An Alternative Valentine’s Date In Birmingham
Valentine’s Day is one of the holidays that can become mundane and routine. At that point, it can quickly become just something to check off your to-do list. Let me guess… Dinner reservations and a movie…fine, but that can get boring. I’m not anti-dinner and a movie; it’s a classic and time-tested romantic night out.
But I’m convinced that a key ingredient to a great relationship is changing things up, keeping things fresh and interesting! So to help my Birmingham lovebirds keep things alive, I’ve put together this list of alternative ideas to a typical Valentine’s date.
The event will feature desserts, wine and exclusive animal greetings in the Zoo’s auditorium.Birmingham Zoo CEO and President, Dr. William Foster, will open the evening, followed by a series of engaging expositions on “love” in the wild, led by the Zoo’s lead veterinarian, Dr. Clay Hilton, and experienced staff.
This event is a little bit off the beaten path in that it’s not a traditional restaurant and will offer live music chocolate covered strawberry to finish up your four course meal and champagne.
South City Theatre presents Born Yesterday a romantic comedy written by Garson Kanin. This is a romantic comedy about an uncouth, corrupt rich junk dealer,that brings his showgirl mistress with him to Washington, D.C. When his mistress’s ignorance becomes a liability to his business dealings, he hires a journalist to educate his girlfriend. In the process of learning, his mistress realizes how corrupt he is and begins interfering with his plans to bribe a Congressman into passing legislation that would allow his business to make more money. Did I mention that the show includes a buffet!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your honey at Ruffner Mountain! Take a stroll on their trail in the winter woods lit up by luminaries. Along the trail, there will be areas to stop and enjoy some fine tapas and wine. Once you return to the Treehouse, warm up inside or at the campfire, listen to live music, and enjoy more food, drink, and dessert.
This night is about raising awareness and funds for Birmingham’s Ronald McDonald House, which provides a “home away from home” for families of sick and injured children who travel to Birmingham for their treatment. Hosted by the Junior Board of the Ronald McDonald House, this event is one you don’t want to miss.
You’ll enjoy live music entertainment by Stephen McCullough, free food from multiple restaurants around town, wine, cash bar and a silent auction with some great prizes.
This is an auction and party to benefit Heart Gallery Alabama. Come hear live music and enjoy delicious food from Yellow Bicycle Catering Co., a Fun Source Rental Kid Zone, and one-of-a kind auction items.
In an ASO co-commission, harp virtuosa Bridget Kibbey will present the world premiere of a concerto written by composer Vivian Fung. Ms. Fung is distinguished by her “evocative” and powerful style which melds traditional Western forms with non-Western influences like Balinese and Javanese gamelan and folk songs from China. Music Director Laureate Justin Brown returns to conduct this exciting evening.
If you must do a movie it has to be the romantic classic “Casablanca” at the Alabama Theatre. “Casablanca” is set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. 102 min. PG
Sidewalk Film Festival and Vulcan Park and Museum are proud to present the official screening of new short film works created during the Vulcan Scramble. The Vulcan Scramble is a 78 hour competition (from concept to completion) based on a theme or inspirational items provided by the creative folks at Sidewalk and Vulcan. Winners will be announced at the end of the program.
Spend your Valentine’s Day with the legendary rock blues icon Robert Cray for a night of music you’re sure not to soon forget. Known for a blazing live performance, Cray is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. With five Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold-out performances under his belt, this incredible artist shows no signs of slowing down … just the opposite, his career and artistry seem to be reaching new heights. Recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honor.
I hope this list gives you a start to alternative Valentine’s dates In Birmingham. Feel free to list anything else you have run across below in our comment section!
Happy Valentine’s Day and remember to keep it fresh!