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!
Through February 3, 2019: 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 11th 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. Times vary daily and ticket prices start at $225. For more information, visit kiawahresort.com.
February 1-2, 2019: Athens Wine Weekend — Athens, GA
Take a trip to Athens, GA, for the annual Athens Wine Weekend. Now in its 10th year, the event — which features tastings, seminars, a grand dinner and more — benefits The Classic Center Cultural Foundation. The event takes place on Friday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. and ticket prices vary based on package. Visit classiccenter.com.
February 1-3, 2019: Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville — Nashville, TN
The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville returns for its 29th year, February 1-3, 2019 at the fabulous Music City Center in downtown Nashville. This year’s theme is “A Passion for Home” and includes an incredible lineup of speakers including Faith Hill, Ray Booth, Bobby McAlpine, Leslie Rascoe and more! Tickets are $20 before midnight on January 27 (CST) and $25 beginning January 28. Seniors (65+), active military and students can purchase tickets for $15 at the door or in advance. Children 12 and under are free. Group tickets are also available! Reserve your spot now to hear from impressive lecturers and shop the show floor boasting over 150 antique art and horticulture dealers. All proceeds benefit two beloved charities in our community, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens and the charities of the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON). The event is expected to sell out so act quickly! Click here for more info: ticketsnashville.com.
February 2, 2019: Queen City Brewers Fest — Charlotte, NC
Check out the eighth annual Queen City Brewers Fest to try brews from more than 30 local craft breweries. The festival takes place at the Fillmore and Fillmore Underground and tickets are separated into two sessions — one runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the other is from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and proceeds benefit ACEing Autism, a non-profit dedicated to helping children with autism play tennis. For more information, visit qcbrewfest.com.
February 2, 2019: Birmingham Winter Beer Festival — Birmingham, AL
Calling all craft beer lovers! Shake off your winter blues and sip some brews this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the BJCC North Exhibit Hall. With more than 150 craft beers, live entertainment and more, this is the ideal event to explore the world of beer while enjoying a laid-back Saturday. Tickets start at $45. bhambeerfest.com
February 4-9, 2019: Memphis Child Advocacy Center’s 26th Annual Works of Heart — Memphis, TN
For the 27th year, Works of Heart will draw art lovers from all over the Memphis community to enjoy and bid on heart-themed pieces from leading regional artists. Enjoy the preview from Monday, February 4 through Friday, February 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the main gallery of the Memphis College of Art while the show is free and open to the public. Then grab your tickets for the auction Saturday, February 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The art show and auction benefit the Memphis Child Advocacy Center in their mission to serve children who have been victims of sexual and physical abuse and to prevent future abuse through education and intervention. General admission tickets are $75 and include complimentary beer, wine and appetizers, while the special Big Heart lounge tickets are $200 and include access to a VIP area, a full bar, hors d’oeuvres, a personal work of art created by a participating artist and more. Head to memphiscac.org.
February 5, 2019: Norton Children’s Benefit Dinner — Louisville, KY
Looking for an early Valentine’s Day celebration? On Tuesday, Norton Children’s Benefit Dinner at MESA will include a three-course dinner for $75 a person with cocktails starting at 6 p.m. and dinner starting at 7 p.m. The proceeds will go towards Norton Children’s Hospital’s Valentine’s lunch for the children and staff. Visit mesachefs.com.
February 8, 2019: Wine for Wishes — Memphis, TN
Located at The Cadre Building, Wine for Wishes is hosted by Make-A-Wish Mid-South. They will bring you a fun-filled wine tasting with live music, door prizes, a wine pull, catered hors d’oeuvres and so much more. Tickets are available for $60, but they will not be sold the day of, so purchase online! This event will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Head to auctria.com.
February 8-10, 2019: 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 18th 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 for a variable entry fee starting at $35 depending on the race and register at mercedesmarathon.com.
February 8-10, 2019: 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 8-10, 2019: 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 18th year, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon weekend of events has become a Birmingham tradition that has helped raise millions of dollars for local charities throughout its 17-year history. This race weekend will include the main Boston Marathon-qualifying marathon, a fun-filled kids’ marathon, a 5K and so much more! mercedesmarathon.com
February 9, 2019: Whiskey Wine Chocolates — Memphis, TN
Up your Valentine’s chocolates this year with perfect pairings from Philip Ashley chocolates, select whiskeys, wines and craft beer. Hors d’ouvres from Strano by Chef Josh and A Moveable Feast, along with a cigar and fireside cocktail lounge will be featured. Cost is $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. The time will be 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more info head to memphisbotanicgarden.com.
February 9-10, 2019: 19th 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 19th year, returns to the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Save time with everything for your home and garden under one roof. Tickets are just $7. Have fun with activities for the whole family and hear from guest speakers such as Neil Youngblood and Brian Santos. The show runs from 9 a.m to 7 p.m on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, check out savannahhomeandgardenshow.com .
February 15-16, 2019: 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 30th 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. The event kickoff runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and the main event starts Saturday at noon. Tickets start at $35. Visit sandestingumbofestival.com for more details.
February 15-17, 2019: Birmingham Home Show — Birmingham, AL
The mecca of home and garden essentials is back again! Stroll through hundreds of vendors and make all of your home and landscape dreams come true in just one weekend at this highly anticipated annual event. The show takes place at the BJCC on Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $11 at the event, but only $8 if you do online presale. birminghamhomeshow.com
February 15-17, 2019: NBA All-Star Weekend 2019 — Charlotte, NC
Calling all basketball fanatics! The NBA All-Star Weekend is a festival held every February during the middle of the NBA regular season that consists of a variety of basketball events, exhibitions and performances leading up to the NBA All-Star game held on Sunday night. Head to nba.com for a full schedule of events and ticket options.
February 16, 2019: Tailspin Ale Fest — Louisville, KY
Celebrate the 6th Anniversary of the first local beer festival to take off at historic Bowman Field Airport. Enjoy 75 local and national American craft brews with a special “Kentucky Heritage” section, the Magnolia photo booth, live tunes, vintage airplanes and fare from some of Louisville’s best food trucks. General admission starts at $50, but the festival offers $15 designated driver tickets that don’t include a tasting card. This event is 21+ and runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit tailspinalefest.com.
February 17, 2019: 10th Annual World Beer Festival — Columbia, SC
This annual 21+ 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 $20, and are available for both the noon to 4 p.m. session and the 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. session. For more info, check out allaboutbeer.com.
February 23, 2019: Wine Women & Shoes — Nashville, TN
Sip and shop in support of YWCA’s Weaver Domestic Violence Center at the seventh annual Wine Women & Shoes event on February 23 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. The event has everything your girl’s weekend could need, including wine tastings from some of California’s top-rated vineyards, exclusive shopping with local and national vendors, luxurious auction items and a special luncheon program with a celebrity performance. Every dollar raised will benefit the largest emergency shelter in the state of Tennessee, providing more than 17,000 nights of safety for more than 500 women and children each year. Individual tickets start at $150. Gather your gals and head to the Music City Center in February for this incredible fundraising event! Visit ywcanashville.com.
February 23 & 24, 2019: Mellwood Spring Art Show — Louisville, KY
The Mellwood Spring Art Show is a place where you can find the perfect new piece to spice up your home while also supporting local artists. Enjoy food, performances and lots of beautiful artwork. The event is free to attend, and takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Head to mellwoodartcenter.com for more info.
February 28-March 3, 2019: The 2019 Nashville Lawn and Garden Show — Nashville, TN
Nashville’s most beloved gardening event will celebrate 30 years with Changing Times, Changing Gardens, a show designed to reflect the changing landscapes of Middle Tennessee. The 2019 Nashville Lawn and Garden Show will be February 28 – March 3 at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with modified hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $12 for adults with other options for children, seniors and active-duty military personnel. For more info, click here: nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.
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