Make the most of February at these Traverse City events!
Michigan Legacy Art Park Happy Hour at Taproot | February 6
Casual time to meet some MLAP staff and learn a little bit about what they do and how folks can get involved. Stop by from 4–6 p.m. at Taproot.
This movie explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. The free event starts at 7 p.m. and is a part of the Dennos Museum Film Series.
Celebrity DreamRoom Classic | February 9
Join Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings for a golden evening of style, color, and comfort to benefit Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. Attendees visit each DreamRoom and cast votes for their favorite room (or rooms). Votes are $1 each—vote early and often! The celebrity with the most votes at the end of the night wins! Also enjoy delicious food, beer and wine, live music, door prizes and more. Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com.
Romance Guaranteed | February 9–24
A romantic comedy in the age of the internet. After connecting through a computer dating service, a mismatched couple meets for their first date in a seedy Detroit restaurant. The woman, a nervous introvert, and the man, a wildly eccentric extrovert, gradually get to know each other with the help of their wise-cracking waitress. Catch the show by the Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre @ the Depot. Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com.
42nd Annual North American Vasa | February 10–11
The Annual North American Vasa returns with various race formats, distances, and combinations for all abilities.
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy | February 10
Two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers, and Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, will take the City Opera House stage. Tickets are available at cityoperahouse.org, at the box office or by calling 231.941.8082.
Winter Microbrew & Music Festival | February 10
This year the event is at Mount Mancelona, a historic ski hill and lodge just north of Mancelona. The festival will offer new activities like snowshoeing to a rare-beer tasting tent and professional snowboard and ski aerial viewing plus the great music and tasty brews you’ve come to expect! Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com.
Grand Traverse Art Bomb – Encore Reception | February 10
This is a collaborative art show featuring talent from across Northern Michigan. The show runs until April 7 at Right Brain Brewery and will feature three reception events throughout the show’s duration. Each reception will have music and performance art throughout the day. Enjoy a tasty beer and mingle with some of the creative minds in the area!
Old Mission Peninsula Snowshoe Wine & Brew Outings | February 11
Old Mission Peninsula gives winter blahs the boot with wine and brew snowshoe outings every Sunday afternoon.
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper | February 24
Together with his band Flamekeeper, Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find. Clearly, this fiery fiddler’s story is just beginning and the band’s future preserving and innovating the bluegrass tradition has never been brighter. Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com.
The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe | February 25
Hitting the road for the first time in five years, Grammy and Reader’s Poll winning drummer Tommy Igoe has put together an incredible music experience featuring musicians from both coasts of the USA. The Birdland All-Stars return with a unique show—The Art of Jazz. Tickets are available at cityoperahouse.org, at the box office or by calling 231.941.8082.
NMC Children’s Choir Winter Concert | February 25
Join the award-winning NMC Children’s Choirs for their winter concert featuring Dolce, Bel Canto, Lyric, Ragazzo, and Cantus Choirs from 3–4:30 p.m. at Lars Hockstad Auditorium. Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com.
Traverse City Restaurant Week | February 25–March 3
Participating restaurants will offer three-course meals for $25 or $35 per person. This is your chance to experience the culinary wonders of the TC region at an affordable price! (Enter to win $2,000 in dining certificates!)
Picnic at the Opera House | Every Wednesday in February
Picnic at the Opera has become a winter staple on performance calendars. Pack your lunch and pop in for Michigan’s ONLY Live TV Variety Show. Be part of a live TV audience and find out why fans come back week after week! Admission is free. The show runs from noon–1 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and seating is first come, first served. Details and information at cityoperahouse.org.