There are a variety of intriguing Southern events taking place in February, from film festivals to fashion exhibits. Here are our top picks for events worth traveling to this coming month. Happy February!
Through February 17, 2016: Jewish Film Festival
For over 3 weeks, you have the chance to experience hundreds of incredible movies and speakers at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. In 2015, this was the largest Jewish film festival in the world and the largest film festival in Atlanta. This year promises to be the best yet — with 23 days and 171 screenings to choose from, there’s no excuse to miss out on this incredible event. Films not your thing? Check out the amazing list of guest speakers. Tickets on weekdays after 4 p.m. and for all weekend shows are $13; seniors, students with valid student IDs and children 12 and under pay $11. Matinee screenings (Monday – Friday, until 4 p.m.) cost $9. Visit ajff.org for details.
Through March 1, 2016: “Her Nobel Words”
The Asheville Museum’s latest exhibit explores the words of the women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize. All 16 women who have won are represented in this inspiring exhibition celebrating their amazing achievements. Learn more at ashevillemuseum.com.
Through December 12, 2016: “Looking Good: Fashion in Virginia”
The Virginia Historical Society’s “Looking Good: Fashion in Virginia” exhibit looks at the evolution of fashion in the state from 1930 to 1970. “Virginia women did not just wear clothing, they made it,” explains the exhibit website, as it explores the various looks that women both made and wore during the mid-19th century. Learn more about “Looking Good” at vahistorical.org.
February 5, 2016: Carrie Underwood at the KFC Yum! Center
Carrie Underwood is coming back to the KFC Yum! Center on Friday, February 5, on her Storyteller tour and she’s bringing Easton Corbin along with her. The seven-time Grammy winner just released her fifth studio album, and she plans to take her Storyteller tour to 40 arenas across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets start at $43. For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here: ticketmaster.com.
February 9, 2016: Mardi Gras
Where else would you celebrate Mardi Gras than in The Big Easy? Celebrations, parades and fabulous festivities aren’t limited to Feb. 9, but that’s technically the big day. Find all you need to know to celebrate, including parade schedules, the essential Mardi Gras guide, how to celebrate as a family and more at neworleansonline.com.
February 10 – 13, 2016: Southern Athletic Association Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
Hosted by the Southern Athletic Association and Sewanee, the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will feature collegiate teams from across the Southeast competing at the Birmingham Crossplex Aquatic Center. Come witness true athleticism and talent in a breathtaking aquatic arena! Learn more at saa-sports.com.
February 11 – 14, 2016: The Savannah Book Festival
Bibliophiles are invited to mix and mingle with best-selling authors and other book lovers at this three-day event taking place throughout Savannah. Non-fiction author Erik Larson is the keynote speaker, and he will be speak on Friday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Trustees Theatre, which is located at 216 E. Broughton St. Find the complete lineup and more at savannahbookfestival.org.
February 11, 2016: An Evening of Cabaret and Comedy with Ana Gasteyer
Most of us fell in love with Ana Gasteyer’s flair for irony and character-driven comedy on six seasons of Saturday Night Live, where she unabashedly played, and often sang, at full-tilt. Following her departure, she stacked up stage, screen and television credits, including Mean Girls, Suburgatory and The Goldbergs. Catch her for one evening only at the Buckman Center for the Performing Arts at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. Visit buckmanartscenter.org to learn more.
February 12 – 14, 2016: Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville
For three days, the Music City Center will be filled with spectacular gardens, fine antiques and horticultural items. With 150+ exhibitors, renowned experts and fabulous gardens, this annual show offers design inspiration, antique finds and access to top experts in the fields of garden and design. Run-of-Show Tickets are $20/person. Don’t miss featured speaker, Gwyneth Paltrow on Friday morning. For tickets and more information, visit antiquesandgardenshow.com.
February 13, 2016: Kristin Chenoweth with the Louisville Orchestra
The Louisville Orchestra’s second LO WOW! Event will feature Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth. She will join the orchestra on stage at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts to sing hits from her Coming Home tour. Natalie Cole, who passed away in January, was originally slated to perform. All previously purchased Natalie Cole tickets will still be valid. Tickets start at $35 and the show will begin at 8 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: kentuckycenter.org
February 20, 2016: STOMP at the Orpheum
STOMP features an eight-member troupe that uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for details.
Enjoy your February!
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