Whether you embrace cold-weather outdoor activities or prefer to celebrate winter inside, there’s plenty going on in WNY to keep you physically and socially active. These events include everything from running through the streets in your underwear to toasting the season with an indoor winery “tour.”
Feb. 1: Sweet Charity
Adam’s Mark, 120 Church St., Buffalo
Bigger and more delectable than ever, this 12th annual event to benefit the Food Bank of WNY allows you to satisfy your sweet tooth and help fight hunger at the same time. Delve into decadent desserts and sample sumptuous food, wine, beer, spirits and coffee tastings from some of the area’s finest establishments. Enjoy silent and live auctions, basket raffle, wine ring toss and more. Savor the food and fun between 5 and 8:30 p.m. Expanded free parking includes nearby WNED lot. (935-6717; Foodbankwny.org)
Admission: $75 general admission. All-access packages - $150 single and $210 couple.
Feb. 3: Snowflake Local Living Festival
Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown
This family-friendly event promises great fun, inside and out. Enjoy nature with snowshoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides, sled dog demonstrations, naturalist-led hikes, an alpaca area, and games like ice bowling and snow croquet. Indoors, make your own birdfeeder or nest box, go on a scavenger hunt, meet and greet large birds of prey, and watch as early adopters of the makers movement demonstrate how to churn your own butter, grind your own flour and spin your own wool. Locally made items and food available for purchase. Festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (569-2345; Auduboncnc.org)
Admission: $6 adults; $2 ages 3-15; 2 and under, free. Small fee for certain activities.
Feb. 3: Wine About Winter Festival
The Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew
Don’t let the subzero temps get the best of you. Congregate over some Cabernet, share some Chardonnay and shake off those winter blues. In addition to wine sampling, there will be plenty of great music, food, games, light shopping, coloring, a painting party and more. (391-1895; Eventbrite.com)
Admission: Afternoon sampling 1-4 p.m., $27; VIP ticket 6-10 p.m. with extra hour of sampling, $37
Feb. 10: Valentine’s Day Hike
Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo
Looking to celebrate your love with something more personal (and romantic) than a box of chocolates? Take a candlelight stroll through Tifft Nature Preserve, our own urban sanctuary. After you’ve hit the trails with your special someone, top off the evening at the hot cocoa bar in Tifft’s Education Center. Registration required. Enchanting event runs 6-7:30 p.m. (825-6397; Tifft.org)
Admission: $8. Snowshoe rentals available for an additional $2, weather permitting.
Feb. 10: Cupid’s Undie Run
Thin Man Brewery, 492 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Billed as a “brief” fun run, this event to benefit Neurofibromatosis is as much about partying as it is pace. In fact, the run itself only lasts about 15 minutes; the rest is party. Undies encouraged, but costumes also welcome for those skittish about sporting their skivvies. Register online as a group, join a group or hit the pavement alone. Only registered participants allowed inside the brewery. Check-in starts at noon, run begins at 2 p.m., event ends at 4 p.m. (email@example.com; My.cupids.org)
Feb. 22: Polar Bites
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Grand Ballroom
One of the coolest parties in town, this fundraiser hosted by the Buffalo Zoo features food samplings from some of Western New York’s finest restaurants, as well as a basket auction, gift card wall and visits with some of the Zoo’s ambassador animals. Support one of Buffalo’s cultural icons from 6-9 p.m. Ticket includes samplings, two drink tickets and free parking. Must be 21 years or older to attend. (837-3900; Buffalozoo.org)
Admission: $30 pre-sale; $40 at the door. Early admission VIP tickets, $55.
Feb. 22: A Woman’s Work
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Buffalo Chamber Players is giving a shout-out to a few of the starring ladies in the historically male world of musical composition. Take in the Baroque secular vocal masterpieces of Barbara Strozzi, the art music of Amy Beach, modern and folk compositions of Ruth Crawford Seeger, and classical compositions of Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. Enjoy the music from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (270-8292; Buffalochamberplayers.org)
Feb. 25: Pink the Rink
Buffalo HarborCenter, 100 Washington St., Buffalo
Grab your friends and family and head to HarborCenter for this annual Susan G. Komen of WNY party on ice. Enjoy a two-hour open skate, including the chance to skate with “Frozen” characters Elsa and Olaf. No skating ability? No worries. There’s plenty of other fun stuff, like off-ice games, music, refreshments, raffles, giveaways, meet and greet with Sabretooth, and notable Sabres alumni on hand. Event runs 2-4 p.m. Complimentary parking available in the HarborCenter garage. Register online. (887-2646; Komenupstatenewyork.org)
Admission: Family Four Pack, $50; adults, $25; college student with ID, $15; youth 5-17, $10; children 4 and under, free.
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