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10 Valentine’s Day Events in Downtown DSM for Singles, Couples + Friends

Valentine's Day Downtown DSM

This Valentine’s Day, find plenty of love-inspired events in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). Whether you’re single, celebrating as a couple or looking for something fun to do with your besties, the options below offer something for everyone. Pair painting with a bottle of wine, check out a Pretty in Pink Pop-Up at The Republic on Grand in the Historic East Village, skate under the stars or even attend a glamourous event for a good cause!

Pretty in Pink Valentine's Experience

Now through Monday, Feb. 19 | Varies
The Republic on Grand (401 E. Grand Ave.)
Cost: Based on Dinner / Drinks Order
*Check out Craft Cocktails like Love Potion, Isn’t She Lovely and Kiss from a Rosé or attend one of the special Valentine’s events, including Paint the Town Pink Party on Saturday, Feb. 10 and Valentine’s Trivia Night on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Valentine's at the Botanical Garden

Thursday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (909 Robert D. Ray Dr.)
Cost: $51 Members, $60 Nonmembers (Valentine Candle Class) and $42.50 Members, $50 Nonmembers (Galentine's Flower Arranging)

A Sweet Valentine Surprise Workshop with Waveland Studio 

Saturday, Feb. 10 | 1 – 4 p.m. 
Mainframe Studios (900 Keosauqua Way, Studio #226)
Cost: $50

Teri Templeton Cadman Workshops

Saturday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 1 – 3 p.m. (Feb. 10 Fabric Collage Heart) and 6 – 8 p.m. (Feb. 14 Funky Heart)
Mainframe Studios (900 Keosauqua Way, Studio #211)
Cost: $35 each

2024 Des Moines Heart Ball

Saturday, Feb. 10  | 5 p.m.
Iowa Events Center (730 Third St.)
Cost: $250 

4-Course Valentines Day Dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 14  | Varies based on reservation 
Hoq (303 E. 5th St.)
Cost: $89 per person with optional cocktail and wine pairings for $45 per person

Late Night Valentines' Date Night

Wednesday, Feb. 14  | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Bottle & Bottega by Painting with a Twist (1301 Locust St. East)
Cost: $40-50 per person (Based on purchase of canvas or wood plank board)

Valentine's Beer Dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 14 – Friday, Feb. 16  | 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Exile Brewing Company (1514 Walnut St.)
Cost: $85 per ticket

Valentine’s Day Skate + Day After Valentine’s Day Skate

Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15 | 5 – 9 p.m.
Brenton Skating Plaza (520 Robert D. Ray Dr.)
Admission: BOGO – Buy one, get one admission and skate rental — two skate for the price of one!

Valentine’s Day with Max Wellman (Two shows!) 

Friday, Feb. 16 | 7 – 8:30 p.m. and 9 – 10:30 p.m.
Noce (1326 Walnut St.)
Cost: $18 Bartop, $27 Table seating (GA), $45 VIP reserved seating

Don’t forget to shop local for Valentine’s gifts. We think you'll love the organic cotton heritage hearts print from Amour, a gift card to East Village Spa, this True Love Oracle from KIN or a hand-painted heart lucite block from She Home & Gift. Find even more Downtown DSM shopping recommendations at DSMpartnership.com.

There are so many fun events specific to Downtown DSM. Attend annual events like the Downtown Des Moines Farmers’ Market, World Food & Music Festival and Holiday Promenade or find live music happening each week through the "Live Music This Week in DSM” blog series.

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