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 many fun 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, 2022, for Pennsylvania events in February 2022)
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.
Groundhog Wine Fest in Clearfield – February 5
The annual Groundhog Wine Fest will be returning to the Clearfield County Fairgrounds in 2022. The highlight is sampling wines from the fifteen wineries in attendance (many of whom are members of the Groundhog Wine Trail).
The event also will feature live music, shopping at over 30 vendors, and much more fun, along with the dozens of 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.
BatFest at Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon – February 12
It might be cold outside, but it’s always 52 degrees inside Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon. BatFest, an annual tradition at the cavern, 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.
Lititz Fire and Ice Festival in Lancaster County – February 18-27
The community of Lititz will be holding its annual Fire and Ice Festival in the second half of February.
What was once a two-day event has been expanded to ten days and many fun activities have been added including a kick-off party, a Winter Funland for kids, a farmer’s market, and more. This is all in addition to the dozens of ice sculptures that can be seen throughout town.
And, of course, there will be many vendors, live entertainment, and much more to enjoy.
To find out more, visit the event’s website.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Philadelphia – Opens February 18
This exhibition will run through mid-September and will celebrate both the films and the books using both props and many interactive elements that are sure to delight fans. According to the Institute, this is the most comprehensive Harry Potter exhibition ever!
Find out more and get tickets on the museum’s website.
Winter BeerFest in Pittsburgh – February 25-26
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.
Philadelphia Tattoo Convention in Philly – February 25-27
Love tattoos? You won’t want to miss the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention being held this February at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
During this three-day event, dozens of tattoo artists from around the country will be in attendance offering the chance to get some great new ink without leaving the city. In addition to getting a tattoo, the festival will also feature demonstrations, contests, and seminars.
There will also be a ton of unique entertainment including sideshows, burlesque shows, and more.
Find out everything you need to know on the convention’s website.
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.
Catch a Hockey Game
However, you can also catch some action outside of the big cities with minor league hockey teams like the Hershey Bears, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Erie Otters, and the Reading Royals.
Whichever team you pick, you’re sure to have a great time experiencing this exciting winter sport.
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