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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in February, 2014

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons

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The Metro-Detroit area welcomes romance in February with Valentine's Day. Of course, it is still winter, so ice sculptures, snow festivals and winter sports are still on the list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in February.

If you are looking ahead to March and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.

Ferndale Blues Festival

The Magic Bag in Ferndale
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 1/24/14 through 2/1/14
Where: Ferndale

The Ferndale Blues Festival is in its 13th year of raising money for local charities. The festival is actually a series of over 60 live concerts that take place at venues within bars and restaurants along Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road. Luther "Badman" Keith, Howard Glazer & EL-34s, the Vinyl Underground, and Sweet Claudette are just a few of the artists scheduled to perform over the nine-day period.

Follow Michigan Athletes in the 2014 Winter Olympics

Kelly Gunther
Photo © Matthew Stockman / Getty Images

When: 2/6/14 through 2/23/14
Where: Sochi, Russia
TV Coverage U.S.: NBC

Turns out, Michigan has its fair share of Olympic hopefuls. In fact, several of the 2014 Winter Olympic Athletes are from the Metro-Detroit area or have ties here. Find out about the athletes.

Motown Winter Blast!

Winter Blast! (2006)
Photo © Bob Oren, 2006. www.detroit-photos.com

When: 2/7/14 through 2/9/14
Where: In and around Campus Martius Park, Downtown Detroit

The Motown Winter Blast! is in its 10th year and features an ice-sculpture garden, a 200-foot snow slide, and over 50 live musical acts scheduled to perform on two stages .There will also be dog-sledding and ice-skating demonstrations, snow shoeing, marshmallow roasting, and, of course, a Taste of Detroit tent.

The Detroit Zoo: Wild Winter African Adventure Weekend

The Water Tower at the Detroit Zoo
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 2/8/14 through 2/9/14
Where: The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

At any given time, The Detroit Zoo hosts special zoo events that showcase zoo animals and offer special activities for children. In the winter months, the zoo hosts Wild Winter Weekends. The theme in February is Wild Winter African Adventure, which includes an African drum lesson, story telling, arts and crafts, and live entertainment.

Guide to Valentine's Day in Metro Detroit

Valentine's Day Sweets
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: Friday, 2/14/14
Where: All across the Metro-Detroit area

Detroit is a great place to celebrate romance. The metro area has a lot to offer when creating a special day and the Guide to Valentine's Day in Detroit will help get you started with a list of romantic restaurants, sweet treats, Valentine's Day events and gift ideas for him or her.

Odds and Ends:

And that's not all!

Motor City Tattoo Expo

Motor City Tattoo Expo, 2008
Photo © Wigwam Jones

When: 2/21/14 through 2/23/14
Where: Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center

In its 19th year, the Motor City Tattoo Expo has over 200 artists, tattoo contests and live entertainment. Admission starts at $20 for a 1-day pass.

Campus Martius Ice Skating

Skating and Campus Martius
Photo &Copy; Jeff Widen

When: Now through March, 2014
Where: Woodward Avenue, Downtown Detroit

The Park at Campus Martius was designed to be the central square of the city. During the winter months, the park offers a venue for ice skating, and the nearby cafe offers hot chocolate to keep Detroiters warm and toasty.

Winter Sports Activities

Skiing at Pine Knob
Photo © John Wills

When: Throughout February
Where: Throughout the Metro-Detroit area and beyond
Weather: Average Temperatures and Snow in February

Michigan winters give us plenty of opportunity for ice skids and snow shoveling, but they also give us a unique set of outdoor sports, including downhill skiing and cross-country skiing.

Shows and Concerts

Stomp
Photo by Steve McNicholas

When: Throughout the next couple of months
Where: Detroit-area theaters

At any given time, Detroit hosts a variety of shows and concerts, including music concerts, Broadway plays, comedians, rodeos and circuses.
 

State and Metro Park Events

When: Throughout the month
Where: Parks in and around the Metro-Detroit area

In the winter months, both state and metro parks host lots of activities to help you embrace winter, including ski and snowshoe classes, ice-fishing instruction and evening hikes. Check out the calendar of events:

  • State Parks in the Metro-Detroit area include Maybury State Park in Northville, Seven Lakes State Park in Fenton, Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford, and Proud Lake Recreation Area in Commerce Township.
     
  • Huron-Clinton MetroParks in and around Metro Detroit, including Metro Beach near Mt. Clemens and Kensington in Brighton.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Prentis Court balconies at The Detroit Institute of Arts
Photo © The Detroit Institute of Arts

When: Throughout the year
Where: Detroit Institute of Arts, downtown Detroit

Arts Alive!: After six and one-half years of renovations, the New Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) opened its doors in 2007 to show off its new design and galleries. The DIA is always brimming with events, including films, exhibits and music.
 

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