Calling all ladies. Here’s your chance to raise a toast to the special women in your life.
Galentine’s Day, the female-centric holiday created by “Parks and Recreation“’s fictional heroine Leslie Knope, takes place the day before Valentine’s Day and is designed as a day for women to celebrate their female friendships.
“Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style,” Knope says in the “Galentine’s Day” episode of the former NBC series. “Ladies celebrating ladies.”
While Knope suggests spending the day drinking mimosas and eating frittatas with your best gal pals, there are plenty of other ways you and your friends can observe the unofficial holiday. This year, several local businesses around North Texas are offering special Galentine’s Day events throughout the month of February.
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The list includes:
Feb. 3: Geek out with your girlfriends at the Galentine’s Get-Together at Generation X Comics and Games in Bedford. The free event kicks off at 7 p.m. and features food and drinks, plus games, comics and a white elephant gift exchange (guests interested in participating are asked to bring a gift valued at $20 or less). 3504 Harwood Road, Bedford, 817-540-5556, www.facebook.com/Gen.X.Comics.Games.
Feb. 10: Stop by Painting with a Twist on South Hulen in Fort Worth for its 2018 Galentine’s Day Painting Party. The adults-only painting class takes place 7-9 p.m. and guests are invited to bring their own alcohol and snacks. $35. 5521 S. Hulen, Fort Worth, 682-478-2675, www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/fort-worth-south-hulen/event/1438866.
Feb. 10-13: In honor of Galentine’s Day, MAX’s Wine Dive is offering several special dishes and desserts designed to be shared among friends. Choose from blackened shrimp with crawfish risotto ($32) or hanging tender steak served with assorted veggies ($28), plus Nutella tiramisu and heart-shaped red velvet cheesecake ($12 each). Wine flights range from $17 to $20. Book before Feb. 9 and receive a complimentary glass of champagne. 2421 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth, 817-870-1100, www.maxswinedive.com.
Feb. 13: Dwell Coffee & Biscuits is celebrating its 2nd annual Galentine’s Day with free mimosas (limit one per person) from 7 to 11 a.m., plus a $5 breakfast deal, photo booth and throwback activities all day. 108 W. Ellison St., Burleson, 817-447-7677, www.dwellcoffeeandbiscuits.com.
Feb. 13: Sweet Things Bakery in Mansfield invites you and your friends to attend its Galentine’s Day Cookie Class. The two-hour cookie decorating class costs $40 per person and includes six cookies, individual bags of icing to decorate with and a take-home box for your cookie creations. Guests are invited to bring their own alcohol. 6-8 p.m. 817-608-6110, www.facebook.com/SweetThingsDFW.
Feb. 13: Make plans to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your friends at Color Me Mine in Frisco. The pottery painting studio will be offering free mimosas (limit one per person) from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10 to reserve a table. 3401 Preston Road, Frisco, 972-668-6201, http://frisco.colormemine.com.
Feb. 13: Drop by Pax & Parker in Fort Worth for a special Galentine’s Day event that includes a flower-arranging workshop by Alice’s Table, followed by private after-hours shopping. Each guest will take home a custom floral arrangement. $65. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1621 River Run, Fort Worth, 817-439-9581, https://alicestable.com/events/be-my-galentine_1515527777.
Feb. 13: Join Brewed in Fort Worth for its Galentine's Day Party from 5:30-9 p.m. The special event will feature $5 wine, plus a delicious $5 s'mores bar set up by the cafe's fire pits. Space is limited and registration is required. 801 W. Magnolia, Fort Worth, 817-945-1545, www.eventbrite.com/e/galentines-day-party-wine-smores-by-the-fire-tickets-42768243969?aff=efbeventtix.
Feb 16: Kendra Scott at The Shops at Legacy celebrates Galentine’s Day with a special shopping party. Guests will score 15 percent off their purchase during the event, which takes place 6-7 p.m. Free champagne and sweets for those who stop by. 5800 Legacy Drive, Plano, 214-299-5227, www.facebook.com/KendraScottPlanoLegacy.