Valentine's Day 2018 in Phoenix

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

Glendale Chocolate Affaire
••• Glendale Chocolate Affaire. Kenneth Hagemeyer/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

Valentine's Day is for girlfriends and boyfriends, spouses, partners, friends, families, first dates, 50th anniversaries, and just about anyone who appreciates love and romance. In Greater Phoenix, you can find quite a variety of events and activities celebrating Valentine's Day. Don't forget to wish Arizona a Happy Statehood Day on February 14!

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    Make Valentine's Day a play date with Castles -n- Coasters' sweethearts special, which includes bumper boats, go karts, mini golf, the arcade, and giant waffle cones packed with ice cream. Tickets must be purchased at the door on the day of the event by mentioning this special.

     

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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. Advance reservations are required.

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    Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

    Take your sweetie on a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour through the streets of downtown Scottsdale. Visit chocolatiers and local shops to sample confections and learn fun facts about chocolate. For Valentine's Day, get a discount on tickets with the promo code: valentine.

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    Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen at MIM Music Theater

    Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen perform on Wednesday, February 14, at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. at the MIM Music Theater in North Phoenix.

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    Dolly Steamboat
    ••• Dolly Steamboat. Judy Hedding

    Take your sweetheart for a romantic twilight Dolly Steamboat dinner cruise on Canyon Lake on February 14.

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    Glendale Chocolate Affaire
    ••• Kenneth Hagemeyer/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

    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.

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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 Goldstar.com for discounted tickets.

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    Scottsdale Art and Wine Festival
    ••• Scottsdale Art and Wine Festival, original art at the Scottsdale Waterfront. Judy Hedding

    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.

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    Arizona Cocktail Weekend conveniently takes place February 17 to 19, making it a perfect post-Valentine's celebration plan. There are plenty of opportunities for a romantic adventure with parties, tastings, seminars, competitions, and happy hours.
     

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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.

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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 fun 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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    Street Eats Food Truck Festival
    ••• Street Eats Food Truck Festival. Judy Hedding

    On February 10 and 11, take your friends and/or lover to a day of outdoor truck food sampling, eating contests, music, beer, wine, and more. Skip the fancy, expensive Valentine's Day meal and bond over casual bites instead.

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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; 21+ only.

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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.