Whether you have a love in your life, or friends and family that you want to show your love to, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to do something fun to celebrate love. There are lots of events going on around Valentine’s Day in Columbus.
While these all may not be frugal, a lot of people want to splurge on this day for a loved one, so some of the options are on the expensive end.
There will be plenty of activities for Valentine’s Day in Columbus added to the list over the next few weeks, so check back often!
Looking for some free and cheap date options that don’t revolve around Valentine’s Day in Columbus? Check out these posts.
- 50+ Best free and cheap dates in Columbus
- 8 Cheap Date Night Ideas
- Free and cheap events this weekend
- Check out our Calendar page for fun events any day of the week
Please leave a comment or email info@columbusonthecheap if you know of an event for Valentine’s Day in Columbus that you think others will enjoy.
If you plan to dine out (or take out) for Valentine’s Day, here are some great Valentine’s restaurant deals around Columbus, including heart-shaped pizzas, kids eat free, and dinners for two (at all price points).
Unique Gifts for Valentine’s Day in Columbus
Valentine’s Day Market at North Market Bridge Park
Saturday, February 11 from 9 am – 1 pm
This can be a date, or idea for gifts, or both! The North Market Bridge Park features vendors selling gifts, merchant specials through the day, meals and ingredients, and more Valentine fun. Details and vendors here.
Meet Princess Belle from The Beauty and The Beast from 9 am – 10 am! She will be singing and spreading Valentine’s Day cheer.
Columbus Clippers gifts
Looking for a unique gift? Columbus Clippers has a few gift packages available that include tickets to a game this season, including the option to have Krash and Lou Seal deliver a special gift!
Smith Farm Market Valentine’s Treats
So many Valentine’s Day goodies, including chocolate or fudge covered strawberries, heart-shaped and round cheesecakes, red velvet rolls, gourmet cookies, cake popsicles, hot cocoa bombs, and more. See Facebook page for details.
Call 614-235-2014 to pre-order, or stop in at 3341 Winchester Pike, Columbus, Ohio 43232.
Buy now, redeem when you want! Note: Offers are available at time of publishing, but length of availability unknown.
- Dreamscape at AMC Easton Town Center – Easton
- True REST Float Spa – Easton and Powell
- Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum – Pickerington
- Noble Cut Distillery Tour – Gahanna
- Gahanna Lanes – Gahanna
- Ninja Citi Adventure Park – Dublin
- Axe Throwing at Throw Nation – Dublin
- Tickets for Cirque du Soleil: Corteo – Schottenstein Center
- Arthur Murray Dance Studio – Columbus
- Mead Tour Brothers Drake Meadery – Columbus
- Buckeye Lake Winery – Thornville
- Echo Spirits Distilling Co. Tour – Columbus
Before you read on further, considering sending a Valentine to a St. Jude patient. It’s totally free and takes less than a minute. They deserve some extra love.
Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Columbus
COSI After Dark
On select dates, the grown-ups get the run of COSI without kids. Ages 21+ will enjoy exhibits, concessions and cash bar, and fun. Tickets are $14-$20, and there’s an option to add on a food ticket. Plan for February, or buy tickets as a gift for March or April! See details here.
February 9: Love, Science, and Rock and Roll
March 9: Mardi Gras
April 13: Prom: The Sequel.
Valentines Photo at Sophie’s Thrift Store
Friday, February 10 from 12 pm – 2 pm. Sophie’s Thrift Store in Heath, Ohio (Licking County) is doing Valentine’s photos in the store. For a $5 minimum donation to the Licking County Humane Society, you’ll get a digital file of your photo and be entered to win a $10 gift card to Sophie’s.
You can get a photo with one of the Licking County Humane Society adoptable pets, or bring your own pet! See Facebook post.
All proceeds from Sophie’s sales benefit the animals at Licking County Humane Society, which is so awesome!
Valentine’s Day with CMA
February 10 at 6 pm – 10 pm
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at CMA! Explore the galleries at night, and experience unique, guided activities at your leisure with live music. Connect with loved ones and enjoy a spread of light bites with refreshments. Tickets include a complimentary drink; cash bar available.
Tickets are $45-$50, with an option to upgrade to a plated meal and drinks.
If this day doesn’t work, or it’s too expensive, admission to Columbus Museum of Art is only $5 on Thursdays from 5 pm – 9 pm, and is FREE on Sundays. Find all of the details here.
Cocktails at the Conservatory
February 11, 2023 – Tiki in the Tropics
Enjoy a fun night with friends or a date at Franklin Park Conservatory from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
Savor local sips and snacks as you revel in the gardens at golden hour. Ages 21+ only. Tickets are $30 for non-members, $25 for members.
Valentine’s Chihuly Nights at Franklin Park Conservatory
February 14, 2023. This special Valentine’s Day Chihuly Nights is the perfect date night! Open from 7 pm – 10 pm, the Chihuly installations will be professionally lit to create a breathtaking view within the backdrop of the interior Conservatory biomes.
The historic John F. Wolfe Palm House will be illuminated by James Turrell’s Light Raiment II, as you and a date explore the Conservatory’s biomes after dusk and experience the current exhibitions. The Garden Café will serve a limited food menu, beer and wine. Botanica Gift Shop and Chihuly Gift Store will be open as well.
Free Valentine Photos at Easton
February 10, 11, and 14, 2023.
Treat your Valentine to a romantic memory at Easton and visit the Central Park Fountain for a complimentary Valentine photo. Find details here.
Easton Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides
February 10, 11, 12, 14, 2023.
Take a romantic trip under the twinkling lights at Easton Town Center with Horse Drawn Carriage Rides for Valentine’s Day. $10 per person; kids under 15 ride free with paying adult. Carriages pick up and drop off outside of Zara on Gramercy Street.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Shadowbox Live!
Book a table at Shadowbox Live for Valentine’s Day. These unique adult-only performances are so much fun for dates! Details here.
Climax: Fridays – Saturdays 7:30pm.
Our favorite material from 2022 returns in a sketch comedy + music experience guaranteed to take you all the way.
No Return: Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Shadowbox Live tells the story of the world’s most famous outlaws-in-love in No Return: The Deadly Dance of Bonnie & Clyde.
Valentine’s Weekend Wine Tasting at Wine on High
February 10, 11, or 14, 2023; various times.
Enjoy a Valentine’s Weekend Wine Tasting with a best friend, galentine, & wine lover. The guided tasting includes 4 delicious tastes plus chocolates. Tickets are $40pp. Tickets here.
They also offer a Wine Club is a unique gift for wine lovers, and we offer gift memberships of 3, 6 or 12 months in-store or through our online shop. Wine Club members choose from exclusive sommelier picked wines each month, and get additional daily, monthly and yearly perks.
Penn & Beech Candle Co. Valentine’s Date
February 10-14, 2023. Enjoy a special date at Penn & Beech Candle Co. with your Valentine’s date or Galentine fun.
Pour from 2/10 – 2/14, and you’ll receive a free limited edition mini LOVE candle with $50 purchase*! With notes of Champagne, Rose Petals, and Leather, LOVE smells just like it should – sweet, bubbly, and romantic, with just a touch of clean musk.
They are also featuring a new pink and gold three-wick vessel, available for pour-your-own candles this Valentine’s weekend only while supplies last!
The candle pouring experience takes about an hour, and the candles take 2 hours to set up before you can take them home. Go grab dinner, a drink, or catch a movie. You can also return to pick up another day within 2 weeks.
It’s a great option to go out with a date, your best friend, or your sister or mom! Reservations are recommended to ensure a spot at your preferred time, but not required.
Valentine’s Wine Tasting at Lumin Sky Bar
Monday, February 13, 2023
Enjoy the amazing downtown view from the top floor of the AC Hotel Columbus at Lumin Sky Bar while you taste 5 of their most romantic wines for $25. Tickets here.
Annual Valentine’s Day “Nailed it” Date Night at Our Cupcakery
February 13 and 14, 2023 at 6 pm.
Bring your sweetheart, BFF or significant other for a fun night of cake decorating. See if you can replicate Valentine’s themed cake similar to our design, or create your own. Your cake will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate. Cost is $98 for 2 people. Register here.
Gluten free or Vegan options available upon request for these classes for an additional $25 fee.
Couples Climb Night with Cookies & Sparkling Cider at Public Lands
February 14, 2023.
Grab your Valentine and climb at Public Lands on Valentine’s Day. It’s the perfect date for an adventurous couple! Each couple will receive 30 minutes of climbing, followed by Valentine cookies & sparkling cider post-climb.
*Cost is per couple. Please include the names of both guests when registering.
**Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time for getting into rental shoes and climbing harness
Fine dining for Valentine’s Day at White Castle
February 14, 2023. Reservations required (seriously – it’s popular!). Dine in at White Castle with tableclothes and a whole romantic vibe. Or, order the White Castle Love Cube for 2 for carryout! See details here!
VASO Valentine Igloos and AC Hotel Columbus Dublin package
VASO, located on the rooftop at AC Hotel in Dublin, was one of the first restaurants to bring dining Igloos to Columbus. They are transforming their outdoor igloos into “love dens” for Valentine’s Day.
Igloos are set up for 8 people, so you can make this a group date night, Galentine’s night out, or just the two of you for a real splurge! There are a limited amount of igloos, so book ASAP!
Want to make it an overnight instead? You can upgrade to a room package which includes a stay at the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of roses in addition to your 2-hour igloo reservation. For more information, visit https://www.vasodublin.com/
Melting Pot Valentine’s Day
We haven’t found the specials for Melting Pot at Easton yet, but they do offer Thursdates and BFF Wednesdays, so you can celebrate with your Valentine or Galentine on a different day (and for way less expensive than dining on Valentine’s Day. Details here.
Each year on February 14, Waffle House offers a special white table cloth dining experience on Valentine’s Day at the Grove City, Lancaster, and Columbus locations. Make your reservations – its a popular event!
4140 Marlane Dr. Grove City, Ohio 43123; 614-373-9061
4595 W Broad St. Columbus, Ohio 43228; 513-543-1511
1712 N High St. Columbus, Ohio 43201; 614-353-9384
1385 Election House Rd Lancaster, Ohio 43130; 330-541-1984
Looking for more Igloo options? Check out our list of Igloo and outdoor dining experiences in Columbus!
Family Fun for Valentine’s Day in Columbus
Valentine’s Day Skate Party at Skate Zone 71
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 6:00-8:30pm Rock the Red at United Skates for Valentines day!! Wear Red and receive a FREE Heart Shaped Cookie! $25.00 Family Sweetheart Meal Deal with pizza, soda, and game cards.
Two for Tuesday Admission: 2 for $10 or One for $6.00, Skate Rental $5.00. All children ages 3-17 Must pay admission & skate rental (or bring their own) Non-Skating Adults may enter for free.
Valentine’s Day Skate Party at United Skates of America
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 from 6:00-8:30pm Rock the Red at United Skates for Valentines day!! Wear Red and receive a FREE Heart Shaped Cookie! $25.00 Family Sweetheart Meal Deal with pizza, soda, and game cards. Details here.
Two for Tuesday Admission: 2 for $10 or One for $6.00, Skate Rental $5.00. All children ages 3-17 Must pay admission & skate rental (or bring their own) Non-Skating Adults may enter for free. Details here.
Rusty Bucket Family Valentine Day – Kids Eat Free
February 14, 2023 Kids eat Free at Rusty Bucket on Valentine’s Day. Kids ages 12 and under will enjoy a free meal off the kid’s menu. Details here.
Kreations Play Kafe
February 17, 2023. Donut themed Parents Night Out; Drop the kids off from 5-7 pm while you enjoy dinner, and they enjoy lots of themed fun. Book now!
Fun Galentine’s Day options in Columbus
Check out our options for Galentine’s Day (or girls night out) for 2023!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Columbus any day
16-Bit Bar + Arcade
Throw it back at 16-Bit Bar+Arcade, which has more than 40 classic games like Ms. Pac-Man, Mario Bros. and more. The bar’s motto? “You drink, you play for free.” There are 3 locations – downtown Columbus, Dublin, and Easton! Details here.
Pins Mechanical Co.
Feeling competitive? Pins Mechanical Co. offers foosball, pinball, bowling, and ping pong along with a variety of local beers, cocktails and punches. Located in Dublin, Downtown Columbus, and Easton. Details here.
Metro Parks Winter Hike Series
Any Day! Take a hike for the Metro Park Winter Hike Series. The hikes aren’t guided this year, but there are a list of suggested hikes for each month. Grab a passport to fill out to earn a Winter Hikes patch! Find full details.
Land a bullseye this Valentines Day and Throw Axes! Do something AXE-citing this year! Great for a date or the whole family. Several booking options are available. Details here.
Dublin Celtic Cocktail Trail
Make plans for multiple dates with the Dublin Celtic Cocktail Trail. Pick up or print your guidebook. Take your time visiting some of the 18 stops on this boozy beverage route. Try the featured drinks, or your favorite at each stop and get your guidebook stamped.
Complete 6 trail stops and redeem a commemorative koozie. Complete 12 stops and score an exclusive Celtic Celtic Cocktail t-shirt.
“Zero-Proof” cocktails are available as designated stops for those who are sober-curious. Redeem stamps from all “ZP” stops and turn in your passport for a t-shirt! Details here.
Gahanna’s Herbal Cocktail Trail
Are cocktails more your beverage of choice? Head to the Herb Capital of Ohio – Gahanna – and visit the 6 stops along the Herbal Cocktail Trail.
The unique herb-infused cocktails at the restaurants and bars on the list celebrate different flavor combinations, and pair well with the host restaurants’ menu offerings. Details here.
Other Fun and Tasty Trails to traverse
Explore with your love (or pal) and complete some of these other fun and tasty Adventure Trails! There are options for coffee, tacos, beer, art, and more!
Looking for other Dining options for Valentine’s Day? Check out this list of special Valentine’s Day meals and deals.