The most romantic holiday is upon us and love is in the air.
View our Valentine's Day guide that features unique date ideas, special dinners,
live music, carriage rides and more.
Unique Date Ideas
Concerts & Live Music
Lovers - The cooking class presented by Sue Chef is not only an entertaining
evening out, but is also a full-course dinner ending with champagne and chocolate-covered
strawberries. Chef Jorge San Chez will demonstrate how to prepare pork mojo,
plantains, coconut flan and more. $150 per couple.
Lessons - Instructors Carmen Maret and Andrew Bergeron give an intro dance
class, "Close Embrace Argentine Tango" at Mezze from 7p.m. to 8p.m.
Then from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. live Tango music accompanies two hours of open dance.
Day at Frederik Meijer Gardens - Celebrate Valentine's Day at Meijer Gardens
with a special dinner menu at the Taste of the Gardens Cafe followed by stroll
through the indoor gardens.
Skating at Rosa Parks Circle - Open skate at the downtown rink from 6 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Cost is $1 and warming shelter, restrooms and skates will be available.
Day Tasting Menu - For $50, five course meal at Bar Divani includes oysters,
salad, chicken, lobster and chocolate cake. The meal can be paired with wines
for $75. Seating available both Saturday, Feb 11 and Tuesday, Feb 14.
Day Dinner at McFadden's - $50 dinner for two includes bottle of wine, choice
of two entrees including New York Strip Steak, Whitefish and Pasta, plus two
desserts. Reservations recommended.
Day Brunch - On Sunday, Feb 5, Opera Grand Rapids will hold its annual brunch
fundraiser, this year featuring the cast of West Side Story. The afternoon event
will include complimentary drinks and buffet and selected performances by the
cast. Tickets are $40; reservations required.
Grand Hotel - The Amway is offering two levels of Valentine's Packagages,
the first includes a one night stay, valet parking and breakfast at Bentham's,
while the second level adds dinner at Cygnus and sparkling wine. Available Feb
11, 17 & 18. Prices range from $185 to $275.
Day Swirl at Skelletones - Featuring Chasing Victory, Skies Revolt and Vigilantes.
Show starts at 6 p.m., $7.
Lunch - MelodyJoy Smith gives a classical vocal and piano performance in
the Dexter Ballroom at St. Cecilia's from noon to 1 p.m. The concert is free
and open to the public.
Kat' Taylor "Chocolate and Romance" - This Valentine’s Day, the intimate setting of the Park Theatre in Holland is the perfect place to be. The feeling of love will definitely be in the air as Kat’ Taylor gives a performance that speaks about Chocolate and Romance. Her sensuous voice will entertain the audience as she shares perfectly selected cabaret songs.
Stinks - Anti-Valentine's Day Party - On Feb 11, head to Jukes for a concert
that thumbs its nose at the holiday with local bands Potatoe Babies, Theives
Can't, The Sleeves, The Bitters and more. No cover.
Fun! - Visit the Yankee Clipper Branch of the library Feb 11 and make valentines
for friends and family. The library will also have stories, songs and games
for everyone and the free program is geared toward kids ages 4-11.
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HAFLA: St. Valentine’s Fundraising-Dance Party - This Valentine’s enjoy yourself in this multi-cultural event, with delicious Eastern treats, Henna Art, lots of music from the Middle East, India, Africa and Latin America. Experience Performances by The Armenta Studio advanced students and the hot show in town, The At-Neemrah Dancers. February 18, cost: $10.
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What's new at the Grand Rapids Boat Show, coming to downtown Grand Rapids, February 15-19? In one word: "everything."
Only new 2006 boats are allowed into Michigan's oldest boat show, now in its 61st year. More than 40 dealers have reserved exhibit space in the 250,000 square-foot DeVos Place-including the Ballroom, which was added last year for the first time.
New dealers include American Anchor in Newaygo, Dry Harbor Motorsports in Traverse City and Charlevoix, Lake Effect Powersports in Benton Harbor, Power Cat Marine Group on Lake St. Clair, and Cal-Marine in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.
The Golf Show takes swing this weekend at DeVos Place while the DeltPlex hosts the West Michigan Family and Kids Expo. Plus, the Griffins and Rampage play at Van Andel Arena all weekend, One Trick Pony celebrates Mardi Gras and a chili cook-off raises money for a good cause.
West Michigan Golf Show - Find everything about golf under one roof including hundreds of exhibits ranging from courses and resorts to clubs and merchandise. Plus there will be great contests, celebrities, free lessons and more. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $4 for children 6-14.
West Side Story - Opera Grand Rapids performs Leonard Bernstein's landmark musical reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet at DeVos Performance Hall. Single tickets start at $20.
Grand Rapids Griffins - The Griffins attempt to keep their status as the best team in the Western Division as they take on both the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Peoria Rivermen this weekend.
Planetary Blues Band - Swing by Billy's in Eastown to hear some great Blues starting at 9:30 p.m. $5 cover.
West Michigan Family and Kids Expo - A fun, educational and interactive event for the entire family. Parents can learn about family education, childcare, entertainment, dentistry and much more. $6 for adults, free for kids under 13.
8th Annual Chili Cook-off - The annual cook-off held at Lincoln Lake Country Club benefits the American Cancer Society. The event features all the chili you can eat, silent auctions, live music, raffles and more. Admission is $10 at the door.
Mardi Gras Party - One Trick Pony hosts this tribute to Mardi Gras that features Gumbo, Jambalya, live music by the Creolization Band and some surprises. No cover charge.
Anti-Valentine's Day Party - Thumb your nose at Cupid with the annual party at Jukes that will have performances by The Potatoe Babies, The Sleeves, Theives Can't and more. No cover.
The Secret Garden - The Secret Garden is a musical adaptation of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This Tony Award winner is a tale of secrecy, loss, and healing, infused with beautiful melodies. Bring the family for an evening of wonderful storytelling and music. $6-$12.
Grand Rapids Rampage - The Rampage try to pick up the first win of the season at their home opener against the Los Angeles Avengers at Van Andel Arena. Tickets start at $17.
It’s a sure sign that spring is just around the corner…the 18th Annual West Michigan Golf Show, February 10-12 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. You’ll find everything about golf under one roof to beat the winter blahs, including hundreds of exhibits from courses and resorts to clubs and merchandise. Also, manufacturer reps on-hand, free golf lessons, clinics and the Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos Par-3 Challenge where one lucky golfer might win $25,000 in casino chips.
The Auto Show at DeVos Place and the 2006 Home Expo at the DeltaPlex highlight this weekend's events, along with community fundraisers at both the Intersection and Noto's. Plus, can't miss performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Rebecca St. James and Broken Sunday. And don't forget the Super Bowl.
2006 Michigan Int'l Auto Show - The most widely attended indoor annual event opens February 2 at DeVos Place. This year's auto show is larger than ever with 35 auto makers displaying nearly 300 new vehicles in addition to pre-production models and concept cars. And don't forget the "Million Dollar Motorway" or the Gilmore Car Museum's vintage classics. Admission is $9 for adults and $4 for kids under 14.
Jerry Seinfeld - One of America's premier comedians gives two stand-up performances at DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets start at $47.
The Secret Garden - Part of the Mainstage Series at GVSU - Allendale, the Tony Award winning play is the musical adaptation of the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. General admission is $12; students are $6.
Broken Sunday - Local alternative rockers play at The Black Rose all night long. Doors open at 9pm, $3 cover, 21+ welcome.
Agave College Night - Party at Margarita Grill for cheap: ten cent tacos and drink specials from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. plus the live DJ and dance floor. 18 and up all night.
Aquinas vs. Cornerstone - The first-place Saints (16-9) travel cross-town to Cornerstone (16-9) to try to extend their one game lead over the Eagles.
9th Annual Bid for Bachelors and Bachelorettes - Noto's hosts the annual date-auction fundraiser for Friends and Families of Cystic Fibrosis. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Syracuse Crunch - The Griffins look to increase their first place division lead with a win over the Crunch. The first 1,500 kids under 13 will receive a free replica Griffins jersey.
Rebecca St. James - The Australian-born pop/rock contemporary Christian singer will perform at Sunshine Community Church. Opening act: Barlow Girl. Tickets are $16 in advance.
Grand Raggidy Roller Girls + The Mega 80s - The Intersection hosts The "Breakin' Bones and Melting Hearts" Fundraiser Party and presentation of The GRRG teams. The night will also feature a performance by The Mega 80s for the ultimate 80s retro party.
2006 Home Expo - Design ideas, new products on the market, tips you need to shape up your home are available at the Home Expo being held at the DeltaPlex February 2-5. Plus education seminars, free workshops and more. Admission $6.
Meetup to watch the Super Bowl - Get together at Vitale's to meet new friends and hang out with old ones at the 2nd annual Super Bowl event. Meetup GR is a great way to meet new people in the area without the pressure of a singles group or the bar scene.
It’s the most widely attended annual event in Grand Rapids – and this year, it’s bigger and better than ever before. The 8th Annual Michigan International Auto Show runs February 2-5 at DeVos Place, where more than 35 car manufacturers from around the world bring their finest traveling displays with as many as 300 new vehicles.
A selection of concept cars and pre-production models will also be on display. Attendees can enjoy what has become a Grand Rapids tradition: the “Million Dollar Motorway,” a special display of vehicles with a retail price of $100,000-plus including three Aston Martin cars and a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Special features include an AAA Race Car & Simulator, two cars from the Audi racing team, the return of the Micro Realty Race Cars, three new production 1930s-era Deuce Coupes hot rods and of course – Cogs the Robot.
The most romantic holiday is upon us and love is in the air.
View our Valentine's Day guide that features ideas for dates, restaurant specials and dinners, live music, carriage ride information and more:
- Unique Date Ideas
- Valentine's Dinners
- Hotel Packages
- Concerts & Live Music
- Family Events
- Carriage Rides
GRNow Valentine's Guide
Art and museum exhibitions galore open this weekend at the Van Andel, GRAM and Meijer Gardens. Plus Arenacross takes over VA Arena and plenty of local and national bands hit the stage.
Andy Goldsworthy - The exhibition features two seminal works by the well-known British artist, one indoor and one outdoor. The gallery will hold Herd of Arches, eleven small scale stone arches, while the large outside Grand Rapids Arch will become a permanent fixture of the sculpture park.
Arenacross 2006 - The ultimate in all-terrain entertainment, with pro and amateur racers competing all weekend. Tickets are $16 and up in advance.
Winterfest 2006 - Grand Haven hosts the annual event that celebrates everything winter including ice sculpting, art, sled racing, dog pulls and more.
The Sleeves - The Sleeves play at Ten Bells with Filmore Slim, SomeSin and more. $5, 17+ welcome.
Treasures of Ancient Egypt - See the largest collection of ancient objects to ever leave Egypt for North America at the Van Andel Museum. The exhibit includes spectacularly preserved ancient pieces dating as far back at the 15th century B.C.
Huntin' Time Show - The hunting show for serious, hard-core hunters will be at the DeltaPlex all weekend. Tickets are $8 for adults.
West Michigan Home Technology Fair - See the latest in home technology and wireless communications from vendors like Classic Stereo, Verizon, Alltel and more. Free and open to the public.
Jimmie Stagger - Hear the big, rich voice and compelling story telling of the musician at Billy's. $5 cover.
Fashion in Film - 35 original and historical costumes from famous films like Titanic, Ever After and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will be on display at the Grand Rapids Art Museum through March.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier - The C.A.R.E. Ballet performs Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairy tale at St. Cecilia's Music Society. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.
Story of the Year - The St. Louis rockers make a tour stop at The Intersection with First to Last, Every Time I Die and Adair. $17.50.