Guide to Valentine's Day in Cleveland: Events, Dining, Things to Do

Modern city skyline, Cleveland

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For some, the way to a person's heart is through their stomach; for others, it's making memories together and sharing special moments. From concerts and quiet dinners for two to museum tours and ice skating, Cleveland and northeast Ohio offer a wealth of activities for Valentine's Day lovebirds. Cleveland neighborhoods like the Waterloo Arts district and University Circle offer fun things to do, and those who enjoy a road trip will discover lovely getaways such as a winery in Madison and a romantic inn found in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

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Ice Skate at University Circle

Ice Skating at University Circle
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If you're looking for a fun way to soak up the winter scenery of Cleveland this Valentine's Day while bonding with your loved one, you can head to the Rink at Wade Oval in the University Circle district through February 17, 2020.

Afterward, you may enjoy exploring nearby attractions in University Circle, which include the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. For a romantic dinner, you can stop by L'Albatros, a nearby French brasserie, or the Michelson and Morely Restaurant on the Case Western Reserve University campus.

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Enjoy One of Cleveland's Romantic Restaurants

Lockkeeper's Restaurant
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If you want to take your sweetheart out to dinner on Valentine's Day, you'll need to make a reservation at one of Cleveland's special occasion restaurants well in advance, as this holiday is one of the busiest for the city's many fine dining establishments.

Eateries such as Mallorca, a Spanish restaurant in the Warehouse District, offer excellent cuisine in a quiet, romantic setting. The Flying Fig, one of the first restaurants in the area to feature locally-grown and organic produce, is a great destination in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood for an intimate dinner featuring healthy, tasty food. Also, for a fantastic view of the Cuyahoga River and elegantly-plated Italian dishes, consider heading out to Lockkeeper's Restaurant in Valley View, about 20 minutes from Cleveland by car.

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Admire the Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art
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You and your sweetie may enjoy a fun Valentine's Day in 2020 at The Cleveland Museum of Art. On the evening of February 14 at 6:45 p.m. or on February 16 at 1:30 p.m., check out the famous Marilyn Monroe film "Some Like it Hot." The classic comedy featured a duo of 1920s Chicago jazz musicians dressed in drag who mistakenly witness the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre (when seven Chicago North Side Gang members and associates were killed in 1929).

You may find inspiration perusing the fine works in the galleries as well. Exhibits include everything from Swedish modern design, featuring glass, textiles, and ceramics, to stained glass lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The museum is also a good place to catch special concerts and try some fine dining with global influences at Provenance, where menus complement current exhibitions. Provenance Café is a more casual option for salads, soups, sandwiches, and such.

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Tie the Knot at Tower City

Tower City wedding Cleveland
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Perhaps one of the most romantic things to do is getting married on Valentine's Day, and Cuyahoga County municipal judges have been presiding over the marriage ceremonies on the steps of Tower City in Cleveland on the holiday for years.

During the ceremonies, the Tower City concourse, including its grand staircase, marble floors and pillars, gurgling fountains, and soaring arched glass ceiling, is transformed into a romantic place where couples exchange wedding vows.

If you want to tie the knot on Valentine's Day, you must have your marriage license beforehand and will have to pay a fee for the services and register in advance. The deadline for Valentine's Day wedding registrations for 2020 is February 13.

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05 of 09

Get Practically Naked for Charity

Cupid's Charity Undie Run

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One way to show your love for humanity is to run a 1-mile course in your underwear (or long-johns) on Saturday, February 15, 2020, in the Cupid Undie Run. This annual event, which is held in cities across the country throughout the month, benefits the Children's Tumor Foundation, which helps provide support for research into the cure for neurofibromatosis.

Taking place at the South Side (2207 West 11th Street) from noon to 4 p.m., this charity event requires advanced registration and a donation to attend. After the fun run, participants can enjoy a party for several hours as they try to bring feeling back to their extremities.

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Go to a Show at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Beachland Ballroom

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The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, a music venue in Cleveland's Waterloo Arts district, is a great spot to catch a concert and grab a few cocktails. On February 14, 2020, the venue offers two fun all-ages shows at 8 p.m. Try the Gal-entine's Day Prom in Beachland Ballroom, featuring AJ & the Woods (local roots rock), Kid Tigrrr, Elizabeth Kelley (of The Village Bicycle), SexyPigDivas, Sarah Arafat, and Molly Andrews-Hinders. Valentines can also spend the holiday at the Beachland Tavern listening to rock and blues band 351 Cleveland, along with Eerie Invaders, Urban Cattle, and Polka Maniacs.

During all concerts, visitors can choose from a full menu for dinner, which includes vegetarian and vegan choices.

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Tour a Chocolate Factory

Harry London Chocolates
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Chocolates have become almost synonymous with Valentine's Day, and you can get up close and personal with the treat-making process at the Harry London Chocolate Factory in North Canton. Stop by the front shop to buy your true love some tasty chocolates and then go on a tour of the factory and sample the sweets together afterward.

Although Canton is about a one-hour drive south of Cleveland, there are also plenty of other chocolate shops right in the city if you can't make the trip.

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Enjoy a Romantic Weekend Getaway

Lakehouse Inn and Winery
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If you're looking to make your Valentine's Day celebration extra special this year, you might consider booking a room at a romantic getaway destination near Cleveland.

The quaint Lakehouse Inn in Geneva-on-the-Lake, located one hour outside of Cleveland, offers a number of couples' packages and specials which include things like spa services, chocolates, flowers, restaurant vouchers, and wine tastings. You and your loved one can enjoy intimate meals, lively social events, and all the peace of getting away from the city for a weekend of being pampered.

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Dine at a Winery

Debonne Vineyards
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Nothing says a romantic dinner like candlelight service and a nice, fresh wine pairing from a local vineyard. Northeast Ohio is home to many wineries, many of which offer Valentine's Day services for two at their on-site restaurants.

Located about 45 minutes east of Cleveland in Madison, Ohio, Debonne Vineyards has over 175 acres, making it one of the largest estate wineries in the state. While there, you can also enjoy food, which includes a variety of specialty sandwiches, fresh appetizers, and wood-fired pizzas.

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