Five spine-tingling, joy-inducing things to do in Canberra this weekend.
I have never celebrated Valentine's Day and never will, but that doesn't mean I don't believe in finding a sweetheart. The Howling Moon and CitySwoon dating are hosting a "find your valentine" rooftop cocktail party. Suss out the talent with five fast dates, and then play the field by mingling with up to 100 of the capital's singles for the rest of the evening. Tickets include two drinks, with a cocktail on arrival to calm those nerves. You'll do great, you gorgeous thing! The Howling Moon, Rex Hotel, Braddon. Saturday 7-11pm. Tickets via cityswoon.com.au. $49-69.
VINO IN THE PARK
Grab summer by the wine glass and join Nellies travelling bar in Tuggers. The little van is celebrating its first birthday with Vino in the Park, so bring a picnic rug, chair and even your dog to make a day of it. Nellies will serve up beverages, lawn games, dessert, and music. Tuggeranong Town Park. Saturday 3-9pm. More information via Facebook.
If your new year's resolution was to get fit, but your motivation levels aren't quite there yet, set your sights on Pilates in Pyjamas. AVYD Elite Health Coaching and Fusion Fitness are offering a free pilates session in the park this weekend. So register for the event, don your comfiest pyjamas and bring a mat and a friend. Beginners welcome. Bowen Park, Barton. Saturday 8-9am. Register on Facebook. Free.
Indulge your inner bookworm while supporting suicide prevention services at the Lifeline Bookfair. This weekend there will be thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, plus collectables, kids books and foreign language books. Magazines, sheet music, comics, maps, atlases, records, CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws will also be for sale. EPIC, Mitchell. Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. More info via Lifeline. Gold coin entry.
A 5km obstacle challenge for all fitness levels might sound like heaven to you, but it's Obstacle Hell. At this Canberra leg of the challenge series, there will be mud, there will be music and there will most certainly be mayhem. You can even bring your enthusiastic offspring, for the event permits ages 12+. ACT Motorcycle Club, Fairbairn Park, Majura. Saturday 7.20am-3.20pm. Tickets via obstaclehell.com. $49-79.