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101 Things To Do In Memphis #3: Valentine’s Day Events 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Whether you’re taken or single as a pringle this month of Valentine, there are plenty of events around Memphis that can help you feel the love.

Single? Head out to Tin Roof for a wild party, complete with a photo-booth and musical guests TBA, with 1000 other singles from around Memphis.

Enjoy lots of sweet treats and cute items. They’ll make great gifts for yourself and your significant other!

Everyone enjoys a good love story, don’t they? Take a tour of the cemetery learn about those who have loved and lost. This tour is a great gift for the Valentine in your life. The tour begins at the Elmwood Cottage. This walking tour takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately and be prepared to learn about the history of Memphis in a totally entertaining way. Registration is $20 per person. Adults only, please! 18 and over.

Louder than Bombs is set to perform at Bar DKDC. Singles and couples are both welcome to enjoy the show!

Need a date for Valentines Day? Well here is your chance to bid for one! Each person will start off at $25 and higher bids can be placed in $5 increments. If you would like to bid anonymously, you can send a direct message to Mid-South Pride and they will post your bid to the picture. All proceeds will benefit Mid-South Pride.

Show yourself some love this Galentine’s Day by sipping on a rosé cocktail while you shop Paper & Clay + Question the Answer. They will have yummy treats (it’s Brit’s birthday, too!), a giveaway & something for each and every one of your Valentines (most importantly, yourself)! We will also be here to help you make a wishlist to pass on to *your* special someone if you’d like.

Chocolatier Phillip Ashley creates an array of designer chocolates and confections for you to pair with select whiskey, wines, and cocktails.

Enjoy some romance with your Valentine aboard the Memphis Riverboats! Cruise includes 2 hours on the Mighty Mississippi, music from their House Jazz Band and a buffet consisting of beef brisket, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls, and dessert.

  • Saturday, February 10th – GRB’s Valentine’s Market – 12 pm to 4 pm

Stop by Ghost River Brewing’s tap room on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day to enjoy a drink while shopping for great local items that’ll make the perfect gift for your sweetheart.

The Memphis Cook Convention Center will be hosting a magical ball for the kids across the city! They’ll be able to dance with Cinderella, read with Rapunzel, share sweet treats with Tinkerbell, and create a tiara with Elena.

Shop local ceramics, art, and meet the artists of the Art Factory!

Learn to make a textured sterling silver ring with a partner in just one class. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, you and your loved one will texture, solder, form, and finish silver rings for each other. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided.

Everbloom Designs is hosting a Valentine Pop-Up shop with special arrangements and treats available all day.

Visit the Historical Covington Square for the annual chocolate tour with over 20 stops filled with great items and tasty treats.

If you visit the Metal Museum on the 11th, you’ll enjoy tasty treats while you shop through their store filled with one-of-a-kind, Memphis made items that’ll impress your loved one on the big day.

Ghost River Brewing Company is throwing you and your favorite gals a brunch party. Reserve your seats to celebrate an early Galentines with Flying Sobies Hen House Food Truck. $10/person includes a Two Girls and a Whip cupcake, a pour of their Chocolate Orgasm Chocolate Ale (or beer of choice) plus some other personalized items.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Celtic Crossing with a special three course dinner, including a gift of Irish Butler’s Heart Chocolates.

If you’re blue because of being single on Valentine’s Day, don’t fret! Two Rivers bookstore is hosting a singles event filled with refreshments, games, trivia, and plenty of singles with which to mingle.

A singles speed dating event that is open to all letters of the identity spectrum! The event will be held at First Congregational Church.

Enjoy a candle-lit acoustic performance in the Coach House, featuring Susan MarshallRebecca AlmondJana Misener, and Misti Rae Holton.  Guests will can enjoy happy hour-priced Smoke House specialties, half-off bottles of wine, and discounted beer and cocktails.

Sing the night away with your loved one. Enjoy food, prizes, and more.

Looking to shake up your Valentine’s Day tradition? Head to one of the Grizzlies marquee match-ups versus the OKC Thunder. In this rivalry, the teams usually exude the complete opposite of love so be sure to head to the Forum to catch the action.

Couples and singles are invited to an all-black attire soiree’ Valentine’s evening for a night filled with comedy, music, a great dinner, and unlimited cocktails in an adult atmosphere. Tickets are available now.

Celebrate the day of love with a concert featuring games, prizes, and live entertainment from Carla Barnes, Bird Williams, Lil Rounds, and Courtney Little.

Contestants will have a chance to win prizes as well so be sure to bring your A-game.

Shake it up a little this year and spend some quality time with your loved one, or if you’re single, with your could-be-loved-one. Cupid’s arrows will be reigning down in the form of live-band karaoke!

You can’t have Valentines day without some classic romantic comedies! So celebrate the day of love by testing your knowledge and playing Romantic Comedy Movie Trivia at one of these three locations in the Memphis area on Valentine’s Day (you must RSVP in order to participate):

Daisyland Presents Big Gigantic on the Got The Love Tour with support from Shallou. If you’re searching for a concert this Valentine’s Day, look no further.

Head to the Trolley Stop Market and celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family! They’ll have heart shaped pizzas, kids crafts, cupcake and cookie decorating, door prizes every 30 minutes, and will be showing a family friendly movie that night.

Get away from the traditional restaurant and enjoy a unique valentines dinning experience. Event photos, bottle service, 4 course meal, flowers, and live entertainment. Limited to 25 couples.

The “You Look Like” comedy show returns, but with a twist. Performers will now be competing against their significant others! The P&H Cafe will host.

Paradox Underground is an exclusive dining club, a sort of culinary speakeasy in Memphis that offers dining experiences of a lifetime. For just one night they transform a seemingly obscure location in the city into a unique event venue where Chef Jimmy Gentry along with his Paradox team, serve five masterfully created courses that are paired with the perfect libations, an all around experience sure to excite all the senses. The menu and location of each event remain undisclosed until 48 hours prior to the dinner, ticket holders will then receive an email or text revealing all the final details. 

Wednesday, February 14 Dinner Options:

Join Rumba Room Memphis for a night of Hip-Hop, Poetry, and Comedy fusion. Artists will also answer questions about love before taking the mic. Whether you’re single or taken, it’ll be a great night all-around.


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Celebrate Love - Today and Every Day!

by Melissa Thompson

Just hearing or seeing the date, February 14th, conjures images of hearts and flowers in our minds. Valentine’s Day.  A “holiday” named for St. Valentine.  A day set aside each year to celebrate love.  But how did Valentine’s Day begin?  And who is St. Valentine?

Have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day got its name?  While it is believed that the name came from a saint, the origins of how it became attached to a day to celebrate love are a bit of a mystery. One legend claims that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  When the Emperor during that time decided that single men made superior soldiers than those with wives and children, he outlawed marriage for young men.  Valentine felt this was unjust, so he defied the Emperor and continued to secretly perform marriages for young lovers.  Another story contends that Valentine may have sent the first “valentine” letter while imprisoned in a Roman prison.  He allegedly fell in love with a young girl, possibly the jailer’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement.  It is said that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”, an expression that is still used today.  While we may never know the true story about St. Valentine, the common theme throughout these stories is that he was sympathetic, heroic, and most significant…a romantic figure.

The origins of Valentine’s Day began with a pagan festival during the month of February. By the end of the 5th century, February 14th was declared Valentine’s Day by Pope Gelasius. It wasn’t until much later that the day became associated with love.  During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in England and France that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the date should be celebrated as a day of romance. While Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.  The oldest known Valentine known of was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.  It is also believed that King Henry V hired a writer to compose a Valentine note to a woman he admired.

It is believed that people began exchanging hand-made Valentine’s in America in the early 1700s.  By 1840, a woman named Esther Howland was selling the first mass- produced Valentines in America. Known as “the Mother of the Valentine”, she created elaborate cards using real lace, ribbons and colorful paper. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, and estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making it the second largest card sending holiday behind Christmas.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #51: Valentine’s Day 2017 Events

by Melissa Thompson

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Memphis this February whether you are in love, lovesick, or anti-love with these suggestions below:

coffee and heart cookie from muddys

Muddy’s, Photo: Amanda Hill

Tour Broad Avenue and its merchants to sample mouth watering treats. Get your punch card for $5 from any participating retailer and collect your treat from each spot (think trick or treating). When you complete the tour, drop off your card for a chance to win a basket of Broad Avenue goodies. All proceeds will go to the Broad Ave Arts District.

The Woodruff Fontaine Museum’s First Friday event is appropriately themed “Victorian Valentine” as you relive one of the most structured rituals of the gilded age, courtship. Learn the history behind the Valentine traditions we still practice today. Beautiful gowns, lace, and a romantic atmosphere take you back to a time when courting rituals were strictly followed and marriage was a career move.  Light refreshments will be served. $15 per person and APTA members always get in free.

Handmade Valentine’s Day gifts by artists by Dale Martin, Chuck Parr, Erica Bodine, Angi Cooper, Cosgrove and Lewis Soaps, and many more.

During the fall and winter months, Memphis Botanic Garden staff are planting thousands of bulbs in preparation for their spectacular spring flower display. You can support this labor of love with a donation in honor of your Valentine, and they’ll mail your special someone a unique card to let them know they make your heart bloom. $20 sends 1 Valentine card/$50 sends 3 Valentines/$100 sends 8 Valentines. Order online by February 7th or call 901-636-4103 to order by phone.

we need to talk

The idea for this exhibition is drawn from the Museum of Broken Relationships, which has two locations in Los Angeles and Zagreb, Croatia. Crosstown Arts has organized this exhibition to coincide with The Break Up Show 6, taking place at The New Daisy Theater on Saturday, February 11th. During the opening reception of “We Need To Talk” on Friday, February 10th, The Break-Up Show cast will be performing a free and open-to-the-public dress rehearsal of The Break Up Show 6 next door at 430 N. Cleveland.  Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, February 10, 5-8 p.m. Exhibition on View: February 10-February 18, 10am-6pm.

  • Friday, February 10 – Hamiltunes – 7pm-10pm – Dixon

Enjoy an evening of singing and drinking in a very welcoming, non-competitive environment. Sing along to the cast recording of Hamilton: The Musical and celebrate this Tony® Award winning masterpiece. You needn’t have seen Hamilton to join in. There are two ways to get involved if you’d like to participate. After purchasing a ticket, register for a part (or four!) on the sign-up sheet to sing your favorite song as your favorite character. The link to the sign-up sheet will be emailed to all ticket buyers.  If performing a solo isn’t your thing, there will still be many chances for audience participation when the company sings. Lastly, you’re more than welcome to just come and observe all of the fun. Revolutionary War attire is encouraged. (No weaponry, please!). The soundtrack has adult language, and alcohol will be served to individuals who are 21+ with I.D.s – all ages welcome with parental discretion. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Cash bar: beer and wine.

Visit the sites of those who have loved deeply..and lost. These sometimes tragic tales of love gone wrong might leave you scratching your head, laughing, or dropping your jaw. This tour is a great gift for the Valentine in your life. Bob Barnett, Elmwood’s Assistant Director, begins at 10:30AM at the Elmwood Cottage. This walking tour takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and be prepared to learn about the history of Memphis in a uniquely entertaining way. The cost is $20 per person. Adults only. Advance registration is required.

Enjoy free entry for this Poetry Slam with refreshments, door prizes, and a Grand Prize of dinner and a movie for two.

breakup show

This year, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day by celebrating how much love SUCKS? The Break-Up Show is back with their sixth installment of true stories of heartbreak, rejection and insanity, transforming the indignities of bad dates and break-up drama into the sort of comedy that may make you feel like it was worth the pain. Dramatic recitations of text-message breakups and online dating fails, original sketch comedy videos, bad date re-enactments, and hysterical meltdowns are simply par for the course. The stories, while totally anonymous, are 100% true and nearly all submitted by Memphians! Tickets are $20 and VIP packages are available for groups of 4 or 8. Email [email protected] for more info. Doors open at 7pm, music by McStays and Robby at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm

Join the HM Dessert Lounge for an evening of poetry, live music, open bar cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.

The Esplanade Banquet & Conference Center in Cordova, TN is pleased to present the 3rd Annual Valentine’s Soiree. It’s an evening of love, refreshments, live music and dancing. New to the Valentine’s Soiree this year is Speed Dating. Sign up to be an eligible bachelorette or bachelor and enjoy a 7 minute date with a potential soul mate. Dress code is dressy and all singles are asked to wear white, and if you’re taken or in a relationship already you are asked to wear something red. Couples and VIP Tables are also available.

Sock it to Me Burlesque Productions is bringing you a fantastic Valentine’s Day show, full of heartbreakers. Sit back and enjoy a variety of sweet, sexy and sometimes silly burlesque acts, soulful shimmies of a sensual belly dancer, sultry songs from Sock it to Me’s siren, and all kinds of Valentine’s Day fun.

Reserve your seats (free) to celebrate Galentines during Brunch at the Brewery with Flying Sobies. Spots are limited, so please know how many gals you’re bringing and be able to provide their names. They’ll be making some personal goodies for you and yours. To reserve your spot, email [email protected].

Enjoy a night of great cuisine, dancing, music, and more. Doors open at 6pm with a 3 course dinner from 7-11pm and an open bar. Group seating is available on request. Ticket sales close on 2/8.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic date night full of painting, music, chocolates and roses. Two people each paint one half of the painting on a 16×20 canvas to put them together and make one big beautiful picture. Reservation includes chocolates and a rose for every lady. Bring your own snacks and wine. Ice buckets, wine glasses, bottle openers, paper plates, cutlery and everything you need to create your painting masterpiece will be provided. Cost is $45.00 per person.

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