Ah, Valentine's Day. The once-great tradition that's now turned into an over-commercialised, cheesy, Hallmark guilt fest that makes single people cringe and significant others sweat over their bank balances. But this year, we're saying no more!
With Valentine's Day just a few days out, the pressure is on to find that perfect gift. Before you settle on a last-minute gift card, why not create memories with tickets to the perfect show, some of which are up to 64% off? We've rounded up the best upcoming events that are bound to please (and best of all there's no express shipping needed). It doesn't matter whether you're single, coupled up, somewhere between, or just looking for a fun V-Day activity with your friends, make your Valentine's Day cliché-free with these events.
The perfect show
What better way to make this Valentine's Day unforgettable than to spend it in the presence of rock royalty at the Queen + Adam Lambert Rhapsody Tour (touring to Perth and Adelaide). If you're looking to heat things up with a little more razzle-dazzle, then CHICAGO in Melbourne is just the ticket. (Tip: go on a double date and score a free bottle of bubbles with the 4-ticket drink offer). Alternatively, walk on the wild side with Bond, James Bond and see Skyfall in Concert, with the score performed live by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, or laugh out loud with funnyman Tracy Morgan when his No Disrespect tour comes to Australia this May.
On a budget
Hopefully, you show your significant other how much you love them every day, but Valentine's Day is the time to go bigger and unfortunately, it can get expensive fast. The good news is there are a range of shows available with huge savings of up to 64%. You can run away to the circus this V-Day with Cirque du Soleil's newest creation KURIOS, coming to Melbourne in March and currently 30% off, or if clowning around isn't really your thing but you're still up for a laugh, then consider $72 tickets to the hilarious The Book of Mormon, now in its final weeks in Brisbane, or The Usual Dagos in Adelaide and Sydney.
If you're a lover of live music then you really can't go past All You Need Is Love in Melbourne, a Beatles extravaganza featuring 30 hits and backed by a live orchestra. Or surprise the theatre buff with tickets to War Horse, guaranteed to charge into their heart this V-Day (they don't need to know that tickets are up to 50% off). If you want to add a little sparkle to your night out, then tickets to La Traviata on Sydney Harbour or the Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise might be for you. With a harbourside setting and unrivalled views of the city skyline, these are luxurious experiences without the nasty price tag.
Fun with friends
Singles may have the urge to ditch Valentine's Day entirely, but why not make it your own with all your closest friends and create memories that will last beyond the 14th of February? How about picking up your air guitars and rocking out at the Broadway smash hit School of Rock the Musical, now performing in Sydney? Sports nuts in Perth can round up their mates and spend a day out at the NRL Nines this weekend. Even if footy isn't your thing, there will be DJs, dunk tanks, silent discos, over $20k in merchandise giveaways and a Chemist Warehouse Summer Deck.
For something a little more adventurous, Experience Oz has you covered with a huge range of attractions to choose from around Australia. Added bonus: some of our favourites, such as the Giant Jungle Swing in Cairns, the Legoland Discovery Centre in Melbourne and Sydney's Featherdale Wildlife Park are currently up to 50% off.