February is peak Cabin Fever season. Luckily, there are plenty of great events to get you out of the house but still keep you out of the cold. Top picks this month include the Grand Parade at Soulard Mardi Gras, Schlafly's Cod and Cask Festival and Phineas and Ferb. Here are details of 15 great things to do in February 2013.
If you're looking for something to do, but don't want to spend any money, read Free Winter Events in the St. Louis Area.
The plants in your yard may be brown and lifeless, but you can enjoy beautiful, fragrant flowers at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The 2013 Orchid Show features hundreds of blooming orchids in the Garden's Orthwein Floral Display Hall. The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 plus the price of Garden admission.
February 2 - March 31, 2013
Missouri Botanical Garden
Spend an afternoon learning how to make maple syrup at the 2013 Maple Sugar Festival. Workers with the Missouri Department of Conservation will show visitors how to find sugar maple trees, tap them and boil the sap to make syrup. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
February 2, 2013
Rockwoods Reservation, Wildwood
Get away from the winter chill at the St. Louis Boat & Sportshow. Nearly a thousand boats will be on display, along with fishing and hunting gear. Tickets are $10, but children 15 and younger get in free. You can also get a discounted two-day pass for $14.
February 6 - 10, 2013
Umphrey's McGee is back at The Pageant this month. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m., with opening act the Mike Dillon Band. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
February 8 & 9, 2013
February is Mardi Gras time and the Soulard neighborhood hosts the biggest party in town. The Grand Parade is on February 9 this year, and there are other events earlier in the month including the Cajun Cook-Off, Taste of Soulard and Barkus Pet Parade.
February 9 & 10, 2013
Join Y98's Guy Phillips for a night of adult comedy at the Touhill. The Improv Shop features vignettes on a variety of topics. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
February 13, 2013
Touhill Performing Arts Center
Valentine's Day is a chance to do something special for the one you love. St. Louis has many traditional and offbeat ways to celebrate. You can enjoy dinner at a romantic restaurant, or treat your Valentine with some of St. Louis' best chocolate. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, try a Valentine's hike at Shaw Nature Reserve, an evening out at the St. Louis Zoo or one of these other Valentine's events.
Until February 14, 2013
Fish & Chips and Schlafly Beer. That's what's on tap at the annual Cod & Cask Festival. The staff at the Tap Room will be serving up heaping plates of fried cod with real cask-conditioned ales to wash it all down. The festival runs each day unitl midnight.
February 15 & 16, 2013
Schlafly Tap Room
Young Friends of the Missouri Botanical Garden are hosting their annual trivia night. The evening features Schlafly beer, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and attendance prizes. The doors open at 6p.m., and trivia begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $30 a person.
February 16, 2013
Missouri Botanical Garden