Planning Ahead – Things to Do for Valentine’s Day


Veronika Lee, Editor in Chief & écrivaine

February isn’t exactly known for Valentine’s Day in these parts – Mardi Gras seems to be the name of the game. But nothing can kill the vibe for your Valentine’s Day paramour worse than not having something planned. Whether you are committed or if you just want a spot to hang with your platonic Valentines, here’s a list so you can think ahead a whole week in advance. Don’t forget to make or get a card!


DINE ON THE CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES (Ok Elysian Fields) AT HOMEGROWN PIZZA: Yes, we rave about this place all of the time but what’s more romantic than a good old fashioned pizza and soda date? Stroll over the athletic field, hand and hand, and re-enact “Lady and the Tramp” over a small pizza. Fun fact: The name Elysian Fields comes from the long avenue located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.


GET A JAZZY PASS AND RIDE THE ST. CHARLES STREETCAR: No car? No problem. Take the 55 bus to the French Quarter, stroll through the Vieux Carre to Canal Street, and hop on the St. Charles Streetcar all for about $3. Watch the beautiful homes along the way and can get off at the Audubon Park stop to waltz through the greenery.


KREWE OF CLEOPATRA: We’re not going to stop plugging that 55 bus. Take it all the way to the French Quarter for $1.25 and you can see this parade in honor of the Queen of the Nile herself for free


WATCH ‘SIXTEEN CANDLES’ AT THE BROAD THEATER: The screening of the saccharine 80s flick takes place on Valentine’s Day, Friday, Feb. 14 at the theater at 636 N Broad Street. Tickets are $10. You can also check Lakeith Stanfield (“Get Out,” “Sorry to Bother You”) in his new Valentine’s romance, “The Photograph.”


VISIT THE SCULPTURE GARDEN AT CITY PARK. Another freebie – profess your undying devotion by the weeping willows and by the waterfront. Pose in front of the Robert Indiana LOVE sign and celebrate the occasion. 


HAVE A ‘SPRING AWAKENING.’ The rock musical based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play is on stage at LSU’s Reilly Theatre, 10 Tower Drive, Baton Rouge. The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is brought to life by LSU’s Drama Club and admission is free to the student event. It plays 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. More information is available at