Fall in love with a variety of unique virtual events this February, from film and music festivals to cultural celebrations, and so much more. There are plenty of cool and fun things to do that will broaden your horizons. Check out these opportunities to enjoy something different this month.
Internationally recognized and acclaimed, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) puts on SCAD aTVfest each year to celebrate the creativity, innovation, and future of television and media. This event offers an opportunity to see what’s next in television, advertising, social media, streaming, broadcast, and more. Planned events include screenings of shows and documentaries, engaging panels with people who make things happen on and behind the screen, and planned awards for some of the industry’s brightest and up-and-coming stars, including Bryan Cranston, Cynthia Erivo, Javisia Leslie, Keenan Thompson, and others. Weekend passes are $25 or day passes are available for $10.
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Experience a Medieval Faire through the magic of the internet by tuning in to the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire’s Hoggetowne at Home: A Virtual Medieval Experience. This two-day celebration of all things Medieval has everything you’ve come to expect with a delightful digital twist, including performances and demonstrations, a medieval marketplace, engaging characters, interactive games, and more sorcery than Merlin’s beard. Pre-recorded performances are available to watch any day through February 7th. Participation in this event is free so tune-in February 6 and 7 from 11am – 6pm EST.
For more information check out the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire website.
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
February 10 – 15
The longest running genre-specific film festival in the United States, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival continues on for its 46th year. Screen captivating and adventurous science fiction films from across the globe and sit-in on intriguing panels featuring some of the most forward-thinking minds in the industry over the course of this 6-day sci-fi celebration. The festival is capped off with “The Marathon,” a 24-hour binge of science fiction films so make sure you have plenty of snacks and soft drinks to get you through the end. Tickets to the festival range from $10 for individual screenings, to $175 for the all access pass.
Brookes Science Bazaar
Jam-packed with tons of exciting and educational activities, Brookes Science Bazaar, organized and presented by Oxford Brookes University, is an awesome opportunity to dive deeper into a variety of topics. With activities geared for minds that are 5+, this virtual event will have you listening, watching, building, experimenting, drawing, laughing, and thinking. Subjects range from physics, engineering, and nutrition to natural conservation and biology. Registration is free so be sure to sign up and enjoy a day of learning more about incredible subjects.
For more information and to register for a spot, check out the Brookes Science Bazaar Eventbrite page.
Light of Day Canada 12 Virtual Festival
Take part in this rousing music festival benefitting Parkinson’s research and care by streaming the Light of Day Canada 12 virtual festival February 19th and 20th. Showcasing an awesome lineup of talented musical acts spanning a variety of genres, including Tom Morello, John Cafferty, Steve Earle, and Rusty Young, these performers lay it all on the line for a great cause. Tickets are $20 for single day access or you can purchase a combo ticket starting at $32. Proceeds from the festival go to various foundations and organizations dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease. So far Light of Day Canada, a non-profit organization, has raised over $500,000 in 12 years from these musical performances.
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Carve out some time to tune-in to the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, showcasing screenings, panels, and virtual workshops centered around telling stories about and bringing awareness to the mountains. You can catch 10 shows consisting of multiple films, 3 feature films, 3 virtual workshops, and 3 panel discussions all centered around the great outdoors and those mammoths that inspire us to explore and leave us awestruck. Tickets for the festival start at $75 for access to all of the 50+ films and 3 live panels, or you can purchase the all-access ticket for $95 which includes the 3 virtual workshops.
For more information on this elevated experience, including to see the schedule of shows, panels, and workshops, check out the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival website.
Soul Long Beach Yoga Festival
February 20 – 21
From beginning yoga practitioners to the seasoned yogi, the Soul Long Beach Yoga Festival has something for everyone. Taking place over Zoom on February 20th and 21st, you can participate in a variety of classes exploring different types of yoga as well as workshops about meditation, Holistic healing, and more. You will also have access to a virtual mall and be treated to spiritual music to help keep the good vibes going through the day. Tickets are $10 per day.
LASP Virtual Guitar Festival and Competition
February 20 & 27
Experience virtuoso performances from some of the top classical guitar players in the world along with up-and-coming guitarists competing for top honors at the LASP Virtual Guitar Festival, a revered and celebrated guitar competition. Broadcast live from Milwaukee, WI and accessed via stream, this is your opportunity to catch incredible musicians play a captivating and romantic style of music on the guitar.
Latino Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that brings cultural awareness and educational experiences to Greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. The Latino Arts Strings Program (LASP), part of this cherished organization, offers pre-college students ages 5-18 access to music education they may not otherwise have. Reaching more than 200 kids, the classes provide technical training and fundamentals through various forms of Latin music.
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
If you love music, and especially jazz, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is the perfect escape. Put on by the University of Idaho, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival honors the history of jazz with masterful performances and footage of contemporary jazz artists as well as archival footage of the great Lionel Hampton and his friends. Additionally, for those who play instruments, you can attend artist workshops and even play in front of educators to get some tips to take your abilities to the next level.
Bowers Museum Virtual Chinese New Year Festival
Celebrate the Year of the Ox with the Bowers Museum’s virtual Chinese New Year Festival. Livestreamed over the museum’s Facebook page, tune in to celebrate the Year of the Ox with live music, traditional dance, art, live food demonstrations, and more. Check out the event page on Facebook for more information and to sign up for updates and reminders.
Located in Santa Ana, California, The Bowers Museum’s vision is to “celebrate world cultures through their arts.” Originally opened in 1936 as the Charles W. Bowers Memorial Museum as a place to preserve the history of Orange County, the museum re-opened in 1992 as the Bowers Museum with a broader focus on culture and art. Today the Bowers Museum is the largest museum in Orange County and counts over 90,000 artifacts in its collection along with event space and multiple wings, one dedicate to Chinese culture and another with rotating exhibitions around a variety of subjects.