From cocktail competitions to craft fairs, there is no shortage of fantastic February events taking place throughout the South. We have hand-selected some of our top picks for where to go and what to do this month. Have fun!
February 2-5, 2017: Gourmet & Grapes 2017 — 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 ninth 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 3-5, 2017: Athens Wine Weekend — Athens, GA
Take a trip to Athens, GA, for the annual Athens Wine Weekend. Now in its eighth year, the event, which features tastings, seminars, a grand dinner and more, benefits The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, which provides scholarships for high school and college students interested in performing and culinary arts. Click here to learn more.
February 3-5, 2017: Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville — Nashville, TN
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 $25/person. Don’t miss featured speaker, Nate Berkus on Friday morning. For tickets and more information, visit antiquesandgardenshow.com
February 4, 2017: Queen City Brewers Fest — Charlotte, NC
Check out the 6th 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 10-12, 2017: 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 10-12, 2017: 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 16th 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 15-year history. This race weekend will include the main Boston Marathon-qualifying marathon, a fitness expo, kids’ marathon, Superhero 5K, Jim ‘N Nick’s breakfast, a beer garden by Good People Brewing Co. and so much more! mercedesmarathon.com
February 11-19, 2017: Memphis Open
Tennis fans, load up and head to the Bluff City for the Memphis Open. Spend a day or the whole week taking in some amazing match-ups. The Memphis Open is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP World Tour, and the singles champion is awarded 250 ATP ranking points. Tickets are limited, but still available. Click here to learn more.
February 17 & 18, 2017: 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 28th 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 18, 2017: 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. General admission and VIP tickets are available. Click here to purchase and learn more.
February 18, 2017: Highball — Atlanta, GA
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.
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