Groundhog Phil saw his shadow on Tuesday, which means we have several more weeks of winter ahead of us. But the good news is… there are several happenin’ events in Austin this month to make the chilly days and nights go by faster! It’s time to get moving, hit the town, and experience some of the entertaining highlights our one-of-a-kind city has to offer.
Here is a list of Rebeccammended February events you don’t want to miss!
- February 4th- First Thursday, South Congress, 5-10 PM. Roam South Congress on the first Thursday of every month and you may get a free hug, hear free music, and go home with a new piece of art or jewelry from a street vendor. Also, every First Thursday is West End Gallery night on West 5th and 6th streets.
- February 5th- B Scene at the Blanton Museum of Art at UT-Austin, 6-10:30 PM. The Desire exhibit will open during this event in the spirit of the romance and intimacy associated with the month of February. According to the Blanton website, “one provocative aspect of these works is not their imagery, per se, but the manner by which many of them take intimate experiences and translate them into public expression.” The B Scene, which happens the first Friday of every month, is free for museum members and only $12 for non-members, to include free appetizers, music, cash bar, and art happenings!
- February 6th, Tasty Up Trailer Tour, All Around Austin, 12-6 PM. Join Addie Broyles of the Statesman’s Relish Austin and Jodi Bart of Tasty Touring for a journey that will take you to some of Austin’s best trailer eateries! Meet at La Boite at 1700 S. Lamar at noon. Bring a bike or car, bring cash, and bring an appetite! 12 trailers are part of the tour so you can roam freely and munch at your own pace! More info here.
- February 11th, 3rd Annual Limbo Jewelry Designs Valentine’s Day Cocktail Party, 7-9 PM, at the Pump Project Studio T, 702 Shady Lane. Shop for your someone special (men or women) at the studio of one of my favorite Austin handmade jewelers, Edson Enriquez of Limbo Jewelry Designs and endulge on classy beverages and tasty bites provided by Anne Rutt-Enriquez of Hosteria Verde Supper Club and Catering.
- February 11th, CharityBash benefitting Wonders & Worries, 7-10 PM, at the Livestrong Headquarters at 2201 E. 6th. Join CharityBash every month for a fun night out on the town, with ticket proceeds benefiting a new cause each time!
- February 12-14th, Ballet Austin, Truth & Beauty/The Bach Project. Feel the love of Valentine’s Day through dance by watching this modern work by Stephen Mills. According to the website, this choreography includes “a variety of movement styles and interactive media”. Find more info and purchase tickets here.
- February 20th, Carnaval Brasileiro, 8PM-4 AM, $35 in advance, $37 at the door. One of Austin’s biggest baddest Brazilian celebrations, complete with music and elaborate costumes. Purchase tickets online.
- February 27th, Art Night Austin, 6:30-10 PM, $75. It’s time for another one of my favorite art events: Art Night Austin. Hop on and off provided transportation to the art galleries on the tour in and around West 6th Stret and taste from some of Austin’s best culinary creators. These events are organized by Art Alliance Austin, and each one is better than the last! Find ticket info here.
- February 27th, Art Night Austin after-party, 9:30 PM-1 AM, $25. If you can’t make Art Night Austin or you’re looking for an option that’s a little lighter on the wallet but just as artsy, classy, and delicious, attend the Art Night Austin After-Party at a the Starr Building, undergoing renovation, at 6th and Colorado. Find ticket info here.
- February 28th-March 4th, Austin Restaurant Week, Week 1. Austin Restaurant Week, put on by Rare Media, provides diners with an opportunity to endulge at some of Austin’s top-notch restaurants for $10-15 at lunch, and $25-35 at dinner. Also runs from March 7-10th. Make reservations ahead of time! For a list of participating restaurants, click here. Destinations on the list I’ve been wanting to try include Fabi & Rosi and Green Pastures. Keep checking the website for Restaurant Week menus since most participants will offer specials for the event!