If you’re looking to do something romantic for Valentine’s Day in Denver that’s more than just dinner and drinks, than look no further. We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting and eclectic activities hosted in Denver, from chocolate tasting to skating and intimate candlelight concerts. Cozy up with whoever it is you want to express your love (platonic or romantic) with these 7 lovely Valentine’s Day activities around the city.
1. Denver Botanic Gardens
Since Denver Botanic Garden is hosting two Valentine’s Day-adjacent events, we figured we’d just feature the venue itself. A romantic spot for any couple or group of friends or even solo, there’s plenty of art and flowers around to remind you of all the beautiful things in life and if Valentine’s isn’t about love, it can at least be about that. Right now, they’ve got a special tulip showcase going on until February 20th, where you can see hundreds of the beautiful flower, including rare ones from the gardens’ collection. Head to the Orangery daily from 9am to 5pm to catch the showcase if you like. Then on February 7th, take a special class that will show you how to make special Valentine’s Day rose cordials and halvas. Cordials are brandy infused tinctures infused with herbs and Halvas are Middle Eastern sweet treats made with spices. The class is $40 and takes place from 4:30 to 6pm.
2. Upstairs Circus
Head over to LoDo for an experience that combines the pleasures of DIY and liquor at Upstairs Circus. Make sure to sign up in advance for a time slot, then can come and participate in a variety of DIY craft activities like making home decor items, jewelry, or leather making. And do so while sipping on their crafted cocktails.
Where: 1500 Wynkoop St #100, Denver, CO 80202
Give the gift of a candlelight concert at some of Denver’s most stunning venues. The event space, Skylight in Denver is hosting a romantic Rome and Juliet-themed Valentine’s Day concert on Monday February 13th and Tuesday February 14th with two time slots: 6:30 and 8:45. The set list will be a variety of romantic music from movies and popular contemporary and classic artists. There are plenty of other classic concerts happening over the next three months so check out this website to score your tickets to an enchanting evening.
4. Temper Chocolates
Temper Chocolates in Denver is an experiential gourmet chocolate shop. For a date idea, we’d suggest visiting and choosing a box of their beautiful and deliciously crafted bonbons together. You can customize a box of 4, 6, 12, and 24 and have fun guessing the flavor of bonbon with each bite. What’s better, they’ve even got specialty chocolate from around the world and chocolate dipped treats like s’mores and pretzels if that’s more your fancy.
Where: 2669 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205
5. ‘Lovin’ on the Block’ in Dairy Block
Denver’s very own Dairy Block is hosing a line up of romantic events over February in an event called ‘Lovin’ on the Block,’ and we’ve got the full scoop of what you can expect. First up, an art piece that’ll be perfect to snap photos with called ‘Lovin’ on the Block HE[ART] Installation’ will be set up by Sky Armstrong of Denver’s RLY RLY Studio. The installation will be life-sized versions of some iconic Valentine’s Day candies like candy necklaces and lollipops. You can find the art installation in the Alley all month long. The Maven Hotel is also offering FREE Puppy Love Dog Caricatures in the hotel lobby from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17th and Deviation Distlling is doing cocktail and truffle pairings. Plus, a lot of restaurants are offering dinner specials. Check out the website for the full line up of events.
6. Downtown Denver Rink
Go ice skating until February 14th when Downtown Denver Rink will, unfortunately, be closed for the season. Skate Rentals for adults are $11 and $9 for kids 12 and under. Bring your own pair and skate for free.
The schedule is as follows: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 12 pm – 5 pm
Wednesday: 12 pm – 6pm
Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Skyline at 1601 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO 80202
7. Love Bites: A Valentine’s Haunted House
If you didn’t think a haunted house could be romantic then 13th Floor, Denver’s favorite haunted house, is geared up to prove you wrong. Love Bites: A Valentine’s Haunted House is their V-Day event that you won’t want to miss if you and your loved ones are eclectic. Tickets are just $20 and the events run from February 17th to 19th. The haunted house will be similar to their Halloween one but with a romantic twist (we’re thinking vampires and probably a lot more) followed by Valentine’s Day gifts, photo opps, and their typical themed bars you can visit once the thrills are over.Check out their website to find out more information and buy tickets.