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Valentine's Day

Are you still trying to figure out what to do for Valentine’s Day? We have 14 ideas that aren’t your regular dinner and a movie.

On Stage

a chorus lineA Chorus Line | 2 PM at Columbia Entertainment Company
opens in a new windowA Chorus Line examines with both hilarity and heartbreak the grueling life of  ordinary performers always auditioning for an opportunity to be members of a faceless chorus line.”

Black Pearl Sings! | 2 PM at opens in a new windowTalking Horse Theatre
“The story of Alberta “Pearl” Johnson, a black woman in a Texas prison in the 1930s, who meets Susannah Mullally, an employee of the Library of Congress. Susannah is searching out and recording songs of “the people.” In Pearl, she discovers a vast wealth of music that has been passed down from one generation to the next, and an unlikely friendship is forged.”

Museums and Galleries

Love in the Museum Public Tour | 2 PM at the opens in a new windowMuseum of Art and Archaeology

Through Weather and Time |  opens in a new windowMontminy Art Gallery open noon-4:30 PM
Paintings and drawings by Jane Mudd that couples two themes; the homeless and Missouri’s Champion Trees, which have more in common than one might think.


furstenauNina Furstenau, “Sensuous Flavors: Food, Love, Culture” |2 PM at Orr Street Studios
Whether you bring your beloved or go stag, don’t miss opens in a new windowNina Furstenau, acclaimed author of “Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland,” discuss how food and love are connected across cultures in this special Valentine’s Day Speaking of Culture. As always, attendance is free and complimentary coffee and treats will be served.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour | 2-5 PM at Windsor Auditorium, Stephens College
Considered one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure opens in a new windowfilm festivals, this year’s films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

Get Active

Lazer Lanes | Open noon-10 PM
Get some exercise at opens in a new windowLazer Lanes by bowling or playing lazer tag, and check out the arcade and bumper cars.

Roller Skating | Public session 1:30-3:30 PM
Throw it back to your middle school days and head to opens in a new windowEmpire Roller Rink with your sweetheart

A few other ideas…

Mizzou Women’s Basketball vs. Arkansas | 2 PM at Mizzou Arena

Pints and Punchlines | 7 PM at opens in a new windowRose Music Hall
Showcasing 10 spectacular, hilarious comedians all piled on top of funk house-band Marbin, Valentine’s Drink Specials, and scrumptious Pepe’s Mexican food!

The Floozies: The Granola Jones Tour | 8 PM at opens in a new windowThe Blue Note
“Born in funk and bred in the digital age, live electronic duo The Floozies have burst onto the scene at a time when the industry needed them the most.”

The Canvas on Broadway | 2 sessions available: 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM
Grab a drink and a paintbrush and embrace your creative side! Valentine’s Day events include opens in a new windowFall in the Forest at 2:30 PM or opens in a new windowBirds at Sunset at 6:30 PM. These can each be painted as painting or as a pair on 2 canvases.

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Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro | Open on Valentine’s Day from 11 AM – 8 PM
Take in the spectacular views while sipping wine and perusing the opens in a new windowmenu.

Home-cooked meal with local ingredients
Okay so this one is kind of dinner and a movie but it’s going to be cold, and this way you really don’t have to get out of the house to have a ‘date.’ Find a recipe and stock up on local ingredients the day before at the opens in a new windowColumbia Farmers Market or opens in a new windowRoot Cellar. While you’re out getting ingredients, you might as well grab a movie from opens in a new windowRedbox, too.

Do you plan to use any of these ideas? Let us know opens in a new window@ColumbiaMOCVB.

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Valentine’s Day is Saturday – are you ready? We’ve put together some ideas on what to eat, what to do, and what to give for your special day in CoMo.

What to eat

opens in a new windowGlenn’s Cafe

  • $79 Valentine’s Day package
  • Enjoy choice of one appetizer, two entrees, one dessert, two glasses of champagne OR any wine by the glass
  • Full menu offered all night

opens in a new windowEleven11

  • Couple’s Dinner ($75) – 3 course dinner with wine or cocktail; regular menu also available with daily special
  • Special Chef’s Table ($250/person) – 6 course dinner with wine pairings with Executive Chef Jeff Guinn and Chef d’Cuisine Ben Randolph – inquire in advance for the chef’s table

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  • 7 course dinner and champagne pairing – 4 PM ($49/person), 6 PM and 8 PM ($59/person)
  • See the menu

opens in a new windowWine Cellar

  • Aphrodisiac menu available Friday-Sunday for Valentine’s Day (this will be the only menu available on Saturday while full dinner menu will be available on Friday and Sunday)

opens in a new windowBleu

  • Feature menu available Friday and Saturday – “Dinner for Two” with dessert of truffles, chocolate covered strawberries, nutella tart, and house-made fortune cookies
  • See the full menu and dessert menu

opens in a new windowHoss’s Market

  • Feel like a nice dinner at home? Pick up Hoss’s Steak and Lobster dinner for two ($79.95) along with some chocolate covered strawberries – all you have to do is call and reserve your pick-up time

What to do

opens in a new windowThe Canvas

  • Looking for a family-friendly Valentine activity? The Canvas offers paintings at 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday (the 2 PM painting is pictured here)

opens in a new windowDeja Vu Comedy Club

  • Valentine’s Couple’s Package – $25 for 2 comedy tickets to any show Friday or Saturday to see “The Office’s” Mike E. Winfield, preferred VIP seating, two free drink tickets, free champagne toast after the show, and a free comedy pass to a future show
  • Shows at 8 and 10 PM, Friday and Saturday

opens in a new windowSid the Science Kid, live!

  • A great choice if you’d like to include the young ones in your Valentine’s Day plans – take the kiddos to see Sid the Science Kid at Missouri Theatre on Saturday (2 PM).

Check out our What’s Going On opens in a new windownewsletter to see what else is going on this weekend.

What to give

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(necklace by Stephanie Thompson for Sailor Pie Studio)

opens in a new windowTiger Garden

  • Support MU’s own Tiger Garden and pick out a teddy bear, candy, and roses (or orchids!) for your sweetheart.

opens in a new windowMustard Seed

  • Find all kinds of unique gifts for Valentine’s Day at Mustard Seed Fair Trade – scarves, jewelry, chocolate, and more.

opens in a new windowAlpine Shop

  • It’s a little chilly now but why not offer to take your loved one on a camping trip when it warms up? The Alpine shop has everything you need from tents and sleeping bags to cooking supplies and games.

opens in a new windowFlat Branch Pub

  • Maybe Valentine’s Day and romantic gifts aren’t your thing… that’s perfectly fine, you can always go for a growler or 2 from Flat Branch!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Show us your local gifts and dinner by tagging photos with #ColumbiaMO.

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This time last year, we told you why opens in a new windowWe Love Columbia. This year, we’ll tell you a few ways to impress your sweetheart Columbia style.

On the Rails

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Climb aboard the opens in a new windowColumbia Star Dinner Train for a romantic night on the rails. There are two options for you and your sweetheart.

February 14th starting at 6:30 pm – the Valentine’s Day Dinner
Ride on a three hour long train ride while enjoying a romantic five course meal with aphrodisiac inspired ingredients. All meals will come with better poached mussels for an appetizer, a soup, a salad, entrée and the chef’s own house made
flour-less chocolate cake. Women will receive a complementary rose and each adult will receive one glass of champagne. This ride is special in that each couple will receive their own private table! Lighting on the train will be by candlelight
and you will be able to see outside with our 14 giant spotlights to light the scenery. $250 plus tax per couple

February 15th starting at 6:30 pm – The Young Lovers Ride
Ride on a two hour long dinner train ride from Columbia to Hallsvile. You will receive a three course meal with your choice of entrée. Prices are $120 plus tax per couple and does not include a private table.

Wine and Dine

Wine bottles in a rack.

A couple of local wine-centric restaurants will offer special Valentine’s Day menus.

opens in a new windowWine Cellar and Bistro

By reservation only, $55 per person, Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Menu. Three courses of aphrodisiac-focused dishes and includes a glass of lovely pink prosecco.

opens in a new windowLes Bourgeois Bistroopens PDF file

Features a special pre-fixe menu for $55 per person with five courses – choose one item from each pre-determined course option

Chocolate. Always Chocolate.

Looking for something local, delicious and…chocolate? Columbia has you covered!

opens in a new windowThe Candy Factory

The line often goes around the block for their famous chocolate covered strawberries. You can also skip the line and choose from an array of truffles, old fashioned candy selections and their incredible chocolate pizza.

opens in a new windowPatric Chocolate 

Patric Chocolate’s decadent flavors are gaining national attention, and they’re made right here in Columbia! This year, their limited edition Valentine’s flavor is called “Sweet and Sassy” and features dark milk chocolate with hints of burnt caramel and sea salt. We’ll wait here while you go place your order.

Now that you’re back, we want to wish you and yours a very happy Valentine’s Day. And we hope you’ll celebrate it the Columbia way!

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