A dating landmine is fast approaching; Valentine's Day. Some write it off as a Hallmark holiday. But those who celebrate it know how important it is to nail it, and that can be tricky to do when you're on a budget. Here are a few Valentine's Day date ideas to spark a little love in Kalamazoo.


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    Ingram Publishing

    Free Stand-Up at Harvey's

    Harvey's on the Mall hosts a free open mic comedy kicking off at 9pm. If that wasn't enough to get you in the door, it's $3 you-call-it drink specials and food specials from 9-11pm. No cover. No drink minimum. Spend Valentine's Day in stitches with your Mrs.

  • Garage sale, yard sale old unwanted items and utensils.
    Garage sale, yard sale old unwanted items and utensils.

    Antiquing and More

    From 8am-2pm stroll around the Kalamazoo Expo Center and see what treasures are in store. Choose from new and used items, antiques, handcrafted items - you might just find the perfect gift and surprise that special someone. Admission is free. And so is window shopping.

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    Check Out Great Art at the KIA

    ***$5 Museum Admission/$3 for students/Free for KIA members***

    Just five bucks (or less) gets you in to see works from the KIA collection; the circle in myriad manifestations. According the KIA:

    ...artists from diverse cultures recognize the circle's power as a line without beginning or end, symbolizing eternity and so much more.

    Symbolizing eternity together? How romantic!

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    Fifty Shades of Shakespeare

    Four actors. Twelve scenes. Twenty-seven roles. Craziest part? The actors don't know which parts they're playing until showtime. Don't think Shakespeare could be sexy? Hamlet would beg to differ...

    ...to live/ In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed,/ Stew'd in corruption, honeying and making love..."

    You don't have to be lit-nerd to enjoy a night of the baudy Bard. It's steamy fun for everyone. Tickets are $20, but I suggest double dating with another couple and splitting the cost of a table. Treat yourself and your sweetheart. Get your tickets here.

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    Take a Hike!

    Challenge yourself on The Bluebird or take a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand on the Prairie Pathway. Either way, the Kalamazoo Nature Center has a trail that's fit for every couple. $7 gets you in from 9am-5pm. Bundle up and get out in nature with your main squeeze.

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