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Hearts Afire Weekend

Sparks will fly in the "Sweetheart of Ohio" in honor of Valentine's Day.


Ice sculptures during Hearts Afire Weekend in Loveland, Ohio

Sparks Will Fly!
Feb. 10-12, 2023

Let’s celebrate the “Sweetheart of Ohio” during Hearts Afire Weekend (February 10-12, 2023) in LOVEland! The weekend will feature elements of fire and ice with live entertainment, outdoor decorations, and photo opportunities. Local businesses participate with valentine specials and love-inspired activities.

Most activities are free. Some activities require pre-registration due to space capacity.
Please read the full event descriptions.

Share the fun on social media with the official event hashtag #LovelandHeartsAfire

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors

Erin Harper, Comey & Shepherd Realtors
RP Diamond Printing & Embroidery
Tano Bistro & Catering
Washing Systems

Businesses: Interested in being a sponsor? Learn more.


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Hearts Afire Weekend Activity Map

View activities taking place across the city. Select the square icon in the top left-hand corner of the map to filter by day.


All Weekend

Beginning Friday, February 10, these local businesses will participate in Hearts Afire fun all weekend!

Art House II – Love Loveland? Love Loveland art? Visit Art House II to enjoy new work and existing favorites, plus a new line of Loveland gift items all featuring artwork by Deirdre Dyson. Free raffle and fun competition. Open Friday 6-8 p.m., Saturday 2-6 p.m. & Sunday 1-4 p.m. Please contact (513) 313-2450 for more information.

BF Realty – Don’t miss the weekend photo op outside their business.

Graeter’s Loveland – Enter to win a Graeter’s gift basket!

Hometown Cafe – Free kids’ craft all weekend. Limited edition “Love Potion” cold-pressed juice and red raspberry latte.

Loveland Aerie of Eagles – Purchase a drink, get a chance to win a valentine-themed raffle basket. Opens daily at 11 a.m. 127 N. Karl Brown Way.

Loveland Branch Library – Valentine Scavenger Hunt all weekend. All day, all ages. No registration required.

Loveland Sweet Shoppe – Hearts Afire special chocolate.

Mile 42 Coffee – Visit for fun valentine-themed drinks over the weekend! Try Love Potion Number 42.

Narrow Path Brewing Company – Hearts Afire special beer release: Chocolate Cherry Imperial Oatmeal Cream Stout.

Native Iris Photography – Offering valentine photo sessions all weekend. Sessions will be held inside the Loveland Art Studios on Main. Book online.

Paxton’s Grill – Offering food and drink specials all weekend.

Plaid Room Records – Anniversary sale – 15% off everything!

Railway Barber Shop – Weekend specials.

Ramsey’s Trailside – Offering a special valentine dinner and featured cocktails all weekend.

Trailside Provisions – Craft a valentine for senior residents of Loveland Healthcare.

The Works Brick Oven Restaurant – Valentini Drink Special, special Valentine Dinner, and of course Heart-Shaped Brick Oven Pizzas.


Friday, Feb. 10

8 AMValentine BreakfastOasis Golf & Conference Center
The Little Miami River Chamber Alliance will honor the 2023 Valentine Lady and announce winners of the annual poetry and art contests.
❤️ Buy ticket (Open to the public)


8:30 AM – 5:30 PMValentine StampLoveland Post Office
Get your valentine cards stamped at the local post office located on Loveland-Madeira Road. Valentine Ladies will stamp your special Valentine card at no cost and postmark it from the Land of Love…Loveland, Ohio. Last day to get a stamp is Feb. 10.


10 AM – 5 PMLove ChairBOND Furniture and Design
Stop in to BOND with your loved one and snap a picture in our Love Chair. Mention this to earn a gift card to shop with us!


5 – 8 PMGalentine NightAlley Boutique, Blume Home, FLEURISH Home, Haven Grey, Lemons and Limes Boutique & Trailside Provisions
Sip & shop your way through Historic Downtown’s shops! Grab your gal pals, wear your favorite red, and join the fun.


6 – 8 PMLove-Themed TriviaHops & Berry Taproom
Think you know who sings popular love songs? What about romantic films? Test your knowledge with a fun night of love-themed trivia!


6 – 8 PM & 9 – 11 PMCappy’s Charity Date AuctionCappy’s Wine and Spirits
Hearts Afire Weekend is Cappy’s premier fundraising event of the year! Cappy’s 2023 charity partner is the Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation. Men and women will be auctioned off to be part of a group date on Saturday, Feb. 11. Women will be auctioned off 6-8 p.m. and men auctioned off 9-11 p.m. The highest bids will participate in the group date, which includes three drinks per person, $25 gift card to Lemons and Limes Boutique, pizza, chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne, and live music by Rooster Ridge. All net proceeds go to charity; in 2022, Cappy’s raised more than $6,000! 


Winter birch photo

6:30 – 9 PMCouples Painting ClassLoveland Museum Center, Joanne Richardson History House
Bring your sweetheart to create a lasting memory together! No prior art experience necessary. Two canvases match together to form one “Winter Birch” scene.
❤️ Buy ticket


Crushin It Stage Art

7 PM Variety Show Loveland Stage Company
Your local community theater presents Crushin It, a valentine-themed variety show. Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the door.
❤️ $20 ticket includes the show, drinks & dessert with all proceeds going toward the theater’s HVAC fundraiser.


Saturday, Feb. 11

Saturday is the main day of Hearts Afire Weekend. Feel the love as you stroll through the city!

TBAZoo Crew Hometown Cafe
Zoo Crew will be on the patio of Hometown Cafe. Create a cuddly creature for yourself or your sweetheart by selecting an animal, filling with stuffing, and choosing an outfit.


8 AM – 5 PMPuppy Kissing Booth Loveland Hardware General Store/Eads Fence Co.
Meet a furry friend from Myles Ahead Animal Sanctuary & Rescue. Dogs and cats available for adoption.


10 AM – 5 PMLove Chair BOND Furniture and Design
Stop in to BOND with your loved one and snap a picture in our Love Chair. Mention this to earn a gift card to shop with us!


11 AM – 12 PMMake Your Own Valentine Loveland Branch Library
For ages 6-12. No registration required.


12 PMDance PartyNear clocktower in downtown
Put some love in your step to kickstart the festivities! Premier Tumbling & Dance will lead a community dance.


12 – 3 PMCaricature Artist City Hall Lobby
Smile! Have a portrait drawn of your loved one for FREE. Thank you to RP Diamond Printing & Embroidery for sponsoring this activity.


12 – 5 PM Artists’ Love Stories: The Power of Creative Partnerships Loveland Art Studios on Main
Take part in a community painting activity, as you create large-scale pieces in artists’ styles. For example, Jackson Pollock and Lee Kranz — an iconic couple during the abstract expressionism movement — brought drip-painting into the forefront. Now is your chance to explore this action-painting technique! The studio will spread a large canvas across the floor and use sticks, sponges, dried paint brushes and squirt guns to recreate abstract works. All are invited to join in the fun! The studio will offer large trash bags to protect clothing and disposable gloves.


12 – 8 PMIce Sculpture Walking Tour Downtown
Enjoy a self-guided walking tour discovering unique ice sculptures! More than 20 sculptures will be displayed throughout the downtown area. Take a selfie to share on social media using the official event hashtag #LovelandHeartsAfire. View sculpture map.


12 – 8 PMLive Ice Carving City Hall Lawn
Watch professional sculptors carve ice to life!


12 – 8 PMEskimo Kisses Village Fountain Greene (In front of Fleet Feet)
Play your favorite yard game made of ice! This area will feature mini golf, cornhole and other fun games. Don’t miss the photo ops! Music by The ShamRocker.


12 – 8 PMTunnel of Love Jackson Street Market (Just off the Bike Trail in center of downtown)
The Shops of Brown’s Crossing will set up a themed valentine funland complete with decorations, photo ops, and food trucks. Food trucks will be there from 12-6 p.m. including The Cheesecakery, The Crafted Cup, City Belle Fried Pies and Street Kitchen.


1 – 2 PMValentine Button Making Loveland Branch Library
For all ages. No registration required.


1 – 3 PMValentine PageantLoveland Stage Company
Don’t miss the first Hearts Afire Valentine Pageant! Children ages 1-4 will compete to be crowned Ms. Valentine or Mr. Cupid. The contest will be judged by the Loveland Valentine Ladies, and there is also a “Fan Favorite” category where the audience can vote. It’s all part of the fun of Hearts Afire Weekend!

Would you like to register your child? View details and download entry form.

❤️ Admission of $5 with all proceeds going toward the Loveland Stage Company’s HVAC fundraiser


1 or 4:30 PMLove & Attraction Spell WorkshopsLoveland Station Apartments’ Community Room
Everyone is worthy and deserving of love. The key is to attract the type of person you want who loves you and is deserving of your love. Spell work just adds that “magickal” extra assistance to help manifest love. In this 45-minute workshop, will learn the do’s and don’ts of spell work to make your own magickal essential oil for LOVE to take home. Two workshops will be offered: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The workshop is $20/person.
❤️ Please RSVP here


2 – 4 PMTarot Card ReadingsLoveland Station Apartments’ Community Room
Is love in your future? What do the cards say? Sit down with professional tarot and palm reader Francine Haydon for a 10-minute mini “Love and Life” intuitive card reading. Francine is a professional tarot and palm reader; energy worker; Free Soul counselor and instructor; and ordained minister who has been practicing and teaching metaphysical and spiritual subjects for more than 20 years.  She works out of her home in Union Township and Forest & Bloom Healing Studio in Madeira. Walk-in — first come, first served. Cost is $20/person, payable at the door by cash, credit, or Venmo. Readings will be held in the Community Room of Loveland Station Apartments (110 S. Second St., Suite A).


2 – 6 PMBlind Date with a BookHometown Cafe
The Loveland Branch Library aims to pair a reader with their perfect book. Read through a selection of profiles and make your pick – all without even knowing your fated book’s name! There will be books for children and adults. Participants will be able to take their book home to keep.


Mirror Dancer

2 – 8 PMHeat Up the Street PerformersClocktower in center of downtown
There will be a bustle of activity warming up the streets! New performer at the top of each hour.
2-3 p.m. – Princesses
3-4 p.m. – Kiss the Frog Prince
4-8 p.m. – Acts featuring mimes, hula hoopers, mirror dancers & fire twirlers


2 – 8 PMPottery PaintingWhistle Stop Clay Works
Paint a heart box or Yoda ornament. Ages 3 and up. All supplies provided. Cost is $6. Projects will be ready for pick up in 10 days.
❤️ Pre-register here


2 – 8 PMGallery SaleWhistle Stop Clay Works
Find handcrafted gifts for your sweetheart. Purchases over $35 receive a free gift. Enter to win one of four raffles (need not be present to win). Plus cookies for children!


3 – 6 PMCaricature ArtistGraeter’s Ice Cream
Smile! Have a portrait drawn of your loved one. Local artist Sarah Stevens will draw portraits at Graeter’s. Tips appreciated for the artist.


4 – 8 PMValentine Raffle BasketThe Wicked Pickle
Enter this free raffle for a chance to win a basket full of valentine goodies! Presented by the Loveland Legacy Foundation. P.S. There will be a special photo op here!


4 – 8 PM Dance Lessons City Hall
Want to learn how to do the waltz, swing, foxtrot or salsa? Sign up for an Arthur Murray dance lesson. A 45-minute lesson will begin at the top of the hour. $10/person. Pre-registration encouraged to save your spot!
❤️ Please RSVP here


4 – 8 PM Warm Up Your Heart Chocolate Bar Hometown Cafe
Stop by the patio for a sweet treat and a warm bite! Hometown is serving up a hot chocolate bar and loaded sweet potato chips.


5 – 10 PM Psychics Lemons and Limes Boutique
See what’s in the stars for your love and destiny! Psychics from The Oracle Metaphysical Services in Maineville, Ohio, will be available for readings. Walk-in appointments. There will be a fee for this activity.


Pottery Wheel

6 – 8 PMGhost Photo OpWhistle Stop Clay Works
Bring your sweetheart and recreate the iconic scene at the potters wheel from the movie Ghost starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. The song “Unchained Melody” will be playing as will the unforgettable movie scene. Staff will capture the moment for you with your camera. Free!


Dolphin Painting

6 – 8:30 PMCouples Painting ClassLoveland Museum Center, Joanne Richardson History House
Create a lasting memory! No prior art experience necessary. Two canvases match together to form one “Dolphin Heart Design.”
❤️ Buy ticket


Crushin It Stage Art

7 PM Variety Show Loveland Stage Company
Your local community theater presents Crushin It, a valentine-themed variety show. Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the door.
❤️ $20 ticket includes the show, drinks & dessert with all proceeds going toward the theater’s HVAC fundraiser.


7 – 9 PM “Single in the City” Speed Dating The Works Brick Oven Restaurant
All aboard for love! Try speed dating in The Works’ train car. You’ll meet up to a dozen other singles face-to-face through a series of six minute “Pre-Dates.” A professional planner facilitates the whole event so there’s no awkwardness, no pressure, no embarrassment and no games… just great fun! After the event, the planner will email each guest a list of participants who would like to hear from them again! Odds are you’ll have one or more matches (more than two-thirds of Pre-Daters match with at least one person). There is a participation fee.
❤️ Pre-register to reserve your spot


7:30 – 10:30 PMLive Music at Cappy’sCappy’s Wine and Spirits
Local bluegrass band Rooster Ridge will be jammin’ out at Cappy’s on Saturday. Don’t miss this fan favorite! 


8 PM Burning Love Vow Renewal Clocktower in center of downtown
Gather for a group vow renewal ceremony performed by Elvis, AKA Mayor Kathy Bailey.
Vow renewal ceremonies are not intended to be second weddings. No fee. No need to pre-register. Couples will not receive any certificate and/or “proof” of renewal.


Hearts Afire Weekend Ice Sculpture Tour

A hot element of Hearts Afire is the ice sculpture walking tour. This is one of the only ice sculpture events happening in Greater Cincinnati this winter!

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour through Historic Downtown Loveland, discovering more than 35 unique ice designs, including characters like Yoda. Take “sculpture selfies” as you explore, and share your photos on social media using #LovelandHeartsAfire. 

Presented BySculpture Location
Art House II430 W. Loveland Ave.
Ben Morrison Memorial FundAlong Bike Trail near Alley Boutique
Bishop’s Quarter212 W. Loveland Ave.
Bond Furniture and Design113 Karl Brown Way
BRS InsuranceAlong Bike Trail near Trailside Provisions
Cappy’s Wine and Spirits (6 total at this location)309 W. Loveland Ave.
City of Loveland (5 total at this location + live ice carving)City Hall – 120 W. Loveland Ave.
City of Loveland Fountain Greene – Near Fleet Feet
Coors LightAt Cappy’s – 309 W. Loveland Ave.
Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged StoutAt Cappy’s – 309 W. Loveland Ave.
Chris Owens, RE/MAX Preferred GroupAlong Bike Trail near Trailside Provisions
Erin Harper, Comey & Shepherd RealtorsAlong Bike Trail near Trailside Provisions
The Estates at Stone Pillars Farm – Gina Dubell-Smith, eXP Realty208 W. Loveland Ave.
Fat Head’s BreweryAt Cappy’s – 309 W. Loveland Ave.
Fleurish Home110 S. Second St.
Fretboard Brewing CompanyAt Cappy’s – 309 W. Loveland Ave.
G Made LLC Residential PaintingAlong Bike Trail near Trailside Provisions
Gina Dubell-Smith’s Designed2Sell Team, eXP Realty442 W. Loveland Ave.
Hometown Cafe111 Railroad Ave.
Hops and Berry Taproom118 Karl Brown Way
Lemons and Limes Boutique301 W. Loveland Ave.
Loveland Friendly Tavern125 Karl Brown Way
Loveland Legacy FoundationAt The Wicked Pickle – 123 Railroad Ave.
Loveland Stage Company111 S. Second St.
Loveland-Symmes Community Firefighters AssociationAt Brown’s Crossing Building – Approx. 207 W. Loveland Ave.
Narrow Path Brewing Company106 Karl Brown Way
OH Equine Properties – Gina Dubell-Smith, eXP RealtyAlong Bike Trail near Mr. Redlegs Bench & Clock Tower
Paxton’s Grill126 W. Loveland Ave.
Railway Barber Shop106 Railroad Ave.
Ramsey’s Trailside200 W. Loveland Ave.
Tano Bistro204 W. Loveland Ave.
Trailside Provisions120 Karl Brown Way
Whistle Stop Clay Works119 Harrison Ave.
The Works Brick Oven Restaurant20 Grear Millitzer Place

Sculptures will be in place by 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. They will remain in place through the weekend, weather dependent.

Live ice carving will take place in front of City Hall (120 W. Loveland Ave.) from 12-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.


Sunday, Feb. 12

9 AMChasing Cupid 5KFleet Feet
Fleet Feet will host a fun run/walk for all ages taking place along the Little Miami Bike Trail. There will be a raffle to benefit the American Heart Association, and the association’s mascot will be there to promote the Heart Mini Marathon & Walk. Plus, Saucony will be on site with demo shoes.


10 AM2 PM Sunday Brunch with Live MusicTano Bistro
Enjoy a delicious brunch, featuring live jazz music. Reservations encouraged.


1 PM Valentine Lady VisitHometown Cafe
Meet Loveland’s 2023 Valentine Lady! Donna Barnes will discuss pollinator gardens and the importance of planting native plants.



Directions

For GPS driving directions, use 120 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, OH 45140. This is location of City Hall (center of downtown).

Parking

There are several free public parking lots in Historic Downtown Loveland. View the public parking map. Some downtown businesses also operate private, paid lots.


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When

Date: Feb 10, 2023 - Feb 12, 2023

Where

Hearts Afire Weekend

Loveland, Ohio

Loveland, Ohio

Contact

Email: mclark@lovelandoh.gov
Phone: (513) 707-1437

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