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5 Date Ideas for February in Rapid City

Romance your Valentine during your stay in Rapid City! Whether you decide to go the traditional route and take your love to dinner and a show, or surprise them with an adventurous night on the town, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in the Black Hills this February. Below are some date ideas to help you celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day.

Canvas 2 Paint

Head to downtown Rapid City for a night of art at Canvas 2 Paint, where you and your date can connect while creating your own masterpiece. Each class includes step-by-step instructions so you can replicate that night’s featured painting, which you can take home afterwards and proudly display. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are available at the studio to enjoy while you work on your painting. Classes are held throughout the month, with a special night held on Valentine’s Day that will include two free drinks and gourmet chocolates provided by Mostly Chocolates. Check out their February calendar for a schedule of their classes, as well as to register for a session.

Deadwood Mardi Gras 2018

Indulge in delicious Cajun food, live music and a colorful parade at Deadwood’s free Mardi Gras celebration, held from Friday, February 9th at 8 p.m. through Saturday, February 10th at 10 p.m. Join in on a Cajun feast on Friday evening, followed by a masquerade party that includes a king and queen coronation and live music. Saturday’s festivities include a Cajun food cook-off, where you can help determine the winner of the competition, as well as a Mardi Gras parade on Main Street. If you’re looking for a lively spot to dance the night away with your sweetie, Deadwood’s Mardi Gras is just the party for you.


Treat your Valentine to a night of fine Italian dining at Botticelli in downtown Rapid City. The family-owned restaurant features a menu of Italian favorites, including delectable pastas and flavorful seafood dishes, as well as a constantly rotating selection of innovative dishes that combine fresh ingredients in unique ways. Pair your meal with one of the over 200 wines from their award-winning wine list, which showcases wines from all over the world. Botticelli also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., where you can enjoy traditional breakfast items with a twist, such as banana bread French toast, a lox pizza topped with smoked salmon, capers and scrambled eggs, and their Italian Benedict. Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” like sharing a delicious meal with your special someone in a cozy setting like Botticelli.


After satisfying your taste buds, entertain your date with a live performance featuring the thrilling musical numbers of Broadway’s RENT. The award-winning rock musical will be at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th for three performances. The heartfelt songs and grand production are sure to make for a date to remember. Visit the Civic Center’s website for more information about the showings and to purchase tickets.

Last Day to Skate Beach Party

A beloved winter pastime here in the Black Hills, ice-skating in Main Street Square is a great way to take a break from all of the shopping and dining that downtown Rapid City has to offer. Join in the season’s final farewell at the rink’s Last Day to Skate Beach Party on February 24th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for an event that is a perfect February date for the entire family. Complimentary leis will be handed out while supplies last for you to wear while you twirl on the ice with your sweetie.

After enjoying all of the February fun that the Black Hills has to offer, end your day snuggling in your warm room at Comfort Suites.