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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

FAMILY MAKE AND TAKE: GARDEN VALENTINES

WHEN: TBA 2022
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.

COOKING WITH CUPID

WHEN: TBA 2022
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

ROMANCE UNDER THE SEA

WHEN: TBA 2022
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.

DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN AT LA SANDIA CANTINA - NORTHFIELD

WHEN: FTBA 2022
WHERE: La Sandia Cantina - Northfield

Celebrate Valentine's Day with La Sandia! This year, the restaurant will be featuring three-course dine-in and take-out specials.

DÍA DE SAN VALENTÍN AT TAMAYO

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Tamayo

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Tamayo! This year, the restaurant will be featuring three-course dine-in and take-out specials. ¡Qué romántico!

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND SPECIALS AT TABLE MOUNTAIN GRILL & CANTINA

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, Golden

Bring your hot tamale to Table Mountain Grill & Cantina for a weekend full of tamales that will fill your heart and stomach! Dine in with reservations or pre-order your takeout feast by February 11th for pick-up on February 12 to 14. 

VALENTINE'S DAY AT HUMBOLDT KITCHEN + BAR

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

Celebrate an evening of romance with a chef-prepared three-course Valentine's menu. The full food and drink menu will also be available. 

THREE-COURSE VALENTINE’S DINNER AT SU TACO DENVER

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Su Taco Denver

Celebrate love (or just your love of tacos) with Su Taco's three-course Valentine's Menu, which includes chocolate strawberries, a margarita or champagne for each person, two salads, two entrées and a dessert to share for just $80! 

THREE-COURSE VALENTINE’S DINNER AT SPRUCE FARM & FISH

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Hotel Boulderado

Dine in or take home a decadent Valentine’s Day dinner from the Hotel Boulderado's Spruce Farm & Fish.

SURPRISE FOR YOUR SWEETIE

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Virtual/Online

Join chefate for a virtual Valentine's Day cake-stuffing party! We’ll be creating pinata cakes that hide a delightful surprise in the middle. The best part is that no matter how fancy or messy your finished cake looks, it's guaranteed to be delicious and reveal your love.

CUPID & COCKTAILS PAIRING DINNER

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse

Enjoy a special evening that's Cupid approved. Ironton's special paired and plated, three-course dinner returns! Your ticket includes live music, four full-sized cocktails, and three paired plates. Add an optional bouquet of fresh roses from local florist Daisy's Front Porch and they'll be on the table when you arrive.

LOVELAND VALENTINE’S DAY GROUP WEDDING

WHEN: TBA 2022
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: TBA 2022
WHERE: Virtual/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. 

A VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER | LOVE, SUSHI, AND OTHER DRUGS

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Colorado Sake Co.

Indulge in beautifully crafted sushi sake pairings prepared in collaboration with Denver Sushi House. Some of the featured courses will include a sushi duet of steak and lobster and a dim sum tasting.

VALENTINE'S DAY COOKING AND WINE PAIRING

WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: InVINtions, A Creative Winery, Englewood

This virtual Valentine's Day package includes a live streaming cooking class and four bottles of wine! Make soup, French steak, classic French gratin and chocolate mousse for dessert, all while enjoying great company and expertly paired wine. Chef Lucas will be instructing live from Italy for a Valentine's dinner you'll talk about for decades to come.

DILLON ICE CASTLES  

WHEN: TBA 2022
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. 

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.

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 at Sipping n' Painting Hampden (6300 E. Hampden Ave.).

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

'UNTIL THE FLOOD'

WHEN: Thru Apr. 22, 2023
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.

MUSEUM & ART EXHIBITIONS

DREAMS IN BLOOM: PHOTOS BY FARES MICUE

WHEN: Thru May 16, 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Photographer Fares Micue creates dreamlike self-portraits that integrate natural and surprising objects in vibrant hues. Set against a dark, mysterious ground, her images document the hope and positivity of the human spirit. Micue's first solo exhibition, Dreams in Bloom celebrates the individual beauty of the human form and the universal creative optimism within.

APRON CHRONICLES 

WHEN: Thru May 31, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

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. 

SHANTELL MARTIN: WORDS AND LINES

WHEN: Thru May 31, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

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 features Martin’s signature black and white drawings that explore intersectionality, identity and play.

ENDURING IMPRESSIONS: DEGAS, MONET, PISSARRO, AND THEIR PRINTMAKER GEORGE WILLIAM THORNLEY

WHEN: Thru July 18, 2021
WHERE: Longmont Museum

Impressionism is one of the most well-known movements in the history of art. This unique exhibit features original paintings, charcoal illustrations and prints by iconic impressionists like Claude Monet, Edgar Dega, and Camille Pissarro. All three painters produced copious amounts of stunning lithographs in collaboration with printmaker George William Thornley. This exhibition is among the first to examine these remarkable relationships and to showcase the works that emerged from this influential moment in time.

GREGG DEAL: PYRAMID LAKE PAIUTE

WHEN: Thru July 31, 2021
WHERE: 
History Colorado Center
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. 

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

WHEN: Thru Dec. 31, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center

Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation.

SCULPTURE ON THE GREEN II: FEATURING ROBERT MANGOLD  

WHEN: Thru May 2022
WHERE
Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
MOA presents Sculpture on the Green II, the second installation of an ongoing, annual, rotating exhibition. This year features Colorado sculptor Robert Mangold. The sculptures are made from industrial steel piping. Some are painted a brilliant red, while others are simply polished, allowing for the beauty in the raw material to be revealed.

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.

SPORTING EVENTS

Check back for the 2022 schedule. 

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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