The Best Valentine's Day Events in Los Angeles 2018

Chocolates, Flowers, and Something Completely Different

Los Angeles, California Downtown
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When visiting Los Angeles in February, especially for a romantic Valentine's getaway, there are many options to choose from for the perfect date.

Although you can go the traditional route for Valentine's Day with flowers, chocolates, and 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 2018.

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    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. You'll nosh on candy, baked goods, and beverages that all have one spectacular ingredient in common: chocolate.

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    Lucha VaVOOM
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    Who would have thought a raunchy Mexican masked wrestling, traditional dancing, comedy, and burlesque show would become a Valentine's Day tradition? Well, it is in Los Angeles. The annual Lucha VaVoom Valentine's Show takes place on Feb. 14 and 15 in 2018.

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    Downtown Art Walk
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    The February Downtown LA Art Walk takes place on February 8, just before 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.

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    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.

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    "Toast to Ghost" at Clay
    ••• 'Toast to Ghost' Valentine's Pottery Experience at Clay in Long Beach. Photo courtesy of Clay on 1st

    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, one on February 16, or three on February 17.

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    Art Deco Couple on the Queen Mary
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    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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    Lami Topsail
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    The Tall Ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson will be offering a Sweetheart Sail on February 10 and 11, 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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    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. A variety of cruises are offered; they include a Cupid's Champagne Brunch Cruise and Date Night Dinner Cruise, which includes live music and dancing.

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    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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    Ronald Reagan's Air Force One at the Reagan Library
    ••• Ronald Reagan's Air Force One and Marine One at the Reagan Library. Photo by Bob Riha, Jr. WireImage/Getty Images

    If you don't mind spending Valentine's Day with a couple hundred 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 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 buy a commemorative photo to save the memories.