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9 Top February Festivals and Events 2015

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Love is not the only thing in the air this February
February might be the month of love, but there is something more than that in the air.

Check out these festivals that will jam-pack your February and guarantee to keep you and your family entertained.

1. Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day
When: 22 February 2015: 10am-8pm
Where: City Rd, Camperdown
Cost: Free
Details: This festival is a smorgasbord of fun for all ages and tastes! It is both a picnic and party, where you will find gourmet food, rides, market stalls, comedy, dance, dog show and plenty more...

2. Chinese New Year Festivals
When: 13 February 2015- 1 March 2015
Where: Various locations around Sydney CBD see website
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: Chinese New Year is an important cultural tradition and to celebrate this unique and fascinating culture, Sydney is hosting festivities to commemorate the event. For all festival events see website.

3. Wanderlust Festival
When: 20-22 February 2015:
Where: Cockatoo Island, Sydney
Cost: Tickets start from $140pp
Details: It is time to unwind and head to Cockatoo Island for a festival of relaxation. The whole festival is dedicated to helping you feel better, with yoga! There will be live music, art, workshops and meditation, along with Australia's leading yoga and meditation experts. Click here for website

4. NSW Food & Wine Festival
When: 7 February 2015 1 March 2015
Where: Various locations around Sydney CBD- see website
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: Prepare your taste buds for a spectacular celebration of local wine, artisan food and producers. There will be winemakers, food markets, live music, Luna Markets (boasting with Asian cuisine and culture), masterclasses and plenty more for foodies. Click here for website.

5. JAM Festival
When: 13-15 February 2015
Where: Cliftonville Lodge Resort, 1558 River Rd, Portland
Cost: Tickets start from $55pp
Details: This is Australia's biggest wakeboarding event, with a combination of water activities as well as a chill music festival with a relaxed atmosphere. There are plenty of competitions, water events and thrills, music performances and plenty more activities and events. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

6. Soundwave Festival
When: 28 February 2015- 1 March 2015
Where: Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
Cost: Tickets start from $132pp
Details: This jam-packed rock music event features performances by the biggest rock bands in the music world. This is a two day event not to be missed for rock music fans. See website for information and ticket purchases.

7. Sydney Mardi Gras Festivals
When: 3- 28 February 2015
Where: See website
Cost: Free & ticketed events
Details: There are so many event festivities happening throughout February with the Mardi Gras Festival! Some festival events include Mardi Gras Film Festival, Drag-on-Queen, Bare Fashion, Gaybies, Rainbow Run, Queer Thinking and plenty more fun events. See website for the full list of the festivals, pricing and times / dates...

8. Cupid's Undie Run
When: 14 February 2015
Where: Bar 100, 100 George St, The Rocks
Cost: See website for donations and fundraising information
Details: Celebrate this Valentine's Day by baring it all for charity. Join in on this worldwide event for Children's Tumour Foundation of Australia. The event starts with a party at Bar 100 followed with the 1.5km run through The Rocks, and back to the bar to celebrate! For all information see website.

9. Tomato Festival
When: 14-15 February 2015: from 10am
Where: Royal Botanic Garden, Band Lawn, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: A weekend festival celebrating, you guessed it...tomatoes. Surprise yourself with the many ways tomatoes play a role in our lives. The festival includes cooking masterclasses, guided walks, talks, workshops, range of activities, range of local and organic produce to purchase, tomato taste testing, show competitions and plenty more.
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Why? Keep entertained this February with free & ticketed festivals for the whole family...
When: 7 February 2015-1 March 2015. See above for all dates
Where: See above for all address details
Cost: Free & ticketed events - check above
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