Schedule your next vacation around one of these exciting events.
Sapporo Snow Festival
Japan, February 6–12
Visit a literal winter wonderland, where locals transform the streets of Sapporo into a magical display of ice and snow sculptures. About 2 million visitors flock to the festival each year. In the International Snow Sculpture contest, a dozen teams create intricate, towering works of art, including dragons, ancient deities and anthropomorphic creatures. Playing in the snow is more fun than looking at it, so take the kids to the Community Dome, aka Tsudome, to kick around on snow slides and snow rafting.
South Beach Wine & Food Festival
Miami Beach, Florida, February 22–26
Escape the cold to hobnob with foodies and celebrity chefs on the beach at this five-day food festival. Try incredible bites from more than 350 culinary tastemakers, including award-winning chefs such as past guests Joël Robuchon and José Andrés. Brush up your palate with Wine Spectator experts at curated seminars and chow down on burgers at the annual Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray. Just make sure to remember to bring your eating pants.
Major League Baseball Spring Training
Arizona and Florida, February–March
Can’t wait for the first pitch of baseball season? Head south, grab a hot dog and watch your favorite teams warm up with practice games. Follow East Coast teams like the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and New York Yankees in Florida’s Grapefruit League, or find Midwestern and West Coast teams like the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox in Arizona’s Cactus League.
Hong Kong, March 23–25
Dive deep into the world of contemporary art as the international art show, which also has fairs in Basel, Switzerland, and Miami Beach, Florida, hits the road to Hong Kong. Discover more than 3,000 innovative artists and galleries from around the world as they showcase cutting-edge paintings, immersive installations and feature-length films. Don’t worry about leaving the kids at home—the show has fun activities for children as young as 3 and educational tours just for kids.