With Valentine’s Day on its way, many people’s imaginations are filled with candy hearts, bouquets of roses and dreams of a perfect, romantic evening with someone special. These Sacramento-area events offer a wide range of great options for that February date night. Tip – this year Valentine’s Day occurs on the same day as Second Saturday Art Walk, the fun monthly street fair that starts around 6 p.m. between H and Q Streets and from 10th to 29th streets. With live bands, food, shopping specials and gallery events, Second Saturday could also be great for your holiday date.
Brazilian Carnaval
1122 17th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 387-7344
www.braziliancentersac.orgDate: Feb. 14, 2015 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.No need for plane fare to Rio to celebrate Carnaval with your Valentine, thanks to the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange of Sacramento. Get inspired to samba with the Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance Company, and enjoy live music by Sotaque Baiano, Remelexo and Tony Santos. The 2015 celebration is even bigger and better than last year’s event, and excellent Brazilian drinks and food will be available throughout the party.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”
Sutter Street Theatre
717 Sutter St.
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 353-1001
www.sutterstreettheatre.comDate: Feb. 13-15, 2015Humor is king in this hilarious musical look at love and relationships, from the blush of first love to marriage and kids and how to get a date once you are elderly. This light-hearted and fun production will be a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Rotary Club Of Citrus Heights Crab Feed
Citrus Heights Community Center
6300 Fountain Square Dr.
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
(916) 722-2900
www.facebook.comDate: Feb. 14, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.You and your date will feel anything but crabby when you enjoy this finger-licking-good event. While the dinner, including buttery crab and side dishes, is the star of the show, the Rotary Club knows how to make the evening exciting in other ways. Now in its 27th year, the crab feed will also include music and the opportunity to swing around the dance floor with your partner. There will be great silent and live auctions, and guests can also participate in a fun Heads or Tails fundraiser.

Port, Wine & Chocolate Lover’s Weekend
Old Sugar Mill
35265 Willow Ave.
Clarksburg, CA 95612
(916) 744-1615
www.oldsugarmill.comDate: Feb. 14-15, 2015Enjoy Valentine’s Day weekend with a perfect romantic combination of smooth port, fine wine and delectable chocolate dishes. This annual event includes tastings at 11 wineries, port and barrel tastings, live music and treats both sweet and savory. Additional activities are available as well, including a winemaker dinner, VIP and cigar lounges and the opportunity to bottle your own port.

The Folsom Symphony: Valentine’s Day Concert
Harris Center for the Arts
10 College Parkway
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 608-6888
www.folsomsymphony.comDate: Feb. 14, 2015 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.This concert, titled “Tales of Love,” by Folsom’s excellent symphony will cause your date’s heart to sing. Guest soloist will be violinist Linda Wang, and the evening will include Danse Boheme from “Carmen,” Butterfly Kisses and music from Gershwin’s “Girl Crazy.” Scores by Falla, John Williams and Mendelssohn will also be performed.

“Love Letters”
Geery Theatre
2130 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 448-9019
www.wjgeerytheater.comDate: On stage through Feb. 22, 2015″Love Letters” is a touching and romantic story about friendships and love that lasts for half a century. The intimate, 49-seat Geery Theatre in Midtown is the perfect spot to enjoy this touching production with your Valentine. Matinee and evening performances are available.

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