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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Denver 2023: Romantic Dining, Family Fun & Gift Ideas

Valentines Day Denver 2023
Valentine’s Day in Denver 2023 has it all: romantic and delicious restaurants, family fun, Colorado-crafted gifts, indoor and outdoor entertainment with enough choices for everyone.  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 2023


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, 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). 


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.

Romantic Events & Activities

Valentine’s Day Rose Cordials and Halva 

WHEN: Feb. 7, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Come and enjoy some heart-themed herbal brandy cordials and treats. In this class, you’ll create a rose cordial and a rose halva. A cordial is a drink made from a brandy tincture infused with herbs. Halva is a buttery treat made with spices. Get a hands-on experience making these treats and the recipes to take home, along with time to sample and enjoy together in class. You’ll also discuss the herbal significance of rose as it is traditionally used in Ayurveda, an Indian form of Indigenous medicine.

Heartthrob 5k 

WHEN: Feb. 11, 2023
WHERE: Johnny Roberts Memorial Park, Arvada

Grab your running buddy and come on out to Johnny Roberts Memorial Park on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day! Celebrate the ability to get your heart pumping by cruising through this flat and fast 5k run (or walk)

Downtown Denver Rink 

WHEN: Thru Feb. 14, 2023
WHERE: Skyline Park

Enjoy some romance on the rink! The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your loved one for a spin around the Downtown Denver Rink presented by Southwest Airlines.

Loveland’s Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding 

WHEN: Feb. 14, 2023
WHERE: The Budweiser Event Center, Loveland

2023 brings a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get married on the ice at The Budweiser Event Center prior to an Eagles hockey game! Experience a romantic ceremony with music you vote on, a customized ceremony, keepsake photos, a lock couples can use to “Lock their love” on the famous LOVE or HEART sculptures in Loveland, gift bags, signature wedding cupcakes, and a chance to win a huge gift basket. What an original way to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day!

Loveland vow renewal

Love Bites: A Valentine’s Haunted House 

WHEN: Feb. 17–19, 2023
WHERE: 3400 E. 52nd Ave.

13th Floor Denver is getting a Valentine’s makeover! Horrific vampires stalk you in the dark. Terrifying monsters lurk around every corner. Love Bites is the perfect experience to spice up this Valentine’s weekend. Whether you want to ditch the same old dinner and a movie date, observe Singles Awareness Day, or celebrate with your Galentines, 13th Floor Denver is sure to get your heart pumping. All blood types are welcome.

Orchid Showcase 

WHEN: Thru Feb. 20, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

See hundreds of exotic blooms, including rare orchids from the Gardens’ collection. The Showcase is a great idea for a Valentine’s Day activity and is included with admission to the Gardens.

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.


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Partner Paintings ‘Hearts on Fire.’ 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 (6461 E. Hampden Avel, Denver). 

Valentine’s Activities for Kids

Prairie Pup Adventures: Prairie Valentines 

WHEN: Feb. 7, 2023
WHERE: Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

Come create loving Valentine’s Day gifts using natural materials like mud paint and plant flowers! Prairie Pup Adventures offers a hands-on, fun way for preschool-aged children to learn about the animals, plants and people who call the prairie home.

Be Mine! – Clay Valentine Family Class

WHEN: Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Boulder Pottery Lab

The instructor will lead students in a fun Valentine’s Day-themed clay project. Learn new clay skills and decorate together with your family. Pieces can be decorated with textures, designs, and painted with underglaze.

Paint Your Pet for Valentine’s Day

WHEN: Feb. 12, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Painting with a Twist

Email them a picture of your pet, and their artist will pre-sketch the canvas. Please send a high-resolution photo – the better the quality of your photo, the better the sketching will be!

Family Make and Take: Garden Valentines 

WHEN: Feb. 28, 2023
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 ornament. Family Make and Take programs offer a space for children and their grownups to connect with natural materials and create together. These self-guided and self-paced programs are designed to provide a creative environment that sparks imagination.

Brown Palace Afternoon Tea



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.


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.


The resort’s Love You More overnight package features a wide array of pampering including breakfast for two at Vista Montagne, a lovely sparkling wine and dessert amenity, a relaxing 50-minute soothing Couples Massage, as well as resort fee and self-parking.  The Love You More room package starts at $679 per night.


Enjoy a luxurious Valentine’s weekend stay like no other at one of Denver’s most romantic hotels. The package includes a floral arrangement from Picletown Flower Co., champagne, dinner at Ultreia or Stoic & Genuine, shopping at A Line Boutique with a personal stylist and more.  They are also offering a Galentine’s Day with wine, blowouts and quality time together. 


Originally opened in 1891, The Oxford Hotel features 80 luxurious guest rooms, along with the Urban Farmer steakhouse and the Cruise Room, Denver’s quintessential Art Deco martini bar. Their Romantic Escape includes overnight accommodations, credits for The Cruise Room and Urban Farmer, an in-room floral arrangement and more. 


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.


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 milkshake or malt) or a Chocolate & Hazelnut Sitting in a Tree (chocolate soufflé, chocolate sauce, Nutella beignets and praline ice cream). Need we say more?


For an early Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day at home, Blanco Cocina + Cantina at 9th + Colorado is offering 20% off all catering orders on Sunday, February 12th. Those looking to cozy up can enjoy Blanco’s party package options which include: Nacho Bar, Taco Fiesta, What the Fajita, The Whole Enchilada, Burrito Box, DIY Burrito Bowl, along with a plethora of appetizer and side options. Margarita Mixes are also available through catering. Pre-orders are available now and will end on February 10th.   


Tucked away off the tracks of Denver’s Union Station, Citizen Rail makes for a cozy Valentine’s Day dinner spot. Beginning February 10th and running through Valentine’s Day, Chef Christan Graves and his team are offering a la cart specials for the holiday including Petite Filet + Lobster with asparagus, pomp puree and bourbon sauce, and Potato Cake + Alder Smoked Sturgeon with bacon, caviar, apple and crème fraîche. 


On February 4th from 12:00-3:00 pm at Hale Park, get a professional photo of you and your “fur-ever love” in front of a Valentine’s-inspired backdrop, benefiting A Friend of Jack Rescue.  Bring your dog, your cat, your kids, your spouse, your friends – anything goes! Enjoy free hot chocolate and coffee provided by Frank & Roze and homemade doggie treats from Bone Apétreat!, Denver’s first dog treat food truck. 

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Best raclette grillRaclette Table Grill Fun

I received this Swissmar Raclette Table Grill for my birthday last year and it is such a fun way to connect with my family! We’re planning to add it to our Valentine’s Day festivities and our Swiss exchange student has loved sharing her culture with us. Basically, this grill involves an electric table-top grill with small pans (coupelles) where you melt slices of raclette cheese (or the cheese of your choice). The grill on top is a hot plate where you can cook meats and veggies. Two other great options include the CUSIMAX Raclette Grill or the AONI Electric Raclette Grill.

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