From Italian opera to après ski, celebrate love in Central Massachusetts. Here's what's happening in the neighborhood.
Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating
February 10 at Worcester Public Library
Veronica, owner of The Cookie Lady's Daughter, will teach attendees how to outline, flood and add Insta-worthy details to sugar cookies using royal icing at Worcester Public Library's Cookie Decorating.
February 10 at Polar Park
Head to Polar Park's DCU Club for their romantic Valentine's Dinner, where diners will enjoy a choice of main meal, sides and dessert. Parties have the option to add a bottle of wine or upgrade to a private suite to share with a significant other, friends and family.
A Valentine Vendor Fair
February 10 at BORO Sugar Shack
Be My Valentine Cupcake Workshop
February 11 at Hardwick Winery
Take a scenic ride to Hardwick to "Be My Valentine." Their weekend Cupcake Workshop includes six cupcakes, decorating supplies (think: pinks, whites and reds) with instruction.
Build a Bear for Valentine's Day
February 11 at 19 Carter
Cindy Geldart offers a special class during which you create your own customized teddy bear. She'll prepare the parts–arms, legs, ears and head–while you can mix and match to your heart's content.
Hearts & Drafts
February 12 at Redemption Rock Brewing
Presented by Worcester Historical Museum, you'll learn more about the history of the valentine and its connection to Worcester at Heats & Drafts. After a little lesson—and a beer or two—make your very own valentine in the style of Esther Howland. They'll provide all the materials, and you add the creativity.
A Night at the Italian Opera
February 12 at Mechanics Hall
This evening of Italian opera, staged in Mechanics Hall and organized by Leonardo Ciampa, will include everything from Bel Canto and Verismo to the greatest of them all: Giuseppe Verdi.
Valentine's Day Dinner & Champagne
February 14 at Sonoma
Celebrate true romance with a Valentine's Day Dinner in true form. Here, the three-course prix fixe menu with sparkling champagne complements the soft flicker of candlelight and ambiance under the glow of 19th-century stained glass.
History of Chocolate Talk
February 14 at Worcester Historical Museum
Who doesn’t love chocolate? It's widely enjoyed and universally recognized, yet people know little about the origin and history of it. This talk will give the history of chocolate both in the broad sense and the more local connections to Worcester.
Valentine's Day Romance Package
February 14 at Beechwood Hotel
Celebrate true love in luxury with the perfect Valentine’s Day Romance Package at the award-winning Beechwood Hotel. Upon arrival, champagne and chocolates will await in your beautiful and newly renovated Junior Fireplace Suite.
Valentine's Après Ski Party
February 14 at Wachusett Mountain
There's something sweet for everyone this V Day at Wachusett Mountain. Orson the Bear spread love with free Polar samples (of special flavors) and the Black Diamond restaurant features live music by Amber Chaves at the Coppertop Lounge. Plus, mix things up with Chair Lift Speed Dating.
Succulent Heart Dish Garden Workshop
February 14 at Altruist Brewing Co.
Grab your Valentine or Galentine and head to the Plant Bar for a festive workshop at Altruist. Connect & create with each other as you build your own succulent heart-shaped dish garden with step-by-step instruction. No green thumb needed!
Love Poems After Dark
February 14 at Black Sheep Bah-Bah-Q & Kitchen
Bask in an intimate night filled with passionate words, as Love Poems After Dark brings together poetry enthusiasts to Worcester.
Southeast Asian Prix Fixe Dinner
February 14 at deadhorse hill
Book a reservation with deadhorse hill to check out their Southeast Asian Valentine's Dinner (one night only) inspired by the flavors of Vietnam and Thailand.
Valentine's Day Specials at Bocado
February 14 at Bocado Tapas Bar
The Bocado experience gets even more elevated on Feb. 14 with specials like the "mi amor martini," lobster cavatappi and a strawberry goat cheese cheesecake board.
Valentine's Day Specials at Salem Cross Inn
February 14 at Salem Cross Inn Restaurant & Tavern
Food is love in West Brookfield this season, with a very special menu at Salem Cross Inn. Think: oysters on the half shell, prime rib and chocolate souffle.
Wine & Sweets Pairing Experience
February 16 at Hardwick Vineyard & Winery
Grab your gals or your sweetie and take your wine knowledge and tasting skills to the next level by joining the crew at Hardwick for a sommelier guided wine and food pairing experience—plus sweets created by Moeshmallows of Holden.
February 18 at Galliford's Restaurant & Tavern
Brunch at the zoo comes to life at Galliford's Sweetheart Brunch on Feb. 18, among some of the sweetest animals of the bunch. Reservations are highly encouraged: 508-928-0928.