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Valentine's Day 2018: A week of drinks, dances and dates in DTPHX

February 9, 2018 by Taylor Bishop

(Photo: Lauren Potter)

It’s that time of year again — Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re spending the day with your sweetheart, a group of friends or just want to treat yo’self, there are 50-plus shades of things to do in Downtown Phoenix.

Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) falls on a Wednesday this year with celebrations and events scattered throughout the week. From a cocktail weekend to a picnic in the park, this Valentine’s will be one to remember.

Here are a few events and things to do during the week of love:

See a show and find your muse


The historic (and romantic) Orpheum Theatre will be showing “Kinky Boots” from Feb. 16 to 18. Celebrate with a belated “pal”-entine’s outing by watching the Tony-winning musical with friends, or make it a date night. Tickets start at $45.25.


Dress in your finest and head to the Phoenix Symphony for a thrilling performance of Beethoven and Mozart’s works from Feb. 9 to 11. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased on the Phoenix Symphony’s website.


The Phoenix Art Museum will be showing two films on Feb. 14 as part of their Lovers/Skeptics: Valentine’s Day at the Phoenix Art Museum event.

In addition to the Bolshoi Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the museum is hosting a free screening of the cult classic “The Room,” which is considered “one of the worst films ever made,” and the inspiration behind James Franco’s Oscar-nominated film “The Disaster Artist.”

Then, go on an adult art scavenger hunt, and enjoy all the current exhibitions with free museum admission from 3 to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

AMC Classic Arizona Center 24 will also be showing several Valentine’s-appropriate movies including “Call Me By Your Name,” “Fifty Shades Freed,” and “The Shape of Water.”

Wine and dine at a romantic restaurant

Do Valentine’s Day right with a lovely dinner at some of downtown’s hottest spots.

District American Kitchen in the Sheraton Grand Phoenix has a special Valentine’s menu that includes a glass of sparkling wine and complimentary parking. Tickets are $49 per person and reservations are recommended.

Or, reminisce over a cocktail and delicious Italian cuisine at the classy Nook Kitchen in the Hilton Garden Inn. Be sure to share the olive oil ricotta cake — or get it for yourself.

Then, finish off your Valentine’s at GenuWine Arizona Wine Bar for a delicious end to a perfect night. Get a bottle of wine and dessert board for just $20 at DTPHX’s recently opened neighborhood self-serve wine bar.

Show your community some love

Spread the love and help end hunger on Feb. 14 at Sweetheart Lunch in the Park, hosted by Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Phoenix Parks & Recreation’s Wednesday Wind-Up.

Browse dozens of unique, handcrafted ceramic bowls that can be yours for a minimum $12 donation, which includes lunch.

Enjoy an afternoon of food, fun and friendship while jamming out to live music by local band A Girl Named Scot under the iconic sculpture at Civic Space Park.

Proceeds from the Sweetheart Lunch will benefit Waste NOT, a nonprofit that rescues excess perishable food from restaurants, grocers, etc. to feed the hungry at schools, after-school programs and more.

Shake it up with a weekend of cocktails

Finish off your Valentine’s week of love at the Arizona Cocktail Week(end). Raise your glass Feb. 17 to 19 and enjoy a weekend of endless cocktails, friends and unforgettable memories.

Kick off AZCW with the Cocktail Jam on Saturday, Feb. 17 at The Van Buren for a show-stopping performance by the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and cocktail samples from over 30 of the best brands in the business.

Then, head to the Warehouse District on Sunday for pop-up shops of your favorite bars in the Valley.

Tickets for the Cocktail Jam and Top Bars event are $40 each.