events in february


February 2015 Events in Massachusetts

The start of February brings more snow to our winter wonderland called Massachusetts!  Although it’s tempting to just stay cooped up in our homes, there are some events that are just worth going to!  Here are some of MassDrive’s favorite events happening in February.

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival
Feb 6th – Feb 15th: Salem, MA

This luscious tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores and sweet shops. Kick off the event at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas Friday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m with chocolates and wine tasting. Enjoy more than 15 large sculptures around downtown Salem with trolley rides guiding you through the festival route. Also, many of Salem’s downtown businesses will offer discounts on special offerings throughout the festival so be sure to stop by!

The Wiz
Feb 13th – Feb 22nd: Dorchester, MA

Get your tickets while you can for the award winning Broadway musical “The Wiz”! Winner of 7 Tony awards, this modern re-telling of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” sets Dorothy’s adventures to a lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul. The Fiddlehead Theater Company invites people of all ages to come dance away their winter doldrums on this perfectly magical journey.

3rd Annual Frozen Pilgrim 10K Plymouth
Feb 15th: Plymouth, MA

Grab your sneakers, (and jacket!) to compete in the 3rd Annual Frozen Pilgrim race. Starting and finishing at the Boys & Girl’s Club of Plymouth, this 10K takes you around the Industrial Park. With a double loop up the Armstrong road hill it is sure to push your endurance. Sign up now and be sure to check out their charity Partner the Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement.

February School Vacation Week in the Tropics at Franklin Park Zoo
Feb 16th – Feb 20th: Boston, MA

Escape the cold during February vacation week by visiting the Franklin Park Zoo’s tropical Forest, which is a wonderfully warm 72 degrees. Stroll through lush greenery and waterfalls, and visit lowland gorillas and ring-tailed lemurs. During this week there will be zookeeper encounters, crafts and much more. You can even stop by the Hippo Theater to hear Curious George tell stories everyday from 10:30 am to 3 p.m.

Adam DeVine
Feb 17th: Amherst, MA

Best known for his role as co-creater, writer and star of the hot Comedy Central show Workaholics, Adam DeVine is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. With his popularity growing rapidly, you can also catch him in upcoming feature films and guest starring on hit TV shows. Come check him out February 17th at University of Massachusetts’ Mullins Center in Amherst.

Mardi Gras Madness
Feb 17th: Dracut, MA

The Greater Lowell Chamber of Congress is hosting their one and only fundraiser of the year.  Enjoy music and Karaoke, complimentary appetizers and cupcakes, and much more. Mardi Gras Madness will have a winner-takes-all raffle that includes $1000 cash prize, gift baskets, gift certificates, concert tickets and more! Located at the Four Oaks Country Club, it is sure to be a good time.

February Events in Massachusetts

Bored and on a Budget? These events in Massachusetts are all Free this Month!

As the days of winter continue to get colder, many of us are searching for activities to get us up and out of the house in hopes of avoiding a case of cabin fever.  The lack of snow makes it difficult to enjoy typical winter activities such as sledding, building snowmen, or having snowball fights.  Luckily, we have come up with a list of some of the best events and things to do in Massachusetts in the month of February, and the best part is that they are all FREE!

  • If you’re looking for a great event for young children, The Discovery Museums in Acton, MA invite guests to join them for free on the first Friday of every month.  This Friday, February 3rd they are hosting a special program called “Reaction Station: Adventures for Young Chemists!” Children will be able to test mystery liquids, powders, and more at reaction stations. The event runs from 4:30-8:30 PM.   http://www.discoverymuseums.org/programs-events/february-programs
  • Want to showcase your poetry skills, voice, or performance skills? More Than Words is a nonprofit organization that empowers children  who are homeless, in foster care, or the court system to improve their own lives by giving them real world experience controlling a business.  The organization is hosting an open mic night this Friday February 3rd in Boston.   The event is from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM and guests are encouraged to sign up and participate in the performances. This event will take place on the first Friday of every month.  http://www.yelp.com/events/boston-first-friday-open-mic-night
  • Celebrating other cultures can be an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family! The Villa Victoria Center for the Arts invites the public to come celebrate the Year of the Dragon with them this Saturday, February 4th at 3:00 PM.  Acrobatics, art, drumming, and dancing are a variety of the displays and activities being put on by these talented artists.  http://www.villavictoriaarts.org/performances_020412.html
  • If you’re looking for a winter themed event for the whole family, the Franklin Park Golf Course in Dorhester is hosting a free event this Saturday, February 4th from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM.  Guests are invited to come sled, snowshoe, build snowmen, track animal prints in the snow, enjoy some hot chocolate and play board games. Sleds will be available for those that don’t have their own. For more information or to RSVP visit:  http://www.yelp.com/events/dorchester-franklin-park-snow-festival
  • Boston College is hosting a Composer’s Concert featuring the works of composers Thomas Oboe Lee, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick and Christopher Willcock S.J., all of whom work at Boston College.  The event is being held Thursday, February 9, at 8PM at Boston College Gasson Hall, Room 100.  http://www.artsboston.org/event/detail/441519473/Boston_College_Composers_Concert
  • Valentine’s Day is not the only holiday taking place this month, Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 21st! From 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Artbeat in Arlington, MA is providing visitors with a free mask making project!  Masks are a Mardi Gras tradition that allow people to disguise their true identities which allows role reversal and outrageous behavior.  This event is open to all ages.  http://www.artsboston.org/event/detail/441515727/Mardi_Gras_Special_Treat
  • MassArt Family Day is an event put on twice a year by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  It is open to visitors of all ages and guests are able to enjoy art-making projects (all materials are provided), guided conversations, interactive activities, and refreshments.  Gallery Education Staff as well as MassArt Students facilitate the tours, discussions, and activity tables where guests are able to discuss and gain a better understanding of the arts.  This event is on Saturday February 25 and runs from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.http://www.massart.edu/Galleries/Programs_and_Events/Family_Day.html
  • If you have an interest in radio or television, WGBH is offering ongoing free studio tours every Wednesday at 2PM and the first and third Saturday of the month at 2PM.  It is a 45 minute tour recommended for ages 16 and up, and you never know who you might run into in the studio!  Photographs are also permitted.  The tour welcomes walk-ins of groups of 5 people or less, groups of 6 or more must schedule a group tour.  http://www.wgbh.org/studiotours
  • Boston is known as one of the most historic cities in the country, so why not spend a few hours exploring one of the most famous antiques in the city? The USS Constitution docked in the Charlestown Navy Yard offers free tours to guests every Thursday through Sunday this winter from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Tours are approximately 30 minutes and are recommended for ages 6 and up.    http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/tour/p1635.php

Remember, all work and no play makes for a dull winter! Instead of another trip to the movies, try taking family or friends to one of these educational and exciting events! Even if you’re on a budget, these free activities are the perfect excuse to get up and out!

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