A Token of Appreciation

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Trivia at Steel & Wire

Bring your valentine to Steel & Wire for a fun, low pressure trivia night with prizes awarded to top teams. Sip a cold beer, a glass of prosecco or a cocktail while you compete across a range of categories. Follow Steel & Wire on social and keep an eye on their stories each Tuesday for an extra bonus question that could put you over the top. Tuesday Trivia begins at 8 p.m. with no cover charge.

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Galentine's Festivities at Redemption Rock Brewing Co.

Gather up your girl gang, throw on your comfiest outfit and get cozy at the Redemption Rock taproom on Feb. 11. Start your day with an hour of yoga, courtesy of Jen Songer Yoga. Then, stick around for the always-delicious @buttered508, who will be popping up with fresh biscuits from noon to 8 p.m. You can also shop the wares of three local, female-owned artisans: @birchousebotanicals' soy candles, @hyggehousebooks and artwork and planters from @eightpointfivedesigns.

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Events at Salem Sq. Library

Galentine's Day at Worcester Public Library

Join fellow gals and pals for an afternoon of sweets, mocktails, music and crafts—featuring desserts from Bri’s Sweet Treats, wine glass decorating, book page bouquets and pincushions (for those in an anti-Valentine state of mind). This event is for the 18+ crowd, in the Saxe Room of the Library.

Love Your Library Valentine's Party

The Library celebrates the launch of new, limited edition library cards on Feb. 13—and this is your chance to get a new card with one of three updated designs from the Library Card Design Contest. Make a keychain, and fill out your own valentine to show just how much your library means to you. Get a WPL lanyard, while supplies last. All ages are welcome, in the Main Library Pappas Children's Center.

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Love the Wine (& Cheese!) You're With at Canal District Wines

Canal District Wines, the beloved bottle shop and tasting room in Worcester Public Market, invites guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Love The Wine (And Cheese!) You're With. A perfect pre-or-post-dinner activity, the event features four wines hand-selected to pair with cheese provided by Smith’s Country Cheese. Join the team on Feb. 14 at CDW with 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. seatings. Reservations are required, as space is limited, and available on Eventbrite

CDW also makes a convenient Valentine’s Day pickup location for flowers arranged by Bell Brook Farm & Floral Design Studio. Lovebirds can preorder an arrangement on Bell Brook’s website for pickup in store at CDW on Feb. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. “We love Valentine’s Day,” say CDW’s wife-and-wife co-owners, Rachel and Livy Scanlon. “That we can celebrate the day by partnering with two other women-owned businesses makes it all the sweeter.” 

Worcester Historical Museum

Free February at Worcester Historical Museum

Worcester Historical Museum is spreading the love of Worcester history, thanks to sponsor Bay State Savings Bank, and offering free admission and events through February at 30 Elm St. and Salisbury Mansion. There’s plenty to explore at the Museum for guests of all ages and interests. Free gallery visits and programming include educational “History Bites,” a WHM Curator’s favorite artifacts, Black History Month programs, school vacation week hat-themed crafts and History Detectives scavenger hunts.

Mid-Range Meals, Specials & Takeout

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Valentine's/Galentine's Wine Dinner at Hardwick Winery

Head to Hardwick to celebrate Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day with friends, new and old, in the Winery's timber frame barn with a locally sourced five course wine dinner. On tap: the culinary creations of Chef Peter Ryzewski, led by Sommelier and Wine Educator Missa Capozzo.

Course 1 includes a welcome glass of Hardwick wine with a fresh butter board. Course 2 features spicy Sicilian eggplant, course 3 a savory artichoke and burrata tart, course 4 a blueberry braised lamb and course 5 a chocolate raspberry trifle. This event starts promptly at 6 p.m. Guests may arrive early for a pre-event glass of wine, but no walk-ins are accepted during this evening. 

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Valentine's Day Dinner at Polar Park

Bask in the beauty of Polar Park on Feb. 11, with a Valentine's evening dinner of surf & turf, wine and a red velvet dessert at the DCU Club (or, upgrade to a private suite). Click here to book your reservation. Polar Park gates open at 6 p.m. Dinner is server at 7 p.m.

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The Best Little Drag Brunch in Worcester (Valentine Edition) at Worcester Beer Garden

Love will be in the air at Worcester's newest and best little drag brunch at Worcester Beer Garden, an experience unlike any other. If you snagged your tickets, you'll get an expansie brunch buffet and access to a premium drag show with DJs keeping the vibes strong throughout the event. This is a 21+ event, with an 11 a.m. seating and noontime show.

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Eat Your Heart Out at The Mercantile

Eat Your Heart Out with a special someone for Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 at The Mercantile. Tickets include four courses and four cocktail pairings for two diners, from a cheese board to warm chocolate cake. Be sure to contact b.ames@themercantileworcester.com if you have any seating requests or questions. 

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Takeout Packages from Peppercorn's Grille & Tavern

Peppercorn's' popular meal packages are back and better than ever. If you can’t make it out for dinner with them this year or prefer to enjoy a night in, their complete takeout meals are ideal for two. Just choose one of three entree options and you’ll receive that, plus salad, charcuterie, bacon brussels sprouts, baked mac & cheese, creme brulee and cheesecake. Be sure to pre-order your takeout packages at 508-752-7711 and schedule pickup for Feb. 11, Feb. 12 or Feb. 14.

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V-Day Specials at Chashu Ramen + Izakaya

The folks at Chashu know that one day is not enough to celebrate, which is why their V-Day Specials Menu is available from Feb. 9 through Feb. 14. Think: crab & avocado salad, beef carpaccio, lobster sushi rolls and a special "Heart's on Fire" sweet. Make your first date night, or one of many date nights, with your special someone truly memorable and book through OpenTable or 508-304-7183.

A Space to Splurge a Little


A Getaway at Beechwood Hotel

Celebrate love in luxury with a romantic getaway for two in a Fireplace Suite at the Beechwood Hotel. Artful, luxurious and remarkably beautiful, the Beechwood is the only AAA Four-Diamond boutique property in Central Massachusetts, defined by its breathtaking settings, exquisite European-inspired accommodations with every attention to detail, unsurpassed ambiance and a truly distinguished passion for hospitality. 

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Horse-Drawn Rides at Cornerstone Ranch

Cornerstone Ranch offers horse-drawn rides for a memorable Valentine's Day adventure. Embark on your romantic journey through the beautiful wooded trails of Princeton and Rutland, reserved for just you and your sweetheart. On a clear day you will see all the way to Boston as you travel in similar fashion as the pioneers once did. This winter's horse-drawn rides are complete with hot chocolate and s'mores by the camp fire or by the wood stove in the cozy heated pavilion. Base price for a horse-drawn ride is $150 for up to six people, plus applicable service and booking fees.