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Valentine’s Day in Loveland

In the nation’s Sweetheart City, Valentine’s Day is more than a day – it is a celebration of Everything You Love. Here, romantic heart-shaped love notes dot the streets. Art and sculpture take new forms and local craft brews are transformed into love potion. Read about all the happenings below and check back often for updates.

Loveland Sweetheart Festival: Love Locks and Lights

The Loveland Sweetheart Festival: Love Locks and Lights is Visit Loveland’s new signature event taking place Feb. 8-9, 2019 in downtown Loveland. The festival focuses on the city’s rich history as the nation’s Sweetheart City and one of the top small art communities in the nation. Visit Loveland Colorado and the Loveland Chamber of Commerce collaborated to create this event that will enhance and support Loveland’s growing downtown economy. Festival highlights include:

  • Lock your Love with the largest love lock sculpture in the U.S., sitting at over 30 feet. Attendees can purchase and lock their own Sweetheart Festival lock, expressing their love in the Sweetheart City.
  • Art show at the 4th Street Gallery “Love in a Steam Punk World” organized by the Artist Collective
  • Art gallery walk for attendees to experience all of the art installations around downtown
  • Palace of Sweets
  • Beer and wine garden
  • Sweetheart Classic 4 Miler ending at the festival
  • Mapping projection laser shows each night
  • Lost Love luminarias
  • Art installations/interactive art displays
    • Community mural
    • Pinwheel art project
    • String heart art project
    • Raku fired collectible pins
  • Bands & other musical performances (see schedule below)
  • Snowzilla Jr., the only one of it’s kind in the U.S. and Canada – for adults and children
  • Photo booth with Princesses
  • Face painting
  • Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid contest (children up to age 4)

Be sure to visit the event webpage for updated listings, lodging packages, events at the festival, and much more! 

Loveland’s Love Lock Sculpture

Come see Colorado’s largest LOVE sign at its permanent location (except for when it will be at the Sweetheart Festival) at the Loveland Visitors Center. This sculpture was designed and manufactured in Loveland. Visitors can purchase a lock at the Loveland Visitors Center and write their names on a lock, then lock their love on the sculpture for an eternity. Be sure to tag #visitloveland and #lovelandlovelocks when you post your pics!

Official Valentine’s Beer

Exclusively available in Loveland for Valentine’s Day, the Bleeding Heart from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse is a one-of-a-kind love potion. Each year Grimm Brothers brews and taps a new Valentine’s Day beer the first day of February, making Loveland a great Valentine’s Day excursion for any beer lover. This year’s brew is a Baltic porter brewed with tart cherry and blackberry. Get it while it lasts on tap in participating Loveland restaurants and bars, and in cans at participating Loveland liquor stores. Experience the romance and excitement of the holiday as you sip on a local crafted brew made with love. 

Official Valentine’s Coffee

This Valentine’s Day, Loveland is bringing together the magic of the season with our special seasonal coffee blends. The LoCo Artisan Coffee House, a local Loveland coffee company, produces our unique roast of Valentine’s Day coffee, also sold exclusively in Loveland. The flavor for this season will be announced soon. 

Hearts Around Town

Love, and love notes, are in the air: There is a special feeling in the air during valentine’s season in Loveland – one that visitors must experience for themselves. From the giant red hearts with love notes hanging on lampposts, to the red and white twinkling lights lining downtown, Loveland transforms for this romantic holiday. Drive throughout town to read special love notes, or, order your own and search the city with your sweetheart to make the day extra special.

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Valentine Re-Mailing Program

Experience the nation’s largest valentine program: For the past 71 years, Loveland has been the nation’s home for Valentine’s Day. Visit in early February and experience the internationally recognized valentine program for yourself. Bring your valentines to receive a special message from the Sweetheart City by one of our ‘angels on earth’ who lovingly hand-stamp valentines from all over the world each year. Deadlines for mailing valentines are available through the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.
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Sweetheart Classic 4 Miler

On February 9th get out for a run by yourself, with a friend or as a couple. This year’s race is set to kick off at 2:30 PM in downtown Loveland as part of the Loveland Sweetheart Festival – rain, snow or shine! Fore more information, visit the Sweetheart City Racing website.

Black Valentine Exhibit

Several anti-Valentine celebrations have made their way into the mainstream as post-romance day slams, with people recognizing anything from Flirt Day to Break Up Day the week after February 14. Not everyone loves the holiday or its romantic notions, especially if your heart has been broken. But the Museum’s Black Valentine event won’t be all dark! Share and release your own broken-hearted stories in the “Broken Heart Interactives”. In one space, you can write and “release” your lost love on a floating black heart. In another space, you can “smash” your broken heart as you write your sentiments on a tile and then break the tile to release the pain. If sharing your story isn’t all roses, come enjoy the “Love is a Thug” exhibit by Scott Young, sip on Dark Heart coffee (with alcoholic additions for those over 21) and listen to some Slam Poetry. The event is free and alcohol is available for purchase.

Come Meet Valentina

Valentina is Loveland’s sweetheart mascot and is making special appearances throughout Loveland and Northern Colorado this Valentine’s season. Be sure to watch her on TV or come out to the events to meet her!

January 3: Valentine’s Day Press Conference at the Loveland Visitors Center
January 4: Fox 31 Denver on Colorado’s Best
January 14: Colorado and Company
February 8-9: Loveland Sweetheart Festival in downtown Loveland

Sweetheart Lodging Packages

Whether you are looking for a hotel and spa package, western getaway, or a place to getaway for the weekend, several package options are available.

$119 at Embassy Suites Loveland Hotel & Spa, includes bottle of champagne and a box of truffles

$99 at Hampton Inn, includes chocolate-covered strawberries

$102 at Fairfield Inn & Suites, includes chocolate-covered strawberries

$109 at Residence Inn & Suites, includes chocolate-covered strawberries

15% off the best available rate at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, includes a bottle of wine from Sweet Heart Winery and chocolate-covered strawberries (Call 970-663-0057 to book!)

15% off the best available rate at Candlewood Suites, includes a bottle of wine from Sweet Heart Winery and chocolate-covered strawberries (Call 970-667-5444 to book!)

You must use the links above (or call the hotel directly) to secure these special rates!

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, a true western getaway in the foothills of the Rockies, is perfect for those seeking a unique and romantic experience. Surprise your sweetheart with a stay in a cozy fireplace cabin at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Enjoy a private dinner for two, and a hearty ranch-style breakfast the next morning. Challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool in our indoor game room, snuggle up for a movie and popcorn in the Heritage Welcome Room, or head out for a hike into the hills. Trail rides will also be available, weather pending (additional charge). Packages start at $261 per couple. Dinner includes choice of entree, house wine or sparkling cider. More information is available on their website.