Groundhog Day - Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney, USA 2nd February
Groundhog Day is one of the United States' best-known and for outsiders, most bizarre traditions. This remakable Day is a weather predicting ceremony and guess who is making the predictions? The Groundhog of course! Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) has been making predictions for over 120 years! How is that possible? By drinking the "elixir of life", a secret recipe that gives Phil 7 more years of life everytime he drinks it! So each year on February the second, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob in front of thousands of followers from all over the world to predict the weather for the rest of winter. After he emerges from his burrow, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president (by the way there is a Groundhog Club) in "Groundhogese" (a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world. The town also puts on a huge range of activities and celebrations in the days before and after Groundhog Day itself. These include guided tours, meals, craft fairs and more besides. One can even have a "Groundhog Day Marriage Ceremony, officially performed by the Mayor and witnessed by a member of the Groundhog Club."
Further Information: www.groundhog.org
The Comedy Club - Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, England 3rd February
These are very stressful years we live in! Sometimes we just want a break from all the work and family dramas and have a good laugh. On the first Wednesday of every month, Plymouth's Barbican Theatre B Bar hosts The Comedy Club. Growing in international popularity, this stand-up night features up-and-coming and renowned comedians from the UK and overseas. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8.30pm.
Further Information: www.barbicantheatre.co.uk
Navam Perahera (full moon Poya day) - Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka 4th February
The streets of Colombo transform under the weight of 100 colorful elephants during February's full moon. The Navam Perahera, which started in 1979, attracts more than a million spectators every year to the Gangaramaya Temple, at Hunupitiya on the banks of the picturesque Beira Lake. The event usually has as many as 1000 performers. The fearsome kas karayas inaugurate the processions by cracking their whips in the air, while schoolchildren scurry behind, carrying colorful flags. Plenty of noise is contributed by percussion bands, conch shell blowers, stilt-walkers, flautists and drummers, but the real guests of honor are the elephants, visiting from all over the island.
Further Information: www.srilankatourism.org
Strictly Come Dancing Live! - The O2, London, England 4th February - 7th February
For the second successful year in a row, fans of BBC's much loved British television show Strictly Come Dancing will be able to catch this event live on stage in London! Watch your favorite celebrities, dance champions and those all-important judges at the arena extravaganza for Strictly Come Dancing Live! Celebrities performing in Strictly Come Dancing Live include:
Further Information: www.visitlondon.com
Art on Ice - Lake St Moritz, St Moritz, Switzerland 12th February
Grab a jacket and head to Switzerland! For one spellbinding night, Lake St Moritz hosts a display of open-air figure skating. Watch some of the world's best skaters salchow and lutz across the lake's frozen surface, backed by snowy mountains in the high alpine Engadine valley. Where similar events cram up to 10,000 spectators into stadiums, Art on Ice is an intimate affair, and the audience of 500 sit close enough to see the skaters' sequins glint in the moonlight. Ice-masters such as Stéphane Lambiel and Olympic gold-medallist Evgeny Plushenko twirl across the frosted stage to the strains of Chris de Burgh, Paul Young and other global artists. After the glittering outdoor show, one warms up with a hearty dinner in the marquee, with courses interspersed by a private concert from the guest musician.
Further Information: www.artonice.ch
Rio Carnival - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 13th February 16th February
The Rio Carnival is a world-famous event that takes place in Rio De Janeiro every year 40 days before Easter. The Carnivals highlight event is the Samba Parade, a show, a display and competition of the Rio samba schools. The 2 major days are Carnival Sunday and Monday. This truly spectacular is not to missed! If you really can't afford it and you are in the region try to go on another day, which is significantly cheaper albeit less grand. The second best option is the Champions´ Parade on Saturday, followed by the Access Group parading on Carnival Friday.
Further Information: www.rio-carnival.net
Daytona 500 - Daytona Beach, Florida, USA 14th February
Also known as "The Great American Race", The Daytona 500 is the biggest, richest and most prestigious motor sports event in America. A 200-lap, 500 miles (800 km) long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach.
Further Information: www.daytona500.com
Natural & Organic Products Exhibition - Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa 19th - 21st February
It’s time for us to start thinking about the environment or perhaps we wil destroy the one we live in! A great chance to get in touch with your eco-friendly side, at the Natural & Organic Products Exhibition, which showcases a broad spectrum of alternative products and services. Within the main show, visit the Green Home for energy and money saving tips. Other sections include the Lifestyle Stage and the Organic Wine Garden.
Tickets to the Natural & Organic Products Exhibition also give access to the Women's Show, which runs alongside. Daily 10am-6pm (until 5pm Sun)
Further Information: www.seshowsandevents.com
The Women's Show - Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa 19th - 21st February
The Women's Show provides a space for women to celebrate all things feminine. Ladies come to network, browse exhibits and participate in workshops and a host of other activites. There are 130 exhibits, 140 live events and 6 interactive feature areas ranging from health and beauty to money, sex and women's rights. The La Dolce Vita pavilion, for example, showcases new products by some of the best-known Italian brands like Maserati, Peroni and Lavazza, while the Wedding pavilion is packed with ideas for the perfect day. Business, comedy and dance are also covered. Daily 10am-6pm (until 5pm Sun).
Further Information: www.seshowsandevents.com
Lady Gaga - Echo Arena Liverpool, Liverpool, England 24th February
Time to go Gaga! Riding high on the success of her latest album, The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga brings her stylish brand of electronic shock-pop to Liverpool's Echo Arena. Expect a dazzlingly shocking show, all lights, glitter and her career hits to date.
Further Information: www.ladygaga.com
Judging by the list of events on offer, here’s wishing you a wild February!