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Valentine’s Day Ideas in Austin | Things to do for Valentine’s Day

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“You’re my Butter Half” mural located at United Way of Greater Austin at 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Love is in the air and it is time to make plans for Valentine’s Day this year! In Austin, Valentine’s Day is more than just a Hallmark holiday but a fun and unique experience that Austinites enjoy. Make it a night to remember and keep it local with these Austin festivities!

Valentine’s Day Events in Austin

Bazaar Brunch: Valentine’s Edition

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1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Stop by Bouldin Creek Cafe for a special Valentine’s Day brunch on February 11th from 10 am to 2 pm! This event will be hosted by Handcrafted and Vintage Market to help support local artists! Enjoy a lovely brunch and sip on a mimosa with your date or your friends and family. This event is free, family-friendly and the best part is that dogs are welcome! Not to mention that Bouldin Creek Cafe serves up one of the best Vegan and Vegetarian Brunches in Austin!

Blue Starlite Drive-In

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2103 E M. Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723

Enjoy the classic way of watching movies by sitting in your car with your date. Throughout the month of February, celebrate Valentine’s Day with Blue Starlite Drive-In for a romantic movie night out by watching The Princess Bride, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Clueless, Say Anything, Grease, Casablanca, The Notebook, True Romance, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Roman Holiday, and 16 Candles! This will be a night you won’t forget!

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Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra

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10 W Willie Nelson Blvd #1B, Austin, TX 78701

Treat yourself and your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine’s evening with Bob Schneider and The Moonlight Orchestra with special guests the Tosca String Quartet and more! This Valentine’s Day show will include Bob Schneider’s classic love songs as well as favorites from the Bob Schneider songbook!

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Cupid Cruises Valentine’s Day

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74 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

Treat your valentine by enjoying a lovebird’s “cruise” on Lady Bird Lake at Congress Avenue Kayaks this Valentine’s Day! Limited reservations are available for a one-hour open paddle in a two-person kayak at from 12 pm to 4 pm on Valentine’s Day. This is an amazing date for couples who love the outdoors and adventure!

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Cupid’s Race and Fun Run

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Georgetown Square

Join the City of Georgetown for the 24th annual Cupid’s Chase 5K Run and Walk; which has now become a community tradition! The 5k race is a flat-and-fast course showcasing the downtown Georgetown area, as well as Southwestern University and local parks.

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Crux Climbing Date Night

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121 Pickle Rd #100, Austin, TX 78704

Start your afternoon on South Congress for Crux’s monthly Date Night. You and your belay buddy can enjoy 2 for $32 combo price, including day pass (gear included) for Crux and two drink tickets for Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden!

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Dancing at Broken Spoke

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3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Start your afternoon on South Congress for Crux’s monthly Date Night. You and your belay buddy can enjoy 2 for $32 combo price, including day pass (gear included) for Crux and two drink tickets for Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden!

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Date With Bollywood

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13376 Research Blvd #505, Austin, TX 78750

Dress in your best Bollywood or Cocktail attire and attend a Dance Social designed for you to show-off your Bollywood Dance Skills as a couple. A perfect pre-dinner Valentine activity! Join Monsoon Dance for a glamorous dance social at the beautiful Ben Hur Shriner Ballroom. There will be wine, finger food, a photo booth, and couple games that are all included in the ticket price of $55 per couple!

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Delysia Chocolatier

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2000 Windy Terrace #2c, Austin, TX 78726

Delysia Chocolatier offers award-winning artisan confections that take chocolate to new horizons and push culinary boundaries in the most deliciously creative ways. Every product is handmade using the finest quality with chocolate, and the freshest ingredients so you can enjoy chocolate near perfection! Join them for their complimentary chocolate tastings from 12 to 5pm every weekend! Walk-ins welcome, no reservations or tickets necessary.

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Get your Lucky Hour on at Suerte

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1800 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Head to the East Austin hot spot for some pre-dinner cocktails, then smoothly move onto Valentine’s Day celebrations with oysters on the half shell, a special Vitamin T menu item, pan-seared T-bone steak with sides for two, salsas and tortillas. For dessert, expect a combo of strawberries and Suerte’s in-house stone-ground chocolate!

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Grey Rock Valentine’s Day Buffet Dinner

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7401 TX-45, Austin, TX 78739

Looking for a place to have Valentine’s Day Dinner with that special loved one? Plan a special Valentine’s Day dinner (featuring Scotch eggs, strawberry goat cheese salad, petite filet, and lobster tail or grilled chicken breast and for dessert, cheesecake topped with chocolate covered strawberries) overlooking Grey Rock’s beautiful Hill Country views with your date! Call or email Grey Rock to RSVP a spot before the event fills up! Grey Rock Golf and Tennis members are $25 per person, and non-members are $30 per person.

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HeartByrne: Talking Heads Tribute

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10420 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Heart Byrne’s long-awaited return to North Austin comes Valentine’s Weekend, Friday, February 15th at Oskar Blues Brewery Austin with a very special performance at one of Texas’ BEST Breweries! The Hippie House will power this event! Heart Byrne pays tribute to Talking Heads and David Byrne, who fused pop, funk, art rock, and African rhythms into perhaps the most adventurous, danceable and timeless music to emerge from the new wave movement.

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Love Stinks at Antonelli’s

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4220 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751

Whether you’re single and love stinks, or you’re so cheese-y in love that it stinks, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing their favorite stinky and funky cheeses with you! They’ll be featuring seven kinds of cheese and four food pairings along with the cheese such as fresh bread, olives, and nuts. You can purchase wine or beer from their Cheese Shop or bring your own ($4 set up fee). As the tasting wraps up, they’ll give you and your guests time to mingle and enjoy the Cheese House, while they cut-to-order any cheese from the class that you’d like to purchase so you can re-create the tasting at home. Personal delivery of cheese directly to your chair. Make sure to sign up quickly, so you don’t have to be on the waiting list!

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Moulin Rouge! Movie Party

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Multiple Locations

If you’re a true romantic, you already know the story: Christian moves to Paris to pursue a Bohemian lifestyle and then, of course, falls into a doomed love affair with Satine, the most beautiful girl at the MOULIN ROUGE. But until you’ve seen the movie, and sung the songs, and learned that lesson in a movie theater with 200 other heart-swept people, you’ll never really know what it’s like to be in love. As always, they’ll have props for some special interaction, including blinking rings for “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and green glow sticks for the Green Fairy. And start warming up your leg muscles now, because they’re kicking off this whole shebang with a Can-Can dance contest! Bring a date, or else make sure you choose your seat carefully because you will end up falling in love with the person sitting next to you!

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Name a Cockroach After Your Ex

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No Locations

If you’re still hurting after an ex broke your heart, there’s a new way to get back at them: Name a cockroach after them. You can unleash your petty side with Hemsley Conservation Centre’s new “name a cockroach” program. In addition to naming a cockroach, participants will get a certificate! For those who are interested in participating in the campaign, you can add the “Name A Cockroach” option to your cart on Hemsley’s website.

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Oasis Sweetheart Dinner

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6550 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732

Enjoy a romantic prix-fixe menu for two on Valentine’s at the Oasis’s Annual Sweetheart Dinner! Watch the Texas sunset while enjoying a delicious dinner! They will be serving Filet mignon, Yukon potato risotto, pan seared sea bass and parmesan gratin potatoes! Reservations are required for this event, so make sure to RSVP by calling or emailing the Oasis.

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Paramount Break-a-Leg Run

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713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

The Paramount Break-a-Leg 5K runs through downtown Austin and supports the historic Paramount and Stateside Theaters. The Paramount is thrilled to be partnering with Austin Marathon and Half Marathon and honored to be the beneficiary of the Austin Marathon 5K. This race is an ideal marriage of two Austin icons; the Paramount Theatre and the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon.

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Ratchet Valentine’s Day Party

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302 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

If you don’t want to have a traditional Valentine’s date, then come to the 2nd annual ratchet Valentine’s Day party hosted by DJ Versus and VerSus Productions! DJ Versus, Lady Versus, Hot Britches and Blunt Force Trauma will be playing some of the best upbeat music from the past to today in the mix! There will also be a special performances by Gogo dancers by Kinetic Vogue and a free photo booth provided by Charlie Roc. This party is free for adults 18 and up and $10 for 18-20!

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UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum Romantic Stroll

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605 Azie Morton Rd, Austin, TX 78704

If you’re looking to keep the spark alive through the weekend, The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum offers guests an intimate time of unplugging and appreciating art and nature intertwined. Enjoy a literal walk in the park with your sweetheART!

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Veg Speed Dating

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5011 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

If you’re tired of online dating, exhausted by meeting someone only to discover they’re nothing like their profile, speed dating is an alternative! Citizen Eatery is putting together comfortable and chic venues with a cosmopolitan sensibility for vegetarians and vegans! Unparalleled service and personable hosts will create an environment just for your speed. This is a great event to find the perfect person who has something in common with you!

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