Your Guide to Galentine’s Day Fun Around DC - Washingtonian (2024)

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Celebrate friendship with flower crowns, melted brie, sex stories, and more!

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Cuddle with kittens. Photograph courtesy of Crumbs & Whiskers.

Well hotties, it’s another Galentine’s Day in Washington, DC where we’re reminded that the best ships are friendships and dating apps are terrible—and yes, we question why our swamp is ranked the best city for dating. Here’s a list of ways to celebrate the season of besties.

Classic Galentine’s Day

Flower crowns and photoshoots. 💐 Jungle & Loom is teaming up with Buffalo & Bergen for a boozy flower crown-making workshop. Enjoy complimentary co*cktails and a festive photoshoot while adorning your floral masterpieces. (Feb 4, $95, Union Market)

Upgrade your valentine’s. 💝 Join Good Letters for a Valentine’s-themed hand lettering workshop at Three Stars Brewing Company. Enhance your card making by learning the fundamentals of composition and make some valentine’s! (Feb 10, $45, Lamond Riggs)

Brie skillet for two. 🧀 Indulge in molten brie and wine flights with Immigrant Food. Patrons will choose from wine flights highlighting female winemakers from around the globe. (Feb 9-16, $, Downtown)

A rooftop co*cktail class. 🥃 While drinking bottomless rosé, learn about bourbon from the Lady Bird Bar’s lead mixologist. The co*cktail class will take place on the rooftop bar of the Banneker hotel, which recently opened last summer. (Feb 11, $35, Dupont Circle)

Charcuterie board + co*cktails. 🍸 Morris American Bar will be serving a “Hugs & Kisses” co*cktail tasting experience featuring drinks such as “Beautiful Stranger” with tequila, pomegranate and champagne or “Lover’s Rock” with gin, fino sherry, and pineapple. The experience comes with a charcuterie board. (Feb 14, $75, Convention Center)

Something A Little Different

🎶 You’re My Best Friend 🎶 Take a note from Queen and head to to Black Cat for a Valentine’s Day Rock & Roll dance party (Feb 14, free, 14th St.) Or, for those of us who did not get tickets to the “When We Were Young Fest,” enjoy, or shall we say angst, at the Heartbreak Edition: Emo vs. Pop-Punk Dance Party (Feb 12, $15, 14th St.)

Bookstore (Galentine’s) Date Night. 📚 Lost City Books is opening up their bookstore after hours for a romantic candlelit date night “all scented with the romance of books.” Although you may be surrounded by couples, we argue this is in fact the perfect Galentine’s date: wine, catered amuse bouches, live music, and books. (Feb 14, $60 ($30 towards a book purchase), Adams Morgan)

Cuddle with kittens. 🐈 Listen to breakup songs, pet adoptable kittens, and enjoy sweet treats at Crumbs and Whiskers’ annual Galentine’s Day event. Surely to be cuddly and purr-fectly insta-worthy. (Feb 13, $45, Georgetown)

A ‘Galentine’s’ pop-up market. 🛍 Enjoy hot chocolate cherry cider while picking out the perfect present for your besties at Lost Boy Cider. Sign up in advance with Creative Chaos to get your ears pierced! (Feb 13, free, Alexandria)

Something Very Different

Read your diary entries on stage. 👀 That’s the premise of Mortified DC “where adults share their embarrassing childhood and adolescent diary entries, sappy poetry, and love letters.” This sounds like a much needed cathartic experience after reading dating app entries of Trader Joes, pizza topping debates, and not taking ourselves seriously. (Feb 18, $20, 14th St.)

Violent-ines Day Massacre Drag Show. 🩸 The tag line for this drag show is: “some days, love hurts….Valentine’s Day is no exception.” For those looking to get as far away from the lovey-dovey nonsense of Valentine’s Day, this theatrically fake blood-filled show is sure to fit the bill. (Feb 11, free, NOMA)

Run in your underwear for a good cause. 🩲💕 The Cupid’s Undie Run returns to raise money to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF). Participants are welcome to join the fun run and after party in their undies or any costume as long as its PG-13. (Feb 12, $35 to register, Penn Quarter)

Maybe NYC dating is worse than DC. 😳 Watch NYC’s funniest storytellers and comedians relive their most awkward sexual experiences at “Awkward Sex…and the City.” (Feb 11, $20, 14th St.)

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Jade Womack is an energy economist by day, and an events blogger by night. She started her blog, Clockout DC, when she was moonlighting as a bartender in 2019. She grew up in Arlington, and currently lives in Adams Morgan with her dog.

Your Guide to Galentine’s Day Fun Around DC - Washingtonian (2024)


What is a fun fact about Galentines day? ›

One of the most interesting things about Galentine's Day is that it wasn't created by a card company or internet marketplace trying to take all your money. Instead, Galentine's Day was founded by a badass fictional character: Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation.

What is the secret Cupid for Galentines day? ›

Secret Valentine or Secret Cupid is just like Secret Santa. You and your friends write down your names and throw all the papers into a hat, a basket, a pan, whatever. Then each of you draws a name and gets a gift for that person. It's important that no one knows who drew who.

What the heck is Galentine's day? ›

Galentine's Day is a global holiday that celebrates women's friendship. Galentine's Day is typically marked as February 13, but can be observed any day. Galentine's Day events are typically all-female occasions of mutual "empowerment...a reminder for women to support and uplift one another."

What is the dress code for Galentine's day? ›

There's obviously no strict dress code for Galentine's Day— it's all about however dressed up or casual your friends want it to be. So whether you're looking for the best pair of sweatpants, or a fun sparkly-skirt outfit, we have some ideas for you.

Who made up Galentine's day? ›

What are the origins of Galentine's Day? We have the cult-favorite sitcom "Parks & Recreation" to thank for the unofficial holiday. Protagonist and feminist icon Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, invented the holiday in Season 2, episode 16 of the series, aptly titled 'Galentine's Day.

How do people celebrate Galentines day? ›

Galentine's Day: 5 ways to celebrate the day

To do so, girls can organise a party for their loved ones or just plan a dinner at home. -Another way to celebrate the day can be by giving them small presents or leaving an appreciation note for them.

What is the bro version of Galentine? ›

What Is Malentine's Day? Malentine's day is a day for men to meet up and celebrate their amazing friendship. It is a happy, celebratory day, the male equivalent of Galentine's day.

Is Galentines for single girls? ›

Galentine's Day is definitely NOT for just the singles and girls. While the name has gal in it, anyone and everyone can celebrate Galentine's Day.

Why is everyone saying Galentine? ›

It's one of those things that has just embedded itself in popular culture, and it actually goes back to the Feb. 11, 2010, episode of "Parks and Rec" where Leslie Nope, Amy Poehler's character, is introducing Galentine's Day. It's this wonderful day where, you know, women celebrate women.

What is a Galentine slang? ›

Just as one can be someone's valentine on Valentine's Day, so one can be a galentine on Galentine's Day, e.g., “Will you be my galentine?” As such, a galentine is a playful, affectionate term for a close friend.

How did Galentines day start? ›

It's one of those things that has just embedded itself in popular culture, and it actually goes back to the Feb. 11, 2010, episode of "Parks and Rec" where Leslie Nope, Amy Poehler's character, is introducing Galentine's Day. It's this wonderful day where, you know, women celebrate women.

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Red is definitely the go to color for this day of love. If red is not your gam, don't worry, because I have something for everyone.

What color is Galentine's? ›

Not to mention, the beloved aesthetic of heart-shaped-everything and all things pink!

What can I bring to Galentines? ›

It is the greatest day of the year, after all!
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls (pictured above)
  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Bars.
  • Red Velvet Sugar Cookies.
  • Chocolate Strawberry Jelly Roll.
  • Grand Champagne co*cktail.
  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
  • Strawberry Macarons.

Why do they call it Galentines day? ›

The word—a blend of Valentine's Day and gal—was introduced to the world by the chipper and dedicated Leslie Knope, the fictional Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation Department of the also-fictional city of Pawnee, Indiana, in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, which ran from 2009 to 2015.

Why is Galentines important? ›

Galentine's Day is about so much more. It's a day to celebrate the incredible women in your life who support you, make you laugh, and lift you up. It's a chance to express your gratitude for their unwavering presence, goofy adventures, and endless cups of emotional support.

Is Galentines only for single girls? ›

Is Galentine's Day only for girls and singles? Galentine's Day is definitely NOT for just the singles and girls. While the name has gal in it, anyone and everyone can celebrate Galentine's Day.


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