Hopefully you won’t be shocked to hear that Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! Have you started putting together a plan to woo that special someone? Whether it totally crept up on you and you need a plan pronto, or you’ve already been thinking about it and just want some fresh ideas, we've got plenty of recommendations for an extra special RVA Valentine’s Day (or weekend)!
Share your love for art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Were you aware that there is a top comprehensive US art museum with more than 5,000 years of art from around the world, right here in Richmond?! The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) houses a remarkable permanent collection of 33,000 works of art from almost every major world culture. Whether visiting for the first time or fifty-first time, you’re sure to find something new that you never noticed before! The VMFA is the perfect place to spend several romantic hours touring the galleries, catching the Terracotta Army exhibit, enjoying a glass of wine or hot cup of Blanchard’s Coffee from Best Café, and taking an afternoon stroll through the Sculpture Garden with your Valentine!
Take a Love Tour at Maymont
February 10-11, 2018
Feel the romance of a bygone era as elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen narrate the details of Queen Victoria’s royal love story and courting customs of the 19th century. Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect time to discover the Victorian language of love within the décor of Maymont Mansion where romantic swans, red roses and costly indulgences reflect James Dooley’s loving devotion to his wife, Sallie. Guided tours available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Want to make your visit to Maymont even more romantic? Book a private horse-drawn carriage ride before or after your tour! ;) For information and reservations, call 804-358-7166, ext. 340.
Go for a romantic stroll at Libby Hill Park
Okay, we’ll go ahead and admit that we are a bit biased on this one - our content manager (a.k.a. the person writing this post) got engaged at Libby Hill Park during Valentine’s weekend a few years ago - but you certainly can’t deny the beauty of this charming spot. Bundle up, grab your honey’s hand and go for a romantic stroll while enjoying one of the best views in Richmond! (Photo credit: Mary Kusek)
Enjoy a night at the ballet: Richmond Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty with the Richmond Symphony
Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center
February 9-11, 2018
What could be more romantic than an evening with your love at the ballet? Choreographed by Marius Petipa and staged by Malcolm Burn with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this enchanting family-friendly ballet has something for everyone. A young girl, Aurora, pricks her finger on her 16th birthday after being cursed by the evil fairy, Carabosse, and appears doomed. The kind and good Fairy of the Lilacs uses her power to save the stricken girl and, instead of death, Aurora now will sleep for 100 years, only to be awakened by true love’s kiss. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Fairies, Nymphs, Puss ‘N Boots, and Bluebird, while being treated to some of the most universally famous pieces of choreography including the Rose Adagio and the wedding’s final grand pas de deux.
Delight in a Chocolate and Wine Pairing at James River Cellars Winery
February 12-18, 2018
Skip the big box stores and celebrate your love with local wine and chocolate instead! James River Cellars Winery is devoting a whole week to one of love's most iconic pairings, Chocolate & Wine. During Valentine's week only, enjoy a decadent pairing featuring a flight of 4 James River wines, and 4 delicious chocolates made by de Rochonnet Delights right here in the Richmond Region! Ooh la la love!
Dance the Night Away with the KOS Band
The Tin Pan
February 14, 2018, Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Grab your special someone and don't forget your dancing shoes! The Tin Pan presents a special Valentines Day concert with the KOS Band, recently voted the Best Local Band for 2017 by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The KOS Band is a Virginia based 11 piece horn band that plays beach music, Motown favorites and everyone's favorite music of the 70s through today. Dance the night away and toast to your love with a glass of champagne (included with admission).
Take Your Valentine to Visit The Valentine
This one is a no-brainer, especially if you or your S.O. enjoy a good pun. ;) The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place where you and your sweetheart can discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region. After you tour the galleries, be sure to check out the gift shop and pick out fun RVA mementos for each other.
Rev things up and get behind the wheel at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting
Does your Valentine have a need for speed? Head to Thunderbolt Indoor Karting and challenge him or her to a thrilling go-kart race! You will both have a blast as you take to the track for a bit of friendly competition, Formula One style! Loser buys drinks or dessert afterward!
Yacht Rock All Night Long at the 7th Annual Love Boat Luau
February 10, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
Make your Valentine’s dreams come true with two tickets to paradise! Er, make that two tickets to come sail away to The Broadberry on February 10th for the 7th Annual Love Boat Luau starring RVA’s favorite yacht rockers, Three Sheets To The Wind! These guys always put on a stellar show and keep you dancin’ in the moonlight all night long! (Humor me with the song title puns please). But get your tickets ASAP – this show always sells out!
Make a Dinner Reservation at One of Our Incredible Restaurants
Treating your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine's Day dinner is the perfect culmination of a lovely day spent wooing each other all over Richmond. But don't delay! Dinner reservations fill up very quickly around here on Valentine's Day (and the weekend after, as well), so book a table right now! (Image credit: Kip Dawkins, courtesy of L'Opossum).
Spoil Your Sweetie With Sweet Treats at Shyndigz
Did we get your attention with that delectable slice of salted chocolate caramel cake? Uh huh. Thought so. ;) Before you start drooling on your keyboard or smartphone screen, make a mental note of the serious brownie points you will earn with your significant other when you take them to Shyndigz to indulge in one of their incredible desserts! Prefer to take your dessert(s) home to enjoy? No problem. Head next door to Shyndigz Market & 2go Café and they'll be happy to send you off with your desired sweet treats packaged up for the road.
Get Your Game On at The Circuit Arcade Bar
The Circuit Arcade Bar has over 50 throwback arcade & pinball machines, as well as classic console games from the past. Flashback to your adolescent years while playing PacMan, Tetris, and Mortal Kombat II. Duke it out with a skeeball matchup or show off your champion pinball skills. Quench your thirst at the enormous, 50-tap, self-serve beer wall that offers a wide variety of craft beer, cider & wine to please all palates.
Spy for Street Art
Richmond is a living canvas with many walls throughout the region painted by local and international artists. Home to over 100 murals (and counting!), RVA has become a favorite destination for street art enthusiasts. Grab your valentine and go for a street art scouting walk or drive and stop to pose for selfies with your favorite murals!
Bask in the View from the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge
Imagine this scenario. Walking hand-in-hand across the James River with your love. Gazing across the river at the lit-up city skyline. Leaning in for a kiss and stopping to enjoy the moment while taking in the scenic view as the flowing water provides a serene soundtrack. Make it happen with a stroll across the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge.