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February 2023

Winter Greetings!

In Massachusetts, February means romance, history, culture and dining!  Check out Lunar New Year activities, Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, explore your favorite museum, concert venue or historical trail during school vacation week, or discover the quiet beauty of a Cape Cod winter.

And with a dozen ski resorts, cross-country ski trails, magical ice-skating rinks and mountain byways, be prepared to enjoy the natural majesty of Massachusetts!

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Pictured here: The Mercy Otis Warren Statue in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod

Featured Region: Cape Cod

Rest and recharge with a warm and cozy winter escape to the Cape! Sit fireside at a romantic inn or quaint B&B. Indulge yourself at a full-service resort. Take a brisk beach walk on a sun-filled day, or savor a spa experience. Explore hiking and biking trails, visit a brewery, and enjoy delicious locally sourced seafood. You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy outdoor dining on Cape Cod! Here are some creative al fresco seating options to keep you warm and fed all winter long. Find treasures in dozens of shops and art galleries. Fun winter events include the always decadent Osterville Chocolate Fest on February 11 and the family-friendly Yarmouth Winter Carnival February 18-20. Book your stay today and warm up this winter on Cape Cod!

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Western Mass

Free Music Fridays are coming to MGM Springfield every weekend in February! Grab dinner at one of MGM Springfield’s onsite restaurants before the show and then check out classic rock and tribute bands for free every week in the Aria Ballroom. For more events and dining options in Western Mass, click here.

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Hampshire County

Embrace the season in Hampshire County! Easthampton’s annual WinterFest offers skating, sleigh rides, and more around Nashawannuck Pond. In Florence, On a Winter’s Night reunites beloved singer-songwriters to showcase music of the season. You’ll find two weeks of fun at WinterFest Amherst, including fire pits and the warm glow of Luminaria night on the Commons. Ready to warm up? Head inside to the Academy of Music in Northampton, where the adventures showcased in the Banff Mountain Film Festival will get your pulse pounding!

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North Central Mass

Winter can be so beautiful in New England! You can make the most of this snowy season by spending some time outdoors, learning about this land and its inhabitants. Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadow welcomes visitors this month to programs on Wildlife Tracking, owls, and even Yoga on the Trails! Or head to Wachusett Mountain State Reservation to take in the beauty of a February moonrise or join ranger-led weekday programs to learn about local wildlife, history and more!

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Photo credit: The Trustees of Reservations

Martha's Vineyard

February’s Martha’s Vineyard is a serene respite from worldly cares. Take a full-moon owl prowl; explore MV Museum’s Unfreedom and Woven exhibits; take a breadmaking class, ceramics, sculpture or fiber arts at Featherstone. Boost metabolism with Arboretum walks, hit island hiking paths or cycle bike trails. For less strenuous pursuits, there are yoga and meditation classes. Capture perfect sunrises and sunsets island-wide! Ample hotels and cozy restaurants remain open — stay a while and actually enjoy winter!      

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Mohawk Trail Region

Susan B. Anthony's 203rd Birthday Celebration: The Heart of Harriet Tubman will be held on Sunday, February 12 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Featuring keynote speaker Cindy Mullock, executive director for the Harriet Tubman Museum of New Jersey. Explore the intertwining lives of Harriet Tubman and Susan B Anthony during a crucial time in American History. Join either in person (GAR Hall at The Adams Free Library, 92 Park Street, Adams, MA) or virtually via Zoom. Registration is free!

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Beat the winter blues with a full line-up of national touring music artists, stand-up comedy, movie screenings and more at TCAN in Natick. Upcoming performers include blues musician Albert Cummings (February 3), Folk/Americana artists Reed Foehl and Tim Gearan (February 10), acoustic guitarist Mike Dawes with Gareth Pearson (February 17) and singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson (February 23). Buy tickets online!  

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Nantucket’s serene, welcoming in February! Quiet days exploring Nantucket Cultural District are rewarding. Cozy inns and hotels are perfect refuges now. Embrace the stark beauty of Nantucket winter — hiking trails, cycling, shopping, dining, and more. Experience a fun, kid-friendly event ‘My Furry Valentine’ (2/18). Indulge in wine & cheese pairings — Wines & Rinds —Fridays at Bartlett’s Farm, and plan a belated Valentine dinner. Take ‘Sconset Bluff Walk, nearby Sankaty Head Light and Coskata Coatue Wildlife Refuge. Wide-open beaches and conservation paths beckon, such as free Winter Walk Windswept Bog (2/25). It’s all here and near!

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North of Boston

You’re invited to Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival February 10-12! A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping. When winter returns to the lower Merrimack Valley, so do Bald Eagles and Snowy Owls and other exciting winter wildlife. This year, join the Merrimack River Eagle Festival February 14–18 online and in-person for events in Newburyport and Amesbury celebrating these special winter residents.

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Plymouth County

There’s no better time than February for a cozy winter getaway South of Boston! Enjoy a unique mid-Winter’s respite at Plymouth’s Blake Planetarium with Bella Gaia: A Night of Mindful Meditation. Be transported to the 18th-century with a Valentine Tea at Alden House in Duxbury. Or indulge your creative side with an Intro To Wheel Throwing, a series of pottery classes at Fuller Craft Museum of Brockton. Download the See Plymouth app for full calendar.

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Southeastern Mass

ESCAPE is something we’ve all been dreaming of, and this is your chance to get away. Explore our expansive coastline or the cuisine of our diverse cultures. It’s finally time to exhale and relax. We have concerts, history, food and plenty to explore … Do it all, or sit and relax. Less than an hour from Boston and minutes away from Providence. Your escape is here waiting for you in Southeastern Massachusetts.

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The Berkshires

Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Fitzpatrick Greenhouse becomes a harbinger of spring from February 24 through March 10, when the public is invited to enjoy hundreds of flowering bulbs in an annual exhibition that features springtime favorites and a collection of bulbs rarely seen in the northeast. The Bulb Show is BBG's springtime gift to the community, when it honors its role as a horticultural resource and takes pride in presenting unusual pairings of flowering bulbs. Admission is free. The Bulb Show is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Greater Merrimack Valley

Lowell's annual WinterFest weekend will be held in downtown Lowell February 17-18! This fun event features everything from a carousel and ice-skating to an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival. Festivities at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium also include an art market, food vendors, live music and a soup competition. Fun for the whole family!

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Central Massachusetts

February looks lovelier than ever, with a Valentines Gift Market, local chocolate treats and the much-anticipated production of Annie. Families can witness on-ice action at a Worcester Railers game and motorsport madness at Monster Jam. Holy Cross Senior Lecturer Thomas Doughton discusses Worcester’s Black History Trail, a collaborative city initiative. Mechanics Hall brings sophisticated sound to the region, courtesy of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Handel + Haydn Society and An Afternoon at the Opera. 

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Franklin County

The 101st Greenfield Winter Carnival will be held throughout Greenfield February 3-5! Nothing says tradition in Greenfield like Winter Carnival. The event brings the community together in a celebration of the season with a weekend full of activities including ice sculpture contests, fireworks, Parade of Lights, Glow Party, Family Fun Fest, Donuts with Olaf, a laser light show, jigsaw puzzle contest, cribbage tournament, cardboard sled race, k9 keg pull, chili cook off, vintage snowmobiles, sledding, ice skating, and so much more! It’s a true family favorite.

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Greater Boston

The Greater Boston area is known for a lot of things - the roots of American independence, the freshest seafood in the world and the ultimate sports town experience. But that's not all we are. Discover the energy that fuels our food scene, our five-star hotel stays and our world-class entertainment venues across every one of our 23 diverse neighborhoods, and you'll agree that Boston Never Gets Old in the Winter.

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Regional Tourism Councils

The Berkshires  Cape Cod  Central Massachusetts  Franklin County 

Greater Boston  Greater Merrimack Valley  Hampshire County  North Central Mass 

Martha's Vineyard  MetroWest  Mohawk Trail  Nantucket Island  North of Boston 

Plymouth County  Southeastern Mass  Western Mass


Funded by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism