25+ Things to Do in Cincinnati, February 2020

If you’re looking for some February fun in Cincinnati, we’ve got you covered! Enjoy this month-long list of things to do.

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February 1: Winter Hike Series from Great Parks of Hamilton County. Get outside and away from distraction this winter. Come together during the Annual Winter Hike Series for a challenging hike that ventures through Miami Whitewater Forest. Hike concludes with a hot, hearty bowl of bean soup and cornbread and plenty of camaraderie. Registration required.

February 2: Chocolate in the Chapel. Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum presents the 6th Annual Chocolate in the Chapel event on Sunday, February 2, 2020.  Local businesses will showcase their sweet treats in the Norman Chapel just in time for Valentine’s Day. Visitors will also be able to take a mini walking tour of the Norman Chapel led by Spring Grove’s expert docents.  The tour will begin at 1:00pm. 

February 4: Behind the Scenes at the Cincinnati Observatory. Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory’s original cornerstone in 1843. Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future. The Moon will be viewed through the telescope following the program, weather permitting.

February 5: Build Your Own Book Club at Liberty Center. Build a book club that’s right for you! Each month book club attendees will discuss the book of the month and pick the next month’s book.

February 5: Year of the Woman: Anti-Slavery Lovebirds. Throughout 2020 the Harriet Beecher Stowe House’s popular monthly discussion series will honor the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting American women the right to vote.  This all-new series will cover a variety of topics relating to Harriet’s connections with other women authors and women’s issues of her day.  Get into the Valentine spirit and learn about the loving and often unconventional relationship between Harriet and her husband Calvin Stowe and its influence on Harriet’s writing  and on responses by each of them to issues of their day.

February 6: Liberty’s Cookbook Challenge. Take the cookbook challenge at the Liberty Branch (of the MidPointe Library System) to try out new cuisines and add new recipes to your repertoire. Cook something that matches the theme and bring enough to share. February’s theme is Copycat Recipes.

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February 8: Late Night Date Night at the Cincinnati Observatory. Looking for a romantic Saturday night out under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You’ll get to use the big telescope to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night (weather permitting). Get a sneak preview of the next season’s planets and stars a month or two ahead of everyone else.

February 8-9: Jungle Jim’s Big Cheese Festival. During this highly anticipated two-day festival, JJ’s will bring out the best and the brightest of the cheese and charcuterie world for you to taste, enjoy, and savor with expertly-selected beer and wine pairings. Family-friendly and crafted for enthusiastic amateurs, connoisseurs, and fanatics alike, the Big Cheese Festival is the premier event for fromagers everywhere!

February 8: Full Moon Walk – Raccoon Moon at Long Branch Farm and Trails. Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. Full Moon Walks provide rare opportunities to hike Cincinnati Nature Center trails when they’re normally closed. These night time walks utilize level upland trails — they avoid hills, steps and stream crossings for safety. While each full moon walk varies, they generally stop periodically for natural history moments, special readings or simply to admire the shadows cast by the full moon. As it’s night time, the pace is slower. Leaders adjust the walking speed based on their group. Full moon walks generally go for 1.5 hours with our goal being to maximize time on the trail.

February 8: Murder Mystery Dinner – Neverland Nowhere Land. What’s going on in Neverland? All the pixie dust has disappeared! Enjoy an evening of adult humor and fun at a mystery dinner. Advance ticket purchase is required. For ages 18 and up. Winton Woods/Mill Race Banquet Center.

February 8: Garage Brewed Motorcycle Show at Rhinegeist. The 6th annual Garage Brewed Motorcycle show will be held in OTR at the Rhinegeist Brewery featuring over 50 of the country’s best motorcycles that have been customized, restored and built into works of two wheeled art!

February 8: The O.F.F. Market at MadTree. The O.F.F. Market is Oakley’s neighborhood monthly marketplace and the stomping ground to specialty food and beverage vendors, independent small businesses, artists, and farmers from across the region.

February 5-9: 2020 Cincinnati Auto Expo As Greater Cincinnati’s premier automotive industry event, the Expo showcases the latest cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and hybrids on the market today. Knowledgeable product specialists and dealer representatives will be there to answer all your questions and show you everything you need to know in a sales free environment.

February 13: Check out our list of Galentine’s Day events when you click the image below…

February 15-16: My Furry Valentine Mega Adoption Event Come out and meet adoptable dogs, cats and kittens at this mega adoption event.

February 16: Krohn Conservatory’s “Bloom and Grow” Chocolate Demonstration with Maverick Chocolate. Paul Picton, owner of Maverick Chocolate will demonstrate the complex and interesting process of making chocolate from bean to bar. Visitors can sample some of this wonderful chocolate afterward!

February 22: Murder Mystery Dinner – Wedding Waterloo. Jack and Jenny’s wedding day is finally upon us, and Mamma Mia, has it been a wild ride! Will they actually Take A Chance on love, or will today be their Waterloo?  Enjoy an evening of adult humor and fun at a mystery dinner. Advance ticket purchase is required. For ages 18 and up. Winton Woods/Mill Race Banquet Center.

February 22: Kid’s Cooking Class: Lasagna & Berry Tiramisu at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Kids (and parents!) will work with the chef to create their very own delicious Lasagna & yummy Berry Tiramisu as well! After you are done creating your masterpieces, lunch will be served with some of their favorite dishes!

February 22: Whiskey Night at Jungle Jim’s. As one of America’s signature creations, whiskey, especially bourbon, is a celebrated cultural artifact that transcends generations. Rediscover your love for America’s classic spirit with Jungle Jim’s Whiskey Night: Frontier Style as we celebrate the vibrant, time-honored tradition of American whiskey. This year, we’re bringing together more than 60 bourbons and whiskeys from across America and inviting you, whiskey connoisseurs and enthusiasts, to The Oscar Station, our brand-new Jungle Jim’s venue, for a night of good, “old fashioned” fun.

February 22: Late Night Date Night at the Cincinnati Observatory. Looking for a romantic Saturday night out under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You’ll get to use the big telescope to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night (weather permitting). Get a sneak preview of the next season’s planets and stars a month or two ahead of everyone else.

February 22: Maple on Tap. Enjoy the best of maple season during this family-friendly event at our Rowe Woods location featuring maple beer crafted by HighGrain Brewing Company using Cincinnati Nature Center’s own maple syrup. Discover the process of making maple syrup, learn how the beer was made, savor syrup from the evaporator, play team maple trivia, and more!

February 22-23 and Feb. 27-March 1: Cincinnati Home & Garden Show Find everything you need to refresh your space at the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show. Connect with hundreds of local experts, get top tips from home and garden celebrities, tour stunning garden and landscape displays, and more.

February 27: American Sign Museum’s Maker Series – Screen Printing. Pull Club will start the class with a demonstration and lecture to explain the art of screenprinting. Students will then have the opportunity to create their own piece inspired by a sign within the Sign Museum.

February 28: Cold Nights and Warm Spirits at Ault Park. Join your friends and neighbors for an evening of great whiskey, music and fun, and support Ault Park! Each ticket includes 7 one-ounce tastings from among more than 45 American, Canadian, Irish and Scotch whiskies, Light Bites and live music by Marc & Doug Group / Covert Run for your entertainment.

February 28: 28th Annual Bockfest Parade. Starting at Arnold’s Bar and Grill – Cincinnati’s oldest saloon – the Bockfest parade is traditionally led by a goat pulling a keg and the reigning Sausage Queen along with the official parade marshal. It travels up Sycamore Street to 12th Street to Main Street to Bockfest Hall and ends with the blessing of the bock beer. This officially marks the beginning of a weekend of festive celebration we call Bockfest.


All events were accurate at the time of this posting but things do happen and events do occasionally get canceled or postponed. You should always double check with the event source before you head out the door. Links for each event are provided so that you can be sure the date is still accurate before you head out.

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