'Popping In' by Cathryn Ryan. Picture/Supplied

Fun Things To Do With Your Valentine This Week 08/02/18

Fall in love with art, nature or a good doco with these Valentine’s date ideas

Biophilia Exhibition
Whether a traditional red rose is your thing or not, Railway Street Studios’ exhibition Biophilia is worth having a peaceful wander around. There are both paintings and lighting inspired by flowers, trees and the natural world. Pictured is Popping In, by Cathryn Ryan, which we love for its vibrancy.
When: Until Tuesday, February 20, 10am-3pm Where: 8 Railway St, Newmarket. Visit: Railwaystreetstudios.co.nz

Seeing Allred
Netflix and chill with a new documentary about “feminist firebrand attorney” Gloria Allred. Released on Netflix this Friday, Seeing Allred delves into the life of the controversial American lawyer who’s battled for the rights of LGBTIQ+ people, women and minorities.
Visit: Netflix.com

Celebrate with Champagne Mumm
Celebrate Champagne Mumm's newly designed Grand Cordon Rouge in style with their launch party at Britomart's 1885. The beautiful new bottle by designer and artist Ross Lovegrove will be unveiled before the fun continues into the night.
When: Saturday, February 10  Where: 1885, 27 Galway St, Britomart. Tickets: $15-$25 from iTicket.co.nz

Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival
This delicious festival is a one-day event offering premium wine, food, music, art and entertainment, all surrounded by the beautiful setting of Smales Farm. Taking place on February 10, this festival is carefully created to combine the most-loved aspects of traditional food and wine festivals with music events to produce an entirely new experience. 
When: Saturday, February 10, 11am-7pm Where: Smales Farm, Takapuna Tickets: $60 from Takapunafestival.co.nz

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Nostalgia Festival
This weekend in Christchurch, a very cool festival of music, art, wine, and craft beer is taking place. The line-up includes Connan Mockasin, The Chills, Estère and Glass Vaults, while the food offerings include The Intergalactic Pizza Company, plant-based treat company Utopia Ice, the barbecued delights of Smokey T's, Grizzly Bagel, Kung Fu Dumplings, and Cakes By Anna. 
When: Saturday February 10, 12.30-8pm   Where: Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Park Drive, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch   Tickets: $47 from Nostalgiafestival.co.nz

Love at First Hike
Enjoy some fresh air and fresh company with adventure group Got To Get Out, who are hosting their Love at First Hike day at Tawharanui Regional Park. It’s open to both couples and singles, involves a shared lunch, plus a special singles hike for those who are keen.
When: Sunday, February 11, 9am  Where: Tawharanui Regional Park   Tickets: $40 per person   Visit: Facebook.com/Gottogetout

Pedal and Pizza
If you've made a resolution to be a bit more outdoorsy this year, EcoMatters Bike Hub new Flat White Ride might be just the path to take. This path is designed with options for all ages and fitness levels and their pedal and pizza events are even more of a drawcard: A two-hour guided bike ride through Mangere Bridge that finishes with a woodfired pizza at EcoMatters New Lynn HQ.
When: Saturday February 11, 9am  Where: Ecomatters Environment Trust, 1 Olympic Place   Tickets: $10-$25 from Facebook.com/EcoMattersNZ

The Big Gay Out
As part of the Pride Festival, the Ending HIV Big Gay Out promises a vibrant day of fun, celebrating the LGBTIQ+ community with a brilliant line-up of entertainment, as well as market stalls, tasty food, and a garden bar. 
When: Sunday February 11, 12-7pm   Where: Coyle Park, Pt Chevalier Rd. Entry by gold coin donation   Visit: Aucklandpride.org.nz

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
The talented trio of siblings that front Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are touring New Zealand with their new album Superscope, with stops in the Hawkes Bay, Wellington, and Auckland. The shows are set to be high energy and full of fun, so make sure you're wearing your dancing shoes.
When: Sunday, February 11, 7.30pm  Where: Powerstation, 33 Mt Eden Rd, Grafton  Tickets: $63 from Aaaticketing.co.nz

READ: Must-Watch Film: Phantom Thread

Princess Bride
Enjoy the romantic combination of a picnic dinner and an outdoor movie with a date to see Princess Bride at Silo Cinema. As always, there will be food trucks to enjoy before cosying up to enjoy the flick.
When: Wednesday, February 14, 9pm  Where: Cnr of Jellicoe and Beaumont St, Wynyard Quarter   Visit: Silopark.co.nz

The Princess Bride is showing at Silo Park on Wednesday. Picture/Supplied

The Watercooler
Treat someone special to a night at The Watercooler — a storytelling event inspired by The Moth and This American Life which features a host of interesting and charming people. This month is set to be a particularly fun affair as it coincides with the Pride Festival, with one of the event’s creators, Todd Waters, hosting three talented musicians and actors with tales to tell. 
When: Thursday, February 15,8.30pm Where: Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, City  Tickets: $12-$15 from Basementtheatre.co.nz

More events to book and look forward to
Queen and Adam Lambert, February 17-18
Auckland Fringe Festival, February 20-March 4
Splore, February 23-25
Bruno MarsFebruary 27–March 3
Auckland City Limits, March 3
Auckland Arts Festival, March 8-25
Broad-ly Speaking, March 14
Burning Lamb Food, Music and Art Festival, March 10
Anno Domini, March 11
Womad, March 16-18
No Such Thing as a Fish, May 19

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