The Best Events Happening in February

This month brings a variety of events, from a chocolate festival to snowshoeing to road races

The 32nd Annual Chocolate Festival on February 27 is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats at stops throughout the Conway network, most located along the trails.

SnowCoach Tours, Gorham, Throughout February

SnowCoach drivers will take you to tree line to witness an incredible scene. Even though you will be in a heated van, it is recommended that you dress warmly should you want to get out and take pictures. (603) 466-3988;

“Mary & Me,” Concord, February 1-13

Inspired true events, this new one-woman play follows Hannah, a fifteen year old girl growing up in rural Ireland in 1986. We meet Hannah when she stops at a Magdalene grotto to pray to the Virgin Mary for help on a math exam. Through a series of conversations that follow, learn that she is pregnant. Ostracized by her friends and community, Hannah turns to Mary for guidance, friendship, and strength.

“The Full Monty,” Manchester, February 1-20

Based on the cult hit film of the same name, “The Full Monty,” a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. While spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out,” a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo sees how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they’re stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to “let it go.” With a raucous mix of razor-sharp humor and toe-tapping pizzazz, this heartwarming, upbeat comedy is a must see.

LaBelle Lights, Derry, through February 26

Take an awe-inspiring stroll through LaBelle Derry’s spectacular outdoor light show comprised of winter-themed lighting displays coordinated with music that will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. Approximately 15 light features will comprise LaBelle Lights, including meteor lights, a spritzer tunnel, large gift boxes, light tunnels and carpet lights. To add to the fun, LaBelle Lights will also host community-inspired Fire and Ice and Valentine’s Day special features in January and February. The lights and music will change with our special feature events so you can visit again and again and always enjoy an updated light display. Make an evening of it by dining in Americus Restaurant or enjoy light fare at LaBelle Market, located just steps from LaBelle Lights.

“The Music Man,” Portsmouth, February 3-27

Often described as a “perfect musical,” “The Music Man” has endured for generations as one of the most popular and unique pieces of theater in American history. Its rich and snappy score, full of popular hits, is at once incredibly wholesome, side splittingly hilarious and outrageously clever. Overflowing with beautiful melodies and crackerjack lyrics, it will leave even the most “Iowa stubborn” of theatregoers positively walking on clouds. (603) 433-4472;

NH Farm & Forest Expo, Manchester, February 4-5

With over 35 years in the business, this show rightly bills itself as “New Hampshire’s greatest winter fair.” Farmers and city slickers alike are welcome at the expo, which includes a vendor fair with dozens of farm-to-table-style products, two days of agricultural programming and a live farm animal zone run by New Hampshire 4-Hers. (603) 231-1396;

19th Annual Snow and Ice Festival, Keene, February 5

Grab your family and head to the Monadnock Region for a full day of outdoor, family-friendly fun. Watch as ice blocks come to life being carved, train rides, face painting, s’mores by the fire pits, meet a snowman, polar bear, ice princesses and more characters.

Skating with the Stars, Portsmouth, February 5

Strawbery Banke Museum, in partnership with Ice Dance International, presents the 3rd annual Seacoast Skating with the Stars professional skating show. Watch skating routines by local “stars” paired with professional skaters from Ice Dance International. Choreographed by Douglas Webster, Ice Dance International & Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond Artistic Director, local “stars” are paired with IDI pros in a skate-off for audience votes. As in “Dancing with the Stars,” esteemed judges give their marks on skill and expression. Seacoast Skating with the Stars also includes performances by the IDI company.

Wild Winter Walks, Holderness, February 5, 12, 19, 26

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center offers a winter program for adults and families with children ages 6 and up. Learn about the animals who live at the Science Center during the winter. Most of them stay in the same place, just as they would in the wild. A staff naturalist will lead a guided walk on the live animal exhibit trail to see the animal ambassadors dressed in their winter coats and discuss how these native animals are well adapted for winter in New Hampshire. If needed, snowshoes are available at no extra cost or participants can bring their own. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is all outdoors. Dress to be outdoors with insulated snow boots, hats, gloves, and warm layers. Pre-registration is required for all programs at

Dartmouth Winter Carnival, Hanover, February 10-13

Dating back to 1911, this annual fête celebrates Dartmouth’s impressive winter sports history and the beauty of the Upper Valley in the snow. This year’s theme is “Mission: Winter Carnival – License to Kill .” Organizations around campus host events during the carnival, so make the rounds to enjoy an ice-sculpting contest, a concert and quirky traditions like a human dogsled race on the green. (603) 646-3399;

Primary Bank Super Sunday 4 Miler, Bedford, February 13

You might be an icicle by the end of this event, but it will be worth it. This race makes its way through Bedford, and starts and ends at the 1750 Taphouse. When you cross the finish line, enjoy a refreshing beer and thaw yourself out in the warming area.

Dinosaur Valentine’s Day Party, Dover, February 13

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Families are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a little pre-historic fun at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. This special ticketed “Dinosaur Valentine’s Day Party” will include playtime in the museum’s exhibits, including the Dinosaur Detective exhibit. Educators will help lead special Valentine’s Day and Dinosaur-themed drop-in crafts. In between exploring the exhibits, families can listen to dinosaur stories, and even a chance to meet a friendly costumed dinosaur with which they can take pictures or ask for high fives. Sweet treats will be handed out as families head home after the event.

Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Chocolate Festival, North Conway, February 27

North Conway inns and eateries will open their doors and offer up chocolate goodies. You’re welcome to drive or take advantage of the complementary festival shuttle, but the real fun comes from making your own transportation. The fest is a fundraiser for the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Foundation, so tour stops are conveniently located along 45 km of cross-country paths. Strap on your snowshoes or skis and enjoy this delectable event known as “The Sweetest Day on the Trails.”

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