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Valentine Events Around Arkansas


Arkansas is the perfect state to spend some romantic time with your sweetie. Whether you enjoy time outside or in, we’ve got it all. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so now that you have your Arkansas-made gift basket all put together (thanks to our post here) let’s find a special event to schedule a date.

Valentine's Day in Arkansas 2015

Bella Vista

Annual Big Band Valentine’s Day Dance
February 13, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Riordan Hall
7 Kingsdale Lane, Bella Vista, AR
Ballroom, Swing, Latin music for dancing  with The  15 piece Bella Vista Big Band.  Arrive early for a free dance lesson by Danceandswing.biz at 7 p.m. (Property ownership not required.) Admission is $10.00 at the door. Call for more information 479-855-8170.


Symphony of NW Arkansas (SoNA) Valentine’s Pops Concert
Feb. 6, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Walton Arts Center – Baum Walker Hall
America’s beloved popular musical output from the first half of the last century, with a generous helping of songs about love. Featuring guest vocal soloists. For tickets, go online or call 479-443-5600.

Fort Smith

Fort Smith Marathon
February 14, 2016
Begins at 8:00 a.m. (get there early)
Love to run? Love is in the air as this Valentine’s Day marathon, half-marathon, and relay takes to the streets of Fort Smith. More information and registration available online.

The Singles Night Out Valentine’s Event
February 6, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Fort Smith Senior Activity Center, 2700 Cavanaugh Road, Fort Smith

The casual event includes food, door prizes, meeting new people and more and is aimed at adults ages 40-80. Attendees can bring a single friend. The cover charge is $10.00 and a covered dish. To make reservations or for information, call 784-4300.

Eureka Springs

12th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival
February 13, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center
207 W. Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR
It’s a chocolate lovers’ dream! Cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream, beverages, dipping fountains and everything chocolate you can imagine. There are contests for chocolate recipes and decorating, as well as a silent auction. Admission fee will get you a box to fill up with your favorites to take home. Proceeds will be shared with area school students and non-profits. Tickets are $12 and $6, available at the door, or by calling 800-638-7352.


American Red Cross – Cross My Heart Soiree
February 13, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Silos of Bono, 1743 County Road 380, Bono, AR
Semi-formal event includes dinner, dancing to a live band, a chance to find a real diamond in an ice cube for yourself or your valentine, art exhibits from local artists with the opportunity to purchase, mystery auction and live auction, and a wine pull. For more information, contact Pamela.Knapp-Carver@redcross.org or 870- 932-3212.

Delta Symphony Orchestra
February 14, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University
Romantic music for Valentine’s Day featuring soloist Sarah Jones-Hayes. For more information and tickets, call 870-972-ASU1

Valentines for the Birds
February 13th, 2016
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Make a valentine bird feeder for the wintering birds in your yard and learn tips for helping wild birds survive the cold winter. All supplies furnished and no registration required. For additional information contact the nature center at 870-933-6787 or email Lee.Elkins@agfc.ar.gov.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Valentine’s Day Cruise Party
February 13, 2016
6:00 p.m.
VFW, 300 Airport Rd, Jonesboro, AR
Only 100 tickets will be sold, and includes steak dinner for two, live music, and loads of prize drawings, including the chance to win a cruise package. For more information, contact Mike Pritchard, at 417-268-5283 or mpritchard03@yahoo.com

Little Rock

Arkansas Skatium Valentine’s Skate
February 13, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
1311 Bowman Road, Little Rock, AR
Take your sweetie for a retro-inspired spin around the boards. 2-for-1 admission (skate rental extra). Call 501-227-4333 for more information.

Arkansas Symphony “Broadway Rocks!”
February 13 & 14, 2016
Pulaski Academy Conner Performing Arts Center
12701 Hinson Road Little Rock, AR
Exciting vocalists from the Broadway stage perform selections from rock and contemporary Broadway hits. Tickets are $19.00 – $58.00 and available online.


Pinots Palette – DIY art with your sweetie!
February 11-14, 2016
11525 Cantrell Rd, Suite 607, Little Rock
Several love-themed classes available the week of Valentine’s Day. Reserve space early online or by calling 501-588-1661.



Petit Jean State Park

Hikes, Hearts and Hugs Weekend
February 12-14, 2016

During Hikes, Hearts and Hugs Weekend, park interpreters offer hikes, programs and agendas of discovery for this special yearly holiday. In the deep of winter, share a scenic trail with a loved one, or a warm fire at Mather Lodge.  A  Valentine’s Evening Dinner Special on Saturday, February 13th features your choice of 6 oz. Prime Rib with Creamed Horse Radish or Garlic Roasted Shrimp Scampi. This is served with Spinach Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Loaded Twice Baked Potato, Steamed Broccoli, Clover Leaf Roll, plus and elegant dessert: Chocolate or Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes plus a Bottle of Premium Post Muscadine Juice with Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. Cost is $60 per couple or $30 per person. Music during dinner is provided by classical guitarist Smokey Emerson.

Visit the Petit Jean State park website for details. Mather Lodge reservations may be made online or by calling 800-264-2462. Admission for park programs is free.



Painting with a Twist – more DIY art!
February 12-14, 2016
Various locations across the state will feature love-themed sessions – check their website to find one near you, check class times, and make reservations.


Weekend Getaways (Statewide)
Take a look at the list of parks and resorts in Arkansas that are offering Valentine specials and deals for the weekend. Lake views, Jacuzzis, and romantic dinners are all listed – you just have to decide what brand of romance you’re looking for.
Did we miss anything? Feel free to add it to the comments section!

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