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Feb 9, 2022
Perfect Pairings with Your Valentine in Downtown Arlington
When it comes to spending time with the people you love, Downtown Arlington and you are the perfect pair. Throughout the week of Valentine’s Day, why not pair together your favorite places in Downtown Arlington to make time with your sweetie or your besties twice as special?
Featured pairing: The Sanford House + Acts of Kindness
Gratitude is a beautiful way to say, “I love you.” In 2022, Sanford House Inn & Spa turns 25, and in gratitude to the community, the team at the Sanford House will be performing 25 Acts of Kindness throughout the year. How great is that?
Sanford House acts of kindness will include providing snacks for a Rotary Club of Arlington blood drive; gathering books and board games for an Arlington Public Library Foundation donation drive; organizing a “Cones for Cops” event in partnership with APD; creating hygiene packs for Arlington Life Shelter residents; and providing coloring books and dental care packs for AISD kindergarten students. Follow The Sanford House on social media to find out how you can get involved throughout the year.
More Perfect Pairs
Downtown Arlington loves being your Plus One! As you plan to spend time with those you love, here are more date night (or family day) pairing ideas in Downtown Arlington:
From now through Feb. 27, stroll through the ethereal world of artist Eugenia Pardue in her AMA exhibition, Quaintrelle. Her meticulously hand-fashioned white-on-white pieces are so romantic and perfect for a stroll with your Valentine. In addition, explore the accompanying exhibit Oblivious Sensation, an abstract explosion of storytelling by painter Christopher Rabb.
Pairing idea: A day of art! Check out more art exhibits at Create Arlington and UT Arlington
One night only on Feb. 12, globally renowned violinist Lucia Micarelli will take Arlington Music Hall (and your heart) by storm! Her hard-to-characterize musical style flows seamlessly between classical, jazz, traditional fiddle music, rock and Americana. She’s known for her work with Josh Groban, Chris Botti, her starring role on the HBO series Tremé, and her new PBS special.
Pairing idea: Dinner for two at Amore Mio, Candlelight Inn, or Restaurant 506
Create a sign of the times at Board & Brush in Downtown's Urban Union! On Feb. 11, they're offering a Galentine's Day BOGO 1/2 off special, and on February 12 you and your sweetie can share in a BOGO Valentine's Day class.
Pairing idea: Pizza night at Cane Rosso, Mama Deluca’s, Mellow Mushroom, Old School Pizza, or Pie Five
With six art classes and workshops to choose from between February 9-13, you’ll have plenty of ways to share creative time with those you love. Classes include working in acrylic, leathercraft, fluid art and fused glass. Our favorite is “Pepper Love” acrylic painting on Feb. 11.
Pairing idea: Dinner at one of Downtown’s live music venues
Join Create Arlington on Feb. 12 for the opening reception of Gratitude, a group exhibition devoted to expression thanks and appreciation. What a perfect sentiment to express to those you love. Then let the love of art linger after Valentine's Day by attending the Third Thursday Pop Up Art Show on Feb. 17, an informal outdoor art exhibition where you can shop for original works by local artists.
Pairing idea: Head out for drinks after the reception at Hooligan’s Pub, Hayter’s Bar, 4 Kahunas Tiki Bar, or one of our other great pubs, bars or breweries
Share your love of literature and learning at the George E. Hawkes Downtown Library! Check out several Valentine-inspired activities, including Maker Teems K-Pop Photo Cards workshop on Feb. 12 and Valentine’s Day Hoop Art on Feb. 14.
Pairing idea: Shop for a gift to go with your card, such as vinyl at Growl Records or comics and games at Wild West Comics
Enjoy a special pre-fix, Valentine’s menu that you and your sweetie are sure to swoon over. Call 817-801-5541 for details and reservations.
Pairing idea: Shop for a great new outfit at The Man’s Shop or Wildfire and Lace
Music to our ears! Join Symphony Arlington for their February 17 concert featuring guest pianist Raúl Canosa performing works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Saint-Saëns. In-person and live-streaming tickets are available.
Pairing ideas: Dessert from Sugar Bee Sweet Bakery or charcuterie from Inspirations Catering
Theatre Arlington’s big-time building renovation has wrapped! Cast and crew members are thrilled to be back in rehearsals starting this week for Sister Act, which opens on March 25. We think Theatre Arlington 2022 season tickets are the absolute perfect Valentine’s Day gift, don’t you? In the meantime, support Theatre Arlington programming by making Painting Party with Angie on Feb. 19 your Saturday date night.
Pairing idea: Discover more artful flavors at Namoo Koreanbowl, Kintaro Ramen, or Kung Fu Tea
Union Worx wants to celebrate Galentine's together! Girl bosses are invited to cowork together for free at Union Worx all day on Feb. 11. Also included are some special Galentine’s Day treats.
Pairing idea: Coffee from Salter Brothers Coffee Roasters, Inclusion Coffee or White Rhino Coffee
University of Texas at Arlington
The UTA Music Department hosts many performances throughout the year, including a session from the Clavier Recital Series on Feb. 15 and a performance by the UTA Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 17.
Pairing idea: Before your night out, get a new ‘do at Braids by Ivory, Maren Karsen Salon, Sienna Salon & Spa, Burt Grant Salon, or more.
From now through March 30, you and your sweetie can explore two art exhibits at UTA. First, Mel Chin: Inescapable Histories at The Gallery at UTA. Mel Chin is a renowned conceptual artist who utilizes painting, sculpture, film, drawing, collage, as well as and other creative media to address complex social and political issues facing contemporary society. Second, don’t miss Looking Up, Looking Out, Looking Forward exhibit, a UTA Special Collections Black History Month exhibit by featuring original art works created by Jeremiah Alcorn, a student in UTA's Visual Communication Design program.
Pairing idea: Give her a bouquet of flowers from H.E. Cannon Floral or Alba Dahlia Floral
Getting Around Downtown Arlington
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About Downtown Arlington
Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington is where creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what's next. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to UT Arlington, a Tier One public research university, plus prolific visual and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate.
Photos of The Sanford House Inn & Spa from their Facebook page.