The I Love Memphis Guide to: Valentine’s Day 2013

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 6th 2013 2592 0

Whether you're happily coupled or single and, well, you know, here's a list of Memphis Valentine's Day events for every kind of date:

Memphis Valentines Day Events Guide


Get them something nice:

Send a Tuba Serenade

For $25 (or more, depending on what you want), a University of Memphis music students will deliver your special someone a box of chocolates, a card and a tuba serenade.

Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market Artisan Faire, First Congregational parking lot, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

More than 15 local artisans and makers will be set up at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market selling handmade Valentine's Day gifts. Be sure to check out Mo's Bows for handmade bowties, Baby Creep by Nikkila Carroll for jewelry and knitwear and Gardens Oy Vey for plants.

Indie Style Market Pop-Up, Chickasaw Crossing Shopping Center (Poplar and Humes), Feb. 7 – 15, open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

Indie Style Market's collective of local designers, artists and makers are setting up pop-up shop at Chickasaw Crossing (by the main library) this week for those searching for that perfect something for their valentine.

Hoot + Louise Pop-Up Shop and Art Show, Hoot + Louise, Feb. 12, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Hoot and Louise is pairing up with Amelia (an adorable gift shop in Oxford, Miss.) and artist Anna Wunderlich for a special pop-up shop and art show featuring indie clothing designers, vintage clothing, jewelry, housewares and art.

Take them out to dinner:

Chez Philippe Valentine's Day Dinner, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., $95 per person

If you're looking to impress your date, take her to Chez Philippe (one of the city's most romantic restaurants) for their special Valentine's Day dinner. The four-course dinner includes lobster, steak and some serious dessert.

Capriccio, Feb. 14, 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., $75 per person

Capriccio is serving a three-course Italian-inspired Valentine's Day menu with antipaso, surf'n'turf, and something called a "white chocolate raspberry opera" for dessert. It's $75 per person, plus tax and tip.

Eighty3, Feb. 14, seatings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., $75 per person

If the usual three or four course dinner offerings aren't enough for you, Eighty3 has prepared 18 special dishes for their 10 course Valentine's Day dinner.

Bleu, Feb. 14 – 16, Dinners start at $45 per person

There are three ways to celebrate at Bleu: for $45 per person, you can have a three course dinner at Bleu; for $65, you can have that dinner with wine pairings; and for $219, you can get dinner as well as a room in the Westin hotel plus champage and chocolate dipped strawberries.

See a show:

The Vagina Monologues, Circuit Playhouse, Feb. 14 – 16, $15

It's funny, it's shocking, it might make you cry: it's the annual Memphis production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues". The production, which features heartfelt monologues about the female experience, will benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis.

Valentine's Concert featuring Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway and Robert Glasper, Cannon Center, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., $45 and up

Get dressed up and head to the Cannon Center for an evening of romantic music from Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway and Robert Glasper.

With a Song in My Heart, Lindenwood Christian Church, Feb. 10, 4 p.m., $10

Listen to singer and pianist Chris Nemec play romantic classic from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rogers and Hammerstein and Cole Porter and feel good knowing that you're supporting Habitat for Humanity.

Celebrate with your family:

Valentine's Day Play Date, Children's Museum of Memphis, Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m., $10 members / $15 non-members

Bring the family to the Children's Museum of Memphis for a special Valentine's Day play date. Kids will be able to present their valentines with a gift and a flower and dance to live music from Thunderpunch. CMOM will provide the snacks.

– Mother / Daughter Tea, Memphis Botanic Garden,

Meet someone new (while you do something fun):

St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Blind Bear Speakeasy, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., $10

Dress up (preferrably in your best 1920s attire) and go to the Blind Bear for a Valentine's Day party benefitting FedEx Family House and the Ronald McDonald House. They'll have drinking, dancing, a costume contest, a silent auction and a blackjack tournament.

Wuvbirds Valentine's Day Bash, The Cove, Feb. 15, 9 p.m., $5

Grab your favorite dance partner (or try to meet one) while you check out the Wuvbirds and their adorable, charming pop music that's the aural equivalent of candy hearts.

Cherry Presents: Love or Lack Thereof, Cafe Society, Feb. 16, 9 p.m., $10

Celebrate Valentine's Day or come commisserate with drink specials at Cherry, a monthly party for lesbians. They'll have a burlesque show, $5 drinks, complimentary snacks and plenty of space to dance.

Internet Cat Video Festival, Brooks Museum of Art, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., $10

This Valentine's Day, don't stay at home and squee with delight over kitten videos all by your lonesome. Head to the Brooks Museum for the Internet Cat Video Festival, where you can LOL over an hour of super cute kitties with tons of other likeminded people (or maybe meet the cat lady or dude of your dreams).

Go on a special date:

Love on the Rocks, Elmwood Cemetery, Feb. 8, 6 p.m., $25

If you're not really feeling the love this Valentine's Day, Elmwood's got the perfect event for you (and they're serving sad cake): Love on the Rocks, a cocktail party in the cemetery's chapel featuring costumed interpreters telling some of Elmwood's most romantic stories.

Valentine's Day Cruise, Memphis River Boats, Feb. 14, $50

Take your date on a two-hour Mississippi River cruise, complete with live music, a buffet and incredible views of the Memphis skyline.

Free Dance Classes, Blue Suede Ballroom, Feb. 14, 6 p.m.

It's not a secret: knowing how to dance makes you more attractive. Take your favorite aspiring Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers to a free rhumba and waltz lesson at Blue Suede Ball Room. The class is free, but space is limited, so register by calling (901) 758-0032.

Chocolate Buffet, Madison Hotel, Feb. 14, 8 p.m., $32

Nothing says love like a chocolate buffet. Order a special love letter from the Madsion (that serves as a ticket into the buffet) for your date and then sample speciality chocolates from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Beverage pairings will be available.

Know of an event that isn't on the list? Submit it to the Memphis events calendar and I'll add it to the list.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  2. Jennifer Henry says:

    I HIGHLY recommend the Tuba Serenade from U or M!  They "Sugar Pie Honey Bunched" my boyfriend on our first Valentine's Day (he played Euphonium for years), and they were stellar!

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