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13 Lovely Things To Do In Houston On Valentine’s Day

Colby Smith Colby Smith

13 Lovely Things To Do In Houston On Valentine’s Day

Make your boo smitten this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and while it certainly doesn’t have to be the only day that you and your boo celebrate one another, it does make for an excuse to do something a little spicier than ordering takeout and watching Netflix. Read on to discover 10 ways to make Valentine’s Day extra special this year. [Featured image: @togna_bologna via Unsplash]

1. Experience An Enchanting Candlelight Concert

Whether you’re looking for a beautifully unique classical music performance or a romantic candlelit experience, this Chopin’s Best Works performance is for you. You don’t need to know all things Chopin to enjoy the evening—simply sit back and savor the stunning atmosphere and pieces you’ll hear. Walk into one of Houston’s emblematic buildings where the walls will be flickering by candlelight to create a magical atmosphere. Prepare to be taken into the clouds with Chopin’s most treasured masterpieces!

2. Go To Town On Brazilian Steak

Elegant chandeliers illuminate white-clothed tables inside Angus Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, adding an extra dose of enchantment to the top-notch Churrasco dining adventure. Waiters ferry roasting skewers from grill to table, carving house-special top sirloin and bacon-wrapped filet mignon directly onto your plate so that you don’t have to bring baseball mitts to catch your slices. You can sample the entire menu with this unlimited experience, testing out pork sausage and acquainting your taste buds with grilled pineapple and chicken drumsticks and much more. Countless trips to the salad bar, a wide selection of drinks and desserts, and unlimited servings ensure that stomachs are fully sated!

3. Paint With Your Partner

Treat your date to a fun and stress-free virtual painting party! In this 1.5-hour virtual course, an expert artist from Italy will guide you through the creation of a fun and creative painting. As a couple, together you will create one painting made of two canvases: each partner will paint on an individual canvas that will be the matching half to their partner’s painting. Solo participants are also welcome to paint on one canvas! You can use your own tools if you have them; otherwise, just order a paint kit and everything you need will be delivered straight to your home. It’s the perfect way to release your inner creativity on Valentine’s Day—absolutely no experience necessary!

4. Catch A Movie At The Drive-In

In 2020, drive-in cinema pulled a U-turn out of obsolescence. In the throes of the pandemic, drive-ins came in clutch to provide us with safe, much-needed entertainment and escape. While Houston has its fare share of drive-in theaters, there are none larger than the now-open Drive-In Off Navigation.

5. Escape To Pleasure Island

Get ready for an intimate, immersive, and futuristic Valentine’s Day! All the turmoil, solitude & absence of jet-setting this year is surely coaxing the mind to crave liberation from reality! This season of love, escape with Madam Rhythm & her sacred troupe of misfit joys for the vacation of your ultimate fantasy. Welcome to Pleasure Island, lovelies. Here, you are free to engage with the Seven Lovely Sins – Poetry, Generosity, Passion, Compassion, Kindness, Indulgence & Enthusiasm! Let your woes melt away. Have your cake & eat it too…there is no such thing as the quarantine fifteen here! All you need to pack is yourself, & let Pleasure Island take care of the rest.

6. Withdraw Pure Sweetness From The Cupcake ATM

Whether you’re getting cupcakes for him, her, them, or you, if you want Valentine’s Day to be sweet, make a withdrawal from Sprinkles’ cupcake ATM a hop skip and a dash from Southern Methodist University.

7. Get Roasted And Love It

Do you LOVE Valentine’s Day? A date with a spouse, partner, or a promising Bumble date. Or do you HATE Valentine’s Day? Perhaps a group of friends, single girls “Galentine’s Day”, or just want to venture out on your own? Either way, this is the show for you! You will be celebrating love and roast the holiday that brings us roses, candies, cards, and this night a lot of fun! Two of Houston’s best comedians will be cracking jokes on the subject of love to make this an unforgettable evening!

8. Gaze Into Another Universe

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The rise and setting of the sun are spectacles all on their own: captivating natural phenomena that imbue us with feelings of wonder, awe, and romance. At the James Turrells’ Twilight Epiphany installation, you’ll see the sky in entirely new colors. The installation has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic, but is opening the day after Valentine’s Day.

9. Plan Future Meet Cutes

Valentine’s Day can be a doozie for all the lonely hearts out there. For many, love seems to be frustratingly elusive. All the movies, Lifetime specials, and rom-coms we watched as kids told us that chance encounters with future soul mates were always just waiting around the corner – potential “meet-cutes”, if you will. On a park bench, an airplane, or at the bar of a Honky Tonk, were prime locals where people were always one dreamy glance away from propelling one another head over heels into a happy-ever-after relationship. In Houston, there are plenty of like idealized places, where, if life were a movie, one would meet the partner of their dreams. As our lives aren’t actually romantic comedies, you probably won’t meet too many lovers in these places. But, who knows, you can always dream.

10. Dine At A Secret Garden Bar

Even in cold of winter, the Secret Garden patio is vibrant with floral splendor. Planted on the 2,000-foot patio of Bravery Chef Hall, Secret Garden offers an enchanting Downtown escape. Its precious greenhouse is adorned with a multiplicity of striking floral arrangements fit for a wedding. At nightfall, neon lights compliment its charming fairy tale ambiance in dreamlike hues.

11. Cook Up A Little At Home Pasta

Il Fiorista brings the flavors of Italy to your home! Enjoy a delicious dish of Campanelle pasta with Puttanesca sauce using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, turning your dining table into a The New York Times-acclaimed restaurant for the night. All you have to do is drop the pasta into boiling water, pour in the sauce, pop open the bottle, and share the feast with someone special as the delicate floral bouquet infuses the room with a dazzling aroma. Head to Il Fiorista to pick up your all-inclusive kit, or have it all delivered straight to your doorstep!

12. Glamp In The Cosmos

New resident Texan, Elon Musk, promises that humans will land on Mars by 2026. If you can’t wait that long, you can spend a few nights at Basecamp Terlingua, an other-worldly glamping experience that integrates the future with the past, giving its visitors the impression of luxury camping in the cosmos.

13. Check Out This Super Sweet Speakeasy

So Clutch, the owners of the Concrete Cowboy, Clutch Bar, and a host of establishments in other US cities, have just opened the doors of the Sugar Room on Washington Avenue. The cocktail lounge hidden inside a local bakery features a glamorous selection of drinks as well as tasty treats.