A city with the name “Loveland” is bound to embrace Valentine’s Day. And Loveland, Colorado sure does! After all, it’s called the Sweetheart City for a reason.
Each year, the city of Loveland embraces Valentine’s Day with wide open arms, and is home to the largest re-mailing program of its kind in the country. Plus, there are several other ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Loveland in reimagined ways, including virtual events, socially distanced races, local wine and beer, and much more.
Show some love to your significant other, neighbors, friends, family — and to this city we love so dearly — by participating in these fun Valentine’s Day events and happenings in Loveland!
The most famous program of its kind in Colorado and one of the largest in the country, the Loveland Valentine Re-Mailing Program is a Valentine’s Day tradition anyone can take part in. The Loveland Chamber of Commerce and the United States Postal Service have been teaming up for 75 years to bring love, hope and sentiments to people in all 50 states and more than 110 countries.
Join in celebrating the 75th anniversary of this beloved annual program by sending your valentine through the Sweetheart City. All you have to do is address and stamp your envelope as normal with the recipient’s address. Then, send it in a larger, first-class envelope addressed to “Postmaster – Attention Valentine’s” at 446 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538-9998. A special collector’s stamp and postmark will be stamped on every piece of mail that comes through the program!
This year, you can choose to send a valentine through Loveland via an online portal. Purchase and inscribe a valentine here before February 7.
Click here for more details about and the history of the Valentine Re-Mailing Program.
Every February for more than 40 years, the streets of Loveland have been decked with decorative wooden hearts, stenciled by local students, all proclaiming love for a resident or a visitor. For about 20 years now, Thompson Valley Rotary has been running the Loveland Hearts Program so proceeds from the sales go to help children both locally and abroad. Hearts are $50 each, and unfortunately, they’re already sold out for the 2021 season. But you can still admire this beautiful display of love and be uplifted by loving words!
While you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for Dan Cupid! During the first two weeks of February, track him down to bring him back in time for Valentine’s Day so he can shoot his arrow of love from the nation’s Sweetheart City. Simply start at the LOVE sign and the “love lock” sculpture and unlock clues celebrating the city’s 75-year valentine history. This quest is free and open to everyone! Participants will be entered to win the ultimate Loveland experience trip with hotel stay, food, shopping and more.
One of our favorite Valentine’s Day traditions is moving forward this year — quite literally! The Sweetheart City Classic is taking place on Saturday, February 14 in Downtown Loveland on 4th Street. There will be socially distanced start times for waves, no in-person ceremony, and other safety measures in place. The course features diverse terrain and views, from downtown to River’s Edge Natural Area. Click here for more details and to sign up!
From February 1–14, Chapungu Sculpture Park in Centerra will be lit up in red and pink lights and sweetheart-themed décor. Just like Loveland Winter Wonderlights, the light displays will be free and open to the public each evening from 5–9 p.m. Grab your sweetheart or your “galentine” and take a stroll through this adorable display!
Red is the color of the season! Celebrate the color at “Something RED,” an art installation in the Loveland Creative District featuring local artists displaying their interpretation of the color red. Some interpret it to be the color of action, violence, heat, while others attribute it to luck, happiness or passion. Visitors can find a map of the installations on the Loveland Downtown District website to see all locations. Installations will be displayed in various windows and storefronts, visible from the outside, throughout the month of February.
Photo Courtesy of My Big Day Company
Imagine being able to say you got married in Loveland! Each year on February 14, My Big Day hosts a group wedding, where many couples get married or renew their vows with a special ceremony at Chapungu Scultpure Park at Centerra. For 2021, they are making careful accommodations and adjustments for everyone’s safety. But the event will be as special as ever! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets for this unique event.
The Rialto Theater is hosting a Virtual Valentine Event over Valentine’s Day weekend, which will include streaming entertainment from the theater and special event boxes delivered to ticket buyers. The boxes will contain tasty treats and activities to complement the streaming entertainment. Proceeds from the event will go towards Backstage Rialto’s mission to provide much–needed financial support for expanded programming and physical facility improvements at the Rialto Theater. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
While many restaurants are starting the process of opening up their space for indoor dining, there’s something fun about ordering a fancy meal and enjoying it in the comfort of your own home. Put the kids to bed, order an indulgent meal from Loveland Chophouse, and set up your dining room — or even your coffee table — like it’s a fancy restaurant. Put on some music, light some candles, or watch a romantic movie to complete the at-home date night experience!
The Loveland Chamber of Commerce has partnered with a few local businesses to present special Valentine’s-themed treats to be enjoyed with you and your valentine!
Official Valentine’s Wine
The Official Valentine’s Wine is a 2018 Malbec from Sweet Heart Winery. It has a custom-designed romantic label painted by local artist, Billie Colson. This medium-bodied Malbec is a delight with bright red berry aromas on the nose. It is a fruit forward wine that entices with notes of sugarplum, red cherry and black raspberry, with a hint of baking spice and sweet tobacco on the finish. There will be 400 bottles of this wine available February 2 at Sweet Heart Winery.
Official Valentine’s Beer
The chamber has partnered with Grimm Brothers Brewhouse for a special Valentine’s beer: The Bleeding Heart. This 2021 beer is a barrel-aged Baltic Porter brewed with vanilla and bourbon.
Official Valentine’s Coffee
They’ve also partnered with Top of the Lake Coffee Roasters to produce a special Valentine’s coffee. The Sweetheart Blend has a delicious gingersnap flavor and will be sold at the Loveland Visitors Center.
Permanently lock your love on one of Loveland’s famous heart sculptures! Purchase a “love lock” at the Loveland Visitor’s Center, write your names or a special message on it, and lock it on the sculpture amongst the other inscribed locks. And if you’re truly committed, you’ll throw away the key!
We wish you a lovely Valentine’s Day — no matter where and how you’re celebrating!