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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 memorable date. Get together with family and friends to celebrate your bond. Or pamper yourself with a fun solo experience. Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

Grand Rapids named an Incredibly Romantic Midwest Getaway
- TripAdvisor April 2019

Romance, Romance

TripAdvisor calls Grand Rapids an “incredibly romantic getaway” – and specifically mentions Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and the Beer City Ale Trail as great diversions for couples. More romantic inspirations:

Snowshoe with your Sweetie at Blandford Nature Center – it’s a candlelit hike through snowy woods, followed by a bonfire, chocolate and wine. Feb. 13-15.

Long Road Distillers presents Valentine’s Cocktails, Chocolate and Spirit Tasting in conjunction with MoKAYA chocolate boutique. Feb. 14.

Love on Ice, part of downtown’s World of Winter Festival, offers 2-for-1 ice skating and FREE professional photographs in front of an interactive installation. Feb. 14.

Valent-ICE, also part of World of Winter, invites you to stroll arm in arm to view 50+ awesome ice sculptures throughout downtown. Feb. 14-21.

Grand Rapids Ballet presents Eternal Desire, exploring timeless themes of love and desire through the powerful medium of dance. Feb. 14-17.

Check out our recommendations for Romantic Restaurants, Romantic B&Bs and Romantic Hot Spots.

Make an overnight of it – enjoy special couples-themed perks at area hotels:

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 Creperie and Café.

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

Say it with love – make a trip to Love’s Ice Cream and Chocolate in the Downtown Market for organic treats made with locally sourced ingredients.

Are you in love with a beer lover? Download the Beer City Brewsader® app and earn a free t-shirt by visiting just eight of 45+ local breweries.

Valentine’s Day Macarons at Sur La Table will teach you all you need to know to create these delectable French desserts. Feb. 14.

Take a Food/Beer Pairing Tour of Harmony Hall, Creston Brewery and City Built Brewing Co. – transportation and behind-the-scenes access included. Feb. 14.

Sample the city’s wine scene on “A Taste of Culture” Dinner Wine Tour – you’ll visit Forty Acres Soul Kitchen, St. Julian Winery/Flo’s Ristorante and House of Wine. Feb. 14 & 15.

That’s Amore: A Romantic Evening in Italy is a hands-on Cooking class at Downtown Market Grand Rapids – among other things, you’ll make ravioli from scratch. Feb. 13-15.  

Sweet Little Thing: A Valentine’s Cookie Pop-Up Shop in the Uptown neighborhood offers an assortment of cookies from Honey Bales Bakery – and classes in making your own cookies. Feb. 13-15.

It’s a Date

See contemporary bluegrass band Full Cord live in concert at Founders Brewing Co. Feb. 14.

Head to The B.O.B. (Big Old Building) for your pick of shows on Feb. 14:

  • Pleasure Towne plays 70s, 80s and 90s hits at H.O.M.E.
  • Silent Bark, an alt rock roots cover band, performs at Bobarino’s.
  • DJ Kane spins the freshest music at Eve Nightclub.

Attend a love-fueled show at The Pyramid Scheme:

Relive your high school glory days at the Love Struck 80s Prom featuring the band Sixteen Candles – it’s at 20 Monroe Live Feb. 14.

Have a laugh at The Comedy Project – attend their Greatest Bits Sketch Revue Show (8 pm) and/or the BattleBots Improv Comedy Show (10 pm). Feb. 14.

Check out the Grand Rapids Symphony production of Schubert’s “Great” at DeVos Performance Hall. Feb. 14 & 15.

Cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team at Van Andel Arena – it’s college night, so students can enjoy a cheap date! Feb. 14.

Attend the 21st Annual WYCE Jammie Awards at The Intersection – you’ll see 20+ Michigan bands on three stages, plus awards presentations. Feb. 14.

Prove your love by attending the 2020 West Michigan Golf Show with a links-obsessed significant other. Feb. 14-16.

Extend your V-Day celebration into the weekend – see country superstar Luke Combs at Van Andel Arena Feb. 15.

Close out Valentine’s weekend at Taste of Soul Sunday, a celebration of African American culture, history, music and food Grand Rapids Public Library. Feb. 16.