Sacramento is an exceptionally diverse city in California. While it’s also the state’s capital, it’s a city that’s not just about government but also about agriculture, and these days has a “cosmopolitan side,” according to Visit California. “Artsy murals, third-wave coffee shops, hip music lounges, and ultramodern wine bars populate Sacramento’s tree-shaded streets, and the city’s cultural and culinary venues match those of California’s bigger cities”.

With the vibrancy of this great city, excellent weather and sunshine throughout most of the year, and great indoor and outdoor activities, this city is the perfect place to live and to visit. And if you’re here for Valentine’s Day, you will have a host of things to do to celebrate with your significant other.


Get on Board a Romantic Evening Cruise for Valentine’s Day in Sacramento


Couple laughing and drinking.There is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day in Sacramento, and that starts with City Cruises’ Sacramento Valentine’s Alive After Five Cruise. It’s the perfect way to celebrate this very romantic holiday evening with your loved one.

Hop aboard this 1.5-hour cruise that will take you along the Sacramento River with an exhilarating evening of romance on the water. This fun-loving cruise is perfect for you and your Valentine to enjoy a slightly different kind of Valentine’s Day, as you set sail for a night of dancing to tunes played by the live DJ, delectable cocktails, and breathtaking sunset views. Come out dressed in your best cocktail attire and enjoy the hospitable and helpful staff who are there to ensure you have a great time. Small bites are available for purchase. Creative cocktails, wine, and beer are available from the cash bar.


Light Up Valentine’s Day 2024 with an Afternoon Cruise in Sacramento

If you and your Valentine prefer the afternoon, take the Sacramento Valentine’s Sights & Sips Cruise. This is the perfect way to spend the afternoon on Valentine’s Day.

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You and your Valentine will experience some ultimate romance aboard the yacht, which will be beautifully decorated with Valentine’s décor, putting you in the perfect mood. The atmosphere is everything you can imagine a Valentine’s Day should be, and you will also enjoy the beautiful views along the Sacramento River. This 1.5-hour cruise is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and do something out of the ordinary. Come dressed in your casual attire and put your dancing shoes on. The live DJ will be spinning tunes so you can dance the afternoon away.

You can enjoy small bites, which are available for purchase, and cocktails, which also will be available for purchase. The featured Valentine’s Day drink will be “Sweetheart’s Peach,” and there will be other cocktails available as well.


Other Valentine’s Day Events in Sacramento

Speed dating is the newest rage, and if you’re single this Valentine’s Day, try Sacramento CA Valentines Day Speed Dating at Corner Pocket Sports for people ages 28-46. The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. If you sign up and join in on the fun, you will meet five to 14 men or women who are local to Sacramento. It can’t hurt to try. You may end up with your own Valentine.

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If you like to run or walk, sign up for the 21st Annual Valentine Run/Walk “Race for Justice” on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. The race is open to everyone, all ages and running experiences or ability, according to the website: “Families, individuals, and groups of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to participate in this event”. The run/walk welcomes children, is stroller friendly, and allows dogs.

Want to turn it up a notch for something scary on Valentine’s Day? Try Valentine Haunt, “A One-of-A-Kind Valentine Event,” according to the website. There are three Valentine’s Haunts from which to choose. As the website says, “Toss out the routine VDay dates and do something extraordinary.” These events may not be suitable for children under 12. Check the website for tickets, location, and upgrade options.


Dinner Options for Valentine’s Day in Sacramento

If you want to take your special Valentine for a romantic dinner in Sacramento, head over to Allora, a lovely Italian spot that made OpenTable’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2020. Here you will indulge in wonderful modern Italian fare featuring Oysters, a Salt Roasted Beets salad, Risotto, Scallops, Short Rib, and delectable desserts featuring Torta Della Nona, a pumpkin pastry crème dish.

For a romantic dinner with a little French/Italian twist, take your Valentine to indulge in dinner at The Waterboy, located in Sacramento’s midtown. This fine restaurant is perfect for a Valentine’s date where you are treated like family. According to the website, “Dining should be a relaxing experience. From the moment you walk through our doors, we welcome you to join our family and let us take care of the rest.” The dinner menu features first-course items such as Waterboy Caesar Salad, Bitter Greens Salad, and Steak Tartare. You can indulge in main courses that include Housemade Rigatoni and Roast Chicken a la Judy Rogers. You won’t want to miss the Chocolate Truffle Terrine or Profiteroles available for dessert.


Boat on the water with Sacramento skyline in the background.


Book Your Sacramento Valentine’s Day with City Cruises

Sacramento is a sleeper city for fun and romantic things to do on Valentine’s Day. You won’t want to miss some of the offerings, so be sure to make your reservations, starting with City Cruises’ Valentine’s Day excursions. You and your Valentine will be happy that you did.