Love comes in many forms and there is a reason to celebrate all of them at Crystal Bridges this February! Whether your love is your family, your friends, your significant other, or….complicated, we have the perfect suggestion for an event or activity that you and your Valentine can enjoy at the museum.
Symphonie Fantastique: Obsession, Murder, and Love – This event has passed
February 5 | 6:30 pm & 8 pm
Presented by Maestro Steven Byess and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, join us for an evening of passion, obsession, and fantastic dreams in a brand new arrangement of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, brought to life with an original story and live actors. The performance will feature three selected movements of Symphonie Fantastique, set to an unforgettable story of love scored. Two performance showtimes are available, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you and your date like to be classy, or want to experience a unique night out, this performance is not to be missed!
The museum’s eighth annual I ♥ Art Family Sunday is the perfect event to attend with the whole family! Bring your loved ones to Crystal Bridges to enjoy performances, artmaking, valentines, creative play, gallery activities, and more for a Valentine’s-themed day. When you arrive, be sure to grab a paper heart at the front desk and take it in the galleries with you to show your love of art. Place your heart in front of your favorite artwork, snap a photo and tag #HeartsforArt, and check back on our website after the event to see which artwork received the most hearts!
If your Valentine is pint-sized, bring him or her to Preschool Playdate, a monthly event for toddlers and their parents to explore art through playtime and artmaking. Create a special Valentine and enjoy storytime and creative play inspired by Valentine’s Day and the art we love.
Black Hearts Ball
February 15 | 9 pm to 12 am
Bentonville’s favorite anti-Valentine’s Day party is coming up! Whether your relationship status is single, taken, or complicated, Black Hearts Ball is the place to be in February. This year, voted Chicago’s best DJ, DJ Rae Chardonnay will lead the evening, performing dance jams you can dance your heart out to all night long! Additional performances with Jenna and the Soul Shakers and DJ AfrosiaJ will keep you grooving, and a custom “Mystery of Love” tour by Duncan Street Collective will get you to play in the galleries. Visuals by local artist Dillon Dooms will set the mood, and a delicious chocolate quiz presented by Markham & Fitz will help you find your perfect chocolate! Tickets also include appetizers and access to the new temporary exhibition Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… (originally priced at $5 for non-members). Drinks will be available. Get your tickets here. Ages 21+.
Book a romantic dinner or brunch at Eleven
Let’s be honest: your first love was food. You want to gaze into your Valentine’s eyes in a beautiful setting, sure, but you also want the meal to be exquisite. Luckily, Eleven checks off all the boxes. Enjoy delicious apps and entrees such as Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cakes, Roasted Ricotta Dumplings, Herb-Crusted 44 Farms Beef Tenderloin, and Lemon-Thyme Chicken. And if you’re a Crystal Bridges member, you get a free dessert with dinner!
Or perhaps you’d like to come to brunch on Sunday morning. Every Sunday, Eleven serves a buffet brunch with guest favorites such as fried chicken, shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy bar, homemade pastries, and more. Enjoy dinner or brunch underneath Jeff Koons’s Hanging Heart, and be swept away by the beauty all around you. Book your reservations today!
North Forest Lights
Open Now through February 16
Our nighttime light and sound experience that lit up the North Forest this winter is on view now through February 16! If you haven’t seen it yet, or if you want to see it again before it leaves, make a special date to experience it in February. Five distinct installations bring the soul of the forest to life with light, sound, and sensory effects in a captivating, family-friendly experience, and the Village offers warm drinks and treats to enhance your adventure. Or consider sharing a romantic culinary basket with wine, chocolate, cheese, fruit, and more (available for purchase when you get your tickets). On Thursday nights, get your photo taken by a professional photographer at no extra cost! Get your tickets here.
Art by the Glass: Chocolate Truffle Workshop
February 27 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Join us for an evening celebrating your love of chocolate with the experts at local chocolate shop Markham and Fitz. Their chocolatiers will teach the process behind making their single-origin chocolate. Guests will be guided through the process of creating and decorating their own handmade truffles inspired by a work of art in our permanent collection. One glass of wine or beer and light appetizers are provided. Although this event happens a little after Valentine’s Day, it is the perfect way to show appreciation for your girlfriends and have a special night out celebrating friendship at the museum.
Take a stroll through the galleries
Looking to just spend some time with your Valentine? Consider spending your time together in the galleries appreciating and discussing art. Discover each other’s favorite paintings and how you each feel about them. Learn about a new artist or painting – tickets to the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room (pictured above) are free! Walking through the galleries is a great way to feel connected and spend time with each other away from the bustle of everyday life. If the weather’s nice, grab a hot coffee or tea from the Coffee Bar and stroll the grounds. Hold hands, appreciate art and nature, and enjoy being in the moment.
We look forward to seeing you – and your special someone – at the museum this February!
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Family Sunday is sponsored by Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Mark & Diane Simmons, and Procter & Gamble.
Preschool Playdate is sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and Juan, Marcy, & Joaquin Camacho.
Black Hearts Ball is sponsored by The Hershey Company, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., and Leisurlist.
North Forest Lights is created by Moment Factory. Sponsored by the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, The Bogle Family, Terri & Chuck Erwin, and George’s.
Art by the Glass is sponsored by Roblee Orthodontics.