Can you feel it? Can you see it? Love is in the air!
Or maybe that’s just snow — hard to tell.
Either way, Valentine’s Day is here. If you have someone to smooch, check out our list of V-Day date ideas. If you’re flying solo, consider taking a day to fully celebrate your independence, or maybe organize a Palentine’s or Galentine’s! Romance is hardly the only kind of love in the world.
The weekend doesn’t end with Valentine’s Day though — not even close
Here’s what’s on our radar for the weekend:
The Jammies XXI
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Feb. 14, 5:30 p.m., free or $10 donation at the door
The Jammies are back once again to celebrate the best in local music and raise money for Feeding America West Michigan. More than 20 bands will take over three stages at The Intersection, putting on a whole night of shows. Then, WYCE will present awards to the Best Album of 2019, Song of the Year, Listeners Choice Awards and much more, with an afterparty put on by Grand Rapids Soul Club. It’s a party that happens to work for a great cause.
All Love Ball
Bell’s Eccentric Café
355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo
Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., $10
Celebrate a day of every kind of love with friendship, romance and music. The Go Rounds and Earth Radio are coming together to create an evening of endearment in Bell’s Back Room. The Go Rounds will give you psychedelic, twangy, poppy Americana, while Earth Radio serves up boundary-pushing, modern neo-soul. That’s amore! Plus, Bell's is releasing Black Hearted, a new Black IPA.
Winter in Eastern Europe
GROW Café + Bistro
302 Culver St., Saugatuck
Feb. 14 – 16, $75
In Saugatuck, GROW understands Michigan’s love/hate relationship with winter. We’re hardly the only ones who have to deal with the treacherous season, however: In Eastern Europe, they manage to make it through winter with vodka, cured meats, pickled vegetables, pierogi, soup and more. GROW will be highlighting — and elevating — those Russian and Polish staples with a five-course tasting menu featuring five wines and five house-infused vodkas.
5th Annual Wassail
2170 62nd St., Fennville
Feb. 15, 12-8 p.m.
Wassail is a traditional beverage of hot mulled cider that’s drunk during a special ceremony to ensure a bounteous apple harvest. Expect sleigh rides, food, mask-making, ice sculptures, live music, a huge bonfire and, of course, tons of cider. The most important part, however, is marching into the apple orchard and hanging pieces of toast soaked in cider on the tree branches. If you’ve ever wanted to put on a mask and perform a sacred ceremony, this is the place to be.
Taste of Soul
Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 16, 1-4:30 p.m., free
It’s Black History Month, the perfect time to celebrate African American history and culture, which the library does every year with Taste of Soul. Listen to live music from The Gospel Believers, Serita’s Black Rose, Lady Ace Boogie and more. Learn about culture with presentations and theater. Create your own tote bag or crafts for kids. Eat free food from Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Boston Soul Café and more.
Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids
Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
Indie favorite Whitney returns to Grand Rapids with CHAI on February 16 to promote their sophomore album, Forever Turned Around. The Chicago-based band is known for their casual, glowing soft rock hits, which you’ve likely heard while browsing through Madewell or drinking beer at a friend’s backyard barbecue over the summer. Must-listen-to tracks include “Valleys (My Love)” from their latest album and “Golden Days” from their debut.