Valentine's Day 2018 in Phoenix

Romance and Fun With Your Valentine in the Valley of the Sun

Romantic young couple kissing on beach

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Whether you're taking a romantic vacation to the Phoenix Valley, or you live there and are looking for a place to take a date for Valentine's Day, there are plenty of mood-setting destinations in the area worth exploring this holiday.

In Greater Phoenix, you can find quite a variety of events and activities celebrating this romantic holiday, which coincides with the Arizona Statehood Day on February 14. Girlfriends and boyfriends, partners, significant others, spouses, friends, and families can all find something to love on Valentine's Day this year.

From a playdate at Castles 'n' Coasters to a unique feast at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, there's something for everyone this February. Be sure to book your dinner reservations and tickets in advance, though, as tables are likely to fill up and shows sell out early this year.

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    Castles n Coasters, Phoenix, Arizona
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    You can make a special Valentine's Day playdate at Castles 'n' Coasters, which will offer a sweetheart's special this year. Including in the price of this package, you can enjoy bumper boats, go-karts, mini golf, the arcade, and giant waffle cones packed with ice cream. Tickets can only be purchased at the door on the day of the event by mentioning this special, and you don't have to worry about this event selling out as there's plenty of room to play at Castles 'n' Coasters.

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    Verde Canyon Railroad FP7 Locomotive
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    Hop on the Verde Canyon Railroad during the Chocolate Lovers' Festival on February 14. Suitable as a date or for a family, you can combine your love of the scenic outdoors with the romance of chocolate, but advance reservations are required. Your voyage on this vintage train will travel into the heart of Sedona's red rock desert and include service of coffees, specialty cocktails, and unlimited chocolate confections including chocolate fountains.

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    Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

    Bronze Horse Fountain in Downtown Scottsdale
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    You can take your sweetie on a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour through the streets of downtown Scottsdale for the "Chocolate Tour" any time of year. However, for Valentine's Day, you'll get a discount on tickets with the promo code "valentine." During the tour, you can visit chocolatiers and local shops to sample confections all while learning fun facts about the chocolate-making process.

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    Dolly Steamboat
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    If you'd prefer to spend Valentine's evening relaxing with your date instead, you can take the twilight Dolly Steamboat dinner cruise on Canyon Lake. While the cruise runs year-round, the sunset cruise on Valentine's Day features a special menu and a more romantic ambiance than the typical family-friendly daytime affair. Alternatively, you can take the two-hour astronomy and dinner cruise instead.

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    Glendale Chocolate Affaire
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    A festival of chocolate in downtown Glendale takes place from February 9 to 11, with gourmet cuisine and beverages, horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment, and tours of Cerreta Candy Company. While there may not be an official event happening on Valentine's Day this year, you can often pick up some discount codes and special offers at the Affaire and use them on the holiday itself.

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    Romeo and Juliet by Ballet Arizona
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    "Cinderella" takes the stage at Ballet Arizona for six performances over Valentine’s Day weekend February 15 to 18 at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. Pre- and post-performance chats happen at certain shows. Tickets start at $25, with discounts offered for seniors, students, military personnel, and groups. Check for discounted tickets.

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    Scottsdale Art and Wine Festival
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    If the weather cooperates, this art show taking place February 9 to 11 on the banks of the canal in Scottsdale is a low-stress, daytime Valentine's Day weekend activity. Take a stroll with your sweetie, and buy something artistic, if it moves you. Otherwise, you can simply enjoy some of the best wines the Arizona wine country has to offer.

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    Tenerife beach and cafe
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    Arizona Cocktail Weekend conveniently takes place February 17 to 19, making it a perfect post-Valentine's celebration. There are plenty of opportunities for a romantic adventure with parties, tastings, seminars, competitions, and happy hours across the state, especially in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Be sure to check out the full listing of events and participating locations so you don't miss out on any of the discounts and deals.

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    Carnival of Illusion
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    Treat your sweetheart to a vaudeville-inspired theater show with Old-World illusion and a twinkling hint of 1900's Parisian humor on February 10 at Tempe Center for the Arts. Due to the intimacy of the boutique theater, shows do sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets to the "Carnival of Illusion" well in advance of the holiday and your vacation to Phoenix.

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    The 2nd Friday Night Out block party falls on February 9 with a Valentines-appropriate Swinging Sweethearts theme. The kid-friendly, dog-friendly event includes treats, entertainment, shopping, art, and a swing-dance contest. The party takes place in downtown Mesa starting at 6 p.m.

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    Super Saturday is February 10 at Turf Paradise, where both families and couples can spend a day at the races as part of their Valentine’s Day celebration. In addition to the action on the track, enjoy live music, a Kids Fun Park, and $3 bottled beer. Super Saturday also includes stakes races: The $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup, the $35,000 Turf Paradise Handicap, and the $35,000 Sun City Handicap.

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    The annual Valentine's Benefit for the HART Fund takes place at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix on February 10. Performers include Kim Wilson, Sugaray Rayford, Andy T Band, Phil Pemberton (of Roomful of Blues), Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat, Chris Barnes with the Bad News Blues Band, and Bob Corritore. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. You must be 21 or over to enter the show.

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    The Pleasure Feast, served by wenches and tavern knaves at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction, includes a five-course meal along with one and a half hours of raucous Renaissance entertainment. The ticket price includes festival admission. The Arizona Renaissance Festival, in its 30th year, takes place each consecutive weekend beginning February 10.

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    Street Eats Food Truck Festival
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    On February 10 and 11, take your friends or date to a day of outdoor food truck sampling, which will also feature eating contests, music, beer, and wine. Skip the fancy, expensive Valentine's Day meal and bond over casual bites instead. Plus, the weather in Phoenix is lovely in February, so you can spend the day outside enjoying the sun—especially if you're on vacation from a colder climate!