Some people are happy that February only has 28 days! It can be a tough month, but we’ve got 61 upcoming events to brighten up your subscribers’ inboxes…
So even if you’re feeling a little uninspired for your email marketing ideas, this handy list has you covered. From the obvious (Valentine’s Day) to the not-so-obvious (World Play Your Ukulele Day), you can delight your target audience with fresh newsletter content that keeps them engaged and excited for more.
Remember that relevance is key. Pick events that relate to your business in some way—even if it is as simple as adding a P.S. to remind your readers of the special day.
Bear in mind that some of these days hold special cultural and/or religious significance, so if you choose to refer to them in your content marketing, remember to be sensitive and considerate.
Use this as a guide to help plan your newsletter ideas for February. We encourage you to experiment and to keep it Lite!
This year, the Chinese New Year falls in February, beginning a Year of the Tiger. Celebrations run for 16 days, starting from New Year’s Eve on January 31st, all the way to February 15th, when it closes with a lantern festival.
Newsletter idea: Decorate your newsletter design to mark the Chinese New Year, and wish a joyful celebration to those of your subscribers who celebrate it
This ‘Year of the Tiger’ email from Whittard celebrates the meaning behind this year with some special gift sets highlighted in their email newsletter.
Brace yourselves for the international celebration of all things love, hearts, couples, and cuteness. Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day can also be the perfect moment to show your subscribers how much you appreciate them.
Newsletter idea: Offer your subscribers a ‘self-love’ discount code to treat themselves
We love this 14 February newsletter from MeUndies, which perfectly captures the fun, quirky dynamics of real couples and makes the subscriber smile.
Dive deeper into this with our article on creating the ultimate Valentine's Day email campaign.
Black History Month is about celebrating inspirational Black figures and educating people about the history and experiences within the Black community.
Newsletter idea: List your favorite Black nonprofit organizations where subscribers can access educational resources, printables, and lesson plans, or give a shoutout to Black business owners in your local area
This Black History Month newsletter from Etsy celebrates the Black creatives and artists within their community.
The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing this year. If a sport takes place on snow or ice, then you’ll almost definitely see it in this upcoming international competition!
Newsletter idea: In honor of the Winter Olympics, host an email giveaway for people to win ice skating vouchers, or winter clothing discounts (or anything else that fits into the winter theme)
This email notification from YouTube TV has the perfect design elements of a Winter Olympics newsletter, with dynamic imagery and a glacial color scheme!
If you have a rugby-loving subscriber base, this is as good as it gets. The big season has arrived, and England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales will battle it out.
Newsletter idea: Post an email survey in your newsletter for subscribers to place their bets on who’s going to win the 2022 Six Nations Championship
This events newsletter from Fever builds up the hype for this international rugby tournament, offering special discounts for people coming to watch the game.
Are you planning out your emails for the year? Here’s how to set up an email content calendar to take care of it all!
Here are events taking place throughout the month that could be incorporated into your campaigns.
Yes, people still love libraries. This month is all about showing appreciation to our libraries, which form important community hubs and hold a wealth of information that anyone can access.
Newsletter idea: Embed an image in your email, showing a photo of your latest library read and how it impacted you
North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) is all about creating more education and employment opportunities for people living with disabilities.
Newsletter idea: Share an infographic of local nonprofits, small businesses, and organizations that promote inclusive opportunities, and encourage your subscribers to donate or volunteer
Whether for health and/or for ethical reasons, this is the ideal time to promote the vegan lifestyle—a diet free of animal products—and tasty recipes.
Newsletter idea: Post your favorite vegan recipe in your newsletter for your subscribers to try
As the name suggests, this event is all about getting families into the kitchen and baking. If you need an excuse to have more cookies and cakes in your life, this is the moment!
Newsletter idea: Post a new baking recipe in each weekly newsletter for families to try together during February
OK, some of these events aren’t exactly one week, but we’re rolling with it. 😁
Hosted by the UK nonprofit The Society for Storytelling, this week is focused on the power of stories, and it especially encourages children to experiment with story-centered activities.
Newsletter idea: Get in the spirit of storytelling by sharing how you created your business, and where it’s brought you so far
Known for its bright colors, flamboyant parades, and party spirit, Rio de Janeiro hosts the biggest carnival in the world, held every year before Lent. Though this year's edition is canceled, we can still virtually celebrate!
Newsletter idea: Decorate your newsletter design in a carnival-style and create a ‘parade’ of your best products in an email GIF
These two weeks promote the rights, working conditions, and pay of those who grow our food, produce the cotton in our clothes, and mine our metals.
Newsletter idea: Link to the online Choose The World You Want festival 2022 for your email list to get involved
Chinese New Year: (See key events)
National Groundhog Day: Add a tiny groundhog illustration somewhere in your email design, and challenge your subscribers to ‘spot the groundhog’
World Play Your Ukulele Day: If you’re musically inclined, embed a video of yourself playing your favorite ukulele tunes
Candlemas Day: Celebrate this Christian tradition by writing out your goals for the coming year in your newsletter
Optimist Day: Create a printable PDF for your subscribers to download, with a template for them to list the things they’re grateful for. Or, add an in-email survey and let them write their gratitude directly within the email
World Read Aloud Day: If you’ve written a book, an article, or poem that you’re proud of, share a video of yourself reading it aloud to your subscribers
World Cancer Day: Most of us have been impacted by this disease, either directly or indirectly. Mark this day by sharing your favorite nonprofits for subscribers to support
National Wear Red Day: Decorate your newsletter with red tones to mark this special occasion and raise awareness about heart disease
National Working Naked Day: Yes, this is real… but we couldn’t think of any ideas that we would recommend 😂
Take Your Child To The Library Day: Give a roundup of the top 10 children’s books that will get the kids into reading
Dump Your Significant Jerk Day: Tell subscribers the things you’ll be “dumping” this year to enjoy a better 2022 😎
Play More Cards Day: Share a downloadable family activity pack with instructions for easy-to-play card games
Send A Card To A Friend Day: Send a virtual ‘card’ to subscribers, telling them how much you value them. And if you want to be extra nice, you can throw in an email coupon
World Ballet Day: If you’re a dancer or a ballet fan, add a video link to one of your favorite performances for subscribers to enjoy
Safer Internet Day: Share a list of resources for people to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe online, such as connectsafely.org
Extraterrestrial Culture Day: An official day in New Mexico. Take the time to list some of your favorite extraterrestrial movie recommendations
Read In The Bathtub Day: Write a glowing review of the last book you enjoyed, and include it in your newsletter
National Umbrella day: If you run a business or freelance services, remind your subscribers about all the things you cover (pardon the pun)
National Make A Friend Day: Re-introduce yourself to new subscribers in your newsletter and link to your social media profiles so they can keep in touch
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day: Share your favorite stress-relieving activities in your newsletter
Lost Penny Day: Remind your subscribers that everything adds up, and share some of your favorite hacks for saving money and organizing your finances
World Marriage Day: Share a gift guide and/or a promo coupon for people who want to treat their partner
Get A Different Name Day: Have you recently re-branded your business? Share the story behind the decision and what this new branding means to you
Valentine’s Day: (See key events)
International Book Giving Day: If you’re an author, offer a special discount on your books for one day only
Singles Awareness Day: Spread the self-love with a special invitation for your subscribers to treat themselves, either through a coupon, free delivery, or a giveaway for a VIP experience
Innovation Day: Describe how your business is growing and developing in 2022, or promote the launch of a new product
Random Acts Of Kindness Day: Surprise your target audience with a special freebie to show them how much you care
My Way Day: Encourage your subscribers to not be afraid to pursue bold ideas, and list ways they can put themselves first this year
No One Eats Alone Day: Host a virtual “dinner” on Zoom or Teams (here’s how to do an RSVP event email) and have a Q&A session with your subscribers
International Tug Of War Day: Run a comparison (or “tug of war”) between two of your products to help people decide which one is right for them
National Love Your Pet Day: Include a P.S. line at the end of your email with a “note” from your pet for your subscribers (and a pawprint email signature, if you’re feeling extra creative)
President’s Day: Share some interesting facts about US presidents running through history
International Mother Language Day: If your mother language is different from the one you use for your newsletters, share a fun list of easy vocabulary to learn at the end of your email
World Thinking Day: Include a riddle in your email, and offer a prize to the first three subscribers who respond with the correct answer
Single Tasking Day: Remind people to slow down and do one thing at a time
World Yoga Day: Link to a beginner’s YouTube yoga class for everyone to give it a try
National Pink Day: List anti-bullying resources for schools and families
Inconvenience Yourself Day: Share a recap of a time when you went out of your way to help someone and the unexpected rewards that it brought
Fat Thursday: Celebrate this Polish tradition by sharing photos and recipes of your favorite sweet treats, before Lent begins
Fairtrade Fortnight: (See week-long events)
Carpe Diem Day: Remind your target audience to seize the day, and list several ways they can do it (e.g. trying something new, creating a bucket list, listening to an inspirational podcast, etc.)
Tell A Fairytale Day: Share the story of how your business can help people to live their ‘happily ever after’
World NGO Day: List the nonprofit organizations that are close to your heart, and share how your subscribers can support them
National Floral Design Day: Create a piece of artwork using a floral theme and share a photo of it with your subscribers, or link to some printable floral coloring sheets for them to enjoy
3 February 1821: The first female US physician, Elizabeth Blackwell, is born
7 February 1812: British novelist Charles Dickens is born in Portsmouth
8 February 1587: Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots is beheaded in England
11 February 660BC: Celebrated as the founding date of the Japanese nation
11 February 1990: Nelson Mandela is released from prison, aged 71
12 February 1809: Abraham Lincoln is born in Hardin County, Kentucky
15 February 1564: Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa, Italy
February is packed full of events and anniversaries to keep your content marketing interesting. Use these ideas to promote your products, case studies, FAQs, and more—but also don’t be afraid to show some of your personality! It’ll make people feel more connected to you and your brand, which can only mean good things for your conversions.