There is plenty to love in downtown Harrisonburg during the month of February! Follow your heart and celebrate locally this Valentine's Day. Here are a few ideas for you!

Valentine's Day special Events

1) Love Letters to Downtown Harrisonburg

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Share what you love about downtown by writing a love letter to the people and places that make it a special place for you. Stop by withSimplicity anytime between Noon and 6pm on Valentine's Day to write your love letter. Long or short. It can be a poem or a song. Draw a picture or create a card. Share your love for our city in your own way. HDR plans to share your love with our dedicated business owners and friends by delivering the letters during National Small Business Appreciation Week, April 29-May 5. Join our Facebook event for more details.

2) Share the Love

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The businesses in the south-west corner of downtown are hosting a "Share the Love" campaign from February 1st to February 14th. "Check in" on Facebook at any of the participating businesses (or fill out a card while you're there) between the 1st and the 13th and be automatically entered into a drawing for gift certificates, products, memberships, and more. The winners will be announced on Valentine's Day. Share the Love at any of the following businesses: Black Sheep Coffee, The Hub Coworking, Hugo Kohl, Boboko Indonesian CafeBlue Ridge DogThe CenterBreatheRocktown KitchenFood.Bar.FoodSalon 11Pale Fire BrewingThe Mark ItGaines Group Architects, and Blue Ridge Architects.

3) Cupid Crawl

For the second time, Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) will be hosting their Art Crawl fundraiser event, the Cupid Crawl on February 14th. Local artist Laura Thompson will guide guests throughout five of downtown Harrisonburg's art venues: ACV's Smith House Galleries, Wilson Downtown Gallery, Shenandoah Joe, Hess Financial, and Larkin Arts.

At each stop, guests will enjoy drinks and appetizers while learning from and engaging with Harrisonburg artists on some of the community's newest creative projects. After the tour, ACV's Court Square Theater will be offering free entry to that evening's film! Tickets are $50 per individual, $90 per couple, and students will receive a discount of $40 per individual, $75 per couple.

4) Valentine's Day Beer Paired Dinner with Mashita

Three Notch'd Valley Collab House and Mashita food truck are teaming up for a 6 coursed beer dinner at the taproom on February 14th. The dinner and pairing will cost $55/person (plus tax and gratuity). Reserve your spot by calling the Taproom or emailing elsa@threenb.com before it sells out. Menu is to come!

5) Popcorn and a Movie Night

Brothers Craft Brewing will be hosting a Valentine's Day Popcorn and a Movie Night with a special Valentine's Day popcorn from PrePOPsterous and a viewing of The Princess Bride at 8pm. The afternoon will kick off with Brothers' usual Wednesday Happy Hour with discounted drafts from 4-6 pm on February 14th.

6) Valentine's Day Party

Pendleton Community Bank is hosting a Valentine's Day Party on February 14th, where there will be a photo booth with fun props, popcorn, cookies, refreshments, and more. This is a great opportunity to take a fun picture with someone you love and share it on social media using the hashtag #yourbank!


On Valentine's Day

Rocktown Kitchen

On February 14th, enjoy specials and live music at Rocktown Kitchen. Specials will run from Valentine's Day until February 18th. Their Valentine's Day menu features a soft shell crab for a starter, seared rockfish fillet or grilled filet of prime beef tenderloin as an entree, and chocolate mousse and peanut butter cheesecake for dessert.

Magnolia's Taco & Tequila Bar

Take your Valentine to Magnolia's to share an appetizer, 2 main entrees, and 1 dessert, for just $25 on February 14th! Plus, why not have one of their mango, raspberry, or organic lime margaritas while you're there?

Shenandoah Joe

Enjoy 14% off lattes at Shenandoah Joe on Valentine's Day. All lattes will have a heart shape design in them!

Boboko Indonesian Cafe

At Boboko, get ready for a special sangria drink and desserts menu, such as the chocolate almond cake (pictured below), from 4:30-8pm on Valentine's Day. Chef Ridwan is bound to have something lovable up his sleeve for this occasion, especially his French macaroons!

Photo credit: Shenandoah Joe Instagram, @shenjoehburg

Photo credit: Shenandoah Joe Instagram, @shenjoehburg

Boboko's chocolate almond cake

Boboko's chocolate almond cake

Little Grill Collective

The Little Grill will be open for dinner on February 14th for you and your Valentine to enjoy dinner together! From 6-9pm, the Little Grill will be offering a 3-course dinner, with options that range from rosemary polenta cakes to braised pork cassoulet to chocolate mousse. Reservations are required for entry, so don't forget to reserve your spot by calling 540-434-3594 during their business hours (7am-3pm).

Restless Moons Brewing

Looking for an alternative to the typical Valentine's Day activities? Head to Restless Moons Brewing for a free comedy show, "Killing Cupid - Comedy vs. Valentine's Day," taking Saint Valentine down a couple of pegs. The show starts at 8pm and will feature: Dylan Vattelana, Brandon Beswick, Paige Campbell, Liz Carr, and Anthony Thompson.

Food.Bar.Food

From 4-9pm on the 14th, enjoy Valentine's Day specials at Food.Bar.Food., with menu items such as:

  • Small Plates:
    • sauteed asparagus & prosciutto in balsamic & black bean sauce, topped with melted brie & smoked grape tomato
    • spicy tuna tartare with citrus-soy sauce, wakami, saffron aioli and micro greens
  • Entrees:
    • bistro tenderloin steak with shiitake mushroom basil gravy, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sauteed brussel sprouts with dried cranberries
    • creamy asiago risotto with shrimp, crab and pork belly with butternut squash & cherry tomatoes
    • creamy asiago risotto with vegetables and crispy tofu
  • Desserts:
    • white chocolate semi-fredo with chocolate sponge cake and raspberries
    • red velvet layer cake with cream cheese icing and chocolate ganache

Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza

From Valentine's Day until February 20th, Bella Luna will have a special menu featuring dishes such as their chef's choice pizza (which has spinach, garlic, goat cheese, mozzarella, and red onion on 10" organic thin crust), roasted lamb chop, and their "Lady and the Tramp" beet pasta. For dessert, enjoy their chocolate strawberry verrine and/or goat cheesecake. 


Specials until Valentine's Day

Rocktown Gift Shoppe

From February 1st through February 14th, Rocktown Gift Shoppe will be offering 10% off all Virginia is for Lovers items.

Mandy's Candy

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to indulge your sweet tooth! Mandy's Candy at Agora Downtown Market will be offering a "Build your Own" Valentine's Day gift basket from Feb. 1-14.

Downtown Books

All Valentine's Day cards with envelopes are 75 cents each from now until February 14th.

New Creation

Shop for your Valentine at New Creation in Agora Downtown Market and grab a Fair Trade Rosewood Tray for $10 with any purchase of $25 or more. Offer is good from Feb. 1-14. 

Larkin Arts

If you purchase 2 seats for Larkin Arts' February Art Party Painting Night on February 28th, you will receive $10 off. Larkin will provide the gift certificate on Valentine's Day when purchased between Feb. 1-14. 

Green Hummingbird

Winter is still here, folks! That is, unless Punxsutawney Phil lets us know otherwise on Groundhog Day. So head into Green Hummingbird for their buy one scarf, get one of equal or lesser value 50% off from Feb. 1-14. 

Shenandoah Yoga

On February 13th, Shenandoah Yoga will be offering a partner special, where you can either pay for your class and bring a valentine for free, or you both save 50% off your classes. No advanced sign-ups - simply drop in to Shenandoah Yoga's 5:30 pm PiYo class or 7:00 pm Yoga & Meditation class.

Friendly City Food Co-op

The Friendly City Food Co-op has tons of boxed chocolate, candy, and 3 stem, 6 stem, and 12 stem bouquets of fair trade roses available for Valentine's Day.

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is offering buy one, get one 50% off jewelry and 25% off select Valentine's Day gifts.

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn

Shirley's flavor of the month during February is Oreo White Chocolate.

For more information on events happening downtown, visit HDR's downtown calendar!

Bittersweet Bakery

Don't forget to place your Valentine's Day order at Bittersweet Bakery. They will have truffles, chocolate dipped strawberries, macarons and sweetheart cakes to share with your Valentine. They will also have bitter chocolate and blood orange tarts for those of us who think Valentine's Day is the worst! Bittersweet is open from 2pm-6pm on Valentine's Day as well.


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Susie Patrick is a Marketing Intern at Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and a senior at James Madison University, where she majors in Communication Studies. She will graduate in May 2018.