Perfect Pairings: Downtown Arlington, Valentine’s Day, Your Sweetie, and You

You two. You’re two peas in a pod. With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, you have the perfect opportunity to say exactly how you feel. Where can you find that perfect something for your sweetie, your bestie, your mom, your dad, or that special someone who’s always there for you?

Here’s an idea: forget the online superstoremegaverse. For a pair as perfect as you, get inspired by an unlimited number of pairing options you’ll find right here in Downtown Arlington.

Table for Two

If romance and candlelight is your aim, we suggest pairing a romantic dinner at Restaurant506 at the Sanford House with beautiful art, classical music, or both. The Arlington Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Hiroshige: Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, is getting rave reviews, and re:Introductions now showing at The Gallery at UTA is sure to inspire conversation.

Meanwhile, Symphony Arlington’s Heart Strings featuring violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman is sure to make you swoon. Other inspired performances preceding Valentine’s Day include Valentines Special by Timeless Concerts, Spyro Gyra at Arlington Music Hall and concerts by the UTA Wind Symphony and UTA A Capella Choir.

Hangin with the Crew

The more the merrier? Start at the Happy Hour at Union Worx Coworking, then head over to Happy Hour Open Mic at Truth Vinyl or J.R. Bentley's Singles Bash (or both!) Finish out the night at Hooligan’s Pub for more Valentine's Day-inspired fun. Can’t wait until Feb. 14 to hang out with your friends? Shelley Segal is performing live at J. Gilligan's Bar and Grill on February 13, which is also Single’s Night at Hooligan’s Pub.

Family Fun Night

Maybe you’re looking for kicked-back family fun. Pair a great pizza from Mellow Mushroom or Old School Pizza and Suds with a night under the stars at the UTA Planetarium. Take your favorite girl to Daddy-Daughter Date Night at College Park Center as the UTA Lady Mavs take on Arkansas Little Rock, or go for the high score on 130+ retro arcade games and pinball at Free Play Arlington.

Unique to You

Shopping for a Valentine’s Gift can be tricky, but in Downtown Arlington, you’ll find lots of unique places to discover a gift that’s as unique as they (and you) are. Music lovers will thank you for shopping at Truth Vinyl and Growl. If she or he is into vintage, be sure to check out Collected Treasures, Timeless Treasures Vintage & More, and Wondrous Works in Wood. Stylish gents know that there’s no place like The Man’s Shop. Gourmands will thank you for gifts from Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar, Inspirations Catering and the Downtown Arlington Foodies Farmer's Market. Finally, don’t forget to shop at the UTA Bookstore for that special Maverick in your life.

Making Memories

We love the growing number of pop-up arts and crafting workshops taking place all over Downtown Arlington, and there are several Valentine’s Day-inspired ones to choose from between now and February 14. For a listing of those workshops (marked with “W”) along with upcoming events between Feb. 9-14, check out our calendar below and online:

Saturday, February 9

Farmer’s Market Yoga

Sat 12:30 p.m.

Union Worx Coworking

Downtown Arlington Foodies Farmer's Market

2:00 p.m.

Urban Union

UTA Basketball: Mavericks vs Appalachian State

2:00 p.m.

College Park Center at UT Arlington

No Coast Fest 2019

Division Brewing

Battle of the Bands sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities

7:00 p.m.

UT Arlington

Valentines Special Performance by Timeless Concerts

8:00 p.m.

201 W. Main St.

Spyro Gyra

8:00 p.m.

Arlington Music Hall

Sunday, February 10

SOLD OUT: Jewelry Making Class  (W)

1:00 p.m.

Legal Draft Beer Co.

Classroom Valentines Workshop  (W)

2:00 p.m.

Union Worx Coworking

No Coast Fest 2019|

Division Brewing

UTA Wind Symphony Concert

3:00 p.m.

UT Arlington Irons Recital Hall

SCC SOLO

7:30 p.m.

Arlington Music Hall

Monday, February 11

 A Conversation with Pediatric Heart Specialists

6:00 p.m.

Downtown Library

Gal-entine's Floral Celebration with Alice’s Table   (W)

6:30 p.m.

Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar

Tuesday, February 12

Sip-N-Paint “ArTherapy” with Jayson Blondin Art  (W)

6:00 p.m.

Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar

UTA A Capella Choir Concert

7:30 p.m.

UT Arlington Irons Recital Hall

Wednesday, February 13

SOLD OUT: Jewelry Making Class   (W)

6:00 p.m.

Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar

Singles Night at Hooligan's

6:00 p.m.

Hooligan's Pub

Shelley Segal LIVE

8:00 p.m.

J Gilligan's Bar and Grill

Thursday, February 14

February Happy Hour

4:00 p.m.

Union Worx Coworking

J.R. Bentley's Singles Bash

5:00 p.m.

J R Bentley's

Happy Hour Open Mic

5:00 p.m.

Truth Vinyl

Valentine’s Day Couples Class  (W)

6:30 p.m.

Board & Brush

Care + Cultivate: A Valentine's Day Class

6:40 p.m.

Arlington Yoga Center

UTA Basketball: Lady Mavs vs Arkansas Little Rock

7:00 p.m.

College Park Center at UT Arlington

Valentine's Day at Hooligan's

7:00 p.m.

Hooligan's Pub

Heart Strings

7:30 p.m.

Arlington Music Hall

Ongoing

Hiroshige: Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido

Arlington Museum of Art

re:Introductions

The Gallery at UTA

Star shows

UTA Planetarium

If you know about other events taking place in Downtown Arlington, please include them in the comments below.

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