Valentine’s Day is always a big deal here at Best of NJ, and each year we put together a huge listing of events and attractions. Below, you’ll find a frequently updated list of themed content, followed by links to Valentine’s Day events across New Jersey broken down by region. If you see something we missed, just drop us a line about an event. Meanwhile, to see the entire list of all NJ Valentine’s Day events, just click here.
This is also where we’ll be curating all of our NJ Valentine’s Day content; in other words, be sure to bookmark this page and visit back each week; we’ll have brand new features as well as new event listings. You can head straight to the content you want by clicking Featured Events, Original Stories or Statewide Events.
Featured NJ Valentine’s Day Restaurants & Events
Valentine’s Dinner & Dancing at Piazza di Roma
Event Date: Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 pm
Where: Piazza di Roma, Matawan
Details: Perhaps not surprisingly, Piazza di Roma is back with another Dinner & Dancing night this V-day. The 21st annual event will feature music by Total Sound Entertainment. The romantic night out begins at 7:00 pm and lasts until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $180 per couple, though they are all-inclusive so that’s all you need to enjoy the event. Call and reserve your spot today before it’s too late!
More info: Visit their website or call 732-583-3565.
Garden State Wine Growers Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
Event Dates: Saturday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 10
Where: All across NJ. Click here to see wineries near you.
Details: Valentine’s Day is all about perfect pairings. But there’s only one match that goes better than you and your significant other: Wine and chocolate. With that in mind, Garden State Wine Growers is hosting a Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend; complete with tastings, new releases, live music and, of course, wine and chocolate pairings. Check online for weekend specials and offerings.
More info: Click here or call 609-588-0085
Piattino Valentine’s Dinner
Event Date: Thursday, February 14 at 4:00 pm – Saturday, February 16
Where: Piattino, Summit
Details: Celebrate the holiday weekend with a special menu in honor of “la Festa di San Valentino” at Piattino. With options like Pan Seared Scallops as well as Lobster Canneloni, this dinner is a true delight. This Valentine’s Day menu will be available starting at 4:00 pm on February 14, and last until Saturday, February 16. Of course, they will also offer their full a la carte menu for those who want to order regular items. Either way, it will be a night to remember! Reservations are now open, so call ahead to book a table before they’re gone.
More info: Visit their website or call 908-219-4801.
NJ Valentine’s Day Features
The Best Places for NJ Singles to Find Love
Are you single this year and dreading Valentine’s Day? If all those chocolate hearts and long-stem roses are making you nauseous, it might be time to take action. The quest for a romantic relationship begins with getting out into the world. We spoke with New Jersey matchmakers like Julianne Cantarella, a licensed therapist and owner of New Jersey’s Matchmaker in Englewood Cliffs, who offered helpful advice on where to look for love…
Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Chocolate Lovers
Searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the chocolate lover in your life? These chocolate-themed gifts will satisfy their sweet tooth and definitely earn you extra points. From delicious chocolate treats to chocolate-scented cosmetics, these unique items make awesome gifts for your Valentine. And don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to purchase some for yourself too…
Cute Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids
Valentine’s Day gifts for kids don’t have to revolve solely around candy and chocolate. Instead, consider getting your little love bug an inedible present. It will last longer than the sweet stuff and won’t wreak as much havoc on the teeth. Consider giving your tyke a New Jersey-inspired present, or purchase something from a state-based shop. Here are twelve fun and creative ideas to help create a heartwarming holiday…
5 Jersey-themed Valentine’s Day Dates
New Jersey sometimes gets a bad reputation with outsiders. So when New Jerseyans find someone who understands the glory, beauty and wonder of this fine state, they know he or she is a keeper. Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day with a fellow Jersey lover (or someone you’d like to convert to Team Jersey)? If so, we’ve rounded up five great ideas for fun, romantic Jersey-themed Valentine’s Day dates…
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at these Local Wineries
Babysitter? Check. Candles? Check. Flowers? Check. That outfit (you know the one)? Check. Valentine’s Day approaches, and with it comes a chance to make this celebration of true love an evening to remember. Looking for ideas? We’ve got just the thing! Whether you’ve been together for years or are newly in love, here are our top picks for local wineries that double as the perfect spot for date night…
Valentine’s Day Survival Guide for Singles
It’s “almost” Valentine’s Day – that’s right, it’s less than a month until an entire weekend of candy hearts and kisses and (possibly overpriced) roses for those who are happily coupled. Unfortunately, that does not include you. Here’s how to get through the weekend without feeling jealous of other people’s gushy romantic behavior (and remember, those candy hearts taste awful anyway)…
5 Pro Tips for Throwing a Valentine’s Day Wedding
Valentine’s Day is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic days of the year. Between go-to hallmarks of love like flowers, chocolates and champagne, really, how could you possibly go wrong? So, it’s only fitting that Valentine’s Day-themed nuptials are the perfect way to heighten an already amorous affair. We spoke to an expert who gave us some pro tips for throwing a Valentine’s Day wedding to remember…
Family-Friendly NJ Valentine’s Day Events
Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day may be known for romance between couples, but New Jersey has some fun and festive events geared toward families too. If you’re making plans for more than just a party of two, celebrate together this February with one of the family-friendly New Jersey events listed below. You’ll find unique crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, a chocolate festival, cookie baking for the whole gang and more…
Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Pairing Guide
Few things conjure the idea of romance as vividly as wine and chocolate. Both are absolutely decadent, sinfully delicious, and — depending on whom you ask — can lead to relaxed, um, inhibitions (bow-chicka-wow-wow). In fact, chocolate has been linked to sexy times since the days of the Aztecs. As for wine, well, the ancient Greeks didn’t call Dionysus the god of wine and ecstasy for no reason…
Romantic Restaurants with the Best Views in NJ
There’s no better time of year to show your appreciation for the one you love than on Valentine’s Day. February 14 is just around the corner and, with it, the pressure of planning the perfect night. This year, do something special and make a reservation that is sure to take your significant other’s breath away in the best way possible. Below, you’ll find our list of the best spots to do so during that special night…
Top 10 Best Places to Propose in New Jersey
It is that time of year when love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and nervous gents all across NJ will be bending down on one knee to propose marriage to their lovely ladies. (Or, for the non-traditional crowds, any combination in between. Oh, and ladies, you can propose too these days.) Best of NJ spoke to Julianne Cantarella for some insight into the best spots in New Jersey to pop the question…
N.J. Valentine’s Day by Region:
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex & Warren County
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset & Union County
Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester & Salem County
Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean & Monmouth County
Valentine’s Day Events in NJ