SALT LAKE CITY — It's hard to believe we're in February, but somehow it's already the weekend before Valentine's Day. Whether you are looking for ideas for the day or a date night, if you're willing to brave the cold there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday.
Community Options is hosting its annual Cupid's Chase, a 5K to support people with disabilities, at Sugar House Park. You can support a racer or become one yourself to share the love with those in need this Valentine’s Day. This year they’ve already raised more than $18,000 with the goal of raising $7,000. Feb. 9, 9-10 a.m., Sugar House Park 1330 E. 2100 South (comop.org).
Utah Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’
The Utah Symphony is celebrating music of the romantic era with works by Wagner, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky. It promises to be an evening filled with beautiful and passionate music. The program will end with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique,” which is the Russian word for "passionate." Feb. 8 and 9, 7:30 p.m., 123 W. South Temple, $15-$68, (utahsymphony.org).
Black & Red Valentine's Salsa & Bachata Ball
Both couples and singles are welcome to dance the night away at the Black and Red Valentine’s Salsa and Bachata Ball. Dance classes will be given from 9:30-10:30 p.m. followed by social dancing until 1:30 a.m. Feb. 8, DF Dance Studio, 2978 S. State, $15 per person (dfdancestudio.com).
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate, and the 32nd Annual Chocolate Festival is the perfect place to taste some of the best in Utah. The friendly competition is held at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan, and made up of mainly amateur entrants putting their kitchen skills to the test. Attendees get to sample delicious chocolate desserts and vote for their favorite. Feb. 9, 6:30-9 p.m., 615 Riverwood Parkway, Logan, $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and younger (thechocolatefest.com).
Valentine’s Day macarons
Try your hand at baking at a macaron class, hosted by the Park City Culinary Institute. Chef Cheryl Schaefer will teach the class how to make traditional round macarons as well as heart-shaped ones. Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 1484 S State St., Park City, $75 (eventbrite.com).
Ballet West's ‘Swan Lake’Comment on this story
Ballet West is presenting "Swan Lake," the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Odile, a woman turned into a swan, at the Capitol Theatre. You don't want to miss the last ballet performance from Christopher Ruud, who's been a principal dancer with the company for more than 20 years. Speaking about his time on stage, Ruud told the Deseret News, "When my partner and I look at each other in mutual wonder as if to say, ‘This is really happening,’ I never want that feeling to end.” Feb. 8-23, 7:30 p.m.; matinées on Feb. 9, 16 and 23 at 2 p.m., 50 W. 200 South, $20-$112 (balletwest.org).