Before heading out the door, make sure you have these Valentine's Day must-haves. Grab some flowers for your sweetheart at Rosewood Florist or some sweet treats like Hugs & Kisses Sweet Corn popcorn from Cromer's P-Nuts and give them your heart in cake form with a pink heart cake from Cupcake.

for the foodie sweethearts

The way to a man's (and a woman's) heart is through their stomach. Your date will be smitten after a delicious dinner and an extra sweet dessert. Share a plate at one of the capital city's romantic restaurants or create your own delectable dish. 

dinner specials:

Soda City Market at 1500 block of Main Street Saturday, Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. - noon; free admission

Couples Night: Be My Valentine at Charleston Cooks Friday, Feb. 13 & Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m.; $175 per couple

Make Your Own Sushi Classes at Saki Tumi Saturday, Feb. 14 by appointment; $65 - $75 

for the adventure admirers

Half-Moon Outfitters Make My Day Trail Race at Harbison State Forest Saturday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m.; $25 & $30 

Cupid's Chase 5K Run at Maxcy Gregg Park Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.; Before Feb. 13: $30, Race Day: $50

Miniature Golf at Frankie's Fun Park Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. - midnight; $7

Ice Skating at Plex Indoor Sports & Ice Irmo Saturday, Feb. 14 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. & 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.; $9 admission, $3 skate rental

Carolina Gamecock Baseball Game vs. College of Charleston at Carolina Stadium Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m.

USC Women's Basketball at Colonial Life Arena Sunday, Feb. 15 at noon; Adults $7 Youth $4

Valentine's Day Cruise on the Spirit of Lake Murray Saturday, Feb. 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.; $65


for the artsy valentines

Wine Painting Date Night at Studio Cellar Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; $45

Sweet on CMA at Columbia Museum of Art Saturday, Feb. 14 from noon - 3 p.m.; free admission

for the musical lovebirds

Guitar Gala 2015 at Dupre Catering Company Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m.; $45

An Evening with Ronan Tynan at Newberry Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Hotel Room for 2 at Hampton Inn; $191

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra: Across the Footlights at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Sunday, Feb. 15 from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; donation at the door

USC Symphonic Winds & Wind Ensemble at Koger Center of the Arts Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; free admission

Valentine's Weekend at Le Café Jazz Feb. 13 - 14; $65 per couple

Columbia Baroque Concert "PORTRAITS OF LOVE" at USC School of Music Friday, Feb. 13 7:30 p.m.; $15 tickets in advance; $20 at the door; Students with ID free

for the beaus with a family

Backyard Buds: Valentines from the Garden at Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens Thursday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.; Cost: $6 for one child (with one adult) per class. Plus admission for general public (ages 2-5)

Parents' Night Out: Be Our Valentine at Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens Saturday, Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Cost per child: $20 Zoo members / $25 non-members (Ages 4-11)

Kids' Class: Valentine's Day! at Charleston Cooks Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.; $40 per person (ages 8-12) 

for the history heartthrobs 

History Day at South Carolina State Museum Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Free with museum admission

Dollar Sunday Admission at Historic Columbia Sunday, Feb. 15 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; $1 for residents of Richland and Lexington counties 

Gone With the Wind at the Nickelodeon Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.; $8


for the theatrical paramours

Pop champagne and indulge in desserts before a delightful evening filled with 1950's romance, World War I action and a classic love story. Or, maybe a racy new stage play or a murder mystery is more your style. Here's hoping all the drama stays on the stage this holiday.

Valentine's Day Cinema: The African Queen at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College Saturday, Feb. 14 7 p.m. dessert, 8 p.m. movie; $15

Murdering Mr. Perfect at S.C. Dinner Theater Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.; $34

"My Grandmother Prayed for Me" at Township Auditorium Saturday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; $39-$30

Pushing the Boundaries at Drayton Hall Theatre Feb. 10 - 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Students: $12, USC Faculty/Staff, Military, Seniors (60+): $16 & General Public: $18

for the anti-valentines

Are you allergic to Valentine's Day? We declare that this day of love isn't just for the couples. Grab your Gal-entines and Bro-entines to battle zombies, get pampered at a spa, backflip into a foam pit or rock out to the indie band, The Armory. 

My Deceased Valentine at Deceased Farm Feb. 13 - 15 from 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; $20

Henderson Brother's Burlesque at 701 Center for Contemporary Art Saturday, Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. - midnight; $25 

OCCO Skin Studio Saturday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Armory at Tin Roof Friday, Feb.13 at 10 p.m.; free admission 

HiWire Trampoline Park at Plex Indoor Sports Saturday, Feb. 14 9 p.m. - midnight; $12 for one hour 

For more romantic things to do in Columbia, SC browse our calendar of events. Want to make it a weekend? Book your hotel room at XOXO