Witness incredible acrobatic feats, snowshoe a vineyard, take a cocktail class, and more! February is packed with events for families and food and drink lovers. Here’s a look at what’s happening through February 11. Find more Northern Michigan events at MyNorthTickets.com.
Snowkus Pocus | January 31
Witness stunning acrobatic feats set to magical music in a winter wonderland at Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts. It all starts when young Brianna is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. The tale is told through dazzling ballet and acrobatics that will amaze, inspire, and enchant your imagination. This snow show is for all ages. (We know this event isn’t in February, but it was too cool to leave out!)
Arsenic and Old Lace | February 1–3
Think your family is crazy, think again. Insanity doesn’t run in this family, it gallops! Don’t miss Joseph Kesselring’s hilarious dark comedy, that’s drawing rave local reviews. There are only a few showings left at Old Town Playhouse!
Snowshoe Vineyard Tour & Tasting | February 3
Explore the vineyard at Shady Lane Cellars by snowshoe and enjoy a discussion about how their vineyard practices translate to handcrafted wines. Following the tour, you’ll be treated to a hosted tasting accompanied by a selection of cheeses and snacks (must be 21 years old to attend). The tour will last approximately 2 hours including the tasting portion, and snowshoe rentals are available.
A Midsummer’s Night Faery Tale | February 3
The Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre brings to life the classic children’s book by Wendy Froud and Terri Windling. The story takes place in the faery garden of the Old Oak Wood on the summer solstice. A small tree root faery, Sneezlewort, tries to help prepare for the evening’s festivities, but only creates chaos. With the help of his friend Twig, they foil the attempt of an evil sorceress to steal the crown of the faery queen. The score for this original ballet production is a compilation of music by Andreas Vollenweider and Joanie Madden.
Shrub Cocktail Workshop | February 8
Shrubs are a delicious combo of vinegar and fruit that can be used to add flavor to cocktails. Learn how to make them at Mammoth Distilling Cocktail Lounge in Traverse City. First, you’ll learn the basics of shrubs. Next, look over Mammoth’s recipes and learn how to make four different cocktails. Once you’re comfortable with the skills and recipes, you get to make two of the drinks for yourself! Attendees must be 21 years old or older. All equipment will be provided and different spirits will be used based on your preferences.
Annual Stout Challenge | February 9
Who makes the best stout in Northern Michigan? You decide! The Stout Challenge is a local competition between 12 Traverse City area breweries. Each brewery will produce their brew and 200 beer lovers will choose their favorite. All tastings will be blind. Ticket holders will know the description of the beer, ABV, and other facts, but the brewery will remain confidential. At 10 p.m. an awards ceremony will take place, and the winning brewery will take home a trophy and a whole lot of bragging rights. Must be 21 or up.
Petoskey Improv Troupe | February 11
Petoskey officially has its own improv comedy troupe! Of course, it’s home-grown and home-style comedy created just for Petoskey. Don’t miss their next family friendly performance at Red Sky Stage!