Get ready for a sweetheart of a destination just 45 minutes north of Denver with these 5 reasons (with more reasons added each year) to make Loveland your Valentine’s Day destination. Loveland transforms into Colorado’s romantic getaway of the season in February. Known as the nation’s Sweetheart City, in Loveland, Valentine’s Day is more than a day. It is a 2-day, action-packed event with romance and fun during the Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love Locks and Lights. (And did we mention it’s FREE?!)
5 Reasons to LOVE Loveland Sweetheart Festival
Spoil your sweetheart with live music, craft beer, coffee, romantic overnight stays, love, love notes, and love locks. And if you can’t (or don’t want) to leave the kids at home, how about an adventure on Snowzilla Jr., the only inflatable toboggan slide? All this and more in America’s Sweetheart City, Loveland, Colorado and all for free at the newly imagined romantic weekend, launched in 2019, the Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love Locks and Lights.
When: February 8 from 5 – 10 PM and February 9 from 2 – 10 PM
Where: Downtown Loveland
Imagine romantic heart-shaped love notes on lamp posts. Declaring your affection in a love lock. Art and sculpture at every turn. Local craft brews are transformed into a love potion. And the newly launched in 2019 Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love Locks and Lights. The new event features something for everyone – families, couples, beer, and chocolate lovers, running lovers, art lovers, those who have lost a loved one, and forever loves. Which really means this is truly a celebration of “love” for all ages.
We give you these 5 reasons (and a few more!) to LOVE Loveland Sweetheart Festival for your Valentine’s Celebration.
1. Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love Locks and Lights
From Feb. 8-9, 2019, U.S.’s Sweetheart City just this annual celebration of romance with the launch of the inaugural Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love Locks and Lights. For more than 70 years, Loveland has embraced sweethearts near and far and invites families and lovers across the world to gather in downtown Loveland to celebrate Valentine season for free! This festival not only celebrates love, but it also celebrates the city’s rich history as the nation’s Sweetheart City and one of the top small art communities in the nation through art installations, attractions, and contests.
2. Love Lock Sculpture
Loveland presents another new celebration of romance by presenting the largest love lock sculptures in the U.S., produced by longtime Loveland resident, businessman, and champion Doug Rutledge. This 10-foot-tall, 30-foot-wide steel LOVE sculpture weighs 24,000 pounds and will be introduced during the festival. Attendees can honor their loved one by purchasing a customizable love lock ($10 at visitors’ center) to secure on the sculpture.
“Loveland became the Sweetheart City more than 70 years ago thanks to the visionaries and dedicated stampers who send love around the world through the Valentine Re-Mailing Program,” said Mindy McCloughan, president and CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to bridge our love of art and Valentine’s Day by introducing our own take on the love lock tradition, giving visitors a permanent place in the Sweetheart City to express their love.”
Love locks are a symbol of love and commitment that has been inspired by an ancient custom, which is believed to have originated in China – where lovers lock a padlock on a chain or gate and then throw away the key, symbolically locking their love forever.
Love and love notes are in the “air” throughout America’s Sweetheart Town, Loveland, Colorado
3. Spoil your Sweetheart with an overnight stay in the Sweetheart City.
Create a romantic vacation for you and your sweetheart with these hotel stays in or around Loveland:
Stonebridge properties in Loveland are offering a Sweetheart Deal for Sweetheart Festival weekend Feb. 8-10. Don’t miss this Sweetheart Deal at The Hotels at Centerra:
- $102 at Fairfield Inn and Suites, includes Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- $99 at Hampton Inn, includes Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- $109 at Residence Inn, includes Chocolate Covered Strawberries
The Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Loveland has opened a block of rooms for the Sweetheart Festival Feb. 8-10 with a special $119/night rate. The special comes with complimentary champagne and truffles. Use the group Code SWE when booking through the Embassy Suites Loveland website.
4. Love and love notes are in the air with custom heart messages on the lamp posts.
It’s a romantic road trip anywhere you turn in Loveland. Gant red hearts with love notes hang on lampposts, and red and white twinkling lights line downtown when Loveland transforms for this romantic holiday. Make it a very special Valentine and order your own love note. Then search the city with your sweetheart to make the day extra special.
5. Experience the nation’s largest Valentine program.
For the past 70 years, Loveland has been the nation’s home for Valentine’s Day. Visit in early February and experience the internationally recognized Valentine program. Bring your valentines to receive a special message from the Sweetheart City by their of our ‘angels on earth’ who lovingly hand-stamp valentines from all over the world each year.
To learn more about this historic program while in Loveland, take a walk through the extensive Valentine’s Day exhibit at the Loveland Museum/Gallery to explore Loveland’s fun valentine history.
More to Love during the Sweetheart Festival in Downtown Loveland, Colorado
Additional festival highlights include:
Art installations and interactive art displays, including a lit up 25-foot heart and a display of the complete Loveland With HeART collection
A mapping projection laser show each night
Sweetheart Love Art Show at the 4th Street Gallery
For the Love of Chocolate, Beer and Wine tastings including local valentine beer Bleeding Heart (a delicious Baltic Porter brewed with Blackberry and Tart Cherry), produced by Grimm Brothers.
Snowzilla Jr., the only inflatable toboggan slide in the U.S. and Canada
Sweetheart Classic 4 Miler
Light the Lovely Luminarias exhibit to honor lost loved ones
Bands & other musical performances
- Photo booth with digital gif videos emailed to you
And for the kids:
- Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid contest (children up to age 4)
Photo booth with Princesses
- Fire hula-hooper
Click here for the schedule of events.
We’ve got more than 5 Reasons to Make Loveland Your Valentine’s Destination. What’s your favorite reason to visit America’s sweetheart City? Share with us in the comments below.