February is the month of love. Of course, Valentine’s Day festivities are in the air, but the real love affair is when dreams of powder days start to become a reality. We get a lot of our snowfall between the months of January and February, so it’s no wonder locals and visitors alike love this snow-packed month, with hopes of knee deep powder and icy beards underway.
What to Do in Breckenridge in February
February means it’s the perfect time to take advantage of activities that rely on Breckenridge’s generous snowfall. From days on the mountain to one of a kind experiences, there is plenty to do. Try Snowmobiling, Fat-Biking and many more winter activities in Breckenridge! Here are some of our favorites:
- Making a snowman, snow angel and getting in at least one snowball fight
- Skiing / Snowboarding
- Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride
- Ice Skating
- Sampling the best hot chocolates in town
- Snowshoeing or cross-country skiing
- Dog Sledding
- Hot Tubbing
Check out more winter activities in Breckenridge.
It’s time to show Pass Holders the love! During Breckenridge Resort’s Pass Holder Appreciation week, you can enjoy First Tracks, live music, discounts on demos and more! What’s even better than being appreciated? They’re holding this event series from Feb. 3 – Feb. 9- a time where skies are blue, snow falls in abundance and the most terrain will be available.
Mardi Gras – Feb. 25
Each year, New Orleans visitors and Mardi Gras lovers take over Breckenridge on Fat Tuesday with a celebration to commemorate the carnival season. This year, we are thrilled to be bringing in The New Orleans Suspects to feature a truly authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras Celebration!
Banff Mountain Film Festival – Feb. 27 & 28
Hot on the heels of the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain film festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops in over 285 communities and 30 countries across the globe, including the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center on Thursday and Friday, February 27th & 28th.
Each year, the World Tour features a collection of some of the most inspiring and thought-provoking action, environmental and adventure mountain films. Featuring film footage from the highest peaks and other far-flung corners of the world, and adrenaline-packed action sports, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is and exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.
All proceeds from the Banff Mountain Film Festival support BOEC’s programs for adaptive recreation and outdoor education.
Check out other events this Winter!
Arts and Culture
Classes & Workshops
Whether you’re with the family or with friends, Breckenridge in February has so much to offer. Breck Create hosts art events and classes like pottery, metalsmithing, woodworking and more. To really go all in with your artistic side, check out Ready, Paint, Fire! to paint your own pottery or participate in a guided canvass painting party with some wine or beer to fuel your creative flow.
Live Music& Performances
Jan. 16 – Feb. 16 – The Great Gatsby @ The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed, and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in Simon Levy’s adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.
Feb. 7 – Ani DiFranco @ The Riverwalk Center – CANCELLED
Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco is the mother of the DIY movement, being one of the first artists to create her own record label in 1990. While she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has embraced punk, funk, hip hop, jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. Her collaborators have included everyone from Utah Phillips to legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker to Prince. She has shared stages with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson, Greg Brown, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Chuck D., and many more. Her most recent album Binary was released in June 2017 on Righteous Babe Records and her memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream was released in May 2019 by Viking Books.
Feb. 20 – North Mississippi Allstars @ The Riverwalk Center
A forgotten roll of film inspired a musical accompaniment, the North Mississippi Allstars’ new record Up and Rolling. Shot before the turn of the century, the photographs resonate with the music of four families from the Mississippi hills. The album captures the communal spirit upon which the band was founded.
Feb. 22 – Yacht Rock Revue @ The Riverwalk Center
The Yacht Rock Revue is everything the late ‘70s and early ‘80s should’ve been: massive sing-along soft rock hits, tight bell-bottom jeans, impeccable musicianship, polyester shirts, glorious vocal harmonies, sunglasses at night, breezy dancing and sax … lots of sax. “They’re a trip down memory lane that skips all the bad neighborhoods,” according to Robbie Dupree. It’s pure Escape (The Piña Colada Song.)
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Feb. 27 – March 29 – The Beauty Queen of Leenane @ The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre
Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenanetells the darkly comic, Irish tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a chain of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying resolution.
Historic Tours & Museums
The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and Breckenridge Tours host tours throughout the week including walking history and ghost tours for all you history buffs out there! See more historic tours and museums in Breckenridge.
Relax and Unwind
To unwind for the day, head to the spa for a couple’s massage, take a yoga class at Meta or Bhava Yoga Studio, or sit in the sauna or hot-tub at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Check out more ways to reset and rejuvenate in Breckenridge.
Once you’re feeling relaxed and warmed up from a big day playing in the snow, head out for a night on the town and try some of Breckenridge’s newest restaurants. Once you’re full, grab drinks at one of many bars right in town, and don’t forget to grab some happy-hour deals including late-night specials.
Our first and most important tip is to always come prepared. The weather can change quickly and without warning in February, so every local knows that packing smart is the easy solution to having a great day or a not so fun one. Dress in layers, wear the right gear and pack snacks, water and sunscreen. Sunglasses and soaked-through base-layers are no fun in a snow-storm, and a goggle burn is not fun to show up with at work the next day. You’ll thank us later.
Want to come to Breckenridge for the Superbowl? It can be a blast with so many sports bars in town, but it can also be busy. Locals who aren’t into the game will usually ski that day because the crowds clear out in the afternoon, but if both are on your agenda, hit the slopes in the morning and the town in the afternoon!
You’ll save time and money by buying your lift tickets, lessons and rentals ahead of time online. If you buy your lift tickets at least 7 days in advance you can save up to 20% off the ticket window price. When booking lodging, make sure you look into proximity to the town, mountain, or bus stop and it’ll be easy to go carless once you arrive in Breckenridge.
Weather & Layers
Let’s admit it, winter in Breckenridge can be chilly, so don’t forget to bundle up because baby, it’s cold outside! The average temperature in February is around 30.2 degrees F and wind can play a big role in this too, making it feel even colder, especially up on the slopes. Don’t let that deter you! February does get a ton of sunny days that are perfect for an Apres beer on the patio!
Many of Breckenridge’s restaurants are on OpenTable, and we suggest booking ahead of time, especially for Valentine’s Day. If you are going to a restaurant that doesn’t accept reservations, plan to arrive a little earlier than normal to put your name down, and then take a stroll along historic Main Street to view the lights. Check out our list of some of the most Romantic dining Restaurants in Breckenridge!