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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

Tano Bistro & Catering

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.

Coming Soon


All Weekend

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

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.

LoveBird Restaurant – Buy two entrees, receive a complimentary dessert. Dine-in only.

Loveland Sweet Shoppe – Hearts Afire special chocolate.

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

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

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

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 Pizza – Drink special.


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.


5 – 8 PMGalentine NightLemons and Limes Boutique
Sip & Shop! Grab your gal pals, wear your favorite red, and join the fun.


6 – 8 PMLove Stuff 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 Woman’s Health Initiative. 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! 


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


7 PM Variety Show Loveland Stage Company
Your local community theater presents Crushin It, a valentine-themed variety show. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
❤️ Suggested donation of $10 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!

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. Map coming soon.


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, a photo booth, and food trucks.


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 PMDance PartyHistoric Downtown Loveland
Put some love in your step to kickstart the festivities! Premier Tumbling & Dance will lead a community dance.


1 PM 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 Enchanted Moments in Milford. 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.


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!


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.


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!


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


7 PM Variety Show Loveland Stage Company
Your local community theater presents Crushin It, a valentine-themed variety show. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
❤️ Suggested donation of $10 with all proceeds going toward the theater’s HVAC fundraiser


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 unique ice designs. Take “sculpture selfies” as you explore, and share your photos on social media using #LovelandHeartsAfire. 

Map & Location List Coming Soon


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.



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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