You don’t have to spend big bucks at an exclusive restaurant – although there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you’re looking to really impress your date try originality. Discovering something or someplace new is not only a refreshing change of pace, but lets your date know you put extra thought in your special night. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day early, late or on the day of, there’s plenty to see and do with the one you love.
2.8 Jewelry Reception at Blue Morning Gallery
Blue Morning Gallery artists will be focusing on Valentine’s Day with a show featuring unique jewelry. On Friday, February 8 from 4 to 9 p.m., you can take your sweetheart over to the gallery, located at 21 S. Palafox St., to meet the jewelers and view the gallery – maybe even let them pick out a special piece. The gallery will also offer one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards and special gift wrapping. The show will be on display through March 8. For more information, call 429-9100.
2.9 Valentine Date with Your Pet
On February 9, bring your furry feline or canine friend to Your Dog’s Business, located at 4771 Bayou Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a free Valentine’s Day picture and free doggie pizza. Dress your pet in a festive pink or red ribbon or bring their favorite stuffed toy to make the picture even more special. For more information, call 466-3057.
2.8 & 2.9 Love is in the Air
The Panhandle Community Theatre, located at 4646 Woodbine Rd., Pace, will present a Valentine-themed evening will feature music, food and of course romance. Enjoy the Gulf Coast Choral singing love songs, heavy hors d’oeurves, beverages and desserts as well as dramatic readings including the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How Do I Love Thee,” “She Walks in Beauty,” by Lord Byron, “If” by Rudyard Kipling as well as works by local authors. Tickets are $30 per couple, $15 per person. For reservations, call 324-9279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit panhandlecommunitytheatre.com.
2.9 Free Candlelight Tour at Fort Pickens
For the history buff in your life, take them on a candlelight tour of Fort Pickens. The free tour will highlight the history of Pensacola during the Civil War. The tours run from 5 to 7:15 p.m. and begins at Gulf Islands National Seashore, 1801 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. Visitors must call 934-2635 for tour reservations and arrive 20 minutes before your assigned tour time. For more information, visit nps.gov/guis.
2.11 Blue Wahoos Valentine Delivery
Go ahead and order your sports fan a Blue Wahoos Valentine’s Day gift basket featuring gift cards and souvenirs delivered personally Kazoo, the Blue Wahoos’ mascot. Deliveries will be made from Monday, February 11 to Thursday, February 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Delivery slots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Gift baskets and deliveries range from $100 to $250, which includes delivery within 20 miles of Bayfront Stadium. Gift orders must be made by 5 p.m. on February 8. Order forms can be found on bluewahoos.com or call Denise Richardson at 934-8444 for more information.
2.13, 2.14 & 2.15 Valentine’s in Paradise Package
The Valentine’s in Paradise Package at Margaritaville Beach Hotel includes two Love Potion Margaritas and two signature “Love on the Rocks” keepsake Margaritaville glasses along with chocolate truffles, a four-course dinner for two on February 14 and a special rate for an additional night stay. The package and additional night is valid for February 13-15. You can book your stay by calling 916-9755.
2.14 Valentine’s Day at Jackson’s
Jackson’s, located at 400 S. Palafox, will be open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will offer dinner starting at 5 p.m. Chef Irv Miller has prepared a special lunch and dinner Valentine’s menu in addition to the fall/winter menu. To reserve your table, call 469-9898. For more information, visit jacksons.goodgrits.com.
2.14 Valentine’s Day at Hilton Pensacola Beach
Head to the Hilton Pensacola Beach, 12 Via de Luna, for a four-course dinner at H2O’s Cajun Asian Grill. The dinner is $140 per couple and includes and wine pairing menu. You can also sign up for a two-night getaway. The package includes a two night stay, bottle of champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries and buffet breakfast for $164. For more information, call 916-2999 or visit hiltonpensacolabeach.com.
2.14 Valentine’s Day at the Fish House
Chef Billy Ballou of the Fish House, located at 600 S. Barracks St., has prepared a lunch and two dinner features for the special day. The original lunch and dinner menus will be available as well. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit 470-0003 or visit fishhouse.goodgrits.com.
2.14 Valentine’s Day Supper Club at The Magnolia
Choose between two seatings, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. for an evening of fine dining plus champagne and wine pairings at The Magnolia, 2907 E Cervantes St. The cost is $65 per person. Seats will fill up quickly, call 912-6196 or email email@example.com to make your reservation.
2.14 Pretty Things Peepshow-Valentine’s Day Show
For a Valentine’s Day that won’t be forgotten, take your date to the Pretty Things Peepshow at Vinyl Music Hall, located at 2 S. Palafox, for an Valentine-themed evening of sword swallowing, juggling, burlesque and more. Tickets are $12-$20. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit vinylmusichall.com.
2.14, 2.15, 2.16 & 2.17 Possible Symmetry
In this first-time collaboration, Ballet Pensacola and Pensacola Museum of Art are bringing you an evening consisting of various mediums – art, dance and music. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday, inside Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 S. Jefferson St. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased through Ballet Pensacola at 432-9546. For more information, visit balletpensacola.com
2.15 & 2.16 Valentine Movies at Saenger
Don’t just take your date to see an overpriced movie. Take them to the beautiful Saenger, where the tickets are cheaper and the floor isn’t sticky. On Friday, February 15, the Saenger will show “Sleepless in Seattle” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan – no matter how many times you’ve seen it, one more won’t hurt. On Saturday, “An Affair to Remember” will be shown. According to the American Film Institute it is “one of the most romantic films of all time.” Showtimes are 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Saenger Theatre box office. Movies will be seated on first-come-first-serve basis. The box office will open one-hour prior to show time. For more information, visit pensacolasaenger.com.
2.15, 2.16 & 2.17 Shakespeare & Champagne: Love Drunk
No one is more romantic than Shakespeare and just in case you need something to wash down all of the mushy feelings, try Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre’s Love Drunk. Shakespearean love scenes and sonnets are given a new life with the drinking scenes added to the mix. The performances will be held at Plaza de Luna. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. All tickets include two glasses of Korbel California Champagne – but you must be 21 or older to enjoy. Make a night of the evening and reserve the dinner package, $160 for two which includes two VIP tickets, one bottle of Korbel and two commemorative champagne flutes. Show tickets are $20 for students, $25 for bistro standing and $30 for VIP seats. For more information, visit pensacolashakespearetheatre.org.
2.14-2.17 & 2.21-2.23 Short Attention Span Theatre
This popular might of “love, hate, friendship, comedy” is back for its ninth installment at Pensacola Little Theatre, located at 400 S. Jefferson St. The night consists of one-act plays that find the humor in romance and relationships. Most of the plays are original and unpublished, some will be shown on the stage for the first time. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $17 for limited café seating. On Valentine’s Day, starting at 8 p.m., complete your night with a special performance, martinis and dessert. Tickets are $50 per couple, $25 per person. To purchase tickets call 432-2042 or visit pensacolalittletheatre.com.