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5 ways to celebrate romance on Valentine’s Day, and 2 ways to avoid it, in Downtown Springfield

February 01, 2019

Can you feel it? That’s love in the air.

Valentine’s Day is now less than two weeks away, so it’s time to show your special person how much you love them. Struggling to come up with a plan? Here are five ways you can give your sweetheart the date they deserve Feb. 14.

Dinner at The Order

What’s more romantic than a world-class meal served in perfect ambiance? The Order, inside Hotel Vandivort, will be serving a four-course culinary delight that will wow your significant order.

Each course has several options, meaning there’s something for every palate. The third course, for instance, gives you the choice of beef, chicken, pork, sea food and a vegetarian option.

Want to take it up a notch? Romantic additions are available upon request. That includes chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne or wine. For more information, and to reserve your table, call 417-832-1515.

SLT takes over The Old Glass Place

Don’t just take in a show, be part of one. Springfield Little Theatre presents The Awesome ‘80s Prom at The Old Glass Place. The immersive theatre experience is in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, but it’s set at Wanaget High’s senior prom in 1989.

The list of partygoers includes all your favorite characters from ‘80s movies. We’re talking the Captain of the Football Team, the Asian Exchange Student, the Greek and the Head Cheerleader. Who will be prom king and queen? The audience will decide!

The PG-13 show is for ages 21 and older. Claim your seats by calling 417-869-1334 or visit the SLT website. Need a sitter? A Parents Night Out program is available.

BBQ and beer

Lost Signal Brewing Company is turning two and wants to celebrate with you. They’ll be serving a reserved seat Valentine’s Day dinner. Tickets are $50 each.

For that price you get four delicious courses, each paired with a Lost Signal beer. That includes a delicious dessert pairing of sticky toffee pudding with coconut ice cream and the brewery’s Anniversary Double Smoked Pecan Porter.

Oh, and Matt Harp will be providing music. Bonus! Get your tickets online and enjoy Valentine’s Day under the tower.

Valentine’s Day DIY

RSVPaint has a special deal for couples Feb. 14. Southwest Missouri’s premier “sip and create” studio gives you a chance to create home decor with your love while you both enjoy drinks and fun music. For $78 you can paint a monogram trio, or a diptych reading “You put a song in my heart,” or “You, me and the dogs.” You also get two house drinks.

You can RSVP on RSVPaint’s website.

Cinematic bliss

Get lost in “La La Land” at Moxie Cinema. The film won a record-breaking seven awards at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. It also earned 14 Oscar nominations, tying the record for that show.

Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail piano gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. screening are just $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. Moxie Cinema has a stellar concession stand and there are several dining options within walking distance, including Springfield Brewing Company, Kai After Dark and Tinga Tacos.

But wait.

Valentine’s Day isn’t a joyous occasion for everyone. Don’t worry. Downtown Springfield has you covered for that, too. Here are two ways to avoid the romance.

Halloween all over again

417 Taphouse celebrates a different kind of holiday Feb. 14: 2nd Halloween. The crew at the Wilhoit Plaza restaurant and bar invites you to grab your costume and join in on the fun. There will be drink specials and a costume contest, too.

Red light, green light

Head over to the Outland Complex for Love Hurts, a traffic light party.

A what?

Traffic light parties are events where people wear a specific color to advertise if they are single, taken or undecided. Love Hurts will provide glow bracelets, first come first served, the night of the event. Green means you’re single and ready to mingle. Yellow tells the crowd you aren’t really looking, but…for the right person…maybe. Red means stop: you’re taken or not looking.

Entertainment options include EDM mixes in Front Of House Lounge and Valentine’s Karaoke at The Outland. There will drink specials on both sides. There’s no cover for the all ages event and doors open at 9 p.m.

Celebrate love, find love or don’t do either on Valentine’s Day in Downtown Springfield.