Fall in Love with These Seven Great Events
Los Angeles is known as the entertainment capital of the world, so it’s no surprise that you might feel pressure to plan the date of the decade for your special someone. But with everything from the beach to the symphony at your fingertips, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out which option to go with. If you’re a little bit overwhelmed as you think through the possibilities, don’t despair. Whether you’re looking for a classy wine tasting and food pairing or a lively evening of music under the stars, we’ve got you covered. Here are seven ways to spend Valentine’s Day this year—each one guaranteed to let that special someone know just how much they mean to you.
Listen to Music Under the Stars
Few things in life are more romantic than serenading your special someone, so why not plan a Valentine’s Day outing to hear Lovers Rock (a style of music rooted in the reggae sounds of the 1970s and Caribbean nightclubs in London) performed at Grand Park? Pack a special picnic dinner, bring a bottle of wine, and enjoy a romantic evening at a table for two set up around the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. Afterward, couples can take a leisurely moonlit walk throughout the 12-acre urban park’s olive court to glimpse panoramic views of Los Angeles City Hall. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind musical performances in a serene setting, this is it. The event will take place on February 14 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Participate in a Wine Tasting and Food Pairing
Oenophiles, take note: this one’s for you. On Valentine’s Day, Little Ethiopia restaurant in downtown Los Angeles will host a special wine tasting and food pairing menu ($59 per person) from 6 to 9 p.m. During this sit-down guided wine tasting, participants will learn about wines from regions all around the world as well as have the opportunity to sample them. The host will teach attendees how to pick wines that pair well with Ethiopian appetizers (such as veggie egg rolls and beef samosas) as well as cheese and dessert. Whether you’re a newbie or a knowledgeable wine connoisseur, you’ll love learning more about wine regions (and trying the wines) during this event. It’s perfect for everyone from couples to groups of single girlfriends going out for a night on the town. Best of all, if you find a wine you like and want to purchase, you can sign up to have it shipped to your doorstep.
Go to a Movie Screening
It wouldn’t be a proper Los Angeles Valentine’s Day list if there wasn’t at least one movie screening in the mix. For one of the best options around, head to Cinespia’s showing of The Wedding Singer at the Los Angeles Theater on February 14th. Doors open at 7:30, and the movie starts at 9 p.m. During the evening, attendees can also dance the night away as a DJ spins romantic tunes, snap photos at the free onsite photo booth, and grab a drink from one of five floors of bars at the venue. Tickets start at $35.
Try Your Hand at Painting a Masterpiece
Budding Picassos will want to head over Whimsy Pasadena to take part in a Valentine’s Day Paint and Sip soiree. During the fun-filled evening, an Italian artist will teach couples how to create a prized painting. Couples will work together to create one painting made of two separate canvases/paintings, with each half matching the other. All supplies are provided, so all couples have to do is unleash their creativity by working together to create a fun finished product. One complimentary drink is included with the price ($35 per person or $60 per couple), but you can also bring your own beverage. The paint night takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 14th.
Listen to a Love Panel
If lovey-dovey dinners and long-stemmed roses aren’t your cup of tea, why not opt for an evening of enlightenment instead? On February 14th from 7 to 9 p.m., the Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood will be hosting The Love Panel: An Alternative Valentine’s Special Event & Party. Attendees will learn what Buddha had to say about romance, love, and desire as well as have their deepest burning questions answered by a panel of four love experts. It’s the ultimate way to be enlightened if you’re looking for a more meaningful alternative to traditional outings. Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
Participate in a Jazz Dinner
For those in search of a more traditional Valentine’s Day outing, you can’t go wrong with the P.S. I Love You Valentine Live Jazz Dinner ($150) hosted by Dynasty Eventz. On February 14th from 8 to 11 p.m., the elegant York Manor event venue will be transformed into a romantic hideaway where lovers of all ages can gather for a special three-course candlelit dinner. While the courses are being served, diners will be treated to live jazz music performed by Alexis Nicole Jackson. Afterward, grab a drink and dance the night away with your special someone. If desired, you can even purchase a gift for your loved one from a list of options, and the staff will arrange for it to be waiting at your table when you arrive.
Go to Goat Yoga
Looking for a fun way to unwind after a romantic evening? Head to Indie Brewing Company in downtown Los Angeles to participate in a goat yoga class from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 15th. Downward Grog, a brewery yoga group that meets all over the City of Angels, will be joined by a couple of goats for a premiere goat yoga experience. After an hour of yoga, yogis will have the chance to take photos with the goats before ending their workout with beer from the brewery. The walk-up price is $40 per person, subject to availability. Attendees are asked to bring their own yoga mat, a towel, and a water bottle.
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