February Happenings and Events

Tired of staring at the same four walls? Don’t wait for warm weather to get you out of the house! Our February calendar is filling up with opportunities to bundle up, mask up, and safely leave home to enjoy the best parts of life in Richland County.

Out on the Town

Shop our local merchants during First Friday Shop Hop (Feb 5) in Downtown Mansfield. Make a night of it with dinner at one of our downtown restaurants. Ski, snowboard, and snow tube into the night on the fully lighted slopes during President’s Day Extended Hours (Feb 12 -15) at Snow Trails. Warm up in the slope-side lodge or enjoy dinner at one of the two restaurants. Snow tubing is wildly popular, so make sure to make an online reservation to secure your spot. Plan a weekday adventure for shorter lift lines, more runs, and savings too! SnowTrails.com/LiftTickets. Get a FREE Group Lesson with your Let’s Get Started Skiing or Snowboarding package. SnowTrails.com/Packages

A Different Sort of Date Night

Bring your sweetheart out to Salsa Night (Feb 18) or Trivia Night (Feb 25) at Kingwood Center Gardens. Make your own Valentine’s Day treat at a Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class (Feb 11) at 1803 Brewery & Taproom, or get your hearts pumping with a Public Ghost Hunt (Feb 6, 13, 20) at Ohio State Reformatory.

Art Out and About and at Home

Catch the first exhibition of 2021, In Between Everywhere (Feb 2 – 28) at Mansfield Art Center: a showcase of 42 Central Ohio Artists. Master the arts for yourself with a class at the Mansfield Art Center. Learn Silk Painting (Feb 12, 19, 26) a 3-week class, or explore the glass arts every Saturday this month with classes for Glass Blown Paper Weights (Feb 13,20, 27) at 12:30 – 1:30 PM and Marble Making (Feb 13, 20, 27) from  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Check out our calendar of events for a full list of art classes available this month.

Enjoy the performing arts from the comfort of home with the Dreamgirls: The Virtual Concert Experience (Feb 6) streaming live from The Renaissance Theatre. Get your online streaming pass before they sell out. You can also experience other local attractions from the safety of home with virtual tours.

Learn Something New

Impress your friends with mixology skills from a Prohibition-Style Cocktail Class (Feb 4) UPDATE: SOLD OUT, or perfect the art of Making a Great Charcuterie Board (Feb 11) with these classes at Kingwood Center Gardens. If you want to learn more about the horticultural treasures at Kingwood, sign up for the Display Greenhouse Tour (Feb 23).

Learn more about the natural world in your backyard with an Owl Prowl (Feb 12) at Gorman Nature Center. This February, the Richland County Parks District is also offering a look at The Night Sky (Feb 13) and a Winter Nature Walk for Seniors (Feb 18).

Learning for Kids

Your children are probably getting a little cabin fever too. Bring them to the monthly Storytime Series at Kingwood Center Gardens where they will learn all about Bees (Feb 2). Afterward, take a walk down the Storybook Trail which features a new wintery picture book. They will also love the chance to meet some feathered friends up close with Avian Encounters (Feb 6, 13, 20, 27) at Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

The whole family is invited to Gorman Nature Center for Family Friendly Bird Day (Feb 13). The day’s events include Breakfast with the Birds and The Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb 13), A Bird in the Hand (Feb 13), and more! The Mansfield Art Center offers several classes for young artists, including Llama Mia Painting (Feb 6) painting and showtunes for ages 5 – 14, and  Puppies, Kitties and Tygers, Oh My! (Feb 6) for ages 3 – 5.

 Some Live Music…

Tom’s Kitchen Table (Feb 5) at Hudson & Essex
Michael Kelsey (Feb 13) at Hudson & Essex
Ethan Timm (Feb 5) at 1803 Brewery & Taproom
Check out our Facebook page for more live music.

What will you add to your calendar this month? For a full list of February events, check out our Calendar of Events. Want a chance to have your events featured on our blog, make sure to submit your public event to our calendar.