With the first month of the new year nearly a memory, we turn to February, a month of relaxation and fun. From cocktail competitions to craft fairs, there is no shortage of fantastic events taking place throughout the South this month. We hand-selected some of our top picks for where to go and what to do, so get out and enjoy!
February 1-4, 2018: Gourmet & Grapes — Kiawah Island, SC
Spend a weekend in the Lowcountry sampling fine food and wine from some of the South’s best chefs and winemakers. Gourmet & Grapes, now in its tenth year, is an annual fundraiser taking place at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Golf Resort and benefitting the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. The weekend’s events include wine seminars, a private black-tie dinner, silent and live auctions and more. Learn more here or by calling (843) 768-6296.
February 2-4, 2018: Athens Wine Weekend — Athens, GA
Take a trip to Athens, GA, for the annual Athens Wine Weekend. Now in its ninth year, the event, which features tastings, seminars, a grand dinner and more, benefits The Classic Center Cultural Foundation. This foundation provides scholarships for high school and college students interested in performing and culinary arts, so you can enjoy the weekend knowing you’re also doing some good. classiccenter.com
February 2-4, 2018: Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville — Nashville, TN
The Music City Center will be filled with spectacular gardens, fine antiques and horticultural items for the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville. 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 $25/person. Don’t miss featured speaker, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer on Friday morning. For tickets and more information, visit antiquesandgardenshow.com
February 3, 2018: Queen City Brewers Fest — Charlotte, NC
Check out the 7th annual Queen City Brewers Fest to try brews from more than 30 local craft breweries. The festival takes place at the Fillmore and tickets are separated into two sessions — one runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the other is from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Tickets are $45 and proceeds benefit ACEing Autism, a non-profit dedicated to helping children with autism play tennis. For more information, click here.
February 9-11, 2018: Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend — Birmingham, AL
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon started as a love story. Paul promised to run a marathon for his son, Matt who was born with Down Syndrome and a heart defect, as a celebration of his son’s strength in tackling unimaginable challenges. Paul has since run more than 19 marathons and inspired the owner of Trak Shak to begin organizing marathons to benefit The Bell Center. Now in its 17th year, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon weekend of events has become a Birmingham tradition that has helped raise millions of dollars for local charities. Join in on the fun and register at mercedesmarathon.com.
February 9-11, 2018: 18th Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show — Savannah, GA
One place, one weekend, all your projects solved! The Annual Low Country Home & Garden Show, celebrating its 18th year, returns to the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Save time with everything for your home and garden under one roof. Have fun with activities for the whole family and hear from celebrity guest speakers such as Kevin O’Connor and Boyce Thompson. savannahhomeandgardenshow.com
February 10, 2018: Highball — Atlanta, GA
Spend an evening watching some friendly competition among some of Atlanta’s best mixologists while raising money for High Museum of Art. Sixteen bartenders will strive to win the top prize, and guests can enjoy the cocktail creations as well as some light bites, music and more. Tickets start at $100. To learn more, visit high.org.
February 16-18, 2018: Springtime Made in the South Festival — Savannah, GA
Head to the beautiful town of Savannah, GA, for a weekend filled with Southern artistry. Springtime Made in the South features everything from jewelry and stained glass to basket weaving and metal working. Handcrafted items abound, and there will be plenty of gourmet delights to enjoy as well. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit madeinthesouthshows.com.
February 16 & 17, 2018: Sandestin Gumbo Festival — Sandestin, FL
As if you need another reason to visit the Gulf Coast, put the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival at the top of the list. Now in its 29th year, this family-friendly event kicks off with a crawfish boil and live music and continues the next day with a gumbo sampling and competition, kids’ activities and more. Visit sandestingumbofestival.com for more details.
February 17, 2018: 10th Annual World Beer Festival — Columbia, SC
This ninth annual 21-and-up event is a beer-lover’s dream! Spend a Saturday sampling some of the finest beers from around the South and all over the world at the World Beer Festival. The festivities take place at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds where guests can enjoy beer ingredient samples, seminars, pairings and more. Tickets start at $40, and are available for both the noon to 4 p.m. session and the 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. session. allaboutbeer.com
February 23, 2018: Tulips & Juleps Art and Gift Market — Louisville, KY
For more than a decade, the Junior League has offered a unique shopping experience featuring a variety of vendors and special events. This annual event is the League’s largest fundraiser and provides funds that help us to train women leaders and promote positive change for their community through our education focus. This year, the market will take place at Louisville Slugger Field and will include more than 55 booths boasting art, home décor, food products, jewelry, clothing, and accessories for the entire family and more. This event takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and there is a minimum $5 donation for entry. facebook.com
February 24, 2018: Nashville Brunch Festival — Nashville, TN
Head to Nissan Stadium for an afternoon of delicious brunch from some of Nashville’s best restaurants. Sip on Bloody Marys, mimosas, beer and wine to wash it all down. There will be live music and a DJ, so prepare to have some fun. Tickets start at $15, and there are bottomless drink tickets available for $45 to $60. Food samples will be $3 each. For more information, head to universe.com.
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