While couples in most parts of the U.S. are celebrating Valentine's Day bundled up at home or enjoying winter activities, those who are spending the holiday in Phoenix have a completely different experience. The weather in Phoenix is sunny and warm even in February, and it's generally more comfortable than the triple-digit temperatures that are common in the summer.
Since February is one of the most pleasant times of year to visit Phoenix, there are special events and festivals throughout the month—many of which add on a romantic twist for the weekend of February 14. Since this is a popular warm-weather destination in the winter and Valentine's Day often coincides with President's Day weekend, be sure to make your plans early.
Many events throughout the Phoenix area have been scaled back or canceled in February 2021. Be sure to confirm the most up-to-date information with event organizers.
Chocolate Lovers' Special Train
Hop aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, two hours north of Phoenix, for the Chocolate Lovers' Special on February 11–14, 2021. Suitable for a date or a family excursion, 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 premium drinks. In addition to the gorgeous Southwest scenery, riders have a chance to see bald and golden eagles and the beautiful Verde River.
Scottsdale Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival
Nothing says romance like art and wine, so a visit to the Scottsdale Art & Wine Festival scheduled for February 12–14, 2021, is a perfect way to spend the Valentine holiday. It's held on the banks of the canal that runs through the city in the fashionable Waterfront district, decorated with illuminated palm trees and giant displays of public art. Enjoy the art, enjoy the wine, and enjoy the company of your sweetheart during this fun date idea. Even if you don't buy any art pieces, don't skip out on trying some locally produced wines from the underrated Arizona wine country.
Take The Dolly Steamboat Cruise
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's drive out of Phoenix in Tortilla Flat. While these trips run year-round, Valentine's Day is so popular that extra cruises are run and with a special dinner menu of items like tri-tip meat, barbeque chicken, or grilled artichokes. The Twilight Dinner Cruise runs from February 12–14, 2021. You may get to see wildlife from bald eagles to bighorn sheep.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Ballet
All shows at Symphony Hall are on hold until spring 2021.
You can have a great time with your love or the family watching Shakespeare’s comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Featuring The Phoenix Symphony and professional dancers with the Arizona Ballet, the romantic production is about the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. Catch a performance at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix.
Arizona Cocktail Weekend
Arizona Cocktail Weekend is canceled in 2021.
Arizona Cocktail Weekend conveniently takes place over President’s Day, which often coincides with Valentine's Day. 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, although there is an admission fee for some, like the 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,
Carnival of Illusion
As of February 1, 2021, Carnival of Illusion shows are suspended until further notice.
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 with Carnival of Illusion, only 15 miles from downtown Phoenix in Mesa. 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.
2nd Friday Night Out
As of February 1, 2021, 2nd Friday Night Out events are canceled until further notice.
The 2nd Friday Night Out block party occurs every month, but the February version is generally themed with something for Valentine's Day. The kid- and dog-friendly event 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.
Valentine's Day Blues Celebration
The Valentine's Day Blues Celebration is canceled in 2021.
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. 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. Past headliners for this show have included Steve Cropper, Andy T Band with Alabama Mike, Sugaray Rayford, Monster Mike Welch, Annika Chambers, and Paul DesLauriers.
The Pleasure Feast at the Arizona Renaissance Festival
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is canceled in 2021.
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 even get to leave with a souvenir goblet. Set on 30 acres in Gold Canyon, the festival is about a 45-minute drive from Phoenix.