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6 Sweet Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Stockton, California

Check out these sweet ways you can celebrate Valentine's Day right here in Stockton, California.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and if you haven’t made any plans, you might want to get on it. There are many fun ways in Stockton, California to celebrate the occasion. Whether you are celebrating with your special someone, friends or family, here are a few ideas to give a try.

1. Do Dinner, of course!

Make reservations at one of Stockton's delicious dining destinations. Here’s just a count of a few local favorites, but if you are looking to kick it up a notch, be certain to make your reservation early!

Make sure to call ahead if you want dinner reservations on Valentine's Day at these romantic restaurants listed below.

  • Bud's Seafood Grille. Residing in Lincoln Center, Bud's Seafood Grille offers delicious cuisine from the ocean for your coastal appetite. Whether it's there coconut-crusted Mahi Mahi with coconut cream sauce, the Chicken Marsala topped with their homemade Marsala wine sauce, or a delicious bread bowl of Clam Chowder, Bud's is a great seafood choice for your Valentine's dinner.

  • Mile Wine Company. An upscale restaurant and lounge-ish type wine bar in the heart of Stockton's Miracle Mile, offering fresh and seasonal ingredients making it the perfect spot for a wow-worthy dinner for two. Valentine's menu TBA.
  • Dante's California Style Pizza & Cafe. Located in North Stockton on Thornton Road, Dante's provides delicious pizza with a Golden State twist. Each specialty pizza is titled with a California nickname, such as "The San Franciscan," "Tahoe Style," and "The Old Carmel." Try their mouth-watering calamari strips as an appetizer, too!

Click here for special Valentine's dinners and events happening across Stockton, California.

2. Go Wine Tasting

Wine and romance seem to be a perfect fit, and the perfection amplifies when you go wine tasting together. Stockton has it easy since it is located just south of one of California's best-kept wine secrets. Wine Country! Just be sure to call ahead to ask what they have to offer during Valentine's Day, and remember to make an appointment for the wine tasting. Here are a few unexpected places to get an intimate experience and learn about Stockton's wineries.

  • Sorelle Winery. From its cozy boutique tasting room to its stunning historic Dodge House. You will feel welcomed and comforted by its rustic appeal. This winery speaks romance at first site! No wonder it hosts dozens of weddings each year. It is tucked away along the two-lane curves of Highway 88, and did we say the wines are fantastic? Tasting hours vary, so call ahead!
  • Gnekow Family Winery. A short drive from Stockton, this is a terrific place to relax with your sweetheart. This impressive family winery blends old and new world techniques in a state-of-the-art facility. Don’t forget to try their exotic 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel or other unexpected flavors such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Their tasting room and gift shop are open daily 11am to 5pm.

Looking for more ideas? Check out the beautiful Lodi Wine Country for more wineries to visit!

3. Catch Live Music And Entertainment

Whether you prefer a small lounge or a large concert venue, Stockton is stocked full with great places to see live music and performances. Get to know the city better through music by doing some pub hopping or catch live entertainment at the Bob Hope (Fox) theatre. Just be sure to call ahead for live music nights happening on Valentine’s Day and charm your date with music!

  • Cast Iron Trading. Frequent live music hotspot in Downtown Stockton featuring an array of music ranging from rock to Indie and everything in between, Thursday thru Saturday evenings. The restaurant serves a flavorful selection of seasonal dishes, including an always rotating craft beer and regional wine selection. Moreover, Giovanni Brooks will be performing live during your Valentine's Day dinner.
  • Sopas de Amor. The Mexican Heritage Center is once again featuring its festive event for Valentine's Day! Eight different soups originating from different regions of Mexico made by eight amazing members of our community. Additionally, Stockton’s Cesar High School Mariachi will be performing live, providing an added bonus to the culturally-themed gala!
  • Frankie Quinones Live. Stand-up comedian, Comedy Central star, and YouTube sensation Frankie Quinones will be performing live at the Bob Hope (Fox) Theatre for Valentine's Day! Known for his hilarious characters like Creeper (the Cholofit workout routine), Quinones is bound to make you bust a gut on your romantic evening together. Tickets are $22, so grab them now before they sell out!

  • Take 5 Jazz. Located inside Valley Brewing Company along Stockton's Miracle Mile, this jazz club features the best in local jazz by regional artists, courtesy of the Brubeck Institute and University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music. You will experience a welcoming atmosphere, where you can unwind, and get your jazz fix. The club offers two regularly occurring events (Tuesday & Thursday) as part of their musical line-up, so you can have an early Valentine's Day dinner and music night on Thursday if you wish..

Here’s a count of Stockton's best live music venues to help spice up the evening.

4. Book an Escape Room

If you are looking for a unique activity on Valentine’s Day, then why not get locked in a room and see if you can escape? No, really! It’s a great way to put your relationship to the test! Challenging your partner to complete an escape room is a fun way to spend time together solving puzzles to get to the next room. Schedule a real-life escape experience at any of these Stockton locations below.

  • Limitless Escape Games. Offers four exciting escape rooms. The Pirate Adventure, Bank Heist, Sherlock Holmes, Wizard School.
  • The Excape Adventure. Offers two thrilling escape rooms. The Classroom Lockdown and Room 42.

5. Watch a Movie

What better way to bond with your sweetheart than enjoying a whole box of candy together while watching a new film on the big screen? Try these local movie theaters, but be sure to reserve your seats ahead of time!

6. Make some art!

Why not make it an artistic Valentine's Day by heading out and making an original piece for you and yours?

  • Shades of Color Paint. For Valentine's Day, this local art spot in Lincoln Center is providing a special date night discount or covering 1/2 price on all studio fees. Tickets are $30 (plus tax) when purchased in advance. No experience is required and you'll have up to TWO HOURS with an instructor who will guide you in creating your masterpiece. The event kicks off at 5:30 pm. Purchase your tickets now and get ready to create beautiful art together!

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