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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Valentine's Day Events & Specials in Bloomington

Categories: Shopping, Wine & Culinary, Events, General

The famous day of love is coming up, and Bloomington is offering several Valentine's Day events & specials. Whether you're looking for romance with your partner, an outing with the girls or guys, something fun to do with the kiddos, or anything in between, B-Town has something in store for you to enjoy.

A couple embracing in front of one of Indiana University's signature red clocks
Photo by @kbeck95 on Instagram


Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Butler Winery

Date: Saturday, February 12 & Sunday, February 13
Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday / 12:00-6:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Butler Winery
Admission: TBA

Enjoy a variety of wine and chocolate pairings at Butler Winery the weekend before Valentine's Day. This is an Indiana Uplands Wine Trail event — plan to visit other wineries on the trail for more wine and chocolate pairings!

Reserved Tasting & Truffle Pairings at Oliver Winery

Date: Saturday, February 12, Sunday, February 13, Saturday, February 19, and Sunday, February 20
Time: 11:15 am, 1:00 pm, 2:45 pm, and 4:30 pm on Saturday / 1:00 pm, 2:45 pm, and 4:30 pm on Sunday
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: TBA

Enjoy a select pairing of Bloomington Chocolate Company truffles and six Oliver wines. This is a reserved experience, guided by Oliver staff, taking place in the winery's cellar. You'll learn about Oliver's history and winemaking philosophy during the tasting session. This is an Indiana Uplands Wine Trail event — plan to visit other wineries on the trail for more wine and chocolate pairings!

Chocolate Fondue Under the Heated Pergola at Oliver Winery

Date: Saturday, February 12, Sunday, February 13, Saturday, February 19, and Sunday, February 20
Time: 11:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday / 12:00-6:00 pm on Sunday
Location: Oliver Winery
Admission: TBA

Dip an assortment of sweet treats in a melting pot of delicious homemade milk chocolate fondue — this is an add-on to any flight at Oliver Winery, to be enjoyed under the winery's heated pergola.

The Room at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Date: Saturday, February 12
Time: 9:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $12.00-$15.00 per ticket

Enjoy a screening of "the BEST bad movie of all time... that demands to be seen with a large group" this Valentine's Day weekend! 

Lucinda Williams at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Date: Monday, February 14
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Admission: $50.00-$70.00 per ticket

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a musical performance by Lucina Williams at the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater.


Restaurant Specials

Multi-Course Meals & Chef Specials
Cardinal Spirits

Cardinal Spirits will offer a few different specials in celebration of Valentine's Day:

Carry-Out Valentine's Day Dinner + Cocktails for Two
Enjoy a signature Cardinal Spirits dinner + cocktails at home on Valentine's Day! This three-course meal feeds two and has an optional cocktail to-go pairing, totaling $65.00. Available for carry-out only on Valentine's Day with required pre-ordering on Cardinal Spirits' website. Choose one appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert from the following:

  • Appetizer: Cheese + Charcuterie Board, Cardinal Quinoa Salad, Roasted Tomato & Fennel Soup, or Seafood Chowder
  • Entree: Short Rib Beef “Bourbon-gnon”, Lobster Roll, or Cauliflower Steak
  • Dessert: 10Best Cake or Double Banana Bread Pudding
  • Optional Cocktails: Love Potion No. 9 (Tiki Rum, Flora Liqueur, raspberry-rose syrup, lemon, lime, and raspberries for garnish) or Hot & Heavy (Creekbend Brandy, spicy chipotle syrup, and orange for garnish)

Dine-In Valentine's Weekend Specials
The following will be available for dine-in at Cardinal Spirits from Friday, February 11 through Saturday, February 13 while supplies last:

  • Cardinal Lobster Roll
  • Heart-Shaped Box Cocktail (Bramble Vodka, raspberry, cassis, dry vermouth, rosewater, lemon, lime)
  • Hot & Heavy Cocktail (Creekbend Brandy, chipotle, cayenne, cardamom, cinnamon, orange bitters)

Lennie's will offer a menu of chef's specials on Valentine's Day in addition to their regular menu. Chefs specials include:

Tomato-Basil Soup with Cheese Tortellini

Wood-Fired Balsamic-Rosemary Glazed Pork Loin with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Lemon-Butter Asparagus

Risotto with Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Roasted Red Peppers (can be made vegan upon request)

Cherry-Almond Dark Chocolate Brownie topped with Cherry Sauce (made with Dillman Farm Cherry Preserves), served with Chocolate Moose Ice Cream

Osteria Rago

Osteria Rago will offer a special three-course meal on Valentine's Day — reservations required. Additional details to come; check back frequently for updates.

Upland Brewing Co.

Upland Brewing Co. will offer a special three-course meal in celebration of Valentine's Day, with optional beer pairings. Each guest will enjoy a soup, salad, and entree, plus a shareable-sized warm brownie to split for $65.00. Beer pairings are an additional $10.00 per four-ounce pour. Menu items and beer pairings are as follows:

Soup & Salad
Fresh Carrot Soup Topped with Cumin Lime Cream
Paired with Tropical Vortex, an IPA with notes of passionfruit, peach, citrus, and mango

Roasted Fall Squash and Winter Greens Salad with Sweet & Sour Onion, Rye Croutons, and Goat Cheese, tossed with house-made Balsamic Dressing
Paired with Petal to the Kettle, a kettle soured ale with flavors of grapefruit, peach, and strawberry

Choice of Entree
Crispy Miller Farms Amish Chicken, breast bone-in, served with Smashed Potato, Arugula, Onion Gastrique, and Romesco
Paired with Champagne Velvet, a smooth and light pilsner

Winter Squash with Couscous and Fresh Greens
Paired with Oak & Rose, a barrel-aged sour fruited ale with aromas of red cherries and fruit

Fisher Farms Smoked Pork Chop with house-sade Sausage Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, and Beer Braised Apples
Paired with Dragonfly, Indiana’s favorite local IPA with the crisp taste of hops and an exceptionally floral nose

Warm Brownie with Teddy Bear Kisses Mexican Hot Chocolate Sauce, served with Whipped Cream and Spiced Pecans
Paired with Teddy Bear Kisses, a Russian imperial stout aged on cacao nibs

Other Specials
The Chocolate Moose

The Chocolate Moose will offer buy one, get one half-off the entire menu on Valentine's Day.

Healthy Hoosiers

Healthy Hoosiers will offer a special smoothie flavor exclusively on Valentine's Day.

Mother Bear's Pizza

Mother Bear's will offer heart-shaped pizzas at both locations for dine-in, carryout, and delivery from February 12-14.

Pili's Party Taco & Deli

Pili's Party Taco & Deli will offer a Valentine's Day taco tray, which will include 10 tacos of your choice and a slice of tres leches cake for $35.00.

Rainbow Bakery

Rainbow Bakery will offer a variety of Valentine's Day-themed desserts the week prior to the holiday and on the day itself, including:

  • Conversation Heart cookies
  • Festive cupcakes
  • Mini Bundt cakes
  • Colorful donuts, cookies, and other plant-based treats


Gift Ideas

We have a variety of gift ideas, depending on who you're shopping for. Check out the following gift guides to help you find a Valentine's Day present that will delight:

Looking specifically for chocolate? Stop by BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe and The Olive Leaf for Bloomington's finest handcrafted chocolate treats.

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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's also a proud Indiana University alumna, mom to seven cats, and Formula 1 enthusiast.