Valentine Ideas for You and Your Loved One
The mischievous little cherub is back with a quiver full of gleaming arrows, ready to take aim at the hearts of the unsuspecting. Will his golden arrow hit the mark?
Chocolates and flowers are a nice start, but this Valentine’s Day calls for something more. After the year that 2020 was, it’s time to express your love and celebrate your friendships; and in Miami there is no shortage of things to do. This Valentine’s Day treat yourself and your special someone to a cultural-filled celebration.There are many activities planned throughout the month of February that you can celebrate all month long. Which will make cupid one exhausted cherub.
Here are some suggestions for February 14 — an evening under the stars.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Valentine’s Day Concert with Bita — Two presentations featuring Spaniard songstress Bita will take place on the Garden House Lawn. The first from 5:30 to 7:00 PM is the family edition; and 7:30 to 10:00 PM for couples. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the evening under the stars. Please visit the links for information and reservations: Family edition and Adults edition.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Vizcaya Late: Valentine — Explore the Main House at twilight and stroll through the beautiful formal gardens as live music fills the air. Reservations are required for this early low-key date night from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. For tickets.
Deering Estate, Moonlight & Music — Outdoor jazz concert featuring Miami jazz singer Melinda Rose with the opening performance by Leesa Richards from 8:00 to 10:00 PM. Make it a special couple’s night or an evening with friends. Picnic baskets are available. Pre-order your basket and it will be ready for pick at the concert. For tickets and information.
There’s a lot taking place during the month of February leading up to and after Valentine’s Day.
The Bass Museum of Art, The Bass Highlights Tour, takes place every Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Take an interactive tour of The Bass under the guidance of a trained educator who will provide a behind-the-scene experience. You’ll explore the museum’s architecture and current exhibitions, inside and outside, and the various highlights of the collection. Visit their website to see what else is taking place for adults and children. For tickets.
The Adrienne Arsht Center, Jazz Roots on the Plaza: Keba & the Usual Suspects — February 19. Performing her sensual fusion of pop, R&B, and soul music, Keba will take the stage at 7:30 PM at the Thomson Plaza along with her Usual Suspects. Seating for the performance are purchased by the table and reservations are required. For tickets.
Illuminate Coral Gables — February 12 – March 14. The exhibition will transform Coral Gables’ historic buildings, streets, and public spaces into a three-dimensional canvas that will be on display 24/7. While the art projections will come to life in the evening from 6:00 to 10:00 PM Wednesday through Sunday. Artworks are by renown local, national, international, and emerging artists. For further information visit Illuminate Coral Gables.
Miami City Ballet’s “To Miami, With Love” continues through February 21. A series of pop-up outdoor short recitals throughout the city performed by the Miami City Ballet company that reflects the unique flavors of Miami. Each performance is inspired by the surrounding environment. Visit Miami City Ballet’s webpage for dates, location, and pricing for specific performances.
Looking for a casual, more artistic and personal experience…
Fountainhead Residency Open House. On February 20 meet artists Justin Emmanuel Dumas, Jade Thacker, and Blair Whiteford. Learn what inspires them and experience their work. For reservations visit Eventbrite.
Warehouse 4726 is a working artist studio in The Bird Road Art District Miami. The third Saturday of every month they have an open studio in conjunction with Bird Road Arts District Art Walk as well as other events throughout the month. This month’s Open Studio — Jane Night! on February 20, will celebrate the memory of friend and fellow artist Jane Harris. To reserve your place at the artist’s table and see what other events are taking place, visit the website at Warehouse4726.
If you want a complete change of scenery, we’ve included some ideas for you for a cultural weekend get-a-way at some area hotel. After all, Monday is President’s Day holiday.
The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables has a Valentine’s Day weekend package that lets you stay two nights and get the third night free. The hotel is within walking distance from South Florida’s first art and light exhibition, “Illuminate Coral Gables”. For hotel reservations and information visit the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.
The award-winning Betsy Hotel South Beach nestled in a prime South Beach location is the gathering place for arts and culture with nightly live music. Visit the Betsy Hotel to see what special offers and packages are available. Dogs are welcome.
Sagamore South Beach, Miami’s original art hotel offers its guests an escape from the ordinary. Stroll through the Sculpture Garden or just relax by the pool, Florida residents can enjoy exclusive savings and promotions. Visit the Sagamore South Beach.
The Shelborne South Beach this Art Deco gem revives its famed legacy of luxury, elegance and impeccable service. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s dinner, Rice, Rolls & Romance, in the Drawing Room. Visit the Shelborne South Beach for their special rates for overnight accommodations.
These are just the tip of cupid’s arrow for your Valentines suggestions. By the time February comes to a close, even cupid will need to escape and relax. All venues follow strict safety guidelines enforcing the wearing of masks and practicing social distancing. Happy Valentine’s Day.
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