The 29 best things to do around Boston this February

The shortest month of the year doesn't have to be your dullest.

Chinatown's Lion Dance Parade in 2017.
Chinatown's Lion Dance Parade in 2017. –Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

We get it. We’re smack-dab in the middle of winter. And while the weather hasn’t been bad lately, it’s still a time of year when the coziness of your home can seem more inviting than a day or evening out. Still, from Valentine’s Day happenings to yes, even an undie run, there are plenty of activities to get pumped for this February. Read on for 29 reasons to brave the chill.

Saturday, Feb. 1
12th Annual “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-Off. You’re a few chili samples and a vote away from helping one Cambridge restaurant win the Harvard Square Chili Pot. (1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; in front of Bluestone Lane, Cambridge; free; all ages)

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Sunday, Feb. 2
Chinatown Lion Dance Parade. Ring in the year of the rat with performances by 10 local organizations, plus a Culture Village with arts and crafts, Chinese calligraphy, and music. (10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Culture Village from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Parade begins from stage in Phillips Square, Culture Village at Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England, Boston; free; all ages)

Monday, Feb. 3
Christopher Columbus Park Tunnel of Love. Find a moment to lead your special someone through the park’s trellis, which has been transformed with lights and music into the perfect spot for a romantic rendezvous. (Saturday, Feb. 1 at midnight – Saturday, Feb. 29 at 4 a.m.; Christopher Columbus Park, Boston; free; all ages)

Tuesday, Feb. 4
Rest & RestoreYou’ll come away from a panel of fitness, medical, and wellness professionals with more insight about how to curb anxiety, relieve pain, and slow down. (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; The Lenox Hotel, Boston; $5; 21+)

Wednesday, Feb. 5
The World of “Little Women” at the Gibson House. See portions of this home museum not usually on view, and score some behind-the-scenes details about scenes shot inside for Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” adaptation. (Wednesdays from Jan. 29 – Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m.; Gibson House Museum, Boston; $15 for general admission, $12 for members; all ages)

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Thursday, Feb. 6
Laughter Yoga. Chaturanga and chuckle your way through this class, which mixes voluntary laughter with yogic breathing. (6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Jenks Center, Winchester; free; all ages)

Friday, Feb. 7
Hasty Pudding Man of the Year. This Harvard institution may not have announced its 2020 Man of the Year yet, but with a past of list honorees that includes Ryan Reynolds, Paul Rudd, and Justin Timberlake, you’re not likely to be disappointed. (8 p.m.; Farkas Hall, Cambridge; $250; all ages)

Saturday, Feb. 8
Cupid’s Undie RunDon your best underthings for a lap around Fenway Park in support of a cure for neurofibromatosis. (Noon – 4 p.m.; Fenway Park, Boston; $40; 21+)

Cupid's Undie Run
The 2017 Cupid’s Undie Run. —John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Sunday, Feb. 9
Academy Awards Red Carpet Gala. Proceeds from this soiree –which includes a cocktail reception, chef stations, a silent auction, and more — go toward the Ellie Fund’s mission to support services for breast cancer patients.  (5:30 p.m.; Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston; $300; all ages)

Monday, Feb. 10
Boston SciFi Film FestivalAttend every day of this event, or pop in at the end to participate in “The ‘Thon,” a 24-hour test of movie-watching endurance. (Friday, Feb. 7 – Monday, Feb. 17 at various times; various locations, Boston and Somerville; $15 – $175; all ages)

Tuesday, Feb. 11
Amore Valentine’s Dinner Concert. This romantic three-course menu will pair well with a selection of music that will be performed during your meal. (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Tresca Restaurant, Boston; $75; all ages)

Wednesday, Feb. 12
Date Night with Clay. After cozying up to your sweetheart on the pottery wheel, you’ll be able to take home your creation as a memento. (Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Friday, Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln; $90 per couple for members, $105 per couple for nonmembers; 21+)

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Thursday, Feb. 13
Unconditional Love: The Letters of John and Abigail AdamsBe transported back to the 18th century during this live reading, and get an inside look at the relationship between the second president and first lady. (Thursday, Feb. 13 – Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.; Abigail’s Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Boston; $39 per person, $69 per couple; all ages)

Friday, Feb. 14
Mortified. There are plenty of lovey-dovey activities to keep you busy on Valentine’s Day, but this show gives you the alternative option to listen to others share the diary entries, poems, and home movies of their teen years. (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Oberon at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge; $15; all ages)

Saturday, Feb. 15
Bugs Bunny Film Festival. Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang will return to The Brattle Theatre for the 25th iteration of this festival. (Saturday, Feb. 15 – Thursday, Feb. 20 at various times; The Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9 – $10; all ages)

Sunday, Feb. 16
Monster JamWorcester’s DCU Center will serve as the home of “Grave Digger,” “Raminator,” and more monster trucks for a weekend of engine-powered competition. (Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16; DCU Center, Worcester; tickets start at $15; all ages)

Monday, Feb. 17
“Nina Simore: Four Women.” Based on the song “Four Women,” this production showcases four divergent African American perspectives, including Simone’s. (Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Sunday, March 8 at various times; Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell; $24 – $46; recommended for ages 14+)

Tuesday, Feb. 18
“Plaza Suite.” For the first time in 20 years, Hollywood couple Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will take the stage together for a pre-Broadway run of this Neil Simon comedy. (Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Saturday, Feb. 22 at various times; Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston; $79 – $309; all ages)

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Beach Party with REI. Complete with snow yoga and a snow sculpture contest, this event will have you wondering why “fun in the sun” is a phrase often reserved for summer. (Noon – 8 p.m.; The Rink at 401 Park, Boston; free, $6 – $10 to skate; all ages)

Thursday, Feb. 20
Succulent Garden Workshop. Take this chance to craft a succulent container and liven up your space for gloomy days. (6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sweetbay Home, Wakefield; $50; ages 8+)

Friday, Feb. 21
Home Show Boston. Whether you’re seriously looking or simply perusing, this show will let you get a sense of what high-tech gadgets and other home products are on the market. (Friday, Feb. 21 – Sunday, Feb. 23 at various times; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $10 – $12, free admission on Friday, free for children 17 and under; all ages)

Saturday, Feb. 22
Night Shift x Ledger Salem Brunch. A ticket to this brunch comes with a Night Shift pour and swag. Plus, you’ll get to chow down to hip-hop beats. (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Ledger Restaurant, Salem; $40; all ages, must be 21+ to drink)

Sunday, Feb. 23
Northeast Motorcycle Show. This show allows you to check out BMW, Harley Davidson, Suzuki, and an assortment of other bikes. (Saturday, Feb. 22 – Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, Marlborough; $15; all ages)

Monday, Feb. 24
“The Bachelor” Viewing PartyMonday nights provide you with an opportunity to guess who will win Pilot Pete’s final rose with Bachelor Nation, while competing for prizes and roses yourself. (Mondays at 8 p.m.; Article 24, Brighton; free; all ages)

Tuesday, Feb. 25
Booty by Brabants Winter Workout Series. The entirety of the ticket money from this sweat session will benefit the DJ Henry Dream Fund, which offers financial support to Massachusetts youth. (6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.; Boston Park Plaza, Boston; $15; all ages)

Wednesday, Feb. 26
“Fiddler on the Roof.”  This musical-theater staple makes its national tour stop for a little more than two weeks at the Emerson Colonial Theatre. (Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Sunday, March 8 at various times; Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston; $44.50 – $204.50; recommended for ages 8+)

Thursday, Feb. 27
Synesthesia Suite. Composer Mary Bichner’s synesthesia allows here to “hear” color and “see” sound. Thanks to Museum of Science planetarium visuals, this show allows audience members to get a glimpse of the experience. (7:30 p.m.; Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston; $20; 18+)

Friday, Feb. 28
National Golf ExpoIn addition to exhibits, seminars, and interactive features, this show features the largest driving range and demonstration stage in the Northeast. (Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 1 at various times; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $12 – $14, free for children 12 and under; all ages)

Saturday, Feb. 29
South Asian Showdown. Expect the energy to be high as Bollywood Fusion dance teams from all over North America congregate to compete on Leap Day. (6 p.m.; John Hancock Hall, Boston; $25 – $100; all ages)