This Valentine’s Day, all you need is love – Grand Rapids restaurants, attractions and hotels will take care of the rest. Surprise your sweetheart with a romantic date. Celebrate the bonds of family and friendship. Pamper yourself with a favorite indulgence. Grand Rapids makes it easy for everyone, on and around the holiday.

Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, Feb. 14, so we’re officially extending the celebration from Friday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 19. You decide when to celebrate the day!

Romantic Dates

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Book a romantic night or a weekend at a Grand Rapids Bed & Breakfast or take advantage of a Hotel Package to enjoy plenty of couple-pleasing perks with your stay. 

Stroll arm-in-arm with your special someone to view dozens of Valent-ICE ice sculptures and 20+ World of Winter art installations, all displayed outdoors in downtown Grand Rapids.

The World of Winter Festival offers many additional date-friendly events over the holiday week, including ice sculpture walking tours, dance and music performances, a Sweet on my City exhibit – and a special Love On Ice event Feb. 14, offering 2-for-1 ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle and FREE professional photo ops.

Snowshoe With Your Sweetie through the lit trails of Blandford Nature Center on two Saturday evenings: Feb. 11 & 18.  Whoooo’s Your Boo? on the afternoon of Feb. 11 will introduce you to Blandford’s owl ambassadors before you enjoy an adult beverage on the patio.

Take a moonlit Luminary Walk through Ken-O-Sha Park on Feb. 11 ­­– great for a date, with friends or family, or even by yourself.

Head to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings (45 minutes from GR) for an adults-only Couples Snowshoe Hike exploring one of nature’s greatest examples of a long-term relationship: lichens. Feb. 11.

Take your love to new heights with a Valentine’s Helicopter Tour over downtown Grand Rapids, available Feb. 11, 12 & 14.

Prefer an indoor activity? Our list of Indoor Places Where Adults Can Play Like Kids is filled with fun date-night options.

Love to laugh? Amaze & Amuse is a hilarious modern-day magic show featuring comedy magician Trino at Wealthy Theatre on Feb. 11. Wealthy Theatre also screens the offbeat Adam Sandler romantic comedy Punch-Drunk Love on Feb. 14.

If you come downtown for your V-Day date, be sure to get a selfie in front of the iconic LOVE sculpture at 169 Monroe Ave. NW.

Swing dance the night away at downtown’s Masonic Temple on Feb. 14 – no experience required, just have fun.

Attend “A Night in New Orleans” Goth Prom for DJs spinning the darkest dance beats plus drag queen performances, tarot readers, tea duels and more. Feb. 18.

Romantic Dining

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Luscious Food & Drink

Search our Restaurant Guide by cuisine and location to find the perfect spot for a memorable meal. Per Trip Advisor, the city’s most romantic restaurants include The Chop House, Leo’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Bistro Bella Vita and Divani ­– but there are hundreds more to choose from!

They say French is the language of love – so check out these local restaurants with a French flair

On the other hand, if wine is your love language, you’ll want to peruse this list of local wine bars. Mixed-drink aficionados should consult our overview of local cocktail bars.

How about some sweets for your sweet? Love’s Ice Cream and Chocolate in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market is an obvious choice, but there are many more local ice cream shops and frozen yogurt shops to choose from. You can also check out or Local’s Guide to Finding That Sugar Fix to score chocolates, cupcakes, macarons and other sweet treats.

Are you in love with a beer lover? Download the Beer City Brewsader® app to earn a FREE t-shirt when you visit just eight local breweries over the V-Day week.

Grimsby Hollow Meadery invites you to attend the Mead Hatters and Wicked Queens Villiantine’s Afternoon Tea Party, complete with a buffet, indoor croquet tournament, and costume contest. Feb. 11.

Learn to make your own luscious food & drink at a Spruced Studio workshop: Valentine’s Cookie Decorating Class (Feb. 12), Valentine’s Cocktail Class (Feb. 13) and Valentine’s Charcuterie Date Night (Feb. 14).

Join Say Cheese GR owner Chesley Thorn at the Bridge Street Market for a Valentine-themed cheeseboard workshop on Feb. 13.

Family Fun

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The World of Winter Outdoor Festival is family-friendly all the way, as this Family Itinerary demonstrates. V-Day week activities include ICE Breaker, featuring Ice Guru Randy Finch carving up a 5,000-lb. block of ice (Feb. 11) and a Paint the Park ice rink painting party Feb. 18.

Start your family golf season off right with a trip to the West Michigan Golf Show at DeVos Place. It runs Feb. 10-12, so you can get your links fix before romance takes center stage.

Take a Family Snowshoe Hike through the woods of Blandford Nature Center Feb. 11, or head to Hastings (45 minutes from GR) that same day for a Family Snowshoe Hike at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute.

Cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team at Van Andel Arena on Feb. 10, 11, 15 & 17. Feb. 11 is Princess Night, so bring the kids to get pix and autographs with their favorite princess.

Join the kids on an Adventure Walk in the Children’s Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Feb. 10, 15, 16 & 17.

If yours is a basketball family, come on down to Van Andel Arena for a Grand Rapids Gold game on Feb. 13 & 14.

Our Family-Friendly Things to Do with Kids in Grand Rapids page has all sorts of additional ideas for fun family outings.


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Galentine’s Day comes early (Feb. 4) at Party Balloon Studio, which is celebrating with food, drinks, desserts, music, giveaways and more.

Join CityFlatsHotel for a Galentine’s Day Sip ‘N Shop – a night of pampering (including complimentary hair styling and makeup services) plus local merchant shopping. Feb. 10.

Learn to make beautiful bouquets at Spruced Studio’s Galentine’s Night Out Floral Arrangement! workshop, Feb. 10.

Meet Blandford Nature Center’s feathered ambassadors and enjoy an adult beverage at Galentine’s Day with the Owls Feb. 18.

Get your gal pals together to make your own scented candles at Wax Poetic Candle Bar.

Outdoor Recreation

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Nature- and activity-lovers can find all sorts of exhilarating things to do outdoors during Valentine’s week – starting with the Valentine’s Dash 5K in Kentwood Feb. 11.

Outdoor ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle is always popular, but especially so during the ongoing World of Winter Festival. Consider making an online reservation to guarantee rink time.   

Help kick off the Michigan racing season at the 14th Annual Winter Blast 5K and 1K Winter Flurry Kids runs on Feb. 18.

Cannonsburg Ski Area is hosting its first-ever winter triathlon this year – the Abominable Snow Tri includes a 5K run, 10K fat bike and two-mile cross-country ski. Get in on the fun Feb. 19. 

Click here for even more winter sports you can enjoy in West Michigan this holiday.

Valentine's Weekend Events

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Keep checking back as more Valentine's Day events are added.

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- TripAdvisor, April 2019