Guide to Valentine's Day in Los Angeles: Festivals, Events, Things to Do

Chocolates, Flowers, and Something Completely Different

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When visiting Los Angeles in February, especially for a romantic Valentine's getaway, there are many ways you can show your significant other a good time in the City of Angels.

Although you can go the traditional route for Valentine's Day with flowers, chocolates, and a pricey dinner, Los Angeles also features a number of creative and different adventures that will almost certainly make this a Valentine's Day to remember. Here are some special events going on Valentine's Day and the weekends surrounding it in 2019.

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TOURific Escapes Chocolate Indulgence Tour

TOURific Escapes
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TOURific Escapes will offer their Chocolate Indulgence Tour of five of Los Angeles' most decadent chocolate shops the Saturdays before and after Valentine's Day.

During the tour, you'll nosh on candy, baked goods, and beverages that all have one spectacular ingredient in common: chocolate. The tour also features fun commentary by a true "chocoholic" tour guide as well as transportation between venues in a comfortable company van.

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Lucha VaVoom Valentine's Show

Lucha VaVOOM
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Who would have thought a raunchy Mexican masked wrestling, traditional dancing, comedy, and burlesque show would become Valentine's Day tradition? Well, it is in Los Angeles.

Named "Ooh La La Lucha," this annual event features Lucha VaVoom veterans alongside newcomers to the sport as well as a variety of burlesque performances and appearances by the LA Roller Girls. The annual Lucha VaVoom Valentine's Show takes place on the weekend of Valentine's Day at the Mayan Theatre starting at 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. 

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Valentine's Day Art Walk in Downtown LA

Downtown Art Walk
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The February Downtown LA Art Walk takes place on February 21, 2019—the weekend after Valentine's Day. You're sure to find lots of heart-themed jewelry and other romantic gifts among the original works of art and handmade crafts on display through the Downtown LA Gallery District.

Spend the afternoon strolling with your special someone through these fantastic works of art and be sure to pick up something to remember the day by. Although it may not fall on Valentine's Day itself this year, the art walk is a great way to enjoy a romantic date getting to know your partner and the LA art scene.

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Tall Ships Sweetheart Sail

The Tall Ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson will be offering a Sweetheart Sail on Thursday, February 13, 2019—a rare opportunity to experience an ocean sail on these two square-rigged brigantine ships, which are normally only used for youth development programs.

The Sweetheart Sail is a fundraiser for the TopSail Youth Program of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute. During the harbor tour, guests will be invited to help the sailors if they choose. Price includes dinner (vegetarian option available), dessert, and a glass of prosecco. You can bring your own wine if you choose.

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Watson Adventures' Naked at the Getty Scavenger Hunt

Getty Center, Los Angeles
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Celebrate Valentine's Day with Watson Adventures Valentine's Day scavenger hunt for nudity at the Getty Center. Teams of two to six people will discover secrets hidden in works of art involving nudity while tackling witty, tricky questions.

No knowledge of art—or nudity—is needed to succeed, and this unique adventure is offered several times throughout the year. Additionally, you can schedule your own group Watson Adventure any time by visiting the company's website.

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"Toast to Ghost" Valentines Day Date Night at Clay on First

"Toast to Ghost" at Clay
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During the Clay on First Potter Studio's Annual Valentine's Day Date Night, couples will do their best Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze impressions with a pottery class complete with food, drinks, and passion. The Valentine’s Day "Toast to Ghost" Date Night is the perfect combination of creativity and romance to really “wow” your sweetie. 

During the two-hour sessions, you and your honey will straddle up and re-create the infamous pottery love scene from the classic 1990 film "Ghost" with Swayze and Moore. Each session will include beer, wine, and snacks from a local Long Beach eatery; you'll be responsible for providing the passion. Once you've grasped the basics you'll get some private time with the lights turned down and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers turned up.  

Join one of three sessions on February 14, two on February 15, or one on February 16, 2019.

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My Vintage Valentine on the Queen Mary

Art Deco Couple on the Queen Mary
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The famous Queen Mary in Long Beach has long served as a romantic date spot—complete with exquisite food, drink, and live entertainment. On Valentine's Day, though, the Queen Mary takes your date night retro with "My Vintage Valentine," a dinner theater performance unlike any other.

Reserve a table at Sir Winston's Restaurant & Lounge for award-winning cuisine, a diverse menu, and Scott MacDonald on the piano or try your luck at Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, where it'll be first-come, first-serve. The Queen Mary is a popular destination for couples, and Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for this luxury dining experience.

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Victorian Valentine Tour at the Grier Musser Museum

The Grier Musser Museum is a turn-of-the-century Queen Anne house in Los Angeles that hosts a variety of monthly holiday exhibits featuring antique collections that reflect the history and culture of the city.

Victorian Valentine's Day traditions, from antique valentines to kewpie dolls and teddy bears, will be on display for the annual Valentine's Day tour on February 11. The Grier Musser Museum is a restored Victorian house in Downtown Los Angeles, and admission includes a tour and refreshments; reservations are recommended.

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Valentine's Day Cruise

Hornblower Cruises & Events Los Angeles Orange County
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There's nothing more quintessentially romantic than a cruise, and for Valentine's Day, you can combine it with a five-course dinner in Marina del Rey with Hornblower. Hornblower offers a variety of cruises for Valentine's Day each year including a Cupid's Champagne Brunch Cruise and a Date Night Dinner Cruise, which includes live music and dancing.

If you're single this Valentine's Day, though, you can also take the Singles Cocktail Cruise where you may just meet the love of your life or you can simply enjoy the "Anti-Valentine's Day" bash with your friends.

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Valentine's Dance Under the Wings of Reagan's Air Force One

Ronald Reagan's Air Force One at the Reagan Library
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If you don't mind spending Valentine's Day with hundreds of other people, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library puts on quite a celebration.

The Reagan Library's Valentine's Day Sweetheart's Dinner and Dance celebration is held on the grounds of the library, where tables for two will be set up under the wings of President Reagan's Air Force One airplane, which is on permanent display. Tickets include museum entrance, dinner, dancing to live music, and a red rose to take home. You can also buy a commemorative photo to save your memories.

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