I Love Memphis Guide to Valentine’s Day 2017
Ed. Note: I’m proud to bring you this extensive V-Day guide from Memphis writer and new ILM contributor, Katie Schnack. Be on the lookout for more fresh faces and new voices on the I Love Memphis Blog in the coming weeks. – Holly
Valentine’s Day is just about here and Memphis is already starting to feel the love. If you are gearing up to celebrate with a date or a group of friends, we’ve got you covered. Also, if you are feeling like swearing off love forever, hiding under a pile of blankets and binge watching a dark Netflix series, we have some ideas for you too.
For more inexpensive, classic Memphis date ideas, click here. If you’re looking for some local sweet treats, click here. Also, it’s time to dust off our made-in-Memphis V-Day Mixtape because – why not?
As for my Valentine’s Day, I will be daydreaming of attending all of these events while sipping champagne with my husband at home, listening to the lovely sounds of our baby monitor. Because you know, parenthood and stuff. Maybe next year we will get out on the town!
We’ll update this post as we learn more – you can add ideas in the comments or submit to the calendar, too.
1. Go To Dinner
For most of these places you will need reservations. Prices do not include tax, gratuity, or drinks.
– Amerigo Italian Restaurant Amergio will be offering chef specials as well as their regular menu.
– Babalu will serve a featured cocktail and specialty tapas made with “aphrodisiacs”, available Feb. 9 – Feb. 14. They don’t take reservations, so you may want to call ahead and see if there is a wait.
– B.B. King’s will be doing a three course meal for $50 which will include an appetizer, choice of two entrees, two desserts and, of course, there will be live music.
– Bleu will have a four-course prix fixe dinner, including a complimentary champagne toast, dessert and a rose for your Valentine. The cost is $70 per person, Feb. 11 – 14.
– Bounty on Broad will have a special three-course menu, featuring complimentary oysters on the half shell. It’s $100 per couple, alcohol not included. Reservations are required.
– Capriccio Grill at The Peabody will have a Valentine’s day dinner Feb. 10 – Feb. 14 from 4 – 10 p.m. The three-course meal costs $70 per person.
– Celtic Crossing is offering a special three course dinner starting at 5 p.m., including a gift of Irish Butler’s Heart Chocolates. The cost is $35 per person. Their regular menu will also be available, plus live music to keep you entertained if your date is a dud.
– Catherine and Mary’s will serve a four course prix fixe meal for $75 per person. Each course will have three options to choose from, and will be made up of specialty items not normally on the menu. Seating starts at 5 p.m.
– Char will have a few Valentine’s Day specials running in addition to their regular menu, with live music from 6 – 9 p.m.
– Chez Philippe at The Peabody is offering Valentine’s day dinners Feb.10, 11 and 14 from 5 – 10 p.m. The four-course prix fixe meal costs $95 per person, or $130 with wine pairing.
– Eighty3 at The Madison has a three-course menu with a glass of champagne for $55 per person.
– The Farmer will be having a three-course sweetheart menu from 5:30 – 9 p.m. $45 per person.
– Felicia Suzanne’s will have a three-course prix fixe menu with three choices per course, at $65 per person. Wine packages and special Valentine’s Day cocktails will be available, and early and late seating options.
– Hammer and Ale will offer a two-for-one deal on Bell’s Two Hearted Ale on Feb. 14 from 5 – 9 p.m. They will also have their regular menu available. (Ed. Note: Their pimento grilled cheese is so underrated. – HW)
– Lafayette’s will be open to regular reservations this year, and have a special Valentine’s Day menu. Live music will be on stage as always.
– Stone Soup Cafe will have candlelight and a local guitarist as a backdrop to their four-course dinner. Seating is at 5 and 7 p.m., $50 per person. And, you can BYOB for a corkage fee.
– Sweet Grass will be running their regular menu with a few drink and food specials.
– Sweet Potato Baby Cafe is offering modern European cuisine by award-winning celebrity chef Aryen Moore-Alston on Feb. 14 from 7 – 10 p.m. $150 a person, at ages 21+ only.
–The Kitchen at Shelby Farms will have a four course prix fixe menu for $75 per person. Seating starts at 5:00 p.m.
Here are some more options for dinner. We will update with more details as we have them. Make sure to call ahead for reservations.
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Bounty on Broad
Flying Saucer downtown
Hog & Hominy
Mesquite Chop House
Texas de Brazil
Terrace at the River Inn
2. See a show or concert
It Takes Two performed by the Collage Dance Collective, Feb. 11, 7:00 p.m., downtown loft of Elliot & Kimberly Perry, $75.
An intimate dance performance put on by the recently viral Collage Dance Collective, including live music, cocktails and cuisine.
Rock of Ages, Playhouse on the Square, Jan. 20 – Feb. 12, $40
If your ideal Valentine’s Day date is full of Aqua Net and heavy metal, then this show is for you. Set in 1980’s Hollywood on the Sunset Strip, the Rock of Ages features music from hit bands like Styx, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Whitesnake and more.
Haint, Germantown Community Theater, Jan. 27 – Feb. 12, $12 – $24
Written by Germantown Community Theater’s own artistic director, this new work passionately explores trying to let go of the past even when those ghosts won’t let you move on.
Circuit Playhouse, Hand to God, Jan. 27 – Feb. 19, $25
Described by The New York Times as “disturbing as it is uproarious,” Hand to God follows a foul-mouthed puppet in a Christian ministry that takes on a mind of its own. Because nothing says Valentine’s Day more than a demonic puppet, of course.
Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, Hattiloo Theatre, Jan. 20 – Feb. 12
Set in the political and racial heart of 1963, the play follows Bayard Rustin, an openly gay, Black member of the non-violent civil disobedience movement.
The Illusionists – Live from Broadway, Feb. 10 – Feb. 12, $30 and up.
Put some magic back into your relationship with The Illusionists – Live from Broadway. Called “the world’s best selling magic show,” it features the live talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.
Love and All That Jazz, Church of the River, Feb. 12, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Free, all ages.
Enjoy live jazz from saxophonist Jim Speake and friends, as well as inspirational readings about love, all while taking in a beautiful view of the Mississippi River.
Atilla – Let’s Get Abducted Tour, Minglewood Hall, Feb. 14, doors open at 6 p.m., $18 – $20, all ages.
Rock out for love with this heavy metal band from Atlanta. Also featuring New Year’s Day, Bad Omens and Cane Hill.
Kathy Mattea, The Halloren Centre, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., $35, all ages
Acoustic croonings by grammy award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley.
The Laugh-A-Thon tour, The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6:00 p.m., $40 – 100.
A comedy show featuring Earthquake, Don “Dc” Curry, Bill Bellamy, Huggy Lowdown from the Tom Joyner show, and Damon Williams.
Sock It To Me Burlesque’s HEARTBREAKERS, RockHouse Live Memphis Feb. 11 , 9 – 11 p.m., $15 – 25.
A Valentine’s Day themed show with live music, a lineup of burlesque performers and lots of fun!
The Sounds of Love and Laughter, Tunica Resort Casino, Feb, 11, 8 p.m., $35 or VIP seating for $45.
A Valentine’s weekend party featuring the PC Band, comedian D. Elli$! Aka Mr. Entertainment, and celebrity guest and powerful vocalist James Wright Chanel, who will be co-hosting with Sheronica Ray.
3. Do Something Different
Champagne Sunday, The Metal Museum, Feb. 12, Free, all ages.
Browse the exhibits, enjoy some bubbly and treats and let your Valentine browse their gift shop full of one-of-a-kind jewelry, art and home decor.
Valentine’s Day Dance Class, Blue Suede Ballroom, Feb. 14, 6 – 6:45 p.m., $35 per couple, RSVP in advance.
Couples will learn a seductive rumba or tango in this class, and still have time to make it to dinner afterward. All participants will receive one complimentary group class as a special gift.
Pinot’s Palette (Sanderlin) Valentine’s Paintings for Couples, Feb 11 -. 14, various times, $45.
They will be hosting a variety of couple’s painting events the weekend before Valentine’s Day through the 14th. Chocolate and roses will be provided!
Victorian Valentine at the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, Feb. 3, 5 – 8 p.m., $15.
Learn the history behind the Valentine day traditions practiced today. Gowns, lace and a romantic atmosphere take you back to a time when courting rituals were strictly followed. No Tinder here! Light refreshments will be served.
All Things Chocolate IV, National Civil Rights Museum, Feb. 12, 6 – 11 p.m., $150 per couple, $85 for a single ticket.
A romantic evening at the National Civil Rights Museum. There will be a three-course plated meal, live band, open bar and more.
25th Annual Works of Heart, Memphis College of Art, Saturday, Feb. 4, 7 – 10 p.m., $75.
Bid on 120 gallery-quality heart-themed pieces. Beer, wine and appetizers will be available. All proceeds benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
Whiskey, Wine and Chocolates, Memphis Botanic Garden, Feb. 10, 7 – 10 p.m., $60.
Memphis chocolatier Philip Ashley presents an array of designer chocolates paired with select whiskey, wines and cocktails. Music by Objeckt12.
Wine Bottle Glasses class, Five in One Social Club, Feb. 14, 6 – 9 p.m., $20
Grab a drink and a date for this Valentine’s Day edition of one of their most popular classes! Learn how to turn an empty wine bottle into a drinking glass, and consider yourself a Pinterest pro.
3rd Annual Titled Hearts Pinball Tournament, Memphis Made Brewing, Feb. 18, 2 – 6 p.m., $10 entry fee.
Another Valentine’s Day weekend tourney hosted by Memphis Pinball. $10 to enter but games are free for competitors. A cash prize will be awarded for the top four players.
4. Embrace your Valentine’s Day angst.
Not a fan of hearts, love and fuzzy feelings? We hear ya! Check out these ways to celebrate or, I guess not celebrate:
We Need to Talk: A Open Call Exhibition of Breakup Items, Crosstown Arts, Feb. 10. 5 – 8 p.m.
This exhibition is an opportunity for anyone who has suffered heartbreak to share their tale of love gone wrong in a very public way. Submit a memento of your breakup and the object’s story, and it will be displayed. Online submissions end Friday, Jan. 27 and art drop off is Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Or, just head out to the opening of the exhibit on Feb.10 to gawk at the pain of others.
The Break Up Show 6, New Daisy Theatre, Feb. 11, 8 – 11 p.m., $20 up to $300 for a VIP lounge.
True stories of heartbreak, rejection and insanity woven into a comedic show. Dramatic recreations of text-message breakups, online dating fails and bad date re-enactments are all on the table. and more. The stories are anonymous 100% real and local – they were all submitted by Memphians.
Love on the Rocks: A Walking Tour of the Romantically Challenged, Elmwood Cemetery, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m., $20, adults only.
Learn about Memphis history of love gone wrong. The tour is completely outdoors, so dress for the weather.
Monster Jam, FedExForum, Feb. 17 – 18, 7 p.m., $15 and up all ages/kid friendly.
Revel in your distaste for the holiday of love by watching giant trucks crush things and run into each other, duh.
The No Show Ball benefiting The Forrest Spence Fund, Your House! Feb. 11, $100
There may be no better option to hide from Valentine’s Day then by having an entire dinner party delivered to your door, and all for a good cause. If you live in Shelby County, a cooler containing an entree, salad, bread, dessert and a bottle of wine will be delivered before 3:00 p.m. Turn on a weird Netflix series, and you are all set.
Let us know in the comments below how you plan on celebrating, or if there is anything else to add to this list. Happy Valentine’s Day, Memphis!