With February on the horizon, now’s the time to explore a variety of exciting local events happening all month long Up North. From family festivals to Valentine’s Day dinners, here are the Northern Michigan events you won’t want to miss this month.

Pico and Chown at The Music House // February 1

The Music House Museum welcomes back two local performers, Miriam Pico and David Chown, for a special performance at the Williamsburg venue, near Traverse City. Those who cannot attend the event in person are able to stream it on-demand from February 3 at 7 p.m. through February 10 at 8 p.m.

Winter Wonderland Workshop // February 2

Olds Floral & Design in Kingsley is hosting a Winter Wonderland Workshop. Add a special touch to your arrangement and capture the beauty of Northern Michigan’s winters with soft blues, whites and greenery.

Summit-to-Stein Snowshoe Supper // February 5

Boyne Mountain’s ultimate dining experience includes a chairlift ride, two hot beverages, snowshoe rental, and prime rib and shrimp for dinner. More dates are available!

Learn more about this event on the Boyne Mountian website.

Winter Wine Show // February 5

Join Otsego Resort in Gaylord for a day of wine and light snacks at the Winter Wine Show. Make your Northern Michigan getaway even more memorable at this special event, featuring a variety of wines and 10% off dinner at the Duck Blind Grille with your ticket.

Men’s Night at Olds Floral & Design // February 9

Make a special arrangement for that special someone in your life, just in time for Valentine’s Day, at Olds Floral & Design in Kingsley. This hand-made centerpiece will fit perfectly on your kitchen table, coffee table or nightstand, designed with your loved one in mind.

“The Inheritance,” a Play Reading // February 10

Join Parallel 45 Theatre for a special play reading of “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez. Attendees will cozy up at The Cathedral Barns in Traverse City for the show, which is presented in partnership with Up North Pride and the Thomas Judd Care Center.

North American Vasa 2022 // February 12

Returning this year, the annual North American Vasa continues a 46-year tradition celebrating cross-country skiing and winter sports. Don’t miss out on this event at Timber Ridge in Traverse City.

Learn more about this event on the Vasa website.

Apres Ski Party with Left Foot Charley // February 12

Get ready to join Left Foot Charley in Traverse City for a night of family-friendly outdoor fun at Mt. Holiday! Bundle up and celebrate snow, delicious drinks, great food and music from DJ Aaron of Avatar Media Productions. Chef Kiel Moser will also grill up mouth-watering BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and his famous street tacos.

Valentine’s Wine Dinner at Black Star Farms // February 12

Treat your sweetheart to an evening at the romantic Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Get an intimate table for two at the Aquarius room and enjoy a special dinner menu with delicious wines.

Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner at City Park Grill // February 14

At this Petoskey dinner event, indulge in five courses with perfect wine pairings to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Special guest Casey Stephenson will guide attendees through pairings and wines from Donati Family Vineyards.

Mawby Vineyards Wine Dinner // February 15

Enjoy an evening of Northern Michigan wine and a delicious meal, as The Cooks’ House in Traverse City welcomes Mawby Vineyards to its upcoming wine dinner, featuring five courses paired with their amazing sparkling wines.

Pio Cesare Wine Dinner and Feast of Saint Valentine // February 17

Join Palette Bistro in Petoskey for a wine dinner fit for Saint Valentine. Feast on housemade courses like bucatini, duck and foie gras, and beef tenderloin.

Craft Beer Trail // February 19

What’s better than craft beer and a day of skiing and snowshoeing? Don’t miss Otsego Resort’s Craft Beer Trail event, which will feature a scenic stroll and stops at three tasting stations along the way. Warm up at a roaring bonfire when you reach the finish line!

Traverse City Restaurant Week // February 20–26

We’ve got the perfect date idea! Take your Valentine out for a special dinner during Traverse City Restaurant Week through February 26.

Learn more about Traverse City Restaurant week on the Downtown TC website.

Beaver Dam Olympics // February 20

It’s back! The annual Beaver Dam Olympics is returning to Otsego Resort in Gaylord. Gather a four-person team and compete in four activity relays including basketball, corn hole, beer pong and plank skis.

Winterlochen Festival // February 22

Looking for the perfect way to spend quality time with your family? Join the annual Winterlochen festival (for free!), a special tradition brought to you by Interlochen Center for the Arts. Explore the arts and creativity with your little ones!

Learn more about this event at the Interlochen Center for the Arts website.

“Passage,” a Play Reading // February 24

Add an exclusive play reading of “Passage” by Parallel 45 Theatre in Traverse City to your winter bucket list. This rendition is inspired by E.M. Forster’s “A Passage to India” which uses the theater’s primal evocative powers to examine the most essential questions of our time.

Smeltania 2022 // February 25–27

Join the Boyne Area Chamber for a weekend of fun featuring a pub crawl, ice fishing contest, family activities, polar plunge, discounts at local shops and more.

Learn more about this event on the local chamber website or on the Boyne chamber Facebook page.

Wicked Air & Après // February 26

Watch Olympic, X-Game and professional athletes perform big air jumps and aerial acrobatics while enjoying loud music, bangin’ pyrotechnics, a fireworks display and libations for all at this Wicked Air & Aprés event at Boyne Mountain.

Learn more about this event on the Boyne Mountain website.

Winter Wine Walk // February 26

Get outside and enjoy a brisk walk at Otsego Resort’s Winter Wine Walk, which features tasty wine samples and light snacks along a winding, snowy trail. When you wrap up your day, a bonfire will greet you!

Photo(s) by Olds Floral & Design