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These are the Best Valentine’s Date Nights in NJ This Month

From wine and chocolate to an epic '70s mixtape party, there are so many sweet ways to celebrate V-Day with your boo this month.


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Want more out-of-the-box ideas? Here are 6 ways to mix up your night out.

February 2

UCPAC 2018 Winter Gala

Make your way to Rahway for a five-course meal at Luciano’s Italian Ristorante. Dress to the nines for live entertainment and an epic entree. Dinner is a prix fixe menu with choice of main for $115.

February 3-4

Cupid’s Wine and Chocolate Weekend

Head to Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere for some awesome apps and vino. Sip chocolate wine and munch cocoa-wine balls after taking a tour of the grounds. Also happening on February 17-18 and 24-25.

February 6

Chocolate: Everyone’s Guilty Pleasure

Get the low-down on the history of the sweet stuff, then help make some with Carol Freedman of Carol’s Creative Chocolatez in Somerville. It all goes down at Hillsborough Library.

February 7

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Swan Lake

A night at the theatre is a date that never goes out of style. Take in the grace and talent of the State Ballet Theatre of Russia at the Shea Center at William Paterson University in Wayne.

February 9

Pre-Valentine’s Parents’ Night Out

Want to squeeze in a date but can’t find a sitter? Head to The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille in North Brunswick. While you have dinner and drinks, the staff of Lightbridge Academy will watch the kids in the party room. They’ll get to craft, play games and peruse the kids’ buffet for just $5 extra.

Valentine’s Day Masked Ball

Want to make your boo feel like royalty? Heading to Lambert Castle in Paterson could be a great start. Grab a lavish mask and hit the dance floor.

Romance Can Be Murder

Help the detective solve the crime at this murder mystery dinner in Bloomfield. It’s BYOB, so be sure to bring a bottle of your fave beer or wine.

February 9-11

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Valentine Weekend at Laurita Winery

Shop chocolate vendors, take in the sounds of song duo The Bergers, reserve a table for brunch and more. Best part? Admission is free all weekend.

February 10

Cupid’s Chase

Get your endorphins going by running a 5K in Sewell. Want to help the cause from afar instead? Support those with disability while being a Virtual Participant.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance Party

Wine and dine with your beau at Tomasello Winery in Hammonton. Savor  a four-course meal, then dance to the spinning of a live DJ.

St. Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Indulge in top-tier wines, a 3-course meal and the jazz stylings of singer Ginni Corsello. Dance the night away at Villa Milagro Vineyards in Finesville.

February 10-11

Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend

Any winery that’s part of the Garden State Wine Growers association will be hosting wine and chocolate pairings all weekend. Participating spots include Four Sisters Winery, Fox Hollow Vineyards, Brook Hollow Winery and many more.

Wine and Roses

4JG’s Vineyard in Colts Neck is serving up vino, chocolate and flowers. Get a 6-sample tasting and a souvenir wine glass, or go for the gold package, which includes a barrel taste and a sneak peek at some exclusive blends.

Photo courtesy of Heritage Vineyards

WIne and Chocolate Weekend

Make the trip to Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill for wine tastings and curated pairings. Try vino with truffles from Mecha Chocolates (Collingswood) and Mademoiselle Macaron (Mullica Hill).

February 11

Valentine’s Dinner Show with the Jersey Four

As part of iPlay America’s 2018 Dinner Show Series, this Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band will be setting the soundtrack to your date night. Dance, eat and play trivia at this Freehold fave.

Valentine’s Day Brunch

Bacon and pancakes and bellinis, oh my! Go to Hopewell Valley Vineyards for an early boozy brunch including breakfast pizzas, mimosas, artisan bread and more.

February 14

Sweethearts Ball

Get your fill at this banquet-style dinner complete with a bottle of bubbly. Head to Mauro’s on the Ave in Vineland for a great meal and live entertainment from BitterSweet Duo.

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A Valentine Stroll Paint Nite

Make the drive to Plank Pizza Company Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook for a craft beer-filled paint event. You and your date will each create one half of a partner painting.

February 18

Lover’s Lane Chocolate Brunch

How about some sugar with your sugar? Head to The Mansion in Voorhees for chocolate-inspired and infused brunch dishes.

February 24

Fallen Heroes Polar Bear Plunge

Head down the shore to North Wildwood for an exhilarating (and icy) dip in the ocean. Dress up for a chance to win the Best Dressed prize, and don’t miss out on the afterparty at Keenan’s Irish Pub.

’70s Mixtape

Head to Montclair’s Wellmont Theater for a blast from the past dance party with live music, as well as special performances from Stephen Colbert, Patrick Wilson and more. Get tix to the concert alone, or splurge on the open bar and hors d’oeuvres.

February 24-25

Wine Release Party

Terhune Orchards in Princeton is pouring their two latest vinos, Traminette and Heritage Chardonnay. Get it by the glass, flight or free sample while enjoying live tunes and light fare. You can also come through for a wine and chocolate pairing on February 10-11 and 17-18, and March 10-11.


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Top Golf

Reserve a bay in Edison to shoot golf balls while chowing down on signature cocktails and high-end apps. Best part? You don’t need to be a golfer to have a blast.

The Outsider at Paper Mill Playhouse

Head to Millburn for a show all about political satire. See what happens when Ned Newley unexpectedly becomes Governor.


Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown offers a unique way to release your stress . Get safety training before taking a lesson in hatchet throwing. Then practice your skills by throwing in a private pit. You’ll quickly discover how addictive it is to  nail the bullseye on wooden targets.

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