We Love Valentine’s Day in St. Louis
By Rachel Huffman
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and St. Louis attractions are stepping up for the occasion. Whether you’re celebrating with a partner, family or friends – or enjoying some much-needed alone time – we’ve got an exciting activity for you.
If you simply want to savor a delicious dinner with your loved ones, though, check out our recommendations for places to eat in the St. Louis area.
February 1 to 26
This month, The Black Rep will stage a new show called The Light by Loy A. Webb. On their two-year dating anniversary, modern-day couple Rashad and Genesis have plenty to celebrate: a marriage proposal and the promise of a new life together. Part of Genesis’ present is tickets to a concert featuring the same female artist that they saw on their first date; however, the male headliner uncovers memories that Genesis had buried long ago. As she is forced to deal with her trauma, the couple begins an emotional journey of love, laughter and heartache, working to reconcile their past and reaffirm their personal values to live in the truth.
Tunnel of Love
February 2 to 26
With its upcoming activities, City Museum will take your breath away. Stroll through the Tunnel of Love – a 200-year-old bank vault lit with glowing hearts – snuggle with someone special in the Love Lounge at Beatnik Bob’s and get crafty with handmade Valentine’s Day gifts. Lovebirds can also enjoy an Elvis performance on Feb. 11 from 7 to 10 p.m., while friends can gather for a Galentine’s Day Brunch on Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – you must be 21 or older to attend both of these events.
Saturdays and Sundays in February
Let’s hear it for the girls! On Saturdays and Sundays in February, Eckert’s Country Restaurant in Belleville, Illinois, will host Galentine’s Brunch. Gather your favorite gal pals and enjoy Eckert’s cocktail flight along with your choice of delectable menu items. Be sure to make a reservation to secure your spot!
What’s Love Got to Do with It?
In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Missouri History Museum is hosting a special event centered on St. Louis stories of love gone right – and love gone wrong. Community tours manager Amanda Clark will regale guests with the love stories of historic figures such as Dred and Harriet Scott, Pierre Laclède and Marie-Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau, who is known as the mother of St. Louis, as well as tales of jilted lovers and the ultimate St. Louis breakup: the 1876 “Great Divorce” between St. Louis city and St. Louis County. Along the way, attendees will also enjoy some old-school educational films that offer advice on love and marriage. Before the program, the love will start flowing at a happy hour featuring vintage advice columns, hands-on activities and even a quiz to help you find your St. Louis history soul mate! Food and drinks will also be available for purchase from Sugarfire Smoke House.
Do It For Love
February 10 to 12
In time for Valentine’s Day, the Saint Louis Ballet will present a weekend of performances that demonstrate love and the powerful combination of music and movement. Taking place at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center, the annual repertory program will feature George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, which exhibits an expansive Russian romanticism, as well as work from Amy Seiwert, one of today’s most creative and sought-after contemporary ballet choreographers. Gen Horiuchi, artistic director of the Saint Louis Ballet, will also present a new work, choreographed to original music by TOYA.
Valentine’s Day Vegas-Style Pop-Up Chapel
February 10, 11 and 14
Calling all couples, newlyweds, friends, lovers and Elvis fanatics! Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has created its own “Little White Chapel” in the iconic style of the original in Las Vegas, and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Terry Phillips of Close To Elvis will be on hand to wed couples, renew vows and hold commitment ceremonies. He’ll also perform the immortal song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and other classics from The King that couples request. Ceremonies are available for booking every 30 minutes on Feb. 10 and 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Ceremony packages ($500 each) also include up to 10 digital photos and seating for up to 10 guests. For those who want to indulge in an overnight honeymoon, an $850 package is available, featuring a one-night stay in one of the hotel’s newly renovated guest rooms, early check-in, a welcome amenity and the full ceremony package.
Va Va Voom
February 10, 11 and 14
Want to add a little sizzle to your Valentine’s Day plans? Head to The Boom Boom Room, the largest burlesque club in the country, for a night of sequins and sex appeal. For the Va Va Voom dinner and show, The Boom Boom Bombshells will dazzle with choreographed dances, spectacular aerial acts and thrilling fire shows. This is the perfect place to start a romantic evening with your sweetheart, so get your tickets today!
St. Louis Wheel Family Valentine’s Package
February 10 to 14
Love makes a family, and this Valentine’s Day, we hope that you can celebrate with yours. After you’ve gathered your brood, we recommend heading to The St. Louis Wheel at St. Louis Union Station. Tickets for Feb. 10 through 14 include unlimited rides on The Wheel and The Carousel for the day, a digital photo download and an 8-inch Squishmallow. Hungry? You’ll also receive a coupon for 20 percent off your meal at The Soda Fountain, where the Freak Shakes are over-the-top and irresistible.
Valentine’s Soul Jam
Fall in love all over again at the Valentine’s Soul Jam coming to Stifel Theatre in St. Louis. Featuring performances by R&B soul stars Russell Thompkins, Jr. & the New Stylistics; The Manhattans; Ray, Goodman & Brown; Blue Notes; and Enchantment, fans will have the chance to hear some of the greatest songs ever recorded, sung by the artists who made them famous. Valentine’s Soul Jam is presented by North American Entertainment Group, Inc., one of the leading independent promoters of entertainment tours and live events in the U.S.
Valentine’s Dinner Party
Spice up your weekend with an intimate, candlelit dinner at Brookdale Farms. The Valentine’s special includes dinner for two, featuring beef tenderloin, chicken modiga, rissole potatoes, asparagus and a Caesar salad, catered by Andre’s Banquets & Catering. Guests can also enjoy premium drinks from the open bar and chocolate-covered strawberries, a chocolate fountain and more at the dessert bar. Romantic music will enhance the mood, and selfie stations will capture the moment. Couples will also receive a coupon to schedule an idyllic carriage ride at the farm. The dinner is $180 per couple, and for an additional $40, you can reserve a private table for you and your date.
Make your Valentine’s heart race at Amp Up Action Park. On Feb. 14, the entertainment district will offer a special package for two people, including two one-hour axe-throwing sessions, two go-kart races with helmet rentals and two drinks. Priced at $85, Cupid’s Combo is an online-only offer.
Valentine’s Day in St. Louis with Anita Jackson
St. Louis native Anita Jackson has impressive versatility. Whether she’s performing jazz, R&B, pop or Broadway, the powerhouse vocalist nails it. Starting her career at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Jackson has performed on Broadway, toured nationally and internationally in theater productions, concerts and workshops and provided background vocals for iconic recording artists, including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Bette Midler (on Midler’s Grammy Award-winning song “From a Distance”). This Valentine’s Day, experience a solo performance by Jackson at Jazz St. Louis. Showtimes are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.