The shortest month of the year, the most romantic month of the year, and the last few weeks before winter transitions into spring. Whatever February calls to mind, we want to make sure that everyday is jam-packed with culture, food and drinks, and activities like free days at the museum, Denver’s first Asian restaurant week, and much more. Even if it’s a bit cold, we hope that won’t stop you from exploring every corner of Denver that you can. Here’s 49 things to do in (and near) Denver this February.
We’re starting off the list with this romantic and charming series of Candlelit concerts that have been sweeping the nation for the last several years. The popular series called Candlelight is back in Denver at some of the most stunning venues with enchanting concerts you won’t want to miss. Gift the gift of a candlelight concert this Valentine’s Day with a gift card for any concert or attend this Classic Rock on Strings at Wings over the Rockies. Don’t forget, this month only there’s a Romantic Concert dedicated to iconic love songs from movies or romantic pop songs all played by a string quartet surrounded by a sea of flickering candles.
There’s nothing like dipping into a cozy bar or restaurant on a chill evening and tucking into a warm meal, but it’s even better when it’s for a special Valentine’s Day celebration. Whether you’re dining alone, with friends, or with a special someone, you’ll be content dining in one of these lovely, cozy and romantic restaurants in Denver.
11-18. Visit one of these skip resorts that avoids the crazy traffic of I-70
Colorado is a ski state because of its world-renowned resorts like Aspen and Vail. But, there’s a catch: I-70. With constant closures from accidents or avalanches, you can never quite predict whether or not you’ll be able to catch a break when heading out. Plus, we don’t need to remind you that even on a day where things seem to be smooth sailing, the popularity of these resorts means traffic. Why not just skip I-70 altogether, or at least as much of it as you can? Check out our guide below to see what resorts you can reach avoiding I-70 or at least only driving a portion of it.
19. Take advantage of all the free days at these Denver museums
There are plenty of free admission days in Denver for the month of February that we’d highly recommend taking advantage of if it’s possible.
- Denver Art Museum: February 14th
- Denver Museum of Nature and Science: February 6th and February 26th
- MCA Denver: February 4th
- Museo de Los Americas: February 3rd
- Denver Botanic Gardens: February 16th (through lottery only)
- Denver Zoo: February 5th
If you’re looking for a date idea that avoids the typical dinner then we’d suggest checking out our guide for romantic and fun activities you can do around Denver, from ice skating to exhibit go-ing to arts-and-crafting.
While hiking is a staple in the spring and summer, Colorado is an exceptional state to explore during the winter as well. From frozen-over alpine lakes looked over by snow-capped mountains to backwoods adventures with abandoned mining cabins, there’s plenty to explore this winter with our guide on some of the best hikes. Just remember to keep an eye on the avalanche reports and be properly geared up and fed.
Dairy Block, one of our favorite creative spots in Denver has got a couple of new art displays to brighten it up this year. Created by art collective, Handsome Little Devils, comes “Winter Wonderland,” a 12-foot-long display with 3-D elements that’s perfect for photo-opps. Around the corner will be “Downpour” an interactive light display that will twinkle along to music choices and light up to commemorate different holidays and events going on in the city.
36. Attend Denver’s first Asian Restaurant Week
In solidarity with the AAPI community, some members of Colorado’s food and beverage industry have come together to create Denver’s very first Asian Restaurant Week called Mile High Asian Food Week, where some of Denver’s best Asian restaurants ranging from Japanese to Korean and more will be participating in a pre-fix menu at a discounted price. There are still a lot of details that need to be ironed out, but it will be happening February 22nd through 26th.
37-43. Soak up the last of winter at one of these natural hot springs
Take a drive outside the city to one of these fantastic hot spring resorts and spas and natural springs, perfect for soaking away the stress of the week or for a soothing getaway. Glenwoods is a favorite and is actually the biggest hot springs resort in the world.
44-49. Grab a mug of hot cocoa and take a stroll
Winter has greeted us all with a harsh hello this season which means it’s the time of year for warm bowls of soup, hot lattes, and rich, sweet mugs of cocoa. In honor of the chilliest season, we put together a sweet little roundup of some of the best hot chocolate you can get around Denver. Take a sip of these 5 hot cocoas and drift away into an indulgent, sweet chocolate-y heaven.