February brings an array of popular celebrations including Mardi Gras events, Presidents' Day Weekend and Valentine's Day. There are also many wonderful local and regional festivals like the annual Gullah Celebration at Hilton Head, the annual North Carolina Jazz Festival in Wilmington and many others, making February a great month to visit the Southeast U.S. and enjoy one or more of these unique celebrations.
February Holidays and Celebrations - For a short month, February has several special celebrations. For more information, visit these February holiday and celebration highlights:
- Valentine's Day
February 14 - Various Locations.
Celebrate your special romance for Valentine's Day with a romantic escape, a special event, a unique ceremony to renew your marriage vows or one of these other memorable ways to express your love.
- Presidents' Day Weekend Celebrations
Presidents' Day - Monday February 17, 2014
Virginia, brimming with history, is a wonderful destination for a Presidents' Day weekend getaway. Three standout Presidents' Day celebrations, including events in Old Town Alexandria, Mount Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg, offer interactive living history fun for families and tours of important historic sites for history buffs. All three celebrations are situated in picturesque and charming settings, adding a touch of romance for couples.
- Carnival Season and Mardi Gras Celebrations
Fat Tuesday / Mardi Gras Day and preceding weeks throughout the Southeast US
See Mardi Gras Celebrations in the Southeast U.S. for information about popular Mardi Gras celebrations in the Southeast U.S. from Louisiana to Florida. Also see: Mardi Gras Dates.
February Festivals and Events
- February Food, Wine and Other Culinary Festivals
Various Dates and Venues
From the world-renowned Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival to the Virginia Wine & Food Showcase, several seafood festivals and other delicious and unique culinary festivals, February is a great month for delicious food-focused travel. See Winter Culinary Festivals - Food, Wine and More for information about events across the Southeast U.S. in February and other winter months.
- February Chocolate Festivals
Various Dates and Venues
Just in time for Valentine's Day, several annual chocolate festivals offer a sweet way to enjoy an array of chocolate delights. See The Southeast for Chocolate Lovers for information about February and other Chocolate Festivals in the Southeast U.S.
- Stone Mountain Park - Snow Mountain
November 25, 2013 - February 17, 2014 (Select Dates) - Stone Mountain, Georgia
Transforming the large Laser Lawn into Atlanta's only snow park, Snow Mountain's signature 400-foot long tubing hill features single tubing lanes and Avalanche Alley for family tube rides. A Snow Zone provides play areas and activities, including snowman making, snowball fun and Fort Snow, complete with tunnels mid-sized slides and more. At SnoFire Point, there is a bonfire for warming up and enjoying delicious, gooey s'mores. For maximum play time in the snow, advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Related Information - Visiting Stone Mountain Park
- Island Treasures
January - February, 2014 - Jekyll Island, Georgia
This annual winter treasure hunt features hand-worked glass float creations including stunning starfish, sand dollars and other pieces, which are placed along the beach above the high water line for lucky winter beachcombers to find and treasure forever. (This is my January Destination Top Pick for 2014, but it is also a wonderful destination for February getaways.)
- Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration
January 31 - February 25, 2014 - Hilton Head, South Carolina.
The 18th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the arts, crafts, foods, heritage and history of the island Gullah culture. Featured events include an Art Show and Sale, an Arts, Crafts and Food Expo on Presidents' Day Weekend, A Taste of Gullah featuring food and entertainment and more. The 2014 Opening Ceremony is scheduled for January 31, and most events take place during weekends in February.
- Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival
February 6 – 8, 2014 - Wilmington, North Carolina
Now in its 34th year, this popular annual jazz festival features all-star musicians and the best of traditional jazz, presented in one venue with cabaret style seating. Check the festival website for details about the 2014 performers, schedule, reservations and special hotel rates for Jazz Festival attendees.
- North Carolina International Auto Expo - NC State Fairgrounds - Raleigh, North Carolina
February 13 - 16, 2014
Check out the latest cars and enjoy exciting entertainment.
- Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
February 14 – 16, 2014 - Charleston, South Carolina.
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition attracts more than 500 national and international artists and exhibitors and close to 40,000 attendees for a three-day celebration of nature. Having earned a reputation for excellence, it is the largest wildlife art and nature event of its kind in the United States. Related - More Southeast US Wildlife Festivals
- Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum
February 14 - 18, 2014 - Williamsburg, Virginia
The 66th annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum, New Findings in the Arts of the Coastal South, unveils the Forum's first ever two-year schedule. In February 2014, acclaimed curators, collectors, and dealers will share their observations and discoveries around new findings in the Arts of the Coastal South through topics such as southern portraiture, early Annapolis cabinetmaking, and Charleston silver. Next year, Antiques Forum 2015 will build on these foundations to explore taste and craftsmanship in the southern Backcountry. Also, forum guests may register for optional workshops and private tours of historic homes.
- Seagrove Winterfest
February 15 - 16, 2014 - Seagrove, North Carolina
Visit the birthplace of traditional North Carolina pottery, where participating potters will display newly stocked shelves for browsing or buying. Participating potters may also serve refreshments and give demonstrations of pottery production.