Newly married, Abby and Cory Lear of Kansas City, North, make their way down the aisle during the “Tie the Knot at the City Market!” event held in the heated glass pavilion in the Market Square, 20 West 5th Street, on Saturday, February 14, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. The was a wedding every 15 minutes for 12 couples during the event. Shane Keyser |

Happy Valentine’s Day! KC has events for lovers of all sorts, from art to chocolate

Chocolate pepper pistachio bars with a chocolate sea salt almond bar (center) from Panache Chocolatier, 418 Nichols Road on the Plaza, which was recently renovated. JILL TOYOSHIBA | The Kansas City Star

If a traditional romantic dinner is your go-to way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, many area restaurants will have special Valentine’s menus to help you enjoy the holiday.

But if you’d like to take the amorous path less traveled, you will have plenty of other options for fun in the Kansas City area.

From gorging on chocolate to taking in a concert to laughing your heart out to actually tying the knot, there will be something for almost everyone. After all, Valentine’s Day might be for lovers, but there is more than one kind of lover.

Here, then, are events for lovers of all kinds.

For art lovers

Hearts for Art

Thursday, Feb. 7, through Thursday, Feb. 14, at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Part of a national movement, Hearts for Art allows visitors to show their love for works of art by placing paper hearts on the floor in front of their favorite masterpieces. The hearts are available at the visitor services desk. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 816-753-5784. Free.


Sweet Art Reception, Feb. 13, Kansas City Artists Coalition.

HeART to HeART Connection, through Feb. 14, Englewood Station Arts District and Independence Square. or

For chocolate lovers

Chocolate Walk

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Independence Square

In addition to collecting chocolates at participating businesses, participants will be able to view a “History of Chocolate” presentation and take advantage of sales and specials at stores as well as chocolate creations at cafes and restaurants. Check-in will be at Be Here Now, 205 W. Lexington Ave. Downtown Independence. Tickets are $20 through



Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Tasting, Feb. 9-10 and 16-17, Jowler Creek Winery.

Cheese & Chocolate, Feb. 10, The Better Cheddar.

Chocolate High Tea, Feb. 10, Greenwood Country Tearoom. or

Sweetheart Chocolate Cherry Sangria Sunday, Feb. 10 and 17, Jowler Creek Winery.

Wine and Chocolate Pairing with Panache Chocolatier, Feb. 17, Amigoni Urban Winery.

For animal lovers

Kiss & Tail

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Kansas City Zoo

Actors from the Living Room Theatre will play out the courtship rituals of members of the animal kingdom at this fun and informative adult program. There also will be hors d’oeuvres and live music from A La Mode. 816-595-1234. Tickets are $40-$50 through

For burlesque lovers

Cupid’s Cabaret

7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Opera House

Burlesque Downtown Underground will provide a bit of spice to the season with its 11th annual Valentine’s show. The group says its performances feature “fun, classy, scintillating, artful, high performance tickle and tease.” Tickets are $20 through or

For comedy lovers

Valentine’s Lovestravaganza Comedy Show

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Buffalo Room

America’s Improv Test Kitchen’s Lovestravaganza will be an evening with some of Kansas City’s best improvisers. Headlining the show will be “That’s No Notebook: An Improvised Nicholas Sparks Movie,” which will poke fun at the romantic-tragedy movie genre. Tickets are $12 through


Auggie Smith and Matt Jacobson, Feb. 14-16, Clint’s Comedy Stop.

Flex Alexander, Feb. 14, Kansas City Improv.

For very serious lovers

Tie the Knot

2-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at City Market’s Pavilion 3

If you’re planning on getting married anyway, share the experience with strangers. This annual wedding event will expand this year with an en masse ceremony officiated by radio personality Zeke Montana. A reception will follow, and one couple will win a honeymoon vacation. 816-842-1271. Free; couples must register by Monday, Feb. 11.


One-Hour Weddings, Feb. 14, Powell Gardens.

For somewhat committed lovers

Lock Your Love

5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, through 10 p.m. Feb. 16 at Old Red Bridge

A popular wedding location, the Old Red Bridge also is a favorite spot for lovers to renew their commitment to each other by attaching padlocks to the 1932 structure. Lovelocks are available at the nearby Minor Park Golf Course pro shop as well as online ( or Minor Park, Red Bridge Road near Blue River Road. Free.

For classical music and romantic movie lovers

Kansas City Symphony, “Casablanca” in Concert

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Helzberg Hall

With Rick (Humphrey Bogart) wooing his long-lost love Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) while outsmarting the Nazis, this Oscar winner for Best Movie in 1944 is as romantic as Hollywood gets. The symphony will play Max Steiner’s score live while the movie shows Helzberg Hall’s big screen. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Also, 8 p.m. Feb. 15-16. 816-471-0400. Tickets are $55-$100 through


Lyric Opera of Kansas City, “Mack The Knife is The Man I Love: A Weill-Gershwin Cabaret,” Feb. 9, Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building.

“Casablanca,” Feb. 12, B&B theaters.

Kansas City Symphony, Free Symphony Happy Hour Concert: “I Love You Verdi Much,” Feb. 12, Kauffman Center.

Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, “Bridges of the Heart,” Feb. 13, Folly. or

Harry Partch, “Partch’s Bitter Music… A Valentine’s Concert,” Feb. 14, Epperson Auditorium, Kansas City Art Institute.

For Broadway musical lovers


7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at White Theatre

British cabaret dancer Sally Bowles arrives as the headliner at the seedy Kit Kat Club and encounters an array of colorful characters in “Cabaret,” the 1966 musical that was turned into a hit movie in 1972. Runs through Feb. 17. Jewish Community Center. 913-327-8054. Tickets are $14-$30 through


“Big Bands Are Better,” Feb. 7-24, MTH Theater at Crown Center.

“Broadway and All That Jazz: Songbook of the ’40s,” through Feb. 17, Quality Hill Playhouse.

For romantic music lovers

Charlie Wilson and Joe

8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Municipal Auditorium

The former lead singer of The Gap Band, Charlie Wilson has released six albums, with several singles topping the R&B charts, since launching his solo career in 2000 and earned BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Joe (Thomas) also is a mainstay on the R&B charts. Tickets are $42.50-$195 through


“Songs To Cry To” featuring Longer Days and Abysso, Feb. 14, Riot Room.

For food lovers

“Roll of Attraction: An Aphrodisiac Sushi Rolling Class For Couples,” Feb. 7, Ra Sushi.

With Love four-course tasting menu, Feb. 12, The Restaurant at 1900.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Dinner menu created by guest chef Carol DiPietro-Broadway, Feb. 13, Stone Canyon Pizza.

Valentine’s Day three-course dinner, Feb. 14, Bluestem.

Valentine’s Day three-course prix-fixe menu, Feb. 14, The Restaurant at 1900.

Valentine’s Day Flights and Bites, Feb. 14, Chicken N Pickle.

Valentine’s Day with four-course chef’s tasting menu, Feb. 14, Farina.

Valentine’s Day four-course dinner, Feb. 14, Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar.

Valentine’s Day three-course table d’hote menu, Feb. 14, The Savoy.

Valentine’s in Verona, Feb. 14, Tavernonna Italian Kitchen.

Three-Course Valentine’s Day menu, Feb. 14, Westport Café and Bar.

Valentine’s Dinner, Feb. 15, Rozzelle Court Restaurant.

Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting paired with Green Dirt Farm cheeses, Feb. 16, Vox Vineyards.

For other lovers

Valentine’s Red and Black Party, Feb. 8, Pearl’s Lounge.

Galentine’s Day Tea Party, Feb. 9, Artis Events Space.

Sans Bar KC Valentine’s Booze-Free Bash, Feb. 9, William’s Way Events.

“A Sizzling Valentine’s Day Dinner” beginner’s class, Feb. 12, Lenexa Public Market.

Run 4 Love virtual 5K and 10K, Feb. 14-28, any location. or

Biscuit Miller and The Mix Valentine’s Party, Feb. 14, Knuckleheads.

Happy Valentine’s Day! KC has events for lovers of all sorts, from art to chocolate