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20+ Fun Things to do in Ohio in February (2024)

Tonya Prater, Owner

The new year is in full swing and with it come a ton of new opportunities. We’re sharing a sampling of the fun things you can do in Ohio in February but don’t forget that you’ll find additional events via your local library, YMCA, and Visitor Center.

Things to do in Ohio in February

From ice skating to wildlife demonstrations and talks to small-town first Fridays and ice sculpture festivals, you’ll find things to get you out of the house and enjoy winter.

Ongoing Events Throughout the Month

  • Robins Theatre in Trumbull County features a wide variety of acts in February, including tributes to Cher, Michael Jackson, Chicago, Queen, and more. 
  • The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium will host the Orchid Show on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from February 9 through February 25. Get a dose of spring color from hundreds of orchids on display. 

February 2 – February 4

  • Downtown Mansfield and the Historic Carousel District host the First Friday Shop Hop on the first Friday of each month. Activities change monthly, but you can expect live music, dinner and drink specials at local restaurants, and lots of great shopping!
  • Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Toledo Auto Show this weekend at the Glass City Center. Check out the latest innovations in the auto industry and shop deals from several Ohio car dealers. 
  • Sample dozens of local and craft brews at Cincy Beerfest at Duke Energy Center on February 2 and 3. This Cincinnati event is a must for beer lovers. Admission includes a mug and 25 drink tickets. Food is also available at the event, which is only open to those 21 and older. 
  • Main Street Vermilion will host the 14th annual Ice A Fair on Saturday, February 3. Watch ice carving demonstrations and see dozens of finished ice sculptures. Trolley tours and the Frozen Play Space make this a fun event for the whole family. 
  • Typically reserved for grade school classes, the Castle in Marietta now hosts History Camp for all ages on February 3. Make history fun with interactive lessons about the history of Ohio since the turn of the 20th century.

February 9 – February 11

  • Ever wanted to experience COSI without kids? COSI After Dark is the perfect opportunity. This month’s theme on February 8 is Renaissance Faire. Unique experiences, tasty food, craft beer, and cocktails make this a fun adults-only party!
  • Cleveland Beer Fest comes to the Huntington Convention Center on February 9 and 10. Check out the latest local craft brews and see what’s new in distilling and wine-making, too! Admission includes a souvenir mug and 25 sample tickets, with upgraded VIP options available. 
  • The Fitton Center for Creative Arts hosts Family Fridays once a month, inviting those in the Hamilton area to come to enjoy various family-friendly performances, with kid-friendly food and drink served beforehand. The February 9 event features the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra.

February 16 – February 19

  • On February 15, join the Ohio State University at Mansfield and North Central State College for the 23rd Annual Soul Food Dinner & Show, featuring performing artist Shy Speaks.
  • The 30th Annual Medina Ice Festival kicks off on February 16th, with over 100 ice sculptures, complete with LED lights after sundown. Ice carving competitions will be held throughout the weekend.
  • The Heritage Gun Show comes to Mansfield this weekend, with two days of exhibits at the Richland County Fairgrounds. See what’s new in firearms and military surplus. Join or renew your NRA membership at the show for free admission. 
  • The Ohio Bird Sanctuary in Mansfield hosts Winter Nature Camp on Monday, February 19th. Kids ages 6-12 will experience games, crafts, and hikes, and they will discover many ways to love winter in Ohio!

February 23 – February 25

  • Celebrate Mardi Gras in Cincinnati at the 68th Annual Mardi Gras celebration. Enjoy music, food, and drink in four rooms, each with a different music genre. There’s also a 50/50 raffle and silent auction, with proceeds funding the Rising Stars Scholarship Program.
  • Enjoy Breakfast for Dinner at the Cincinnati Club from 6-8:30 p.m. on February 22nd. Taste a plethora of gourmet bites from the city’s best brunch spots while enjoying live music all in one delicious evening. Plan ahead and buy your tickets for this tasty event here.

Which of these events sound fun to you? Do you have a favorite event that should be included? Let us know so we can share it.

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