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
Festival features jugglers, unicyclists, hoopers, kendama, live music & family fun.
2. City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival
Cross country ski festival.
Featuring the Winterama Polar Plunge, a chili cook-off, games, music, Swetti Yetti obstacle course & fun run, fireworks & more.
4. 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.
5. 104th Steamboat Winter Carnival
For several days the town is taken over by racing, ski jumping, a parade, ski jöring & a spectacular night show.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. New York Dance Festival
Ballroom dancing event & festival.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
Planning to go south for the winter? Here are some warm weather festivals to check out in Feb.
18. 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.
19. Chinchilla Melon Festival
Chinchilla is the Melon Capital of Australia, the Melon Festival is held biennially.
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.
Know of another sport festival in February? Let us know about it so we can add it to our next list.