Find Belles Hot Chicken and beer at the Longroom in Ponsonby. Photo / Supplied

Fun Things To Do This Weekend 07/02/19

Save room for fried chicken and beer, a blind Valentine's book date and more this weekend

Belles Hot Chicken Longroom Takeover
Fried chicken and cold beer — what more could you want? Melbourne's famed Belles Hot Chicken will be taking over Longroom for a finger-lickin' pop-up not to be missed. 
When: Wednesday February 6 – Sunday February 10   Where: 114 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby

Blind Book Date
With the month of Valentines upon us, Auckland Libraries is giving us a cute reminder of one of our favourite loves, books, and given us a free way to spoil ourselves. Every February, they offer a range of selected and wrapped books for customers, who without knowing the author or title, choose your blind date book based on a set of clues on the wrapping or attached bookmark. 

From fiction, non-fiction. new, or old classics, some may be funny, or scary, and get you to branch out from your usual material. Grand prizes including a two-night stay at The Cordis are up for grabs once you're done. To enter, complete the entry card attached to every blind date book you borrow and hand it back to your local library desk. Yes, multiple 'dates' are allowed. 
When: Competition runs from Monday February 4 – Sunday February 24   Where: Auckland local libraries    Visit:

The Basement is set for an exciting fictional show named Ethera full of swag and R&B. Photo / Supplied

Ethera at The Basement 
The Basement is set for an exciting fictional show this February. Ethera is described as "a place where your past, present and future lives co-exist". The performance is from COVEN, an interdisciplinary collective from South Auckland specialising in Vogue culture and performance art. Expect plenty of visual media, soundscape, movement, and 90s R&B. 
When: Tuesday February 12 – Saturday February 16, 8pm   Where: Lower Greys Ave, Auckland City   Visit:

Sammie Pop-up at Egg and Spoon 
Hoon yourself over to St Kevins Arcade on Thursday nights for pop-up sandwich shop Club Red at Egg and Spoon from 5pm. Currently on the menu (changing weekly) is fried chicken, meatloaf, and mushroom by The Dusty Apron. Go early before they sell out. All $12. 
When: Every Thursday   Where: Shop 18, St Kevins Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd

Waiheke's annual forest boogie Flamingo Pier returns this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Flamingo Pier at Rangihoua Olive Grove
Boogie in the forest at Waiheke's annual one-day festival at the Rangihoua Olive Grove with an open-air stage, and hidden dance floors under tree canopies. DJ sets and live acts include Tim Sweeney, Harvey Sutherland, CC:DISCO!, Lord Echo, and High Hoops, with food, drink and art installations onsite.
When: Saturday February 9   Where: 1 Gordons Rd, Waiheke   Tickets: Sold out, goodluck 

Summer Classic at Ascension Vineyard
Chill amongst the vines and listen to tunes in the sun this Saturday at Matakana. Ascension Vineyard will play host to local acts including Sachi, Hayden James, Young Franco and more. 
When: Saturday February 9, 3pm-11pm   Where: 480 Matakana Rd, Matakana

Don't miss a Wise Boy Burger at Auckland's Vegan Festival. Photo / Supplied

Auckland Vegan Festival 
Vegan eats will be pumping at Auckland's annual vegan festival this Sunday. Find food trucks, eateries and retail stores including 
Vege Bang Bang, Otherside, Wise Boys Burgers, Lalele Organic Gelato, The Rolling Pin, Judge Bao, Double Dutch Fries and more. 
When: Sunday February 10, 10am-4pm   Where: 1
7 Silverfield, Wairau Valley   Tickets: $10

Areez Katki debuts a culturally rich new exhibition at Malcolm Smith Gallery. Photo / Supplied

Areez Katki Exhibition 
Textile Designer Areez Katki presents a new exhibition at the Malcolm Smith Gallery this month. The works were inspired and developed over the past nine months while he was living in his hometown of Mumbai. The exhibition showcases needlework craft spurred by a focus on Areez’s personal family story belonging to the Parsi Community in India.  
When: 2 February - March 17   Where: Malcolm Smith Gallery, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Mellons Bay 

Napier Art Deco Festival
Make sure you have your tickets (and flights booked!) for Napier's annual Art Deco Festival taking place next weekend. The fabulous week-long party invites attendees to dress in their finest era-appropriate clothes for over 350 events which include a Gatsby-inspired party and a vintage car parade with 300 cards, and a vintage fly over of old planes. This year sees a special theme of fashion, with a range of events showcasing 1930's attire including a runway show, a  ‘Festival Style Hub’ marque where visitors can get their hair and makeup glammed up, and a Fashion speaker series.
When: February 13-17   Where: Napier   Visit:   Tickets:

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