You don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These Northern Michigan Valentine’s events are for friends, families, and couples! Get tickets to these events and more at MyNorthTickets.com.
Gift idea: Give a singing Valentine from the Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus!
Romance Guaranteed | Multiple Performances, February 9–24
A romantic comedy in the age of the internet. After connecting through a computer dating service, a mismatched couple meets for their first date in a seedy Detroit restaurant. The woman, a nervous introvert, and the man, a wildly eccentric extrovert, gradually get to know each other with the help of their wise-cracking waitress. The Valentine’s Day performance includes dinner for two at The Filling Station followed by the evening’s show right next door at The Depot!
Celebrity DreamRoom Classic | February 9
Bring your sweetie for some pre-Valentine’s Day fun and enjoy delicious food, beer and wine, live music, door prizes and more. The DreamRoom Classic is a friendly competition between five local celebrities who team up with designers at Golden-Fowler to create the room of their dreams. Anything goes, and when the creative spaces are complete, the public is invited into the Traverse City furniture store to vote on each room’s popularity. The value of each vote is $1, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. This year, they hope to raise $40,000!
The evening begins with a sleigh ride from the Main Lodge lobby to the North Peak at Boyne Highlands Resort. Upon arrival, guests disembark to an inviting bonfire before taking their seats at candlelit tables. On clear nights, the lights of the Mackinac Bridge add to the stunning ambiance. A live acoustic guitarist strums favorite tunes, rounding out the comfortable atmosphere. (The February 14 and 17 dinners have sold out!) View the menu and a video.
Chocolate Tasting with Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate | February 11
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a guided tour of one of the world’s most celebrated treats—chocolate! Explore the botany of the cacao tree and enjoy a guided chocolate tasting with Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate at The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park in Traverse City.
Taste the Passion | February 10–11
Gather your friends and embark on an adventure through Leelanau County’s snow-covered vineyards to sweet and savory bites paired with amazing local wine. View the food and wine pairings!
Whiskey & Chocolate Cocktail Workshop | February 14
Indulge in Mammoth Distilling’s Valentine’s Day Cocktail Workshop at their Traverse City tasting room. You’ll learn the basics of cocktails and how to make four different cocktails using Mammoth whiskey, bourbon, and rye plus Fresh Coast Chocolate’s hot cocoa and house-made Tanzania chocolate liqueur. Once you’re comfortable with the recipes, you get to make two of the drinks for yourself! Attendees must be 21 years or older. Only 10 spots available!
Featured cocktails: chocolate martini, coffee hot cocoa with bourbon whipped cream, old fashion, and whiskey sour.
Black Star Farms Valentine’s Harvest Dinner | February 14
Treat your sweetheart to a special Valentine’s themed dinner at the romantic and luxurious Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. This wine-paired culinary experience is inspired by the best local, seasonal ingredients sourced from Northern Michigan’s finest farms. View the menu here.Tickets are limited to 50 guests and the price includes tax and gratuity.
Kelly Shively and Dan House Special Valentines Concert | February 16
Two talented Northern Michigan musicians unite to present this evening of music to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Kelly Shively is a multi-instrumentalist from Petoskey. She sings the songs of her heart, written about her family and faith. Dan House was originally a rock-and-roller, then began a journey through folk, jazz, and various other genres. The duo will perform at Red Sky Stage in Petoskey.
Romancing the Riesling | February 17
This annual event by the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula celebrates riesling, one of the varietals for which our wine region is most celebrated. Each winery pairs favorite rieslings with delectable food offerings—all in honor of the famed grape. Get your tickets in advance for $30 at MyNorthTickets.com. The price goes up to $35 the day of.
Sweetheart Swing Big Band Dance | February 17
Dance the night away with Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. and the Up North Big Band entertains from 7–10 p.m. at the Otsego Club Convention Center. A cash bar will be available.