STL Valentine's Day Events To Make Your Romantic Weekend Memorable

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Valentine’s Day can be hard to plan. A romantic dinner will make your partner feel special but restaurant reservations can also feel too ordinary if you go out to eat regularly. We wanted to help brainstorm, so we’ve put together a list of live theater, music and dance performances (plus some miscellany) that will make your holiday weekend extra memorable.


photo by Chris Sardegna


Feb. 6 – Mar. 27: Orchid Show at The Botanical Gardens
Go beyond giving your loved one a bouquet of flowers: take them to see exotic orchids in their natural tropical habitat. The theme of the show changes annually so even if you went last year the Orchid Show will still make for a unique Valentine’s Day.
4344 Shaw Blvd., Shaw

Feb. 5, Feb 12 – 13: Jacoby Arts Center presents “Love Letters”
A.R. Gurney’s play “Love Letters” tells the story of childhood friends and spiritual lovers Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III through the reading of letters they wrote to each other over 50 years. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. 627 E. Broadway, Alton

Feb. 12 – 14: Erin Bode at Ferring Jazz Bistro
The Erin Bode Group will provide the perfect soundtrack to celebrate your love in St. Louis. The instrumentals reflect the group’s folksy Midwestern roots while Bode’s jazz vocals dance along sweetly to the notes.
3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center 

Feb. 12 – 14: Fox Theatre presents “Riverdance”
Do something unconventional this Valentine’s Day and take your partner to see the complex vibrancy of traditional Irish dancing. You’ll be talking about this performance for the rest of the year.
527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center

Feb. 13: The St. Louis Music Festival at Chaifetz Arena
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with soulful musical artists MAZE ft. Frankie Beverly, Fantasia, Joe & Doug E. Fresh. This concert will be sure to put you and your S.O. in the Cupid mood.
1 S. Compton Ave., Midtown

Feb. 13 – 14: STL Ballet’s “In It For Love” at the Touhill Performing Arts Center
Christopher d’Amboise choreographs this light-hearted romance-themed ballet while Gen Horiuchi composes music with Joseph Morra. Reserve your seats for dinner before the Saturday night showing!
1 University Blvd., Bellerive

Feb. 14: Tor Miller at Blueberry Hill
Dance slow, get sentimental and possibly cry to Tor Miller’s smooth, Bowie-inspired ballad vocals at The Duck Room. His performance will make your night even more romantic and memorable.
6504 Delmar Blvd., The Loop

Feb. 14: The St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall presents “Las Vegas Valentine’s Songbook”
Let the St. Louis Symphony help you woo your loved one with performances of Vegas greats Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and more. Get there early to memorialize the night and get your picture taken in the Wightman Grand Foyer.
718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center

Feb. 14: Carriage Tour of STL
See St. Louis from a different perspective on Valentine’s Day. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through historic St. Louis before your show or dinner reservations. (Make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time.)
The Old Spaghetti Factory, Laclede’s Landing
The Arch Riverfront
4th & Chestnut, Downtown

Feb. 14: Great Horned Owl Valentine Adoption
Want to do something unique and charitable for your animal-loving S.O.? Adopt a Great Horned Owl in their name for just $45. The adoption package includes a cute plush owl, a gift card, an adoption certificate with a color photo, a car decal, and your partner’s name featured on the Zoo Parents Donor Wall and website for one year.
1 Government Dr., Forest Park

Feb. 14 – 16: Shen Yun at The Peabody Opera House
Treat your special someone to the magic of Shen Yun, an elaborately costumed dance performance showcasing ancient Chinese culture and expressing the beauty of the divine. The dancers’ fluid movements, colorful costumes and the exquisitely painted landscape backdrops will captivate you both.
1400 Market St., Downtown

Ashley Ferguson contributed research to this blog post.

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