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19 Top Midwest Events in February

Our list of 19 Midwest events in February will take you from The Price is Right Live in Iowa, to a donut fest in Cleveland.


Lincoln’s Birthday Celebration BLOOMINGTON February 10 Costumed characters share tall tales and recount meetings with Abe, 209 years after his birth. Guests mingle with the 16th president at the home of his close friend. daviddavismansion.org 

Chicago Auto Show CHICAGO February 10–19 Gawk over hot rods, classics and dream rides parked across 1 million square feet of space at McCormick Place during North America’s largest auto show. Try indoor and outdoor test tracks. chicagoautoshow.com


Ariadne auf Naxos BLOOMINGTON February 3–10 With soaring melodies, an opera diva and a troupe of comediennes, this German opera by Richard Strauss pokes fun at the genre. Its slapstick antics will entertain opera fans and newbies. music.indiana.edu 


The Price is Right Live CEDAR FALLS February 1 Come on down to the University of Northern Iowa to see the long-running game show. Contestants can play Plinko, spin the Big Wheel and compete in the Showcase Showdown. gbpac.com

Antique Spectacular Vintage Market DES MOINES February 9–11 Vendors from across the country gather at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Browse home goods, including furniture, rugs and pottery, or collectible items like coins, dolls and advertisements. antiquespectacular.com 


Hays Symphony Valentine’s Day Concert HAYS February 10 The Hays Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a romance-inspired show featuring songs by Duke Ellington, Sammy Cahn and more. fhsu.edu    

An Evening with Peter Balakian LAWRENCE February 22 Join the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet at the University of Kansas. The New York Times bestselling author known for Black Dog of Fate and Ozone Journal will read from his works. hallcenter.ku.edu  


Fringe Festival MARQUETTE February 8–10, 15–17 Northern Michigan University showcases theatrical pieces performed, produced and directed by graduating seniors. Shows include a modern take on Antigone. nmu.edu/theatre


Midnight Riders Old Timers Run LAKE PARK February 3 Adult snowmobilers compete in a race around town before the roads open to the public for a 40-mile fun ride. Make a pit stop at several local businesses for the chance to win a prize drawing. visitdetroitlakes.com 

Frozen River Film Festival WINONA February 7–11 Area venues present documentaries from rising filmmakers. Stick around for Q&A sessions with directors and film characters, or attend a seminar on movie-making trends. frff.org 


Million Dollar Quartet ROLLA February 4 Leach Theatre hosts the hit Broadway musical telling the story of a famed recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. leachtheatre.mst.edu

An Evening with Laura Bush CAPE GIRARDEAU February 21 The former first lady and chair of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative speaks at Southeast Missouri State University. Hear about her efforts to improve health care and opportunities for girls and children around the world. showmecenter.biz  


Winter Dance Party KEARNEY February 2 Jam out to classic hits like “La Bamba” and “That’ll Be the Day” at the Merryman Performing Arts Center during this live re-creation of Buddy Holly’s final tour with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. merrymancenter.org

North Dakota 

ShiverFest DEVILS LAKE February 10–11, 16–18 Gear up for family skating, pond hockey, curling and youth ice fishing at Woodland Resort. A pancake and sausage breakfast kicks off events. tourism.devilslakend.com 

Dance+ BISMARCK February 23–24 This eclectic recital at the Belle Mehus City Auditorium combines performance by the Northern Plains Dance Company with live music and painting demonstrations by local artists. northernplainsdance.org


Cleveland Donut Fest CLEVELAND February 10 City bakeries and restaurants serve their rings, crullers and Long Johns to compete for the title of “Best Donut in Cleveland.” Sample pastries and freshly brewed coffee from more than a dozen local spots. donutfest.com  

South Dakota

Annual Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo RAPID CITY January 26–February 4 In its 59th year, Central States Fairgrounds hosts the second-largest annual event in South Dakota. Browse cattle and horse sales or attend seminars on livestock production between rodeo competitions. blackhillsstockshow.com  

Sioux Falls Sno Jam Comedy Festival SIOUX FALLS February 15–17 Dozens of comedians from around the country perform stand-up and themed showcases at city venues. Ticket proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of South Dakota. siouxfallssnojamcomedyfest.com 


In Celebration of Chocolate

Photo courtesy of Kohler 

In Celebration of Chocolate KOHLER February 16–18 Fall deeper in love with sweets at the swanky American Club Resort. Area chefs and experts on all things sugary host cooking demos and offer indulgent food pairings. americanclubresort.com 


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