There might be no month of the year more polarizing than February. Some love it as another month of cold weather and snow, while others simply can’t wait to get through it for the same reason. However, whether you love it or hate February, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get out and enjoy what the month has to offer.
Throughout February, there are many great events going on all over Pennsylvania. These range from great ways to warm up indoors to opportunities to get out and enjoy the winter weather.
As always, I’ve gone through hundreds of events to pick out the best things to do in the coming month. Here are my top picks for things to do in Pennsylvania in February.
(Article updated on January 11, 2020, for Pennsylvania events in February 2020)
Groundhog Wine Fest in Clearfield – February 1
The 13th annual Groundhog Wine Fest will be returning to the Clearfield County Fairgrounds in 2019. The highlight is sampling wines from the dozens of wineries in attendance (many of whom are members of the Groundhog Wine Trail).
The event also will feature live music, shopping, a visit by Pittsburgh Dad, and much more fun, along with over 100 different wines that can be sampled.
For more information, including how to get tickets for one of the two sessions, visit the event’s website.
Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney – February 2
There might be no more unusual event in Pennsylvania than Groundhog Day. While celebrations are held at several locations around the state, no event is more popular than Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney.
First held here in 1887, this celebration goes on all night, with Punxsutawney Phil coming out at sunrise to give his weather prediction to the tuxedoed Inner Circle.
For more information, check out my piece on Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA.
Hibrewnational Festival of Beer in York – February 8
The Hibrewnational Festival of Beer is returning to York this February. Featuring more than 100 beers, including many rare brews, there’s more than enough variety to satisfy any beer lover.
The festival focuses on showcasing a variety of lesser-known beers instead of the flagship brews from each brewery. This provides a great chance to taste many different types of beer that you might not get to taste without a visit to each brewery.
For more information and to get tickets, visit the festival’s website.
Philadelphia Auto Show in Philly – February 8-17
Held annually since 1902, the Philadelphia Auto Show is one of the region’s best events for car lovers. Nearly 40 different car manufactures will be present, including some of the most luxurious cars on the market.
During the event, visitors can inspect many of the vehicles at the show in a sales-free environment. There are also test drives, vendors, antique cars, and more.
For more information, visit the show’s website.
Lititz Fire and Ice Festival in Lancaster County – February 14-15
The community of Lititz will be holding their annual Fire and Ice Festival in mid-February.
The event features a light and pyrotechnic show that happens several times on both evenings. There are also live ice carvings, and it’s estimated that more than 75 sculptures will be on display by the end of the festival.
Visitors can also enjoy a block party, live music, vendors, and much more.
To find out more, visit the event’s website.
BatFest at Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon – February 15
It might be cold outside, but it’s always 52 degrees inside Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon. Now in its 12th year, BatFest gives visitors the chance to tour this beautiful underground world and learn about the bats that inhabit Pennsylvania’s caves.
Visitors can hear about the status of bats in PA from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and wildlife rehabilitators. There will also be games, crafts, and tours of the caves.
For more information, visit Lincoln Caverns’ website.
South Side Soup Contest in Pittsburgh – February 22
Love soup? Then don’t miss the South Side Soup Contest in Pittsburgh. This fundraising event has been held since 2005 and features more than two-dozen restaurants competing to have the best soups in the city. Come out and eat some delicious soup while supporting a great cause.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Winter BeerFest in Pittsburgh – February 28-29
If you love beer, then you won’t want to miss the sixth annual Winter BeerFest in downtown Pittsburgh. The festival will feature hundreds of beers from 125 craft breweries in Pittsburgh and around the country.
In addition to unlimited samples, festival-goers can also get food from a variety of vendors and enjoy live music.
For more information and to get tickets to the event’s three sessions, visit PittsburghBeerFest.com.
Frozen Waterfall Hikes at Ricketts Glen State Park – Every Weekend in February
The Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park is one of my favorite places in PA, but it is closed during the winter except for those with the proper equipment and experience.
If you want to see this frozen wonderland for yourself, Valley to Summit offers ice hiking trips every weekend in February. These trips provide all the necessary equipment as well as an experienced ice hiking guide to lead you past the parks many waterfalls.
Find out more on Valley to Summit’s website.
Chocolate Covered February in Hershey – All Month
Chocolate Covered February once again returns to Hershey, the Sweetest Place on Earth. Throughout the month, enjoy dozens of chocolate-themed events at Hershey’s properties in town. Events include chef demonstrations, chocolate and food pairings, and even character parades for the kids.
For more information on all of the events going on in February, click here.
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