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Not so Average Valentine’s Day fun in DFW

Not so Average Valentine's Day

Looking for something different to do on Valentine’s Day than just “dinner for two” at a restaurant? Here’s a list of some not so average things to do with your favorite Valentine. Prices vary from FREE to $$$.

Frisco Jazz Band – Valentines Concert & Dance (Frisco)

Lochranns Irish Pub, Sunday, 2/14 from 6 – 8pm, Cost – FREE

The highly acclaimed Frisco Jazz Band has put together a special selection of favorite romantic standards and their usual mix of big band classics that are sure to create an unforgettable evening for you and the one your love. The dance floor will be open. So plan on getting close to that special someone as we play the hits and keep them coming. More info.

Love Your Lane Valentine’s Day Bike Ride (Dallas)

Main Street Garden Park, Sunday, 2/14 from 2 – 4:30pm

You’re invited to Love Your Lane, the first B.F.O.C. group ride of the year. Dress to your heart’s content for this Valentine’s Day ride and bring your sweetie, or come looking for that special cycling someone, as we tour around town at a leisurely pace. Prizes for the best-dressed include: Treats from Oak Cliff’s Dude, Sweet Chocolate, and a one-of-a-kind Valentine-centric B.F.O.C. T-shirt. More info.

Sweetheart Ball (Denton)

Denton Civic Center, Friday, 2/12 from 7 – 9:30pm, Cost $6

Bring your sweetheart or find one at the Adapted Recreation event of the season, our semi-annual, formal Valentine dance. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets must be purchased in advance by February 8. More info.

Backdoor Comedy’s “Champagne, Chocolates & Comedy” Valentine’s Day Special (Dallas)

Backdoor Comedy Club, Double Tree Hotel, Sunday, 2/14 at 7pm and 9pm; Cost $25/person

Selected “Best Comedy Club” by D Magazine and Dallas Observer, The Backdoor presents a special Valentine’s Day comedy bash with 2 shows on Sunday, February 14. Headliners will be Aaron Aryanpur from Maxim’s “The Real Men of Comedy National Tour” and back by popular demand, Paul Varghese, from Showtime and Comedy Central; also appearing- Raj Sharma from Comedy Central & Emmy winner Linda Stogner. More info.

Valentine Wine Trail (Grapevine)

Saturday 2/13 and Sunday 2/14, Cost $45 advance ticket purchase; $50 at the door

Ticket Includes: Three Tastings at each Winery, One Large Crystal Wine Glass, Food Samplings at each Winery, Premium Bottle of Texas Wine. Wine Trail Ticket pick up 10 a.m. at Cross Timbers , 805 North Main St. Grapevine.
Join us for the Sweetheart Trail– the perfect way to spend some quality time with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day…or you can have good times with good wine and good friends with a double date on the wine trail!  It’s th
e ideal place for wine enthusiasts and romantics to celebrate the holiday of love.  Join cupid on the 3rd annual Valentine Wine Trail.  More info.

6th Annual Black Tie & Boots Gala – Altrusa (Southlake)

Hilton Hotel, Saturday, 2/13 at 6:30pm; Cost $75/person

On Saturday, February 13th, 2010, more than 200 people will grab their silks, tuxedos, boots and hats to “stirrup” fun at the elegant Hilton Hotel in Southlake Town Square. Featured Live Band is Identity Theft.  Come join Altrusa DFW for an evening of Dinner, Dancing, a Cigar Bar and a Live and Silent Auction benefiting local charities! More info.

Cheese, Wine, & Chocolate Lover’s Class (Highland Park)

Molto Formaggio, Thursday, 2/11, $75 per couple, advanced reservations required Call 214-361-9191.

Share the things you love with the one you love!  Our Valentine’s Day class will feature our three favorite food groups: cheese, wine, and chocolate.  We will sample some of our newest and greatest Artisan cheeses with wonderful wines.  We will taste the cheeses on their own as well as trying them in a prepared food course.  You will also get to be one of the first to try an incredible new line of chocolate that we will be bringing to the shops as they will be featured in the dessert course and paired with the perfect wine for chocolate. Website

Keith and Margo’s 20th Annual Valentine’s Day Celebration – Mystery Theater (Dallas)

Omni Dallas Park West Hotel, Saturday 2/13 from 7:00 – 11:30 PM

This light-hearted mystery comedy theater features professional actors as “suspects” and a “detective” interacting with the audience as you help solve the mystery. BASIC PACKAGE: $94.00 per person. Includes reception, dinner, drink ticket, satirical mystery stage play with 1950’s Theme, Disc Jockey for dancing, prizes, taxes, tips and a cash bar.  Dance to the Golden Oldies of the 1950’s! DELUXE PACKAGE: Add a guest room & breakfast for an additional $130 per couple [based on DOUBLE OCCUPANCY].  Website

Valentine’s Dinner Train – “Our Love is on the Line” (Palestine)

Saturday, 2/13 and Sunday, 2/14; Cost $100/person; 6:30pm – Champagne Reception & Entertainment, 7:30pm – Dinner train departure

Enjoy a romantic evening for you and your special someone! Enjoy a champagne reception at 6:30pm. At 7:30pm the train will depart from the Palestine Depot for an elegant evening complete with a three-course meal and musical entertainment. Train will return to the Palestine Depot at approximately 10:00pm. More info.

Plano Symphony Valentine Gala – Paris Nights: A Passport to the Stars (N. Dallas)

InterContinental Dallas Hotel, Malachite Showroom, Saturday, 2/13 from 6 – 10pm
Cost $125/person; proceeds benefit the Plano Symphony Orchestra and its educational programs.

For an unforgettable evening of fun and memories, join the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 Valentine Gala, February 13, 2010 at the InterContinental Dallas hotel.  Guests can expect a Parisian nightclub experience in the Malachite Showroom as they dine and dance the night away to one of Texas’s premier, high-energy show and variety bands, Max Class and the Class Act.  The Valentine Gala will include a silent and live auction with fun filled auction games. For tickets call PSO at 972-473-7262 or visit our website.

Love Notes – Romantic Love Songs Performed by the McKinney Community Band (McKinney)

Saturday evening, 2/13, at 8pm, in the Courtroom Theater at 111 N. Tennessee St.

Join your McKinney Community Band, under the direction of Bill Sleeper, for an evening of romantic and love songs just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Admission is free, but to be assured of a seat, tickets are required. Admission on the night of the performance (without a ticket) will be based on availability.

Sonic Dreams at the Irving Arts Center (Irving)

Saturday evening, 2/13, at 8pm.  Tickets $36-$50.

Irving Symphony Orchestra presents a US premiere! This luminous production features selections from the world’s most romantic symphonic music performed to the backdrop of a stunning light presentation powered by giant motorized helix machines. Musical selections include: the Grieg Piano Concerto featuring Andrey Ponochevny, Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition Bronze Medalist, Overture to Tannhauser by Wagner, Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky and Symphony No. 9 from The New World by Dvorak.

Eternal Love at the Irving Arts Center (Irving)

On Sunday, 2/14, at 3:30pm.  Tickets $8-$15.

The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving will perform a concert featuring P.I. Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, G. Puccini’s Act I Finale and H. Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, “Romantic.”

UpTown Theater Presents Best Broadway Love Songs (Grand Prairie)

UpTown Theater, Grand Prairie, Saturday, 2/13 at 8pm.  Tickets $51 each.

They wow’d sold out audiences last year, come hear them again.  The most romantic ticket this weekend.

Wedding Vow Renewal Event at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (Frisco)

On Saturday, February 13th at 5:30 pm, St. Philip’s will celebrate the blessing of marriage at their annual Wedding Vow Renewal. Mark your calendar, book your babysitter and make your dinner reservations now to make a real “date night” out of it! Childcare for ages 0-4 is available during the service ONLY; children 5 and older are welcome and invited to join their parents for the service. This a great chance to invite your friends to renew their vows, too! This is a FREE event.

Mina FranneaMina Frannea is a mom to twin children, a son and daughter, and a wife of 14 years to a wonderful husband. An avid volunteer, Mina is involved at her children’s school and in various capacities in her community. Mina enjoys creating new recipes, finding great bargains, tinkering with technology, learning new things, and finding projects that will keep her little munchkins busy long enough to get dinner on the table!

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  1. Mina Frannea 01/30/2011 at 1:06 pm

    So glad you found the article helpful. Be sure to look for the more current version of this that should be published in the next few days. it’s entitled “Valentines’ Day Weekend in DFW.” I’ve listed events and happenings for Valentine’s Day 2011.

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