It’s the season of love and if you’re looking for unique ways to celebrate that special person, Orange County offers a myriad of top events across the county. From Valentine’s Day dinner cruises to spending the evening at a winery, we’ve curated a list of the best events.
Newport Beach Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance Cruise
3300 Newport Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92663
This year, wine and dine your special person aboard a luxurious yacht with an unforgettable 3-hour cruise around Newport Beach harbor. The Valentine’s day dinner cruise offers an intimate atmosphere, stunning views, champagne throughout the cruise, gourmet cuisine, and award-winning service that’s sure to impress. During your luxury cruise you will enjoy a private candle-lit table with Valentine decor, free-flowing champagne, a delicious 4-course seated dinner, and live entertainment.
Valentine’s 4 Course Winemaker’s Dinner
Laguna Canyon Winery
2133 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Date: Feb 14 2016 from 7pm-10pm
Sourcing premium grapes from the Napa and Sonoma regions, Laguna Canyon Winery is a beautiful winery situated beautiful Laguna Beach. For Valentine’s Day, spend the day with your loved one for a winemaker’s dinner where they will be offering a 4 course meal. With an evening of wine, food and live music, its your chance to pull out all the stops for an unforgettable evening. Menu items will be paired with both red and white wine and include items like a rubbed filet mignon, oregano citrus marinated shrimp and much more.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Ride the Great Park Balloon
Irvine Great Park
C Street, Irvine, CA 92618
What is more fun than seeing a 360 degree view of Orange County from 4000 feet up? Stop by Irvine’s Great Park where you’ll get the chance to outshine your friends when it comes to Valentine’s Day ideas. Jump into a hot air balloon at Irvine’s Great park, and once at the top, you’ll are treated to amazing and spectacular views that can stretch to some 40 miles of visibility on a clear, sunny Southern California day. Ideal for Valentine’s Day Sunday, a ride on the Great Park Balloon is a sure bet in aiding Cupid to nail his intended target.
Newport Gondola Ride
3101 West Coast Highway #110
Newport Beach, CA 92663
What’s more romantic than a snug authentic Venetian gondola, propelled by oar and oarlock by singing gondoliers cruising down the harbor on Valentine’s Day? Gondola Adventures is the only company licensed in Orange County to offer wine and champagne and singing gondoliers, other enhancements include chocolate, roses and even a student photographer to capture your perfect date.
Orange County Beaches
Orange County naturally lends itself to epic waterfront stroll dates with its miles and miles of pristine beaches so why not take your Valentine on a perfect sunset stroll on Valentine’s Day? San Clemente, the Huntington Beach Pier, Laguna Beach and even the Bolsa Chica Wetlands are perfect spots to visit. Pick a nearby restaurant, or better yet – pick up some food to go and enjoy nature’s beauty with your valentine.
Brenton Wood’s Valentine Love Jam
307 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Famed R&B Singer Brenton Wood will woo couples with his reggae/blues beat on this special Valentine’s Day evening performance. Wood, who is known for his mid 1960’s hits like “The Oogum Boogum Song” and “Gimme Little Sign,” will perform with special guest Soto as well, who will bring their Latin, funk, and R&B dance music to the mix for an evening of great music.
Laguna Beach Music Festival
606 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
The annual multi-day celebration of Laguna Beach Music Festival is a lively medley of classical and contemporary music, intimate events with renowned musicians and enchanting discoveries of music’s future stars. On the last day of the event, Valentine’s Day, enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day concert with New Global Voices at the Laguna Playhouse, where you’ll get to experience the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Jennifer Koh will be on violin, along with Shai Wosner on piano. It promises to be a great event!
Valentine’s Day Sunset Whale Watching Cruise at Dana Wharf
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Are you looking for a different experience this year? This Valentine’s Day, a unique and romantic special cruise is offered where you’ll get to watch whales aboard the largest ship in Orange County, the Dana Pride. The 2 hour cruise out of Dana Point sets sail and will offer a scenic sunset cruise which is an idea time to spot dolphins, whales and other marine life. The cruise includes chocolate treats, glasses of champagne and about as romantic of an experience as you can get. A full cash bar is also available.
Valentine’s Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum
Irvine, CA 92618
Valentine’s Day centers around celebrating those you love, including the tiniest of tots. Pretend City Children’s Museum, the largest children’s museum in Orange County will be holding their annual Valentine’s Day event from 11am to 3pm where a bevy of activities will be held.
Specifically for children of all ages, as well as grown-ups, they will be celebrating by giving flowers, candy and cards to the ones who they love. This year Pretend City Children’s Museum will share some hearty history with your family to help teach more about this holiday through hands-on, educational and fun activities as well. With a story time, poetry play, games and more, it’s sure to be a blast and get you in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.