How to celebrate Galentine’s Day in Central Florida

Feb. 13 has become nearly as famous as Valentine’s Day

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What began as a fictional holiday has quickly become a February staple: Galentine’s Day.

Created by character Leslie Knope in the television series “Parks and Recreation,” Galentine’s Day comes around every year on Feb. 13, and is a day to leave your significant other at home, gather your closest friends, and remind each other how much their friendship means.

Here is a list of events and places where you can take part in Galentine’s Day festivities this year.

Galentine’s Day Paint Night, Orlando

Channel your inner artist and head to GB’s Bottle Shop and Tasting Bar in Orlando, where Pop-up Picassos is hosting a plant still-life painting class. They’ll have the brews and brushes, all you need to bring are your besties. Class size is limited. You can find more information, as well as event sign-up forms here.

Galentine’s Day Party at the Kitty Beautiful, Orlando

Is there anything better than wine and chocolate? Actually, there is: wine, chocolate, and kittens.

The Kitty Beautiful, a cafe where you can sip on coffee while playing with adoptable cats, is hosting a Galentine’s bash, complete with chocolate desserts from a local bakery, a wine list curated by a sommelier and all the kitten cuddles you can handle. To secure your spot for the party, click here.

Galentine’s Day Charcuterie Workshop, Lakeland

Fine wine, gourmet cheese, and crafting are all combined at this Galentine’s workshop. Hosted by Scout & Tag, the workshop will teach you how to create charcuterie spreads, all served on a wooden tray you craft at the store and take home. To book your spot, and choose the design of your tray, visit the Scout & Tag site here.

Galentine’s Day Event (Waffles, Mimosas, Comedy. Boom.), Melbourne

Aug. 5: National Waffle Day

If you and your gal pals are looking to laugh, drink, and eat, a comedy show complete with mimosas and waffles might be perfect for you.

Hosted by the Not Quite Right Improv group, this ladies-only event brings humor to topics important to women, and promises to be a boundary-pushing, rule-breaking, one-of-a-kind night out. To book your seats and get your tickets to the show, visit the NQR Theater site here.

Redlight Redlight 8th Annual Galentine’s Day Celebration, Orlando

Part of Galentine’s Day is treating yourself and the ladies to a little luxury, and the 8th annual celebration at Redlight Redlight Pub has everything you need to do just that.

Discounted wine and champagne, locally made ice cream, fresh baked goods, and locally sourced flowers are all up for grabs at this celebration, all from female business owners.

Grab a gift for yourself and one for the gals, and toast to another year of friendship. For more information on the gathering and the vendors that will be there, visit the event site here.

Galentine’s Flash Tattoo Day Event, Orlando

If you’re looking for something permanent to commit to this Galentine’s day, Divine Canvas Tattoos is hosting a flash event where you can get some fresh ink for discounted, preset prices.

According to the event’s Facebook page, two sheets of predetermined tattoo designs will be available to choose from and will range in style from “Parks and Recreation” inspired, to Valentine’s Day themed.

The event is first-come-first-serve. For more details on the flash-tat event visit Divine Canvas Tattoo’s site here.

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