Valentine’s Date Events + Giveaway!

There are a lot of special “date night” (or day) events happening in Central Iowa for Valentine’s Day! Grab your significant other and have some fun! Am I missing a special event? Let me know and we will get it added ūüôā

Valentine's Date Events

Friday, February 5th

Mixology Night: Slapshot Science 

Science Center of Iowa 

5:30 pm Р9:30 pm 

Mix your Friday night up with drinks, mingling, science and entertainment! 21+ crowd: This night is exclusively for you! The first Friday of every month, experience all that SCI has to offer ‚Äď minus the kids.¬†General admission is $5; FREE for SCI Members!

Sustainable Sweethearts

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

7 pm Р10 pm 

This night will be packed with some repeats from last year & some new additions:

– Food from Trellis
– Photo booth
– Conversation circles with topics about sustainability
– Music by DJ Wolf Pack
– Demonstration of our new seed project tool

Most importantly, the night will include you, your friends, and a ton of other people who are like-minded! We host Sustainable Sweethearts in Des Moines because we know that bringing us together generates new ideas and connects us more to one another!

Saturday, February 6th

Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company Opening 

Reclaimed Rails Brewing Company, Bondurant 

4 pm 

Please join us to help celebrate our the opening of our brewery in Bondurant Iowa! The night will be filled with beer and live music. James Biehn will be laying down some fret lines on the stage while you enjoy one of our ten beers or 4 guest beers/ciders. Bring the whole family!

Sunday, February 7th

DIY Night: Valentine’s Edition

Fox Brewing 

1 pm Р3 pm 

Join us for a very special DIY Adventure! We will be pairing up with Fox Brewing right here in Valley Junction for a Valentine’s Edition afternoon! Beer and coasters (for our beers!) The DIY will be Scrabble “LOVE” Coasters. Perfect for a Valentines gift or for yourself to use all year long. As the varnish dries, we will be treated to a full beer tasting. You won’t be disappointed by what this new brewery is doing! So grab the girls, grab your guys, or make this a perfect date for you and your sweetie! This a 21+ event. Pre-registation is required and can be made at either Finding Iowa or at Fox Brewing. Cost is $35 per person. Limited space available, so make your reservation today!

Monday, February 8th 

Dessert-Making Demo & Wine Pairing Class

WineStyles, West Des Moines

6 pm Р8 pm 

Cost – $25 per person.
Club Members – $20 per person.
*** RSVP REQUIRED ***
Call us at 515.224.9463 to RSVP.

Join us for February’s Wine and Beer Boot Camp class, Dessert-Making Demo and Wine Pairing! Have fun with your sweetheart while you taste and learn! Or, enjoy a fun night out with friends! RSVP required, call today!

Friday, February 12th

Hy-Vee, Market Grille 

February 12th at 4 pm  РFebruary 14th at 9 pm 

Valentine’s Day Dinner For Two ($50/couple) includes:¬†Appetizer (choose one).¬†Entree (choose two).¬†Dessert (choose one).Mixed drinks, wine and beer available.¬†Make your reservations today at (515) 963-3140

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Trellis Cafe

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden 

5:30 pm Р10:30 pm 

Trellis Cafe will be hosting a very special Valentines Day dinner on Friday, February 12. Two seatings (6 and 8 p.m.) are available for this unique and romantic dinner. See the website above for more menu details. To make reservations, either call 515-330-1517 or email eventsales@port-of-desmoines.com

Wine and Canvas РHearts 

Palmer’s Deli and Market, Ingersoll

6 pm 

Wine and Canvas is not just a paint class it is Art Entertainment at its finest. Awesome local artists, great customer service and beautiful surroundings make for an amazing experience that you don’t find anywhere else. Sipping your favorite wine or cocktail, letting your inner artist out to create a masterpiece and maybe breaking into song throughout the night is what we have planned for you! Leave your cares at the door and dive in to the paint party! Best part you take your artwork with you and leave the clean up behind! $35

Valentine’s Wine Dinner

Tassel Ridge Winery

6 pm

Treat your Valentine to a romantic evening at Tassel Ridge Winery. Begin with Wine Tasting in our Tasting Room and then enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner. A Spinach and Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets, Crisp Pancetta, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and Red Wine Vinaigrette paired with Tassel Ridge La Crescent will be followed by Prime Rib with a Twice Baked Potato and Creamed Corn paired with Tassel Ridge Iowa Marquette. For dessert, indulge in a Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Paired with Tassel Ridge Oskyfizzante¬ģ Pink.
Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Thursday, February 11. Call the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) to make reservations. $50 per person, plus tax

Valentine’s Fondue for Two!

WineStyles, West Des Moines 

6 pm Р8 pm 

$12 Cheese Fondue for Two
$12 Chocolate Fondue for Two
Try Both for $20!
No RSVP Necessary – We’ll see you there!

Bring your sweetheart for a fabulous night of Fondue and FUN! Warm up with Cheese and/or Chocolate Fondue for Two, both served with tasty sides for dipping. Pair with your favorite glass of wine or beer on tap!

Live Music at Hotel Pattee

Perry, Iowa

7 pm – 10 pm

Live music at the Hotel Pattee Friday and Saturday evenings 7-10 p.m. Local musicians perform fireside in the lobby of the Hotel Pattee. Come out for the music, enjoy our restaurant & lounge or make it a getaway.

Saturday, February 13th

Wine & Chocolate Pairing 

Tassel Ridge Winery 

10 am – 6 pm

Celebrate Valentine‚Äôs Weekend with a Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Tassel Ridge Winery. Tassel Ridge Winery has paired four Tassel Ridge wines with four different chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam. Taste all four and find your favorite(s)! $10 per person, plus tax‚ÄĒHarvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax.

Valentine Cupcake Flights with Afternoon Music by Brian Congdon

Jasper Winery 

11 am – 5 pm

Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with your very own Cupcake Pairing Flight at Jasper Winery on Saturday, February 13! We’ll pair 3 mini cupcakes with 3 pairing-size sips of Winery wines or Madhouse Brewing beers. Tasting flight is $20/person. Reservations required & available between 11am-5pm. Please call Jasper Winery at 515-282-9463 or email katie@jasperwinery.com to schedule your cupcake flight!

Local guitarist/singer Brian Congdon will provide tunes during the afternoon so even if you’re not a cupcake fan, you can still stop in for some wine and beer while you enjoy great music.

Kegs ‘n’ Kisses¬†

Firetrucker 

12 pm Р11 pm 

Valentines party day Saturday 13th (all day)!! Once again we worked with legendary local chocolate shop Beaverdale Confections to come up with a killer beer and chocolate pairing. $20 gets you 2 – 10oz. Beers paired with custom chocolates!!!! Enough to fuel a coupe’s fire……or kill the loneliness. Also tapping a special collab beer from 3 Floyds/Mikkeller. All day long!

Valentine’s Wine Dinner¬†

Tassel Ridge Winery 

6 pm

Treat your Valentine to a romantic evening at Tassel Ridge Winery. Begin with Wine Tasting in our Tasting Room and then enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner. A Spinach and Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets, Crisp Pancetta, Blue Cheese Crumbles, and Red Wine Vinaigrette paired with Tassel Ridge La Crescent will be followed by Prime Rib with a Twice Baked Potato and Creamed Corn paired with Tassel Ridge Iowa Marquette. For dessert, indulge in a Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Paired with Tassel Ridge Oskyfizzante¬ģ Pink.
Advance prepaid, non-refundable reservations required by Thursday, February 11. Call the Winery at 641.672.WINE (9463) to make reservations. $50 per person, plus tax

Valentine’s Ball

Summerset Winery

6 pm – 10 pm

The Romance of Summerset awaits you and your special someone, Saturday February 13, 6 -10 p.m. at our annual Valentine’s Ball. Enjoy an evening filled with live music, wine and amor√©! Enjoy a wine tasting reception and elegant meal paired with Summerset wine. After dinner, dance the night away!

A deliciously memorable meal will be catered by Christiani’s and live music will be performed by The Indianola Big Band & Jazz Ensemble. Photographer, Chris Maharry will take a picture of you and your sweetie to take home.
The cost is $60/pp and includes wine reception, dinner, bottle of wine per couple and photo by Maharry Photography.

Rooms are available for rent at The Inn at Summerset. Contact the winery for more info: 515-961-3545 or hello@summersetwine.com.

Valentine’s Day Dance¬†

Snus Hill Winery 

7 pm Р10 pm 

The perfect evening for your sweetheart…… take your sweetheart out for a nice dinner then join us for an evening of music with the band According to Hoyle. NO COVER! NO RESERVATION! How many places have you heard where they are charging $50, $75 or even more. You can pick the place to eat then join us!

Live Music at Hotel Pattee 

Perry, Iowa 

7 pm Р10 pm 

Live music at the Hotel Pattee Friday and Saturday evenings 7-10 p.m. Local musicians perform fireside in the lobby of the Hotel Pattee. Come out for the music, enjoy our restaurant & lounge or make it a getaway.

Sunday, February 14th

Wine & Chocolate Pairing

Tassel Ridge Winery

12 pm – 6 pm

Celebrate Valentine‚Äôs Weekend with a Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Tassel Ridge Winery. Tassel Ridge Winery has paired four Tassel Ridge wines with four different chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam. Taste all four and find your favorite(s)! $10 per person, plus tax‚ÄĒHarvest Club Member & 1 Guest: $5 per person, plus tax.

Rose, Hearts & Butterfly Hand Built Sculptures 

Reiman Gardens 

1 pm – 3 pm

Make one-of-a-kind clay gifts for a loved one on Valentines’ Day with Blanden Art Museum artist and instructor Diane O’Hern. Follow along step by step to create a rose, a butterfly, and a heart sculpted out of air dry clay and model magic clay. A make and take art project for children and adults. Preregistration with prepayment is required. Cost is $28 for members. The general public pays $35. Iowa State University students receive 15% off the member rate.

Couple “Ghost” Throwing Class¬†

Kil’n Time Studio¬†

1 pm Р5 pm 

Tap into your inner Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore with this Valentine’s Day special! Each couple will recieve three pounds of clay and an hour of instruction to create a special piece together on the pottery wheel. A week later, the piece can be painted for no additonal fees! BYOB.¬†Classes will be taught at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00.¬†Cost is $20/couple. Space is limited, so reservations are required. RSVP at (515) 978 6999 to secure your spot!

Valentine’s Day Wine & Canvas Painting

Jasper Winery 

2 pm Р5 pm 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend and get a little creative! Join us on Valentine’s Day for a Wine & Canvas painting class from 2-5pm. Wine, beer and snacks will be available for purchase.

Valentine’s Parent Night-Out

Pump it Up

5:30 pm Р9:30 pm 

Making plans with your Valentine, but not sure where to take your kids? Drop them off with our friendly staff while you enjoy your date. Your kids will enjoy jumping, eating pizza, and will make a special craft to take home. $20 per child

Friday, February 19th

Wine & Food Showcase 2016 

Des Moines Marriott Downtown 

5:30 pm Р8:30 pm 

Started in 1985, this annual food and beverage event is the oldest in the area and has become a yearly favorite for foodies and oenophiles alike. Featuring more than 40 of the finest restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries, the Wine & Food Showcase has become the premier event of its kind in Des Moines and has become Des Moines Metro Opera’s signature fundraiser. Patrons will partake in a silent auction filled with packages that can only be found at Wine & Food Showcase. Proceeds support Des Moines Metro Opera’s nationally recognized productions and award-winning education and outreach programs, which annually reach over 40,000 individuals.

Saturday, February 20th

9th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival 

Iowa Events Center 

10 am Р5 pm 

Every year, the celebration adopts a wacky theme for attendees, restaurants and sponsors to embrace. From Baconmania VIII‚Äôs wrestling vibe to Viva Las Bacon‚Äôs tribute to old Vegas, everyone gets a little goofy to take part in the bacon madness. This year’s upcoming event will promote a healthy bacon lifestyle by incorporating 1980’s aerobic fitness into the culture of bacon fellowship. So, dust off your thigh masters, put a Richard Simmons video in your VCR and start sweatin’ to the sizzle with “Body by Bacon”.

Spirits & Sweets 

Living History Farms 

3 pm Р6 pm 

Come graze with us, celebrating Iowa’s rich culinary bounty with unique monthly tastings in our Visitor Center. Gather your friends and explore local food and beverage specialties. These food and beverage showcases benefit Living History Farms.¬†Dare to pair one of a kind mini-tini’s mixed by Iowa artisan distillers with bite-sized sweets and savory items created by local eateries. Visit with distillers about the process of making spirits with Iowa grains. Complimentary snacks and soft drinks are included.

Giveaway

Another great date night idea is a show at the Des Moines Community Playhouse! 12 Angry Men is playing now through February 21st. Check out when we made this a date night. To help celebrate, I am giving away 4-FREE tickets to ANY show at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. You can use them for Valentine’s Day or gift them to your sweetie for a show later this season! Giveaway ends February 10th!

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Take a look at our Ultimate Guide of Date Night Ideas for more ideas!

Looking for childcare? Check out Sitters For a Night Out!

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