy Saint Louis Ballet.

“Love Is in the Air,” courtesy Saint Louis Ballet.

1/ Run with (or from) Cupid
Feb. 14, Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory

This Valentine’s Day, Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier is back again for the third annual Run for the Chocolate 5K. You can identify as one of the following when signing up to race: On the market, off the market, happy couples or it’s complicated. All racers will get to indulge in a chocolatey goody bag and some post-race hot chocolate afterwards.

2/ Start from Square One
Feb. 13-14, Square One

A romantic, aphrodisiac-inspired menu will be available at Square One for Valentine’s Day weekend and its contents are so lovable. There’s a plethora of oysters, caviar and, of course, chocolate incorporated into the dishes for a romantic twist. Specialty cocktails and beer will be paired with the menu.

3/ Enjoy the Love in the Air
Feb. 13-14, Touhill Performing Arts Center

Awake your sweeter side with the Valentine’s Day-themed Saint Louis Ballet: “Love Is In The Air.” Including work by award-winning guest choreographer Francis Patrell, the evening’s performance will capture the audience’s heart through classics, such as Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and jazz music by Claude Bolling.

4/ Indulge
Feb. 13-15, Saint Louis Art Museum

It’s said that the way to the heart is through the stomach, and Panorama’s executive chef, Ivy Magruder, will kick off Valentine’s Day with an aphrodisiac-themed prix fixe menu for two Friday evening. A three-course meal will be presented to share with an additional wine pairing available to guests. On Saturday and Sunday, a relaxed brunch is available, featuring pear-dried fig blintzes and Champagne Benedict. Reservations are recommended.

5/ Kick the Blues…
Feb. 14, The Pageant

…by listening to some. G. Love and Special Sauce perform their soul-saturated new album, “Lemonade.” It’s the perfect sweet, musical treat for Valentine’s Day, featuring a blues infused hip-hop flair in new songs like “Free” and “Rainbow.”

6/ Stay Faithful
Feb. 14, Powell Hall

The STL Symphony is performing a tribute to the legendary 1980s rock band Journey. Throughout the evening, enjoy classic hits like “Faithfully,” “Open Arms,” “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Wheel in the Sky.”

7/ Adopt a Monkey
Feb. 9-14, Saint Louis Zoo

Well, why not? The St. Louis Zoo offers a black and white colobus monkey adoption package to melt your Valentine’s heart. Instead of going out, bring a gift home. The adoption package includes a plush colobus monkey, adoption certificate, name on the Zoo Parents Donor Wall and website and an invitation to the Zoo Parents Picnic.

8/ Have a Cup of Tea
Feb. 15, Ritz-Carlton

A unique chef’s dessert station, scones, romance-inspired pastries and tea blends will be available for Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a serene, romantic experience at the Ritz-Carlton with your lovely someone—or, for a girls’ day, someones.

9/ Eat Chocolate
Feb. 14, Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company

Schedule a chocolate factory tour this Valentine’s Day weekend and indulge your sweet tooth. Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company is an award-winning, second generation chocolate company, and to keep your actual heart happy, they use all natural ingredients to craft their chocolate.

10/ Fall in (self-)Love
Feb. 14, Swan River Yoga

Jivamukti Yoga instructor Alba Creales and founder of Hip-Hop Foundation Fanatics Nick Gates team up to offer a Valentine’s Day workshop that intertwines self-love and acceptance with their teachings. Expect a fusion of ancient yoga moves and modern hip-hop.

11/ Single? Mingle!
Feb 14, Siam

Tucci presents one of the top 2014 Beatport Tech House artists, Joeski, and Mark Lewis for a night of dancing your heart out. After a day of Mardi Gras-ing, make your way to the Grove with a group for a big night out.

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