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27 fun events in Denver for Valentine’s Day weekend

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From Mountaineering Weekend with Tommy Caldwell to the Loveland Sweetheart Festival to Valentine’s Day soirees, there are plenty of fun activities for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend. See our event calendar for additional information. 

Winter Fun for All Ages at Mountaineering Weekend! at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park
Feb 14  – 17 
YMCA of the Rockies is located on 860 acres with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, providing the perfect landscape for outdoor enthusiasts and their families (and dogs) to explore mountaineering. Whether it’s your first time out, or your family has camped in national parks many times, this special event has excursions for every level. Special Weekend Activities:
Explore a snow cave, play a game of broomball on ice, try your hand at ice-anchors, climb the indoor climbing wall, and join a winter ecology hike or snowshoe in RMNP.  Tommy Caldwell will be a special guest. The professional rock climber, star of “The Dawn Wall” movie, and author of The Push, will discuss the importance of embracing fear in an inspiring keynote presentation on Saturday night.

Denver Jewish Film Festival at JCC Mizel Arts
Feb 5  – 19
The 24th Annual JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s Denver Jewish Film Festival presented by the Sturm Family Foundation takes place February 5-19, 2020. The festival includes 43 films on a variety of topics showcasing Israeli and Jewish cinema from around the globe. 

Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals at Pepsi Center 
Feb 13, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals live at the Pepsi Center!

13th Annual Valentine’s Day at Wellington Webb Building
Feb 14, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Clerk and Recorder Paul D. López’ will continue the tradition and our 13th annual Valentine’s Day Celebration will happen in 2020. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office issues marriage licenses. On Valentine’s Day, judges and clergy will perform free marriage ceremonies for couples. Food and beverages will be available for couples. Drawings will be held for gifts from local businesses, elected officials and other city agencies. Marriage licenses are $30.

Valentine’s Day Group Wedding & Vow Renewal Ceremony at Downtown Loveland 
Feb 14, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Get Married or Renew Your Vows in the Sweetheart City, Loveland CO! It’s Loveland’s Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding

18th Annual World Sound Healing Day at The Avalon Ballroom 
Feb 14, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Andi & Jonathan Goldman and friends for a FREE Toning Ceremony/Meditation and send a Sonic Valentine to Mother Earth as we tone the “Ah” sound together for planetary peace.

Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love Locks and Lights at Loveland, Colorado 
Feb 14  – 15 
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Loveland Sweetheart Festival February 14-15th in LOVELAND, CO! This year’s event will feature a new Love Lock sculptures in downtown, a Group Wedding, Sweetheart LOVE Art Gallery, For the Love of Chocolate and Beer & Wine tastings, Sweetheart City Race, mapping projection laser and light shows, Pyrotechnics, art Installations/Interactive art displays, Ice Sculptures, live music & performances, Kids block of FUN outdoor activities, Tunnel of LOVE and the Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid contest!

Be My Baby Valentine’s Day Party at WOW! Children’s Museum 
Feb 14, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
We’re hosting a special Valentine’s Day Party for ages 0-3! Bring your baby for a date night filled with science, pirates, art, playtime and treats! Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to explore our new Micro U exhibit designed just for infants and toddlers. This is a great event for expecting parents, new parents or parents with toddlers!

Insider the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concerts at McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues 
Feb 15, 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process.

Youth Valentine’s Day with Rescued Farm Animals at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary 
Feb 15, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
All you need is LOVE! Love for each other, ourselves, the planet and our fellow animal friends. Especially animals who are farmed.  Young people have a beautiful way of opening their hearts, which is why we are inviting people ages 5-12 years old to join us this Valentines Day weekend to show their love to some of the Luvin Arms rescued farmed animals.

SCFD Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum 
Feb 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities DistrictOpens in New Window (SCFD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission once a month on select days throughout the year.

Growing Rich: Madam C.J. Walker a Self-made Millionaire at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library 
Feb 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Historical reenactor Lonnie McCabe will bring the story of Madam C.J. Walker to life as we relive her time in Denver, Colorado during 1905. Born the daughter of formerly enslaved Africans, Walker aka Sarah Breedlove became one of the first American self-made female millionaires through her ingenuity and business savvy.

Colorado Mammoth vs. San Diego Seals at Pepsi Center 
Feb 15, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
No need to stress about your plans for Valentine’s Day this year, come to the Loud House! Bring that special someone to watch the Mammoth play and maybe even win a VIP Date Night Experience! Love will be in the air as well as the smell of fresh popcorn.

Pictures at Exhibition at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Feb 16, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony join forces to present Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Join us for our annual tradition at Boettcher Concert Hall. Denver Young Artists Orchestra musicians reach new heights each year and are sure to tug at your musical heartstrings when performing with the professionals of the Colorado Symphony!

Ballet Ariel’s Fairy Tale Suite & Tea Party at The Schoolhouse Theatre 
Feb 16, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Before their eyes, and the Prince wakes the Sleeping Beauty with a kiss as Ravel’s spectacular finale reaches its peak. The three performances of our one-act ballet, filled with enchantment are the perfect length for young children. To make the day even more special, each of the performances will be followed by a Fairy Tale Tea Party where the children, and their parents, can enjoy delicious refreshments with the dancers still in costume.

Stay up with the Stars for Families at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Feb 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Stay up late with us as all the stargazers in the family explore the incredible Colorado night sky. After dinner at the Museum, watch planetarium shows, see some of your favorite constellations through high-power telescopes (weather permitting), warm up with a hot chocolate bar, and make your own star-studded crafts. All ages welcome; programs designed for K-8 families.

Chinese New Year Celebration at WOW! Children’s Museum 
Feb 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with traditional lion dance performances by the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association of Boulder! After the performance, children are welcome to join the Shaolin Hung Mei members for a dance lesson and to try on the lion costume.

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Feb 17, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Pepsi Center 
Feb 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning live at the Pepsi Center!

ONGOING EVENTS

Hansel and Gretel at the Miners Alley Playhouse

Feb. 1 – 29
Oooey gooey gumdrops! Join us for a modern spin on this deliciously classic tale: two siblings wind up lost in the woods, leading to unexpected adventures, mysterious creatures, and a witch’s candy house. Children of all ages will appreciate this lively story about gratitude, love, art, the power of family…. and, of course, CANDY! minersalley.com

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov. 26, 2019 – Feb 16, 2020
The Downtown Denver Partnership proudly invites you and your family to join us at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park – Downtown’s destination for fun this winter. Winter of 2019 celebrates one decade of the Downtown Denver Rink which offers free ice skating seven days a week from November to February.  Entry is free! Skate rentals are $7 for kids 12 & under and $9 for adults 13 & older. Purchase your season pass at the Rink for $35 for kids 12 and under and $50 for adults. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Goodnight Moon at the DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
October 4, 2019 – February 16, 2020
A musical twist on the beloved bedtime story. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. denvercenter.org

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
September 13, 2019 – April 12, 2020
“Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits” takes guests inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes to explore the psychology, physiology and physicality of some of the most extreme activities in the world. In this high-energy exhibition, guests experience the thrill of extreme sports in exciting, interactive exhibits and immersive environments. Meet passionate athletes, hear their incredible stories and take in the artistry, motivation and thoughtfulness that goes into everything they do. dmns.org
   
Goodnight Moon at the DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
Oct. 4 – Feb. 15, 2020

A musical twist on the beloved bedtime story. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. denvercenter.org

The Science Behind Pixar at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Oct. 11 – April 5, 2020
Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. dmns.org

VR Arcade
Oct. 26 – March 8, 2020
Come on in, jump on board, and have some fun in VR Arcade. The pop-up experience uses virtual reality technology that lets you explore wherever your curiosity leads. VR Arcade features a four-person Virtual Reality Transporter ride, an individual Birdly flight, and six bays for individual VR opportunities.

The Velveteen Rabbit at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Jan. 30 – May 20, 2020
When a rocking horse tells an old-fashioned velveteen rabbit that toys become real when they are truly loved, the stuffed animal jumps at the opportunity to be the favorite playmate of a young boy. But when the boy gets sick, their friendship is tested and both learn a lesson in loyalty and what being “real” truly means. This musical adaptation of Margery Williams’ 1922 classic The Velveteen Rabbit presents an updated version of one of the most celebrated children’s tales of our time. Filled with longing and the companionship that fulfills it, the story presents an appreciation for a childhood that is sincere and filled with fun and magic. This timeless tale shows the transformative power of love, and will touch anyone who has ever had a beloved childhood toy.

 
Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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