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10 February Events You Don’t Want to Miss in the Ann Arbor Area 2022

It feels like the year has just begun, but alas — we are already making plans for February, anticipating all of the wintery, love-centered festivities happening all month long.

The month may be short, but there’s no shortage of things to do this February! Mark your calendars for these exciting events in the Ann Arbor area, from a fire and ice festival to a yeti hunt in the woods (yes, that’s a real thing).

No matter your interests or age, there’s something for you on this list. Happy February!

 

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Arts + Culture

Lucinda Williams and Her Band | Ann Arbor

Where: Michigan Theater

When: February 11, 2022

American folk rock icon Lucinda Williams will headline a benefit concert at The Michigan Theater to mark the 40th anniversary of The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s daily meal program. Founded in the summer of 1982, the non-profit has served a free meal to anyone without missing a day — even during the pandemic. Support the efforts of this amazing organization by purchasing tickets for this benefit concert on February 11!

 

Langhorne Slim | Ann Arbor

Where: The Ark

When: February 12, 2022

Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim has had an incredible journey to get where he is today — just read a bit of his story here. And this February, he’s coming to The Ark in the wake of the release of his most recent album, Strawberry Mansion. His music is heartfelt and thoughtful, drawing on blues, folk and country traditions. Get your tickets for the concert before it sells out!

 

TEDxUofM 2022 Conference: Shatterproof | Ann Arbor

Where: Power Center for Performing Arts

When: February 18, 2022

TEDxUofM 2022 Conference: Shatterproof Ann Arbor, MI

TEDxUofM is a university-wide initiative to gather the community for an event filled with inspiration, discovery and excitement, following the model of the world-renowned TED conference. The 2022 conference “Shatterproof” will feature a variety of fascinating thinkers, doers and leaders for a day of presentations on the subject of withstanding adversity. Click here for more information about the conference (including the lineup of speakers) and to purchase tickets.

 

Modern Jazz Meets Musical Theatre | Dexter

Where: The Encore Musical Theatre Company

When: February 18–19, 2022

Don’t miss “Modern Jazz Meets Musical Theatre,” a special Black History Month celebration event featuring the legendary Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, with special guests Dwight Trible, Jessica Grové and Michael McElroy. Purchase tickets for this exciting exploration of the avant-garde and the American songbook!

Want more music? The Encore is hosting a number of tribute concerts in February, including The Eagles and Stevie Wonder!

 

Fiddler on the Roof | Ann Arbor

Where: Hill Auditorium

When: February 19–20, 2022

Experience “Fiddler on the Roof” like you have never experienced it before, with this special concert performance featuring the first live presentations of John Williams’ orchestral arrangement of the movie score, which premiered more than 50 years ago. The event will then be performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra as part of a multi-faceted partnership with UMS exploring the beloved musical and its timeless theme of tradition through a modern lens. Tickets for the concert start at $14 (with $12-20 student tickets available).

 

Community Celebrations

Dearborn Heights Parks & Recreation 2022 Fire & Ice Festival | Dearborn Heights

Where: Warren Valley Golf Course

When: February 19, 2022

Dearborn Heights Parks & Recreation 2022 Fire & Ice Festival

Make your way to Warren Valley Golf Course in Dearborn Heights for a jam-packed day of fun for the whole family at the Fire & Ice Festival. There will be fire eaters and breathers, kids games, elephant ears, fire pits and s’mores, ice sculptures, stilt walkers, carriage rides, live music, a hot air balloon show, and much more! The festival is free and open to the public.

 

Sports

Hunt for the Yeti | Ypsilanti

Where: Rolling Hills County Park

When: February 5, 2022

We bet you didn’t have “hunt for a yeti” on your 2022 BINGO card! Well, you better add it because you’re invited to explore Rolling Hills County Park in Ypsi in search of the elusive Eddie the Yeti. Follow the clues and riddles along the way to track him down — and be sure to take a picture with him! Admission includes hot cocoa and a take-home craft. Dress for the weather, as this event will go on rain or shine. Register online in advance.

 

Winter Trail Fest 13.1 and 5 Mile – Eastside | Brighton

Where: Island Lake Recreation Area

When: February 19, 2022

Winter Trail Fest Ann Arbor, MI

Photo Courtesy of Winter Trail Fest

Winter Trail Fest (often called by its relevant acronym) includes a half marathon or 5-mile race on winter trails at Island Lake Recreation Area. The more ridiculous the weather conditions, the better — and you will truly be earning your medal, hoodie and other swag! But the best part is: the race begins in the afternoon so you have all morning to relax and stretch before the madness begins. Register for this unforgettable race to secure your spot at the starting line — and use code WTF15AA for 15% off your registration!

 

Food + Drink

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week | Ann Arbor

Where: Various Ann Arbor Restaurants

When: February 20–25, 2022

Calling all foodies! Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is back in 2022 with a variety of fine dining lunch and dinner course menus, family meals served to-go, virtual demonstrations, and chef highlights. Plus, there will be several vegan and vegetarian options available. This is an excellent time to experience the finest fare from award-winning restaurants in the city, whether you’re dining in or taking it home! Head to the Ann Arbor Restaurant Week website to see the full list of participating restaurants.

 

Artini | Ann Arbor + Online

Where: Participating Restaurants + Online

When: February 25, 2022

This annual fundraising event brings together the town’s best bars, restaurants and local martini connoisseurs for an evening of mixology fun! And this year, there are two options to choose from: you can celebrate in person or from the comfort of your own home with their virtual experience. Both ticket options benefit the Ann Arbor Art Center, a non-profit ensuring that everyone has access to the visual arts. Six downtown restaurants will be paired with a mural from the A2AC Murals program and the A2DC to see what martini magic they can create using the mural as inspiration. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information about this unique 2022 event!

 

Have a Fantastic February!

Did we miss your most-loved February event? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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