Top Things to Do in February in St. Louis

Celebrating Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day and More

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February is peak Cabin Fever season. Luckily, there are plenty of great events to get you out of the house, but to still keep you out of the cold. Top picks this month include Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day and the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Here are details of the top things to do in February 2018.

If you're looking for something to do, but don't want to spend any money, read Free Winter Events in the St. Louis Area.

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    The plants in your yard may be brown and lifeless, but you can enjoy beautiful, fragrant flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Orchid Show features hundreds of blooming orchids in the Garden's Orthwein Floral Display Hall.

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    A World Bird Sanctuary naturalist will teach visitors about owls and their unique calls. Then take a night hike through the grounds to see and call wild owls. Admission to the Owl Prowls is $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. Reservations are required.

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    Disney on Ice presents a fun show for the kids. Reach for the Stars features popular characters from a wide variety of Disney shows including Elsa and Anna. Tickets are $15 to $95.

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    Spend an afternoon learning how to make maple syrup at the Maple Sugar Festival. Workers with the Missouri Department of Conservation will show visitors how to find sugar maple trees, tap them, and boil the sap to make syrup. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

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    Valentine's Day is a chance to do something special for the one you love. St. Louis has many traditional and offbeat ways to celebrate. You can enjoy dinner at a romantic restaurant, or treat your Valentine with some of St. Louis' best chocolate. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, try a Valentine's hike at Shaw Nature Reserve, an evening out at the St. Louis Zoo or one of these other Valentine's events.

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    More than 25 local breweries come together at the historic Schnaider Brewery Malt House for a premium tasting event. Enjoy samples of local craft beers, as well as top brews from around the country and the world.

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    Masters of the Sky

    Every year hundreds of bald eagles return to the St. Louis area to their winter nests along the Mississippi River. Eagle watching is a popular winter activity in Alton and Grafton. On President's Day weekend, you'll see eagles and much more at the National Great Rivers Museum. The World Bird Sanctuary will have eagles, falcons, owls and other birds of prey on display. The cost for the tour is $5 a person.

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    Wine and chocolate? Sounds like a good way to spend the day. Visitors can sample wine and chocolate pairings at seven wineries along the Missouri Wine Trail near Hermann. Tickets are $30 a person and include a souvenir wine glass.

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    February is Mardi Gras time and the Soulard neighborhood hosts the biggest party in town. The celebration's top events, including the Pet Parade and Grand Parade are happening this month.

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    The Working Women's Survival Show has everything a busy woman needs or wants all in once place. There are cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, fitness experts, makeovers, workshops, free massages and more.

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    Ongoing exhibits at the Missouri History Museum include the History Clubhouse, The 1904 World's Fair, and Seeking St. Louis. Special exhibits going on in February 2018 are #1 in Civil Rights (showing the history of the African American freedom struggle in St. Louis), Panoramas of the City, and World War I.

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    Fox Theatre offers a variety of shows each month. For February of 2018, performances include Rodgers's and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, The Price Is Right Live, The Wizard of Oz, Daniel O'Donnell's Back Home Again tour, and Steve Windwood's Greatest Hits Live Tour.

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    Get a head start on summer fun at the St. Louis Boat and Sportshow. See the latest in boats and water crafts from dozens of exhibitors.