If you’ve got little hearts fluttering over your head and you can’t stop thinking about your main squeeze, you’re smitten. Love is in the air, so you might as well celebrate the fact you’ve been hit with Cupid’s arrow. One side effect, though: Being so stricken can make you forgetful. If you still haven’t planned something for the big day, we’ve got you covered. Here’s just a few date night possibilities.
Intro To Beer Tasting
Brite Eyes Brewing Co., 1156 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
Feb. 1, 7-8 p.m.
briteeyesbrewingco.com, (269) 220-5001
Kick off this extra romantic month with an introduction to beer tasting at Brite Eyes Brewing Co. The owner of Tempo Vino Winery, Alex Mantakounis, will guide participants through a variety of different types of beer. Mantakounis is a wine expert, certified beer judge and accomplished home brewer. Raise a glass to your love and learn to experience different flavors, textures and notes. Registration is required.
4th Annual Founders Firkin Freezeout
Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave. SE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free entry
foundersbrewing.com, (616) 776-2182
Cozy up like lovebirds with your valentine at the 4th Annual Founders Firkin Freezeout. The event is outdoor and for all ages. Taking place in Founders’ hospitable Beer Garden, the event features more than 40 expertly-crafted firkins. Along with the plethora of unique beers, there will be special food offerings. Show up, grab a beer and watch some live ice carving for entertainment.
Valentine’s Dinner, W.K. Kellogg Manor House
3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners
Feb. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $56
conference.kbs.msu.edu, (269) 671-2400
When it comes to celebrating a day of love, you can’t go wrong with dinner and some sweet serenading music. The oh-so-romantic W.K. Kellogg Manor House will be holding a four-course dinner with music by local jazz artist Terry Lower and vocalist Edye Evans Hyde. Registration is required.
Cygnus 27, 187 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids
amwaygrand.com, (616) 776-6425
Have dinner with a breathtaking view at Cygnus 27. Set 27 stories up in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the restaurant offers its diners a Latin-inspired menu. Grab one of the signature drinks at Cygnus’ cocktail lounge and watch as the city lights twinkle in the background. On V-Day, the restaurant is offering a special three-course meal for $45 per person. Make a reservation before spots fill up.
DATES WITH A SOUNDTRACK
Pokey LaFarge: The Acoustic Café Folk Series
St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., $30/$35
scmc-online.org, (616) 459-2224
Get dolled up and dapper and treat yourself to a night of music at St. Cecilia Music Center. Pokey LaFarge takes the stage in the Acoustic Café Series at St. Cecilia. Winner of the Independent Music Award for Best Americana Album in 2010 and 2011, LaFarge incorporates elements of early jazz, ragtime, country blues, Western swing and more that’ll keep your foot tapping from start to finish.
Concerts Under the Stars
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
members $10, nonmembers $12
grpm.org, (616) 929-1700
Do you see stars every time you look at your extra special someone? Celebrate Valentine’s day with an out-of-this-world date. Enjoy a romantic evening relaxing under the stars at the Chaffee Planetarium while listening to some funky tunes, experiencing the stellar beauty of the cosmos while listening to music by Janga. Refreshments, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.
Valentine’s Couples Cooking and Wine
Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 14, 6-8:30 p.m., $150/couple, 21+
downtownmarketgr.com, (616) 805-5308
Fine-tune your culinary skills with your honey this Valentine’s Day at the Downtown Market. If you and your sweetie are wine lovers, then raise a glass and sign up to learn how to cook with the romantic beverage. This couples cooking class will focus on the art of cooking with wine. Explore how wine adds new depth and flavor to your cuisine and impress your date with your chef skills. The menu includes classic creamy cheese fondue, white wine tomato mussels, coq au vin with herb rice and double-chocolate profiteroles. Registration is required.
Grand Rapids Ballet presents Black & White: Swan Lake
Peter Martin Wege Theatre, 341 Ellsworth SW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 10–12, performance times vary
grballet.com, (616) 454-4771 ext. 10
Mario Radacovsky’s production transforms one of ballet’s best-loved stories into a stylish, witty, poignant, contemporary tale – creating a provocative and powerful Swan Lake of our times.
Creativity Uncorked: Design Your Own Tattoos
Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 14, 6:45-9 p.m., $40
artmuseumgr.org, (616) 831-1000
Get creative and unleash your inner tattoo artist while sipping on a glass of wine at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Learn about the tribal designs of Michigan tattoo artist Leo Zulueta, followed by creating and printing your own wearable temporary tattoos. Display your temporary works of art on yourself or create a tattoo design to give to your significant other in place of a Valentine’s Day card. You will also learn about modern and traditional tattooing methods and experiment with henna. Registration is required and space is limited.
Spoken Word Poetry Workshop feat. Marcel Price of The Diatribe
UICA, 2 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., members $20, public $25
uica.org, (616) 454-7000
Stretch your poetic muscles and woo your date with beautiful poetry. Join UICA for an evening of spoken word poetry and performances by local spoken word artists that have been inspired by the contemporary works on display. After the performances, make sure to bring your own original poetry to share and participate in a writing workshop led by members of the spoken word collective,The Diatribe. Registration is required.
Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour
Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Dr., Kalamazoo
Feb. 17-18, 6 p.m., $20-$30
monstertruckdestructiontour.com, (269) 345-1125
If you and your hot date aren’t in the mood for lovey-dovey mushiness and fancy dinners, maybe an evening at the Traxxas Monster Truck Destruction Tour is for you. Watch as these off-roaders go head-to-head and tackle a tough obstacle course. Get the chance to ride onboard one of the monster trucks during the Pit Party and intermission. Arrive early and meet the drivers, get autographs and take photos with the drivers and their monsters.
D’arts Donuts, 1444 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
(616) 419-4187, dartsdonuts.com
You “doughnut” have to break the bank to have a memorable Valentine’s Day. Plan a romantic morning, enjoy a warm cup of coffee and grab some sweets with your sweetie at D’arts Donuts. The shop has five generations of families crafting unique homemade doughnuts that you will fall head-over-heels for. You can keep that sugar rush going all day too — if there are plenty of doughnuts left over, drop by in the last hour the store is open for a chance at half-off doughnuts.
Jonny B’z, 701 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
jonnybz.com, (616) 551-1108
While Jonny B’z may have moved across the street and thrown some cocktails on the menu, its burgers, hot dogs and fries are still affordable as ever. It’s easy to fill up for $7 or less, but feel free to go hog wild on a half-pound of smoked brisket if you have the mind to (still only $10). Don’t forget to ask for “fancy sauce” — it’s not on the menu, but this secret concoction will definitely spice up your date night.
See our event calendar for more events and date ideas.