Looking for fun things to do in Ann Arbor this month? Explore the city at these dining, art and entertainment events.
By Alana Blumenstein
Breakout Escape Rooms
Noon to 8 p.m.
Breakout Escape Rooms – Ann Arbor
3460 East Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor
Looking for some family-friendly fun? Enjoy one of Breakout’s three different escape rooms — each more entertaining than the last! Any day this February, choose between The Ringmaster’s Den, Game of Espionage and Zombie Roadhouse. To book an escape room for your family and friends, click here.
Family Art Studio: Fantastical Realities
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
University of Michigan Museum of Art
525 South State St., Ann Arbor
Interested in art? Register the whole family for a Family Art Studio at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The program will begin with a tour of the UMMA exhibition, “Proof: The Rioichi Excavations,” featuring the work of photographer Patrick Nagatani. Families will then create stories through collage in a hands-on workshop. Click here to sign up for this creative event.
Monthly Bløm Tour
100 South 4th Ave., Suite 110, Ann Arbor
On the first Saturday of every month, Bløm Meadworks hosts a 45-minute tour of its meadery. For only $10, tickets include two samples, a Bløm glass and they’ll even share the process for creating new recipes. Tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis, so make sure to come at least 15 minutes early! You can pay at the door. More information on the event can be found here.
10 a.m. to noon
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 North Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor
Bring your children to Tea Time! at the beautiful Matthaei Botanical Gardens. For $10, you and your child will learn about tea time all around the world. Children will also make a special tea or hot cocoa and will learn how to make a healthy snack. To register your child for the event, click here.
Bangerz Ball: Valentine’s Edition
HopCat – Ann Arbor
311 Maynard St., Ann Arbor
Come to Bangerz Ball for a wonderful night filled with good food and company. This season, HopCat is working with different brewing companies for an even bigger selection. Your ticket will include a five-course meal, paired drinks for each course, dessert, swag from each brewery and a commemorative glass to celebrate the occasion. To buy your tickets for this can’t-miss event, click here.
Creative Cookies Baking Class
3711 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
Love to bake? Sign up for a class at Zingerman’s Bakehouse! Various classes will be offered throughout February, with choices just for adults or for the whole family. Sign up to make creative cookies for the holidays (or for any occasion) here. Tickets are $100 per person. To take a look at Zingerman’s monthly calendar, click here.
J.I.D at the Blind Pig
8 p.m. to midnight
The Blind Pig A2
208 South 1st St., Ann Arbor
In need of a night out with friends? Come see rapper J.I.D perform live at the Blind Pig! Doors open at 8 p.m. for an 8:30 p.m. show. For more information on the concert, click here. To buy your tickets, click here.
TEDxUofM 2019 Absolute Zero
Power Center for Performing Arts
121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor
Want to learn more about yourself in 2019? On Feb. 22, come see amazing speakers and performers at the 10th annual TEDxUofM conference. Speakers will share their unique perspectives on topics including technology, education, design and more. This year’s theme is Absolute Zero, which explores a search for truth, both in our identities and the journeys we embark on. Tickets are $12 for U-M students and $25 for general audience and can be found here.
Ann Arbor Art Center
117 West Liberty St., Ann Arbor
Hurry and get your tickets for the 11th annual Artini, a fundraiser for the Ann Arbor Art Center. At this popular event, the finest restaurants and bars in downtown Ann Arbor compete to create the city’s most artful martini. For $65, you get to be a part of the fun, tasting cocktails designed by the city’s top mixologists. Visit the event’s official website here.
The Ark’s 32nd Annual Storytelling Festival
The Ark – Ann Arbor
316 South Main St., Ann Arbor
The Ark’s annual Storytelling Festival is a must-see event for all ages. Each year, The Ark brings storytellers from all over the world to share their unique experiences through storytelling. This year, the event will feature writer and performer Edgar Oliver, Michigan native Ivory D. Williams and internationally acclaimed storyteller Laura Simms. To visit the official site, click here. To buy your tickets, click here.