February has long been celebrated as the month of love and romance, with the earliest official celebration of Valentine’s Day dating back to the 1300s. Even though couples get all the love and attention this month, it’s also a great time to focus on and nurture relationships with family, friends and yourself.
Whether it’s a nice gesture, a fun outing or a simple “thinking of you” text, don’t hesitate to share the love this month. Here are some fun things to do in Colorado in February with those important people in your life.
Feb. 8-13: Celebrate 110 years of winter tradition in Steamboat Springs
The Winter Carnival is a unique celebration that was first started to help residents cope with cabin fever during the height of the Colorado winter season. It includes one-of-a-kind events such as skijoring, when contestants on skis race a flat course down a street while being pulled by a horse, and the Dog and Dad Dash, where children under five compete against one another while being pulled in a sled by the family dog. And don’t forget the light show on skis, the snow sculpture competition, the s’mores family fun party and more!
Feb. 10-11: Celebrate the month of love in the land of love
The Loveland Sweetheart Festival in downtown Loveland, Colorado, features love-themed activities for everyone.
This free event includes live entrainment, a light show, a palace of sweets, a tunnel of love, food trucks, the Sweetheart Classic 4-mile race and the Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid contest. What’s not to love?
Feb. 16: Find your Zen while supporting sustainable fashion
Strawberry Mountain is a clothing resale store in downtown Denver, where fashion and sustainability are top of mind. Whether you’re looking to spice up your current wardrobe or downsize your closet, you can buy, sell and trade gently used and one-of-a-kind pieces.
They also host a monthly free community yoga class for all levels of practice. This month’s class will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb.16.
Feb. 25: Celebrate Mardi Gras while giving back to man’s best friend
The town of Frisco celebrates Mardi Gras with a twist by hosting a costumed canine parade and street party for dogs and their families. All proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Hope for Animals – Clear Creek Rescue, which helps abandoned, lost and suffering animals through rescue, shelter and public education.
Register for the parade or come enjoy live music, “Yappy Hour” and a costume contest to crown the king and queen pup of the parade.
Feb. 1-28: Enjoy a culinary experience while getting your daily steps in
Rocky Mountain Food Tours offers a 1.5-mile, 3-hour walking tour for the whole family in Colorado Springs.
The tour stops at five surprise destinations for tastings at some of the most loved restaurants in downtown Colorado Springs. Along the tour, a guide will provide local history tidbits and fun facts.
Feb. 1-28: Cozy up for a romantic sleigh ride dinner
Crisp mountain air, star-lit skies and a horse-drawn sleigh ride await you at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, Colorado, about 25 minutes outside of Vail Ski Resort.
When you return from the sleigh ride, an authentic three-course ranch dinner is served, with s’mores by the campfire to end the night. Make it a date night or bring the kids, adults are $95, and kids are $45 each.