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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

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE

WHEN: Jan. 25–Feb. 16, 2019
WHERE: Bug Theatre Company

The longest running off-Broadway show in history has been revised for the 21st century! This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as 'the relationship.' The updated version features two new songs, revised lyrics and dialogue throughout the show to reflect dating in modern times.

SCENTED STUDIO VALENTINE'S SCENTED JOURNEY

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2019
WHERE: Scented Studio

Learn about the art and history of perfume making, then blend your very own perfume or cologne to take home! You'll also enjoy champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres while you sniff and mix.

LOVE POTIONS FROM THE VINE TOUR

WHEN: Feb. 13–15, 2019
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Celebrate the season of love with an enticing tour of aphrodisiac plants to tease the senses and spark the imagination. Tour participants will receive a romantic souvenir to take home.

HEARTS FOR ART 2019

WHEN: Feb. 11–15, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Show your love for fine art by placing a paper heart on the floor in front of your "artwork crush" at Denver Art Museum's Heart for Art 2019. Make sure to snap a photo and post it to your favorite social media site, tagged with #denverartmuseum and #heartsforart.

GALENTINES GATHERING: YOGA + MALA MAKING + WINE

WHEN: Feb. 13, 2019
WHERE: 
Wild Women Wine
Valentine's Day may be for lovers, but Galentine's Day — the day before — is all about female friendship! Grab your favorite group of girls and head to Wild Women Wine for a night of yoga, mala making and wine. 

COME FLY AWAY WITH ME, VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2019
WHERE: Denver Clerk and Recorder's Office

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson will be hosting the 12th annual Valentine's Day celebration at her office on Feb. 14, 2019, 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. Drawings will be held for gifts donated from local businesses, elected officials and other city agencies. Marriage ceremonies are free; marriage licenses are $30.

SEX IN THE SEA

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2019
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Explore the love lives of aquatic animals this Valentine’s Day as Dr. Marah Hardt, author of the book Sex in the Sea, shares stories of giant right whales engaging in threesomes, elaborate mating rituals of armored lobsters and full-moon sex parties of groupers! Enjoy ocean-themed appetizers, and see coral, shells, and marine animals from the zoology collections. 

LOVE, KNOT ROCK STYLE! VALENTINES SHOW

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2019
WHERE: The Venue

Want to relive Valentine's Days past? Head to The Venue for and evening with Knot Rock, a yacht rock/soft rock band covering hits from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. 

ROMANCE UNDER THE SEA

WHEN: Feb. 14–16, 2019
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, a rose and two Aquarium Adventure Passes.

COOHILLS' VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION

WHEN: Feb. 14-16, 2019
WHERE: Coohills

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

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND WITH CHRIS DISTEFANO

WHEN: Feb. 14–16, 2019
WHERE: Comedy Works Downtown in Larimer Square

Love is a laughing matter when you're watching stand-up comedian Chris Distefano perform Valentine's weekend at Comedy Works in Larimer Square.

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND WITH NICK GUERRA

WHEN: Feb. 14–17, 2019
WHERE: Comedy Works South at The Landmark

Award-winning comedian Nick Guerra brings his signature comedic style to Comedy Works South at The Landmark this Valentine's weekend.

A CLASSICAL ROMANCE

WHEN: Feb. 14, 16 and 17, 2019
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Conductor Brett Mitchell leads the Colorado Symphony in an evening of music that celebrates love across the ages. A Classical Romance includes pieces inspired by the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Broadway's West Side Story, and even Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo!

VALENTINE’S CALIENTE FLAMENCO!

WHEN: Feb. 15, 2019
WHERE: Cherokee Ranch & Castle, Sedalia, Colo.

Tour a castle, indulge in dinner and dessert and watch as world-renowned Maestro René Heredia and his Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre heat up the night with Gypsy flamenco dancing. 

BABY BASH & FRANKIE J

WHEN: Feb. 15, 2019
WHERE: Paramount Theatre

It may be the day after Valentine's Day, but Friday is the perfect night for Latin Love Jam at the Paramount Theatre, which will feature artists from Latin hip-hop's golden era, including Baby Bash, Frankie J, NB Ridaz, Brown Boy, Lil Rob and Spanish Fly.

CUPID'S PLAYGROUND WITH THE COLORADO SYMPHONY

WHEN: Feb. 15–17, 2019
WHERE: Performing Arts Complex - Pinnacle Charter School

Your Colorado Symphony joins forces with and Wonderbound, a contemporary ballet company in Denver, to take you on a journey through Cupid's playground of love.

COLORADO BRIDAL SHOW - WESTMINSTER

WHEN: Feb. 17, 2019
WHERE: Denver Marriott Westminster

What's more romantic than a wedding? Kick off your wedding planning and get show-only discounts from Denver’s top wedding professionals, from venues and caterers to DJs and photographers. While you're there, register to win a free Bachelorette party, an all-inclusive honeymoon to Mexico, a 12-piece China set and more.

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.).

MORE VALENTINE'S DAY WEEKEND EVENTS

DIOR: FROM PARIS TO THE WORLD 

WHEN: Nov. 19, 2018–Mar. 3, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum will host the U.S. debut of the renowned exhibition, Dior: From Paris to the World. The exhibit features a selection of 150 haute couture dresses, accessories, photos, original sketches and archival material spanning more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy and influence.

ORCHID SHOWCASE

WHEN: Jan. 12–Feb. 16, 2019
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Surround yourselves in blooms and tropical warmth in the Orangery and Marnie's Pavilion at Denver Botanic Gardens. Stroll through the annual Orchid Showcase to see hundreds of exotic blooms that are part of the gardens’ living collection.

THEATER AT DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2019
WHERE: Denver Center for the Performing Arts

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has four evening shows to choose from on Valentine's Day: "Last Night and the Night Before," "Anna Karenina," "The Whistleblower" and "Xanadu."

2CELLOS

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2019
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Make a date with 2Cellos, a Croatian cellist duo who play instrumental arrangements of well-known rock and pop songs, along with classical pieces and film and movie favorites.

COCKTAILS & TASTES TOUR

WHEN: Feb. 14–16, 2019
WHERE: Denver Union Station

Take a boozy walking tour to four of the city's best bars and restaurants and sample five cocktails paired with appetizers at each stop. Yes, you read that correctly — at each stop.

CARMEN LYNCH

WHEN: Feb. 14–17, 2019
WHERE: Denver Improv

Laugh along to NYC-based comedian Carmen Lynch at Denver Improv. Her comedy album "Dance Like You Don't Need the Money" was voted the No. 1 comedy album in 2017 by SiriusXM and was reviewed by The New York Times as "one of five to stream." 

ANDREW JENSDOTTER: FLAK

WHEN: Feb. 14–May 26, 2019
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

In his first solo museum exhibition, Andrew Jensdotter, who completed his MFA at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014, showcases his unique "carved paintings," which are painted in layers over a series of months and then cut to created a variegated field of abstract color. 

LIVE TRIBUTE TO SINATRA

WHEN: Feb. 16, 2019
WHERE: Ciancio's @ Hyland Hills Golf Course

Grab a cocktail and some Italian nibbles and snag a seat near the fireplace to enjoy the near-perfect crooning of Derek Evilsizor as Ol' Blues Eyes himself. Proceeds go to providing life-changing cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in the Philippines.

COLORADO AVALANCHE VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES

WHEN: Feb. 16, 2019
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Love sports? Then what better way to spend Valentine's Day weekend than with an evening of hockey at the Pepsi Center!

COLORADO MAMMOTH VS. GEORGIA SWARM

WHEN: Feb. 16, 2019
WHERE: Pepsi Center

It's a tropical-themed night at Pepsi Center as the Colorado Mammoth take on the Georgia Swarm! Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, board shorts and flip-flops for the ultimate indoor winter beach party.

AZIZ ANSARI

WHEN: Feb. 16–17, 2019
WHERE: Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

You may know him from NBC's "Parks and Recreation" or from his Netflix show, "Master of None." But Aziz Ansari is also a consummate stand-up comedian! Watch the Emmy and Golden Globe winner as he brings his new stand-up show to the Denver Performing Arts Complex this February.

AMAZING DENVER FOOD TOUR

WHEN: Feb. 16–28, 2019
WHERE: Tour begins outside Marco's Coal Fired Pizzeria

Explore some of The Mile High City's best dining and learn about Denver's past and emerging foodie culture. You'll visit a nose-to-tail butcher shop that sources its meat from local ranchers, taste sheep's milk cheese featured on the Bravo show Top Chef and visit two restaurants run by James Beard Award-winning chefs.

BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND

WHEN: Feb. 17, 2019
WHERE: Pepsi Center

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band take on The Mile High City this February at the Pepsi Center

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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