Your Complete Guide to Spending Valentine's Day in Seattle
Looking for a fun and romantic way to spend Valentine's Weekend 2016 in Seattle, Washington?
Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year. No matter where you are in the country if you have a loved one you are looking for something to do on this special Sunday. You might even be looking for something for the entire weekend. Make an entire Valentine's Weekend of the whole thing. It helps that the very next day is President's Day. You know how we like to make a big deal of our holidays. If you are in the Seattle area this guide should help you to make the most of your Valentine's Day or weekend.
Historic Tour of Moore Theater
The Moore Theatre
1932 Second Avenue
The second Saturday of every month the Seattle Theater Group gives a free historic tour of the Moore Theater. It just so happens in February this falls on Valentine's Weekend. Led by members of the Theater Group's volunteer staff, the tour lasts approximately ninety minutes. You'll get to see the technical workings of the stage, backstage, as well as history of the theater including the lobby. Meet in front of the main theater entrance by 10AM to join in.
Madrona Art Walk
34th Ave and E. Union St.
Taking place from 2PM until 5PM the second Saturday of every month is the Madrona Art Walk. This little diverse neighborhood considered a best kept secret of Seattle is located above Capitol Hill and Downtown. It's a great spot for shopping, dining, drinking, and art, of course!
Wine Tasting @ Madrona Cellars
1127 34th Avenue
While in the Madrona area stop by Madrona Wine Cellars between 2PM and 4PM for a wine tasting. Madrona is a shop for people who really think and care about their wine. If you know someone who knows wine, or if that person is you, Madrona Cellars is the place to go. They do love their wine tastings so this should be a fun event for oenophiles, lovers of wine.
Georgetown Art Attack
For the 8th year in a row, Georgetown bring's out their art every second Saturday of the month. In February this happens to be Valentine's weekend so it is a good time to bring your love art, music, and a romantic dinner. The event takes place from 6PM - 9PM. February's details haven't been listed but judging by other months it looks to be filled with lots of fun, entertainment, and of course, art.
Central District Art Walk
Seattle area art walks are big on the second Saturdays of the month. Everyone lucked out that Valentine's Day falls on the weekend so they can enjoy all the wonderful artists out there. The Central District Art Walk is one more art walk you can experience the day before Valentine's Day. The Central District is home to some fabulous artists and is one of the most racially diverse areas of Seattle. There will be plenty of visual arts, food, and music.
Sweetheart Wine Walk
Forty-two minutes from Seattle is Sumner, the location of the Sweetheart Wine Walk. Taking place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 4PM - 7PM for a cost of $15 if you buy tickets before January 31 and $30 afterwards, you can enjoy wine and chocolate in downtwn Sumner. Cost includes six one-ounce taste tickets, wine glass, box of chocolates, and a Wine Walk Passport. For $170 you can stay overnight. This includes two Wine Walk tickets as well as reservations at the Holiday Inn Express.
Comedy of Love
The Market Theater
1428 Post Alley
Comedic improv is used to bring this hilarious show together on Valentine's Day at 8:30PM put together by Unexpected Productions. All types of stories are welcome--horror, romantic, funny, anything you can think of. The veteran improv masters will use the stories provided by you to create the show. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com for $15 general admission. If you love to laugh this is the place you should be on the most romantic of holidays.
Unexpected Productions is a Seattle based improv troupe that has been around since 1983. They have performed all over the US, Canada, Austria, Amsterdam, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Slovenia, New Zealand, and Australia.
The Dinner Detective: An Interactive Mystery Dinner Show
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
A little different twist on spending your Valentine's weekend is this show named best of its kind in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running. Set in the Hotel Deca is this mystery taking place along side a four course dinner. The top sleuth wins a prize at the end of the night. Appetizers will be served before the meal. The dinner will consist of salad, entree, and desert. You have a choice between the chicken, fish, or vegetarian meal. Cost for the show is $49.99 and the mystery takes place February 13. Check-in starts at 6PM.
The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th St.
A contemporary dance festival is taking place Valentine's weekend. The event takes place Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 3PM featuring dancing from the Seattle area and beyond. Throughout the day there will also be free classes and community outreach offered via the Experience Dance Program. What's more romantic than dancing? Dance troupes from Seattle, Portland, Montreal, Boise, Minneapolis, and Eastside will be showing off their strong voices through diverse dancing. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com, $28 general admission, $23 students and seniors, and a group rate of $15 for ten or more.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
1426 1st Ave.
An eclectic blend of folk, alternative, and indie rock with an edge comes to on February 13 for one show. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals hit Seattle on her Winter Tour. General admission is $75. Doors open at 7PM. Grace Potter has a bluesy voice reminiscent of singers like Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. The band won a Jammy Award, awards for Jam Bands, in 2006 for Best New Groove. They've had a few songs featured on TV shows and promos.
The Showbox opened in 1939. Many artists like Duke Ellington, the Ramones, Gypsy Lee Rose, and Pearl Jam have performed there.
2727 East D Street
Country star Brad Paisley makes his way to Tacoma, just an hour away from Seattle, on February 13 for a night of fantastic music from his Crushin' It World Tour. Show starts at 7:30PM. Tickets start at $29.75. Paisley has recorded elevens albums and won three Grammy Awards, fourteen Academy of Country Music Awards, and two American Music Awards. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he is best known for "Letter to Me"," Whiskey Lullaby", and "This is Country Music," as well as hosting the Country Music Awards eight times since 2008 with Carrie Underwood.
KeyArena at Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
If you or your date is a basketball fan then this is the show for you. At 2PM on Saturday, February 13, it will still give you time to do something else romantic. There are currently three teams traveling the USA under the Harlem Globetrotter name with a show that is a mix of basketball, theater, and comedy. Tickets cost from $31.50 to $51.50.
The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that has been around since 1926 when they were founded as the Chicago Globetrotters. They "moved" to Harlem in 1929 and hailed from there ever since even though they did not play their first game in Harlem until 1969.
Live @ Benaroya Hall: An Evening with Branford Marsalis in Seattle
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
200 University St.
If jazz is your thing you may want to take your Valentine to Benaroya Hall to enjoy the music of saxophonist Branford Marsalis on Friday, February 12. Yes, he is related to the famous Wynton Marsalis. They are brothers. His current album is Four MFs Playin' Tunes. The Four MFs are the members of the Branford Marsalis quartet. He has been part of ninety-one recordings as a leader or special guest. He is the winner of three Grammy awards. The show starts at 8PM and tickets are $95 each.
Benaroya Hall is home to the Seattle Symphony. The Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall is an intimate structure with only 500 seats. The Benaroya Hall opened in September 1998.
Emerald Queen Casino
2024 East 29th Street, Tacoma, WA
'I'm all out of love, I'm so lost without you." The soft rock kings of the 1980s, Air Supply, comes to Tacoma, WA on February 13 for their live tour celebrating forty-one years in the industry. Hurry up, there are not many tickets left! Show starts at 8PM with ticket prices starting at $30. The band is best known for their songs "Lost in Love", "Even the Nights are Better", "Making Love Out of Nothing At All", and "All Out of Love." They have seventeen albums with their latest, Mumbo Jumbo, released in 2010. They have one American Music Award.
Anchovies and Olives
1550 15th Avenue
For $80 you can enjoy a nice, romantic, Valentine's Day themed dinner at Anchovies and Olives. It starts with a first course for the table of potato leek soup, smoked mackarel, hamachi crudo (kumquat, taggiasca olive, and hazelnut), bitter green salad, and fried calamari. The second course is your choice of pappardelle (dungeness crab, sofrito, and chili), spaghetti, or potato gnocchi. The main course is your choice of black cod, albacore tuna, or Wagyu New York steak. Desert is a choice of mayer lemon panna cotta, malted chocolate brownie, or pink peppercorn shortbread sorbet.
1301 4th Ave
14590 N.E. 145th Street
The Herbfarm Restaurant presents a seasonally unique menu of a nine-course dinner with matching wines. They advertise themselves as "A celebration of the foods and wines of the pacific northwest. A thematic nine course dinner with matched wines and a single seating nightly." From February 12 until February 14 they will be presenting the theme A Menu For Two Hearts. Calling themselves a romantic place already, this holiday turns everything up a notch. There will be champagne, roses, and their aphrodisiac affair set to "My Funny Valentine." You can make reservations online. Friday's dinner costs $245 per person. Saturday and Sunday are both $265 per person.
952 E Seneca Street
Come visit one of the Pacific Northwest's artisan restaurants. They only serve fresh and organic food locally sourced. Valentine's Day they will be serving a four course pre-fixe dinner. First course you get your choice of kushi oysters, winter green salad, seard foie gras, and snowcrab fondue. Second course you get to choose from creamy potato soup, yellowtail crudo, and avocado tart. Third course is a choice of Burrata triangoli, Quinalt River steelhead, and Snake River Ranch coulotte steak. For an extra $25 you can substitute the Magnolia Wagyu Zabuton steak. Desert you have a choice of apple fritters, coconut sorbet, and Theo chocolate pana cada. They will be open from 5PM - 11PM.
81A Pike Street
The perfect little French restaurant for that romantic Valentine's Day date is here. Just for the holiday they will be preparing a six course dinner menu accompanied with Bonnie Birch live on the accordion. You will need a ticket that can be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets to enjoy the special meal taking place between 5PM and 11PM. Bonnie Birch will be performing between 6PM and 10PM. Tickets cannot be sold over the phone. Only the special menu will be served. Cost is $100 per person.
If you would rather celebrate before Valentine's Day the restaurant will be offering two special menus on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13. Some of their most popular items will be prepared by Chef Christian Potvin set into a $65 3-course tasting menu.
2043 Eastlake Avenue East
Open since 1991 with a Tuscan vibe, Serafina is an Italian restuarant serving only the freshest ingredients. They only get food from humanely raised, grass fed animals and produce grown as close to home as possible. They focus on regional Italy and their wine pairings reflect this. Valentine's Saturday Serafina will be featuring a four or five course prix-fixe for $80 per person or $95 per person. Valentine's Day they will be serving the five course prix-fixe fr $95. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that make up Valentine's weekend they will be open from 5PM - 11PM. Reservations can be made over the phone and parties of six or less can reserve online.
Staple & Fancy Mercantile
4739 Ballard Ave NW
Chef Ethan Stowell opened this lovely restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle in a renovated building from the 1900s. As the name indicates along side staple fare Chef Stowell serves fancy menu made up of the chef's favorites. On Valentine's Day they will be offering an exclusive tasting menu for $80. The actual menu won't be posted until Valentine's Day but taking a look at their regular menu on their website gives a feel for what they will be serving--their fancy steaks, seafood, pasta, rabbit, and delectable sides. The restaurant opens at 5PM and closes at 11PM.
Sushi Kappo Tamura
2968 Eastlake Avenue East
Featuring seasonal Pacific Northwest foods in a Japanese cuisine is Sushi Kappo Tamura. The food is cooked in an open kitchen, which is the Kappo style, and quickly served where servants and guests talk with other. On Valentine's Day for $100 they will be serving a six course meal. The regular dinner menu will not be available, but we can get an idea of what the Valentine's menu will be by looking at the regular dinner menu. They serve exotic Japanese food like Puget Sound geoduck, local Shigoku oysters, and Chawan mushi. They will be open from 5PM - 9PM on Valentine's Day.
1501 4th Avenue
If you're looking for a romantic dinner that is a little cheaper check out the Yard House. They have an extensive menu of over 100 items made from scratch and over 100 tap handles of beer--American made and imports. It's a little upper scale, more so than your Applebee's and your Chili's.
There are plenty of vegetarian items on the menu and they label food under 600 calories for those dieting. They serve amazing snacks and appetizers like truffle fries which are french fries with shredded parmesan, herbs, and the special truffle mushroom seasoning; and the spinach cheese dip made with four different types of cheese. They have a big array of soups, salads, sandwiches, grilled burgers, tacos, pizza, chicken, seafood, pork, turkey, steak, and ribs. For the vegetarians they have a section on Gardein, a chicken substitute made from soy, wheat, pea proteins, vegetables, and grains. They also feature great desserts like salted caramel butterscotch pudding with whipped cream and a chocolate cookie crumble.
Their beer list is extensive. They have seasonal ciders, fruit and wild ales, malts, hops, dark beer, light beer, wheat, spiced, and bottled. They sell gluten-sensitive beers, beer made from oatmeal, Belgian beer, beer from India, the list just goes on and on. I'm pretty sure a beer connoisseur will be happy in this place.
For Valentine's Day they are open until 11PM. Friday and Saturday before the holiday they are open until midnight.
The Capital Grille
1301 4th Ave
Located in the historic Cobb building come and enjoy fine dining and great wine. They are best known for their steaks hand cut by in-restaurant butchers. You can also enjoy seafood and burgers among other great items. Join them for Valentine's weekend during regular hours to spend a romantic meal with the perfect dessert made by the in-house pastry chef. Check out their extensive wine list chosen by the master sommelier. A Master Sommelier is the highest distinction given by the Court of Master Sommeliers based on knowledge of wine including tasting, theory, and service.
There is plenty to do in the Seattle area for Valentine's Day. Concerts, plays, comedy, and restaurants, you are sure to find something romantic and/or fun to do with your date this holiday weekend. Some of the places can be pricey, but with some free city walks you don't have to be wealthy to enjoy the day.
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