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Love it or loathe it, February 14 is on its way. Whether you want to make a good impression, or plan to avoid it, here's what's going on around town

Find first date ideas through to anti-Valentine’s Day fun with speed dating events, romantic rowboats and cheeky fun runs.

Ahead of the big day

Darling Harbour Month of Love
You can take a pre-Val Day selfie, Pash 'n' Dash at the kissing booth, or watch a flash-mob perform Madonna songs. Feb 5-Mar 5.

Mayhem: Kings Cross 1945
The clocks at Elizabeth Bay House are turning back to 1945. Dress up in your finest vintage and raise one for the good ol' days. Feb 12-13.

Craft Singles Speed Dating
Join Work-Shop’s crafty dating night for creative challenges and a chance to meet someone special. Fri Feb 12.

Valentine's Day events

Hawkesbury River Food Safari
Impress your date with a trip to the Hawkesbury and learn to source food from the land and water. Sun Feb 14.

Cupid's Undie Run
Sporty type? This cheeky fundraiser returns for some V-Day nonsense, all in service of a great cause. Sun Feb 14.

Summer Dance
Spend the afternoon dancing/sweating to sweet, sweet sounds from Nightmares on Wax, Lefto and Mike Who at the old Darlo Gaol. Sun Feb 14.

Sydney Discovery Rides
Join a tour guide from Bike Sydney on a scenic and easy-going cycle through Sydney. Sun Feb 14.

Meatstock
On for two days only, Meatstock will add some gristle to your Valentine's Day proceedings. Feb 13-14.

Lunar Markets
Pyrmont Bay Park is lit up with lanterns and there are pop-up bars. Perfect for a "not sure if this is a date or not" scenario. Sun Feb 14.

Tropfest
So cosy, so long-term relationship. Snuggle up for a cheap Valentine's Day film festival date at Tropfest in Centennial Park. Sun Feb 14.

Moonlight Cinema
If old-school romance is more your thing: Breakfast At Tiffany’s is showing on the other side of the same park. Sun Feb 14.

DIY romantic weekend

Best bars for a first date
Got a lovely date lined up for Valentine’s Day? We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite spots to take a potential lover.

Watch the sunrise or sunset
Roses are lovely, fancy dinners divine, but for our money few things are sweeter than plonking down somewhere to watch that great big star of ours do its thing.

Sydney's best picnic spots
Whisk your date off to a secret garden, a secluded spot in the park or to one of the harbour islands for a romantic afternoon picnic.

Best cafés for the morning after
Hey, if all goes well, you might need this top list of the best morning after venues to continue that love affair well into Sunday morning.

Anti Valentine's Day fun

Welding for Beginners
Look, you could have the time of your life on a date at this workshop – or, you could learn to meld steel solo and still have the time of your life. We'll leave it with you. Sat Feb 13.

St George OpenAir Cinema
St George OpenAir Cinema is screening Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's Sisters on Feb 14. Call up your mates for a friend date. Sun Feb 14.

Blanc de Blanc
Just want to get boozed and have a good time? Blanc de Blanc has the key ingredients: sex and comedy that’s fun and transgressive, with a banging soundtrack. Until Feb 28.

Hot Since '82
Tech house producer Hot Since '82 is unlikely to play any soppy songs, ever. Catch him at the Greenwood. Sun Feb 13.

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Updated on 29 Jan 2016.

By Emma Joyce   |  
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