Ripple Effect Artists Wine and Chocolate Gala: Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend at People’s United Bank, 250 Park Ave., on Feb. 10. From 6 to 8 p.m., sample chocolate accompanied by wine and food, all while meeting theatre-artists. Use the NY Photobus to take pictures with your date. Tickets start at $25. All proceeds benefit Ripple Effect Artists, an organization that promotes various causes. This year’s fundraiser will help with the current season’s productions and talk-backs designed to raise awareness of sex-trafficking. Visit eventbrite.com/e/ripple-effect-artists-wine-and-chocolate-gala-tickets-30106175381 to purchase tickets.
Ice Festival: On Feb. 11, bundle up and head to Central Park and check out the ice-sculptures. From 3 to 7 p.m., the Naumburg Bandshell (mid-park from 66th to 72nd Streets) will be home to ice-carving artists who use chisels, picks and electric chainsaws to carve over 6,000 pounds of ice into replicas of one of the park’s famed statutes. The mall will be lit up by colorful lights as deejays bring a silent disco (a dance party with headphones) to the scene. Food trucks will be on hand for snacks. The event is free. Visit centralparknyc.org for more information.
The Amazing Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt: Follow clues around Manhattan, while performing mental and physical challenges on Feb. 11. The afternoon kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at Slattery’s (8 E. 36th St). The three-hour hunt is $39 a person. Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and bring a metrocard. Each team should have at least one smartphone and download the app ScanQuest. Visit pogoevents.com for more information.
Athena Film Festival: Barnard College hosts the seventh annual Athena Film Festival. The festival is four days of films that honor brave women in real life and fiction. Films include documentaries, features and shorts. The festival runs from Feb. 9-12 at Barnard College. For more information, including the schedule of movies and ticket prices, visit athenafilmfestival.com.