Valentine’s Date Night Ideas in the Metro




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Parents know Valentine’s Day is often a nightmare when it comes to booking a sitter. In fact, the online babysitter search service Urban Sitter reports finding a sitter for Valentine’s Day is even harder than scoring one on New Year’s Eve. But that’s no excuse not to make time for your spouse this month. If you can swing it, take the pressure off to celebrate on Feb. 14. Oklahoma City offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate love this February. All month long, the metro area comes alive with special date nights for couples. Celebrate Valentine's Day in the OKC metro this month at one of these fabulous events or  plan for a one-night staycation any other night of the month. Here are tried-and-true options in two hot Oklahoma City districts: Film Row and Midtown.

[Editor's Note: This is a working list last updated Jan. 11, 2019, so check back often for new listings. If you know of a festival or activity that you think should be included, please email the listing information to calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com or leave a comment below.]

Feb. 2

Taste of OKC at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center (429 E California Ave) features local restaurants, an open bar, silent and live auctions and live music. All proceeds directly fund Big Brothers Big Sisters. $150. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Feb 3

The Madness of George III at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 South May Ave) features a broadcasted production in partnership with National Theatre Live. $15. 6 p.m.

Feb. 5

Harkin’s Tuesday Night Classics presents Dirty Dancing at Harkin Theatre Bricktown 16 (150 E Reno Ave). $5. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5 - 10

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a journey behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple. $27.16 & up. Tuesday - Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 & 7 p.m.

Feb. 7

Chocolate Decadence in Automobile Alley (33 N Broadway Cir) features jazz music, wine, gourmet coffee, champagne and the ever-popular Valentine auction. Proceeds benefit community projects in Automobile Alley. For ages 21 & up. $65-$100. 6 - 9 p.m.

Feb. 8

FREE 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk in the Norman Arts District (downtown Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts in Norman. 6 - 9 p.m.

FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th St) features artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more on the second Friday of the month. 6 - 10 p.m.

Feb. 8 - 10

An Affair of the Heart at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) is a three-day shopping event featuring art, clothing, antiques, collectibles, gourmet food and more. Three day pass, $10.  Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Feb. 9

Beads & the Brave Gala at the Bricktown Events Center (425 E California Ave) features games, food, drinks and more. Benefits the Warriors for Freedom Foundation. $50. 6:30 - 11 p.m.

Feb. 11

“Out of the Box” Kilgen Organ Performance at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features organist Nathan Avakian of New York City, accompanied vocally by his sister, Claire. Members, $10; nonmembers, $20. 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 - 10

An Affair of the Heart at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) is a three-day shopping event featuring art, clothing, antiques, collectibles, gourmet food and more. Three day pass, $10.  Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Feb. 12

Harkin’s Tuesday Night Classics presents The Notebook at Harkin Theatre Bricktown 16 (150 E Reno Ave). $5. 7 p.m.

Feb. 14

"King of Swing" Tribute at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) features he inspirational music of the legendary swing master Benny Goodman performed by the Julian Bliss Septet. $31 & up. 7:30 p.m.

A GENTRI Valentine at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features three dynamic tenors and their pioneering style called Cinematic Pop. $20 & up. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15

Jazz Club at the Park Avenue Grill at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel (1 Park Ave) features an immersive live music experience an immersive live music experience. Free to attend; call ahead to make a reservation. 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Feb. 15 -  Mar. 2

Almost, Maine at the Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie). One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. $25. Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Feb. 16

FREE Silver Strings Concert at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave) features a a special performance from the Silver Strings, a strolling orchestra with members from all three Putnam City high schools. 2 - 3 p.m.

Impressionist Variations at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a concert rooted in French Impressionism, combined with elements of jazz and classical music and Native American history and culture. $19 & up. 8 p.m.

Feb. 14 - 16

A Spirited Game of Murder: A Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Sooner Theater (101 E Main St, Norman) features dinner and a musical theatre extravaganza benefiting Sooner Theatre. For adults only. $75. 6:30 p.m.

Valentine's Day Celebration at The Artesian (1001 S First St, Sulphur) features live jazz music in The Fountain Club. Must be 21 & up. Cash bar available. 8 - 11 p.m.

Feb. 22

Bison and Beer Paint Night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a painting event with instruction from local artist Courtney Abbott. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Preregister. Members, $40; nonmembers. $45. 6 - 9 p.m.

Feb. 22 - 24

August Bournonville's La Sylphide at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the story of James, a young Scotsman. On the eve of his wedding day he falls in love with a sylph, a beautiful fairy of the forest. The story unravels in a mist of uncertainty as an evil witch vows to keep James from true love of any kind. Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Feb. 23

Adults Only Night at the Museum at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Enjoy a night of trivia, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, while exploring the museum exhibits after hours. For ages 21 & up. Members, $25; nonmembers, $35. 7 - 10 p.m.

Feb. 25 & 26

Shen Yun at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West and animated backdrops. Children under age 4 not permitted. 7:30pm. $80-$150. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 27

Rob Lake Magic: Up Close at Tower Theatre (425 NW 23rd St) features illusionist Rob Lake. Benefits Friends for Folks & Central Oklahoma Humane Society. Best suited for ages 18 & up. $35 - $62. 8 p.m.

Feb. 27 - Mar. 17

Girlfriend at Lyric Theatre’s Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) features a romantic comedy inspired by the ‘90s icon Matthew Sweet’s alternative rock album. $25-$55. Wednesday & Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

March 1 & 2

The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features greatest hits including Sounds of Silence, Scarborough Fair, Mrs. Robinson and more. $19 & up. 8 p.m.  

Mar. 2

Krewe de Banjo Mardi Gras Celebration at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features an evening of jazz music and New Orleans cuisine. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 6 - 9 p.m.

Looking for even more date night ideas, check out our reader recommended date night ideas and our guide to current museum exhibits.

On the next page, see annual events that have not been announced for 2019.

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