Even with the frosty Cleveland winter in full swing, there are plenty of ways to explore the nearby community in February. Grab your favorite hat and scarf—or create your own like the members of Case Western Reserve’s Yarn Arts Club—as you celebrate the Lunar New Year in Asia Town, take part in an upcoming run or visit an outdoor art and music festival.
Mark the start of the Lunar New Year during a celebration hosted at Asia Plaza (2999 Payne Ave.). In recognition of the Year of the Dragon, several vendors and performers will come together for two days of festivities.
The event will feature cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, a lion dance, resources, and other activities.
Food trucks Blasian Fusion and Parilya will be on site. Kids also can stop by the AsiaTown Cleveland and Art Cart for a special activity.
The celebration will be held Feb. 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Whether your walk between classes has desensitized you to the bitter cold or you’ve lived in Cleveland your whole life, you can prove your ability to withstand the temperatures during the second annual Hot Cocoa Run Saturday, Feb. 17.
Runners can opt to participate in the chip-timed 5K for a chance to win an award mug. If you’d prefer a slower pace, a one-mile fun run also will be offered. All participants will receive a cup of hot cocoa, a long-sleeve T-shirt and a finisher medal.
The race and fun run will begin at 10 a.m. at North Coast Harbor.
Bundle up and head to the Flats West Bank for a day of performances by up-and-coming artists covering a range of genres. While there, indulge in bites from food trucks, or grab a s’more made at a firepit and some hot chocolate.
You’ll also have the chance to see works by local artists in tents that will help you warm up before heading back outside to catch the next band.
The festival begins at 3 p.m. and extends until 11:59 p.m.