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Thu., Feb. 13

Take a romantic stroll through the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis’ Grand Center Arts District, and enjoy a festive happy hour during DRINK IN ART: VALENTINE’S EDITION. Between 5 and 8 p.m., take advantage of the two-for-one drink special, and sip on themed cocktails: the “No I’m Just Here With Friends,” the “Can I Buy You A Drink?” and the “Boo’d Up.” Enjoy 10 percent off at the CAM shop, and buy last-minute gifts for a significant other or beloved friend – or be your own admirer, and treat yourself to something nice. Admission is free. camstl.org.

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Thu., Feb. 13

Show some love to your fellow ladies this weekend with Up-Down St. Louis’ first GALENTINE’S DAY PARTY. This unofficial holiday precedes the day that traditionally celebrates lovey-dovey couples, providing the perfect excuse for a girls’ night. The arcade bar embraces that “girls just want to have fun” (thank you, Cyndi Lauper!) and provides its everyday arcade games, life-size Jenga and Connect Four, plus other games, while playing music by female artists, showing fun movies on its TVs and offering specials on cocktails. updownarcadebar.com.

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Fri., Feb. 14, and Sat., Feb. 15

Share a meal and a view when you take the RIVERBOATS AT THE GATEWAY ARCH VALENTINE’S CRUISE. The two-hour twilight cruise features live music and centers around a chef-inspired buffet meal with dessert and wine, Champagne or beer. Each ticket includes a souvenir Valentine’s Day glass flute. If you’re feeling fancy, add a bottle of bubbly, balloons, flowers and a photo. Tickets cost $55 per person. gatewayarch.com.

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Sat., Feb. 15, and Sun., Feb. 16

St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood is celebrating Mardi Gras with a self-guided Cajun food tasting and pub crawl. The TASTE OF SOULARD menu includes a crawfish taco from Mission Taco Joint, New Orleans-style shrimp and grits from Molly’s in Soulard and crabcakes from numerous local eateries. On Sunday, don’t miss the free PURINA PET PARADE happening in the neighborhood, which promises a large number of costumed pet participants. Passes cost $25 and include one drink voucher and six food vouchers. stlmardigras.org.

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Sun., Feb. 16

Work off those chocolate calories, and support a charitable cause at the HIP HOP 4 HOUNDS cardio dance party. This high-energy fitness event invites people onto the dance floor with cardio dance instructors leading the way. No dance experience is required. The YouTube hip-hop cardio master known as The Fitness Marshall joins St. Louis’ Stephanie Zitzer, owner of StephZ Cardio Dance, to put on a one-hour cardio dance concert starting at 3 p.m. at The Pageant in the Delmar Loop. Adoptable dogs also join the party. Proceeds go to the Athletes For Animals grant program. Ticket prices vary. stephzcardiodance.com.