We love Valentine’s Day here in the Ann Arbor area. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, married or anywhere in-between, there’s a surplus of unique and fun things to do in mid-February.
Single and ready to mingle? Join the party at Necto’s second annual University of Michigan Top DJ Competition on February 11, and vote for your favorite guest DJ, or head out for a show at The Ark. On February 11 The Ark will host My Folky Valentine, a collaboration of sweethearts making lovely music together and on February 12 Christine Lavin and Don White will be there to entertain you. On Valentine's Day itself, Caravan of Thieves will play the Ark and perform their new release, "Kiss Kiss". Perhaps you’re more interested in a pampering experience? Treat yourself to a relaxing treatment at Jessica’s Apothecary or Balance Massage Therapy. And, you can always celebrate your true love for Michigan sports by cheering on the Wolverine Men’s Basketball Team at the Crisler Center when they take on Purdue on Saturday, February 13!
Looking for a unique experience for you and your sweetie? Take him or her out for an evening of opera and spectacular food on February 12 at Gratzi! The Bellini Opera Theatre will be there to perform selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, and Gratzi's Chef John Fischer will create a beautiful three-course dinner. The Kempf House Museum will host “Victorian Valentine Teas” on both February 13 and February 14, featuring beautiful music played on Ann Arbor’s first concert grand piano and scrumptious sweets, savories and teas, all in an intimate and historic setting. If choral music is your thing, you should definitely mark your calendar for February 14 to see the UMS Choral Union, as they present “Love is Strong as Death” at the iconic Hill Auditorium (and use promo code PUREMI to get $10 off on tickets!).
For a more traditional dinner-and-a-movie date night, consider Romeo+Juliet (yes, the 1996 Baz Lurhmann classic!) at the State Theater following a delectable dinner at one of the Ann Arbor area’s fine dining establishments. You can’t beat Terry B’s in Dexter, the Common Grill in Chelsea, or Aventura in Ann Arbor (among many others)! Finish off the evening with a kiss under the Engineering Arch (legend has it that imminent nuptials will ensue!), a sweet baked treat at the Cupcake Station, and/or drinks and dessert in a romantic setting at La Dolce Vita. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can hire The Huron Valley Harmonizers to serenade your sweetie with love songs!
What are your favorite Valentine’s Day traditions in the Ann Arbor area? Are there romantic upcoming events in mid-February that get your heart racing?