Valentine’s Day ideas for couples

Fall in love with these romantic things to do and Valentine’s Day ideas for couples looking to mix things up
Photograph: Courtesy Cinespia
By Michael Juliano and Time Out contributors |

Hoping to impress your honey on V-Day? Our guide to Valentine’s Day ideas for couples has a bevy of romantic things to do to help you get closer. After a romantic meal or a spa day, spend a day out with your SO or treat each other to a date night with one of these events. L.A. is a romantic city every day of the year, but it really does Valentine’s Day right (and so should you).

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Valentine’s Day ideas for couples

Things to do, Classes and workshops

Tie on a corsage and pin on a boutonniere

Get gussied up before your night out and make your own corsage or boutaineer with the assistance of flower lady Renee Steckermeier. A selection of pre-arranged pieces will also be available for purchase.


Ogle naked beauties at the Getty

This adults-only, nudity-driven scavenger hunt at the Getty (held the weekend of V-Day) is a comical two-hour quest that has guests searching for answers to riddle-like questions in the museum's bare-it-all paintings and sculptures. Whoever answers the most questions correctly will pick up some sweet swag (gift cards, backpacks, street cred). No previous art knowledge is required.


Relive that famous spaghetti kiss

It’s famous for that spaghetti kiss—a legendary scene that Walt Disney almost cut out. But Lady and the Tramp has many other charming moments: the script evolved out of years of personal pet stories shared by the studio's animal-loving writers and executives. A true labor of love. See it at El Capitan around Valentine's Day and you'll be treated to a candlelit dinner before the movie, catered by Miceli’s (sold separately; call 818-845-3110).

Photo: Courtesy Jeannie Jalbert
Music, Latin and world

Dance in a train station

Learn how to dance in the style of kizomba—that’s Angolan for “party”—in Union Station’s handsome ticketing hall at this high-energy Valentine’s Day event. The evening starts with a free kizomba lesson, followed by social dancing set to live Afro-Cuban beats from Ricardo Lemvo y Makina Loca.


Hear indie stars play piano ballads

Listen to intimate solo piano compositions played by the likes of the Hush Sound’s Greta Morgan, Guster’s Ryan Miller, Fruit Bats’ Eric D. Johnson and soulful singer-songwriter Kevin Morby. 

Movies, Comedy

Watch “Roman Holiday” in a stunning theater

This near-perfect romcom gave an unknown actress called Audrey Hepburn her “hello world” moment in 1953—making her an overnight star at 24. See it inside the ornate Los Angeles Theatre during a Cinespia-presented screening complete with complimentary champagne, a dancefloor in the ballroom and a themed photo booth. Make sure to dress up in your best formal attire.

Photograph: Courtesy Lucha Vavoom
Things to do, Festivals

Get frisky

Lucha VaVOOM’s racy, raucous spectacle of wrestling, burlesque and various amazing sideshow acts may not seem a logical choice for a romantic night out, but chances are it’ll be a lucky one. It’s scientifically proven that women get frisky after thrilling situations, and men, well, what doesn’t turn them on? These special Valentine’s Day shows are a must.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Eat oysters and drink wine for $69 (heh)

Cozy up to your date under a blanket on the heated patio or make eyes from inside the repurposed craftsman home during Valentine 69, a more informal take on Valentine’s Day plans. Virgil Village’s “lazy French” wine bar and restaurant Melody will have live DJ sets spinning and the full dinner service up and running, not to mention one of the neighborhood’s most eccentric wine menus featuring hard-to-find labels. Be sure to take part in the holiday-inspired 69 deal, which nets you a dozen oysters and a full bottle of a bubbly, white, red or rosé all for $69.

Things to do, Classes and workshops

Decorate a cake together

Skip dinner and go straight to dessert at this Valentine’s Day cake decorating session. Duff’s Cakemix in Pasadena offers couples the chance to decorate a six-inch round cake of six cupcakes together. Snacks and sweets provided, along with games and a raffle.  

M. Ward
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Music, Folk, country and blues

Listen to M. Ward cover Billie Holiday

Quiet but prolific singer-songwriter M. Ward naturally timeless collections of experimental folk songs that dip a toe into rose-colored pop and quaint nostalgia. Live, Ward’s voice retains that warm, rainy day quality while his lightning-fast fingerstyle guitar playing is made to fill theaters. For Valentine’s Day, he’s tackling Billie Holiday’s final album, Lady in Satin. Splurge on a table for two for the ultimate romantic experience.

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Big Bear Lake
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Best romantic getaways from L.A.

You don’t have to go far for some fun quality time with your significant other. Grab the cutie in your life and head to one of these romantic destinations near SoCal.