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 in St. Louis means you have all the fine dining and entertainment options of a big city along with the small-town charm of the Midwest. Date ideas are plentiful in the "Gateway to the West," giving you plenty of ways to spend the holiday with your special someone, from cooking classes to wine and chocolate pairings. It's also the perfect city for celebrating Valentine's Day without breaking the bank, since there are more free attractions in St. Louis than any other American city after Washington, D.C.

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Stroll Along the Sainte Genevieve Chocolate Walk

Couple Walking durring the Sainte Genevieve Chocolate Walk

Sainte Genevieve Chocolate Walk

You can take your beloved on an exclusive tour of the businesses of Sainte Genevieve, a small city located about an hour's drive south of St. Louis. The annual Chocolate Walk, a fundraiser for the Sainte Genevieve Downtown Renewal Project held on February 6, 2021, 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

The Lemp Mansion

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

Reservations are available for the evenings of February 11, 12, or 13, 2021. 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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Listen to Valentine's Day Jazz

Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz

Jazz St. Louis

If you both love jazz, spend Valentine's Day at one of the city's premier venues. While many local venues are not playing any shows for Valentine's Day 2021, one that is hosting a special holiday—and socially distanced—show is BB's Jazz, Blues, and Soups right in downtown. Join them for A Lover's Serenade and Masquerade show on February 13, 2021.

Other jazz venues in the city include the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz (home of the Ferring Jazz Bistro), Jazz St. Louis, Thurman's in Shaw, and Troy's Listening Room.

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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 tradition: the Chocolate Wine Pairing Dinner. This sensual dinner is a four-course meal where each course features chocolate as an ingredient in some way. Of course, each course is also paired with a hand-selected wine to accompany.

The meal is scheduled for February 17, 2021, so you can enjoy a belated Valentine's date with your special someone.

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Have Cocktails at the Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton Lobby Lounge

Ritz-Carlton 

Up the glam factor by visiting the city's arts district, Clayton, for pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Stop in for an evening of cocktails and music in the intimate Lobby Lounge, which serves light appetizers and snacks in addition to a premium drink menu featuring a wide range of craft cocktails. It's open daily throughout February 2021 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Join a Kitchen Conservatory Class

Kitchen Conservatory Cooking Class

Kitchen Conservatory 

Create some romance at a cooking class for two at the Kitchen Conservatory. Throughout the month of February in 2021, there are all types of special courses during a "Valentine for Couples" series to learn something new in the kitchen with a romantic twist. Join the "French Kiss" to learn how to make a French-inspired dinner, "Heart and Sole" for a Venetian meal with a filet of sole, "Isle Be There" for a meal with a Greek island vibe, and many more.

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

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Catch a Comedy Show at Helium & Elements Restaurant

Helium & Elements Restaurant Dining Room

Helium & Elements Restaurant

Enjoy some laughs with your honey on Valentine's Day at the Helium Comedy Club, courtesy of comedian Rachel Feinstein, nightly from February 11–14, 2021. 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. For shows in 2021, guests must purchase a table for four instead of individual seats, and tables are reserved for just your party. If you're looking for a Valentine's Day double date idea, this is the most sidesplitting one in St. Louis.

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Dine at the Saint Louis Zoo

Sea Lion Show

Saint Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo is open for general admission in February 2021, but the Valentine's Dinner is canceled.

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. 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.

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Take a Chocolate Factory Tour

Handmade Easter bunny egg carriage

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company

As of January 2021, the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company Factory was closed for tours until further notice.

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 usually offers tours on Monday through Friday with reservations accepted for tours on Saturdays. 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

The Fabulous Fox

The 2021 season at the Fabulous Fox Theatre was on hold until further notice.

In 2020, the Fabulous Fox Theatre featured the 25th anniversary of "Riverdance," an Irish and international dance show, from Valentine's Day through February 16. The theater typically provides other opportunities to see some great entertainment in February, including past 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. Even if you miss the date by a week or two, it's the thought that counts.

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Go Dancing at the Casa Loma Ballroom

Casa Loma Ballroom Motown Performance

Casa Loma Ballroom

The Valentine's Day event at Casa Loma Ballroom was canceled for 2021.

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. Past performers include Javier Mendoza ("Hobo Cane"), chosen as one of Nashville's Lightning 100's Independent Radio Station Spotlight Artists in 2016 and 2019, doing a tribute to Latin stars like Alejandra Guzman and Gloria Trevi.

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Catch a Concert at Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill Bar

Blueberry Hill 

Blueberry Hill is open in February 2021 for dining in and take-out orders, but upcoming concerts were put on hold until further notice.

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 hosts an acoustic evening with William DuVall of Alice in Chains, the band with whom he had Grammy-nominated albums and many world tours.

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Smell the Flowers at the Botanical Garden Orchid Show

close up of two pink orchids

Tom Incrocci 

The Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden was canceled in 2021.

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 generally runs throughout February and into March. 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

St. Louis Symphony

The 2021 season at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was suspended until further notice.

At the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, you can typically experience a variety of performances around Valentines's Day. Past shows include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Music Director Stéphane Denève, Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, and "Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Celebration" featuring the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON Chorus.

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