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    Valentine’s Day in Grand Rapids

    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 an independent excursion. Grand Rapids makes it easy for everyone, on and around the holiday!

    Romance, Romance

    Check out our recommendations for Romantic Restaurants, Romantic Getaways and Romantic Hot Spots.

    Escape from your everyday life with a romance-themed hotel package, such as:

    Head downtown for a bevy of date-friendly World of Winter events:

    • Relax at Rosa on ICE offers free ice skating, on-site food trucks, ice games and live music in the comfort of a warming tent. Noon-3pm Feb. 14.
    • Snowshoe at the Park is a free, snowshoe-provided event at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. 6pm-8pm Feb. 14.
    • Love on ICE features 2-for-1 ice skating, free hot chocolate, free professional photos, and sweets and flowers for sale. 8pm-10pm Feb. 14.
    • Downtown Market Ice Bar: Tropical Chill serves up tropical cocktail deals, frozen tundra yard games and more. Feb. 14-16.
    • Silent Disco is a dance party with DJs, food trucks, ice beer pong and more. Feb. 15.
    • Valent-ICE showcases 50+ ice sculptures and includes walking and running tours, live ice carvings, ice skating giveaways and more. Feb. 15-17.

    Gear up for the big day by learning to make Valentine’s Day Love Potions at the Downtown Market on Feb. 10. On Feb. 14, the Market offers a hands-on ravioli-cooking class: That’s Amore: A Romantic Evening in Italy.

    Celebrating early? Consider the Art, Love and Chocolate Tour at Grand Rapids Art Museum Feb. 9.

    Feast of Love

    Search our Restaurant Guide by cuisine and location to find the perfect spot for a memorable meal.

    They say French is the language of love – so you can’t go wrong with the Parisian delights at Le Bon Macaron and Brown Butter Crepes.

    Does your sweetheart have a sweet tooth? Shop Kilwin’s, MoKAYA and Sweetland Candies for a delectable assortment of locally handcrafted chocolates.

    Are you in love with a beer lover? Download the Beer City Brewsader® app to start earning a free t-shirt by visiting select local breweries – including Founders Brewing Company, which is hosting Valentine’s Day Beer Dinner: Latin Inspiration on Feb. 14.

    It’s a Date

    See Grammy Award-winning global superstar Kelly Clarkson live in concert at Van Andel Arena. Feb. 14.

    Sit back and enjoy Cheap Dates. (That’s the name of the band performing at H.O.M.E at The B.O.B., not a suggestion for your evening.) Feb. 14.

    Take an instructional dance class – and stick around for the dance party – at Fuego Latin Night at Billy’s Lounge. Feb. 14.

    Treat your date to a performance of stage musical When Calls the Heart at Master Arts Theatre. Feb. 14-17.

    Snowshoe With Your Sweetie on a romantic, candlelit path at Blandford Nature Center. Feb. 14.

    Stroll hand-in-hand through the aisles of the Grand Rapids Boat Show – and get ideas for your summer together on the lake. Feb. 13-17.

    Celebrate sentimental attachments at the opening reception of the LaFontsee Galleries show Hold Dear: Objects to Collect & Cherish. Feb. 15.

    Extend the Valentine’s Day celebration with a weekend concert at DeVos Performance Hall:

    • Grand Rapids Symphony presents Black Violin in Concert, Feb. 16.
    • John Mellencamp, Feb. 17.