As Valentine’s Day draws near, create the perfect moment with an unforgettable experience. Kansas City undergoes a romantic transformation as the season of love brings with it heart-shaped balloons, bouquets of roses, and all of the cliches. However, if you’re yearning for a celebration that goes beyond the ordinary, take a look at our carefully curated list of the best things to do on Valentine’s Day in Kansas City. Whether it’s savoring an intimate concert amidst a sea of flickering candles or relishing the charm of a tempting restaurant, each choice infuses an extra layer of meaning into your celebration.
1. Snuggle up next to your sweetheart at a Candlelight Valentine’s Day concert
Thanks to the beautiful ambiance created by thousands of twinkling candles, a Candlelight concert is a great choice for celebrating love this Valentine’s. The popular concert series brings an air of romance and sophistication to the heavenly Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception this February as it recreates iconic compositions that capture what it feels like to be in love.
Part of the Candlelight Valentine’s Day special, you can experience the intricate melodies of “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” by Tchaikovsky, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in G Major” by Mozart among other tunes, performed by a talented string quartet.
📍 416 W 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64105
2. Explore City Market’s shops and boutiques
Discover one of the region’s largest and oldest public farmers’ markets! At City Market, you and your date can spend the day exploring a diverse array of fresh produce, flowers and artisanal good as well as a mix of shops, restaurants and cafes. With a rich history dating back to 1857, this vibrant market stands as a must-visit spot on the day of love.
📍 20 E. 5th Street Suite 201, Kansas City, MO 64106
3. Catch a movie on the big screen at an AMC Cinema
Skip the crowds and opt for a cozy movie night at your local movie theater. No matter if you select your favorite movie or like to indulge in romantic classics, watching a movie on the big screen creates a shared cinematic journey and can be tres tres romantique!
With the AMC Yellow Ticket you can now watch any 2D movie you like, on any day and at any time! So even if you’re too busy this February 14, you can still celebrate your love another day. Best part is, these tickets are redeemable at any AMC Theatres® location in the United States (excluding California, New York and New Jersey), so you can also use them on your next romantic getaway.
📍 Any AMC Theatres® location in Kansas City & the US (excl. California, New York and New Jersey)
4. Have a taste of Spain at a vibrant tapas lounge
The concept of small, shareable dishes already encourages couples to embark on a culinary journey together. However, the chefs at La Bodega have elevated the ordinary tapa experience, bringing the best of Spanish cuisine to Kansas City.
From Chilled Tapas to hot croquetas, homemade meatballs and fried Spanish artichokes with ham, whether it’s a tantalizing brunch, a stress-free lunch or a decadent dinner, a tapas tasting creates a relaxed setting for couples to unwind and reconnect. Don’t forget to wash it all down with a selection of Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines!
📍 703 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108
5. Enjoy some friendly competition at a retro arcade games bar
For those who love playful moments, a night filled with arcade games can inject a dose of fun competition into your celebration. Up-Down Kansas City features more than 50 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as pinball machines, skeeball alleys, and much more! After all, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all roses and chocolates. It can also be a lighthearted event packed with laughter and adrenaline.
📍 101 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108