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Houston’s Best Galentine’s Day Parties — 12 Events That Honor Leslie Knope’s Beloved Holiday

From Brunch to Beer to DIY, Girls Rule the World

BY // 02.07.19

Valentine’s Day is a popular time to pop the question: Will you marry me? But maybe, as a society, we should try another question on for size. How about this: Who run the world? Girls.

And it’s girls who make the most of the romantic month with Galentine’s Day, the holiest of holidays. Created by eternal optimist Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreation, Galentine’s Day is devoted to ladies celebrating ladies. It’s a time for unbridled girl power, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate.

PaperCity has rounded up Houston’s best Galentine’s Day events. From crafting, sipping on bubbly, designing your own jewelry and taking a dance class, there’s something for everyone. Unless, of course, you’re of the hardcore Thelma & Louise persuasion.

But if you feel like staying in and taking in a feel-good feminist film, might we suggest: Mean Girls, Bring it On, Bend It Like Beckham, Clueless, Legally Blonde, Mulan, Erin Brockovich, A League of Their Own, Steel Magnolias, Miss Congeniality, The First Wives Club or Kill Bill. Well, maybe Kill Bill isn’t feel good. But you get the idea.

Karbach Galentine’s Market

Sunday, February 10

Who needs a date when brew’s company? Karbach is hosting an epic Galentine’s Day Market with tons of different vendors to wow gals as they stroll through the biergarten. Special guest Rock-A-Bully and Friends Rescue will be there to share all the puppy love.

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So far, dozens of vendors have signed on, and there may be even more. Expect Pop Soap, The Treasury, Lina’s Jewels, Gypsysoul and more.

Galentine’s Crafternoon at Bering’s Westheimer

Sunday, February 10

Get crafty with Mibellarosa and Nib and Pixel at this beloved hardware store. Mibellarosa’s on hand for floral design courses, so you can head on home after with an arrangement you love.

Meanwhile, Nib and Pixel will show you the art of creating unique origami Valentines to share with your loved ones.  The courses are $150 per person or $250 for two.

Brio Tuscan Grille’s Galentine’s Day Soirée

Sunday, February 10

This CityCentre spot is hosting its third annual Brunch & The City’s third annual Galentine’s get-together. Don your favorite red or pink outfit and enjoy brunch, drinks, giveaways and games.

Honey Art Cafe’s Galentine DIY Jewelry Party

Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13

This is the best DIY deal in town, FYI. Get ready to design and make your very own custom jewelry made of 100 percent recycled leather. The versatile material is ideal for pieces with pendants, charms, and stud and hook earrings. Who needs the gift of jewelry when you can give it to yourself?

Pre-register is $35 and includes up to five products of your choice, plus one complimentary drink. If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.

Mongoose Versus Cobra’s Galentine’s Day: Ladies Celebrating Ladies!

Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14

Girl gangs from across the city are heading to Ladies Celebrating Ladies! Mongoose Versus Cobra’s inaugural Galentine’s Day Celebration means drink specials, local artisanal chocolates and even yellow roses to hand out to your BFF.

The bar promises to play a selection of their favorite girl power movies in the back, and there’s also a bevy of board games if you’re feeling competitive. Who needs an SO? As if.

Galentine’s Day at City Acre!

Wednesday, February 13

City Acre Brewing is putting out the signal for all poetic land mermaids — here’s looking at you, Ann Perkins— with a seriously satisfying spread. Think breakfast for dinner the whole night long with a frittata special and waffle station, Champagne and cocktails.

The brewery is taking the Parks And Rec theme to the next level, featuring photo ops with a L’il Sebastian lookalike, in honor of the world’s favorite miniature horse.

And if that’s not enough to get your attention, consider the valentine-making station, girly gift bags and a lovely lady playlist.

City Acre has five regular beers and five rotating specials.

Lucille’s Galentine’s Day Champagne Soirée

Wednesday, February 13

You’re in for a doozy downtown at Lucille’s with this all-out girls’ night out. For $85, you’re in for a five-course prix fixe menu paired with five different glasses of Champagne.

An all-male wait staff will serve you and your squad all night long. Post-supper, step out onto the patio to mix and mingle with Guy’s Night Out.

Axelrad’s Galentine’s Movie Night — Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion

Wednesday, February 13

This outdoor beer haven is serving up a double whammy with life jazz from 6 to 9 pm followed by a showing of Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, a ’90s sisterhood classic.

Come for the jazz, stay for the fur-trimmed mini dresses and Whiskey Wednesday specials.

Galentine’s Day at The Rustic Brush Memorial

Wednesday, February 13

You don’t have to paint the town red to have fun on Galentine’s Day, but a little brush stroke here and there definitely can’t hurt. Head to The Rustic Brush to paint a one-of-a-kind piece with the squad.

Love Dance Houston’s Galentine’s Heels Class

Wednesday, February 13

Love Dance has a simple question: can I have this dance? On the 13th, the dance studio welcomes you to pair up with your girls for an evening of dance, with Rosé and chocolate for good measure.

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Decatur Bar & Pop-Up Factory’s Galentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 13

It’s the perfect night for girl talk, crafting and cocktails. Head to this new restaurant incubator for an evening of light bites and make-your-own pop-up cards.

Galentine’s Day Party at Jubilee

Thursday, February 14

This 19th Street shopping gem in The Heights is all about free bubbly and strawberries this Galentine’s Day. Hollywood Hippie Cosmetics is also offering glam makeovers at the boutique.

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