William-Adolphe Bouguereau's "Dream of Spring"
Cupids surround a young woman in William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s “Dream of Spring” on exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art. Courtesy of the museum

Valentine’s Day, the annual celebration of romantic love, may have crept up on you, but there’s still time to plan a memorable evening with that special person in San Diego. After all, San Diego is regularly ranked among the top cities for celebrating cupid’s day — this year ranking third after San Francisco and New York.

Here are eight last-minute ideas for celebrating Friday’s holiday:

Romantic Art — The “Bouguereau & America” exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art pays homage to some of the famous French painter’s most romantic — and majestic — works. The museum is open until 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, so you can have that romantic dinner before seeing “Dream of Spring” and “Young Girl Defending Herself from Eros.” If you want to celebrate a day early, the museum’s popular Culture & Cocktails event takes place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday.

Liberty Station — The growing arts and entertainment center in Point Loma offers many options. Graze in the Liberty Public Market, sit down for a three-course Mexican dinner at El Jardin Cantina, enjoy romantic Italian cooking at Solare Ristorante, or spring for dinner and a movie at THE LOT. And those are just a few of the possibilities.

Broadway Love Songs — Celebrate the holiday with a night of Broadway’s favorite love songs in the magnificent Copley Symphony Hall. Norm Lewis and Emily Skinner perform with a five-member band beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

Dessert in Little Italy — There are plenty of great restaurants lining the streets of downtown’s Little Italy, but on Valentine’s Day the desserts are a draw. Take your sweetheart to Salt & Straw for a scoop of uniquely flavored, handcrafted ice cream, share a slice of cake at Extraordinary Desserts, or go native Italian with gelato at either of the Bobboi locations. After all, Saint Valentine was from Rome.

Bleu Boheme restaurant in North Park. Courtesy of the restaurant

Decadent FrenchBleu Bohème in North Park is offering a candlelit three-course dinner and specialty cocktail on Valentine’s Day. Guests can choose from steak tartar, smoked beef tenderloin with capers, fresh herbs, shaved fennel, pommes gauffrette and black garlic aioli; salade de canard, roasted duck, goat cheese croquettes, toasted hazelnuts, black grapes and candied orange zest served atop rocket greens, with truffle vinaigrette; bisque de champignons, wild mushroom soup with Parmesan and fresh herb croustades; or galette du crabe, crab croquettes, jicama remoulade and tomato-arugula salad. Dinner seating begins at 4 p.m.

Adopt a Pet — Maybe it’s time to skip the flowers and adopt a pet for the person you love. Thanks to a donation by Keith Guilbault of the San Diego-based QDOBA restaurant chain, adoption fees have been waived for adult dogs and cats at the San Diego Humane Society on Friday and Saturday.

Love Boat — Hornblower’s Valentine’s Day dinner cruises take place on Friday and Saturday nights, with boarding at 6:30 p.m. and the boat returning by 10 p.m. You can enjoy views of the stunning bay while sharing a three-course dinner with your loved one.

Prohibition Blues –Prohibition, the Gaslamp Quarter’s underground, 1920s-inspired speakeasy located at 528 Fifth Ave., is planning a party for guests with negative memories of love. It begins at 7 p.m. with a live performance by Fiore and Capt. Morgan Lee. Guests who bring a printed photo of their ex and rip it up in front of a bartender will receive a complimentary shot of whiskey.

Have another last-minute suggestion? Let us know at news@timesofsandiego.com.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.