Guide to Valentine's Day in St. Louis: Events, Romantic Meals, Things to Do

Gateway Arch - ground level

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Celebrating Valentine's Day usually means a romantic dinner out, chocolates, and red roses. If you'd like a unique way to spend the special holiday, there are plenty of ideas that might delight your partner for Valentine's Day 2020 in the St. Louis area, including concerts, tours of a chocolate factory, a comedy show, and even a class featuring yoga and cocktails.

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Take a Chocolate Factory Tour

Handmade Easter bunny egg carriage

Courtesy of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company

If your valentine is a lover of sweets, don't just give them a heart-shaped box; go on a free tour of the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company in St. Louis. During the approximately 20-minute tour, guests will get an up-close look at the factory and be able to smell, taste, and see the candies as they're made. The Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company offers tours on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations are accepted for tours on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While booking in advance is not required for weekday tours, lines can get quite long during the holiday season and other peak times, so it's recommended you reserve your tour in advance.

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See a Show at the Fox

The Fabulous Fox Interior

Courtesy of The Fabulous Fox

In 2020, the Fabulous Fox Theatre will feature the 25th anniversary of "Riverdance," an Irish and international dance show, from Valentine's Day through February 16. The theater provides other opportunities to see some great entertainment in February, including musical shows like "Who is Jill Scott, 20th Anniversary Tour," along with "Little Big Town Nightfall Tour," the rock musical "Rent 20th Anniversary Tour," and others.

Grab a ticket to a show for a special treat for your Valentine this year. Even if you miss the date by a week or two, it's the thought that counts.

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Stroll Along the Sainte Genevieve Chocolate Walk

Couple Walking durring the Sainte Genevieve Chocolate Walk

Courtesy of Sainte Genevieve Chocolate Walk

On February 1, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can take your beloved on an exclusive tour of the businesses of Sainte Genevieve, a small city located about an hour drive south of St. Louis. This annual fundraiser for the Sainte Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project invites just 300 guests to venture between participating local shops around town to collect delicious pieces of chocolates. It's easier to get into the event when you buy tickets in advance.

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Have Valentine's Dinner at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn

The Lemp Mansion Exterior

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St. Louis's historic Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn is serving up dinner for three special nights over Valentine's Day weekend in 2020. When it comes to intimate dinners, a setting can't get more romantic than this historical house, and the four-course meal includes champagne and dessert for each couple.

Reservations are available for February 13, 14, and 15. The holiday menu features a shared appetizer, dinner salads, two entrees from the Lemp Mansion menu, a dessert for a duo, and unlimited champagne.

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Go Dancing at the Casa Loma Ballroom

Casa Loma Ballroom Motown Performance

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Dust off your dancing shoes, grab your partner and head over to the legendary Casa Loma Ballroom (which was established in 1927) for a Latin celebration on the weekend of Valentine's Day. On February 14, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. through 11:59 p.m., you can enjoy entertainment with Javier Mendoza ("Hobo Cane"), chosen as one of Nashville's Lightning 100's Independent Radio Station Spotlight Artists in 2016 and 2019. He'll be doing a tribute to Alejandra Guzman and Gloria Trevi, Mexican singer-songwriters with a pop-rock focus. Buy tickets online in advance.

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Listen to Valentine's Day Jazz

Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz

Courtesy of Jazz St. Louis

If you both love jazz, spend Valentine's Day at one of the city's premier venues, the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz (home of the Ferring Jazz Bistro). Jazz St. Louis, a not-for-profit organization, welcomes Erin Bode, a singer from Minnesota who performs a mix of jazz, folk, and pop, from February 13 to 15, 2020; the last two nights will feature a pair of sets.

Other great venues worth checking out include BB's Jazz, Blues, and Soups, where you can dine on Southern food and sit cabaret-style; Thurman's in Shaw which has no cover charges and plenty of craft beer on tap; and Troy's Listening Room to sip on drinks while you are entertained by local musicians.

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Soak up Romance at the Pere Marquette

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center Interior

Courtesy of Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center in Grafton, Illinois, about a 45-minute drive from St. Louis, is a romantic spot any day of the year, and its Great Room, which includes a huge stone fireplace, is a prime location for a cozy Valentine's Day celebration.

Around Valentine's Day 2020, there will be events including Zen and Gin Yoga Night on the night of February 12, a yoga class followed by cocktails and appetizers. And on February 19, the Lodge Restaurant will have a gourmet dinner party featuring specialty wines that compliment each of the four courses using the theme of cherries.

You can enjoy a lovely dinner in the adjacent dining room if you'd like, but reservations are required; it's a good idea to also confirm holiday hours in advance.

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Catch a Concert at Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill Bar

Courtesy of Blueberry Hill 

The always cool Blueberry Hill, which opened in 1972 in the Delmar Loop neighborhood, is usually a great spot to catch a live show. You and your sweetie can enjoy Valentine's Day when this famous venue will host an acoustic evening with William DuVall of Alice in Chains, the band with whom he had Grammy-nominated albums and many world tours.

This all-ages show will start at 8 p.m. on February 14, 2020, and you'll save some money buying tickets in advance.

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Have Cocktails at the Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge

Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton 

You can't put on the Ritz for Valentine's Day any more authentically than at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis. Stop in for an evening of cocktails and music in the glam Lobby Lounge, which serves light appetizers and has a menu featuring a diversity of cocktails.

If you're in town over Valentine's Day weekend, the Lounge also features live music on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and you can enjoy a sushi bar there daily from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Smell the Flowers at the Botanical Garden Orchid Show

close up of two pink orchids

Tom Incrocci 

If you're looking for a great, inexpensive activity no matter what time of the month you visit, you can stroll through the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Show, which runs daily from February 1 through March 22, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Orchid Show features exotic flowers from around the world in a naturalistic tropical setting. You can spend hours wandering the grounds of the botanical gardens, and afterward, buy your date an orchid in the Garden Gate Shop.

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Enjoy an Evening at the St. Louis Symphony

St. Louis Symphony Performance

Courtesy of St. Louis Symphony

In February of 2020 at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, you can experience a variety of performances, including rock musician Ben Folds on February 13 and 14 for Valentine's Day.

Other shows this month include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on February 7–9, conducted by Music Director Stéphane Denève; Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony on February 15 to 16; and on the February 21, "Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Celebration" featuring the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON Chorus.

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Join a Kitchen Conservatory Class

Kitchen Conservatory Cooking Class

Courtesy of Kitchen Conservatory 

Create some romance at a cooking class for couples at the Kitchen Conservatory. For Valentine's Day in 2020, you can find out how to prepare a special meal or dessert together. On February 5, learn to make various tasty cinnamon rolls with your sweetheart or take a Valentine cookie decorating class the same day. You'll leave with a beautiful package of treats.

The culinary classes often sell out in advance, especially for a holiday like Valentine's Day, when more than a week of special classes are offered. Book as early as possible or call the store to see if you can get on the waitlist.

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Dine at the Saint Louis Zoo

Sea Lion Show

Courtesy of Saint Louis Zoo

For those 21 and above seeking a unique way to spend your Valentine's Day, head to the Untamed Hearts Valentine's Dinner at the Saint Louis Zoo from 6 to 10 p.m. on February 14 or 15, 2020. You and your date will delve into a three-course candlelit meal and a bottle of red or white wine. A cash bar will be onsite, and the fun program includes animal greeters, live music, and dancing.

Make your reservation by 2 p.m. on February 5.

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Catch a Comedy Show at Helium & Elements Restaurant

Helium & Elements Restaurant Dining Room

Courtesy of Helium & Elements Restaurant

Enjoy some laughs with your honey on Valentine's Day courtesy of comedian Mark Normand. The New Orleans native has appeared on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," and is performing at Helium & Elements Restaurant on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday over Valentine's Day weekend in 2020.

You and your love (ages 18 and above) can either purchase general admission tickets or reserve the Valentine's Day Package, which includes reserved seats for two along with chocolate and strawberries.

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