Valentine’s Day 2022: Your Guide to Fun and Romance |

Elizabeth Snyder

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday, which means the celebration of this most romantic holiday will likely begin this weekend.

It’s also Super Bowl Sunday, the holiest day for NFL fans, and the Winter Olympics are still going on as well.

You have options. Lots and lots of options to make your darling’s heart soar:

If you like to dine out (or in)… Many restaurants offer special Valentine’s Day dinners, from four-course feasts to heart shaped pizza (hold the onions if you’re looking for a goodnight kiss). It’s also an opportunity to treat yourself with a dessert!

If you plan to visit a local supper clubyou’ll probably want to make a reservation NOW — Valentine’s Day weekend slots fill up fast.

If you love art…In Racine, the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts offers “Wisconsin watercolor”, through April 23 and featuring nearly 100 works by Wisconsin artists. The museum, 2519 Northwestern Ave., is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free entry. For more details, visit

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Also in Racine, the Downtown Racine Art Museum presents two new exhibitions — “Precedents: past meets present in contemporary glass” and “Fool the Eye: Addressing Illusion in Contemporary Art.” And don’t forget to stop by the museum shop. Nothing is more romantic than the phrase “Treat yourself to something nice, my dear.” The museum, 441 Main St., is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 to $7.

Even better than an art exhibition is a opening reception for an art exhibition. Often you can meet the artists and also enjoy free refreshments.

Receptions taking place this week include:

“V Crushable” opening reception, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10 at the HF Johnson Gallery at Carthage College on campus, 2001 Alford Park Drive. Free entry. The exhibition presents a selection of sculptures and paintings created by Noah Kashiani and Kelly Reaves.

Opening “Rebel fibers”, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 12, at OS Projects, 601 Sixth St. in Racine. Free entry. This exhibition for two presents multimedia works by Yvette Kaiser Smith and Bobbi Meier.

Opening of the “Support the Staff” exhibition, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, February 12 at Lemon Street Gallery, 4601 Sheridan Road in Kenosha. Free entry. This exhibition features works created by gallery support staff: Elizabeth Dary, Betsy Davis, Missy Isley-Poltrock, Lynn A. Johnston, Jude Linden, Eileen Martin and Shelby Nesmith.

“The Figure in History: An Art Exhibition by Margaret Clark” Opening Reception, 5 p.m. Saturday, February 12 at Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St. Clark’s photo-realistic style of painting “incorporates the distorted scale, alternate perspectives, and odd pairings that form these man-made landscapes.”

Also in Kenosha, the Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., has new shows that opened Feb. 6, featuring works by Christine Alfery, women’s fiber journey group and the Riverbend Carving Club. The arts center gift shop is also always worth a visit. The gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. Free entry.

The Pollard Gallery in Kenosha, 518 56th St., has the perfect exhibition for Valentine’s Day weekend: “Shades of Red” with all parts highlighting the color red. The gallery’s “Kid’s Kraft” activity is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 12. All children are invited to come to the gallery and have a Valentine’s Day. This is a free activity. Donations to help defray the cost of materials are welcome. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

If you like live music… You can start your Valentine’s Day weekend on Saturday night with yesterday’s children. The horn band performs classic tunes — think bands like Chicago, Bryan Setzer, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Buckinghams, The Grass Roots and sometimes even Frank Sinatra — at the Wyndam Garden Hotel on Kenosha Harbor, 5125 Sixth Ave. The Valentine’s Day Dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10, with the option to add a prime rib buffet. Buy your tickets at

There are plenty of live music options for Friday and Saturday nights, but since Valentine’s Day itself is on a Monday, the choices are slim that night. One place that offers live music every Monday is Union Park Tavern, 4520 Eighth Ave. in Kenosha. DJ, Ted Runnels and Dave Trombone present their “not your normal DJ schtick” show – featuring a mix of blues, jazz, soul and soul jazz – from 5-8 p.m. every Monday night.

If you like live comedy… Everyone likes to laugh, right? the Kenosha Comedy Club, located at the Wyndam Garden Hotel at 5125 Sixth Ave., has two shows this weekend featuring comedian Larry Reeb (aka Uncle Lar). The Chicago comedian is best known for his lines, often followed by the catchphrase, “It’s advice from your Uncle Lar.” Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $14, with an optional extra for dinner, at

In Racine, the Over Our Head Players perform eight short pieces during the Comedy Festival 10 minutes Snowdance 2022, through March 6 at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St. Best part? If you don’t like a part, another one is coming in a few minutes! Log on to for tickets and don’t wait too long. The festival is always sold out.

If you love theatre… There’s nothing more romantic than men staring at a hole in the mirror, right? The comedy “Guys on Ice” February 11-27 at the Racine Theater Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., takes audiences to a frozen lake in Door County. There, longtime fishing friends Marvin and Lloyd spend their time on the ice sharing their hopes, jokes, dreams and stories. To purchase tickets, go to

“Failure: A Love Story” – a musical involving love, death, music and comedy – will be performed by the Fleeing Artists Theater cast Friday through Sunday, February 11-13, at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St. at downtown Kenosha. Tickets are $10-$13 on and at the door.

If you like movies…This weekend, the theaters have a new romantic comedy that feels like a classic romantic comedy: Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson star in “Marry me.” She plays a world famous pop star who takes a fan out of the public eye (that’s Wilson) and marries him. Hilarity (and true love) will undoubtedly follow this impulsive move. (In real life? Probably a quick divorce.)

For a true throwback experience, Sturtevant’s Renaissance Cinema presents the Ryan Gosseling-Rachel McAdams romance “Notebook,” From Friday to Monday. And on Sunday – the unofficial “holiday” of Valentine’s Day known as “Galentine’s Day” – Renaissance Cinema plays “Magic Mike,” Film by Steven Soderbergh on male exotic dancers, with Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello. This is undoubtedly an initiative aimed at attracting women who not interested in Super Bowl coverage all day. Screenings take place on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Sticking to a Channing Tatum theme, area theaters show Dog: Valentine’s Day Preview » Monday evening. This is a special screening of the upcoming comedy “Dog” (terrible title, isn’t it?) about an Army Ranger (Tatum) and his dog, Lulu, running along the Pacific coast to get to a soldier’s funeral on time.

If you like nature… Why not take a winter hike in the region? There’s nothing more romantic than snuggling up with cups of hot chocolate after an invigorating walk in the cold.

The Pringle Nature Center is hosting a Valentine’s Candlelight Hike, with slots at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Fridays at Bristol Woods County Park, 9800 160th Ave. in Bristol. This program is self-guided and pre-registration is required; no walk-in is allowed. Participants will check in at the Pringle Nature Center at one of three departure times before hiking the candlelit trail through the woods. The cost is $6. Pringle is located at 9800 160th Ave. in Bristol. Register before today, February 10, at

If you love sweets…Take your Valentine on the road to score some Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs! The brave folks who make us fat every summer are back with another holiday-themed Drive-Thru. This time the fair offers two flavors: Cocoa Cream Puffs and Pink Strawberry Cream Puffs. Drivers can pick up treats at State Fair Park in West Allis at Cream Puff Drive-Thru, open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday 11 to February 14. . The cost is $14 for a three-pack and $25 for a six-pack. You can pre-order at Note: There will be a limited number of treats available for purchase onsite, but do yourself a favor and order ahead. You’d hate to drive this far just to be

If you love animals…You can “ADOPT” an animal at Zoo Racine — and because it’s a token adoption, you don’t even have to rush out to eat or “clean up”!

The zoo offers various Valentine’s Day packages (for $25 to $1,000) that include a certificate and a photo of “your” zoo animal. There’s a long list of animals to ADOPT, including a giraffe, an African penguin and an adorable Fennec fox. To participate, go to, select an animal and fill out the form. Note: To have a Valentine’s Day package ready to pick up this weekend from the Zoo Gift Shop, order by Thursday, February 10. Questions ? Call 262-636-9189 or email [email protected]

If you love cars… If you love cars – or if you love someone who loves cars – you can’t go wrong visiting the Chicago Auto Show 2022. You may not come home with a new vehicle, but dreaming is free. The show runs February 12-21 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive.

Now that we’ve given you a wide range of options for entertaining your darling, make those plans and get out there!

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