Guide to Valentine's Day in Salt Lake City: Events, Shows, Things to Do

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Salt Lake City is a lovely city nestled in the mountains of Utah. If you're visiting the city on Valentine's Day in 2020, kindle a romantic fire by taking your sweetheart to one of these events or attractions.

From beautiful restaurants featuring top chef specials to sleigh rides over the snow and special events like the Salt Lake Symphony Vienna Ball, there are plenty of great ways to spend the holiday with your loved one. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time as many couples will be fighting for a date night at some of Salt Lake City's most popular romantic attractions.

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Visit Romantic Restaurants

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Many of Utah's best restaurants will offer striking decor and special menu items making for a romantic Valentine's Day. Check out places with dining specials in 2020 such as La Caille, a lovely French chateau with a garden setting serving a winter ratatouille appetizer and entrees like their wild mushroom wellington. The Melting Pot is also dishing out chocolate fondue and other fine dining choices for the holiday.

Early reservations are recommended.

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Experience Giselle at Ballet West

Cinderella Ballet West
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Catching a Ballet West performance of "Giselle," a love story that premiered in Paris in 1841, would be a great way to spend an evening with your special someone this Valentine's Day. Shows take place February 7 through 15, 2020, at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City.

The AC Marriot is the host hotel for the event; there are discounts on rooms booked during the "Giselle" performance dates.

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Enjoy Women Rock at the Utah Symphony

Abravanel Hall
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On February 14 and 15, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., the Utah Symphony will feature "Women Rock" at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. You and your valentine can enjoy the show conducted by Sarah Hicks who has worked with ensembles around the world. The Utah Symphony will honor famous rock female singer/songwriters such as Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, Minnie Riperton, Heart, and others.

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Attend Salt Lake Symphony's Vienna Ball

Salt Lake Symphony's Vienna Ball
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If you and your date would enjoy a uniquely romantic and fun Valentine’s day, then try the Salt Lake Symphony's annual Vienna Ball at the University of Utah's Union Ballroom. The fundraising event takes place on Saturday, February 7, 2020, at 8 p.m. Enjoy dancing, food, live music by the Salt Lake Symphony and the Mark Chaney Jazz Trio, floor shows by the BYU Ballroom Dance team, and a silent auction.

If you'd like to brush up on your dancing, a class starting at 6:30 p.m. is available. No alcohol is allowed.

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Have Dinner and Dance at Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point
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On February 14 and 15, 2020, enjoy a special evening dancing to live entertainment and feasting on a three-course dinner at the Thanksgiving Point Show Barn in Lehi, about a 30-minute drive south of Salt Lake City. The band playing will be Gold Standard, a mix of jazz and pop vocals with drums, a DJ, sax, and flute.

Buying tickets in advance is recommended. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner and dancing last from 7 to 10 p.m.

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Get Cozy With Your Sweetheart at DF Dance Studio

DF Dance Studio
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Join other couples at DF Dance Studio for a fun waltz class at 6 p.m., salsa at 7 p.m., or swing at 8 p.m. on Valentine's Day in 2020. No experience is required. Afterward, check out The Red and Black Ball - Salsa and Bachata Social, starting with an intro to bachata class at 9:30 p.m. and followed by dance shows at midnight and dancing until 1:30 a.m. on three floors. The event features a guest DJ, a photographer, and treats, and is open to singles and couples.

On February 15, 2020, enjoy a semi-formal Sweetheart's Valentine Dance which includes classes in rumba, cha-cha, and foxtrot, as well as treats and special performances.

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See James Blonde - License to Thrill at Desert Star Playhouse

You and your sweetie may choose to spend your Valentine's Day watching a fun theater performance that parodies James Bond, the famous character in spy movies. "James Blonde - License to Thrill" plays through March 21, 2020, at Desert Star Playhouse. The theater in Murray, about a 15-minute ride from Salt Lake City, offers a full menu, including wraps, hamburgers, pizza, desserts, and more.

It is always a wise idea to buy tickets in advance for the show of your choice.

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Try a Sleigh Ride Adventure

Man driving horse and carriage for couple in snow
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An old-fashioned winter sleigh ride can be the height of romance, depending on whom you take along. Various Utah companies offer rides available to match any interest—long or short, with or without dinner, and some with overnight resort stays.

Canyons Village Resort in Park City, about a 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City, has sleigh rides throughout the winter going through a beautiful and snowy area from Canyons Resort through Willow Draw. Private rides in 2020 can be booked on February 13–15 and additional dates throughout the month.

Or ride one of the Clydesdales with KB Horses in Heber City between February 14–18, 2020. It's an approximately 45-minute car ride from Salt Lake City; the company keeps you cozy with blankets, hot drinks, and homemade cookies.

Reserve in advance and dress for the cold.

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