Guide to Valentine's Day in Kansas City: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Kansas City is full of opportunities and experiences for lovestruck couples to enjoy on Valentine's Day, so if you're planning a romantic trip with you and your sweetheart, there's no shortage of options for this love-filled holiday.

From the most romantic restaurants to the best places to buy flowers or chocolates, Kansas City offers travelers and residents alike a plethora of date options, but there's also plenty to do on February 14 for the single celebrator including an Anti-Valentine's Day Bash.

Explore the following list and plan your trip to Kansas City this February—just watch out for Cupid's arrows!

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Share a Dinner at a Romantic Restaurant

Courtesy of Piropos
400 E 5th St, Kansas City, MO 64106-1105, USA
+1 816-474-6060

When it comes to romantic dates, taking your sweetheart out for a candlelit dinner for two at one of the city's best restaurants is certainly one of the best ways to celebrate your love. Fortunately, Kansas City has some of the best restaurants in the midwest for a quiet evening with a special someone on Valentine's Day.

From quaint French Bistros like Le Fou Frog on the edge of downtown's River Market to the old world charm of Italian-style Jasper's, you're sure to uncover a great spot to take your date. We personally recommend Piropos, an Argentinean restaurant overlooking the city in Briarcliff Village.

Other great options for your date include a fireside dinner at Lidia's, "progressive American cuisine" at bluestem, or a trip to Westport for a meal at Californos, a New Zealand-inspired restaurant.

02 of 07

Go Relax at a Day Spa

Green Leaf Massage & Day Spa
Courtesy of Green Leaf Massage & Day Spa
104 W 9th St Suite 40, Kansas City, MO 64105, USA
+1 816-472-7779

Show the one you love how you really feel this Valentine's Day—treat them to a relaxing day at the spa with everything from massages, manicures, and pedicures to make-up applications, facials, and everything in-between.

Green Leaf Massage and Day Spa, Spa on Penn, Spalation, and The Spa at Briarcliff are among the top locations to visit with a loved one. Many of Kansas City Salon's and Day Spas offer special Valentine's Day packages, so be sure to check out their websites and social media channels for more information on holiday rates.

Additionally. you may want to head out to an all-inclusive resort instead where you can not only relax at the spa but unwind after a full day of relaxation in a private suite. The Elms Hotel and Spa, for instance, is offering a special Valentine's Day package this year which includes access to the resorts' spa as well as a five-course dinner and champagne toast.

03 of 07

Spend Some Time at a Romantic Hotel

Chateau Avalon
Courtesy of Chateau Avalon
701 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111, USA
+1 913-596-6000

Nothing says "romantic weekend" quite like a private suite at one of Kansas City's best hotels, many of which offer special Valentine's Day packages to sweep your sweetie off their feet.

Chateau Avalon is a one-of-a-kind, theme-room based hotel that offers everything from candlelit baths to a spa package add-on, making for a perfect Valentine's getaway destination, and the ​Courtyard by Marriott: Country Club Plaza offers three separate holiday packages that include things like deluxe rooms, buffet dinners, chocolates, massages, keepsake photos, and dancing.

Other Kansas City hotels offering Valentine's Day packages and specials include the Raphael Hotel, Hotel Phillips, The Westin Crown Center, and the Hyatt Regency on McGee Street in KC.

04 of 07

Buy Some Gifts at Local Chocolate Shops

Christopher Elbow Chocolates from Kansas City
Courtesy of Christopher Elbow Chocolates

From decadent chocolates and delightful truffles to mouth-watering morsels and diet-busting goodies—these top chocolatiers have one thing in common: they're all from Kansas City. Take delight in visiting one of these purveyors of fine chocolates in the Kansas City Metro and take a box of their goodies home—but beware, you might find yourself eating the last one sooner than you think.

One of the best boutiques in the city, Christopher Elbow Chocolates, is located near the Hyatt Regency on McGee Street in downtown Kansas City and features delectable treats one might mistake for works of art. Combining unusual flavors and elegant designs, the famed chef who owns the shop is often on-site preparing new treats for guests to try.

Other great options in Kansas City include Panache Chocolatier and Cafe, Bizz and Weezy Confections, Andre's Confiserie Suisse, and Russel Stover Chocolates, a national brand that's been creating tasty treats since the early 1920s.

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05 of 07

Buy Some Beautiful Flowers at a Shopping District or Mall

Orchids at City Market, Kansas City
Wesley Fryer / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
22 W 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 64113-1614, USA
+1 816-363-4313

From beautiful bouquets to simple assortments, the locally-sourced floral arrangements found in the shopping districts and malls of Kansas City make for unique and artistic gifts for that special someone on Valentine's Day.

Among the top shopping malls in the area, consider stopping by The Country Club Plaza, which is sure to be decorated in bright reds and pinks in honor of the love-filled holiday or Oak Park Mall, one of the largest indoor shopping centers in the city.

Alternatively, you can also visit a local florist like The Fiddly Fig Florist, Steves Floral Shop, or Toblers Flowers to support these establishments in person; you can even bring your date and let him or her pick out their own arrangement.

06 of 07

Fox 4 Love Fund Chocolate Breakfast

Breakfast with pancakes and hot chocolate
Anjelika Gretskaia/Moment/Getty Images

Feel the love this Valentine's Day and take the sweetie in your life to the Fox 4 Love Fund's Chocolate Breakfast, an annual event that features a full line-up of chocolate-infused treats to start your special day together. The menu includes everything from chocolate brioche french toast, chocolate chunk cinnamon rolls, chocolate fountain, and even fondue; plus, tickets are just $14 and proceeds go to the Love Fund for Children charity.

07 of 07

Attend Anti-Valentine's Day Bashes and Clothing Drives

Goodwill donation center
Courtesy of Goodwill
800 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
+1 816-842-7425

If you're alone on Valentine's Day—or even if you're in a relationship but just hate the holiday—there are plenty of free options in Kansas City as well as events that don't require a date, including Anti-Valentine's Day Bashes and clothing drives.

For instance, Goodwill launched a campaign to accept donated items that remind their former owners of failed romances in 2017. This now-annual clothing and goods drive helps provide food and clothes to families in need in the Kansas City area.

This year, you can also stop by "Love Stinks, Let's Drink: An Anti-Valentine's Day Bash" at Zócalo on West 48th Street (near The Plaza) on February 11, 2019, for a dance party and meet-and-mingle event like no other. 

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