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It's that time of year again! Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are showing up in shops, couples are walking hand-in-hand and love is in the air. Denver is a wonderfully romantic city in which to spend this lovers' holiday. 

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ROMANTIC EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

'THE LOVE BUGS'

WHEN: Jan. 26, 2021
WHERE: Online

The humorous and poignant documentary "The Love Bugs" explores the love of nature and the nature of love. Over the course of 60 years, married entomologists Charlie and Lois O'Brien traveled to more than 67 countries and quietly amassed the world’s largest private collection of insects. Watch the film before the event on POV, then join Denver Museum of Nature & Science and special guest Lois O'Brien for a live event to explore the joy of studying bugs. 

FAMILY MAKE AND TAKE: GARDEN VALENTINES

WHEN: Feb. 7, 13 & 14, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Flowers and plants are used year-round to send messages of love, happiness and joy. Explore the different shapes, textures and colors of dried flowers, leaves and seeds and use them to decorate a Valentine's Day display to share with loved ones.

GALENTINE'S MARKET

WHEN: Feb. 9, 2021
WHERE: The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery

Infinite Money Theorem's Galentine's Day Market is a one-stop-shop for your Valentine or Galentine! Shop gifts and more from Awakening Boutique, Little Lula Rose, Craft Boner, The Long I Pie Shop, Tulaire, TEMPERchocolates, The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Base Coat Nail Salon, All Dogs Co., Rose & Royce, Zeal Living, Candor CBD, Ella James Hattery, RF Jewelry Co, makeup refreshes by VERT beauty and more. 

COOKING WITH CUPID

WHEN: Feb. 11–14 2021
WHERE: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts & Online

Join the chefs at Cook Street in-person or online for a Valentine’s celebration that’s guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes. This deluxe class sumptuous dishes guaranteed to spoil your palate and an optional wine tasting

'A KISS IS STILL A KISS' 

WHEN: Feb. 12, 2021
WHERE: Online

Kick off Valentine's weekend with this steamy streaming performance. This is definitely NOT your parents' romance novel! 

ROMANCE UNDER THE SEA

WHEN: Feb. 12–14, 2021
WHERE: Downtown Aquarium

Looking for a unique dining experience this Valentine's Day? Take your sweetheart to the Downtown Aquarium for a decadent four-course meal, complete with two glasses of champagne and two Aquarium Adventure Passes.

BOULDER SYMPHONY: TRUE LOVE

WHEN: Feb. 13, 2021
WHERE: Boulder Theater

Celebrate music from the last hundred years to today that brings the greatest love stories to life. All tickets are sold in tables of four or eight and include two drinks (beer, wine or well). Additional beverages, food and upgrades will be available for purchase at your table. 

LOVELAND VALENTINE’S DAY GROUP WEDDING

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Chapungu Sculpture Park

Loveland — it's right there in the name! The group wedding will include a romantic ceremony, keepsake photos, a lock couples can use to "Lock their love" on the famous LOVE sculpture or HEART sculpture in Loveland, gift bags, signature wedding cupcakes and a chance to win a huge gift basket.

VIRTUAL VALENTINE'S DINNER DATE

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Online

Denver Urban Gardens is excited to host local food hero Chef Biju Thomas for an intimate night in with a virtual Valentine's cooking class! DUG will provide everything, including custom cocktails, live music from lovebirds Niki + Luke of The Dollhouse Thieves and all the ingredients you'll need to whip up your romantic meal of fattoush (z'atar) salad; winter vegetable roast with chicken, falafel or crispy tofu; and wildflower honey and butter-poached pistachios in pastry with cinnamon cream. 

DILLON ICE CASTLES  

WHEN: Thru Feb. 28, 2021
WHERE: Dillon Town Park

This award-winning frozen attraction is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, ice-carved tunnels, frozen thrones, slides, fountains and more. 

CHOCOLATE & BEER PAIRING

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Strange Craft Beer Company

Pop into Strange Craft anytime from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to sample beers paired with hand-crafted chocolate truffles from Colorado Cocoa Pod.  

QUEEN OF HEARTS VALENTINE'S DINNER

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Sterling Event Center

Skip the restaurant this year and enjoy a seasonal, farm-to-table, three-course Valentine’s Day meal prepared by House & Howell. The gourmet meal will be accompanied by cocktails and wine of your choice, and the proceeds will be donated to Red Fern Animal Rescue.

DENVER CLERK AND RECORDERS 14TH ANNUAL VALENTINE'S DAY

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Clerk and Recorder's Office

Denver Clerk and Recorder Paul D. López will be hosting the annual Valentine's Day celebration at his office on Feb. 14, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Judges and clergy will be on hand to perform free marriage ceremonies for couples! Food and beverages will be available for the couples and drawings will be held for gifts donated from local businesses, elected officials and other city agencies. Marriage ceremonies are free; marriage licenses are $30.

VALENTINE'S DAY AT CORINNE RESTAURANT

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Corinne Restaurant

Celebrate an evening of romance with A Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu and the one you love at Corinne

VALENTINE'S DAY @ BAR HELIX

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: bar helix

Love the one you're with! Enjoy Champagne and caviar "soulmate pairings" at bar helix this Valentine's Day. 

MOXY'S BLACK HEART VALENTINE'S PARTY

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Moxy Denver/Cherry Creek

Come alone or bring your fellow black hearts to mix and mingle with no pressure. Sip specialty cocktails, listen to music from DJ Carl Carrell (CRLCRRLL) and partake in group games like ping pong, foosball, giant Jenga, shuffleboard and more.

VALENTINE’S DATE NIGHTS AT THE COTTONWOOD CLUB

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Larimer Square

Spend the most romantic weekend of the year at the Cottonwood Club's Valentine’s Day Speakeasy Experience. Guests will enjoy non-stop live entertainment, curated cocktails, dancing, gourmet sweet treats, a “best-dressed” contest, luxury prize drawing, gorgeous Gatsby-inspired decor, photo booths and more!

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT COURIER MARKET | BAR | KITCHEN

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Courier Market | Bar | Kitchen

Dig into a carefully crafted V-Day dinner menu of fried oysters with beet and bacon remoulade, followed by a choice of mushroom bisque or watercress salad, then a main dish of lobster risotto, portobello lasagna Napolitano and porchetta with Brussels and mushroom risotto. End with a special chocolate souffle with a truffle center or Champagne raspberry parfait. Every meal comes with a complimentary glass of champagne!

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT FORMER SAINT CRAFT KITCHEN & TAPS

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Former Saint Craft Kitchen & Taps

Nosh on main dishes like pan-seared elk loin served with carrots, beet mousse and a blackberry port reduction. To finish, enjoy the sweetheart dessert trio: salted dark chocolate brownie with sweet cream, taro cookies with cream gelato and chocolate-covered Champagne-infused strawberries.

COOHILLS' VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Coohills

Join Coohills for an extended Valentine's Day celebration, Feb. 14 to 16, from 5 p.m. to close.

SIPS & SWEETS

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe

Enjoy special Valentine's Day menu offerings like a lobster cobb salad, filet mignon with lobster thermidor sauce and a decadent chocolate cake drizzled with raspberry sauce and topped with fresh whipped cream while sipping on a raspberry martini with your sweetie.

COUPLES SPA ESCAPE

Unwind together! The Ritz-Carlton's Couples Spa Escape offers two hours of relaxation with your partner, including side-by-side massages and full, private access to all spa facilities.

IRISH ROSE DRAFTS DOWNTOWN HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDE

Take a romantic ride through downtown Denver. Sit up high, snuggled under a blanket, in a Cinderella carriage drawn by magnificent draft horses. As you slowly clip-clop along the streets, you'll get a different perspective of the sights and lights of downtown Denver. There are various pick-up points along the 16th Street Mall. 

PAINT AND SIP

You'll laugh at your artistic abilities (or lack thereof), loosen your conversation with wine and come away with two memorable pieces of art after a paint-and-sip evening. Several spots are available around town, including Whimsy Paint and Sip Art Studio (8246 E. Northfield Blvd. #1425 and 14676 Delaware St. #200), Sipping n' Painting Highland (4995 Lowell Blvd.), Sipping n' Painting Hampden (6300 E. Hampden Ave.) and Canvas and Cocktails (6862 S. University Blvd. and  249 Clayton St.).

MUSEUM & ART EXHIBITIONS

CITIZENSHIP: A PRACTICE OF SOCIETY

Thru Feb. 14, 2021
This exhibition at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver posits art making as a critical civic act and exemplifies how artists act as citizens. Many of the works address specific political crises, such as the opioid epidemic and Flint, Michigan's battle for clean water. Others highlight specific legal issues that shape American society. 

WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY

Thru Feb. 28, 2021
In works combining watercolor with historical photography, news clippings and text, Denver-based artist Adri Norris highlights women who've made history. See it at History Colorado Center.

THE LIGHT SHOW

Thru March 7, 2021
The Light Show at Denver Art Museum features more than 200 objects drawn from the museum's nine curatorial departments that explore both physical and symbolic representations of light in art. 

ANA MENDIETA: SUSPENDED FIRE

Thru Mar. 7, 2021
This immersive installation at Denver Art Museum features two films created by Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. The two films portray the primordial element of fire. Active as an artist throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Mendieta used her body as a way to explore ideas of identity and displacement and its connection to the earth.

PRIMA LINGUA: FIRST WORDS OF THE EARTH

Thru Mar. 14, 2021
Aspen-based artist Jody Guralnick explores the intersection of science and art, bringing to light the microscopic and often unnoticed structures of lichens, mushrooms, molds and more. For her, these tiny organisms are comparable to the first words of the earth — the building blocks of nature's language. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens.

THE LATE WORKS: CLYFFORD STILL IN MARYLAND

Thru Mar. 21, 2021
This exhibition explores Clyfford Still's later paintings and drawings, made after his move to rural Maryland in 1961. This marks a particularly fertile period for Still, during which he made more than 375 works on canvas and more than 1,100 works on paper (nearly all in pastel) before his death in 1980 at the age of 75. The Late Works at the Clyfford Still Museum will include approximately 70 of these unique works.

SENGA NENGUDI: TOPOLOGIES

Thru Apr. 11, 2021
This collection, on view at the Denver Art Museum, is composed of more than 70 abstract and conceptual artworks by the internationally recognized artist, a prominent figure of the 1970s Black American avant-garde and Black Arts Movement.

APRON CHRONICLES

Jan. 23–May 9, 2021
Apron Chronicles features photography, personal narratives and one-of-a-kind aprons. While the storytellers' recollections were each prompted by an apron, they're not about fabric. Sharing a depth of emotion and social complexity both intimately personal and universally relatable, the exhibit reminds us that we're all in this together and even lets visitors add their own stories to the experience. See it at History Colorado Center

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

Thru May 31, 2021
London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin has collaborated with iconic brands and artists from Puma and Nike to Max Mara and Kendrick Lamar. This interactive multimedia installation at Denver Art Museum features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.

GREGG DEAL (PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE): MERCILESS INDIAN SAVAGES

Thru July 31, 2021
What does America mean to a person whose ancestors were insulted in its founding document? Gregg Deal of the Pyramid Lake Paiute leads an Indigenous exploration of what democracy means in Indian Country through his unique, dynamic works at History Colorado Center

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

Thru Dec. 31, 2021
Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation. See it at History Colorado Center.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

'CELESTIAL CHAOS' 

WHEN: Feb. 4–28, 2021
WHERE: EXDO Event Center

Experience a four-ring circus performance of otherworldly delight. "Celestial Chaos" combines the talents and expertise of theatrical circus artists with the artistry and creativity of the immersive and visual arts to bring audiences into the clouds and beyond. 

'UNTIL THE FLOOD' 

WHEN: Thru Dec. 29, 2022
WHERE: Online

After the death of Michael Brown, The Ferguson Unrest shook the nation to its core and put a spotlight on police brutality and discrimination. Using extensive interviews she conducted herself, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives that continue to define and divide our country at large.

SPORTING EVENTS

DENVER NUGGETS V. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 

WHEN: Feb. 12, 2021
WHERE: Watch on Altitude Sports or listen to KKSE 92.5FM

Cheer on the Denver Nuggets as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver's Ball Arena

DENVER NUGGETS V. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2021
WHERE: Watch on Altitude Sports or listen to KKSE 92.5FM

Cheer on the Denver Nuggets as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Denver's Ball Arena

For more events and activities, see the Denver 365 event calendar. 

ROMANTIC LOCATIONS IN DENVER

TRADITIONAL TEA AT THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL & SPA

Experience a touch of elegant, Old World charm at the historic Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. The Traditional Afternoon Tea takes place between noon and 4 p.m. in the hotel's gorgeous atrium lobby and includes freshly made scones, pastries, sandwiches and a wide variety of teas.

GREEN RUSSELL

Steal away to a speakeasy in Denver's posh Larimer Square. Hidden behind the "front" of a pie shop, Green Russell offers handcrafted, artisanal cocktails in an intimate, 1920s-inspired space.

PEAKS LOUNGE AT HYATT REGENCY

Located on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency Denver, the Peaks Lounge offers swoon-inducing views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown, along with 40 wines by the glass and a menu of appetizers and desserts.

D BAR DENVER

Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth? The upscale D Bar Denver, owned by Keegan Gerhard, one of the nation's top pastry chefs, is just the ticket, with a menu filled with sinful treats like Cake and Shake (three-layer chocolate cake, manjari frosting, and a vanilla or chocolate milk shake or malt) or a Chocolate & Hazelnut Sitting in a Tree (chocolate soufflé, chocolate sauce, Nutella beignets and praline ice cream). Need we say more?

DIVE LOUNGE AT THE DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM

It's not 20,000 leagues under the sea, but it'll do. An upscale getaway in a truly unique setting, the Dive Lounge is located on the first floor of Denver's Downtown Aquarium, offering the chance to sip cocktails with your sweetheart while surrounded by beautiful marine life.

CRUISE ROOM AT THE OXFORD HOTEL

One of the most hidden and romantic downtown Denver bars, the art deco-style Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel was modeled after one of the lounges on the legendary Queen Mary, with original chrome and neon creating an unparalleled atmosphere. Order a drink from the classic cocktail menu or enjoy a handmade martini. 

TIPS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY IN DENVER

FLOWERS

No Denver Valentine's Day is complete without fresh flowers. Clueless about which bouquet to buy? Don't worry; Denver's expert florists have got you covered. The Highlands neighborhood is home to the flagship location of the trusted Lehrer's Flowers (3191 W. 38th Ave.), with a wide selection and a knowledgeable staff. You can also place your order through Lehrer's website and have flowers delivered. Visit Bouquets in Lower Downtown — they were named one of America's top 10 florists by Bon Appetit Magazine. Downtown's world-famous historic hotel, The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa (321 17th St.) has its own flower shop, featuring exquisite designs and arrangements using flowers from around the world.

GIFTS

Perhaps you don't want to stop at flowers this Valentine's Day? You've got plenty of gift options. Sound of the Rockies Chorus will deliver a Singing Valentine to serenade your love by quartets formed from an award-winning chorus in the Denver area. Explore The Mile High City's vibrant art districts, which are filled with galleries, boutiques and craft stores. For stylish boutiques, head to Larimer Square in Lower Downtown or to the nearby Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall. Still on the hunt for that perfect gift? Cherry Creek North is Denver's premier shopping and dining neighborhood, boasting hundreds of independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas. Add to that the upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center, with an additional 160 brand-name stores, and together they create the largest, most diverse shopping district between Chicago and San Francisco.  

DINNER FOR TWO

Valentine's Day is a perfect excuse for an intimate, candlelit dinner. And in Denver you've got dining options galore. In fact, here's a list of particularly romantic restaurants in Denver. Almost every type of cuisine is available in the city; choose from traditional steak houses, tres chic French bistros, adventurous fusion menus and much, much more. Lower Downtown (LoDo) boasts countless great restaurants, but you might also want to check out the offerings in some of Denver's other neighborhoods, including the buzzing Highlands and the cozy Washington Park district.

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