Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’re one who leaves planning to the last minute you’ll miss out on making it the best Valentine’s Day yet. Don't fret! We've got ideas for what to eat, do, and give. We'll leave the romance up to you.
Romantic dinner by candlelight is so cliché. But everybody’s gotta eat, so you might as well make it a nice meal. Use our Food and Drink listings to do your research, then call to make reservations right away!
Do you have a favourite place to go with your sweetheart? No? Okay, we can help with that. Discover something new together in our Things to Do section, or take advantage of these special Valentine’s Day inspired events:
Come enjoy an early Valentine's Day with Love Grows at the Muttart Conservatory, a place where romance blossoms almost as often as their flowers do. Enjoy a meal for two at Culina Café before entering the pyramids where music will serenade you and your partner as you take part in numerous love-themed activities.
Viva Dance Company presents Sweet Nothings at the Art Gallery of Alberta, a collection of love-themed contemporary dances set to live music. Stop in for dinner at Zinc before the show and make it a night to remember!
Sweetheart Snowshoe: If snowshoeing is your Valentine’s jam, take a guided tour through the natural beauty of the river valley. Finish off the trek with hot chocolate and bannock making! You bring the love, they'll provide the snowshoes.
February 10 & 14
Cupid’s arrow has met its match. Aim for the heart with paintballs at the Edmonton Paintball Centre. Don't worry, this event is perfect for beginners. They'll supply you with all the equipment that you two will need and 200 paintballs each.
Instead of going out for dinner this Valentine’s day, make your own meal at home. No, you won't be serving your signature Kraft Dinner and hot dogs. Come learn to cook a romantically inspired dinner for two in advance on February 9 with Get Cooking. Not interested in doing the cooking yourself? Let Chef Doreen Prei make you a four course, seated menu in her interactive kitchen for a unique and romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
February 9 and 14
If the Meet Me at Lovers’ Lane package at the Silver Skate Festival doesn’t impress your special someone, then maybe it’s time to get yourself an e-harmony account. Or Tinder. Whatever the kids are doing these days. Gourmet hot chocolate, a horse-drawn sleigh, Valentine’s Day lanterns and more await.
February 10-11, 14 & 17-19
"The Office" Trivia Night at The Pint downtown is just the ticket for a couple that likes to snuggle up and watch Netflix, but wants to, you know, get out of the house for a special occasion. Beers. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
Get classy at Edmonton Opera's Valentine's Gala. Step out in style and immerse yourself in vintage Hollywood glamour at the Shaw Conference Centre. You'll see performances by the Edmonton Opera chorus, Citie Ballet, and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band.
The Valentine's Disco Skate is the perfect chance to impress that cutie you've had your eye on with both your skating and dancing skills. Take a twirl around the City Hall rink to the music of 1970s and ‘80s, roast bannock over an open fire, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate from the Kids in the Hall Bistro. Free skate and helmet rentals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Ah! Romance! is the perfect post-Valentine's day outing to keep the love going. Plain Jane Theatre presents a new revue at the beautiful Varscona Theatre starring a talented cast who will open their hearts and lungs to celebrate the passionate, adventurous, quirky and sometimes downright hilarious moments of romance. Hear music from shows like Anything Goes, She Loves Me, On the Town, The King and I, The Music Man and more!
Make a whole night of it with dinner and an overnight stay in the Hotel Selkirk at Fort Edmonton Park through one of their romantic Valentine's Packages.
The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, so we recommend chocolate. May we suggest one (or all) of these Edmonton original chocolatiers:
Jacek Chocolate Couture
Jacqueline Jacek applies the fashion business model to her award winning chocolate company, releasing seasonal collections of chocolates that follow inspirational themes.
The Violet Chocolate Co.
Decorated with lots of international awards, all the chocolates made by red seal chef and chocolatier Rebecca Grant are gluten-free, ethically-sourced, and made with local ingredients wherever possible.
Walk into Commerce Place and follow the scent of chocolate to Sweet Lollapalooza’s contemporary shop. Watch the craftsmen at work making small batches of chocolates and confections behind a wall of glass while you decide which ones to bring home with you.