The chillier month of February is the perfect time to be entertained indoors at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The center is conveniently located within walking distance of dozens of local restaurants and bars, and if you choose to stay at a downtown hotel, you won’t have far to venture.

In the mood for a symphony? Enjoy the brash and bold Firebird classic performed by the North Carolina Symphony on Feb. 10th and 11th. The Symphony will also explore in-depth Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World with world-renowned music scholar Joseph Horowitz on Feb. 17th.

Lights. Camera. Action. You won’t be able to get enough of In The Mood, a 1940s Big Band Theatrical Swing Dance revue that celebrates one of the most happening American generations. Singers, dancers and an orchestra will bring on the action on Feb. 9th.

From Feb. 13th to the end of the month, ballet lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy Balanchine Rarities as performed by the Carolina Ballet. This rarely performed program has been hailed by The New York Times as “whimsical… with just enough seriousness.”

February will also feature concerts by contemporary Christian singer Sara Groves, internationally respected guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, not to mention a piano concerto and at least a dozen other fascinating performances. Find the right performance for you by visiting the center’s events calendar, and book a nearby hotel room at