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Ride The Rapid to these Valentine's Day Events

6 Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day 2016
Local couple creating an ice sculpture together.

Local couple creating an ice sculpture together.

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Valentine’s Day is almost here! Why not surprise your sweetheart with a romantic date that you can get to via a cozy and convenient bus? We’ve got the perfect list of things to do around Grand Rapids in the days leading up to and on Valentine’s Day.

The best part? You don’t need to drive to get to them. Grab your bus pass and get on board with your favorite person:


Couples: Valentine’s Day
Head to the Downtown Market to get things heated up with your sweetie. Kick back and relax with your partner while the wonderful folks at Downtown Marker make your evening something special with small plate demonstrations, an effervescent cocktail and some hands-on cooking. You’ll even have the opportunity to learn to master En Papillote (cooking in parchment paper) and add finishing touches to a sweet dessert.

Register for this event now! It takes place Friday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and the cost is $150 per couple.
Stops nearby: Routes 1, 2 & the Silver Line


Grown-up Playdate

Treat your Valentine to a special night of play at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum 2nd Annual Grown-up Playdate. Play laser tag, participate in a building-wide scavenger hunt, enjoy local craft beers, wines, ciders and pizza offerings from local Grand Rapids restaurants. Your night of fun will benefit the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum programs and exhibits.


This event takes place on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are just $30 per person! Get yours now.

Stops nearby: 1, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15 & the Silver Line


Fish Fry 2016

Celebrate the first Friday of Lent and Valentine’s Day weekend with your true love or just the friends you love the most. Ride Route 7 to enjoy the Lenten Fish Fry that is open to the community at the Neal E. Fonger, American Legion Post 179.

The fry will take place Friday, Feb. 12 from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Be sure to come hungry and with $9.00 per person.

Stops nearby: Route 7


Dangerous Liaisons

Take your love to the ballet! Grand Rapids Ballet will be featuring a decadent story of French revenge and manipulation that sparked a revolution. A scheming widow and her aristocratic lover play high stakes games of passion and treacherous betrayal. World-renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa returns to Grand Rapids Ballet for the U.S. premiere of this romantic tale set in Baroque France.

Get your tickets for performances on Feb. 12, 13, or 14.

Stops nearby: Almost all routes lead to the Peter Martin Wege Theatre, as it’s located steps from Rapid Central Station.



Valent-ICE is an annual festival celebrating winter and love in downtown Grand Rapids. The event’s diverse array of activities take place from Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb.14. Be sure to check out the live ice carving, a walking tour of whimsical ice art, ice skating and other snowy seasonal fun.
This event is free but be sure to take a peak of at the various event times to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Stops nearby: Silver Line, 6, 9, 11, 13, 19, 50


Valentine’s Day Brunch at Cygnus 27

Enjoy brunch on Valentine’s Day from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at Cygnus 27 at the Amway Grand! They offer a Brazilian-style brunch with classic American fare as well. Don’t miss the crepe station, pastry stations and sushi station.

Stops nearby: Silver Line, 9, 11


Love’s Ice Cream Valentine’s Special
Love’s Ice Cream BOGO Valentine’s Special

Celebrate love with Love’s! Visit the Downtown Market from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Feb.14 for a sweet ice cream deal for your sweetie: All single scoops are BOGO – Buy One, Get One free – and all to-go pints of ice cream are two for $14.
Stops nearby: Routes 1, 2 & the Silver Line

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friend at The Rapid.

What Valentine’s Day event are you looking forward to the most? 

Brittany Schlacter is The Rapid’s public outreach coordinator for digital media. 




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