Hoping to impress your honey on V-Day? Our guide to Valentine’s Day ideas and romantic things to do for couples has a bevy of ways to help you get closer. After a romantic meal or a spa day, give your SO one of these as a gift or treat each other to a date night. LA 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 and romantic things to do for couples
Let the LA Phil rev up the romance with a Valentine's Day salute to French masterworks. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads this mini-festival featuring a soprano soloist and an organ concerto. The evening wraps up with Ravel's Mother Goose, a fairy tale-derived suite, performed here with abstract 3-D projections from Ars Electronica Futurelab.
See how romance plays out in the animal kingdom at the LA Zoo's annual adults-only wildlife fundraiser, Sex and the City Zoo. The evening includes an informative guest lecture, animal walk-abouts that let you observe small animals up-close and a wine-and-dessert reception, or a four-course dinner.
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.
Take in a tender Valentine's Day weekend screening as Cinespia shows Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at Downtown's Palace Theatre. Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's endlessly inventive romance, which follows Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet down a metaphysical rabbit hole of love and loss, is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday—as are the DJs, full bars and photo booth that'll be set up at the historic theater.
If you're going for goof-factor, a gondola ride from a top-hat-wearing gondolier fits the bill. Huntington Beach Harbor's Sunset Gondolas ratchets it up a notch during their Valentine’s Day rides (1637 Pacific Coast Hwy), throwing in a private photo shoot and red rose for your date. If you can snag a late afternoon time slot for the one-hour ride ($150 per couple), you might even catch the sunset over the ocean. The best part? You can BYO. A bottle opener, ice, cups and blankets are all provided for snuggling up. Book online or call 800-979-3370.
Even if Baz Luhrmann's musical Moulin Rouge doesn't have you singing along with Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, you'll still be blown away by the spectacular costumes and production design. Follow the heated love triangle as Cinespia presents a formal Valentine's Day screening at the gorgeous Los Angeles Theatre, complete with live dancers, magicians, circus acts, bands and DJs.
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 Captian 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).
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 pre-Valentine's Day shows include appearances from some of our favorite burlesque performers like Lux LaCroix and Jessabelle Thunder.
What better way to show your support for you partner than running 26.2 miles with them—or maybe just cheering on from the sidelines? Kicking off at Dodgers Stadium, this annual parade of physical endurance and community spirit winds its way through LA, culminating at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.
Was your high school prom forgettable (or hazily forgotten)? Relive all of the awkward romance and under-the-table drinking at Unique's annual Fake Prom. Every ticket for the Valentine's weekend event includes access to an open bar, after-school snacks, DIY corsages and boutonnieres, and, of course, a prom photo shoot. This year's theme is Pretty in Pink.