News | 18 February 2021
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Friday Five: Hello Alert Level 1!

We're back in Alert Level 1 and there's plenty to do. Here are some ways to make the most of how lucky we are.

Blurred runners in bright activewear, jogging past the colourful shark mural opposite Waitangi Park.

1. The Garden Party

Take your friends and whānau to Pōneke’s new summer festival, The Garden Party, brought to us by the creative teams at the Verb Festival and The Spinoff. This fabulous celebration of music, talks and food showcases New Zealand creative artists including Witi IhimaeraElizabeth KnoxNoelle McCarthyLeonie HaydenLinda ClarkToby ManhireToby MorrisRachel Haydon and more. Join the fun at the Botanic Garden Soundshell on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February and watch the video teaser on the Wellington City Libraries website.

2. A peaceful walk or a run for fun

For those of you that fancy a tranquil afternoon stroll, check out our favourite 20 Welly Walks . Or for something more loud and fun, the BFS Round the Bays run/walk is ready, set, go for this Sunday 21 February. Designed for all ages and abilities, course options include a 6.5km fun run/walk, buggy walk, active families course, and a 10km or half marathon. Registrations are open until 4pm on Saturday 20 February. A few roads will be closed for the event from 6.30am to 1pm.

3. Visit our new parklets pop-ups

Make sure you check out the three vibrant, people-friendly spaces that have popped up around the city. There will be music, storytelling, and lounging areas to relax at. The parklets are a country-wide initiative by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. The pop-ups are in Newtown, Allen St, and Te Aro. Find out more about the parklets and the project here.

4. The Performance Arcade

This miniature festival offers new encounters between artists and the public, creating a vibrant hub that activates the city and exposes communities to new ideas and cultural perspectives. Find something that suits your cultural needs for free down at the waterfront from Thursday 18 to Sunday 28 February. Check out the programme to find out what's happening at The Performance Arcade.

5. Stay safe!

We're back at Alert Level 1... and we want to stay here! Let's remember to follow the official advice: Keep track of where you go, wear a mask on public transport, practise good hygiene, and stay home if you're feeling unwell.

Watch out each Friday for a fun list of five great activities to do, places to explore, or things to discover in our great city.