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16 Out of the Box Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Around Ann Arbor this Year

There are lots of wonderful restaurants in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas to choose from for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. However, if you’re looking for something a little more out of the box, this list is for you! Ideas for every budget, all ages, singles or couples, indoors or out, learn something new or enjoy an old movie, and a wide variety of entertainment, the Ann Arbor area has things to do for everyone on the most romantic day of the year!

What: Wild About Tea
Where: Saline Area Senior Center | Saline
Who: Seniors
Cost: $3 members / $8 nonmembers
Time: 10am – 11am
Link: Wild About Tea
Hosted by Saline Area Senior Center and Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission: Listen as Shawn, Washtenaw County naturalist and life-long forager, discusses which wild herbs native to our land can be made into tea, then enjoy some homemade wild tea, cookies, and scones.

What: Love Shack
Where: The Diag (West Side) | U of M Campus, Ann Arbor
Who: Family-Friendly
Cost: FREE
Time: 10am – 3pm
Link: DoRAK in the Diag
DoRAK (Do Random Acts of Kindness) is going to be at the Diag passing out free candy, hot chocolate, tea, flowers, valentines and more to everyone! They’re also getting musical groups (including Angels on Call) to sing love songs there and spread even more kindness and cheer!

What: Love is in the Air: An Open Tower Concert
Where: Burton Memorial Tower | Ann Arbor
Who: Family-Friendly
Cost: FREE
Time: 12pm – 12:30pm
Link: U of M Carillon Guild Concert
Hosted by the University of Michigan Carillon Guild: Listen to your favorite love songs at the Burton Memorial Tower! The belfry will be open to all.

What: 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament
Where: USA Hockey Arena | Plymouth
Who: Family-Friendly
Cost: Tickets start at $7
Time: 3:30pm – 10pm
Link: Under-18 5 Nations Hockey Tournament
Hosted by USA Hockey Arena and USA Hockey’s NTDP: The best hockey players under the age of 18 from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States will descend upon Plymouth to compete in this tournament. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the top 2018 NHL Draft Eligible talent play in Plymouth!

What: Valentine’s Day Build-Your-Own Cheesecake Bar
Where: Graduate | Ann Arbor
Who: Adults
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Link: Graduate Build Your Own Cheesecake
Show your special someone how much they mean to you with cheesecake done up right! The Allen Rumsey Cocktail Lounge will have a complimentary Build-your-own Cheesecake Bar. First come first serve, so don’t wait around to get your Valentine’s Day fix, with all of the fixings. Festive drink specials in the bar all night, as well as the regular bar menu.

What: Adventures in Speed Dating
Where: The Owl, Morning ’til Night | Milan
Who: Adults
Cost: $10 includes one free beverage at The Owl ($5 value)
Time: 6pm -10pm
Link: Adventures in Speed Dating Milan
Hosted by Adventure, Ink: Are you a geek looking to meet other geeks in a fun, friendly and fast-paced meetup?! Come to The Owl, Morning ’til Night for our new Speed Dating Adventure! This event is open to any and all ladies and gentlemen who are looking to find a companion. Have a good time in a safe and comfortable environment, and share an evening with like minded folks. There is limited seating. 10 ladies and 10 gents. Please RSVP using the link.

What: Library Lab: Candy Heart Challenge
Where: Ypsilanti District Library | 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti
Who: Ages 7 – 14
Cost: FREE
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Link: YDL Candy Heart Challenge
How high can you stack candy hearts? Can you make them float? Answer these questions and more at this month’s Library Lab! No registration needed.

What: Date Night – Couples BYOB Paint Party!
Where: Paint and Pour | Ypsilanti
Who: Ages 17+
Cost: $45 per person
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Link: Ypsi Paint & Pour
In a Couple’s class, each patron works on HALF of the complete painting shown above. When placed next to each other, it shows the complete painting, but the art is designed so that each piece is complete on its own. Those who wish to attend this class solo are welcome to do so.

What: Singin’ In The Rain – Valentine’s Day Screening
Where: Michigan Theater | Ann Arbor
Who: Family-Friendly (Rated G)
Cost: FREE for members only
Time: 6pm – 7pm: special pre-show member reception with complimentary sparkling wine and sweets.
7:30pm: Movie begins
Link: Michigan Theater Singin in the Rain
This event and the film are FREE to members but YOU MUST RSVP. Interested members must RSVP to Sarah Madsen via email at or call 734-668-8397 x24 by Monday, February 12. Become a member or give the gift of membership here!

What: Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate with Keegan Rodgers
Where: Ann Arbor District Library | Downtown Ann Arbor
Who: Recommended for Grade 6 – Adult
Cost: FREE
Time: 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Link: AADL Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!
Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People’s Food Co-Op, leads this lively talk! Learn all about chocolate then taste some chocolate! This event is cosponsored by the People’s Food Co-Op and is part of an ongoing baking series.

What: Owl Do I Love Thee
Where: Leslie Science & Nature Center | Ann Arbor
Who: Adults
Cost: $30 per couple ($25 per couple for all LSNC Members)
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Link: Register Owl Do I Love Thee
Treat your special someone to an evening of romance and fun with the resident owls at the Leslie Science & Nature Center! Get up close and personal with these magnificent night hunters as you learn about their mating habits and rituals. Then, snuggle up on an outdoor, candle-lit poetry walk. Warm up inside with board games and art projects-or bring your own game to play-while you enjoy tasty desserts and beverages. Nothing says “I love you” like a night out in nature! Please come dressed for the weather. This event is also being offered on Saturday, February 10 for those interested in a weekend date.

What: LOVE LOVE TENNIS!!! Hosted by Got Ability Sports
Where: University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center | Ann Arbor
Who: Adaptive & Wheelchair players
Cost: $10
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Link: Got Ability Sports Love Love Tennis
Got Ability Sports is excited to offer you one, if not the best, tennis experience at U of M, with college level coaching and expertise! Please pay the front desk at Varsity Tennis Center $10 (adaptive and wheelchair players) each time before you make your way onto the courts.

What: Brokeback Mountain – Valentine’s Day Screening
Where: The State Theatre | Ann Arbor
Who: Adult (Rated R)
Cost: $8 – $10
Time: 7:30pm
Link: State Theatre Brokeback Mountain Tix
Brokeback Mountain (2005) is a sweeping epic that explores the lives of two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection. The complications, joys and heartbreak they experience provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver emotionally charged, remarkably moving performances in “a movie that is destined to become one of the great classics of our time” (Clay Smith, The Insider).

What: Penny Seats Theatre presents EDGES
Where: Kerrytown Concert House
Who: Recommended for Ages 17+
Cost: $15
Time: 8pm
Link: Edges at Kerrytown Concert House
Edges is a song-cycle about four thriving adults asking the questions of everyday life. Written by Tony Award Winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hanson, Dogfight, James and the Giant Peach) in their sophomore year at the University of Michigan, this show journeys to demonstrate the genuine hardships and experiences that we know to be true, as we do our best to balance on the edge of our lives.

What: Comedy Jamm: Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Show
Where: Comedy Showcase | Ann Arbor
Who: Adult
Cost: $10 in advance / $12 at the door
Time: 8pm
Link: Comedy Showcase Valentine’s Day Comedy Jamm
It’s a date night show for this traditional date night, Valentine’s Day!
Headlined by Connie Ettinger, a self-styled “recovering lawyer,” Connie’s outlook on life pairs the seemingly divergent aspects of a small-town upbringing with life in the legal fast lane and creates a sardonic view of matters ranging from the uncertainties of puberty to the absurdities of our justice system. Her engaging, animated delivery on a variety of topics will draw the audience, regardless of background, age or sex, into a shared appreciation of life’s little ironies, guaranteeing that a good time will be had by all. Also appearing will be a supporting cast of comedians to round out the show!!

What: Valentine’s Day at Cultivate
Where: Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse | Ypsilanti
Who: Family, Friends, Dates, Chess Players, Minecraft Players
Times: 4:30pm – 6:30pm: Pop-Up Flower Shop
6pm: Chess Meetup and Minecraft for Kids both begin at 6pm
7pm – 9pm: Valentine’s Date Night is from 7pm – 9pm
Link: Cultivate Events
In addition to the usual Wednesday evening Minecraft for Kids and Chess Meetup, Cultivate will have a will have a Build-Your-Own-Bouquet flower bar with price points at $1, $2.5, $4, $8 per stem, and a special Valentine’s Day for 2. Highlights will be specials featuring Cultivate’s coffee and beers, paired with Zingerman’s specialty chocolate cakes and Sarah D’Angelo along with Matt LoRusso bringing live jazz to the space for ambiance and enjoyment. Bring a date, a friend or anyone you want to hang out with for a special night of live music, drinks & dessert.

Do you know of a unique Valentine’s Day celebration/activity in the Greater Ann Arbor area? Let us know in the comments!

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