6 Last-Minute Date-Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Because your significant other is worth more than a simple movie and dinner

It can be hard to decide what to do with your loved one on Valentine’s Day, especially when date-nights, that consistently entail a movie and dinner, start to blend. Our editors have curated a list of metro Detroit activities that will serve as the perfect agenda for the holiday.

Orchestra Hall

A number of live jazz and classical performances are scheduled at the Detroit venue this Valentine’s Day. Hailing from New York City, jazz vocalist Brianna Thomas will sing at 7 p.m., while Leonard Slatkin will be conducting classical selections including Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring at 7:30 p.m. 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-887-8500; musichall.org

Art in Motion

Learn a new skill with your significant other at this Detroit ceramic studio “Wheel Throwing with Your Sweetie” event. In addition to lessons on how to make pottery using a potters’ wheel, the evening includes wine, cupcakes, and a couple’s massage. 19452 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-980-1265; artinmotiondet.com

Founders Brewing Co.

The brewing company is one of the top ten largest breweries in the country. At their Detroit taproom, Founders Brewing Co. is hosting its first “beer dinner.” This event will feature hors d’oeuvres and a four-course meal, each of which will come with a different brew, allowing you to try five different beers over the course of the evening. Among the dishes that will be served are radish and smoked beet caprese, lamb chop lollipops, and a sweet potato waffle. 456 Charlotte St., Detroit; 313-335-3440; foundersbrewing.com


This Valentine’s Day art exhibition will feature artwork by Richard Halprin, which will be available for purchase. This will be the closing reception of his exhibit, The Faces That We Face. A portion of all sales will be donated to Halprin’s chosen charity, the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, which offers free legal counsel to local individuals living at or below the poverty line. 522 E. 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-677-6740; atom-art.com

Bellis Therapeutic Spa

If you’re looking for a more intimate, relaxed way to spend the holiday, check out the Valentine’s Day couples massages offered by this Farmington Hills spa. You will receive a one-hour chocolate massage with your partner, in a candle-lit, rose-petal-covered room. They are also offering chocolate facials for couples. 33037 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-442-0034; bellistspa.com

The Parade Company

The Parade Company is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the history of America’s Thanksgiving Parade. This special Valentine’s Day studio tour offers participants a chance to see the giant, iconic characters and floats up close and personal. Each couple will also receive a commemorative photo and a gift bag with a bottle of champagne, flowers, chocolates, beads, and signature Parade Company clown noses. 9500 Mt. Elliott St., Detroit; 313-923-7400; theparade.org

Sanctuary Dinner

Taking place at Folk, a sanctuary restaurant dedicated to eliminating sexism, racism, and xenophobia, a dislike of people from other countries, for food workers, the Sanctuary Dinner offers a five-course dinner along with live entertainment. With tickets at $80, the night will be filled with storytelling, music, and much more. 1948, 1701 Trumbull Ave., Suite B, Detroit; 313-290-5849; folkdetroit.com

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments.

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