Valentine’s Weekend Things to Do!

February 14, 2019

This weekend in Denver and Aurora, it will be easy to fly away on the wings of love! With fresh and fun ideas for Valentine’s Day, you can treat your sweetheart to a romantic dinner the two of you prepare together, dine under the sea, or craft some Cupid’s arrows together. There are also romantic comedy and music events to choose from, and theatre-lovers will be enthralled by the Colorado New Play Summit Launch Weekend!

TODAY/TONIGHT, February 14

What are you waiting for? This is the ultimate romantic date—getting married! The Denver Clerk and Recorder has invited judges and clergy to her office on Valentine’s Day to perform FREE marriage ceremonies!

You only have to pay for the license. Additionally, festive foods and beverages will be provided, with drawings for wedding gifts from the local community!

Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax, Dept. 101, Denver
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 for marriage license
Phone: 720-865-48722

In case you didn’t know—Kumamon is the official mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, straight from Japan! This lovable creature will be visiting Misaki Sushi for only one afternoon, so stop by to meet him and find out why he’s become one of Japan’s most beloved characters!

The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Cost: FREE

If Cupid’s arrow has struck you, why not pass along the good vibes? Bring the object of your affection to the fourth annual Valentine’s workshop at The Craftsman & Apprentice to create a love-inspired souvenir. 

You’ll learn how to make decorative arrows using real arrowheads, sticks, feathers and paint which you can take home as symbols of your undying love! You’ll also warm your hearts with a whiskey drink and a full social evening including light snacks. You must be 21+ to participate.

The Craftsman & Apprentice, 1335 E. 22nd Ave., Denver
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $80 per couple

Thursday-Saturday, February 14-16

For a unique Valentine’s Day dinner, why not dine UNDER the sea? Denver Aquarium will be offering a 4-course meal with champagne and a rose in their Aquarium Restaurant or Ballroom, with a colorful view of underwater creatures! Packages also include two adventure passes for a fun evening out! Seating times vary and reservations are required.

Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver
Starting at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $130 per couple
Phone: 303-561-4450

You could go out to dinner…or you create your own! For Valentine’s Weekend, Create Cooking School has designated a different romantic destination for each night, so you and your date can prepare an Italian feast, Spanish tapas, or Japanese sushi! Choose the destination that appeals most to your taste buds, and have a culinary experience like no other!

Enjoy some bubbly and chef-provided appetizers as you and your sweetie work together to make a sumptuous 3-course meal. Thursday night is From Rome, With Love, featuring a menu of Fettuccini Carbonara with Pancetta, Egg & Parmigianno Reggiano, Veal Saltimbocca with Proscuitto, and Crostata di Frutti Italian fruit pastry; Friday night is Tapas Y Vino, where you’ll make classic Spanish small plates paired with regional Spanish wines; and Saturday night is Arigato!, a beginner’s guide to sushi rolling.

Create Cooking School, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Tickets: $99 per person 
Phone: 720-573-9949

The ultimate bittersweet romantic experience! Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical, A Little Night Music, is closing this weekend! Cherry Creek Theatre presents a breathtaking revival of the sentimental favorite about star-crossed lovers at a romantic rendezvous in the countryside. The beautiful ballad, Send in the Clowns, will linger in your mind long after the final curtain closes.

Pluss Theatre, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 South Dahlia St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $33-$38
Phone: 303-800-6578

Whether you are married, dating, or single, love is always a funny topic when a comedian is talking about it! Bring your significant other or a group of single friends to the Valentine’s Show with national touring headliner Chris Distefano. You may know him from his stand-up on Late Night with Seth Meyers or Late Show with David Letterman. Distefano has also performed a half-hour set on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour.

Valentine Packages range from the ultimate Lover’s Delight ( 2 tickets, a dozen roses, and a heart-shaped box of chocolates), to My Funny Valentine (2 tickets and a dozen roses), to Sweet on You (2 tickets and a heart-shaped box of chocolates), and the ever-popular Swinging Single, an individual ticket to the show!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$119
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, February 14-17

If your idea of a romantic date is getting out in the garden and planning your perennials, then grab your sweetheart and come on out to the Colorado Garden and Home show, with 2-for-1 admission on Valentine’s Day!

The two of you can stroll through the fragrant blossoms planted in an acre of professionally landscaped gardens and discuss your landscaping needs with Denver area gardening gurus. Spring really is in the air at the Colorado Garden and Home Show!

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Thurs., 12:00-7:00 p.m.; Fri., 12:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$12
Phone: 303-932-8100

For classical music lovers, there could not be a better date night than listening to the romantic sounds of the Colorado Symphony. Treat your sweetheart to a concert that offers a uniquely American look at the themes of love across multiple decades. 

Two variations on Romeo and Juliet are included in the program—Diamond’s musical interpretation of Shakespeare’s most famous romantic work, and Bernstein’s 20th-century re-make in the form of West Side Story. Hermann’s Scene d’Amour from Hitchcock’s classic film, Vertigo, is a passionate score full of romantic longing. The program also includes Lieberson’s Neruda Songs, with guest vocalist, Kelley O’Connor, singing the exquisite poetry of Pablo Neruda.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Sunday, February 15-17

For the darker side of romance, you can’t beat Betrayal, Harold Pinter’s classic love triangle that takes a long hard look at the nature of romantic relationships, marriage, and loyalty. The story begins in 1977 with the ending of Emma and Robert’s marriage, and then moves back in time to 1968 when Emma first began her love affair with Jerry. As the years spin backwards, a complex web of secrets about the trio emerges and makes them all question the nature of intimacy as it relates to them.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, February 16

This is the real deal! Teens in grades 8-12 can enroll in a five-week workshop to learn the basics of pilot training, culminating in a FLIGHT in a single-engine aircraft with a certified Colorado pilot! Encourage their passion for flying by giving them this terrific opportunity to understand what a pilot does and to inspire a love of flight. Classes meet on Saturday mornings, beginning February 16.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 
Phone: 303-360-5360

Saturday-Sunday, February 16-17

The most exciting part of watching a play may happen before the curtain even opens. With the Colorado New Play Summit, you become a part of the process of developing tomorrow’s exciting new works! The Summit brings playwrights together with audiences for a chance to hear new plays come to life. After a week of workshopping their fresh scripts with professional actors and directors, playwrights use Launch Weekend to get the initial feedback that only a live audience can provide.

This weekend, sit in on a reading of one of four amazing new works! Wally World is a sharp social commentary about a mega-superstore that needs its employees to remain loyal, even when it has never stood up for them; twenty50 is a political satire set in the near future at a time when being a Hispanic politician could be an advantage—or not; In The Upper Room takes place in the 1970s multi-generational residence of the Berrys, a black family whose lives revolve around the domineering matriarch; and You Lost Me combines historical fiction with compelling commentary about the responsibility of survivors to preserve and pass on stories to future generations. 

Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex/DCPA, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Sat./Sun., 12:00 and 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7-$36.80
Phone: 303-446-4841

Southshore is the place to be!

The family-friendly community of Southshore offers recreational and cultural events in nearby Aurora and Denver, while providing a nature-inspired lifestyle!  If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and take a look at the beautiful model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes, and Toll Brothers! This amenity-rich community offers ranch and two-story options, priced from the $400s and the $700s.