Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day 2013 approaches. Flowers, cards and heart-shaped chocolates are traditional fare. But if you’re looking for something really memorable to do with your special someone, there are plenty of options in South Florida. Instead of sitting through a boring movie, kick it up a notch or two with a live performance sure to add some spark to your romantic holiday.

(Source: Allan Harris website)

“Moonlight & Music” Valentine’s Day Concert

Deering Estate At Cutler
16701 S.W. 72nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33157
(305) 235-1668
Date: Feb. 14

Ready for a night of music, moonlight and love? Head over to the Deering Estate for a concert under the stars on the edge of Biscayne Bay. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic basket filled with your favorite refreshments for a romantic evening with the one you love. Enjoy the jazz music of Alan Harris. General admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased online for an additional $2.50 fee, or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at (305) 235-1668, ext. 233.

Valentine’s Day Concert

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156
(305) 667-1651

Date: Feb 14

Spend a romantic Valentine’s Day together enjoying the award-winning jazz of Arturo Sandoval. Bring a picnic basket of goodies and a blanket, and get set for a night to remember full of music and beauty at Fairchild for Valentine’s Day. Tickets start at $60. Make the night really special with a reserved table that includes a candlelit dinner and wine for $150 (members) or $175 (non-members). Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at (305) 667-1651, ext. 3391.

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“Viva Paris”

Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-1040

Feeling a little frisky this Valentine’s Day? Then step into the exotic world of French cabaret with dance, colorful variety acts, beautiful girls and the flair of burlesque (no nudity). This French production, by Erika Moon, features an international team of 20 artists brought together to provide guests with an evening of sizzling productions to dazzle and seduce. Purchase tickets online here.

Love in the Park

Huizenga Plaza
32 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Date: Feb. 14

Fort Lauderdale celebrates Valentine’s Day with its second annual Love in the Park on Fort Lauderdale’s famous Riverwalk. Enjoy food, provided by Publix Aprons Event Planning and Catering (including a variety of wine), live music and entertainment from Cat Shell with a unique way to celebrate this heartfelt holiday. The festival atmosphere adds to the special moments you’ll experience together celebrating Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $80 per couple for general admission or $125 per couple for VIP and can be purchased here.


Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 462-0222

Treat your special someone to an evening of musical theatre with a trip to Oz at the Broward Center. “Wicked” tells the story of two unlikely friends and their remarkable journey to becoming opposite icons in the magical land of Oz. Winner of 35 major awards, “Wicked” has been deemed “The best musical of the decade” by Entertainment Weekly. Nightly performances are at 8 p.m. and weekend matinees are at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

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Transplanted from Denver, Colorado to Orlando, Florida, Larraine Stacey spends much of her time traveling all over Florida and cruising the East Coast. A certified International tour guide and former travel agent, Larraine loves researching travel destinations and sharing travel tips with others. Her work can be found at