Celebrate Your Love Locally - Valentine's Day Events 2013

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching, and you're likely brainstorming ideas for celebrating the love in your life. Whether your relationship is fresh or if you've been married for 50 years, these local events will certainly impress your date.

Make sure to also check out our tips for localizing your Valentine's Day this year!

Haute Chocolate Market and Festival A curated sampling of artisanal flavors. Featuring: Chocolate Showpiece Competition, Chocolate Wine Tasting, Chocolate & Chili Sampling, and more! Buy tickets here. When: February 1, 5:30pm - 8:00pm Where: The Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Cost: $30 advance, $35 at the door

Chocolate Lovers' Festival & Train Ride As if the romance of the rails were not enough, Verde Canyon Railroad sweetens a Valentine’s run with heavenly chocolate. Reserve your tickets here. When: February 12 - 17 Where: Station is located in Clarkdale in the Verde Valley Cost: Tickets vary depending on package

Arizona Art Supply's Art Competition: "The Dangers of LOVE" Is it the love of a food, a pet, a person, an idea, or life itself? Is it an unrequited love, or a love bordering on dangerous obsession? Does it make you weep with frustration or is it an exhilarating passion? Only you can answer the question, and enter this art contest! When: All entries due by February 14 Contest Rules & How To Enter: Simply photograph your finished piece & email it to our store via [email protected]. Mark your entry “Dangers of LOVE Contest”, and include within the body of the email the dimensions, media, title of the work & artist’s name/contact. All entries will be uploaded to an online gallery on our Phoenix store Facebook page each week. Then, tell your friends, fans, fellow artists, or family to visit our Facebook “Dangers of LOVE” album & “Like” your work of art. Pieces with the most “Likes” will be the 1st, 2nd & 3rd winner. More details here.

Phoenix Mingles February Mixer If you're single, you don't have to feel left out for Valentine's Day. Join the fun with Phoenix Mingles at their February Mixer! There is no cost to attend and prizes donated by locally owned Valley businesses will be given away at the event. Attendees can mingle and play ping pong, shuffleboard or 'Duce Bag' (corn hole) while classic movies play on the big screen at the unique venue. RSVP and more details here. When: Wednesday, February 13, 6:00pm Where: The Duce, 525 South Central Ave., Phoenix 85004 Cost: Free!

Camp Verde's 13th Annual Pecan, Wine, and Antique Festival Come enjoy a weekend full of live music, art, entertainment, antiques, pecan pie, contest, and more! More information here. When: Friday, February 15, 12pm-6pm; Saturday, Feb. 16, 10am-6pm; Sunday, Feb. 17, 10am-5pm Where: Downtown Camp Verde, 395 S. Main Street, Camp Verde, AZ Cost: $15, admission includes Entrance fee, 5 Tasting Coupons, a Commemorative Wine Glass, and entrance to the Fort Verde State Park!

Tonto Bar & Grill Valentine's Day Love is in the air with Tonto's special Valentine's Day fare. Enjoy a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day thanks to Tonto! See more details and special menu items by clicking here. Call 480-488-0698 for reservations. When: February 14 Where: Tonto Bar & Grill, 5736 East Rancho Manana Boulevard, Cave Creek Cost: Prices vary for food and beverage

Valentine's Day Story Telling Spectacular at the Hotel Valley Ho Arizona Storytellers Project comes to the Hotel Valley Ho with a Valentine's Day theme: Kill me, Cupid: Stories of true love and heartbreak. RSVP here. When: Tuesday, February 12, 7pm Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 Cost: $10 admission, $5 for students

Valentine's Day Dinner at Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch Home Capture your sweetie's heart and soul with a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch Home! See more details and menu here. Call 480-488-8031 for reservations. When: February 14, seating every half hour from 4:00pm to 10:00pm Where: Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch Home, 6710 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek Cost: Fixed price menu - $55 per person

2nd Annual Carefree Festival of Fine Chocolate & Fine Art Vetted Culinary Festival of Fine Chocolates, Confections & Fine Art - up to 100 Exhibitors of Fine Art, Crafts, Chocolate & other Confections located in the Carefree Town Gardens, Music Entertainment & More! More info here. When: February 14 - 17 Where: In Carefree Town Garden Center at Sundial Circle, 8 Sundial Circle, Carefree Cost: Free!

Complimentary Wine Tasting at Queen Creek Olive Mill Wine Tasting presented by Carozona on February 9 and Southern Wines and Spirits on February 16. More information here. When: February 9 & February 16, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Where: Queen Creek Olive Mill, 25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek Cost: Free!

Dine with the Duck for Valentine's Day The Duck and Decanter is offering some great meal options for you and your valentine! Take your date on a romantic picnic with one of our Custom Picnic Baskets. Valentine's Day Special Picnic Basket includes a bottle of wine, assorted cheeses, meats, fruits, olives, bread, crackers, and everything you need to set up your date. Or dine in on Valentine's Day: Let us set up a candle lit table for you and your date on our patio, fireplace seating available! Valentine's Day Special includes a bottle of wine and a custom cheese and meat tray for two (an assortment of cheese, meat, fruit, olives, bread, and crackers). When: Pick up a picnic basket during regular business hours; Valentine's dinner served February 14, 4pm - 9pm Where: Pick up a picnic basket from any of the Duck's 3 locations; Valentine's dinner only offered at Camelback location: 1651 E Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85015 Cost: Picnic Basket: $30; Dinner Special: $30

Valentine's Day Ticket to Ride Party Grab your posse and come to Canteen for some Valentines Day mingling! Are you single and ready to mingle? Canteen brings the hottest singles together for a night of tickets, drinks, amour & more! Every regular-priced drink you buy gets you a ticket to give to your crush(es) of the night! More info here. When: February 14, 8:30pm - 10:30pm Where: Canteen | Modern Tequila Bar, 640 S. Mill Ave., Suite 110, Tempe, Arizona Cost: Cost of food & drink

Valentine's Day Winemaker Dinner presented by Lawrence Dunham Vineyards There are still some openings for the third annual Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner. The evening is a fun-filled, romantic five course gourmet dinner (click here for menu) paired with Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’ wines at our home in Fountain Hills. View full menu here. When: Tuesday, February 14, 6:00pm Where: Fountain Hills Home of Peggy and Curt Cost: $75 per person, includes food, wine, recipes, and goodie box

Romance in the Garden Celebrate an evening of romance at the Desert Botanical Garden with a candlelit outdoor concert under starry skies. Enjoy cocktails at the cash bar, try a wine flight or purchase wine or champagne by the bottle. More information here. When: February 16, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Where: Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 Cost: $35 General Public Tickets; $30 Garden Member Tickets; Dinner (optional) is also available for an additional $35

Hunger For Love - Singles Volunteer Event at St. Mary's Food Bank Mix & mingle with other singles that care about your community! Emergency Food Box Packing. Light snacks and beverages provided. Music & raffle prizes.  Register by calling Volunteer Services at 602-343-3127 or 602-343-3134, or email [email protected] When: Tuesday, February 12, 6:00pm - 8:00pm (check in at 5:30pm) Where: St. Mary's Food Bank, 2831 N. 31st Ave, Phoenix, Arizona Cost: Donation of $5 per person to participate

Grant-a-Wish on The Love Tree For Poverty's Pets In honor of Valentine's Day, Noble Beast is partnering with Poverty's Pets to provide homeless pets with basic needs. We will have a pink tree with wishes to help Poverty's Pets care for rescued animals until they find their forever homes. Pick a wish, grant a wish, and spread the love! The tree will be on display throughout the month of February. When: The month of February Where: Noble Beast, 1005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85014 Cost: Whatever you would like to give or donate!

Valentine's Dinner with Da Vinci Bring your valentine and enjoy an intimate evening under the stars overlooking historic Heritage Square while delighting in a three-course prix fixe menu featuring unique wine pairings and romantic musical accompaniment. Explore the world and mind of Leonardo da Vinci with exclusive access to the Center’s newest featured exhibition, Da Vinci – The Genius, in its premiere week in Phoenix. Buy tickets here. When: February 14, 6:00pm - 10:00pm Where: Arizona Science Center, 600 East Washington Street, Phoenix 85004 Cost: Members: $125 per couple; Non-members: $135 per couple

Valentines from the Heart of the Arts We're looking for classical music pieces that evoke romance and amore-- and we would LOVE to hear what musical selections make your heart pitter-patter. Just click here to submit your selection and let us know why you chose your suggestion. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Ballet Arizona’s Romeo and Juliet. Then tune in on Valentine's Day between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. to hear the most romantic music of all time on 89.5 FM KBAQ. Submit your selection here. When: Submit Songs Before Valentine's Day, Listen on February 14 Where: KBAQ 89.5 FM Cost: Free!

Aphrodisiac Valentine's Dinner at Petite Maison Enjoy a prix fixe menue that will surely impress your date, no matter if you've been together for 1 week or 50 years! Reservations required: call 480-991-6887 or reserve your table online. View full menu here. When: February 14, 5:00pm - 10:00pm Where: Petite Maison, 7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, AZ Cost: $69 per person, wine pairing is $20 per person

Valentine Party & Sleepover at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center Parents enjoy a romantic evening alone while the kids have a blast at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center! Kids ages 3 to 13 will get to enjoy gymnastics, organized games, sports, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. There will also be special Valentine’s Day arts & crafts activities going on. Pizza, snacks and drinks are included. There will be an additional sleepover option for older children ages 5 to 13. Pick-up will be the next morning at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served. Advanced registration is required: (602) 992-5790 or www.arizonasunrays.com When: February 16, 6pm, to February 17 at 8:30am Where: AZ Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix Cost: $25 per child, $15 additional if child is sleeping over. $5 deducted for sibling discount.

Valentine's Day Staycation in the Verde Valley Get out of town with your valentine and visit historic Old Town Cottonwood for a day trip or weekend getaway. The Tavern Hotel offers a Date Night in Old Town Package which includes a bottle of chilled champagne, a luscious box of chocolates, and a dozen red roses delivered to your room. This package also includes welcome drinks at the Tavern Grille, a $50 gift card for dinner at Nic's Italian Steak & Crab Restaurant, and continental breakfast at the Red Rooster or Crema Cafe. Down the street in Jerome, Grapes Restaurant is offering a special Valentine's menu: 2 for $69 Feb. 14-16, choose one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert from a prix fixed menu along with any bottle of wine! When: Valentine's Day Weekend Where: The Verde Valley Cost: $299 for Tavern Hotel Package; $69 for dinner at Grapes

Be My Valentine SuTRA Massage Gift Certificate Sale Spoil your sweetheart this Valentines Day with the gift of a Midtown Massage! From now until February 14th all Massage Gift Certificates are 20% OFF! Buy online here. When: Now until February 14th Where: SuTRA Midtown, 2317 North 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85006 Cost: Prices vary depending on service

Hula's Anti-Valentines Celebration No cheesy heart-decor, no reservations. Just bring a date (or maybe a friend) and come hang out and enjoy All-Night Happy Hour, and $10 HULA'S Heartbreak Baja Fish Tacos. Bring a photo of your ex, and we’ll burn it in the firepit, and give you a $5 HULA Buck good for a future visit. RSVP here. When: Thursday, February 14 Where: Hula's Modern Tiki, 4700 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona Cost: Food & drink prices vary

Valentine's Day Dinner & City Lights Flight Bring that special someone for a gourmet Valentine's Day dinner at Zulu Caffe, then take to the evening skies for a romantic flight above the lights of Phoenix! Make a reservation by calling 877-588-8819. See more details and menu by clicking here. When: February 14 Where: Zulu Cafe Cost: $125 per person all inclusive, or just enjoy dinner for $34.95 per person

Language of Flowers Show There's even more romance in the air at Boyce Thompson Arboretum when the annual Language Of Flowers show fills the Smith Building Lecture Room with blooms, blossoms and bouquets - each accompanied by an explanation of the ancient meanings conveyed by different flowers and arrangements. More info here. When: February 13 - 17 Where: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 37615 U.S. Hwy 60, Superior, AZ Cost: Park Entrance Fees: $9.00 for adults, $4.50 for children 5-12, children 4 and under are free

Surprise your sweetie with an Astrological Compatability Chart! This one of a kind gift includes twenty pages of fun and fascinating information about each cupid and an amazing peek into the workings of your love relationship. To order, email [email protected] by Feb 12th with the full names, date, time and city & state of birth for each person When: Order before Feb 12th. Cost: $25

GasLight Inn Valentine's Dinner for Two Romance your sweetheart with a romantic candlelight dinner in historic Glendale! You'll experience a delicious 5-course dinner (including a bottle of wine), with a romantic atmosphere and live music. Sweeten the deal by making it a staycation and reserve a room at the GasLight Inn! Limited space, reserve your table by calling 623-934-5466. More info here. When: February 14, 6:00pm & 8:00pm Where: GasLight Inn, 5747 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale Cost: $100 per couple for dinner

Staycation in Bisbee Bisbee, Arizona, was recently written up in top travel guide Lonely Planet for being one of the top places to have a "cheesy Valentine's Day in the US." They write, "Romeo and Juliet would have loved this: retro trailer parks and gun fights! Southeastern Arizona is a desert rife with natural and kooky wonder. By day, see the real-deal OK Corral in Tombstone and take a hike or a slow drive through the towering rock spires at the remote, but mesmerizing Chiricahua National Monument..." Check out a great list of things to do and places to stay in Bisbee.

The Heart of Art A romantic evening of art, music, sparkle, and little bites in the charming courtyard of Hidden Arts on Main. Celebrate Valentine's Day Evening with artists Cyndy Carstens, Lori Landis, and Victoria Monize. Chef Vicky of the Cider Mill Market is constructing "Little Bites" to share with art lovers along with samples of award winning ciders. For more information, email [email protected]. When: February 14 Where: 7077 E Main St., Scottsdale, AZ Cost: Free

Spread the Hoop Love - All Levels Hoop Class In order to celebrate and spread more hoop love we're offering a "Bring a Friend" special for our class on February 24th at 11:30am at Civic Space Park. Normal cost is $10, but if you bring a friend you can attend the class for 1/2 off! (only $5). More details here. When: February 24, 11:30am Where: Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Cost: $10 per person, bring a friend and your class fee is just $5!

Glendale Chocolate Affaire Chocolate purveyors from Arizona and around the nation gather in Glendale for this award-winning festival, which celebrates not only chocolate, but romance and the arts as well. More info here. When: Friday, February 8, 5pm-10pm; Saturday, February 9, 10am-10pm; Sunday, February 10, 12pm - 5pm Where: Downtown Glendale Cost: Free!