Aucklander Chelsea Jade is back in Aotearoa. Photo: Todd Eyre

Best of Auckland this week: Japan Day, Valentine's Day & Chelsea Jade

What to get up to this week, starting from 7-14 February.

Smales Farmers Market

Smales Farm has always been a space begging for a regular market like this – previously, only one-offs plant markets and miscellaneous events have been held here –  and they’ve finally delivered. The market will be held on the first Sunday of every month, from 9am-2pm.
Sunday 9 February | Smales Farm

Japan Day

New Zealand’s largest annual Japanese festival at ASB Showgrounds returns with plenty of stalls offering up all of your favourite Japanese dishes. With classics like sushi and takoyaki, you’re guaranteed to satisfy your Japanese cravings in one convenient location. Note: This will be going ahead as scheduled.
Sunday 9 February | ASB Showgrounds

In Conversation with Margaret Atwood

Atwood flies to New Zealand to discuss her latest work, The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, written 34 years ago. There will also be some talk of her other novels, of which there are many.
Tuesday 11 February | Civic Theatre

Monster Valley: The Relaunch Event

A brand-new art gallery/agency/shooting studio on Karangahape Road relaunches with a bit of a celebratory party, featuring a whole list of local creatives including Dominic Hoey and Petra Leary. The shindig is supported by Hallertau Brewery and Harpoon Cold Brew Coffee among others, so expect some good liquid refreshments.
Thursday 13 January | 74 Karangahape Rd

Valentines at Silo Cinema: The Princess Bride

Here's a gentle reminder of this particular holiday, if that's what you're into. Romance, or just a nice night out under the stars… either way, cool film.
Friday 14 February | Silo Park

Chelsea Jade

Based in Los Angeles, Aucklander Chelsea Jade is back in Aotearoa for “relatable pop that rewards your brain and propels you towards the dance floor.”
Friday 14 February | Neck of the Woods

Auckland Pride

Heaps of events are on for Auckland Pride at the moment, some big, some small. Click here to catch up on what could be around in your ‘hood.
Til 16 February | Various locations

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