Valentine's Day 2017 in Phoenix

Romance and Fun For Your Valentine

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, there is quite a variety of events and activities celebrating Valentine's Day. While there are many things that you can do and places you can go on and around Valentine's Day in the Valley of the Sun, these are specially designed for love and romance. Don't forget to wish Arizona a Happy Statehood Day on February 14!

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    Valentine's Day at a concert
    ••• Barry Gnyp / Getty Images

    From the weekend before Valentine's Day to the weekend after in Greater Phoenix in 2017, you can see Ariana Grande, Neil Sedaka, Chubby Checker, David Spade, George Lopez, Tony Orlando, Arsenio Hall, Billy Crystal, Keith Sweat, Chris Rock  and others.

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

    A festival of chocolate in downtown Glendale. Gourmet cuisine and beverages, horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment and tours of Cerreta Candy Company. In 2017 it happens February 3 to 5.

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    The Pleasure Feast, served by wenches and tavern knaves at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, includes a five-course meal along with 1-1/2 hours of raucous Renaissance entertainment. Admission to the Arizona Renaissance Festival is included with your ticket. Reservations strongly encouraged, as seating is limited. The Arizona Renaissance Festival is open on Saturdays and Sundays beginning February 11, 2017.

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    Butterfly Wonderland
    ••• Butterflies mating. Look away now.... Courtesy of Butterfly Wonderland

    Guests will enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres and a showing of the full-length version of Flight of the Butterflies movie in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater. $25/couple. Pre-registration is required. More about Butterfly Wonderland.

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    Valentine’s Day Craft at OdySea in the Desert
    ••• Valentine’s Day crafts at OdySea in the Desert. Courtesy of OdySea in the Desert

    Families are invited to a special event in Scottsdale on Saturday, February 11.  Admission is free. Rachel’s Young Art Studio will be offering some of their favorite arts and crafts in addition to the following activities:

    • Collage Station: Valentine’s cards or picture frames
    • Slime Station: Decorative glitter slime in Valentine’s colors
    • Water Color and Scratch Art Station: Heart Shaped Design(s), food coloring, and more!
    • Complementary Valentine's Day treat for participants provided by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
    • Live music on the center stage from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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    Part of Arizona Beer Week, lovers of brews will want to attend this festival celebrating strong beers (those with high alcohol content), craft beers, and specialty beers. Receive a commemorative tasting glass and tasting tickets with your admission. 21+ only. A VIP ticket will really show how much you care! It all happens at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix on February 11, 2017.

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    Carefree Artisan Gifts and Chocolate Festival

    The festival starts on Friday, February 11 and continues Sunday, February 12. Between 12,000 and 15,000 people are expected to attend. It will take place at the Carefree Desert Gardens and Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, in downtown Carefree, Arizona. Up to 100 fine art, crafts, chocolate, and other confection exhibitions will be featured. Musical entertainment (much of the romantic variety) will take place daily in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion. Admission is free.

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    Romeo and Juliet by Ballet Arizona
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    Shakespeare’s classic Romeo & Juliet returns to the stage at Ballet Arizona for six performances over Valentine’s Day weekend at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix. Romeo & Juliet combines the talent of the Valley’s only professional ballet company with Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s full, dramatic score, rarely performed in its entirety, making it a must-see for performing arts fans. February 9 through February 12, 2017. Pre- and post-performance chats at certain performances. Tickets start at $25, discounts offered for seniors, students, military and groups. Check for discounted tickets.

    After the performance of Romeo & Juliet, walk down the street to Noodle Bar. Show your Romeo & Juliet ticket to receive a FREE glass of Pasqua Passimento Rosso, a red blend from Verona, Italy – The setting for Shakespeare’s story. Offer valid for one glass of wine from Feb. 9-12.

    Or, go out to eat at The Stockyards for a classic steak, lobster or pasta dinner. Show your...MORE Romeo & Juliet ticket for 10 percent off your total bill for up to 30 days after the performance.

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    Big Pete Pearson Blues Band will perform on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets for nonmembers are $30 each. 21+ only.

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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 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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    ••• Turquoise beads. Jane Tyson / Getty Images

    Looking for pretty rocks? The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show is a fun way to to spend Valentine's Day weekend. If you know what you are doing, this might be just the place to find that perfect stone for that perfect piece of jewelry.

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    On the Sunday before Valentine's Day, February 12, you and your date can enjoy all day unlimited rides, 18-holes of miniature golf, and a burger meal for $44.99 +tax (an $85+ value). On Valentine's Day, February 14, make it a date night with two-for-one miniature golf. Tickets must be purchased at the door on the day of the event by mentioning this special. West Phoenix.

    More about visiting Castles ~n~ Coasters.

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    In 2017, Arizona Cocktail Week takes place February 17 – 20. There are plenty of opportunities for a romantic adventure with parties, tastings, seminars, competitions and happy hours.

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    Fathers and their special little girls can create some special memories at the City’s annual Daddy & Daughter Valentine’s Dance. Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Snedigar Recreation Center. There will be a second dance on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chandler Community Center. Music, dancing, contests, crafts, and dinner. Each couple will take home a keepsake photograph. Parents are required to register before the event. Intended for fathers with daughters ages 4 to 10. If dad is unavailable, moms or guardians are welcome to attend. The cost is $25 per couple residents and $34 for non-residents, $10 for each additional daughter for residents and $14 for non-residents. Register online or in person at the Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Avenue.

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    Holly Hofmann with Mike Wofford, Katie Thiroux, and Jeff Hamilton

    Holly Hofmann at MIM Phoenix
    ••• Holly Hofmann. Courtesy MIM

    One of the jazz world’s premier flutists, Holly Hofmann, is joined by her exceptionally talented friends. Tuesday, February 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $23.50 - $28.50. MIM Music Theater, in North Phoenix.

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    Carnival of Illusion
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    Hey Lovebirds! Treat your sweetheart to a vaudeville-inspired theater show with old-world magic. With a twinkling hint of 1900's Parisian humor, shake and stir for 100 minutes for your passport filled with fun. February 11 at Tempe Center for the Arts; February 17, 18 at Mesa Arts Center. Due to the intimacy of the boutique theaters, shows sell out.

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    The 2nd Friday Night Out block party falls on February 10 and the theme this month is Swingin' Sweethearts. Kid friendly, dog-friendly. Swing dance lesson for beginners, a swing dance contest at 8 PM with great prizes, valentine making for kids, and performances by “The Swingettes” all-girl dance troupe at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.! There will be sweet treats, food trucks, shops and restaurants open late and over 50 artists showcasing original artwork in booths. You can enjoy gallery openings, live music, a trick dog, and lots more entertainment. Downtown Mesa starting at 6 p.m.

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    Cactus garden at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
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    February 11 at 10 a.m.
    "Heart-Ography" Valentine's Day Photography
    Spaces are limited so RSVP by phone. Valley artist Mimi Paris hosts a walk to seek out heart-shaped cactus pads and other aortic designs around the gardens. The venue is outdoors and informal, and the goal is to share a few basic camera lessons. Her walking tour will include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance.

    February 11 at 12:30 p.m.
    Carla Keaton "Paint and Wine" Class
    Try your hand at art, with an optional glass of wine to help nudge creativity. Arboretum participants will learn to paint very simplified scenes from the arboretum, taking home with them a piece of memorabilia of their experiences in the lovely gardens.Enrollment $35 - $45 includes art supplies to use during the session, plus two hours of coaching from Carla. Signup by phone, have a credit card ready 520.689.2723.

    February 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Romancing the Stones
    San...MORE Tan Valley artisans Barb & Adi Pohan will be ‘romancing the stones’ ahead of Valentine’s Day. Carved gemstones in various shapes and sizes from spheres and eggs – to hearts! Arizonans celebrate two holidays on Feb. 14, since Valentines Day is also Arizona Statehood Day. Show your love for the Grand Canyon State by wearing rare minerals emblematic of AZ; ask for suggestions of bling that honors Arizona's statehood — special pieces with turquoise, peridot, or copper accents.

    More about visiting Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.

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    Esteban at Tempe Center for the Arts
    ••• Esteban. Courtesy Tempe Center for the Arts

    Esteban takes the classical techniques to another level. Accompanied by his violinist daughter, Teresa Joy, and world class band, they will take you on a musical journey of Valentine’s love. Tempe Center for the Arts. Friday, February 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $30.

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    Scottsdale Wine Trail
    ••• Scottsdale Wine Trail. Courtesy of LDV Winery

    On February 11 and 12, 2017 hop on the Scottsdale Wine Trail and enjoy wine and chocolate pairings at five different downtown Scottsdale wine tasting rooms! Cost: $5 per tasting room includes three tastes of wine paired with chocolate. Simply arrive at one of the wine tasting rooms during the allotted dates and times.

    LDV Winery
    6951 E. 1st Street, Scottsdale
    Saturday, 12-8 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.

    Carlson Creek Vineyard
    4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale 
    Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 8 p.m.

    Aridus Wine Company
    7173 E. Main Street, Scottsdale
    Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 8 p.m.

    Su Vino Winery
    7035 E. Main Street; Scottsdale
    Saturday, noon - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.

    Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room
    7064 E. 5th Avenue, Scottsdale
    Saturday, noon - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

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

    On February 11 and 12 take your friends and/or lovers to a day of outdoor truck food sampling, eating contests, music, beer, wine and more. If a fancy, stuffy, extraordinarily expensive Valentine's Day meal isn't your style, then this might be the event for you!

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    Super Saturday is February 11, 2016 at Turf Paradise, where both families and couples can spend a day at the races as part of their Valentine’s Day celebration. There will be a full card of live horse racing and premiere stakes races. For couples looking for a Valentine’s outing, Turf Paradise has tables available at the Turf Club and Clubhouse. Admission is $5 per person. Reserved table seating is $5 per person. Super Saturday features free tee shirt with paid $3 Grandstand admission (while supplies last). Kids 16 and under get free general admission. Live music; Kids Fun Park; $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. More about Turf Paradise.

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    Dolly Steamboat
    ••• Dolly Steamboat. Judy Hedding

    Take your sweetheart on the twilight Dolly Steamboat dinner cruise on Canyon Lake on February 14, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Your cruise includes dinner. Advanced prepaid reservations required. Learn more about Dolly Steamboat.

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    Take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad during the Chocolate Lovers' Festival. Suitable as a date or for a family, combine your love of the outdoors with the romance of chocolate. Advance reservations required. February 11, 12 and 14, 2017. I wouldn't do anything but first class on this trip!

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    Love and Marriage

    Theater Works presents a love and marriage comedy show that celebrates marriage and the importance of having that special someone.The performance take place February 14, 2017 at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets $12 per person.

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    The annual Valentine's Benefit for the HART Fund will take place at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix on February 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. 21+ only.

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    A classic musical of passionate romance. February 10 - 12, 2107. The Orpheum Theatre is located in Downtown Phoenix.

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    Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

    A 2.5 hrs walking tour through the streets of downtown Scottsdale. Visit chocolatiers and local shops where you will have the opportunity to sample and learn fun facts about chocolate. Chocolate samples are provided in a variety of forms, which may include truffles, cupcakes, other baked goods, hot chocolate and others. For Valentine's day, get 30% tickets with promocode: valentine.


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    The Listening Room Phoenix presents a compilation of up-and-coming and well-known musicians, who will devote the entire concert to acoustic, swoon-worthy love songs. Featured performers are local musicians Colten Hood, Nathan Jude, and Adam Simons from Wanderer, as well as Iowa native, Jordan Shafer. Friday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $20 per person.

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    A Bracelet for Galentine’s Day in Glendale
    ••• A Bracelet for Galentine’s Day in Glendale. Courtesy of City of Glendale

    On Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Historic Downtown Glendale will be the place to bring your gals for a fun day of activities to celebrate friendship. Participating merchants will celebrate this love between women, and, in partnership with the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau, they are planning a perfect day for you and your best friends to celebrate Valentine's Day. As you travel around from shop to shop, you and your pals will collect charms at 20 different shops/businesses, that will make up a special Galentine's Day charm bracelet. There will be assembly spots to put your bracelet together, or you can take it home to assemble. The bracelet is limited to adults only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited quantities are available. Other fun things to do along the way include these activities (some have additional charge):

    • Delfina's Salon & Day Spa: $40 one-hour facial; $40 gel mani/pedi 
    • Shelley's Specialty Desserts: Tarot card...MORE readings
    • Papa Ed's Ice Cream: Oh So Lovely Photo Spot in the garden
    • The Astrology Store: $5 chair massages, $15 psychic readings and 10% off sale on all angels
    • Pink House Boutique: 10% off purchases, plus get free earrings with any purchase

    Start your day at the Glendale Visitor Center to pick up an activity list and the beginning pieces to your charm bracelet (for the first 100 adult visitors).

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    Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 6 p.m. Enjoy a few hands of blackjack, craps and poker, sip on a signature cocktail and more – all benefiting after-school programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP). Featuring bites and signature cocktails from Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. Includes a night full of casino games. Prizes. This year’s event will be held at Whiskey Row in Tempe. Tickets start at $50 per person. 21+ only.

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    Arizona Broadway Theatre
    ••• Courtesy of Arizona Broadway Theatre

    Through February 14, 2017 Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria presents the story of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Buy show only seats, or have dinner at the show.

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    The Valentine's Day version of Space 55's wildly popular 7 Minutes in Heaven series offers the audience a stream of diverse acts with themes of passion, sex and love gone horribly wrong — none of which exceeds seven minutes in length. Please note: This show is not appropriate for children. Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8 p.m. $10 online or at the door. Space 55, 636 East Pierce Street, Phoenix.