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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

COOKING WITH CUPID

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Join the chefs at Cook Street for a hands-on Valentine’s celebration that’s guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes. This deluxe class includes a bottle of bubbly for each couple and sumptuous dishes guaranteed to spoil your palate. 

A VALENTINE'S DAY ROAST

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day, spice it up with dissections, demonstrations and a Valentine’s roast. 

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.

LOVE POTIONS FROM THE VINE TOUR

WHEN: TBA 2021
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.

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.

ICE SKATING AT DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Corner of 16th and Arapahoe
Grab your loved one's hand and take a spin on the ice! Skate rentals are $7-$9, or bring your own pair and skate for free.

ROMANCE UNDER THE SEA

WHEN: TBA 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, a rose and two Aquarium Adventure Passes.

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.

COLORADO BRIDAL SHOW - BROOMFIELD

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Omni Interlocken Resort

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 Chipeta Solar Springs and more.

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

BE MY BABY VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: WOW! Children's Museum

Bring your baby for a date night filled with science, pirates, art, playtime and treats! You'll also get the opportunity to explore the new Micro U exhibit, which is designed just for infants and toddlers. This is a great event for expecting parents, new parents or parents with toddlers, ages 0–3.

BUNK WITH THE BEASTS: VALENTINE'S DAY

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Zoo

Your kids are invited to celebrate Valentine's Day with a sleepover at a Denver Zoo! Participants will visit some of the zoo's most beloved animals while their parents enjoy a night out. They'll make a special valentine for a zoo animal and enjoy a pizza dinner, snack and full breakfast.

ORCHID SHOWCASE

WHEN: TBA 2021
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.

AFTER THE ASTEROID: EARTH’S COMEBACK STORY

WHEN: Jan. 1, 2020–Feb. 11, 2022
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
A new trove of remarkably preserved fossils found by paleontologists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science near Colorado Springs paints a vivid picture of how Earth recovered after the devastating asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. See some of the very best fossils from the site at a brand-new bilingual pop-up exhibit to bring the discovery to life.

WRITTEN ON THE LAND: UTE VOICES, UTE HISTORY 

WHEN: Dec. 8, 2018–Sept. 2, 2021
WHERE: History Colorado Center
The Ute are Colorado's longest continuous residents. In History Colorado Center's Written on the Land, you'll journey to the places they call home and hear their stories, told in their own voices through art, photography and video.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

IMPROPER CITY COMEDY SHOWCASE

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Improper City

Kick off Valentine's Day weekend at Improper City as they host four of Denver’s best comedians in the heart of RiNo.

A SYMPHONIC VALENTINE

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

Conductor Bertie Baigent leads the Colorado Symphony in an evening of music that celebrates love with music from across the pond. A Symphonic Valentine includes pieces like Puccini’s ”O mio Babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s most famous romantic ballets!

SPORTING EVENTS

Check back for the 2021 lineup. 

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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