Weekend Best Bets: Valentine’s Day 2021

This weekend around the Twin Cities: Valentine’s Day at Paisley Park, Northrup King Art Night, the Kites on Ice Festival, and more
Kites on Ice Festival
Kites on Ice Festival in Buffalo, Minnesota

Courtesy of Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce

Find some romantic, date-night dining options this weekend by checking out our round-up of the Twin Cities’ Valentine’s Day takeout and dining options.

We also have some options for a friends-centric Valentine’s (Palentine’s) Day right here—including cocktail kits, flower shops, and cute online happenings with Nora McInerny and Larissa Loden.

And here are some other events popping up:

Feelin’ It at Paisley Park

What: Paisley Park “Feel the Love” Weekend
When: Feb. 12, 9 a.m.-noon
Where: Paisley Park, 7801 Audubon Road, Chanhassen

Limited tickets are still available this weekend to stop by Paisley Park for a special Valentine’s Day weekend “Feel the Love” twist on tours, featuring merchandise giveaways, discounts, and Prince’s favorite love songs playing on repeat. Get your tickets here.

Romantic Accompaniment

What: Jim Brickman’s Share the Love LIVE! Virtually
When: Feb. 12-14
Where: Streaming virtually via Hennepin Theater Trust

This weekend, get a front-row seat to a Valentine’s Day tradition. Plan for a cozy, romantic night by the fire while enjoying the music of pianist Jim Brickman, sure to serenade you with classic love ballads like “Love of My Life” and “Valentine.” Plus, proceeds from every ticket will benefit theaters and performers who are out of work around the country.

A Roman Holiday at MOA

What: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition: Valentine’s Day Special
When: Feb. 12-14
Where: Mall of America, Level 2, North Atrium, 2131 Lindau Lane, Bloomington

Take your Valentine on a romantic trip to Italy without leaving the state. What could be more romantic than frescos from the Renaissance? Mall of America is currently home to the spectacular traveling exhibit of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, up-close, personal, and immersive. This weekend, buy one ticket to get another 50% off.

Nothing but Love at Northrup King

What: Northrup King Nights: Valentine’s Day Edition
When: Feb. 13, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis

Valentine’s Day means extended hours at the Northrup King Building, where visitors can peruse all four floors of this massive art complex. Grab some gifts for your Valentine or treat yourself to something beautiful. Artisans include everyone from jewelry makers to photographers, so there’s something for everyone in your life.

Freeze Your Tail Off

What: Kites on Ice Festival
When: Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Lake, 505 Second Ave. S., Sturges Park, Downtown Buffalo

Let’s go fly a kite…on an icy lake. This weekend, head to Buffalo, about 40 miles west of the Twin Cities, to marvel at huge and colorful flying creations, or even fly your own. Grab some grub at the food trucks, sip hot beverages, stop by the beer garden, sign up for the cornhole tournament, and take a dogsled ride, too.