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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Valentine's Day in Bloomington

Categories: Shopping, Wine & Culinary

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. 

We'll continue to update the post with specials and events as they are added to the calendar. 

Unique Valentine Gift Ideas

ties at andrew davis


Valentine’s Day Restaurant Specials

rainbow bakery

Restaurants with Special Menus
Call to make reservations

c3 bloomington

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas 

cocktails at uptown

Planning to Propose?

Think about popping the question at one of these iconic spots around IU and Bloomington

sample gates



Valentine's Day Events

winter dance iu

  • Bodies of Light Winter Dance Concert, Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center,
    February 9-11
  • Sex with Strangers, Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, February 10-24  

    Use promo code VALENTINE to BOGO Sex With Strangers tickets* 
    Good for performance on Feb 14 at 
    7:30 pm
    *Good for tickets of equal value. 

  • Lil BUB Meet & Greet, Lil BUB's Lil Shop, February 11 

    We'll be hosting our last meet and greet on Sunday, February 11th. It's the LOVE BUB Meet & Greet Fundraiser, and the event is limited to 100 tickets, which can be purchased at http://bit.ly/LOVEBUB . Tickets are $50, and as always 100% of the proceeds will benefit homeless pets. Your LOVE BUB Ticket includes: 

    Entrance for one adult and one child under the age of 12
    Kissing and petting BUB!
    A selfie photo with BUB
    A Signed Limited Edition "Design Your Own" Lil BUB Valentine Card and Sticker Set
    50% off Storewide!
    100% of Proceeds benefit Lil BUB's Big FUND for special needs pets

  • Singin’ in the Rain, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, February 14

  • IU Men's Basketball vs Illinois, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, February 14

  • Gin Blossoms, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, February 16

  • After Dark: Chocolate, Wonderlab Museum, February 17




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.