SALT LAKE CITY — Valentine's Day is traditionally a time of dinner, dancing and romancing, and the Beehive State is living up to that tradition with several events from Logan to St. George set to celebrate the day of love. But while teddy bears and chocolates are considered a standard way to celebrate in the U.S., some countries have different ideas — like black noodles.
South Korea turns the tables a bit for the 14th day of the month. According to asiasociety.org, on Valentine's Day women give chocolates to men as a sign of affection. The following month, on White Day, men reciprocate with an equal to or greater gift. But in April the celebration turns to Black Day, when singles gather together and eat black bean-paste noodles.
Whether you fit in the chocolate or the noodle group, gather together with your friends and celebrate the season of Cupid with these events in Utah.
Note: This list is not all-inclusive, and events and prices are subject to change. Please send information about additional events to [email protected]
Monika Jalili: “Persian Songs of Hope and Love"
Part of the Excellence in the Community concert series, singer Monika Jalili will perform songs from artists in Iran whose careers were cut short by the Islamic Revolution, according to egyptiantheaterogden.com. The concert takes place Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, free (866-472-4627 or egyptiantheaterogden.com).
Cricut Valentine’s Day cards
Design and cut your own Valentine's Day card using a Cricut cutting machine, Feb. 7, 2-4 p.m., Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, free (801-524-8200 or slcpl.org)
Cricut Valentine’s Day cards for seniors
Using a Cricut cutting machine, seniors can design and cut their own Valentine's Day cards, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., River’s Bend Senior Center, 1300 W. 300 North, free (801-468-3015 or slcpl.org)
Heart jewelry craft
Children and adults can celebrate Valentine's Day together by making a bracelet and card for each other, Feb. 8, 7 p.m., South Jordan Library, 10673 S. Redwood Road, free (801-943-4636 or calendar.slcolibrary.org)
“Date Your Mate"
To get into the spirit of Valentine's Day, a marriage celebration called "Date Your Mate" will feature a variety of workshops with local marriage experts centered on strengthening relationships. Refreshments and food trucks will also be provided, Feb. 9, 6-9:30 p.m., Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, $12-$20, sold out, waitlist available (385-468-4820 (extension.usu.edu/relationships/date-your-mate)
"Vintage Hollywood Valentine's"
Celebrate the season of love in style with "Vintage Hollywood Valentine's," an event that gives couples the chance to experience "the glory of early 20th-century cinema" while listening to live jazz music, walking down a red carpet and eating a specially prepared European dinner on Feb. 9, 6-10 p.m., The Castle at Wadley Farms, 35 E. 400 North, Lindon, $50 per person (dazzleevent.net)
"Valentine’s at Tracy Aviary"
Tracy Aviary is hosting an after-hours Valentine's Day party for ages 21 and up that will teach guests about various bird mating rituals, Feb. 9, 6-9 p.m., The Chase Mill at Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, $70 per couple, $40 for individuals, for adults ages 21 and older (801-596-8500 or tracyaviary.org)
Valentine’s Day dinner and concert with Brenn Hill
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a dinner and concert from country singer-songwriter Brenn Hill, Feb. 9-10, 6:30-9 p.m., American West Heritage Center, 4025 S. Highway 89-91, Wellsville, $35-$75 per couple (435-245-6050 or awhc.org/valentines-dinner)
“Dancing and Romancing” with Utah Symphony
This weekend, the Utah Symphony is getting ready for Valentine's Day with its "Dancing and Romancing" performance that will highlight song and dance standards from a variety of Hollywood musicals. The concert starts at 7:30, but showing up at 6:30 will get you some dance lessons from local professional dancers Marcea and David Hess, Feb. 9-10, Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, $15-$83 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org)
Ballet West is jumping into the Valentine's Day spirit — literally. Beginning Feb. 9, the company will perform a two-week run of "Cinderella," featuring high-jumping jesters to aid in the telling of the classic fairy tale. The production runs Feb. 9-25, dates and times vary, Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, $20-$88 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org)
“A Night of Dinner and Dancing” with Ginger Bess
Couples can celebrate Valentine's Day early with a night out on the town, socializing, dining and dancing to the music of jazz singer Ginger Bess, Feb. 10, 6-10 p.m., Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, $40 per person or $75 per couple, tickets must be purchased by Feb. 7 (866-472-4627 or egyptiantheaterogden.com)
Valentine’s Day dinner and dance
Those thinking of traveling to St. George for a getaway with their valentine can also enjoy a candlelit dinner and an evening of dancing Feb. 10, 6-10 p.m., The Falls Event Center, 170 S. Mall Drive, St. George, $20 per person, $30 per couple (suindependent.com/st-george-utah-events-calendar)
Valentine dinner and dance
Thanksgiving Point is celebrating Valentine's Day twice, giving couples an extra opportunity to get dressed up, have fun photo ops and enjoy a night of dancing and dining, Feb. 10 and 14, 6-10 p.m., Thanksgiving Point Barn, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, $58-$70 (801-768-2300 or thanksgivingpoint.org/events/valentine-dinner-dance/)
Valentine’s Day dance with Changing Lanes
Local group Changing Lanes is putting on a Valentine's Day bash with a performance of Motown classics, Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m., Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, free (801-718-3862 or excellenceconcerts.org)
The Sweetheart Swing
BYU's big jazz band Synthesis is swinging into Valentine's Day with a performance of music from the '40s and '50s. A ticket to the event also includes dance instruction from the BYU Vintage Swing Dance Club beginning Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., ice cream sundaes and photo ops at 8:30 p.m., Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom, BYU, Provo, $20 per couple, for BYU students and faculty with ID (eventtickets.byu.edu)
Valentine’s Day dancing date night
DF Dance studio is helping couples get in the Valentine's Day spirit by offering a variety of private dance lessons ranging from swing to salsa dancing, Feb. 10-14, 7:30 p.m., DF Dance Studio, 2978 S. State, $15-$50 (dfdancestudio.com)
The Vienna Ball is the Salt Lake Symphony's annual gala fundraiser and features a night of food, dancing and live music. Also featured this year is a floor show by BYU's Ballroom Dance Company, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.-midnight, Olpin Student Union Ballroom, U., $65 for general, $90 for reserved seats, dance lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. (800-838-3006 or saltlakesymphony.org)
"Just Love" art gallery
Check out some romance-themed art at Pioneer Theatre's Loge Gallery this Valentine's Day season. The "Just Love" exhibit will have an opening reception Feb. 12, 5 p.m., giving viewers a chance to meet artists Ben Behunin, Brian Blackham and David and Heather Tuttle. The exhibit will be on display Feb. 16-March 3, 300 S. 1400 East, (801-581-6961)
Valentine’s Day origami
Learn how to turn simple pieces of paper into unique folded objects for Valentine's Day, Feb. 12, 7-8 p.m., West Jordan Library, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, free (calendar.slcolibrary.org)
Families can celebrate Valentine's Day together as they craft a variety of animals out of hearts. All of the materials and instructions will be provided, Feb. 13, 4-5 p.m., West Valley Library, 2880 W. 3650 South, West Valley City, free (calendar.slcolibrary.org)
Valentine community service project
For Valentine's Day this year, you can show some love by helping pack bags of food for elementary school children in Utah and Salt Lake counties, Feb. 13, 6-7 p.m., 201 S. 100 West, Alpine, RSVP to [email protected] (facebook.com/talkinaction-744476025656400)
"Valentine Sweetheart Deal"
Who needs a fancy dinner when you can just eat a bunch of popcorn and watch a good movie? This Valentine's Day, the Salt Lake Film Society is offering moviegoers a "Valentine Sweetheart Deal," which includes two evening tickets, two medium drinks and one large popcorn for $25 on Feb. 14, Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South and Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South, at box office only (saltlakefilmsociety.org)
Valentine’s date night
If spending your Valentine's Day at the library doesn't seem like a good time, this date night might change your mind. Grab your significant other and head to the West Jordan Library for a romance-themed library scavenger hunt, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., West Jordan Library, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, free (calendar.slcolibrary.org)
“Wild Wednesday: Wild Romance — A Special Valentine’s Day Program"
Come learn about the unique ways animals attract a partner and make nature-themed valentine cards for the birds, Feb. 14, 3:45-4:30 p.m., Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St., Ogden, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 2-11, free for members (ogdennaturecenter.org)
Singles game night
Valentine’s Day dinner fundraiser for Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center
Enjoy a gourmet dinner and entertainment at this Valentine's Day dinner fundraiser in Cedar City. All proceeds go toward helping fund Canyon Creek Women's Crisis Center programs for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Feb. 14, seating times begin at 5:30 p.m., Hunter Conference Center, Great Hall, SUU, Cedar City, $35 per person, $60 per couple, preorder dinner (ccwcc.org/valentine)
Megaplex Valentine’s Day date night
Various Megaplex Theatres are contributing to the Valentine's Day fun by setting up a dinner for two — don't worry, popcorn, drinks and treats are included with that — and a choice of any movie currently playing in theaters, Feb. 14 or 16, 6-10 p.m., select Megaplex Theatres, $116-$125 (megaplextheatres.com)
“Kisses and Fishes: Sips Under the Sea”
This event for ages 21 and older gives couples a chance to explore the aquarium after hours while sampling a variety of drinks and special menu items, Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m., Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 S. Lone Peak Parkway, Draper, $59.95 for general, $54.95 for members (801-355-3474 or thelivingplanet.com)
Valentine’s Day banquet with magician Richard Hatch
Celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner and a magic show, Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Old Rock Church, 10 S. Main, Providence, $39 (435-752-3432 or oldrockchurch.com)
This valentine-themed concert will feature the Campus Symphony performing "Romeo and Juliet" by Sergei Prokofiev, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Libby Gardner Concert Hall, U. $12.50 for general, free for U. students with ID, $6.50 for other students, seniors and U. staff (music.utah.edu)
Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble
Steven Page was a founding member, lead singer and guitarist for the '90s band Barenaked Ladies until 2009, when he went on to pursue a solo career that includes more theatrical performances. Accompanied by the Art of Time ensemble, a collective of Canadian-based classical, jazz and pop musicians, Page will perform Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Kingsbury Hall, U., $20-$40 for general, $5 for U. students with ID, $10 for other students and youths ages 18 and younger, children under age 6 not admitted (801-581-7100 or tickets.utah.edu)
“Concerto Night: A Valentine's Date to Remember”
Utah Valley University's symphony is presenting a romantic night of classical music, featuring the recent winners of the school's concerto competition, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Sorensen Center, Ragan Theater, UVU, Orem, $10 for general, $5 for students and children ages 12-18 (801-863-8610 or uvu.edu/arts)
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Celebrate and strengthen your marriage with a variety of workshops from marriage and family professionals, Feb. 16, 6-9:30 p.m., Shepherd Union Building, WSU, Ogden, $25-$40, sold out, tickets may be available on first come first serve basis at door, call 801-399-8207 for details https://extension.usu.edu/relationships/marriage-celebration
Snowshoe with your significant other on and off the trail, tracking down wild animals and learning to identify signs of wildlife around you, Feb. 17., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Stokes Nature Center, meet at First Dam, 1647-1700 Canyon Road, Logan, $10 per person, snowshoe rental included (435-755-3239 or logannature.org)