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 12, 2024, for Pennsylvania events in February 2024.)
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 article on experiencing Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA.
Ice Art Fest in Carlisle – February 2-4
Now in its 8th year, the Ice Art Fest gives visitors the chance to explore the quaint downtown area of Carlisle while enjoying more than 100 ice sculptures spread throughout the area.
During the event, you can check out an ice throne, an ice bar, carriage rides, and, of course, great local food and drinks. Of course, that’s all in addition to seeing the great ice sculptures and getting phots with your favorites.
For more information, visit the event’s website.
Groundhog Wine and Distillery Festival in Clearfield – February 10
The annual Groundhog Wine and Distillery Festival will be returning to the Clearfield County Fairgrounds in 2024. The highlight is sampling wines from the dozen wineries and distilleries in attendance (many of whom are members of the Groundhog Wine Trail).
The event also will feature live music, shopping at local vendors, and much more fun, along with the 150 different wines and spirits 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 10
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 talks about bats from experts and wildlife rehabilitators. There will also be games, crafts, lunch, and tours of the caves.
For more information, visit Lincoln Caverns’ website.
Lititz Fire and Ice Festival in Lancaster County – February 16-25
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, fire shows, and more. This is all in addition to the dozens of ice sculptures that can be seen throughout town, some of which are interactive!
And, of course, there will be many vendors, live entertainment, and much more to enjoy.
To find out more, visit the event’s website.
Erie Winter Carnival in Erie – February 22-25
Head to northwestern PA this February for the Erie Winter Carnival from February 22-25.
This event is centered around Perry Square in the heart of the city and will feature more than 60 ice sculptures, ice skating on the outdoor ice rink, fire dancing, and much more.
Of course, you can also spend your time exploring the city’s many great restaurants and shops, as well.
For more information, check out the Facebook page for the Erie Downtown Partnership.
Southside Soup Contest in Pittsburgh – February 24
Love soup? Then don’t miss the South Side Soup Contest in Pittsburgh, which raises money for local causes.
This fundraising event was first held in 2005 and features many great local 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.
See the Snow Geese at Middle Creek in Lancaster County
While the exact timing varies due to weather conditions, late February to early March is typically the peak time to see the incredible snow geese migration at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County.
On peak days, over 100,000 snow geese can be seen on the area’s lake, and watching them take flight at sunrise is a truly awe-inspiring scene, even if you aren’t a birder.
Visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia
While the museum is open year-round, Black History Month is a perfect time to visit the fabulous African American Museum in Philadelphia.
The museum tells the story of African Americans from pre-colonial times through to the present day, highlighting both well-known and little-known historical figures and events. While there is a focus on Philadelphia, the stories told here are also American stories that shaped the entire country.
Find out more about visiting on the museum’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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