February is the shortest month of the year, but potentially the most anxiety-ridden. Why? Valentine’s Day. Fear not, whether you’re happily coupled up or single in the city, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, so there are plenty of weekend options for ample ways to celebrate. Our below list is full of activities no matter your interest, budget, or relationship status.

THE OUTDOORSY PAIR

Love the great outdoors? Houston has no shortage of green spaces and parks for you to visit and explore. For an early celebration, check out the Valentine’s Day Houston Hot Air Balloon Festival. The event includes a beautiful hot air balloon display, along with wine tasting, live music and polo matches. Join Bayou City Outdoors and bike the White Oak Trail. The 15-mile ride is a perfect way to kick off a day of indulgence and also a great opportunity to join the Bayou City Outdoors activity group.

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THE ART AFICIONADOS

Where to begin? With its world-class performing arts district and internationally recognized museums, Houston has a vast array of choices for couples who love the arts.

Take a twilight tour at the Rienzi for Valentine’s Day date night! Enjoy a glass of wine, listen to the sounds of strolling artists from Ars Lyrica Houston while discovering the romantic narratives in the galleries. “Jazz on Valentines” at MATCH is always a good bet. Sit back and relax as The Raquel Cepeda Jazz Quartet serenades you with timeless American, Brazilian and Latin love pieces. If you enjoy painting or just want a quirky, good time, you must participate in Painting with Cats at El Gato Coffeehouse. Participants can enjoy the company of cats while painting or penciling a picture of cats in love.

Cat - El Gato Coffeehouse

THE FUN FAMILY

Let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples. Your kids deserve some Valentine’s Day love too and there are plenty of fun activities to show them how much you care. celebrate Valentine’s over the weekend with the Houston Zoo. For more kids’ activities, just browse our Things To Do With Kids Guide.

Children's Museum

FOOD IS LOVE

Hidden Omaske

Hidden Omakase, traditionally only open Thursday through Sunday each week, will offer two special seatings on Monday, February 14th to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Chef Niki Vongthong, an industry veteran, has designed a special menu for Valentine's Day weekend. From Thursday, February 10th to Monday, February 14th, the special menu will feature Aged Otoro with kaizame, and complimentary bubbles, a rose and heart-shaped chocolate cookie. Please note that Hidden Omakase is BYOB, therefore you can bring your favorite bottle of wine or your favorite beverage with a small corkage fee. Seatings are offered at 6:30 and 9:00 p.m., Thursday - Saturday and 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays (note new hours on Sundays). The special Monday, February 14 will offer seatings at 6:30 and 9:00 p.m.

For more information or to book your reservation, visit https://hiddenomakase.com/

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The Cupid Combo at Molina's Cantina

Enjoy a Tex-Mex date night at Molina’s Cantina or avoid the crowds, skip the cooking and order a romantic meal at home. February 11-14, Molina's Cantina is offering a Cupid Combo for dine-in or takeout, featuring beef and chicken fajitas with sides and housemade flour tortillas, four Cancun shrimp (stuffed with jalapeños and Chihuahua cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled), one whole grilled Texas quail and one slice tres leches cake. $49.95, plus tax. 

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Special Menu + Entertainment at Brennan’s

Brennan’s is usually closed on Mondays, but they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help guests celebrate love. Experience the romance of the New Orleans French Quarter right in Midtown with an evening of decadence. Live entertainment by the Vincent Gross Jazz Trio sets the tone for snapping sweet photos in front of a festive balloon display before indulging in a special three-course menu with choices such as Blue Crab Louie Cocktail, Citrus Roasted Duck Crepe, Diver Scallops, Lobster Risotto, Veal Chop Tchoupitoulas, Lily’s Praline Tiramisu and Grand Marnier Creme Brulee. Valentine’s Day menu is $85 per person. For reservations, call 713-522-9711.

Romance by the Shore at Pier 6 Seafood + Oyster House

By now, regulars to San Leon’s premiere seaside restaurant know that Pier 6 takes celebrating seriously. Typically closed Mondays, they’re celebrating Valentine’s Day by opening for the occasion from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to a featured cocktail and Chef Joe’s special menu (Strawberry-Lime oysters, Hamachi Crudo, Crab-Stuffed Lobster and Filet Rossini), guests will be greeted with a balloon wall backdrop to snap photos, fresh flower centerpieces and the opportunity to pre-order bouquets from nearby Robin’s florist to be delivered and held by Pier 6 until reservation time. For reservations, visit OpenTable.com or call 281-339-1515. 

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Get Cozy Over Lunch or Dinner at Tobiuo

Guests can choose a midday meal or evening experience with a set menu available Friday, Feb. 11, through Monday, Feb. 14. Tasting: $95 per person, with luxe upgrade options. Add Japanese A5-10 Wagyu: $50; add Winter Truffle: $25. All the hits from the regular menu are also available to order a la carte.