“Valentines in the Garden”

If you’re looking for something to do with your significant other or family on Valentine’s Day weekend, we’ve rounded up some romantic – and unique, and fun, and delicious – ideas for you to try.

Dining Out
Many of Atlanta’s restaurants will be offering Valentine’s weekend special menus, so be sure to check OpenTable.com for what’s on the menu. Some suggestions: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, JCT Kitchen and Bar, One Midtown Kitchen, Babette’s Café and Makan in Decatur.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by enjoying cocktails, dancing and desserts in the romantic setting of the Midtown garden, where fragrant orchids set a romantic mood with an exotic backdrop. “Valentines in the Garden” is set for 7 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 13 with decadent chocolates and other scrumptious sweets while guests sip cocktails from cash bars, dance to live entertainment, and explore Orchid Daze by night. There will also be an chance to renew your wedding vows and have your picture made at the Kiss Me Arch photo booth. For tickets and information, visit atlantabg.org.

John Pizzerelli with the ASO.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The ASO will host two Valentine’s Day-themed concerts, including one for the whole family. “A Valentine’s Romance” will feature Jazz guitarist and bandleader John Pizzerelli with an evening of love songs and duets. Concert dates are Feb. 12, 13 and 14. On Feb. 14, “Be Mine – A Free Family Concert” will celebrate young romance in classical music with selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Carmen and La bohème, among others. For tickets and more details, visit atlantasymphony.org.

Emory Jazz Fest
The Gary Motley Trio will be playing Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center on campus as part of the ongoing Jazz Fest. The trio will be joined by the Emory Big Band and Emory University Symphony Orchestra Strings. For more information and tickets, visit arts.emory.edu.

Fox Theatre
The Fabulous Fox in Midtown is hosting its 10th annual Valentine’s Day Celebration in the Egyptian Ballroom. This year you’ll be able to get your groove on courtesy of El Debarge and Ken Ford. For tickets and information, visit foxtheatre.org.

Chocolate from Cacao.

Oakland Cemetery
Perfect for lovers, families and friends, “Love Stories of Oakland” will be a decidedly-different place to take your sweetie for Valentine’s Day. Theare will be more than 25 tour stops through Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery as guides recount the loves, lives and losses of Atlantans of days past. Love Stories of Oakland also examines the symbolism of love and devotion found on monuments, headstones and mausoleums throughout the grounds. Hour-long tours available at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14. For tickets and information, visit oaklandcemetery.com.

Dad’s Garage Theatre Company
If you haven’t checked out Dad’s new home in the Old Fourth Ward, this Valentine’s Day show might be just the ticket. A special night of improv will be held Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Comedians will take stories from the audience to create scenes about love. For tickets and information, visit dadsgarage.com.

French Market Flowers at Krog Street Market.

Philips Arena
If your love life is a circus, then take that metaphor and make it a reality by taking your sweetheart to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. There will be shows at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., so it’s good for all ages, too. For tickets and information, visit philipsarena.com.

Don’t Forget the Gift
Pop by French Market Flowers (frenchmarketflowers.com) at Krog Street Market in Inman Park for a beautiful bouquet, or pick up some sinfully delicious chocolate at Cacao (cacaoatlanta.com) at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta or maybe a shopping spree at Ponce City Market (poncecitymarket.com) might be just the ticket.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.