Break out the candy hearts and flowers, Valentine's Day is only about a week away.
If you're looking for just the right event for your celebration in Mid-Missouri, check out our list below. If you know of an event that's not included, add it to the News Tribune calendar at newstribune.com/go.
If you're perhaps looking for love this holiday, visit The Tavern at 130 E. Dunklin St. at 8 p.m. Friday for Single & Mingle Night.
On Saturday, check out the Kiss My Valentine Dance hosted by the Jefferson City Swing Dance Club at Windstone Entertainment, 2425 Industrial Drive. The dance will feature DJ Bill Walton and a cash bar, with lessons being taught from 6-7 p.m., and the dance itself going from 7-10 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks to share. Admission is $7 for members of the Swing Dance Club and $10 for guests.
For a Valentine's-themed activity for children, LabSpace Robotics at Capital Mall is hosting a Valentine's Maker Morning from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. Participants will create their own valentines, using different styles of pop-up cards and boxes to create a Valentine's Box. Those interested in attending should register at LabSpaceRobotics.com to ensure enough supplies for all participating.
On Feb. 13, enjoy a night of Sweetheart Pairings at the People's House. From 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13, Gov. Mike Parson and first lady Teresa Parson will host a night of wine and chocolate tasting at the Governor's Mansion, 100 Madison St. The evening will feature Missouri wine, hors d'oeuvres and chocolate from The Candy Factory in Columbia. Admission is $50 per person and those looking to attend must register at missourimansion.com/events by Friday as space is limited. Business attire is suggested. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Missouri Governor's Mansion and preservation efforts at the mansion.
For festive celebrations on the day itself, there's a Valentine's Day Dance being hosted by the Let's Dance Club at Capital Ritz, 2716 Plaza Drive. A free dance lesson will begin at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 14, with the dance itself starting at 8 p.m. and featuring music from the Swing'n Axes out of Columbia. Cost to attend is free for Let's Dance Club members and $15 per person or $25 per couple for all others.
Looking for a teen-friendly event? Head over to the Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams St., for a Love Wins Dance from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 14. The free event hosted by the library's Sexuality and Gender Alliance will include dancing, games and snacks, and is LGBTQIA+ friendly. Because it is an after-hours event, doors will be locked after 6 p.m. so those wanting to attend are asked to arrive on time.
If you're in search of a more formal dinner atmosphere, there's a couple of upscale options.
The first Angiepalooza Valentine's Day Show is set for 5:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 14 at Capital Bluffs Event Center, 1616 Oil Well Road. The evening will begin with hors d'oeuvres and a happy hour, with Shrunken Head Tropical Lounge providing a cash bar. The dinner will be provided by Revel Catering with a vintage-style lounge show featuring several vocalists. A silent auction also will be set up with lots of donated items. After dinner, local band Five Turn Knot will take the stage for a dance party that will finish the night off. Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table of eight, and can be purchased through the event's Facebook page. While attendees are welcome to dress up, formal attire is not necessary.
BarVino, 204 E. High St., is hosting a Private Valentine's Day Wine Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Reservations are required for this event, where you can get a private table for the three-course prefix dinner with paired wines. The cost is $75 per person. For more information, email [email protected]
Looking for something a little less formal? Enjoy Valentine's Day with local music group Meg N Jay at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at High Street Pub, 209 E. High St.
From 6-10 p.m. Feb. 15, Windstone Entertainment, 2425 Industrial Drive, will host a Valentine Dance with the Norm Ruebling Band. Admission is $15 and the event includes a cash bar, door prizes and hors d'oeuvres.
In Fulton, the PJ Chocolate Crawl that was originally set for 4:30-7 p.m. today in the Brick District has been rescheduled for Feb. 13 because of winter weather. Participating shops will be open late and offer chocolate treats, while wearing pajamas, which attendees are encouraged to don as well. At participating shops, people can also enter to win a basket of chocolate treats, with the winner being announced after the event.
In Tebbetts, there will be a Valentine Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tebbetts Community Center. Hosted by the Tebbetts Methodist Church, the dinner will be accompanied by entertainment from an Elvis impersonator and all are welcome. Though there is no cost to attend, the church is asking for a $5 donation per person or a $10 donation per family to help cover the costs of the dinner.
If you want to head out for a special night without the children, take advantage of Parents Night Out-Valentine's Day in Fulton. From 5:30-9 p.m. Feb. 14, children at the YMCA of Callaway County in Fulton, will be treated to a viewing of "Toy Story 4," cookie decorating, and arts and crafts, allowing parents to enjoy a night out, or in. For more information, contact Amie Conway at [email protected]
In Columbia, celebrate Valentine's Day with the Big Bang Brass Quintet at Broadway Brewery. Starting at 6 p.m. Feb. 14, the brewery will offer a four-course prix fixe menu while the quintet provides some classic romantic tune and original music.
In Lake Ozark, head to Shawnee Bluff Winery for Valentine's on the Bluff at 6 p.m. Feb. 14. The evening will include a four course dinner that starts at 6 p.m., with wine tasting available from 5-9 p.m. and live music from the Sarah & Mark Duo in the winery from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner costs $70 for two and reservations are required. For more information, call 573-365-9935.