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Valentine's Day Event Guide

It's time to start planning for Valentine's Day and SocialMiami has assembled some great event ideas for the most romantic day of the year.

A Valentine's Day Concert
February 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a night to remember at a romantic chamber music concert by Alhambra Orchestra members, a bottle of wine and box of chocolates to share with your sweetheart. Plus, take a guided tour of the temporary exhibit, Vivo Sonando / Born to Dream, at the Coral Gables Museum. The cost is $25 for Museum members and $35 for non-members. Limited seating so call today to make your reservation.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables
305-603-8067 (Reservations)

Celebrate Love at Armillary Grill
February 7 - 14

Treat your better half to a wonderful menu created by the InterContinental at Doral Miami's chefs especially for Valentine's Day. For 35.99, savor a champagne-inspired meal and sumptuous Godiva dessert. For $59.99 per person, a bottle of champagne will be included per couple.

Armillary Grill
InterContinental at Doral Miami
2505 N.W. 87th Avenue, Doral
305-468-1400, Ext. 4318

15th Annual "Moonlight & Music" Valentine's Day Concert

Valentine's Day at 8 p.m.

Celebrate your love at a romantic, outdoor concert under the stars at the 15th annual "Moonlight & Music" Valentine's Day Concert at the Deering Estate at Cutler. This year’s concert will feature Nicole Henry, one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists. Her expressive, soulful voice and uplifting energy has earned her three top 10 albums along with international accolades from Moscow to Madrid. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and small picnic baskets (no coolers please). Refreshments will also be available for an additional fee from Chef David Schwadron Catering and Joanna’s Marketplace. Place your orders directly with them. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or by phone. Gates open at 7 p.m.

Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 S.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami
305-235-1668, Ext. 233 (Tickets)
Chef David Schwadron - 305-238-5881
Joanna's Marketplace - 305-661-5777

Miami City Ballet's Program III

Valentine's Day at 7 p.m.

Miami City Ballet's third program doubles up on premieres with two works new to the company's repertoire - George Balanchine's boldly modern Episodes and the brillantly theatrical West Side Story Suite. MCB's own Sharks and Jets will rumble, fall in love, dance and sing in Jerome Robbins' own ballet based on his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. A tour-de-force performed worldwide, Balanchine's thrilling Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux completes this momentous program. Tickets start at only $20.

Adrienne Arsht Center
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-929-7010 or 1-877-929-7010 (Tickets)

A Wild Affair

Valentine's Day at 7:30 p.m.

If you're looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one, this romantic evening under the stars at Jungle Island is just the ticket! The minute you arrive, you and your sweetheart will receive a complimentary bottle of wine, a tasty selection of fine cheeses and a sampling of delectable desserts. Bring a blanket or folding chairs and find a cozy spot to picnic. Choose the garden for a private screening of When Harry Met Sally or LaPlaya, the private beach, for sultry songs by Brendan O'Hara - or do both! All entertainment is included with your entry. Plus, you can order from a delicious prix-fixed menu on site with VIP bistro-style seating or VIP cabanas available for an additional cost. General admission starts at $100 per couple.

Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Watson Island, Miami

Make a Date with MOCA

Valentine's Day from 8 to 10 p.m.

The 60 neon sculptures in world renowned British artist Tracey Emin’s first ever US museum exhibition, “Angel without You”, contain poetic phrases frequently inspired by the poignant and painful complexity of love. In the spirit of love, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will present a special Valentine’s Day program tailored for singles, couples and everyone in between. Emin's vibrant sculptures capture the scope of romance, making the exhibition the perfect Valentine's Day destination. The galleries will be open and artist/dancer Ana Mendez, an accomplished performance artist,, will debut a new work entitled “Date Night.” Refreshments will be served. Museum admission is $5, and tickets are available online or by phone.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
770 N.E. 125th Street, North Miami

A Romantic Dinner at Home

Valentine's Day

Surprise your sweetheart with a romantic dinner at home or in an intimate setting elsewhere. Chef of Distinction Judith Able will create and deliver a special three-course meal with champagne on Valentine's Day. Select an appetizer and dessert from a list of three delectable choices, plus an entree, which includes Diver Sea Scallop with Celery Mash and a Roaster Red Pepper Sauce; Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with a Carrot Ginger Sauce; Seared Duck Breast with a Black Cherry Port Sauce; or Grilled Fillet Mignon with a Wild Mushroom Ragout. Cost is $175 per couple plus delivery.


Sex and the Animals - A Wild Time at Zoo Miami

Valentine's Day at 7 p.m.

Zoo Miami ambassador Ron Magill is back by popular demand with his critically acclaimed program, Sex & The Animals. This entertaining look into the courtship and breeding behaviors found throughout the animal kingdom is packed with interesting bio-facts and an amazing variety of graphic images. Dealing with everything from frogs to elephants, the program is "education through entertainment" in the best sense of the term. Magill uses humor to keep his audiences loose and uninhibited, and you won't merely laugh at what you hear, you'll howl! See the wonders of nature and learn a whole new meaning to the term "doing the wild thing." Must be 21 to attend. Advance ticket purchase is required, and tickets may be purchased online. General admission includes a wine and cheese reception from 7 to 7:45 and the program at 8. Costs are $30 p/p for Zoo members and $35 for non-members. A limited number of VIP packages ($75 for Zoo members and $85 for non-members) are available which include a full catered dinner with beer, wine and soft drinks.

Zoo Miami
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miami
305-251-0400, Ext. 84948

The L.O.V.E. Project

Monday, February 10 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The L.O.V.E. Project (Las Olas Valentine's Extravaganza) is a collaborative effort to raise funds and awareness for four worthly charities that each serve children in the local community: A Prom to Remember (provides a prom experience to teens battling cancer); Angel's Pediatric Heart House (serves children with congenital heart disease); The Pantry of Broward (provides food for senior citizens on low fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren); and Tomorrow's Rainbow (supports grieving children, teens and their families). Enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment, music by DJI - The Iceman (The Florida Panthers' official DJ), a blind date auction for singles over 40 and lots more. The auction will be accomplished through a unique and never-before-seen experience. Married couples can participate as well by raising funds from friends and family to support the event with the couple raising the most being crowned "2014 L.O.V.E.rs of the Year." Advance tickets are $65 and $75 at the event. VIP tickets with access to the L.O.V.E. lounge are $100.

Timpano Italian Chophouse
450 E Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale

Valentine's Day Concert with Patti Austin

Valentine's Day at 7 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Patti Austin, accompanied by pianist Shelly Berg, will be the featured performers at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual Valentine's Day Concert. Enjoy a delightfully romantic evening on the Garden House Lawn, amid the splendors of Fairchild, and either bring your own picnic and blanket or reserve a table for dinner and champagne. General admission is $60 for Fairchild members and $75 for non-members, $25 for students, $20 for kids 6 through 18 and free for children 5 and under. Reserved private tables feature a candlelit dinner and wine and are $150 for members and $175 for non-members. The buffet opens at 6:15 p.m. Gates open at 5:30, and the concert begins promptly at 7.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables
305-667-1651, Ext. 3391

Valentine’s Breakfast with Animal Friends

Saturday, February 15 from 8 to 10 a.m.

Prolong your Valentine’s Day celebration of friendship and love with your friends and family! Treat them to a delicious hot breakfast at Zoo Miami Children’s Zoo, surrounded by animals for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Zo Miami does all the cooking, decorating and cleaning while you simply relax and enjoy a special day of exciting animal encounters. Stroll the grounds with zookeepers where you'll come face to face with an assortment of loveable critters. Plus, you can watch the Zoo's meerkat family as they are provid e with treats and enrichment to make theirs and your day extra special. As a grand finale, you'll see a special show about animal “valentines” in the Children’s Zoo Amphitheater. After breakfast you can ride a live camel or take a ride on our Endangered Animal Carousel (not live animals), or do both. Then enjoy the rest of your day throughout the Zoo visiting all the animals as part of your holiday celebration. Don’t forget to bring your cameras for this Valentine’s special adventure. Make your reservations now to reserve your seats for the best breakfast in town! Cost is $30 for Zoo Miami members and $45 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. Same day entry to the Zoo is included in the price.

Zoo Miami
12400 S.W. 152nd Street, Miam
305-255-5551 (Education Dept.)

Paper Hearts

Thursday, February 13 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Miami Dade College Museum of Art + Design is hosting its first ever fundraiser with a very special silent auction of "50 Works on Paper" curated by Bernice Steinbaum. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, VIP Lounge and romantic grooves by DJ Hottpants as you browse the amazing selections of art in the silent auction. Miami's own Afrobeta will be on hand for a featured set during the evening. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $200 for VIP's. Suggested attire is cocktail chic.

The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College
600 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami

One Night Stand: To Know You Is to Love You

Saturday, February 15 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Locust Projects will present a One Night Stand: To Know You Is to Love You, a creative Valentine-inspired social event hosted by Alan Gutierrez in conjunction with the final iteration of his Project Room exhibition, "Nobody Knows Me Better Than You." Surrounded by cool art and featuring an experimental DJ set and atmospheric elements, the party will be an exhibition in itself! Enjoy cocktails by Tito's Vodka, Locust Projects' own batch of sangria and artfully crafted brews by Blue Moon Brewing Company. Sweets come from Miami-based confectionaries, Veronica's Bakeshoue and Titi's Treats, and signature sorbet and ambiance will be provided by Kryogenifex. Admission is free for Locust members and artists and $20 for guests.

Locust Projects
3852 N. Miami Avenue, Miami Design District
http://www.locustprojects.org/Support (for tickets)

Dark Dining

Valentine's Day starting at 6 p.m.

City Hall the Restaurant will host Dark Dining on Valentine’s night, a unique dining experience that promotes communication and enhances your senses. Dark Dining allows people without disabilities to get a better understanding of what life is like for individuals with visual impairments. Experience a first class meal while blindfolded. . . .a unique way to dine that you won’t want to miss!!” says Steven Haas, owner of City Hall the Restaurant. The cost is $75 per person for the four-course dinner with wine pairings, tax and gratuity, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Miami Lighthouse for the Blink. Reservations are required.

City Hall the Restaurant
2004 Biscayne Boulevard, Downtown Miami
305-764-3130 Reservations

Red Martinis

Valentine's Day from 7 to 10 p.m.

Don't have plans for Valentine's Day yet? Join the young professionals from American Heart Association's PULSE group at Blue Martini - Brickell! A portion of the cover charge will go to PULSE and the American Heart Association. With a $10 donation to Miami PULSE, you receive a complimentary martini and access to the Valentine's Lounge. "Be Mine" food packages will be available, along with live entertainment. Throughout the month of February, all Blue Martini locations will make a donation every time a red martini is purchased. Drink up for a good cause - Cheers!

Blue Martini
900 S. Miami Avenue, Mary Brickell Village
Downtown Miami


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