By February most of us are just ready for winter to be over. Unless you spend time doing outdoor activities in winter, the thing that many people look forward to is the possibility of the end of winter. Whether the groundhog sees his shadow this year or not, plan on doing something fun this February even if you don’t enjoy skiing. Take a closer look at three of the top festivals in February with us.
Sapporo Snow Festival – Sapporo, Japan – Running from February 5th to the 11th, this festival is a winter fun event. Featuring ice and snow sculptures, snowboarding and food and of course beer, it is an extreme winter festival and one of the best of the year. Dating back to the 1950’s, today, the festival has growing to be one of the biggest festivals in Japan welcoming around 2 million visitors.
New Orleans Mardi Gras – Beginning on February 15th and running until March 4th, there are plenty of things to see, do and eat! The premier Mardis Gras festival in the world. While it can be a bit racy in places, generally speaking, New Orleans has been working to make this fun festival a bit more family friendly at least during the day.
Quebec Winter Carnival – Featuring an outdoor amusement park, ice slides, parades and even dogsled rides, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this festival. A massive winter festival, the Quebec Winter Carnival runs from January 31st to February 16th in Quebec City. If you enjoy snow, this is one of the absolute must sees of the season. A history that dates back well over 100 years, aside from some major interruptions, the current festival has been running annually since 1955. All about traditions, many of the activities and events which are part of this festival have roots dating back to the first residents of Quebec. Be sure to visit the St. Lawrence River, the Ice Palace and don’t miss the night parades.
Other fun festivals include Rio Carnival, Viareggio Carnevale, Chinese New Year and Tapati Rapa Nui.
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