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February 1-March 6, 2010
Maui Whale Festival
Various venues,
Various towns on Maui, Hawaii
Run for the Whales, whale watching and whale counts, preschool education, stories, lectures, cruises, photo outings, whale symposium, comedy show, farmers market, music, food, environmental displays, parade Feb. 20 at 9am, volunteer beach clean-up, much more. The festival celebrates 30 years in 2010.
Learn More: Call 808-249-8811 or 800-WHALE-1-1

February 5-6, 2010
Chocolate Festival
Copper Village on E. Commercial,
Anaconda, Montana
Drawings for prizes, Children's Valentine Box Contest (Kindergarten-6th grade), bake sale, quilt exhibit, merchant specials. The main deal is the fact that local merchants are under orders to give away chocolates all weekend. If a merchant fails to comply at any time, a good-natured constable will levy a fine on them. It's all in fun and you gain by getting free chocolate treats. General hours are 10am-4pm both days.
Get details: Call 406-563-2422

February 5-7, 2010
Iceworm Festival
Various venues,
Cordova, Alaska
It's the 50th anniversary for this one. Enjoy a Food Fair at the high school on Sunday and arts and crafts at Mt. Eccles Elementary School. There will be a blessing of the fleet, photo show, survival auto races, music, breakfast at St. Joseph's Hall on Saturday from 8-11am, parade down Main Street, ice cream and other festival treats. There may be fireworks on Saturday night. Men must buy shaving permits in order to avoid mock jail time.
Questions? Call 907-424-5756

February 5-7, 2010
Tent City Days
Wrangell, Alaska
This one is also known as Tent City Festival. The area takes a fond look back at the days of the Gold Rush with a fashion show, activities for kids, storytelling and tall tales, dress ball, arts and crafts and theatre. There is usually a beard growing contest for the guys in the crowd.
Further Information: Call 907-874-3901 or 800-367-9746

February 5-7, 2010
Everglades City Seafood Festival
Downtown near State rod 29 and USA 1,
Everglades, Florida
Arts and crafts, commercial vendors, music from John Anderson (and others), plus treats such as burgers, seafood dishes, corn on the cob, Cajun specialties, funnel cakes. It's the event's 37th year of fun.
Get The Facts: Call 239-695-4100

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February 5-7, 2010
Carolina Chocolate Festival
Crystal Coast Civic Center,
Morehead city, North Carolina
Chocolate Uncorked Party, bingo for charity, espresso drinks, chocolate milk, chocolate gift baskets, Chocolate Fantasy Challenge Baking Contest, charity golf, chocolate demos, Chocolate Spa, entertainment, PAWS benefit brunch on Feb. 7 from 11am-3pm, chocolate cake, chocolate cookies, truffles, chocolate ice cream, candy, caramel apples, chocolate apples, chocolate sweet breads, hot chocolate mixes. It's the festival's 60th year.
Questions? Call 877-848-4976

February 5-7, 2010
Hudson Hot air Affair
Various venues,
Hudson, Wisconsin
The theme this year is "Peace, Love and Balloons". Subject to weather, there will be early morning balloon launches and a balloon glow Saturday at 7pm. You can also enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Temple on Locust Street (Sat. 7am-noon), smoosh board competition, evening torchlight parade with Kazoo marching band Feb. 5 at 7pm, geocaching, music and dance, karaoke, guided tours of the Octagon House Museum, craft fair, craft activities for kids, chili cooking contest, 5K run. Celebrate 21 years with the citizens of Hudson.
Details: Call 715-381-2050 or 800-657-6775

February 5-7, 2010
Fish Creek Winter Fest
Clark Park (and other venues),
Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Plans for this 23rd year include ice bowling and other games, ice sculpting, raffle, Winter Wine and Cherry Fest, Snowshoe Dance, festival foods, horse-drawn sleigh rides, candlelight skiing in Peninsula State Park, chili cooking contest.
More: Call 920-868-2316 or 800-577-1880

February 6, 2010
Ice & Snow Festival
Keene, New Hampshire
Activities for kids, child ID program, Lil' Tot Snow Slide, ice carving displays, entertainment, snowboarding, snow sculpting, Downtown Scrabble, hot drinks and food.
Further Info: Call 603-352-2996

February 6-7, 2010
Upper McCullock Blvd. and Main between Smoketree and Acama,
Lake Havasu, Arizona
Pony rides and other activities for kids, entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, food. General hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. 2010 marks the festival's 25th year.
Details: Call 928-855-4115

February 6-7, 2010
Community Center (and other venues),
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Snow softball tournament, volleyball tournament, horse-drawn hayride and S'mores, activities for kids, magic show, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing, snow tubing, talent show, more. It's the 33rd year for this one.
Learn More: Call 952-953-2300

February 6-7, 2010
Chocolate Lovers Festival
City Hall Atrium,
Fairfax, Virginia
Raffle, chocolate crafts at the library on North Street, Taste of Chocolate at Old Town Hall, pancake breakfast with chocolate chip pancakes available on Feb. 6, bake sale, Chocolate Challenge of cake and chocolate art (plus silent auction of donated cakes), arts and crafts, festival merchandise, See A Fire Truck (weather and availability permitting), activities for kids, So You Think You're Smarter Than a Lawyer game, cake decorating demos, Jim Moyers Circus club, glass harp concert, museum exhibits, open houses.
Questions? Call 703-385-1661

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February 6-7, 2010
Gilman, Wisconsin
Now in its 10th year, the festival offers fun such as snow sculpting, Polish sausages and other festival foods, torchlight parade through town, blind snowmobile race, scavenger hunt, contests, ice bowling, horse drawn sleigh rides, snow volleyball.
Further Details: Call 814-447-8285

February 6-7, 2010
Iola Winter Carnival
Old car showgrounds on Jenson Drive,
Iola, Wisconsin
Lutefisk supper (with other Norwegian dishes), ice fishing derby, ice sculpting, ski jumping tournament, Badger State Winter Games, indoor craft fair.
Additional Facts: Call 715-445-4005

February 11-14, 2010
Homer Winter Carnival
Various venues,
Homer, Alaska
Activities were still being finalized for the 54th year at this writing, but you can expect entertainment, festival booths, possibly a parade and fireworks. This festival, like so many others, is continually seeking sponsors and volunteers to keep the fun going.
Questions? Call 907-235-7740

February 11-15, 2010
Whiskey Flat Days
Various venues,
Kernville, California
Musical entertainment, carnival rides, wood carving, gold panning, pet parade, festival merchandise, frog jumping contest, rodeo, melodrama, costume contest, breakfast Saturday at the Masonic Lodge 7-10am, arts and crafts, food vendors, Kern Valley Museum exhibits, activities for kids. 2010 marks the festival's 55th season.
Learn More: Call 760-376-2629 or 866-KERNVILLE

February 12-13, 2010
Minocqua, Wisconsin
Arts and crafts, pancake breakfast at the American Legion Hall on Saturday from 8-11am, brats and chili at the hall from 11am-6pm, radar runs, music and dancing, silent auction, rides on demo snowmobiles, bonfire.
Additional Facts: Call 715-356-3375 or 715-727-4082

February 12-14, 2010
Winter Carnival & Snowmobile Festival
Various venues,
Caribou, Maine
Music and dancing, food, darts, chocolate festival, cribbage, snowmobile events.
Details: Call 207-498-6156 or 800-722-7648

February 12-14, 2010
Dexter Winter Festival
Various venues,
Dexter, Maine
It's the festival's 10th year. Enjoy stories for the kids at the library, snow sculptures, snowmobile radar run, fireworks over the lake, dance for the grown-ups, snowmobile parade and more.
Get Further Details: Call 207-924-3057 or 207-924-7351

February 12-14, 2010
President's Day Weekend I.C.E. Festival
Lakeside Park,
Mayville, New York
Lighted ice castle, snowmobile rides, chili making contest, jazz festival, raffles, Polar Bear Ice Swim, food concessions, activities for kids, more.
Learn More: Call 716-753-3113

February 12-15, 2010
Cloverdale Citrus Fair
Citrus Fairgrounds,
Cloverdale, California
This festival has been going for an impressive 118 years. Enjoy a talent showcase, scholarship pageant, dog show, wine tasting and wine judging, orange juicing contest, food show, Cabaret Players USO Show, parade Saturday at 11am, chef demos, music and other entertainment, diaper derby, carnival, livestock displays, citrus exhibits, sculpture made from citrus fruits. This year's theme is "Salute to the U.S. Military".
Info: Call 707-894-3992

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February 12-21, 2010
Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival
County Fairgrounds,
Indio, California
Blessing of the dates, parade, exhibits, ostrich races, petting zoo, camel races, art (and other) activities for kids, carnival, nightly Arabian Nights pageant, plenty of date treats, festival foods. Music currently planned: Night Rangers, Graciela Beltran, Kansas (and others).
Learn More: Call 760-863-8247 or 800-811-FAIR

February 13, 2010
Chocolate Festival
Community Center at 61 Water Street,
Fairfield, Maine
Face painting, clowns, local talent as entertainment, plenty of chocolate treats. General hours are 9am-4pm.
Get The Facts: Call 207-453-6518

February 13-14, 2010
Cabin Fever Festival
Frederick, Maryland
Artists show and sell their work in six heated buildings and tents. You can also enjoy decorating ideas and demos, musical entertainment and festival foods. There is an admission charge and hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Questions? Call 301-896-5466

February 13-14, 2010
Winter Festival
Various venues,
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
The theme for this 36th year is "Romancing the Snow". Enjoy the Ice-Burg Open Golf Tournament, chili contest, parade at 1pm on Saturday, ice carving contest, food and beverages, Cool Brews & Blues, Sno-Ball Tournament, art show and sale, Candy is Dandy Egg Hunt, dog weight pull competition, music, barrel races on ice, merchant specials.
Details: Call 202-377-3981 or 262-377-5856

February 13-15, 2010
Bryce Canyon Winter Festival
Ruby's Inn,
Bryce, Utah
A magnificent area any time of the year, Bryce is particularly fun during the festival with kids' snow boot races, snow sculpture competition, ski waxing clinic, cross-country ski tours, kayaking demos, guided snowshoe tours, craft activities for kids, photo clinics, entertainment, archery clinic and more.
Further Information: Call 435-834-5341 or 866-866-6616

February 18, 2010
Family Fest
Shawnee Peak,
Bridgton, Maine
Celebrate 22 years with horse drawn sleigh rides, snow poker run, NASTAR ski races, snow sculpting, blueberry pie eating competition and more.
Learn More: Call 207-647-8444

February 19-21, 2010
Shanty Days
Various locations Downtown,
Caseville, Michigan
It's the 18th year for this one. Enjoy a chili cooking contest, photo contest, Texas Hold-Em Tournament, snow golf, ice fishing contest, warming spot at New Life Centre (with hot beverages), Cold Butt Euchre, a magic show, Polar Bear Dip, broom ball, Potty Trotty race of outhouses set on skis, pool tournament, drawings for prizes, Little Caesar's Shanty Slide (with pizza boxes provided for sliding), free family film on Sunday at 4pm, comedy show, Chick on a Stick (3-person race for ages 18 and older), plus festival foods such as burgers, brats and fish sandwiches. There will also be a beer tent.
Get the Facts: Call 989-856-3818 or 800-606-1347

February 19-21, 2010
International Eelpout Festival
Leech Lake, City Park (and other venues),
Walker, Minnesota
The Eelpout Angling Contest is held in all weather. Other events were still being finalized at this writing, but you can expect fun such as eelpout encampment judging, International Ice Drilling Championship, on-ice auto racing (dependent on weather and ice conditions), sled dog events, Polar Plunge, festival merchandise. Most of the events wind up by noon on Sunday. It's the festival's 31st year.
Questions? Call 320-259-6010 or 800-833-1118

February 19-21, 2010
Maine Winterfest & Ice Derby
Raymond Beach on Route 302,
Casco, Maine
Entertainment, motorcyle ice racing, activities for kids, ice fishing derby, snow carving, ice carving, possibly auto ice racing, cross-country skiing. Some events are dependent on weather and ice conditions.
Details: Call 207-892-8265

February 20-21, 2010
Klondike Days
Eagle River High School & Rocking W Stable,
Eagle River, Wisconsin
Dog weight pull, living history encounters and encampment, entertainment, arts and crafts, horse log pull, lumberjack competitions. Please leave pets comfortably at home while you enjoy festival events. 2010 marks the festival's 20th year of fun.
Additional Details: Call 800-259-6315

February 25-28, 2010
Almond Blossom Festival
Community Center on W. 4th St (and other venues),
Ripon, California
Parade down Main Street at 11am on Feb. 27, spaghetti dinner (Feb. 25), carnival (opening Feb. 25 at Mistlin Park), pageant, diaper derby at 10am on Feb. 27, 8K and 1-mile Blossom Run at 8:30am on Saturday at Mavis Stouffer Park. 2010 marks the festival's 48th season.
More: Call 209-599-7519

February 25-28, 2010
Snow Rondi
Various venues,
Anchor Point, Alaska
Costume ball, bingo, auction, parade, pancake breakfast, youth ice bowling, snowshoe softball, snowmachine races, activities for the kids, pool tournament.
Further Details: Call 907-235-2600

February 26-March 7, 2010
Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
Various venues,
Anchorage, Alaska
Fiber arts auction, Great Train Show, snow golf, family night skate party, multi-tribal gatherings, Frostbite Footrace, Miners and Trappers Ball, fireworks, dog sled info and demos, snow sculptures, melodrama, dog weight pull, carnival, photo contest, Native Arts Market, oyster shucking contest, blanket toss, basketball, pony rides for the kids, soccer tournament, Running of the Reindeer (Feb. 28). It's the 75th big year for this one.
Details: Call 907-274-1177

February 27, 2010
George Fest
Ferran Park,
Estis, Florida
Arts and crafts, festival merchandise, grand parade at 10am, spaghetti dinner, pie eating contest, fireworks, food booths, outlandish costumes and crazy contraptions at the Citrus Squeeze Contest.
Details: Call 352-357-3434

February 27, 2010
Grumpy Old Men Festival
Various venues,
Wabasha, Minnesota
Spaghetti dinner and a dance, snow golf tournament, ice shack contest, Grumpy Plunge, Frisbee events, ice fishing contest, entertainment.
Details: Call 851-565-4158

February 27-28, 2010
Grant Seafood Festival
(behind the) Community Center,
Grant, Florida
Fun you can expect for this 44th year includes musical entertainment, more than 100 arts and crafts booths, community service exhibits and info, seafood dishes and other festival treats. General hours are 9am-7pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday.
Details: Call 321-723-8687

February 27-28, 2010
Land of Leather Days
Community Center at 105 Huck,
Yoakum, Texas
Chili cooking competition, arts and crafts, petting zoo, pony rides for the kids, food booths, Taster's Choice Contest, cooks' party, museum tours, team roping competition, dessert contest, carnival (opens one evening earlier), music.
Details: Call 715-356-3375 or 715-727-4082

February 27-28 2010
Swamp Cabbage Festival
Barron Park,
LaBelle, Florida
5K run, river watch cruise, car show, arts and crafts, parade on Feb. 27 at 10am, pageant, armadillo races, bike show, rodeo, food, entertainment.
Details: Call 863-675-2995

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Feb. 4-8 San Francisco Independent Film Festival, San Francisco, California, 415-820-3907
Feb. 5-16 Mardi Gras! Galveston, various venues, Galveston, Texas, 409-797-5164 or 888-425-4753
Feb. 7 Mystic Krewe of Barkus (Parade & Pawty), begins at Orleans & N. Rampart, New Orleans, Louisiana, Email info@barkus.org
Feb. 11-14 Winter Carnival, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 603-643-0742
Feb. 12-14 Yuma Crossing River Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, Main Street, Yuma, Arizona, 928-782-5712
Feb. 12-14 California International Antiquarian Book Fair (43rd),
                   Hyatt Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California, 415-551-5190 or 800-454-6041
Feb. 12-14 Delray Beach Garlic Festival (11th), Downtown, Delray Beach, Florida, 561-279-0907
Feb. 12-14 Olustee Battle Festival, Marion Street downtown (and other venues), Lake City, Florida, 386-755-1097
Feb. 12-14 Tulsa Indian Arts Festival, Spirit Bank Event Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 918-838-3875 or 918-388-5318
Feb. 12-15 Water Fall Ice Festival (12th), Cody, Wyoming. 307-527-4326
Feb. 13 Roaring Twenties Arts & Crafts Festival, Downtown, Sebring, Florida, 863-471-5104
Feb. 13 Mardi Gras Festival & Parade, parade 4:30pm, Main Street, Jennings, Louisiana, 337-821-5532
Feb. 13 For the Love of Chocolate Festival, Medina High School Performing Arts Center, Medina, Ohio, 330-723-4565
Feb. 13-14 Speckled Perch Festival (42nd), Okeechobee, Florida, 863-763-6464
Feb. 13-14 Ice Fest, Downtown, Downers Grove, Illinois, 630-434-5555 or 800-934-0615
Feb. 13-14 Naples Winter Carnival, Town Dock, Naples, Maine, 207-318-6965
Feb. 13-14 Penn's Wood West Folk & Art Festival & Business Expo, 10-4,
                   Merced High School on W. Butler St., Merced, Pennsylvania, 724-662-4185
Feb. 20-21 Oregon Asian Celebration, Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene, Oregon, 541-687-9600 or 541-682-7332
Feb. 21 Winter Carnivale (20th), 10-6, Downtown, Chester, Connecticut, 860-759-9494
Feb. 21-28 Charro Days (73rd), various venues, Brownsville, Texas, 956-642-4245
Feb. 27 Heritage Arts Festival, 10-4, Old courthouse, Monroeville, Alabama, 251-675-7433 or 251-575-3359
Feb. 27-28 & Mar. 6-7 Maple Syrup Festival, 321 Garrison Hollow Rd., Salem, Indiana, 812-967-4491 or 877-641-8851

Other February 2010 Events You Might Enjoy
Feb. 3-7 International Power Boat Show, Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 212-984-7000
Feb. 3-7 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Convention Center at 7th & Pike, Seattle, Washington, 206-789-5333
Feb. 5 Duct Tape Ball (11th), Marriott Downtown, Anchorage, Alaska, 907-646-8600
Feb. 5-6 New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo, 9-7/9-4, Radisson Hotel on Elm St., Manchester, New Hampshire, 603-671-3788
Feb. 5-7 Two Rivers Renaissance Faire, West Wetland Park, Yuma, Arizona, www.tworiversfaire.com
Feb. 6 Dummy Jump, Big Sky Resort on Hwy. 191, Big Sky, Montana, 800-548-4486
Feb. 6-7 Orchid Quest 2010, 10-5/10-4, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 608-231-3163
Feb. 6-7 Arti Gras, 10-5/10-4, Shopko Hall, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 920-435-5220
Feb. 6-7 Antique Sporting & Collectible Show, 9-4/9-2, Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 920-337-0113
Feb. 7 Hearts & Art, 11-3, Library at 601 S. Bench, Galena, Illinois, 815-777-0200
Feb. 11-14 Utah Boat Show & Watersports Expo, South Towne Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 11-14 California International Antiquarian Book Fair (43rd),
                   Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California, 415-551-5190
Feb. 12-14 Hillsborough Antiques Show, San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo, California, 650-574-3247
Feb. 12-14 Jewelry, Gem & Fossil Show,
                   Community Center at 111 S. Geyer, Kirkwood, Missouri, 618-830-7222
Feb. 12-16 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, 561-822-5440
Feb. 18-21 Southern California Boat Show (54th), Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, 714-633-7581
Feb. 19-21 Home & Garden Show, Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, 850-432-0800
Feb. 20-21 Model Railroad Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 608-836-1747
Feb. 21 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games, various venues, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 800-235-9058
Feb. 25-28 Milwaukee RV Show, Expo Center, West Allis, Wisconsin, 414-483-7640
Feb. 26-28 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show (19th), Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-821-4000
Feb. 26-28 Gem Faire, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, California, 760-747-9215
Feb. 26-28 Rhode Island RV, Camping Show, Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, 800-332-3976
Feb. 27 Strasburg Fire Co. Mud Sale, 8:30am, 45 W. Main St., Strasburg, Pennsylvania, 717-687-7323
Feb. 27 Cotton Pickin' Quilt show, Old Goree School Gym, Goree (near Munday), Texas 940-422-5306
Feb. 27-28 Unique Animal Expo & Pet Fair (34th), County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, Oregon, 503-717-8484
Feb. 27-28 Depression Era Glass Show, 9-5/10-4, State Fairgrounds, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-375-0435 or 901-868-4964
Feb. 27-28 Gem & Mineral Show, 9-6/10-5, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-856-9997

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