Sure, February is the shortest month and also one of the coldest months around here. But it’s also when we start to emerge from our hibernation and get reacquainted with the city around us. If you’re one of those #SoberyJanaury people, February is the light at the end of the tunnel. There’s also Valentine’s Day, Red Sox spring training, and hopefully one other event that I haven’t mentioned — a Patriots Super Bowl parade.
February 1 — 11:30 a.m. — 1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge — Craft breweries from all over the world will raise a glass of gruit to pay homage to the historical tradition of brewing with herbs and spices in lieu of hops. (What is gruit, you ask? It’s an herb mixture used for bittering beer that was used before the extensive use of hops.) The team over at Cambridge Brewing Company will celebrate the occasion with their newest gruit beer, a barrel-aged dark sour beer called “What’s The Use?”. The new concoction is brewed with the herbs sweet gale, yarrow, and wild rosemary, along with Labrador tea, licorice root, and nettles, and is aged in neutral oak barrels. Free.
February 2 — 6 p.m. — Seaport World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane — If you’re one of those poor bastards who chose to put yourself through “Drynuary,” congratulations on making it to the finish line. To break the fast in style, head over to the Seaport where the guys from BeerAdvocate are celebrating brewers who strive to dazzle your palate. The event is sponsored by Dogfish Craft Brewery, and while the two Saturday sessions are sold out, tickets are still available for Friday night. $65.
February 3 — 6 p.m. — 82 Boston St., Boston — Need to laugh those winter blues away? The Polish American Citizens Club of South Boston periodically hosts hilarious comedy events that are a great bang for your buck. Boston’s own Arty Przychodzki will host a roster of up-and-coming and nationally known comics, including Corey Rodrigues, who has been featured on “Gotham Live” and “Laughs on Fox.” $10.
February 3 — 2 p.m. — Warrior Ice Arena, 90 Guest St. — It’s not hyperbole to say that the folks over at Dana-Farber are miracle workers, and the Rink Rats game is a unique opportunity to see them in person and applaud them for everything they do. More than a dozen doctors, nurses, researchers, and staff will face off against Boston Bruins alumni, with proceeds going to the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber. $20.
February 4 — 6:30 p.m. — As you may have heard, the New England Patriots are playing in a very important football game against the Philadelphia Eagles and I recommend that you watch it on television. Unsurprisingly there will be viewing parties everywhere, but I recommend checking out The Greatest Bar, YOTEL, Kings, and Tony C’s Sports Bar and Grill.
February 7 — 6:30 p.m. — 125 Summer St., Boston — If one of your resolutions for 2018 is to finally learn to code, you’ve got no excuse not to get started. At this hands-on workshop, you’ll develop an understanding of the fundamentals of HTML + CSS and walk away with a simple webpage you wrote yourself. No prior knowledge required, but space is limited. Free with registration.
February 9, 10, and 11 — Seaport World Trade Center — The Boston Globe Travel Show is one of the top-attended travel shows around, and it’s one of my favorite winter activities. You can easily spend several hours browsing exotic destinations, watching cooking demonstrations, and entering a mind-boggling amount of vacation contests. (And if you think other people only win those, my wife and I won a trip to Canada at last year’s show.) Also returning for 2018 is the popular Craft Beer Pavilion, which requires its own ticket. $10 general admission, $35 for beer event.
February 9 — 5 p.m. — 284 Broadway, Cambridge — The days after the Super Bowl are some of the darkest of the year, but this year we’re in luck as the Winter Olympics kick off only five days later in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Lamplighter is getting into the Olympics spirit by debuting a dry hopped golden ale dubbed “All Gold Everything.” The new beer will hit the tap lines and retail fridge at 5 p.m., and the brewery will be showing the opening ceremony on a big screen at 8 p.m. Free.
February 10 — 9 p.m. — 138 St. James St., Boston — An annual black-tie event that has established itself as one of the most anticipated events on the local social calendar, the 10th Annual Boston Winter Ball attracts guests from all over the country. This one-of-a-kind party will take place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and will benefit the Corey C. Griffin Foundation, funding its mission to improve quality of life for children through healthcare and education programs. $350.
February 10 — 10 a.m. — 465 Huntington Ave., Boston — Ring in the Year of the Dog at the Museum of Fine Arts with Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying a variety of music and dance performances and lion dances. The event will also feature a Korean New Year’s ceremony; a tour highlighting works in the Art of Asia galleries, demonstrations of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese martial arts, and hands-on family art-making activities. Free.
February 11 — 10 a.m. — 100 Hanover St., Boston — And now, for something completely different. This first-ever free festival is expected to bring knitters, farmers, and sheep enthusiasts to the Boston Public Market. The event is being organized by market vendor New England Farm to Fiber, an all-natural, breed-specific farm yarn company. Vendors from throughout New England will be selling wool, spun yarns, patterns, knitted wear, and other handmade crafts. There will also be fiber-spinning demos, a natural dyeing workshop, and kids’ activities. Free.
February 13 and 14 — 4 p.m. — 40 Brattle St., Cambridge — Fresh off its 75th anniversary celebration last November, one of the greatest love stories ever told is headed back to The Brattle for Valentine’s Day. There are two screenings each night, and $20 premium tickets that include unlimited soda and popcorn are also available. Pair the “Casablanca” with dinner reservations in Harvard Square, and you’ve got yourself the perfect Cambridge night. $9 and up.
February 14 — 6 p.m. — 215 Charles St., Boston — I’ve never been a big anti-Valentine’s Day guy because I fully embrace any excuse to go out for a nice dinner. But if you’re in the mood to exorcise your dating demons and maybe even meet someone new, I found the best event of the night. Clean Slate guests will get to drop a photo of their ex into a ‘Burning Cauldron of Love’ so they can enjoy the party free of past baggage. Three Day Rule matchmakers will be on hand to introduce guests to each other, and they’re expecting more than 150 guests to fill Alibi Bar. $15.
February 15 — 6:30 p.m. — 44 Cedric St., Boston — You love cheese. I love cheese. Everyone loves cheese! That being said, how much do you really know about it? In the cozy confines of Bully Boy’s Barrel Room, MA Cheese Guild Executive Director and Cheesemonger Beth Falk will guide you through the basic families of cheesemaking style with tastes of seven different Massachusetts artisan cheeses. You’ll learn about the history of cheese in the Commonwealth, why milk matters so much, why “artisan” cheese is different from packaged cheeses, and much more. The class will wrap up with suggestions for cheese and spirit pairings, and you’re be welcome to linger and enjoy a cocktail in the Tasting Room. $25.
February 22 — 6 p.m. — 700 Boylston St., Boston — What is the role of a public library in 2018? How does the Boston Public Library keep up to date with technological advancements? And what free BPL programs and services can Boston’s millennials take advantage of? These topics and more will be covered at this SPARK Boston panel discussion with David Leonard, president of the Boston Public Library, and Laura Koenig, children’s services team leader at the Central Library. The event will be held at the BPL’s Newsfeed Café, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Free.
February 25 — 9 a.m. — 19 Clarendon St., Boston — It has apparently flown under my radar, but Fitbit Local is running a series of free monthly workouts led by area fitness leaders. The February workout will be held at Boston Ballet headquarters in the South End by Chris Capozzi. This hip-hop dance workout is welcome to all ages, and all registered attendees will have a chance to win a Fitbit tracker. Free with registration.