Winters may be cold in St. Louis, Missouri, but this midwestern city stays alive with activity during the dark months. February, in particular, boasts a fully-loaded event calendar, complete with cultural activities and festivals, as well as holiday celebrations. Activities and attractions stay open year-round entertaining tourists looking to get out of dodge. Plus, fewer travelers in the winter equals fewer crowds at the city's most popular attractions, like St Louis' famed Gateway Arch. Just bundle up in a down coat, hat, and waterproof walking boots to enjoy this vibrant city in February.
St. Louis Weather in February
Winters in St. Louis can be long and unpredictable with average highs of 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) and average lows of 27 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 3 degrees Celsius). While bitter cold New England weather isn't the norm here, the air temperature still packs a punch. The wind picks up in February, making what should be a mild day seem like a blustery cold experience. While precipitation is usually a non-issue (winter is typically quite dry in St. Louis), you may hit the occasional rainy day in February, as this month averages 2.28 inches of rain. Still, snow is always possible, as St. Louis receives around 20 inches of snow throughout the entire winter season.
What to Pack
Given the chilly temperatures and unpredictable weather, it is a good idea to bundle up for your February visit to St. Louis. Pack long-sleeved base layers and light sweaters that you can pile on, or take off, depending on the weather. Bring along a medium-weight waterproof jacket, a hat and gloves, moisture-wicking socks, and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or waterproof boots, as well. Throw a scarf into your day bag, as this windy city can take you by surprise. If the wind picks up, a scarf can raise your body temperature several degrees by keeping gusts out of your jacket.
February Events in St. Louis
It might be cabin fever season elsewhere, but February in St. Louis offers great events that get you out of the house. Mardi Gras, a maple sugaring session, and the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden all highlight the unique aspects of the area's culture.
- The Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden: Come February, the plants in your yard are probably brown, lifeless, and buried under a foot of snow. However, you can still enjoy beautiful, fragrant blooms inside the conservatory at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This show features 6,500 blooming orchid plants, 2,179 species, and 1,438 cultivated hybrids. You can view them annually in the Orthwein Floral Display Hall from February through March, yet, this event is canceled for 2021.
- Maple Sugaring Workshops: Spend your afternoon learning how to make maple syrup. Workers with the Missouri Department of Conservation teach homeschoolers and families how to locate a sugar maple tree, tap it, and then boil the sap to make syrup. Sessions take place on Thursdays and Fridays throughout February from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The class is held outdoors, so dress appropriately.
- Valentine's Day Jazz Concert: St. Louis offers many ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one. Jazz lovers can head to the legendary live music venue, BB's Jazz, Blues, & Soups, to be serenaded by some of the best musicians in the industry. Enjoy a private table for two, four, six, or eight, and don't forget your masquerade attire. This event takes place on February 13, 2021, and table reservations are highly recommended.
- Centennial Beer Festival: Many local breweries come together at the historic Schnaider Brewery Malt House for a premium tasting event on February 26 and 27, 2021. Start your night off with a five-course dinner paired with a Six Mile Bridge Brewery beer. Then, sample craft beers from around the region alongside those of world-class international breweries.
- Mardi Gras: February is prime time for Mardi Gras and the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis hosts the biggest party in town from January 6 through February 16 of 2021. The celebration's top events include the Purina Pet Parade on February 16 (held virtually this year)—known as the biggest costumed pet parade in the world—with proceeds going to Open Door Animal Sanctuary. On January 23, the Cajun Cook-Off (enjoyed virtually from the privacy of your own home) showcases the creole creations of regional chefs, complete with a cook-off home party box.
February Travel Tips
- Every year, hundreds of bald eagles return to their winter nests in the St. Louis area along the Mississippi River. Eagle watching is a favorite regional activity here, as well as in neighboring Alton and Grafton, Illinois.
- If you need a break from city sightseeing to hit the slopes, head to nearby Hidden Valley Ski Area (38 miles away) to enjoy 17 trails of natural and manmade snow and a terrain park.
- St. Louis is a relatively safe city. However, you still need to use your city smarts and take precautions by walking in a group at night, avoiding dark streets, and protecting your valuables.