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Monday, January 16, 2017

Valentine's Day 2017

There’s lots of love going on in February… To help with your Valentine’s Day plans we’ve rounded up all things love for you: gift ideas, events, restaurant specials and more. Celebrate with your sweetie, friends, or just have an epic #treatyoself day. 


Unique Valentine Gift Ideas
  • Chocolate truffle gift box from Blu Boy Chocolate
  • One of a kind art from a local gallery
  • Sweetheart Spaah Package for you and your honey - Sweatheart Spaah Packages for you and your honey. Each package has several options but all include side by side massages, beverages, roses and more. For more info contact Spaah.
  • Global Gifts is always a gift go-to. They have done the work for you and curated a Valentine’s Day section. Check it out here.
  • Snazzy tie from Andrew Davis
  • High end leather luggage or wallet from Briar and Burley

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Valentine’s Day Restaurant Specials
Restaurants with a special Valentine’s Day Menu
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Valentine’s Date Ideas 
  • Valentine's Partner Yoga Class at Vibe Yoga, 5:30pm
  • Crazy for Chocolate Cooking Class at Bloomington Cooking School for Two
  • Sweetheart Wine Tasting at Oliver Winery: $5 wine tastings paired with a chocolate truffle from Peacetree Mountain Truffles (available February 11 & 12)
  • Valentine's Dance (and dessert), Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 7pm
  • Explore one of the current exhibits at Ezkenazi Museum or Grunwald Gallery
  • Cocktails with your Galentines - C3, Malibu Grill, Uptown Cafe, Cardinal Spirits
Planning to Propose? Think about these iconic spots around town.

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Valentine's Day Events

Love Songs for a Lasting World | February 13, 2017 | BCT | 7pm

Celebrate the enduring power of love this Valentine’s Eve, Monday, Feb 13 with hammer dulcimer player and composer, Malcolm Dalglish and his Ooolite Singers & Friends. A benefit for Middle Way House, Love Songs for a Lasting World expands the notion of love to include the love between sweethearts young and old, parent and child, brothers and sisters, and for elders and our natural world. The show begins at 7pm in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and concludes by spilling out into a street party ‘round a bonfire where homemade Muddy Forks apple pie will be served fresh from their wood fired oven. 

An Affair to Remember | IU Cinema | Feb 13 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as they fall in love on the big screen. Bring your Valentine. Bring your pals. Bring your hankie to this classic film screening at your downtown historic theater.

affair to remember

Art of Chocolate | IU Union | Feb 10th | 6:00pm               

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, start off this annual dinner and live auction, but make sure you save room for dessert. You can expect the most exciting chocolate desserts that Bloomington chefs have to offer.  

art of chocolate

Maceo Parker | Buskirk-Chumley | Feb 11 | 8pm

It's fairly common knowledge that Maceo has played with each and every leader of funk. Starting with James Brown, whom Maceo describes as "like being at university;" jumping aboard the mothership with George Clinton; and serving as a fixture in Prince's tours. He winds his way through the history of funk as one golden thread. 

maceo parker


Eli Young Band at the Bluebird | Feb 11 | Doors at 7pm

The Eli Young Band—four musicians who met during their college days in Texas—is now 11 years into a career built on touring without a single lineup change. wide-ranging multi-genre influences and distills them into a focused, engaging vision: edgy country with hints of heartland rock bands such as Tom Petty and classic Eagles.

eli young

Humoresque at the IU Cinema | Feb 11 | 3pm

Paul (John Garfield) is a talented violinist who rises from a working class background to the upper echelons of society, thanks to the patronage of wealthy, alcoholic Helen (Joan Crawford). But as Paul’s star begins to rise and the two fall in love, she becomes jealous of the fact that his true passion is dedicated to the music he performs so exquisitely. The extraordinary score for Humoresque was orchestrated by Franz Waxman, one of the great composers of the period (RebeccaThe Philadelphia StorySunset BoulevardRear Window


Valentine’s Day Weekend with Beth Stelling | Comedy Attic | Feb 9-11 | 8 & 10:30

Beth Stelling is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress based in Los Angeles, who Time Out Magazine names a Comic to Watch in 2016. Beth made her late night television debut on Conan. In 2014, Beth appeared on Chelsea Lately, and The Pete Holmes Show and most recently performed stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

beth stelling


Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines is a Bloomington transplant by way of St. Simons Island, Georgia and was previously the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she's not blogging or grammin' you can find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.