Celebrate Your Favorite Relationships with Creative Flair

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with sweethearts, but date night doesn’t have to be. A night out in Knoxville can celebrate any relationship, romantic or not. Consider our suggestions for an artsy night out (or evening in) with your favorite people. 


Eat: The French Market Crêperie, TheFrenchMarketKnoxville.com

Move over, American food. For the ultimate romantic meal, we’re going abroad. Fortunately, you don’t need a passport to enjoy authentic French cuisine. With two locations in Knoxville—161 Brooklawn St. in Farragut and 412 W. Clinch downtown—sweet and savory crepes are within everyone’s reach. Owners Allen and Susan Tate have a love for all things French, and that love is folded into every bite and sip. Lest you think there are only a few ways to make a crepe, prepare yourself for an extensive menu. In fact, take your time.

Event: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series: Timeless Romance: Swan Lake and More by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 14-15, KnoxvilleSymphony.com

For symphony aficionados, an evening with Swan Lake is a given. However, for those who’ve never experienced the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra before, this romantic evening is a perfect place to start. The program opens with a “walk in the garden” scene from Frederick Delius’ opera, A Village Romeo and Juliet, and continues with a performance by the Appalachian Ballet Company for El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician): Ballet Suite.


Food: Cruze Farm Pizza Barn, 2723 Asbury Road, CruzeFarm.com

No introduction is needed for Cruze Farm. Every Knoxvillian knows where to find the best ice cream and chocolate milk in town. Now in their permanent location at Asbury, the Pizza Barn offers dinner before dessert, and it is well worth the short drive from downtown. Family-friendly from the start, the Cruze Farm Pizza Barn keeps everyone happy at the dinner table.

Event: Second Sunday Art Activity Day at the Museum of Art, Feb. 10, KnoxArt.org

Each month, on the second Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to enjoy a hands-on art activity led by a certified art teacher, including a docent-guided museum tour at 2 p.m. if interested. Free to the public, this is a family date that ticks several boxes: a cultural, creative experience that’s affordable for families of all sizes. 

Girls’ Night In

Food: Potluck

You could dress up and go out, or you could ditch the pressure and have a fun night at home with your best girls. Everyone can bring a dish (and a bottle), and throw on a favorite movie in the background. There’s no need to spend a ton of money when it’s good company you crave.

Event: Picassos on the Gogh with Heather, Facebook.com/PicassosOnTheGogh

When the food is gone and the movie is over, indulge your artistic side by inviting Heather Mekelberg over for a laid-back paint party. A minimum of five participants are required, and the maximum only depends on how much space you have. With a BFA in Fine Arts from Colorado State University and a study abroad experience she weaves into her private art lessons, Heather brings everything you’ll need to paint an 11-by-14-inch canvas alongside your closest friends and family members—and you never have to leave the house.