Valentine’s Day always gets top billing in February, but there are so many other “sweet” Louisville events going on that you’ll find plenty to do to fill all 29 days of the month. You can revisit your childhood and go to the circus or build a LEGO tower, listen to some lovely music, or take a trip with that special someone on the Belle of Louisville. Here are our top event picks for February!
17 Louisville Events and Happenings: February 2020
February 1 & 2, 2020: Kosair Shrine Circus
This fun and fanciful circus, presented by George Carden Circus International, brings thrilling acts that will delight children and adults of all ages. This is one of the last circuses to incorporate animal acts such as tigers, lions and elephants – all trained using positive reinforcement. Performances take place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in the Broadbent Arena, and tickets start at $10. kosaircircus.com
February 1 & 2, 2020: BrickUniverse Louisville LEGO Fan Expo
The Kentucky International Convention Center hosts this gigantic tribute to the ever-popular and colorful Danish building bricks. San Diego-based artist Jonathan Lopes will be on hand to display his unique LEGO creations. This event is hours of fun for the entire family, offering building zones and vendors selling the latest building kits, accessories and mini-figures. Sessions start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days. Tickets are $15 online and $18 at the door. brickuniverse.com
February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2020: Monday Tango Foundations Class
You’ve seen this steamy dance performed on television, in the movies and on stage. Now it’s your turn to learn the moves! Presented by Blair’s Ballroom every Monday from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., this event is great for beginners who want to learn the fundamentals of the tango. Tickets are $12 per person. blairsballroom.com
February 6 – 8, 2020: Kentucky Music Educators Association Presents: KMEA Performances 2020
Listen to the best young musicians in the commonwealth as they present outstanding musical performances at Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center. Children’s and junior high choruses perform Thursday, high school choruses perform Friday and performances by the band and orchestra take place Saturday. Tickets for each concert cost $15. kentuckyperformingarts.org.
February 8, 2020: The Checkmates Valentines Dance
Enjoy this doo-wop five-part harmony group as they sing hit love songs from the ’50s and ’60s, including tunes from stars like The Drifters, Frankie Valli and The Temptations. The evening kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Jeffersonian in Jeffersontown. Tickets are $5 for JSC members and $8 for the general public. The event makes for great fun for everyone, so be sure to bring the whole family. facebook.com
February 9, 2020: Oscar Watch Party
Dress in your most elegant cocktail attire and join your fellow cinephiles to see who wins Best Actor or Actress and which film takes home the Best Picture Award. Benefitting the Louisville Film Society, the red carpet event premiers at the Rabbit Hole Distillery beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, desserts, Hollywood-inspired drinks and a membership into the Louisville Film Society. louisvillefilmsociety.org
February 11 – 16, 2020: Miss Saigon
The Kentucky Center and Broadway in Louisville present this legendary musical featuring classic songs like “Last Night of the World,” “The Movie in My Mind” and “The Heat is on in Saigon.” As of July 2019, Miss Saigon remains Broadway’s 13th longest-running show. Tickets start at $36.50. kentuckyperformingarts.org
February 14 & 15, 2020: Love Boat – A Valentine’s Voyage
Hosted by the Belle of Louisville Riverboats, sail on the mighty Ohio River with loved ones, gal pals and the rest of your crew on the Mary M. Miller as you dine on delicious food and dance the night away to retro tunes. This is definitely the “sweetest” way to spend the day. belleoflouisville.org
February 14, 2020: Valentine’s Day Lantern Hike
Take a romantic evening walk as paper lanterns light your way through the woods. This Louisville event costs $60 per couple and includes hot beverages, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a souvenir camping mug. Reservations are required, so be sure to grab your spot ASAP. louisvillenaturecenter.org
February 15, 2020: Dancing with the Stars: Live!
Watch your favorite performers from the hit ABC show as they perform new and exciting dance routines that will keep you on your toes! This one-night-only event takes place at the historic Louisville Palace. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets begin at $64. louisvillepalace.com
February 16, 2020: Chamber Winds of Louisville Concert
This lovely afternoon concert presented by the Chamber Winds Louisville takes place at the University of Louisville’s Margaret Comstock Hall. The performance starts at 3 p.m., and admission is free. facebook.com
February 18, 2020: LASIK Seminar & Free LASIK Giveaway
Interested in LASIK? Eye Care Institute is hosting a free informational event for potential patients. The evening includes presentations by various surgeons as well as Mark Prussian, co-author of One Eye or Two? Insider Secrets To Help You Choose The Right LASIK Surgeon. Plus, one lucky attendee will win a free LASIK procedure. The seminar is free and begins at 6 p.m. eyecareinstitute.com
February 20 – 22, 2020: The Office! A Musical Parody
Reunite with your favorite characters from The Office, including Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly, in this over-the-top parody about Scranton, PA’s third-largest paper company. You won’t want to miss this musical comedy featuring the workers of Dunder-Mifflin. Performances start at 8 p.m. and take place at the Kentucky Performing Arts Center. Tickets begin at $30. kentuckyperformingarts.org
February 22, 2020: Shakespeare in Love Diamond Anniversary Gala
The 21c Museum Hotel and Kentucky Shakespeare celebrate the month of romance with the 7th Annual Shakespeare in Love Gala. Grab your finest cocktail attire and dance the evening away with live New Orleans jazz, discover what’s in store for your future with tarot card readings and sip on Brown-Forman Cocktails. Tickets start at $125. kyshakespeare.com
February 22 & 23, 2020: Louisville Kids Fair Indoor Carnival
The weather might be a tad frightful, but playing inside is truly delightful. The 8th Annual Louisville Kids Fair brings you zip lines, full-sized carnival rides, live entertainment, miniature golf, a petting zoo and plenty of other activities to fill your entire day. Online tickets are $12 for children and $10 for adults, with a portion of each ticket going to Kosair Charities. The carnival takes place at the Kentucky Expo Center and doors open at 10 a.m. each day. louisvillekidsfair.com
February 25, 2020: Flanagan’s Fat Tuesday Bash!
Join Flanagan’s Ale House in celebrating Mardi Gras like New Orleans with a spicy afternoon and evening full of creole food, Hurricane cocktails, zydeco music and loads of colorful beads! The party starts at noon for everyone, but after 8 p.m., it’s just for those for 21 and older. facebook.com
February 29 – March 1: Louisville Orchestra Presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Fans of this epic space opera franchise are in for a galactic treat as they listen to the full orchestra perform the famous John Williams’ score live while the movie plays on the big screen. This is definitely super-sized entertainment for the entire family. Saturday’s performance begins at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s starts at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $75 for adults and $25 for children. Get ready to feel the Force! louisvilleorchestra.org
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