Just because it’s chilly outside, doesn’t mean you have to stay inside this February. The Garden State still has plenty of fun events and festivals to get you out of the house, from a magical ice world to a weekend spent along the New Jersey Wine Trail. Check out this list of the ten best festivals happening in New Jersey this February.

Frozen in Ice: Wild West

Where: Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta
When: Select dates from January 27-February 25; check website for full calendar
festivals, februaryPrice: $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, free for children under 38” in height
Details: View magnificent interactive ice sculptures, ride down a 50-foot giant ice slide, play carnival games, watch ice carvings and more at the Frozen in Ice: Wild West event. Food, hot beverages, cocktails and wine are all available for an additional charge. The stadium will be chilly, so don’t forget to dress warmly! Snow pants are recommended for the ice slide.
More info: Visit skylandsstadium.com or call 973-940-0222

Glen Ridge Antiques Show

festivals, februaryWhere: The Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge
When: February 2 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm & February 3 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: $9 general admission
Details: The 72nd annual Glen Ridge Antiques Show is one of the nation’s longest-running antiques shows. Don’t miss out on a gathering of fine antiques, fresh food and the welcoming spirit of this event, which donates all proceeds to local Essex County charities.
More info: Visit www.glenridgeantiques.com or call 973-743-5596

Great Beer Expo

Where: Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus
festivals, februaryWhen: February 3 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm (Session 1) and 5:30 to 9:00 pm (Session 2)
Price: $45+ tax/fees in advance, $60+ tax/fees at the door and $10+ tax/fees designated driver tickets
Details: Gear up for the Super Bowl by pre-gaming before the big game! Sample over 150 craft beers in your souvenir tasting glass. Food and water will also be available for purchase. Tickets do sell out, so make sure you grab them while you can!
More info: Visit www.greatbeerexpo.com or call 631-940-7290

Frosty Ball 2018

festivals, februaryWhere: Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill
When: February 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Price: $25 for member children, $30 for non-member children and $5 for adults
Details: Meet and greet all of your favorite frosty friends while enjoying tasty treats. Wintery crafts, games, songs and dances are all included. Dressing in your finest ball clothes is encouraged! Pre-registration is required.
More info: Visit www.discoverymuseum.com or call 856-424-1233

Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend

festivals, februaryWhere: Various wineries throughout New Jersey
When: February 10 & 11
Price: Prices vary by winery
Details: Stop in at participating Garden State Wine Growers wineries throughout New Jersey this weekend for special tastings and pairings in honor of Valentine’s Day. Natali Vineyards, Hawk Haven Vineyard and Terhune Orchards Vineyard are just a few of the places you can sample delicious wines and chocolates.
More info: Visit www.newjerseywines.com or call 609-588-0085

New Jersey Home Show

Where: Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus
festivals, februaryWhen: February 17 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm & February 18 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Getting ready to start a remodeling or DIY project in your home? At the New Jersey Home Show, you will find inspiration and connect with home improvement professionals. Enjoy interactive exhibits, speak with the best in the home renovation field and leave excited and motivated!
More info: Visit www.njhomeshow-me.com or call 201-620-9432


festivals, februaryWhere: Downtown Hackettstown
When: February 17 from noon to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Stroll through Hackettstown while you shop at local merchants and view the ice sculptures throughout the town. Soups and chilis are on the menu for $2 per tasting, plus you get to vote for your favorite! Crafts for kids will also be on hand to entertain the little ones.
More info: Visit www.hackettstownbid.com or call 908-850-5004

Cheers Bergen: A Craft Beer & Wine Festival

Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza Event Space, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus
festivals, februaryWhen: February 17 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm (Session 1) and 6:00 to 9:30 pm (Session 2)
Price: $60 admission before February 4, $65 before February 11, $70 at the door and $15 for a designated driver admission
Details: Featuring over 100 craft beers and wines, Cheers Bergen will also have food, vendors and merchandise on hand. Included in your admission is a 5 oz. taster glass and unlimited samples of beer and wine.
More info: Visit cheersbergen.com or call 973-927-2794

NJ Flower & Garden Show

Where: NJ Convention & Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison
When: February 22 from 1:00 to 8 pm, February 23 & 24 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and February 25 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
festivals, februaryPrice: $25 for adults ($15 online), $20 for seniors ($12 online), $15 for children ages 6-17 ($8 online) and children under 6 are free
Details: The 16th annual NJ Flower & Garden Show has a theme of “A Magical Adventure” and will feature garden displays inspired by the Wonderful World of Disney. You can also view demonstrations and seminars and watch the horticulture and artistic floral arranging competitions. Purchase tickets online before February 21 to receive a discounted price.
More info: Visit www.njflowershow.com

Maple Sugaring Fest

festivals, februaryWhere: Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit
When: February 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Price: Free for RRA members and children under 3; $5 for non-members
Details: Spend the day learning how early settlers tapped maple trees and made maple syrup. A family scavenger hunt, the “Maple Syrup Challenge,” and sampling the Arboretum’s own delicious maple syrup is included. Pre-registration is not required.
More info: Visit www.reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787 ext. 1515

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