So you forgot tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day…here are some tips

Maddie Wright

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Oh crap! Is it Valentine’s Day tomorrow?


If you totally spaced and are frantically trying to find a spot to take your partner to pretend you’re on top of it, here’s a list of some fun (and decently cheap) ideas:

Hodi’s Half Note

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal with Rush Hour Train and special guests are playing at Hodi’s Half Note for Valentine’s day. This soul/funk band will be playing a high energy show. If that name sounds familiar, that is because Josh Hoyer was a contestant on The Voice. So grab your music-loving babe and start dancing.

Three red hearts
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Pizza Hut heart shaped pizza

If you are a more pizza and Netflix couple, turn to Pizza Hut to fulfill your Valentine’s day dreams with their classic heart shaped pizza. It can be topped with whatever you want (even pineapple). This is perfect for you to bring some Valentine flair into an otherwise ordinary night.

Lyric Movies

Did someone say movie date? Instead of taking your date to the AMC where you can go to wherever in the nation, take your sweetie to the Fort Collins staple, The Lyric, for a couple romantic movies. They’re showing “Amelie” and “Call Me by Your Name.”

Horsetooth picnic

If you want something outdoorsy and lowkey, might I suggest a sunset picnic at one of Fort Collins’ most famous natural landmark? Pack some pb&js, possibly cut into little heart shaped bites, and some champagne (or some La Croix if that’s your speed), and a couple blankets to stay cozy during the chilly February weather and enjoy the romantic backdrop.

Chocolate Cafe


If that sweetheart has a sweet tooth, and that store bought box of candies won’t do, take a trip to The Chocolate Cafe Desserts for some fancy chocolate desserts. And if the word “chocolate” is keeping you away, they still have lots of goodies that are not chocolate based.

Craft beer festival

If you are into beer and all the breweries FoCo has to offer, consider the Craft Beer Festival by The Downtown Business Association. It includes 17 breweries from within the area. Chat with other beer enthusiasts and brewery staff members for a unique event on this day of love.

At home couples cooking class

If you are into cooking or just tired of always getting Spoons take out for dinner, you and your date may want to go to a cooking class. But, given that they can be a bit of a challenge to get into the day of, load up some food network on your computer and have Ted Allen inspire you to get chopping.

Lunch hour date

For the couples with rushed schedules or who have tests to study for, consider the lunch hour date. Set aside a quick hour during the day and meet up at somewhere close to campus for an hour date on the day of love to be in the moment and focused on each other.

Art museum

If you are an artsy couple that was not able to scour tickets for the symphony, take a stroll through the Fort Collins’ Art Museum and appreciate some nice art and a reasonable price, while also supporting a local museum.

Last minute Valentines gifts:

  • A poem you wrote 
  • A mixtape (or Spotify playlist)
  • Candy and flowers

Collegian reporter Maddie Wright can be reached at or on Twitter @maddierwright.