Valentine's Day is on its way - have you thought about where you would like to go? Or with whom? If you have a romantic night that you need to plan in Canberra, then check out the ideas below for a first date, a casual date or for a meaningful date with your significant other. Book in early, however, as spots fill up fast the closer you get to the big day.
If you don't have someone to celebrate with, you aren't alone. This is why there are countless speed dating and "Anti-Valentine's Day" events around the Capital. Scroll to the bottom of this list to find somewhere to have fun on Friday, 14th February.
Enjoy Valentine's Day in Canberra - your way!
Take a cruise with Canberra Southern Cross Cruises. Image: Canberra Southern Cross website
1/ Shakespeare By The Lakes III - A Midsummer Night's Dream is a FREE performance that will be held at Tuggeranong Town Park, starting from 6:30pm. Take a picnic blanket and enjoy a romantic evening watching a Shakespearean play. Alternatively get a group of friends together for a night at an outdoor performance. Food trucks will be on-site for dinner. See here for details.
2/ Foodish Cooking School in Belconnen will be having a Valentine's Day cooking class, so couples can learn to cook a French dish and dessert together. There will be bubbles on arrival and an evening of beautiful food, wine and fun. Tickets cost $200 a couple. See here for details (scroll down).
3/ Canberra Southern Cross Cruises will be having a 3 hour cruise with a 4 course dinner. Tickets cost $90 per person. See here for details.
4/ American Express Openair Cinemas are set up between the National Library of Australia and Lake Burley Griffin. This Valentine's Day they will be showing 10 Things I Hate About You. Tickets start from $20 for General Admission (not including seating). See here for details.
5/ Buvette restaurant at Hotel Realm in Barton will be having a special Valentine's Day Dinner with a "create your own" 3-course selection with champagne on arrival. If you stay the night at the hotel, you will receive 20% off the accommodation price. Dinner costs $85 per person. See here for details.
6/ Pialligo Estate will be having a special Valentine's Day 4 course menu to enjoy in the Pavilion, surrounded by gorgeous views and enjoying live acoustic music. Each person will receive a glass of sparkling on arrival. Lunch is served between 12:30pm - 2:30pm and dinner is served between 6pm - 8pm or 8:30pm - 10:30pm. The cost is $199 per couple. See here for details.
7/ Hotel Kurrajong in Barton will be hosting a romantic Valentine's Day with a 3-course dinner to share for 2 at Chifley's Bar & Grill. The cost is $149 per couple. See here for details.
8/ Agostinis Italian Restaurant in Kingston will be having a 5 course Italian Valentine's Dinner with Prosecco on arrival. Tickets cost $95 per person, plus booking fee (or call the restaurant direct on (02) 6178 0048). See here for details.
9/ The Boat House on the water at Lake Burley Griffin will be having a 5-course degustation menu at a cost of $130 per person. See here for details.
10/ Helix Bar and Vibe Hotel at the Canberra Airport have a dinner and stay package, with a romantic 3-course dinner for two, a glass of bubbles, chocolate strawberries and a late checkout. Dinner costs $69 per person, and the accommodation package costs $140 per room. See here for details.
11/ QT Hotel will be having a Valentine Dessert Degustation at their QT Lounge. Sweet-tooths will love the 4 courses of treats, each coupled with local matching wines. Listen to live, acoustic music while enjoying a candlelit dessert for two. Tickets cost $120 per person, plus booking fee. See here for details.
Dessert Degustation at QT Hotel. Image: Eventbrite website
12/ Kokomo's cocktail bar in the city centre will be having a Valentine's Day Dating Party for people aged between 35 - 45. Each participant will be screened and there will be a complimentary selection of delicious finger food in the break. Tickets cost $29. See here for details.
13/ Monster Kitchen & Bar will be having an Anti-Valentine's Day evening, with DJ's spinning 80's love ballads, 90's R&B classics and the ultimate 2000's dance music. Tickets cost $30 entry (with drink on arrival) or a VIP Ticket for $89, which includes entry, a special drink and two canapes upon arrival and a two-hour drinks package with full access to the bellini bar, negroni station, martini cart, Monster bar, wine and beers, oyster cart, giant chocolate fountain, cheese and charcuterie grazing station and more. See here for details.
14/ Bad Betti's on the Kingston Foreshore will be having a Cupid Party for people aged 23-39 years. Tickets include 2 drinks and 5-6 dates, before partying into the night with everyone. Tickets start from $52.78 Early Bird. See here for details.
15/ Hopscotch in Braddon will be having a Nuts & Bolts Party, where each person chooses a nut (ladies) or a bolt (men) from the toolbox and then they walk around, looking for the perfect fit! The first three matches win a prize! This is a free event, however, you need to register online. See here for details.