Things to Do in Washington State in February
February isn't a regular month—it's a fun month. With only Valentine's Day and a mere 28 days to endure, it's a time to learn something new or, for antique fans, buy something old. Festivals and activities celebrate the low-key vibe of winter without all that pesky holiday stress.
The Great Junk Hunt
A roving antique market heads to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe for indoor shopping. Items tend to the charmingly vintage with a farmhouse aesthetic—think old washboards and ceramic pitchers, plus refurbished and upcycled decor. Early entry tickets allow for first pick of the one-of-a-kind finds.
Fridays and Saturdays, February 4–25
For a snowy trek minus the city environment, the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery presents a mile-long snowshoeing route through Icicle Creek. Guides offer facts about Leavenworth wildlife—as well as insight on how to preserve it—during the one-mile route. The hatchery, responsible for raising chinook salmon, is open for self-guided tours daily.
Resilience: A Sansei Sense of Legacy
Opens February 4
A new exhibit reflects on the generational effects of Japanese incarceration at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, presented from the perspective of third-generation Japanese American artists. Some use various traditional Japanese art mediums like boro stitching and kintsugi, while others utilize more modern techniques like experimental photography. Elsewhere in the museum, Skate: Rinks, Derbies, and Discos in Washington Skate History opens February 11 and celebrates our grooviest pastime.
Happy World Whale Day to all who celebrate; the WET Science Center in Olympia, a kid-minded activity hub operated by a wastewater management nonprofit, sure does. The weekly Saturday activity is dedicated to cetaceans with whale crafts, and the rest of the center offers hands-on exhibits devoted to the wonders of water. Think of it as a children's museum that turns sewer systems into legit fun.
Red Wine and Chocolate
Wineries across the Yakima Valley offer a red wine and chocolate pairing in an annual festival of indulgence. Tasting rooms in Yakima, Selah, Wapato, Zillah, and Prosser mark Valentine’s Day (or rather a late Valentine’s weekend), some with additional discounts and activities served alongside chocolate snacks. Schab's Bier Den in downtown Yakima hosts a Valentine’s market stocked with locally crafted jewelry and other goods.
The family-oriented country and bluegrass music festival returns to Bellevue. The Hyatt Regency and Westin hotels (connected by skybridge) have a full schedule of performances, but the event also includes several workshops like songwriting, banjo, and film scoring. Tickets are free for kids, and this year features a spotlight on the music of Louisiana.