The Ann Arbor area doesn't hibernate in the winter. Visit for yourself and check out these amazing events and more this February.
In addition to the full calendar of events to check out, the Ann Arbor area has countless restaurants to try and museums to visit. Be sure to follow Visit Ann Arbor on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for tons of travel information and area updates.
Milan is preparing to host its second annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest on February 3-4. The one-day event happens in Wilson Park, Edgetown, and downtown Milan’s shopping district, and it will feature a variety of events, including a wine walk, an artisan tent, winter games, snow sculpting, a chili cook-off and much more. There will be a free shuttle service running between major event areas and parking lots, a large bonfire in Wilson Park, and warming stations downtown. Tickets to The Big Freeze – Friday night’s event with food, drink, and live music in a heated tent – cost $40; Saturday’s wine walk costs $30.
Watch competing students from several of Michigan’s colleges and universities sculpt ice artworks, with chainsaws and flamethrowers, at the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission’s second annual Ice Carving Festival on Saturday, February 4, from noon to 4 p.m. The event, at Ann Arbor’s County Farm Park, is free and open to the public, so bring the family to witness ice artists in-action as they create unique masterpieces to display.
Those on the lookout for an artful cocktail should consider attending Artini 2017, The Ann Arbor Art Center's annual juried competition and fundraising event. On Friday, February 10 from 6:30-10 p.m., attendees will visit participating downtown establishments, taste innovative cocktails – designed by some of the city’s top mixologists – and vote for their favorites by text. A People’s Choice Award will be handed out, as will a Juror’s Choice Award, which will be determined by a panel of judges. Attendees must be 21 or older, and ticket prices are $55 ($25 of which is tax deductible). To purchase tickets, visit annarborartcenter.org.
Can’t get enough chocolate in your life? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, downtown Chelsea will host its annual Chocolate Extravaganza on Saturday, February 11. During this popular event, more than 30 different businesses throughout Chelsea will offer free chocolate tastings, sales on chocolate-themed merchandise, and family-oriented activities. This event is free.
As part of Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission’s Winter Fun Fest, check out the Big Chill Winter Games at Rolling Hills County Park’s Lodge in Ypsilanti on Sunday, February 12 from noon to 3 p.m. The cost is $3 per person, and there will be a snowball slingshot, snow graffitti, a campfire, crafts, cocoa, live wood carving, and snowman building.
More events happening in the area:
January 19-March 4
Brian Letscher’s “Smart Love”
Purple Rose Theatre Company
Tickets cost $27-$46
Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off”
The Encore Theatre
Tickets cost $22-$32
Cinetopia Direct from Sundance
Tickets cost $18
Wine, Women & Song
Kerrytown Concert House
Tickets cost $20-$50
Burns Park Players present "Shrek: The Musical"
Tappan Middle School
February 3, 4, and 10 at 7:30 p.m., February 11 at 4 p.m.
Tickets cost $15-$30
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!”
3 & 6:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $12
Calidore String Quartet
Tickets cost $24-$48
February 7 & 21
The Moth Storyslam
Admission costs $10
EMU’s theater department presents “A Raisin in the Sun”
Sponberg Theater in Ypsilanti
Wednesday-Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $15
Tickets cost $25
Tellebration! 25 Years of Storytelling in Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Downtown Library, multipurpose room
U-M’s theater department presents “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play”
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $22-$28
UMS presents “Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity”
Tickets cost $24-$40
UMS presents Aaron Diehl & Cecile Salvant
Tickets cost $24-$60
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Tickets cost $45
30th Annual Storytelling Festival
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tickets cost $10-$20