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It’s the most romantic day of the year — and this year you have all weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day as it falls on the Sunday before Family Day holiday Monday! We’ve gathered special events happening all weekend that will really impress your date.
In the Heat of the Night | Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, 6 pm | $100 per person for tables of two | The Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Road NE | 403-232-9300 | www.calgaryzoo.com
“You and me baby ain’t nothing but mammals!” Enjoy a romantic dinner held in the Calgary Zoo’s conservatory, complete with decadent desserts. Once dinner is over, zookeepers will begin their informative presentation on courtship and mating in the animal world. Dress in your flashiest Vegas-style outfit and strike a pose in the Vegas-themed photo booth.
Let’s Get Physical! Adults Only Night | Thursday, February 11, 6 – 10 pm | $26.45 | TELUS Spark, 220 St. George’s Drive NE | 403-232-9300 | www.sparkscience.ca
Brains and beauty are a great combination, so grab your sweetheart for a fun and educational night out. Take a look at the new Body Worlds: Vital exhibit in an adults-only setting (no kids running around!) and enjoy some themed programming that explore love from both a physical and a psychological perspective.
Chocolate and Yin | Saturday, February 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm | $30 | Yoga Passage, 521 – 11 Ave SW | yogapassage.ca | Treat your taste buds and your body! Snack on organic, handmade chocolates infused with super foods after a relaxing and strengthening yoga class.
Dynamic Directions | February 11, 7:30 pm; February 12, 7:30; February 13, 2 pm & 7:30 pm | $20 – $119 | Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW | 403-297-8000 | www.albertaballet.com
Three of Canada’s best known choreographers – Aszure Barton, Wen Wei Wang, and Yukichi Hattori – present a thrilling and romantic evening of contemporary and neo-classical ballet.
Dashing Date “Secret Crush” Speed Dating Event | February 14, 6 pm | $39 | Venue is TBD | www.dashingdate.com
Looking for love on Valentine’s Day? Dashing Date is hosting their Secret Crush! speed dating event for women between the ages of 25 to 36 and men between 27 and 38. A special icebreaker game will kick things off.
Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse | February 14, 5 pm – late night | $69.95 per person | 521 – 10 Ave SW | 587-354-3441 | www.pampasteakhouse.com
Take your sweetie for a luxurious dinner at Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse on the big night. Their special Valentine’s Day menu includes limitless carvings of 11 cuts of meat plus caramelized grilled pineapple, coconut lime prawns, grilled salmon, and lobster tail — these extra dishes are being served exclusively for the holiday. Celebrating early? The option to upgrade to the V-Day menu is available on Friday and Saturday as well.
Cinnamon Heartbreak Cabaret | February 14, 7 pm | $25 – $28 | Distortion, 3828 Macleod Trail SW | www.brownpapertickets.com
Theatre Encounter will present its annual cabaret showfeaturing The Rhinestone Affair Burlesque Entertainment, a sneak peek of Theatre Encounter’s play The Lesson, and rockabilly trio Stickshift Suicide. Bring your date for a saucy night out!
Southern Stardust Big Band Dinner and Dance | February 13, 6:30 pm dinner; 8:15 dance| $65 dinner and dance; $35 dance only | Calgary Austrian Centre, 3112 – 11 St NE | 403-850-4793
Do you and your darling love to dance? The Southern Stardust Big Band is hosting a Bug Band Dinner Dance for Valentine’s Day. Start with an appetizing buffet dinner, then dance to the 18-piece big band playing music for all different kinds of dance including foxtrot, waltz, rumba, cha-cha- tango, and swing.
Checkmate, My Sweet Valentine | February 14, 6 pm| $90 | Fort Calgary Barracks, 750 – 9 Avenue SE | 403-290-1875 | www.fortcalgary.com
Calling all murder mystery fans! It’s been over 10 years since Check Mate Dating Services started to make love matches, and they are throwing a murder mystery party at the Fort Calgary Barracks to celebrate. Get into character over cocktails and dinner and attempt to solve the mystery while mingling with potential love matches.
Stop Light Party | February 13, 8:30 pm| $25 | WXYZ Aloft Bar, 2359 Banff Trail NW | 403-338-4405 | www.aloftcalgaryuniversity.com
Grab your friends for a wild and fun night out! Jam to beats by Felonius Funk with special guest DJ Grimrock for a mix of old school hip-hop, house music, mash-ups and more. A signature Aloft cocktail is included in ticket price, along with a gourmet candy bar, late night snacks, and exciting door prizes. The dress code requires you wear red, green, or yellow, so dress according to your relationship status!
Funny Fest Comedy Extravaganza | February 14, 6 pm| $49 | Nicastro’s Showroom, 2820 Centre St NE | 403-228-7888 | www.eventbrite.ca
Tickle your funny bone this Valentine’s Day! Laugh along to Funny Fest headliners including Jamie Hutchinson, Stu Hughes, and Dug Bueck as you have dinner and drinks. Roses, chocolates, live music, and great prizes are all part of the fun!
Dance Lessons at Arthur Murray | February 13, 7 pm| $25 | Arthur Murray Dance Centre, 231 B Forge Rd. SE | 403-319-0732 | www.arthurmurraycalgary.ca
Arthur Murray Dance Centre is hosting a Valentine’s date night for couples wanting to learn how to ballroom dance. Food, bar service, music, and romantic dance lessons are all included.
Date Night with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra | February 12, 8 pm; February 13, 8 pm| $20 – $80 | Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE | 403-571-0849 | www.calgaryphil.com
Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, 2012 Honens Prize Laureate Pavel Kolesnikov, and Samson Tsoy in an evening of romance and music complete with a dazzling performance of Prokofiev’s composition Romeo and Juliet.
Family Quest | February 11 – 15, 10 am – 4 pm | $5.50 – $10.75 | Gasoline Alley Museum, Heritage Park, 1900 Heritage Dr SW | heritagepark.ca
Celebrate the love of your family (it is Family Day long weekend, after all!) with some fun activities and the brand new Reflections in Chrome motorcycle exhibit. View a display of more than 30 vintage, restored, and new motorbike, and then enjoy kid-friendly crafts and games that channel life on the road.
Wine + Chocolate | February 11, 6 pm | $40 | Vine Styles Kensington, 1127b Kensington RD NW | vinestyles.ca
Enjoy tastings of some delightful wine and chocolate pairings — maybe you’ll even find a combo worthy to take home for Valentine’s Day celebrations. Vine Styles is a boutique wine store that organizes their wines by tasting notes — crisp, smooth, dry, etc. — rather than by region, so they’re a friendly guide for any tasting even if you don’t know much about wine.
Art on the Rocks: Mystery Art Night for Lovers and Fighters | Saturday, February 13, 7 pm | $30 | Glenbow, | glenbow.org
Are you a lover or a fighter? Single or taken? Regardless, you’ll enjoy creating some hands-on art at this adults-only event. The project you’ll be working on is top secret until the night of the event, but whether you come on your own, with your significant other, or a group of friends, you’ll have a great time. Enjoy a drink while you create, and groove to the tunes of a DJ.
Bend and Brunch | Sunday, February 14, 10 am | $25 | Craft Beer Market, 319 – 10 Ave SW | calgary.craftbeermarket.ca
Forget the Legally Blonde wisdom of “bend and snap,” “bend and brunch” is the way to go. BYOM (bring-your-own-mat) for a one-hour yoga class (suitable for beginners) then refuel with a tasty, freshly made brunch and a “beermosa” made with beer from local Village Brewery.
Market Collective | February 12 – 14 | $5 weekend admission | Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1 St SW | marketcollective.ca
This local artisan market has vendors selling handmade gourmet food, clothes, jewellery, bath and beauty products, cards, decor, and more. Pick up a sweet gift for someone special, or give yourself some self love and buy something just for you. Take some time to pose for a photo in the Valentine’s Day-themed photo booth.
Cocktails & Burlesque | February 11 | $10 | The Bourbon Room, 341 – 10 Ave SW| bourbonroom.ca
The Bourbon Room is teaming up with King Nox for a sultry night of cocktails and burlesque. Two sets of live burlesque, Valentine’s themed cocktails and whiskey specials are all part of the exciting evening!