Valentine’s Day in Melbourne

Suddenly, the post-Christmas bliss of January is over and we find ourselves well into February, and if you are a commercially influenced romantic at heart (like us)…. Valentine’s Day.

The pressure mounts every year for some, the need to outdo the previous year, or perhaps impress a new love interest, coupled with the fear of failure and rejection. Never fear, we’ve gathered together a top 5 list of things to do in and around Melbourne this Valentine’s Day (or close enough to..) for those who aren’t smartly already planning to rock out at Guns N Roses that night.

1. Coburg Drive In Food Truck Festival – Fifty Shades Darker
The smell of the popcorn, the coziness of the car… the drive-in is a perfect date night, and at the Coburg Drive-In and Food Truck Festival you can also combine that with an insatiable lust for delicious food from all of your favorite Melbourne food trucks like Yo India, Real Burgers, Mamma Van, our pick – Mary Had a Little Lamb, to name a few. On Valentine’s Day this year, the crew are holding a special edition screening of the dark, dirty, but oh so popular Fifty Shades Darker. Naughty!

Where: Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In, 155 Newlands Rd, Coburg
When: 14th February, gates open at 5pm
More information: Check out their website.

2. QV Outdoor Cinema – Ryan Gosling Celebration Week
No further description needed…

But seriously, these guys are dedicating the better part of a week to appreciating the goodness that is Ryan Gosling, screening Blue Valentine on the 9th and Crazy Stupid Love on the 10th. Friday the 10th of made even better with with free cocktails for all cinema goers who arrive early at 7:30pm, and an opportunity to pose with a life size cut out of the man himself.

Half Nelson screens on Saturday, and the festival of RG appreciation wraps with The Notebook on Sunday. So, maybe it’s not ACTUALLY on Valentine’s Day, but it’s in the spirt of the day right?

Where: QV Outdoor Cinemas, Swanston Street, Melbourne
When: 9-12 February, from 7.30pm (screening starts at 8.30pm)
More Information: Check out their website.

3. Singles Night at the Queen Vic Markets
Yep, many people selfishly think that Valentine’s Day is only reserved for couples. But they are wrong. The Queen Victoria Markets are fabulously dedicating the night after Valentine’s Day to those who are single with a  special edition Singles Night Market.

Basically, it’s all the usual awesomeness of the Summer Night Markets (amazing food, sangrias, Pimms etc) but if you are wearing red –  you might just find the love of your life. Of course this night is not exclusively for singles, it’s just a nice twist on a fabulous concept, that might just bring love to some of Melbourne’s most eligible people.

Where: The Queen Vic Markets, cnr Elizabeth & Victoria Streets, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 15 February 2017 from 5.00pm
More information: Check out their website.

4. Pack a picnic and hit the Botanical Gardens
Step one, hit up the Vic Markets and load your recyclable shopping bag with every kind of delicious delight from the deli section. We’re talking cheese, salami, olives, antipasto, heck, throw some oysters in there if you can keep them cold. Then grab a few bottles of chilled sparkling wine from the nice section of the bottle-o fridge.
Step two, mix it with a picnic rug, some paper cups and the usual gear, jump on the tram heading up St Kilda Road and you’ve got yourself a pretty low-cost, chilled evening in the last of the summer sun with your nearest and dearest.
Make sure you bring an iPod, speakers and some battery operated candles if you want to add that classy touch.

5. Ride the Rollercoaster at Luna Park
We’re not kidding. It’s cute, its retro, it’s pure old fashioned romantic.

This Valentine’s Day, Luna Park is offering lovers a package that includes two unlimited ride tickets (for 5 hours), one carnival game (win your special friend a giant bear and watch the smile come to their face), a souvenir photo of the scenic rollercoaster and some fairy floss.

Just think, you barely have to prepare, and if the weather’s nice, it’s a pretty memorable evening. Ticks all of our boxes. Cost is $65 per person.

Where: Luna Park, 18 Lower Esplanade St Kilda
When: Tuesday, 14 February 2017
More information: Check out their website.

You’re welcome.

Words by Kerstyn Dance. 

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