If there’s one New Year’s resolution that should still be going strong by February, it’s your commitment to local fun. That fun can be found on Main Street, the nearest park or the local art museum. Whatever form it takes, February’s fun is sure to be sweet.
Athens Wine Weekend
Feb. 3—5, 2017
Athens is a beloved Georgia town with a name that evokes thoughts of far-away places. No event is perhaps truer to that name than the Athens Wine Weekend, which brings local residents the opportunity to experience wines from around the world. The three-day event includes several wine-tasting events and a six-course gourmet meal. More information is available from Downtown Athens.
Feb. 3—5, 2017
Warm up your sweet tooth for Valentine’s Day with Glendale’s Chocolate Affaire. Known as “the sweetest festival in town,” the weekend-long event will feature sweet treats from nearly 40 candy creators. It’s all presented by Glendale’s own Cerreta Candy Company, which will offer tours of its factory throughout the weekend. More information is available from the city of Glendale.
Farm to Table Dinner
Feb. 4, 2017
Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Farm to Table Dinner has become a series in Grand Rapids, Michigan. February’s event will highlight Sprout Farms of Battle Creek, about 60 miles outside of Grand Rapids. The dinner includes a multi-course meal, as well as beer pairings from a local brewery. More information is available from GRNow.
Rainy Day Pageant
Feb. 18, 2017
Thanks to the Pacific-Northwest climate, Snohomish sees greater-than-average rainfall amounts each year, but at least the community knows how to make the most of its weather. The Rainy Day Pageant is a competition-style fashion show, where contestants don their best wet-weather attire, from rain boots to umbrella hats. Prizes are up for grabs for winners of all ages in this truly unique celebration of the local community. More information is available from Historic Downtown Snohomish.
Empty Bowls Monongalia
Feb. 25, 2017
Morgantown, West Virginia
Morgantown’s Empty Bowls Monongalia is an event that gives back. The soup and bread luncheon raises money for hungry people in the community, to the tune of more than $100,000 annually in recent years. Empty Bowls will feature a meal made with ingredients from local restaurants, and each attendee will leave with a bowl made by local artisans. More information is available from the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce.
The new month brings plenty of new opportunities for going local. Whether you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal or an adventurous President’s Day weekend, the local spots in your own community are a good bet. While you’re there, you can learn more about the community, meet a new local business owner and make lasting memories.
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