Is there any better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than in America’s “loveliest” city? The nation’s Sweetheart City, Loveland, Colorado, just gets sweeter with its Sweetheart Festival – Love, Locks and Lights. For more than 70 years, Loveland has embraced sweethearts near and far. The city invites families and lovers across the world to gather in downtown Loveland to celebrate the valentine season with love, lights and one of the largest Love Lock sculptures in the U.S.
Share the joy and love on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 in the new Foundry Plaza for FREE fun for the entire family. The lovely affair runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Anchoring the event is one of the largest love lock sculptures in the U.S. This 10-foot-tall, 30-foot-wide steel LOVE sculpture weighs 24,000 pounds will be located in downtown Loveland. Attendees can purchase a customizable love lock to secure on the sculpture.
Highlights of the event include:
Interactive Art Installations
Four interactive art installations allow visitors to add their creative flair. All are free and open to the public.
For the Love of Beer and Wine tasting area
Beer and wine drinkers can toast together in the “For the Love of Beer and Wine” area featuring Big Thompson, Crow Hop, Dratz, Grimm Brothers, Loveland Aleworks, Rock Coast, and Sweetheart Winery.
Palace of Sweets
Step inside an inflatable Igloo where desserts, chocolate and candy galore await from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, B Sweet Cupcakes, Starlight Dessert Bar and Colorado Candy Company. Prices provided onsite by vendors.
- Chris Daniels & The Kings
- Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas
Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid Contest
Children ages 0-4 can dress up, ham it up on stage for a chance to win prizes. Dress your little Miss Valentine in all things LOVE or your little Mr. Cupid like the winged god of love and compete for the title. There are two different age categories: 0 to 2 and 3 to 4-year-olds. Contestants will be judged on creativity of costume and personality. All contestants receive a gift. You must register your child in advance here.
Family Fun Zone
Brick creation station, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon animals and ring toss. Live reindeer on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Princess meet-and-greets on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Art Gallery Walk
Take in Loveland art scene with shows, tours and demos on this winter art gallery walk. At the heart of the festival, the 4th Street gallery will feature the “Love in a Steampunk World” art show coordinated by the Artists Collective. Other participating shows and galleries are:
Sweetheart Classic 4-miler
Sweetheart City Racing’s 4-mile race starts and ends at the Loveland Sweetheart Festival stage. Singles and couple registrations are available. The first 200 registrants get a complimentary love lock. Register online here.