Sure, you may be wishing you’re in romantic cities like Paris or New York City for Valentine’s Day but Denver has so much to offer for the holiday of love. Check out our tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Denver with your loved ones–from where to eat, buy flowers, and play together in collaboration with Visit Denver. Scroll down to the bottom for our guide to creating your own fondue and Valentine’s Day charcuterie boards as well as family-friendly activity ideas.
Valentine’s Day in Denver 2022
Denver has plenty of Valentine’s Day 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. In February, Dairy Block will Celebrate Lovin’ on the Block with a heart installation for those selfies, flower pop-ups, live music and decadent dinners. 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.
Still looking for ideas? Our popular 75 Best Gifts for the Holidays and Holiday Gift Guide has 50+ ideas that also work fabulously for Valentine’s Day (yes, Colorado-based Enstrom Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, we’re talking about you). Other local favorites include Colorado Crafted’s custom gift boxes and Phunkshun wear, a Colorado-based company that is committed to sustainably developing lightweight balaclavas and protective neck tubes that are all made entirely from recycled bottles that deliver uncompromising performance and protection for adults and kids.
Amazon has some great ideas if you prefer to shop online like a Homesick Scented Candle (with varieties in a number of cities you may long for from across the nation), a silicon pancake mold flipper to make heart-shaped pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns and even omelets, socks customized with something they love (like kids or your pet) and, on my wish list, a charcuterie board to make a beautiful Valentine’s Day spread (see our instructions below).
DINNER FOR TWO
Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse for an intimate, candlelit dinner. 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. Here are a few of our favorite picks.
COOKING WITH CUPID
WHEN: February 9-12
WHERE: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
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: February 11-14
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.
VALENTINE’S WEEKEND SPECIALS AT TABLE MOUNTAIN GRILL & CANTINA
WHEN: February 14, 2-10 p.m.
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.
KACHINA CANTINA VALENTINE’S WEEKEND DINNER SPECIALS
WHEN: February 11-14
WHERE: Kachina Cantina at Dairy Block
Kachina Cantina will be serving up delicious Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Specials from Friday, Feb. 11th – Monday, Feb. 14th, including a Butter Aged Ribeye Steak with mole negro, fire-roasted corn salsa and horseradish whipped potatoes for $31 and a Seared Duck Breast with brussels sprouts, yam hash and a cranberry glaze for $29.
VALENTINE’S DAY AT HUMBOLDT KITCHEN + BAR
WHEN: February 11-14, 5 p.m.-close
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.
VALENTINE’S WEEKEND DINNER AT BRUTØ
WHEN: February 11 and 12
BRUTØ at Dairy Block will be serving a special Valentine’s Weekend Dinner created by Chef Michael Diaz de Leon. Enjoy 7-courses for $125 per person on Friday, Feb. 11th & Saturday, Feb. 12th.
VALENTINE’S WEEKEND AT FOR[A]GED
WHEN: February 11-14
WHERE: For[a]ged at Dairy Block
For[a]ged by Chef Duy Pham will be serving Valentine’s Weekend specials from Friday, Feb. 11th – Monday, Feb. 14th, including a Shrimp & Crab Roulade with tobikio, shisha remolata, preserved lemon and fine herbs and a Tomahawk for Two with confit potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and kosho herb butter. Reservations required.
VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS AT SPRUCE FARM & FISH
WHEN: February 14, 5-10 p.m.
WHERE: Hotel Boulderado
Spruce Farm & Fish at Hotel Boulderado will have delectable specials available on Valentine’s Day, including Monkfish Cacio E Pepe, Surf & Turf, Double Bone Frenched Pork Chop, and Roasted Tomato & Fall Vegetable Risotto, and for dessert, a Toffee Coffee Crème Brulee.
CUPID & COCKTAILS PAIRING DINNER
WHEN: February 12, 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.
WHEN: February 14, 2022
WHERE: The Source in RiNo (3350 Brighton Blvd.) and at the Shops at Foothills in Fort Collins
Here, you can fill the tables with meats smoked on-site plus enough sides to satisfy any cravings. From brisket to pulled pork and jalapeño cheddar sausage to salmon, there are nine smoked meats ready for sharing. Save room for the side dishes because the white cheddar and black pepper mac & cheese, ginger coleslaw, smoked chile and queso fresco creamed corn and picked jalapeño deviled eggs are not to be missed.
Other Denver Valentine’s Day Events
LOVELAND VALENTINE’S DAY GROUP WEDDING
WHEN: February 14, 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.
FAMILY MAKE AND TAKE: GARDEN VALENTINES
WHEN: February 11-13
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.
DILLON ICE CASTLES
WHEN: February 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.
LOVE ON LARIMER
WHEN: February 1-14
WHERE: Larimer Square
Celebrate this series of ongoing February activations designed to celebrate romance, friendship and community in downtown Denver with a scavenger hunt, mural, mega sale, dinners, Girl Scout cookie dessert 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
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Partner Paintings. 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.).
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