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Things to Do in North Carolina in February

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February in North Carolina is for romantics and officially celebrating Black history, even if both deserve recognition throughout the year.

Winter’s last full month is also filled with events that’ll help you keep warm inside or celebrate the cold weather outside. Yes, there are plunges and races to go along with indoor expos and we’ve got them all here.

We hope these things to do in North Carolina in February will keep you busy enough to not think about spring being around the corner.

As you’ll see with previous monthly roundups, we’ve ordered these February events by starting date and alphabetized by city.

Many of these events are also mentioned in our guide that covers winter things to do in North Carolina. That includes December and January, too. We originally created this on January 23, 2020.

Things to Do in North Carolina in February

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Celebrate Black History Month in North Carolina

Celebrate Black history, culture, and African American-owned businesses by attending these events across North Carolina in February.

NC MLK/Black History Month Parade and Block Party, Durham (February 1)

Celebrating its 18th year, Durham’s annual Black History Month Block Party and Parade kicks off Black History Month with marching bands, step teams, and more. Durham’s Chamber of Commerce VP Joshua Gunn and Emmy-winning producer Pierce Freelon will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshalls.

Encompassing Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s speech, “A Look to the Future,” this FREE family-friendly event is a perfect way to celebrate Black History Month in North Carolina.

Queen City Black Heritage Festival, Concord (February 8)

This year’s Queen City Black Heritage Festival is themed “Past, Present, and Future,” and includes performances, and more than 40 black-owned vendors selling crafts and food!

Admission to the festival is FREE and there are plenty of activities for children including limbo, a pie-eating contest, and games.

Hayti Heritage Film Festival, Durham (Feb. 13-15)

As one of the longest-running Black film festivals in the United States, the Hayti Heritage Film Festival brings diverse films to the Durham community. With an emphasis to keep Black film alive, there is also an emphasis on Southern filmmakers.

While you’re in Durham for this festival, stop by one of these awesome black-owned restaurants, too!

African American Celebration, Cary (February 22)

The 25th African American Celebration honors the Black experience through music, bringing incredible artists to fill The Cary Arts Center. Not only will you find all this excitement in one place, but it’s FREE to attend.

That’s one of many reasons this Cary event is a must-attend.

Harlem Renaissance Centennial Celebration, Elizabeth City (February 22)

The Museum of the Albermarle is hosting a day of fun-filled activities to recognize 100 years of the Harlem Renaissance. Learn about the impact the artist boom had and tour the museum’s latest exhibit Temperance and Bootlegging: A Nation Under Prohibition, alongside music and art projects.

More February Events in North Carolina

Ice Skating at the US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte (Until February 15)

Spend the perfect family afternoon together on 17,000 square feet of ice at the US National Whitewater Center! Hold hands as you skate across the USNWC’s upper pond and stop by their on-ice Airstream for a hot cup of cocoa!

We also included USNWC Ice Skating in our guide to kid-friendly events in North Carolina!

The Plunge Benefit, Canton (February 1)

Strip down to your skinny minnies and jump into the cold! Do it for the bragging rights or Instagram fame, but above all, do it for the kids.

The Plunge benefits Haywood Waterways’ event, Kids in the Creek, and attendees can either pay $25 or fundraise to compete for some of the top prizes.

Occurring rain or shine, a bonfire will be raging for you to warm up after going for it during the coldest thing to do in North Carolina in February!

American Indian Powwow, Durham (February 1)

Learn about Native American traditions through music, dance, arts and crafts, and authentic cuisine at the NCSSM American Indian Powwow. Guests of all backgrounds and ages are encouraged to attend.

Carolina Chocolate Festival, Morehead City (February 1-2)

What sweeter way is there to kick off February than at the Carolina Chocolate Festival in Morehead City? With proceeds going to charities and scholarships to local high school seniors, attendees can enjoy life’s sweetest indulgence while giving back to the community.

Participate in the Cocoa 5k, prepare for the bake-off, or find ultimate relaxation in the Chocolate Spa! Either way, you are bound to have the best chocolate experience of your life during this two-day event!

Triangle Russian Festival, Apex (February 8)

Grab your FREE ticket to the Triangle Russian Festival to experience the heritage and unique folk games and dances! Featuring the Golden Gates folk dance group and the Moscow Nights Trio, the day is filled with performances, workshops, and food vendors selling authentic and delicious food.

Chocolate Festival, Pinehurst (February 8)

Organized by the women of Pinehurst United Methodist Church, the fifth annual Chocolate Festival is a day for sweets and community. Stock up on treats for your favorite Valentine while raising money for local charities that support women and children.

Valentine’s Day Events, Seagrove (February 8-9)

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Fall in love with the talented potters of Seagrove! Stop by the Valentine’s Day Open House at Jugtown Pottery and 10 percent off your purchase, which will go to the Animal Advocates of Moore County.

Shop for the perfect gifts by browsing the beautiful shops of downtown Seagrove during the annual “Handcrafted with Love” event. Pick up a walking map at one of the downtown shops and start your walking tour through unique studios and galleries.

Seagrove prominently features in our guide to a weekend in Asheboro and Randolph County, too!

Uncorked Wine and Rail Pairing Experience, Bryson City (February 14-15)

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with primo vino and choo-choos! The annual Uncorked Wine and Rail Pairing Experience on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is an experience of culinary delight.

Carefully selected wines accompany a progressive, freshly prepared meal to accompany you while chugging along through the beautiful mountains.

Carolina Alpaca Celebration, Concord (February 15-16)

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“Alpaca your bags and come see me?”

Are you ready for an adventure? Alpaca your bags because the largest camelid event in the Southeast happens to be in Concord! FREE to the public, attendees of the Carolina Alpaca Celebration can participate in educational seminars and classes, and watch over 600 registered alpacas in the Halter Show.

On, and you can practice your best faces for the Alpaca Selfie Booth!

This event is one of many that keeps us coming back for more weekends in Concord and Cabarrus County!

Asheville Celtic Festival, Fletcher (February 15)

Celtic music, food, artisan, and period-dressed performers wielding swords? You must be at the Asheville Celtic Festival!

Genealogy research is another feature of the event if you are looking to find more about your roots. You can also just show up, sit back, and enjoy the live music and Celtic ales and whiskey!

Buy your tickets in advance and save $7.50 (tickets will be $20 at the door).

Big Frosty Beer Festival, Raleigh (February 15)

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Sip-sip-hooray! Celebrate surviving winter with the Raleigh Beer Garden at their annual Big Frosty Beer Festival. With an incredible line-up of local and regional breweries serving two beer samples, this event is the perfect way to enjoy February in North Carolina!

If you can’t make this event, a visit to the Raleigh Beer Garden is fun time EVERY weekend in Raleigh!

Outhouse Races, Sapphire (February 15)

We know winter in North Carolina can leave a lot of people restless. So Sapphire Valley has found the perfect cure for boredom—race outhouses down the slopes!

That’s right. When the “Shitter’s full,” you can slap some skis on it and downhill your way to a win! Streamed WNC Live, proceeds of Outhouse Races go to the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau.

Retro ’80s Ski Weekend, Beech Mountain (February 20-23)

Throw it way back to scrunchies and acid-washed jeans, but with skis, too! The eight annual Retro 80’s Weekend at Beech Mountain includes an 80s-themed Prom, cosmic sledding, and of course, plenty of fluorescent ski gear and leg warmers.

Fearrington Folk Art Show, Pittsboro (February 21-23)

Invigorate your creativity during the annual Fearrington Folk Art Show. Featuring self-taught artists, this weekend-long event brings an eclectic group together to showcase the best of their work.

North Carolina Spring Home Expo, Fayetteville (February 21)

Getting ready to make improvements to your home? The North Carolina Spring Home Expo is the best place for you to get inspiration and meet with the best local and national vendors to make your vision a reality.

Whether it’s landscaping, home décor, or remodeling you’re seeking, there will be vendors to assist you! Tickets are $5 and parking is FREE.

Hickorycon, Hickory (February 22)

The 27th installment of Hickorycon brings the best comic and toy dealers to Hickory’s Metro Convention Center. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 13 and under.

Mardi Gras, New Bern (February 22)

New Bern’s Ghent Neighborhood Association is putting on its fourth annual Mardi Gras. The festival will start at 11:00 am with fun throughout the day until 6:00 pm.

A parade will be led by Tryon Palace’s Fife and Drum Corps, with floats, cars, the Mardi Gras King and Queen, and more riding from Spencer Avenue and 8th St to Spencer Avenue and 2nd St.

Tidewater Camellia Club Show, Wilmington (February 22-23)

Celebrating 70 years of all things camellia, the Tidewater Camellia Club Show brings judges, exhibitors, and enthusiasts from across the country to the largest event of its kind to Wilmington.

With hands-on workshops, floral arrangements, and art show and camellias for sale, this event is FREE and sure to be a bloomin’ good time!

Bull City Food and Beer Experience, Durham (February 23)

For the eighth annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience, 30 of Durham’s restaurants will be paired with 30 breweries from all over the US at DPAC.

The “On Stage Experience” showcases local food and live music, and proceeds go to the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

Many of the restaurants that appear at this event feature in our guide to casual eats in Durham, too!

CIAA Basketball Tournament Championships, Charlotte (February 25-29)

Teams from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association will be battling to punch their tickets to the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournament starting February 26.

Games will be played at Bojangles Coliseum and the Spectrum Centre during this event in Charlotte. The championship games starting with the women at 1:00 pm and finishing with the men at 4:30 pm on February 29.

GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro (February 27-29)

If you’re a classic car lover, check out the GAA Classic Cars Auction in Greensboro. With over 650 vehicles, attendees to this event can either drool over the classic cars or put in their own bid for the auction.

This is the largest classic car auction in North Carolina and an impressive February event!

All American Tattoo Convention, Fayetteville (February 28-March 1)

The All American Tattoo Convention is the place to be if you are looking for new ink. With celebrity artists also seen on Inkmaster, Tattoo Nightmares, and Tattoo Rescue browse to find your perfect fit.

Specialty vendors will be on-site to accompany events happening all day. They include tattoo contests, the Miss All American Pin-up Pageant, and even a Food Truck Rodeo.

Art Affair: Mission X, Asheville (February 29)

The 10th annual Art Affair: Mission X kicks off its live and mobile auction/gala at Ambrose West in Asheville. With food, an open bar, and live entertainment, funds from the gala go to helping lift children out of generational poverty.

Bacon Crawl, Raleigh (February 29)

Let’s face it. Bacon and beer are two quintessential elements of life. And Raleigh’s Bacon Crawl attendees will agree after starting the day with a bacon flight. That’s followed with a hop around Raleigh’s best breweries and beer providers, as well as bacon-inspired meals throughout the experience.

Bacon ice cream? More bacon flights? Count us in! Grab your tickets to this event before it sells out!

Got Something to Add?

February in North Carolina is a wonderful and busy time for everyone. We look forward to enjoying these local events and festivals while searching for more to share with you. 

Before looking ahead to our future adventures in March and beyond, we’d love to know what’s on your mind. Which of these things to do in North Carolina in February will you be attending?

Also, what events do you think we should add to this list? Email us about it!

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