Want to surprise your Valentine with a night they will never forget? You're covered with this top 10 list of things to do on Saturday February 14th.
1. MSO Classical Music Concert Free entry to an evening of romantic classics by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Strauss and Gershwin at the MSO Classical Concert, at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. All you need to bring is a picnic hamper and blanket, and your date. Gates open at 4pm, so get in early to secure a good spot!
2. Chinese NY Festival
Prefer something lively and energetic? Head to Market Street and Whitehorse Road in Boxhill, for 12 hours of free entertainment including lion dances, music, acrobats, and loud drumming music, celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Goat! Celebrations run from 1pm – 1am.
3. Moonlight Cinema What's more romantic than a movie outdoors in a park with a packed picnic? Head to the Moonlight Cinema at Royal Botanical Gardens to see the classic romantic comedy Breakfast At Tiffany's. Tickets from $19, but be sure to book early as this will be a sell out!
4. Romantic Dinner Rather stay warm indoors than risk Melbourne weather? Head to a multitude of restaurants for a Valentine's Day special menu dinner. My recommendations a four course signature menu at The Botanical, a five course shared tasting menu at Sake Melbourne, a three course menu inclusive of fine wines and six long stemmed red roses at The Windsor, and an indulgent four course menu at No 8.
5. Sunset Cruise Gaze at Melbourne's skyline while the sun sets and enjoy romantic live music and a three course meal whilst slowly cruising the waters of the Yarra, Docklands, Port Phillip & Hobsons Bay areas on board MV Mandalay. Tickets $350.00 per couple includes cruise, dinner, drinks, music, chocolates and flowers.
6. Rhythm of Africa Escape to an African Safari without leaving the state! Wild animals, drumming classes, African dancing and cuisine, at Werribee Zoo's Rhythm of Africa festival makes for a unique way to spend Valentine's Day.
7. Just Desserts For those who prefer to skip dinner and go straight to desserts, indulge at Mirka Bar, Om Nom at Adelphi Hotel or Mr Hive Kitchen at Crown.
8. Newbies International Traffic Light Party
Party the night away with singles, couples, complicated, and confused, at the Newbies International Annual Traffic Light Valentine's Day Ball. You know how it works - wear something that represents your relationship status: RED: No go zone; YELLOW: Call me maybe; GREEN: Good to go! $10 tickets gets you entry, BBQ from 6pm-8pm, happy hour drink specials from 6pm-10pm, a drink card, a free shot, and a night of dancing to DJs spinning latest tunes! Get your tickets here.
9. Horse and Carriage Ride Take a customised tour of the city via horse and carriage. A 30 minute tour costs $100, where guests are picked up from Federation Square and taken across the Yarra River then past the National Gallery of Australia, Shrine of Remembrance and Botanical Gardens. On a 1 hour tour ($200), the journey continues back to the city passing St Patrick's Cathedral, Parliament house, China Town, and many more Melbourne landmarks. An ideal start or end to a dinner date or theatre show.
10. Boxed Gift Check out Red Balloon to give a gift of an experience they have always wanted to do. From hot air ballooning and sky diving to masterchef cooking classes and race car driving, you will find exciting and unusual gifts that will impress. Best of all, you can buy vouchers online; great for those last minute shoppers!
If you have other suggestions, we would love to hear about them in the comments section below. Happy Valentine's Day - don't forget the chocolates and roses!