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Celebrating Valentine’s Day - Memphis Edition

by Melissa Thompson


If you’re looking for romantic date ideas, Memphis is a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  From five-star restaurants, to upscale hotels, to outdoor activities, there is something for everyone in The River City!

  • Fine Dining - Make the night special by dressing up and going to a restaurant that might not be on your go to list any other night of the year.  There are some fantastic restaurants to choose from in Memphis. Best Fine Dining in Memphis
     
  • Enjoy a Dinner Cruise - Take a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise with Memphis Riverboats!  Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, but if you don’t have time on a business day, not to worry - there will be Valentine’s cruises offered on February 15 & 16 as well.
     
  • Get Away without Going Away - Feeling extravagant? Book a Special Package at the Peabody Hotel. There are several to choose from with different amenities and price ranges.  Don’t want to spend the night? Make a reservation for one of their many Valentine’s Day dinners.
     
  • Visit Graceland - Sometimes when you live somewhere, you don’t take advantage of all the fun things to do in your home town.  Tourists come from all over the world to visit Graceland.  Spend a romantic Valentine’s Day exploring the roots of one of the most romantic singers of all time!  It’s a great way to spend time together and you can even have a nice dinner and spend the night at The Guesthouse at Graceland if you want!
     
  • Get Physical - If you are an active person, why not celebrate with an outdoor activity on Valentine’s Day?  Book a tee-time at Mirimichi Golf Course and spend the day relishing its natural beauty.  Or head out to Shelby Farms where you can go hiking or biking and have a romantic picnic.

Whatever you end up doing this Valentine’s Day, remember it’s the time spent together that matters the most!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #55: Valentine’s Day 2019

by Melissa Thompson


Everybody loves to hate on Valentine’s Day, but the fact of the matter is that we’ve all got somebody to love, even if it’s yourself. So, why not make it just another day to show it? Stupid cupid is making his rounds again and he’s brought sweet pairings, dinner, dancing, trivia, games, and art making and more to enjoy whether or not you’re boo’d up.

Share some laughter (and sugar!) with friends. Join City & State for cookie decorating with Sweet LaLa’s. The Crybaby Club will also be hosting a pop-up. In addition to Cookie + Crybaby, February 1 is First Friday on Broad. After you’ve picked up some Crybaby Club treats and decorated (and eaten) your sweets, travel down Broad Ave for an entire evening of shopping and festivities.

Join Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum for “Timeless Romance” and relive one of the most complex rituals of the gilded age, Courtship.

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. Spend the evening with Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum as they celebrate proper courting etiquette, secret languages of love, and beautiful pieces from their collection. Refreshments will be served and APTA Members always receive free admission. $20 per admission

Grab your gal pals and celebrate your girlfriends at Pitter Potter Studio’s Galentine’s Party Night. There will be lots of fun things to paint, great food and even a “Death by Chocolate” bar. If you are feeling up to it, the project class will even teach you how to paint your very own chocolate tray! This is all included in your ticket price. Just $8 in advance or $12 at the door. Pottery and canvas priced separately.

Show yourself some love at QTA’s second annual Galentine’s Day Party! They will have yummy treats + a signature cocktail (they’re celebrating Brit’s birthday, too!), a giveaway & something for each and every one of your Valentines (most importantly, yourself)! They’ll also help you make a wishlist to pass on to *your* special someone if you’d like.  10% of sales during the Galentine’s Day Party will be donated to Choices. Choices strives to set the standard for excellence in reproductive health care in the Memphis community.

Grab your boo or your bestie for this Valentine Truffle Tasting. Each ticket admits one participant. Ticket includes a flight of 4 Chocolate Truffles. Flavors include Nutella, Salted Caramel, White Chocolate Raspberry, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Complimentary wine available for guests 21 and up.

Sit back and enjoy the show as these Heartbreakers and Knockouts compete for your heart! Prepare to be dazzled by a stunning display of Memphis performers in burlesque, belly dance, ballet, opera, aerial, comedy, hooping, and so much more! Music from Crown Vox to open the night.

The Stax Museum will be celebrating both Black History Month and Valentine’s Day with activities and crafts that will celebrate the love and power of some of the greatest names in Black History. Family friendly so be sure to bring the kids! Free with museum admission.

Drink-N-Draw host Eric C is bringing a romantic evening of consensual drawing games with some lovely prizes for you and/or your honey(s). Bring a date or mingle with other singles at Atomic Tiki.

This night features 20 jokes about love from your favorite Memphis comics, rated by the audience! Hosted by Katrina Coleman and Richard Douglas Jones. The top two contenders and the bottom contender from the voting will return to the stage for an additional set. 21+, $5

Put your sense of taste to the test and explore 8 sparkling wines from around the world paired with 8 designer chocolates by Phillip Ashley Chocolates; BLINDFOLDED! This makes the perfect date night or outing with besties.

Celebrate the love of family this Valentine’s Day at Trolley Stop Market. Decorate cupcakes, cookies, and make valentines for loved ones. There will be face painting, prizes, and Valentine’s Day movies.

A Night of Ecstasy at Canvas of Memphis features ChampionBeatz and performances by Jai Musiq, Adubb, Iconic Keith and more.

Rec Room is hosting Memphis’ first Drunk Love Game Show. Contestants compete live in three rounds. Free to participate with the purchase of food and drink. Sign up on site or guarantee your spot by registering in advance.

J.buck and Courtney Little, along with other guest performers will deliver a show that will make anyone’s Valentine’s Day better. This is a great show to either bring your crew or your boo. Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7.

A night of live music featuring Goldie Dee & Friends, Dixie Dicks, Nots, and Broke Hearted Boys.

Enjoy a flight of four Valentine’s Day pastries from Primas Bakery and Boutique expertly paired with a flight of four Ghost River beers at the Ghost River Taproom. A special sushi dinner provided by Fam will be available for purchase separately.

Join Blue Suede Ballroom Dance Studio on Valentine’s Day for a seductive Rumba, Tango or Salsa 45-minute dance, timed just right for you – so you can set the mood and still make it to your dinner reservation.

Reserve your Sweetheart table for 2 and enjoy an evening of live music featuring Gerald Richardson & KemUStry Band, DJ & Dancing, PhotoBooth, Open Bar, complimentary bottle of champagne at each table and a delectable dinner buffet consisting of soups, salads, entrees, sides, and desserts.

The Valentine’s Day Paint & Sip includes instructor lead painting class, complimentary gift box with a mini bottle of wine & a gourmet cupcake!

Enjoy a little romance with your favorite Valentine aboard the Memphis Riverboats! The cruise includes 2 hours on the Mighty Mississippi, music from our House Jazz Band and a buffet consisting of Pork Tenderloin, Alfredo, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, House Salad, Rolls and Dessert. Cash bar available.

Valentine’s Day Beginner class & practice party begins at 7:15. $30 per person for both the class and the practice party, or $20 for either the class or party. No partner necessary, BYOB.

5 Course Prix Fixe Menu with multiple items to choose from. Reservations are not required but strongly suggested for your choice of Server and Seating. Beer menu available and BYOB for a corkage fee. Small wine list available by the glass or bottle. Menu TBA. Live Acoustic Music.

Celebrate the day of love by playing Romantic Comedy Movie Trivia at one of these three locations in the Memphis area on Valentine’s Day:  @ Pimentos Kitchen + Market, 6:30-8:30, @ Maciel’s Highland, 7-9, @ Memphis Made Brewing, 7-9. Guarantee your team’s spot by making a free reservation.

The “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience” is an interactive event where you could possibly be dining with a murderer. Your package will include a theatrical experience, live music, poetry, comedy, and some amazing cuisine. Who Died?! Who Killed Him/Her?! Why?! If you love riddles, games, escape rooms, etc.. You will love this experience. Runs for multiple dates through February 17.

Join OUTMemphis for another year of fun, romance, and speed dating! Music, activities, sweets, and free HIV testing. Find your new bae on Valentines’ Day!

The Second Annual Crimson Inferno: A Valentine’s Day Experience will be a magical evening of love and romance to benefit The Second Chance Agency. The experience includes Live Entertainment, Hors D’Oeuvres, Giveaways and Cash Bar.

Once isn’t enough. Sock It To Me Burlesque presents a rematch of their annual Valentine’s show featuring Heartbreakers and Knockouts competing for your heart! Prepare to be dazzled by a stunning display of Memphis performers in burlesque, drag, belly dance, ballet, opera, aerial, comedy, hooping, and so much more! Join Twen Peeks and her sexy Ring Hunks for Fight Night, Sock It To Me Style! Keep the party going after the show with dance music from DJ Buddy!

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 we 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.

Each event promises the chance to eat, drink, and mingle at a place where no one has dined before and may never get the chance to again.

Throw it back to the 90s with Bell Biv DeVoe, Monica, and Dru Hill in concert at the Landers Center in Southaven.

Everyone enjoys a good love story, don’t they? Join us for a tour of the cemetery and we’ll take you to the sites of those who have loved deeply…and lost. These sometimes tragic tales of love gone wrong might leave you scratching your head and laughing out loud.

Grab your girl gang, come ready to have fun, shop to support local #bossbabes & sip some great drinks at the Propcellar. All ticket sales go to help support Thistle & Bee Enterprises and all the incredible things they are doing to help support women who have survived prostitution & trafficking.

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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.

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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.

Check out some other timeless and affordable date ideas here.

 

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Valentine’s Day is this weekend! Looking for some last minute ideas... here are a few for how to celebrate with your sweetheart. If you’re looking for inexpensive date ideas, click here. If you’re looking for some local sweet treats, click here
 

1. Go To Dinner
You’ll need reservations. Prices do not include tax, gratuity, or drinks.

– Amerigo Italian Restaurant will have limited reservations Feb. 12th through the 14th with a regular menu and chef’s specials.
– Babalu will have lunch and dinner specials containing aphrodisiac ingredients from Friday the 12th through Sunday the 14th.
– B.B. King’s will have a special menu and live music.
– Bounty on Broad will be open for Sunday brunch 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday dinner 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cafe 1912 will have their regular menu plus a few Valentine’s specials for each course Feb. 12 – 14. On the 14th, they’ll have a limited menu.
– Celtic Crossing will have brunch and prix fixe dinner menu starting at 3 p.m.  All guests to the pub on the 14th will get a Claddagh ring token and Irish chocolates while they last.
– The Farmer will have a three-course meal with seating from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $45 per person.
– Felicia Suzanne’s will have a three-course prix-fixe menu with three choices for each course for $75 per person.
– Flying Saucer downtown will have a Valentine’s beer breakfast (waffles, candied bacon, mini beer flight, and more) for $30 per couple.
– Lafayette’s will have a six-course meal for $65 per person, with an optional $25 per person wine pairing. They’ll have four seatings: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. Call for reservations.
– Schweinehaus will host a Founder’s beer dinner.
– Sweet Grass will serve a three-course prix fixe menu for $45 per person.

Here are some more suggestions for dinner on Saturday or Sunday. Call ahead for reservations and hours.
Acre
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Alchemy
Bari
Bleu
Capriccio Grill at The Peabody
Chez Philippe at The Peabody
Eighty3 at The Madison
Erling Jensen
Flight
Folks Folly
Hog & Hominy
Itta Bena
Mesquite Chop House
Napa Cafe
Paulette’s
Porcellino’s
River Oaks
Texas de Brazil
Terrace at the River Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Go To A Show Or Concert

– American Idiot, Playhouse On The Square,  Jan. 22 – Feb. 14, $15 – $40, 13+ for adult situations/language
“Three disgruntled friends flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrill of city life…” with a score from punk pop group Green Day.

– Love Letters, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Rd., Jan. 29 – Feb. 14, $12 – $24, all ages/kid-friendly
Germantown Community Theatre brings a romantic two-person show about one couple’s love and love letters. The show goes on  Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

– The Other Place, Circuit Playhouse, Jan. 29 – Feb. 21, $15 – $35, 13+ for adult situations/language
Not feeling very lovey-dovey, but still want to get out? This dramatic play about a woman’s whose life is falling apart should do the trick.

– A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder, Orpheum Theatre, Feb. 9 – 14, $25 – $125, 10+
The Orpheum’s Broadway series continues with the 2014 Tony Award-winning comedic musical about family fortunes, love, and of course, murder.

– Judah & The Lion, Minglewood Hall, Friday Feb. 12, doors at 7 p.m., $15 – $17, all ages
Nashville-based trio pop group at Minglewood on Friday.

– Germantown Symphony Orchestra, GPAC, Friday Feb. 12, 7 p.m., $12, all ages
The GSO performs “Music for a Romantic Getaway” with selections inspired by Rome, Paris, and other European destinations.

– Robin Spielberg, Halloran Centre, Saturday Feb. 13, 7 p.m., $27.50, all ages
Accomplished composer and pianists performs as part of the Halloran Centre’s music series.

– Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation, GPAC, Saturday Feb. 13, 8 p.m., $35 – $75, all ages
Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts performs with a 12-piece ensemble on Saturday night.

– Drivin’ N Cryin’, 1884 Lounge at Minglewood Hall, Sunday Feb. 14, doors at 7 p.m., $15 – $17, 18+
Spend your Valentine’s Day rocking out with Drivin’ N Cryin’. Great Peacock and Thomas Wynn & The Believers open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Do Something Different

– 24th Annual Works of Heart, Memphis College of Art, Saturday Feb. 6, 7 p.m., $75 per person, 21 and up
Bid on more than 100 heart-themed artworks from local artists while enjoying wine, beer, and appetizers. Proceeds benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.

– No Show Ball Benefitting The Forrest Spence Fund, Your House!, Feb. 13, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., $100, all ages
Don’t feel like leaving the house? The No Show Ball is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and give back. For $100, you’ll get enough ravioli, salad, dessert, and bread for four people plus a bottle of wine.

– Monster Jam, FedExForum, Feb. 12 – 13, 7 p.m., $10 and up, all ages/kid-friendly
It’s basically a Memphis tradition by now: watch 12-foot-tall vehicles with names like “War Wagon” and “Raminator” smash each other to bits on Valentine’s Day Weekend.

– Whiskey, Wine and Chocolate Pairing, Memphis Botanic Garden, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., $35 members/$45 non-members, 21+
Memphis chocolatier Phillip Ashley will pair his creations with whiskeys, beer, wine, cocktails and champagne. Light appetizers will be served. Call (901) 636-4131 for reservations.

– Chocolate Casting Workshop, Five In One Social Club, Feb. 13 / Feb. 15, 2 p.m. / 6 p.m., $32, 13 and up
Create food safe molds and then make your own chocolates for your sweetie (or yourself). Be sure to reserve your spot before the Saturday and Monday workshops sell out.

– Must Love Cats (And Dogs), Brooks Museum, Saturday Feb. 13, 6 p.m./7:45 p.m./9 p.m., $16/$12 members/$20 at the door, 21 and up
The Internet Cat Video Festival returns with three screenings on Saturday night, Feb. 13. Hang out at the Brooks before or after your showing for crafts, music from DJ Waht and Bryan Hartley, psychic readings, and a cash bar. This event will likely sell out, so get your tickets today.

– 2nd Annual Tilted Hearts Pinball Tournament, Garibaldi’s Pizza, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m. – until, $10 cash, all ages
Memphis Pinball hosts another Valentine’s Day weekend pinball action in this IFPA-endorsed triple-elimination tourney. Entry is $10 cash but games are free for competitors, who will be randomly matched with opponents and machines. The top three players get a cash prize.

– Valentine’s Day Dances, Blue Suede Ballroom (3675 Southwind Park Cove), Saturday Feb. 13 – Sunday Feb. 14, $30 per couple, 13+
Blue Suede Ballroom will host four dance classes on Valentine’s Day Weekend: at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 and at 5 p.m. on Feb. 14. Call 901-758-0032 to reserve your spots.

– Bring Your Boo To The Barre, Cardio Barre, Feb. 14, 18 and up
Cardio Barre is letting you bring in your significant other for free on Sunday the 14th. Call 901-871-0975 for reservations.

–  Two-For-One Bikram Class – I Love Memphis Special!, Bikram Hot Yoga (2105 Madison Ave. Ste. 205 and 5101 Sanderlin Ste. 125), Feb. 14, $20
Come in for Inferno Hot Pilates or Bikram Hot Yoga at either location on Sunday the 14th, mention the I Love Memphis blog, and your valentine will get in with you for free!

– Mother Daughter Valentine’s Tea, Memphis Botanic Garden, Sunday Feb. 14, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., $15 members/$20 non-members.
Spend an afternoon at the MBG’s annual Mother Daughter Tea. Reservations are required; space is limited. Call 636-4131 to confirm.

– Esplanade Valentine’s Gala, Esplanade, Feb. 14, doors at 6 p.m., $65 per person/$150 per couple, 21+
Enjoy a three-course meal, live music, a photo booth, and cash bar at sweetheart tables for two, or singles tables of eight (you can also buy the whole table for $600). Sweetheart tables get a bottle of sparkling wine to start. Semi-formal or formal attire.

– Lonely Hearts Club Cocktail Party, Next Door, Feb. 14, all night, $3 martinis +, 21+
Next Door will host a Lonely Heart’s Club Party on Valentine’s Day with $3 flavored martinis and $10 beer buckets. The Sweet Grass menu will be available on the Next Door side as well.

How are you spending Valentine’s Day weekend? Have other ideas? Add them in the comments.

 

By and photo credit: Holly Whitfield, Ilovememphisblog.com

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