Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love. Whether you’re celebrating a romantic Valentine’s Day with a significant other, Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends, or reveling in your singleness, there are plenty of events throughout Colorado Springs to mark the holiday and spend quality time with the people who are important to you. Here are our picks.
Celebrate Galentine’s Day
While most people celebrate Valentine’s Day, the lesser known celebration Galentine’s Day is Feb. 13. The increasingly popular day is a time for women to celebrate their friends.
Galentine’s Day with Single in the Springs
Feb. 12 at Fab’rik
Celebrate your best friends with a pre-Galentine’s Day event at Fab’rik. There will be giveaways every 10 minutes, clothing discounts, free snacks, beer and wine, and the first 30 attendees will get goodie bags filled with coupons for discounts and freebies around town. Plus, free face massages and a love fortune reader. The event is free, but reserve your spot with a ticket.
Galentine’s Day at Almagre
Feb. 13 at Almagre
Head to The Bar at Almagre for a special sweets and drinks pairing for just $15. There will be a New York Sour along with a chocolate trio from BonBon Bombardier, including a dark chocolate strawberry bark, rosemary olive oil meltaway and a chocolate marshmallow. If you want more, head back with your S.O. on Valentine’s Day for a similar pairing for two.
RXP’s Galentine’s Day at Metric Brewing
Feb. 13 at Metric Brewing
Join RXP for a celebration of Galentine’s Day and friendship. Enjoy live music by Roma Ransom, as well as a night of beer and prize drawings.
Galentine’s Day Climb
Feb. 13 at CityRock
Head to CityRock for a women’s-only climb night with your gals, organized by UpaDowna. This event is intended for those who are familiar with climbing. Equipment and passes are available for rent and purchase.
Do a Fancy Dinner
If you’re not sure how to celebrate your love, you can never go wrong with a romantic dinner. There’s no shortage of special menus and meals. Here are just a few that piqued our interest. You will need reservations.
Be My Valentine Dinner
Feb. 14 at Phantom Canyon
Splurge for an evening of live music, drinks, dancing and a four-course dinner for $100. The menu includes lamb lollipops and red velvet cake with mascarpone frosting. Vegan option are available.
Valentine’s Day at Jax
Feb. 14 at Jax Fish House
Join Jax Fish House for a decadent four-course seafood meal with multiple options for each course, such as lobster risotto, New England sea scallops and steak oscar. An emersum oyster stars in the amuse bouche. Oysters are supposed to be a natural aphrodisiac—just saying. Be sure to add wine pairings for $35.
6 Course Valentine’s Day Dinner
Feb. 14-15 at Tapateria
Make it a dinner for lingering at Tapateria. Enjoy six courses with unique dishes like roasted bone marrow and roasted duck breast, each paired with wine. There are two seatings each night.
Dinner at Briarhurst Manor
Briarhurst Manor is celebrating Valentine’s Day with passion. Make your reservation for a six-course menu incorporating foods that are traditionally associated with aphrodisiac properties.
Valentine’s Week Dinner at the Mona Lisa
What is it that’s so romantic about fondue? Find out in the historic Manitou hideaway. The Mona Lisa is offering a four-course fondue meal all week long, featuring a choice of six cheese fondues.
Try Something New
Looking for a more creative date? Skip dinner and try a different activity. Whether you enjoy crafting, cooking or dancing, there’s something new to do for every couple.
Valentine’s Day Pottery Date Night
Feb. 14 at Pikes Peak Artist Collective
Remember that scene from the movie Ghost? Kind of weird, but oh so hot. Get your hands dirty with throwing wheels and clay. There will be music and a cozy fireplace, as you create mugs, bowls or other pottery gifts and goods with the person you love.
Valentine’s Cooking Class
Feb. 13 at Polka Dots and Curry
Brush up on your cooking skills for your next date night at home. The cooking class menu includes stuffed mushrooms, chicken vindaloo, rice and gajar halwa, and you get to enjoy your meal at the end of class, even if you’re gluten-free.
Valentine’s Day Latin and West Coast Swing Dance
Put on your dancing shoes and grab your partner for a night of music and dance at Lulu’s Downstairs. The styles will be a mix of Latin and West coast swing. Let’s get ready to rumba!
Sax and Romance 2.0
Feb. 14 at the Gold Room
Get cozy for an intimate evening of jazz and R&B by sax master Tony Exum Jr., Dee Lucas and Amar Khalil. The first 30 women to arrive receive a complimentary rose.
Relax and Unwind
Take the stress out of the holiday by unwinding with the person you love at one of these relaxing couples events.
Mocktails & Massage
Feb. 15 at J.J. Massage & Birth Services
Enjoy mocktails, strawberries and chocolate as you make your own essential oil-infused lotion and learn about partner massage. This is an especially good one if you’re expecting.
Thai Yoga for Couples With Kat Tudor
Feb. 14 at SunWater Spa
Experience something new as you connect with your loved one through a partner practice of Thai yoga. Stay afterward for chocolate and chai, or add on a mineral water soak for $15.
Local Beer Pairings
Head to one of the local breweries or tap rooms for pairings of sweets to go along with your favorite beers.
Beer and Pastry Pairing
Feb. 14 at Gold Camp Brewing Company
Edelweiss Restaurant and Gold Camp Brewing Company partner for unique pairings of hand-crafted pastries and small batch brews.
Valentine’s Girl Scout Cookies and Beer Pairing
Feb. 14 at Trail’s End Taproom
Support local Girl Scout troops during this fun Valentine’s Day celebration. Buy a cookie sampler plate and pour your own beer as recommended for each cookie. Plus, live gypsy swing music by Hot Club of Springs. Get a box of cookies to take home with you too.
Valentine’s Day Pairing
Feb. 14 at JAKs Brewing Company, Falcon
Why eat dinner when you can have dessert? Enjoy five beers and five Nothing Bundt Cake bundtinis for a sweet pairing.
If you don’t have a Valentine, or if you’re still getting over a broken heart, you can still celebrate by meeting other singles or destroying mementos of your ex.
Single for Valentine’s Day Singles Mingle
Feb. 13 at Phantom Canyon
No one to buy flowers for or take on a date for V-day? No problem. Find your next match or just sip away your sorrows with a Single in the Springs singles mixer.
Roast your Exes V-day Jam
Feb. 14 at Dueces Wild Brewery
Prepare for a laugh as four local contestants share the story of their exes and then have a panel of cleverly dark and jaded comedians roast them!
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party Bus Bar Crawl
Feb. 14 on the Local Motive Party Bus
Cure your broken or lonely heart by hopping onto the Local Motive Party Bus for an anti-Valentine’s Day bar crawl. Don’t forget to bring photos or letters from your ex to attach to a piñata at the end of the night.
National Single Awareness Shred Your Ex Day
Feb. 15 at Ivywild Tavern
Don’t frown because you’re single; smile because you’re not with your ex. Head to Ivywild Tavern with a photo of your ex. Let the bartender shred it to get a BOGO $0.15 drink!