Saturday, 14 February 2015

What's On In Melbourne - Valentine's Edition

Last night I had a great run.  You know, the kind where you feel strong and have heaps of energy and you own the hills.  Runs like these remind me why I run in the first place :)

Moving on to the real point of discussion today, you can probably imagine that this weekend there lots and lots of Valentine's Day events going on around Melbourne.  Depending on how seriously you take the feel the need to celebrate this (mostly commercial) day, you may be interested in some of these events!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Cupid's Undie Run

If you feel the need to strip before dark on Valentine's Day, maybe you could do it as part of the Cupid's Undie Run, held to raise money for the Children's Tumour Foundation of Australia.  The run starts from the Beachcomber Cafe in St Kilda at 4:30, and it's only about 1.5kms.  You get cheaper entry if you run in your undies, but you can also run in Valentine's Day themed gear.  Don't forget to wear your best undies!

A Musical Valentine

There is something so traditionally romantic about listening to classical music.  When you combine that with a warm summer's night and a picnic in a park of (if I was you) chilled wine and nibbles, you have a knock your socks off kind of Valentine's Day evening.  The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Sidney Myer Free Concert series includes music from Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Gershwin, and is described as 'love stories set to music'.  Oh, and completely free! Sounds pretty romantic to me!

Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival

If you are interested in Greek culture, or even just Greek food, you should definitely head into the CBD for the Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival from noon this Saturday and Sunday.  The festival features local and international performers, children's activities and lots of food for a giant weekend of fun and feasting. A prominent part of the festival will be numerous Greek food stalls and food trucks tempting your nostrils and tastebuds. Grab some tasty treats and kick back with some drinks from the pop-up bar and allow yourself to be entertained by the live entertainment. Souvlaki, anyone?

Hawkers' Bazaar Festival

Crown Riverwalk will host the Hawkers' Bazaar Festival this weekend, and also next weekend.  The festival is full of food and market stalls, lion dances, live entertainment,cooking demonstrations, Feng Shui, fortune telling, animal farm, calligraphy, karaoke and much more.  Plus enjoy spectacular fireworks displays on both Saturday nights.  You can check out the full program here. It's a free event, so if you're in and around the CBD on the weekend, it might be a great way to entertain the kids!  But we all know it's more for you.

ICC Cricket World Cup - England v Australia

Although it's probably not the most romantic event being held this weekend, it might be more your style to head down to the MCG for the first game in the ICC Cricket World Cup - England v Australia. The ICC Cricket World Cup is the international championship of One Day International cricket and is held every four years. Tickets start at $20 for adults, which isn't too bad for a day's entertainment!

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?  What are you doing to show your loved one you care (ie. partner, family member, amazing friend, or favourite animal)?

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