There are heaps of great shows to see at the Adelaide Fringe on Valentine's Day. The arts festival is on from Friday, February 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2015 at locations all around Adelaide. Choose from cabaret, circus, comedy, dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts, and much more. If deciding what to see is too difficult, spend some time in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, the very heart of the Fringe, and see how the evening unfolds.
After selling out at last year's Fringe, Floating Melodies is at it again with an iconic South Australian experience and something a little bit lovely for Valentine's Day. Be serenaded with love songs and local wine and produce on a sunset cruise aboard The Popeye. The cruise along the River Torrens starts at 6 pm and goes for just over an hour. Adult tickets cost $41.50 and are available from FringeTIX.
The Enlighten Festival is also held as part of the Fringe. The showcase of South Australian health and wellbeing products and services is on Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 10 am until 5 pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Tickets are available through FringeTIX for $12 per person (plus booking fee) and children under 15 years are free. For no extra charge, there is a bonus sacred music performance from 5 pm until 6 pm on Valentine's Day.
Visit the Garden, it's open from 10 am until very, very late on Valentine's Day
Bernard Fanning will be playing new songs as well as favourites from his acclaimed Tea & Sympathy and Departures albums at the Bird in Hand winery in the Adelaide Hills this Valentine's Day. Gates open at 4 pm for general admission and the former Powderfinger frontman will be on stage at 8.30 pm. Tickets start at $89 per person and there are picnic hampers, return bus transfers, and VIP tickets and experiences to be had as well.
If your special someone is more into monster trucks than love song dedications, then they're in luck! The roaring engines of the monster trucks will be music to their ears this Valentine's Day at the 2015 Monster Truck Rumble at the Adelaide Showground. Gates open at 3.30 pm for the main event at 6 pm. Adult general admission tickets are available now for $56 (plus booking fee).
Join the You, Us and a Bus Love Op Shops Tour on Valentine's Day and fill your bags with pre-loved bargains at some of the best second-hand shops in Blackwood and Belair. The four hour tour begins at the Salvos on Morphett Street in Adelaide at 9 am. Tickets cost $38 each and include morning tea, discounts, and special offers.
Explore the Botanic Gardens with a smartphone photography course
Spend Valentine's Day morning in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and learn how to use your phone to take beautiful photos and capture all those special moments with your loved one. Bookings are required for the two hour Photoh Smartphone Photography Course, which meets at 10 am and costs $49 per person.
Spend Valentine's Day with Temptation Sailing and swim with wild dolphins in the morning or take a romantic twilight cruise. The twilight cruise costs $24 per person (a cheese board and drinks package is available for an extra cost) and it costs $98 to participate in the dolphin swim. Bookings are essential and the boat departs from Holdfast Shores Marina at Glenelg.
Of course, there are many wonderful cafes and restaurants in Adelaide hosting Valentine's Day functions, but one suggestion is to travel south to the Fleurieu Peninsula for something delicious, like waffles and hot chocolate at Bracegirdle's at 190 at McLaren Vale or organic coffee and cake at the Green Room on High Street at Willunga. Later visit Gemtree Vineyards at McLaren Flat for beautiful views, biodynamic wine, and a platter of local produce.
If the weather is fine, pack a picnic basket and treat your lover to some fresh air, sun shine, and all their favourite treats. The Willunga Rose Garden and Market Square at Old Noarlunga are equipped for picnicking, but if you'd rather feel the sand between your toes, then try Aldinga Beach or Maslin Beach.
Stroll hand in hand along the River Torrens in Adelaide and check out the love locks on the footbridge. It's Adelaide's very own Pont des Arts, where couples have attached padlocks to the bridge and thrown the key into the water below as a symbol of everlasting love.
Breakfast at Tiffany's, the classic 1960s rom-com starring Audrey Hepburn, is showing at the Moonlight Cinema in Botanic Park on Valentine's Day. The screening starts at about 8.30 pm, but it's wise to arrive early to secure the best patch of grass. Tickets can be purchased online for $19 for adults (plus booking fee) with concessions and discounts available. Food and drinks are on offer and there are beanie beds for hire.
Alternatively, save your pennies and cosy up on the couch for a romantic night in with chocolate, wine, a selection of cherished Valentine's Day films, and some quality time together. That's what it's all about after all.