Check List February 2012 . . . What's Happening Where

  • Costa Rica

    Party at Puntarenas Carnival in Costa Rica

    The Puntarenas Carnival happens the last week of February in this tiny coastal town in Costa Rica.  Take in parades with street dancers, fireworks, the crowning of a queen and incredible latin music.

    Photo courtesy of kansasphoto

  • Carnival in Venice, Italy

    Go All Out : Carnival in Stunning Venice, Italy

    Venice, Italy - where the "Martedi Grosso" celebrations leading up to "Shrove Tuesday" all started!  Celebrate world-famous Carnival in Venice Feb. 11-21 and bring your finest mask and gown for gala dinners and balls.

    Photo courtesy of anja_johnson

  • Tucson Rodeo Days host PRCA rodeo events

    Saddle Up for the Sunny Southwest and Tucson Rodeo Days

    Head to the Great American Southwest in sunny Tucson, Arizona for Tucson Rodeo Days Feb. 18-19.  This city hosts one of the top 25 PRCA rodeos in the country and has the largest non-motarized parde in the world!

    Photo courtesy of Woody H1

  • Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas

    Treat the Family to some Fun and Sun at Atlantis

    Your family won't want to leave this all inclusive resort complete with water slides, aquarium and shark reefs and be sure to see the Valentine Massacre Regatta this month!

    Photo courtesy of derekskey

  • A previous winning ice sculpture, called "Palace Pet"

    Chill Out at Alaska's World Ice Art Championships

    You haven't seen ice carving until you check out this little-known festival in Alaska.   Categories include one-block and multiple-blocks;  contestants from around the globe vie for the title.  

    Photo courtesy of World Ice Art Championships

  • Audiences love Cirque du Soleil's Beatles tribute show, called LOVE, on stage in Las Vegas

    The Beatles' LOVE Show by Cirque du Soleil . . . in Vegas, Baby

    Valentines' might make a cool time to check out this show, but ANY night is the right night for this beloved Beatles' tribute show.  Performed by the stellar visual spactacular of Cirque du Soleil, LOVE will make baby boomers melt with bliss.  But anyone will love this show.  Just go.

    Photo courtesy of Richard Termine

  • Celebrity Chefs Headline the South Beach Food and Wine Festival in Miami Beach, Florida

    Rub Elbows with Celebrity Chefs at South Beach Food and Wine Festival

    Head to Florida for Food Network's South Beach Food and Wine Festival in Miami Feb. 23-26.  What a beautiful place to sample great food and wine, and see your favorite celebrity chef!

    Photo courtesy of Jimi Photog

  • Wine vineyard in Yakima Valley, Washington

    Savor Wine and Chocolate in Washington's Yakima Valley

    Yakima Valley, Washington hosts the Red Wine and Chocolate Tour on Presidents Day Weekend Feb 18-19.  Over 50 wineries participate, pairing scrumptious chocolate desserts with their own blends of reds.

    Photo courtesy of abhinaba

  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans

    There's No Bigger Party than Mardi Gras in New Orleans

    New Orleans knows how to turn it out big for Fat Tuesday each year.  The city shuts down for this most festive of all occasions.   Watch the parades, dress as kooky as you like, and don't forget to sample a King Cake!

    Photo courtesy of PhelanRiessen

  • U.S. friendship with Japan is celebrated during Hawaii's Waimea  Cherry Blossom Festival

    Feast Your Eyes at the 19th Annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival in Hawaii

    On the Big Island of Hawaii, on Feb. 4, the 19th annual Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival, part of the nationwide 100 year anniversary of the 1912 planting of the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., symbolizing the U.S.'s friendship with Japan, is taking place.  Come see hula dancing, drumming and other events to celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossoms.

    Photo courtesy of Sandra Lee Schubert

  • Santa Barbara, California:  home of State Street Ballet

    Dance Fans: Pack a Bag and Head to Santa Barbara

    In beautiful Santa Barbara, California, see the State Street Ballet Company perform their world premiere of "The Secret Garden," choreographed by Josie Walsh of So You Think You Can Dance February 25-26 at the Granada Theatre.

    Photo courtesy of uzvards