Sometimes, February can seem like a tough month — the sky is perpetually gray and summer seems ages away, not to mention the in-your-face nature of Valentine’s Day. But there is SO much going on in Atlanta this month, we pared down the events to the ones that stood out for fun and cultural appeal. So grab your friends, your family or your significant other and brush off those winter blues with these great happenings.
February 3, 2017: Sips Under the Sea
Wander the Georgia Aquarium to the tunes of live music with cocktails and appetizers in hand at Sips Under the Sea. This month the theme is Mardi Gras and remember that this event is always 21 and up. Don’t miss out! georgiaaquarium.org
February 3-5, 2017: Antiques & Garden Show in Nashville
February 11, 2017: Oysterfest with Spiral Entertainment
This is one of the two oyster festivals we have listed for February in Atlanta — yes, we love oysters! Whether you like your oysters raw, steamed or fried, you will find your hankering and be filled with oyster love at this wildly popular Oysterfest! This event has sold out for the past four years, so purchase your tickets early and plan to stay and enjoy the day. 21 and up with parking at Park Tavern and surrounding streets. Thousands attend this event! parktavern.com
February 11 & 12, 2017: Atlanta Ballet Snow White
Snow White, the classic, well-know story, is coming to Atlanta in the form of a one-hour ballet, perfect for children 12-years old and younger. This show provides the perfect introduction to the world of ballet. For as low as $10, gift the little ones with the seed to appreciate the ballet as they grow! Performances are at 2 p.m. on February 11 and 12, 2017: cobbenergycentre.com
Through February 15, 2017: 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. From over 1,029 submissions, 75 films were accepted into this years lineup. Additionally, 23 speakers will give perspective to the film industry. 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 $10. ajff.org
February 16, 2017: An Evening of Conversation with Yanni and His Piano
Experience Yanni like you’ve never been able to before. Instead of a full orchestra accompanying this celebrated composer, this performance with be far more intimate with just him, his piano and you, the audience. Talk with him directly in this unscripted forum where anything can happen as he talks about his travels, creative process and experiences throughout his career. atlantasymphony.org
February 18, 2017: Highball
Spend an evening watching some friendly competition among some of Atlanta’s best mixologists. Fifteen bartenders will strive to win the top prize, and guests can enjoy the cocktail creations as well as some light bites, music and more. To learn more, visit high.org.
February 22 through March 5, 2017: Phantom of the Opera
Whether you have seen Phantom of the Opera in the past or this is your first time, you are sure to be mesmerized by this blockbuster musical. Hear “Beneath A Moonless Sky,” along with other songs, in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. This beloved story unfolds with its recognizable score, special effects, and spectacular choreography. Tickets start at $30. foxtheatre.org
February 25, 2017: Black History Month Parade
Noted as the largest celebration of African-American History Month in the country, the Black History Month Parade is an incredible celebration of Atlanta’s rich history. The free festivities begin at noon at the King Center National Park and conclude with a ceremony at Woodruff Park. This is a great event that your kids will love, featuring plenty of fun and music to keep the little ones entertained. blackhistorymonthparade.com
February 25, 2017: Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure
Mardi Gras lets you indulge in everything you’ve been missing from your New Year’s resolutions — and there’s no better way to celebrate than with the Mardi Gras Streetcar Adventure! The streetcar tour takes you through historic areas of Atlanta, stopping at venues along the way for food and drink specials (and five complimentary alcoholic drinks). Tickets can be purchased online for $20 in advance, $25 the week of and $30 the day of the event. atlantabartours.com
February 25 & 26, 2017: Oysterfest at Steamhouse Lounge
If buckets of fresh oysters and bottles of beer are your thing, then this is your place! Fresh roasted oysters are in abundance with bottles of Budweiser beer and a lineup of local bands. This event raises money for Positive Impact & Families First. For details, see steamhouselounge.com.
Through February 26, 2016: African American History Tours at Oakland
A cemetery tour might seem like a strange idea, but it really is an incredible way to learn about our city and the people who lived here. Oakland Cemetery is offering free African American History Tours on through February 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., where guests can spend an hour learning about the occupants of the historic cemetery. Some notable Oakland residents include the first African American mayor of Atlanta and one of the city’s first African American city councilmen. oaklandcemetery.com
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