Weekend Best Bets: Valentine’s Edition (Feb. 14-16)

What to do on Valentine’s Day weekend in the Twin Cities: dinner specials, shows, skating, and more

Courtesy of Pinstripes

Love Is in the Air

What: Valentine’s Day at iFLY
When: Feb. 13-16
Where: iFLY, 12415 Wayzata Blvd. #15, Minnetonka

iFLY is where you’re blasted into the air by a giant wind tunnel, for a skydiving-without-being-12,500-feet-above-ground-level experience. So, obviously, it has your high-adrenaline date night covered. This weekend, the theme is “Tunnel of Love.” That means chocolate, music, snacks, and post-flight sparkling cider.

Old-Fashioned Skate

What: Skate & Date Valentine’s Day Event
When: Feb. 14, 2-8 p.m.
Where: Keg and Case Market, 928 Seventh St. W., St. Paul

Bring your ice skates to the rink at Keg and Case, where ice lanterns, fire pits, a hot cocoa bar by Dough Dough, and many-flavored cotton candy from Spinning Wylde will set the mood. It’s a quick, free Valentine’s Day strategy in St. Paul, with a photo booth and a caricature artist.

Sweet Hearts

What: Edwards Dessert Kitchen Tuesday Night Date Night
When: Tuesdays, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Edwards Dessert Kitchen, 200 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis

If your weekend is already booked, Edwards Dessert Kitchen has a new weekday tradition, just in time for V-Day. The so-pretty-I-don’t-want-to-eat-it, gourmet-version-of-a-Ferrero-Rocher dessert restaurant does, in fact, do savory things, too. On Tuesdays, a date-night special includes charcuterie, a choice of two desserts, and two glasses of wine for $50.

Fondue at the Sugar Factory
Fondue at the Sugar Factory

Courtesy of the Sugar Factory

Three-Course Craze

What: Valentine’s Day at the Sugar Factory

When: Feb. 14
Where: Sugar Factory, Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington

The new Sugar Factory restaurant at the Mall of America dazzles with mirrors, hyper-indulgent candy concoctions, and a dizzying array of celebrity endorsements. And, by the way, they do also have savory options. For Valentine’s Day, they offer a $65 menu that starts with mac-and-cheese pops or tomato bisque, goes into a meaty entrée, and ends with a pink fondue.

Star-Crossed Dancers

What: Romeo & Juliet
When: Feb. 14-23
Where: The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

What says “Be mine” like hastily doing yourself in to join your lover in the afterlife? Collide Theatrical Dance Company puts a modern spin on Romeo & Juliet, starring an actual engaged couple: Renee Guittar (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres) and Rush Benson (Ordway Music Theater). How modern? There’s no dialogue. It features 12 professional dancers, five live musicians, and two vocalists. You’ll hear familiar tunes from Nirvana, the White Stripes, and Lady Gaga.

I Did It Skyway

What: The Love Show: Skyway to Heaven
When: Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

State treasure Kevin Kling is back for his Valentine’s Day show. This time, the storyteller, known for NPR’s All Things Considered, is finding love in the skyways, with an enticing reminder: “When cold winters bundle us in layers of Smartwool and GoreTex, and our sensual selves resort to memory and imagination, please remember—you live in the romantic ‘Venice of the North.'”

Bowled Over

What: Valentine’s Day at Pinstripes
When: Feb. 14
Where: Pinstripes, 3849 Gallagher Dr., Edina

In Edina, bistro, bowling, and bocce spot Pinstripes serves heart-shaped, wood-fired pizzas and, for those with reservations, complimentary champagne and Frangelico chocolate cake.

Choice Performance

What: Love Songs & Arias: Valentine Affair
When: Feb. 15, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Black Dog Café, 308 E. Prince St., St. Paul

Opera singers belt arias and drag queen the Lady Martina Marraccino emcees this Valentine’s evening, organized by the Lied Society for the local performing arts. Black Dog Café sets up a three-course dinner.

Longing Movements

What: Written in Water
When: Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts,

From the brilliant minds of Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company presents a multimedia dance work, where dancers and musicians use snakes and ladders in a metaphor of desire.

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