7 Cool Events to Check Out in February

By Lily Mihelich | Pictured: The Wisconsin Union Winter Carnival; Photography by Savanna Lee, courtesy the Wisconsin Union

From snowy winter sports to fine arts to Galentine’s-themed gatherings, you won’t want to miss out on the February fun.

Galentine’s Celebration at The Glitter Workshop

Feb. 7, Garver Feed Mill

The Business Forum, a female-driven networking organization, is celebrating Galentine’s in collaboration with The Glitter Workshop, a woman-owned retail shop. Enjoy pizza from Ian’s Pizza, network with others, and pour your own candle at the event. thebusinessforum.org/event-5519088

Wisconsin Union Winter Carnival

Feb. 7-10, UW-Madison Memorial Union

The Union’s Winter Carnival is a free, four-day series of wintry activities. Ice skating, curling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, rail jams and more will take place at the Union’s Terrace. The event is capped off with fireworks overlooking a frozen Lake Mendota on Saturday night. union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/special-events/wintercarnival

Chili Cook-Off

Feb. 10, The Boneyard

The Boneyard dog park and bier garden will host their second chili cook-off between Wisconsin breweries to decide which brewery contestant can whip up the best chili. Each ticket includes one free tap beer and a chili sample from each contestant. The event supports the Hatch family and their fight against Marshall-Smith Syndrome. madisonboneyard.com/events

Fine Art & Craft Sale

Feb. 10 & 11, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Partake in a weekend of browsing at this fine art and craft event. Put on by the Madison Handweavers, 40 featured artists will have their works for sale. fineartandcraftsale.com

Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

Feb. 17, Aldo Leopold Nature Center

In collaboration with Monona Parks & Recreation and Madison Parks, this candlelit snowshoe hike at Aldo Leopold Nature Center will welcome everyone on a magical, snowy hike. Cozy up to a fire and drink hot cocoa and enjoy refreshments at this free event. bravamagazine.com/event/candlelit-snowshoe-hike

Femmestival 2024

Feb. 18, Garver Feed Mill

This food and art festival is for women, femmes and nonbinary vendors, artists, entrepreneurs and producers. Be sure to visit for a chance to sample and purchase products from small business owners and food producers. bravamagazine.com/event/femmestival-2024

Hearts for Helping

Feb. 23, Madison Concourse Hotel

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County’s signature fundraising event will feature Gabriel Sanchez, a performer known for his “Prince Experience” — a tribute to the late singer. Enjoy food and drink, a silent auction and networking opportunities in support of the organization. bgcdc.org/h4h

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