Things to do  |  12 Feb 2021

Enjoy a romantic night out, a Lazy Sunday or a touch of Nostalgia while also making a big splash and welcoming the Lunar New Year.

Lunar New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Ox at the Lunar New Year street parade by the Bridge of Remembrance on Sunday afternoon, featuring traditional dancers, musicians, dragons and lions.

Christchurch City Libraries will also host fun events and activities on Saturday and Sunday at Tūranga. Check the website to find out more about the special performances and displays and welcome in the year from 11am each day. 

Valentine’s Day Outdoor Cinema

Celebrate Valentines Day with two romantic comedy favourites screening at The Arts Centres Outdoor Cinema in the North Quad on Sunday.

The action rolls from 4.30pm with Notting Hill, followed by The Notebook at 7pm.

Entry costs $5 or $15 for a family (two adults and two children).

Waltham Summer Pool

Dress up for the princesses and super heroes pool party for tots and toddlers at Waltham Summer Pool on Sunday.

Enjoy face painting, stories and inflatables from 11am to 1pm. Normal entry fees apply.

Coast to Coast

Line up near New Brighton Pier on Saturday to welcome competitors in New Zealand’s longest-running multisport event, the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, as they cross the finish line.

More than 1000 competitors will run, kayak and bike across the Southern Alps and down the Waimakariri River before arriving in Christchurch to celebrate their achievements with a fireworks display.

Lazy Sundays

Sit back and enjoy Ben & Jerry’s Lazy Sundays – for free – on the Archery Lawn in the Botanic Gardens as  folk-noir solo artist Motte, alt-country songwriter Ryan Fisherman and the strong melodies of Mousey entertain from 2pm.

Pop-up Penguins Farewell

Christchurchs Pop Up Penguins will gather for a final free display at the Air Force Museum in Wigram this weekend.

The colourful sculptures will then be auctioned for charity the following Tuesday.


Celebrate summer sounds  with The Beths and Bic Runga  and tastes at Nostalgia at Ferrymead Heritage Park on Saturday.

Leisure, Deva Mahal and There's A Tuesday will also be centre stage, among many others, complemented by local food, craft drinks, roving theatre, markets and more from 12.30pm.

Books tickets online, with prices ranging from $19 for a child to $59.90.

Colour Fun Day

Head to Helpet Park in Rolleston on Sunday for the family friendly Lions Club Colour Fun Day from 11am to 1pm.

Test your skills on the obstacle course, throw coloured powder and do a paint dance. There is plenty on offer for everyone, with bookings online.

Music at Edmonds

Pipe, jazz and brass bands  along with a community choir  will keep everyone entertained with a free concert in the Edmonds Factory Garden on Sunday from noon.

Bring an outdoor chair or rug and enjoy afternoon tea in the garden.    

Winding Up at Court Theatre

Roger Halls Kiwi comedy Winding Up  starring Mark Hadlow  opens at The Court Theatre this weekend.

Book online, with tickets ranging from $30 to $62.

Parklands @ Play

Join the local community for Parklands @ Play on Sunday from noon to 3pm.

The free event includes music, sports, games and food in Parklands Reserve. 

Find out more

You can find out about other events happening in and around Christchurch via the What’s On webpages.