20 Winter Sport Festivals in February 2017

The air is frosty, but it is also electric with festival energy. No matter where you are there is probably a winter festival on near you. Get out & enjoy some winter sport!

1. 39th Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

39th Annual Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival

Festival features jugglers, unicyclists, hoopers, kendama, live music & family fun.

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2. City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Golden Valley, Minnesota, USA

City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Cross country ski festival.

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3. Winterama

Glenwood, Minnesota, USA


Featuring the Winterama Polar Plunge, a chili cook-off, games, music, Swetti Yetti obstacle course & fun run, fireworks & more.

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4. 9th Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival

San Francisco, California, USA

9th Annual San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival

Featuring four days of social dancing, world-class performances, music from acclaimed musicians, workshops/ classes for all skill levels with top instructors, beginner bootcamp, lectures & late night parties.

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5. 104th Steamboat Winter Carnival

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA

104th Steamboat Winter Carnival

For several days the town is taken over by racing, ski jumping, a parade, ski jöring & a spectacular night show.

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6. Polar Fest

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, USA

Polar Fest

Take a freezing plunge into Detroit Lake, run the Freeze Your Buns 5K & watch the spectacular frozen fireworks. Also featuring Ice Tee Golf Tourney, Theatre performances, curling bonspiels, hockey tourneys & Polaritaville dance.

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7. Winter Sleigh & Ski Festival

Spicer, Minnesota, USA

Winter Sleigh & Ski Festival

Horse-drawn sleigh rides, a sleigh parade, snowshoeing & cross country skiing. Back indoors enjoy a bowl of chili, warm up by the fire, enjoy more than 30 exhibits for winter sports, hobbies & pastimes, or try out the climbing wall.

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8. 16th Annual Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

Long Lake, New York, USA

16th Annual Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

Featuring a snowmobile parade, crowning of the King & Queen, a town wide photograph, the cardboard box derby race, snowball golf & the ladies frying pan toss.

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9. Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival

Akita Prefecture, Yokote, Japan

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival

A 400 year old festival thought to have origins in the tradition of returning New Year decorations to the gods by burning them & the custom of children chasing away birds damaging crops.

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10. 89th Annual Petoskey Winter Carnival

Petoskey, Michigan, USA

89th Annual Petoskey Winter Carnival

Downtown Petoskey partners with the Winter Carnival & taps back into its roots with ice sculptures on downtown sidewalks & in Pennsylvania Park. Enjoy ice skating, retail therapy, a ghost walk & more.

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11. Devils Lake ShiverFest

Devils Lake, North Dakota, USA

Devils Lake ShiverFest

Previous years featured a mite hockey tournament, youth ice fishing tournament, kite flying, ice golf, ice rally cross event, motorcycle show, sleigh rides, pond hockey tournament, home-based business showcase & concessions.

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12. 10th Annual CHOP SHOP A Contemporary Dance Festival

Bellevue, Washington, USA

10th Annual CHOP SHOP A Contemporary Dance Festival

The festival promotes work that is accessible to a diverse audience & educating the community through outreach classes offered in their innovative Experience Dance Program.

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13. International Eelpout Festival

Walker, Minnesota, USA

International Eelpout Festival

For 30 years, over 3 days in February, crowds over 10 times the population of Walker gather on Leech Lake for a festival celebrating one of the ugliest bottom-dwelling fish.

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14. New York Dance Festival

New York, New York, USA

New York Dance Festival

Ballroom dancing event & festival.

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15. 20th Annual EquiFest Of Kansas

Topeka, Kansas, USA

20th Annual EquiFest Of Kansas

The event features world renown horseman, 150+ retail vendors, Ranch Rodeo, Jumping Classic, Top Horse Competition, seminars & more. Fun for the whole family.

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16. Crickhowell Walking Festival

Crickhowell, UK

Crickhowell Walking Festival

Featuring guided walks of various grades, led by experienced local guides. You’ll find something for any level of walker. There is also a range of supporting events, including talks, courses in map Reading & navigation.

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17. 7th Annual Winterfest at Moraine State Park

Portersville, Pennsylvania, USA

7th Annual Winterfest at Moraine State Park

Featuring a 5K run/ walk, ice carving, wagon rides, dog sleds, a snowshoe workshop, North Country Trail hike, cross-country skiing, family snow fun & a bonfire.

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Planning to go south for the winter? Here are some warm weather festivals to check out in Feb.

18. Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Jaisalmer, India

Jaisalmer Desert Festival

Watch rare competitions like camel polo & camel races. Gymnastic stunts on camel back & camel dancing are the crown jewels of the festival.

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19. Chinchilla Melon Festival

Chinchilla, QLD, Australia

Chinchilla Melon Festival

Chinchilla is the Melon Capital of Australia, the Melon Festival is held biennially.

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20. Surfest

Newcastle, NSW, Australia


Over 700 participants come to Newcastle’s beaches for 11 days of excitement, carving up the right-handers on Merewether Beach. Featuring men’s & women’s pro events, plus junior, school & Indigenous competitions.

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Know of another sport festival in February? Let us know about it so we can add it to our next list.


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