Valentine’s Events in Downtown Indianapolis
By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
Bring your partner Downtown for a night of dancing, dinner or live music this Valentine’s Day. Take a romantic carriage ride through Downtown! Make your reservations early by calling Yellow Rose Carriages. “Like” Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. on Facebook for more information on Downtown events, dining, hotels and more!
Fall in love with food
Treat your Valentine to an evening of romantic fine dining at one of Downtown’s restaurants featuring special menu options. Dine at The Eagle’s Nest Restaurant, one of Indy’s most romantic restaurants with a great view of the city. Listen to jazz harpist Jan Aldridge Clark performing at Chef Joseph’s at The Connoisseur Room. Enjoy a three-course dinner for two at Weber Grill Feb 14 – 16.
Get up and groove after dinner at the Love is All You Need Dinner Dance at The Rathskellar. This event features a three-course meal starting at 6 p.m. followed by a live performance from Woomblies Rock Orchestra from 8 p.m. – midnight.
Enjoy a wine tasting! Tastings: A Wine Experience is offering a Valentine’s Day Sparkling and Still Wine Pairing at Tastings on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. Get your “wine passport” to the wine regions of France at The Propylaeum’s Passport To France dinner and wine tasting event on Feb. 14.
Enjoy sweetheart shows and performances
Enjoy an evening of laughter and fun and catch I Love Lucy: Live On Stage at Old National Center Feb. 11 – 16. Theatre on the Square brings you two entertaining shows Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.: The Love List and Defending The Caveman. The titles say it all: funny and, oddly enough, thought provoking.
Catch a Valentine’s Day screening of The Strong Man at 7:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In this film directed by Frank Capra, Paul Bergot (Harry Landon) becomes pen pals with Mary Brown (Pricilla Bonner) during The Great War and quickly falls in love with her.
For the Kurt Vonnegut fans, check out Who am I this Time? And Other Conundrums of Love at the Indiana Repertory Theatre Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. or another night through Feb. 23. Some of Vonnegut’s most endearing characters wander through three charming stories searching for love and identity.
What’s more timelessly romantic than a Shakespeare performance? IndyFringe Basile Theatre is presenting Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale Feb. 14 & 15 at 8 p.m. Secret identities, a lost princess, an oracle, a pickpocket and one ravenous bear make for an evening of laughter, love and tears. Other performance dates include: Feb. 21, 22 & 28 and March 1.
Younger Valentines can enjoy Valentine’s Day Cabaret at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio Feb. 8, 9 & 13. Sweetheart the Clown will narrate the show and special sweet treats and a drink are included in the ticket price. An optional post-show workshop is available for purchase.
Listen to live music
Nothing says romance like a classic cabaret performance, and Broadway star Chester Gregory provides just that during his performance at The Cabaret at The Columbia Club. Catch Chestor Gregory: The Eve of Jackie, A Tribute to Jackie Wilson Feb. 14 & 15 at 8 p.m. Make it an entire evening with dinner, cocktails and a little extra swank.
Romance will surely be in the air when the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents Heart & Soul: An Evening of Romance Feb. 14 – 16. From the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet to the timeless theme “As Time Goes By” from Casablanca, the ISO will perform a selection of some of the most well-known and romantic classical, pop and jazz standards.
Hear from soulful singer/songwriter Avant at the Old National Centre Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The R&B crooner is back with the release of his seventh album, Face the Music.
Grab a date and dress up as your favorite couple for Karneval at The Athenaeum Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Enjoy live music from Polkamotion, dancing, drinks and food. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes.
Catch the Indiana Ice as they take on Tri City Storm Feb. 14 and 15 at 7:05 p.m. at Pan Am Pavilion. The Indiana Pacers take on the Dallas Mavericks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, watch tennis greats John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis at PowerShares Tennis Circuit Feb. 14 starting at 7 p.m.
Get a room
There’s no denying love is in the air Downtown, so why not celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long by staying at one of Downtown’s many first class hotels? Enjoy the Romance Package at the JW Marriott Indianapolis (see photo above) which includes deluxe view room, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast for two at Osteria Pronto and a late check-out. The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is offering a Singles in the City package for $199, complete with free valet, a $50 dining credit and a welcome amenity. The hotel is also offering a more traditional $189 Valentine’s Day package for couples. The Dolce Valetine’s Package at The Alexander includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two in Market Table and champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The Hyatt Regency’s Romance Package includes overnight accommodations, complimentary welcome champagne and strawberries, breakfast for two in One South Restaurant or in-room dining and a late check-out. Book the Romance Package at the Conrad Indianapolis and enjoy champagne or wine in-room, breakfast for two at the Capital Grille and a late checkout.
Gifts to say “I heart you”
Head to Mass Ave and stop by Silver in the City for that perfect piece of jewelry this Valentine’s Day. The shop features unique jewelry styles she will love! If you’re taking the diamond route, be sure to stop by Windsor Jewelry for diamonds, gold and precious stones.
Life is like a box of chocolates… so why not give your sweetheart the best chocolates in town? Score some brownie points with a signature Valentine’s Day tin filled with assorted chocolates from The Best Chocolate in Town. Planning to stay in and celebrate? Pick up your gourmet dinner beverage essentials at Mass Ave Wine Shoppe and Easley Winery.
Buy your valentine a unique gift crafted by a local artist. The 11th annual Indiana Art Fair takes place Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Indiana State Museum and showcases an array of fine art and craft from more than 60 artists.
The February Citybox is now available for order and makes a great gift for the “locavore.” For $24.95 for an individual box, you get some great items as well as experiences to enjoy throughout the month. The items in the box are a surprise, so make sure your partner is up for the task!
What could be a more romantic gift that a vow renewal? Married couples can share a special experience at Indianapolis City Market as Mayor Greg Ballard presides over Sharing the Love Group Vow Renewal on Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.
Love stinks – Yeah! Yeah!
Flying solo for Valentine’s Day? Venture out on the town! Celebrate without the ooey-gooey stuff at Howl at The Moon’s 9th annual Love Sux Anti-Valentine’s Day Party Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Enjoy a cynical Anti-Valentine’s Day with drink specials and games with $500 in cash and prizes. And of course, dueling pianos will be rocking anti-love jams. Bring a shredded or torn picture of your ex for FREE admission.
For more date ideas, check out “50 Downtown dates for under $50” at http://www.indydt.com/50datesunder$50.cfm. For more information, call 317-237-2222.