5 Main Street Festivals to Visit in February

Even the bitter cold and the gray winter skies can’t keep these communities from celebrating! This month, you can beat the cold with a warm chili cook-off, a sweet chocolate crawl and more.

Downtown Chocolate Crawl

February 7, 2015

Florence, Alabama

For one day only, Florence Main Street is turning local businesses into sweet smelling, can’t-miss chocolate shops. Local boutiques, jewelry stores, salons and more will offer samples of their very own chocolate creation, and participants will vote on the best one! Participants also receive a coupon for 10 percent off their purchase at each business they visit. It’s a great way to bring local businesses together and introduce them to new customers in the community. Tickets cost $5 and trolley transportation is available along the chocolate crawl route. For more information, visit Florence Main Street’s website here.

Downtown Gadsden Chili Cook-Off

February 7, 2015

Gadsden, Alabama

What’s better on a cold winter day than a bowl of warm chili? At this event in downtown Gadsden, local businesses, families and friends will send teams out as early as 7 a.m. to start cooking chili in preparation for the afternoon tasting and competition. In addition to the chili, there will also be a classic car show. Tickets are just $1. Tell Downtown Gadsden you’ll be there by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event.

Febtoberfest

February 12, 2015

Waterbury, Connecticut

Febtoberfest is all about celebrating Connecticut breweries. Held at a local art and history museum, Febtoberfest combines local beers with other symbols of the community, including local food, music and small businesses. Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased online here.

Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show

February 12-15, 2015

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Located near the border of California, Lake Havasu City isn’t exactly known for cold winters. So it’s only fitting that the city hosts a Fourth-of-July-like celebration in the middle of February. The event includes a unique fireworks show each night of the weekend, as well as a Beer Garden that raises money for local children. Each year, the Winter Blast attracts thousands of visitors and commemorates different parts of the city’s history. Find more information about tickets, parking and camping at the site here.

VIP Bed Race

February 28, 2015

Columbus, Georgia

Each February, Uptown Columbus and Valley Interfaith Promise, Inc. (VIP) host a race you don’t even have to get out of bed for. In this unique event, teams of five build and race a bed down Columbus’s 14th Street. There are prizes for the race winners, the most creative design, the crowd’s choice and more. It’s all to raise money for VIP, a local sheltering program for homeless families with children. See some of the crazy beds and learn more about the race here.

It may be winter, but it’s always a good time to get out in the community and see what your town’s Main Street has to offer. Stop by one of these festivals or seek out different activities in your own city to keep the local fun going all year long. Is there an event on your Main Street coming up? Let us know by emailing info@independentwestand.org.

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