The 10 Best Free Events Happening in February

Where you can have fun on (less than) a dime this month

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Party with some famous NH puppy-athletes at Anheuser-Busch's Puppy Bowl Watch Party on February 4.

1. SNHU's McIninch Art Gallery presents "Things", Manchester, February 1-24

This is exactly what it sounds like – an exhibit about "things." The free-admission exhibit features things to collect, things we need, things we desire and the list goes on. Each of the five artists pay homage to certain things and explore relationships people have with these ... things. You will have the opportunity to consider what is embedded in your objects, or "things." Curious? Intriguing? We agree. Go check it out for yourself. (603) 629-4622

2. Knitting and Crochet, Auburn, starting February 2

Are you going stir crazy in this frigid winter? Do you have a case of cabin fever? Griffin Free Public Library holds a weekly drop-in session about knitting and crochet every Friday. All are welcome, from beginners to experienced knitters, ages 13 and older. You can bring in a project or have someone teach you how to make that scarf that you've always dreamed about. (603) 483-5374

3. Full Moon Hike, Moultonborough, February 2

Grab some snowshoes and a head lamp (or just some cozy boots and a flashlight) and head to a fittingly celestial spot for this month's full moon: Moultonborough's Castle in the Clouds. Visitors can enjoy a free hike timed to view the penumbral eclipse and, afterward, dig in to s'mores and hot cocoa by the fire to warm up. Talk about walking in a winter wonderland. (603) 476-5900;

4. Puppy Bowl Watch Party, Merrimack, February 3-4

Did you know the Pats aren't the only locals competing on Super Bowl Sunday? Animal Planet's adorable Puppy Bowl has two competitors from New Hampshire this year, and they'll be at the Anheuser-Busch brewery to watch their big game. Kids and adults alike can watch with the pups and enjoy provided food and drink free of charge, but donations will be accepted for the critters' home at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. (Here's their wish list, if you're looking for ideas.)

5. Gibson's Book Club: Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," Concord, February 5

In keeping with their annual February tradition, the resident book club of Gibson’s in Concord will read from Oscar Wilde's witty, funny play— this month, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” No preparation is needed, so stop by for a snappy, communal reading of one of the Wilde’s finest. (603) 224-0562;

6. Jong-Yoon Kim: Light, Form, and Material, Plymouth, February 6 to March 1

Plymouth State’s own will be presenting his precision paper folding and practical paper sculptures. From paper to wood, he creates difficult and compelling spaces in both his practical and impractical sculptures that are “lighting the way to inspired design.” (603) 535-3210;

7. "The Heroin Effect" Documentary Screening, Manchester, February 10

Liberty Forum presents this award-winning documentary on the opioid crisis and discussion with Director Michael Venn. This film gives an honest inside look at what addiction looks like, who is working to fight it and how we can help. The screening is free, but it is encouraged to bring a warm coat for a donation.

8. Downtown Nashua Chocolate Stroll, Nashua, February 10

Spend your pre-V-Day weekend eating your way through one of New Hampshire’s finest downtowns. More than 20 participating shops and boutiques — including Cava de Vino, WineNot Boutique and the League of NH Craftsmen's gallery — will be handing out free chocolates to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, so sample and shop to your heart’s content. If you're up for spending some coin, you’re perfectly located for a romantic dinner at Surf or Stella Blu — where, if you order dessert again, your secret’s safe with us. Eventbrite

9. Wasserman Park Winter Carnival, Merrimack, February 24

Join Wasserman Park as they celebrate their 26th annual winter carnival event. This fun-filled event is packed with indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. There will be a campfire with s’mores, an ice fishing derby, snowshoeing demonstration, sledding and even a cardboard box sledding contest. (603) 882-1046;

10. New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, Hill, February 26

Bundle up in a quilt of your own and listen to Pam Weeks weave heart-warming tales of service and tradition. Quilt history is full of its own myths and misinformation, and tells stories of world history, women’s history and industrial history. Weeks will discuss fashion fads, the Colonial Revival and quilt-making for Civil War soldiers. Participants are encouraged to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. (603) 659-2422;

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