On the hunt for things to do for Valentine’s Day weekend in Arlington? How does live music, a fondue happy hour, college basketball or a craft beer dinner grab you? Let’s take a look at all that and more on the Valentine’s Day Weekend Warrior agenda for all of you lovers, singles, family types or people just looking to pursue a little happy:
Snuggle and sway with your sweetie—or shake your money maker with your friends—at any of Arlington’s live music venues, including:
Grease Monkey: Besides enjoying a cold brew and one heckuva burger (check out the Black and Blue Burger) you can also catch acts like Darron Williams and the Josh Lee Band.
Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub: When it comes to Valentine’s Day weekend fun, it’s elementary at Sherlock’s Baker St, where the music acts Chinatown, The Max, and Empire 6 are all on the V-Day agenda. While you’re there, try a London Platter, featuring beer-battered cod, popcorn shrimp, and seasoned fries.
Brickhouse Lounge: DJ-spun tunes, a Chicago Step Class and live music are all on tap at the Brickhouse, plus they’ve got something billed as a “Lavish Buffet” that sounds simply scrumptious.
Arlington Music Hall: If you and your honey dig bluegrass, country or Americana, you’ll want to snag tickets to see 14-time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs perform at one of the most beautiful venues in Downtown Arlington.
Valentine’s Weekend Party at Hooligan’s: This popular Downtown Arlington watering hole plans to keep the V-Day vibe going all weekend long with wine specials by the glass or bottle, plus complimentary chocolate and flowers. Open: Weekdays from 4 p.m. through 2:30 a.m. and weekends from 2 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
College Basketball [Admission under $10]: In Arlington, the colors of Valentine’s Day are red, pink AND UT-Arlington blue and orange, baby! Check out men’s and women’s action all weekend at College Park District, where the Mavs will take on Arkansas State, Texas State, and Arkansas Little Rock in a few Valentine’s Day double headers. When: Thursday at 11:30 a.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Monday at 8 p.m. Get tickets.
Valentine’s Beer Dinner at Legal Draft: If you’re a lover of all things beer, nothing says lovin’ like some craft beer at one of Arlington’s newest hot spots. Includes both beers-of-your-choice and chef-selected beers, plus a chef-created dinner, and live music. The Legal Draft folks recommend getting your tickets sooner rather than later, so get busy! When: Saturday at 7 p.m.
Happy Hour at The Melting Pot: Dive in to discounted warm appetizers, cheese and chocolate fondue, house wines, draft brews and specialty cocktails at one of Arlington’s most romantic (and yummiest) dining destinations. When: Friday from 5-8 p.m. Find out more.
The Planetarium at UT-Arlington [Admission under $10 per person]: When you’re ready for a break from staring into each other’s eyes, you and your honey can gaze star wards at one of Arlington’s coolest destinations, the UTA Planetarium. Now showing: “Phantom Of The Universe,” “Pink Floyd,” “Big Bird’s Adventure,” “Astronaut,” and “Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket.” When: Friday through Sunday – see website for showtimes.
Enjoy a Picnic in the Park [Free]
If the current weekend good weather predictions hold up, Valentine’s Weekend will be a perfect opportunity to spread a blanket under an afternoon sun (or the stars) and enjoy quality time and a basket of goodies with that special someone. And with more than 80 parks and green spaces to choose from in Arlington, there’s bound to be a spot that floats your boat. Open: Most parks are open daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Enjoy a Four-Course Meal with your Love at Ventana Grille:
Make a reservation at Tierra Verde's Ventana Grille for a delicious four-course meal, that includes lump crab cakes and your choice of flounder, sirloin steak, chicken and more. The price is $45 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call 817-548-5047 to make your reservation ASAP.
Throw Your Own Spa-rty:
Whether you’re looking for a few hours of relaxation with your other half or celebrating singlehood, Valentine’s Day weekend is an excellent time to indulge in a little (or a lot) of luxurious pampering. Find a great spa or salon in Downtown Arlington, or head to South Arlington's Daired's spa for some decadence.
Learn To Skate at ICE At The Parks: If a fear of crashing has been holding you back from your dream of someday taking a romantic turn around the ice while clasping hands with your mate, this is your big chance! ICE At The Parks is holding a Learn-To-Skate Winter Party on Friday at 6:45 p.m.—and after you’re finished with class, you can shop or dine at more than 100 retailers and restaurants or catch a blockbuster movie. Find out more.
And for you purists who like to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14: