What’s on in Canberra this Valentine’s Day

Heather Lansdowne 16 February 2015 2


Whether you’re coupled up or flying solo, there’s plenty to do in Canberra this Valentine’s Day. Why not try one of the following, or let us know what you’re planning to do in the comments!

Lifeline Book Fair
9am – 5pm Sat 14 February
Budawang Building, Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell

For all the book lovers out there, check out Lifeline’s EPIC Bookfair and help keep its suicide prevention telephone crisis support service available to the community. The three-day fair runs from Friday 13 February to Sunday 15 February with around 250,000 items for sale, including fiction and non-fiction books, rare books, collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books.

Valentine’s Day is family day at the fair, with Prime Possum making a special appearance at 10am.

Entry is by gold coin donation and all proceeds go towards Lifeline’s suicide prevention telephone crisis support service (13 11 44).

Pretty Woman at the Open Air Cinema
Gates open 6:00pm, show starts 8:15pm Sat 14 February
Patrick White Lawns, next to the National Library of Australia

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with one of the most iconic romantic films of all time! For Valentine’s Day only, cinema tickets include a glass of Giesen wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) and a Byron Bay Cookies Valentine’s Day Dotty Cookie on arrival. Mister Mixer have also created a special cocktail called Romance on Rodeo Drive just for the occasion. Remember your blanket and arrive early to hear some romantic live tunes before the movie starts!

Dance party for the over 30s – Valentine’s Day special
7:30pm to 1:00am Sat 14 February
The RUC @ Turner

Singles over 30 are invited to mingle and dance at the RUC in Turner. A special party will be held on Valentine’s Day, providing a unique opportunity to dance, flirt or even meet that special someone!

Cost: $21.00

(Almost) Valentine’s Burlesque with The Sass & Tease Collective
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Fri 13 February
Teatro Vivaldi Restaurant, University Avenue

Looking for something a little cheeky to do this week? The Sass and Tease Collective have the perfect show for you: a sexy night of burlesque performances on Valentine’s Eve!

The show will feature local burlesque beauties Ivy Ambrosia, Ursula Wolfe, Lily Lovecat and local boylesquer Captain Spitfire. Joining them on stage are Tiffany Blue (Three time winner of Australian Burlesque Community award for ACT people’s choice), Abel Fox (1st runner up in the Australian Burlesque Festival’s 2014 Baby Bombshell’s competition), Peppa Mint (Canberra Burlesque Idol 2014), The cerulean chanteuse (Belle Bleu) and queer performers Holly Bennett and Simone Craswell. Prizes will be awred for the most glamourous outfits on the night, and advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Dinner specials
There are a number of special menus on offer this Valentine’s Day:

  • Three course Valentine’s Day dinner at the Arboretum – $95 per person
  • Mecca Bah – $90 per person – 6260 6700
  • Boffins Restaurant – $79.50 per person – 6125 5285
  • Floresco in the Gardens – 6162 6707
  • Five course Valentine’s Day tasting dinner at Sage – $125 per person – 6249 6050
  • C Dine Bar – $95 per person – 6239 5299

Fifty Shades of Grey
Check session times for Hoyts, Dendy or Palace Electric

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the most hotly anticipated film releases of the year. That’s right, we’re talking about Fifty Shades Of Grey. Watch as literature student Anastasia Steele is introduced to the world of S&M by the mysterious and hot young billionaire Christian Grey. Palace Cinemas are offering screenings complete with specially crafted lovers cocktails and chocolate-dipped strawberries with every glass of Prosecco.

What have we missed? What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day?

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2 Responses to What’s on in Canberra this Valentine’s Day
Milly Withers Milly Withers 1:47 pm 11 Feb 15

If you’re lonely, single and a book lover who doesn’t want to meet weirdos on Tinder this Valentine’s Day, Kingston Library has organised blind book dates on Saturday. Yes. Dates with books.

From the Libraries ACT Facebook page:

“Waltz in to Kingston library and choose from one of our beautifully gift-wrapped books and dvds waiting for you throughout the shelves. Little clues on the tags will guide you towards the one for you, whether child or adult, lover of novels or nonfiction, romance or science and beyond. Just scan through the self-checker as normal.”

Give me a surprise library book over novelty teddy bears and love heart shaped chocolates any day (hint, hint, Mr Withers).

Shullerina Shullerina 10:51 am 10 Feb 15

If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do for Valentine’s Day, High Fidelity the Musical will be playing at the ANU Arts Centre on Saturday afternoon and evening. See: http://phoenixplayers.com.au/shows/highfidelity.html for more ticketing information.

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