Guide to Valentine's Day in Phoenix: Events, Shows, Things to Do

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 going on a romantic vacation or you live in the Phoenix area and are looking for a place to take a date for Valentine's Day, there are plenty of mood-setting destinations within a few hours' drive that are worth exploring. Also, the holiday coincides with the Arizona Statehood Day on February 14, 2020.

Sweethearts, friends, and families can all find something to love on Valentine's Day, ranging from a play date at Castles N Coasters to a unique feast at the Arizona Renaissance Festival and a blues fundraiser concert. Be sure to book your dinner reservations and tickets in advance.  

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Play at Castles N Coasters

Castles n Coasters, Phoenix, Arizona
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Castles N Coasters has a special package on Valentine's Day that includes two thrill ride passes, ice cream cones for you and your honey, and two attempts at the giant claw machine (which will have huge teddy bears for the holiday). The special costs $20.20 per person (two-person minimum) and runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on February 14, 2020.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Romeo and Juliet by Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona

In 2020, you can have a great time with your love or the family watching Shakespeare’s funny and world-famous "A Midsummer Night's Dream" written in 1595 and 1596. Featuring The Phoenix Symphony and professional Arizona dancers, the romantic production is about the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. Catch a performance between February 13 and 16 (with two shows on the 15th and 16th) at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix.

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Arizona Cocktail Weekend

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The ninth annual Arizona Cocktail Weekend conveniently takes place over President’s Day Weekend, February 15-17, 2020, making it a perfect post-Valentine's celebration. There are plenty of opportunities for a romantic adventure with parties, tastings, happy hours, seminars, competitions, and venues all around Phoenix where you can have a drink. Most events are free, though there is an admission fee for some, like the February 15 Cocktail Carnival with a 20-person marching band, an art show, and light and sound displays.

Check out the full listing of events and participating locations so you don't miss out on any of the deals. The event promoters urge responsible drinking and guests using rideshare services or the light rail to return home safely,

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Carnival of Illusion

Carnival of Illusion

Carnival of Illusion

Treat your sweetheart to a vaudeville-inspired theater show with Old-World illusion and a taste of 1900s Parisian humor at the Mesa Arts Center, only 15 miles (24 kilometers) from downtown Phoenix in Mesa. In 2020, there are two shows for ages 12 and up on both February 14 and 15. Due to the intimacy of the 99-seat boutique theater, shows do sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets to the "Carnival of Illusion" in advance of the holiday.

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2nd Friday Night Out

The 2nd Friday Night Out block party falls on February 14, 2020, with a Valentine's-appropriate Swingin' Sweethearts on Main theme. The kid- and dog-friendly event from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Mesa includes sweet treats, live entertainment, works by over 50 artists, a famous couples trivia contest, dance lessons, and a swing-dance contest. Restaurants and shops stay open late and it's a festive way to spend the holiday with your lovebird or family.

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Valentine's Day Blues Celebration

You can party and support a good cause at the annual Southwest Musical Arts Foundation's Valentine's Day Blues Celebration taking place at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix at 7 p.m. on February 15, 2020. All proceeds go to the HART (Handy Artists Relief Trust) Fund which helps blues musicians and their families who have health issues and are in financial need. Headliners for this show include Steve Cropper, Andy T Band with Alabama Mike, Sugaray Rayford, Monster Mike Welch, Annika Chambers and Paul DesLauriers, and more.

General admission tickets cost $25. Audience members must be 21 or over to enter the venue. 

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Valentine's Day is a Drag

For something a little different and fun on Valentine's Day, head to Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix for the Valentine's Day is a Drag event on February 14, 2020, from 8 to 9 p.m. Miss Gay Arizona America 2015 Nevaeh McKenzie and friends will host the event with an adult drag queen storytime.

A ticket for one includes a glass of champagne and a treat; if you buy the VIP tickets for two, you'll get a bottle of champagne, a cheese board, and treats for two. Guests will have a chance to win a massage.

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Ride the Chocolate Lovers' Special Train

Verde Canyon Railroad FP7 Locomotive
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Hop aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, two hours north of Phoenix, for the Chocolate Lovers' Special on February 13, 14, and 15, 2020. Suitable for a date or a family, you can combine enjoying the scenic outdoors with a comfortable experience with living-room style seats and some delicious chocolate. The voyage on this vintage train travels into the heart of Sedona's red rock desert and provides service of coffees, pastries, chocolates, appetizers and drinks. Riders will have a chance to see bald and golden eagles and the beautiful Verde River. Advance reservations are required.

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The Pleasure Feast at the Arizona Renaissance Festival

The Pleasure Feast at the Arizona Renaissance Festival includes a five-course meal (a vegetarian option is available) and drinks along with 1.5 hours of Renaissance entertainment and risque humor at The Fairhaven Feast Hall. Visitors will leave with a souvenir goblet. Set on 30 acres in Gold Canyon, the festival is about a 45-minute drive from Phoenix.

In its 32nd year, the joyful event takes place on Saturdays, Sundays, and President's Day (February 17) from February 8 through March 29, 2020. Your Pleasure Feast ticket price includes admission to the festival.

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Take The Dolly Steamboat Cruise

Dolly Steamboat
Judy Hedding

If you'd prefer to spend your Valentine's relaxing with your date, try the twilight dinner cruise on Canyon Lake with Dolly Steamboat about an hour drive out of Phoenix. While the trips run year-round, the twilight cruise on Valentine's Day in 2020 features a special menu entailing a Baron of Beef and Champagne Chicken, or a vegetarian option. There is also a more romantic ambiance than the typical family-friendly daytime affair. You may get to see wildlife from bald eagles to bighorn sheep.

Reserve in advance as the tours fill up around Valentine's Day.

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