Who says you need a partner to celebrate Valentine’s Day? If you haven’t already heard, Galentine’s Day (the official-unofficial holiday to celebrate gal pals) is February 13...but Washingtonian women will be celebrating for the next few weeks. Because when isn’t it a good time to celebrate the amazing women in your life.
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Nothing sounds better than spending Valentine’s Day sipping Jack Rose Exclusive Single Barrel Knob Creek Bourbon and craft cocktails. Mingle with Washingtonian women in PR, NBA Young Lawyers Division, and the National Society of Black Engineers.
For the artists among us, celebrate Galentines Day with thought-provoking discussion hosted by artists (Guerilla Girls and Krysztof Wodiczko) at the Hirshhorn’s new exhibit, “Brand New: Art & Commodity in the 1980’s.” We love The Guerrilla Girls for their highly visible pieces that expose bias and corruption in the world.
Feel the queer, platonic, every-kind-of love with your palentines at QGMN’s low-key celebration at Comet Ping Pong. They’ll be screening “the only happy Black Mirror episode” (San Junipero) at 8pm, food and drink will also be available before.
Take your younger galentines to hear Laura Elliott talk about her new YA historical novel “Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship.” A Hamilton themed Galentine’s card competition will commence towards the end of the night. Of course, Non-Hamilton fans are welcome too.
Politics and Prose debuts the 2018 Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 3, and welcomes series editor Rachel Kramer Bussel along with contributors Thein-Kim Lam, Sommer Marsden and Lynn Townsend for a pre-Valentine’s day friend date or solo outing!
The Paper Bag Flower Company is hosting a Valentine's Day Pop-Up Flower Shop at CityCenterDC on February 13 and 14. Feel good about getting a bouquet for your Galentines or valentines (or both!), because a portion of sales will be donated to Humane Rescue Alliance. Online pre-orders will open January 30, 2018.
If a night out sounds like the right way to spend your Galentine’s day, head over to Dia Wine Bar for treats while the team walks you through a flight of natural wines from woman-owned and operated wineries. Sample desserts made by Kathy Phung including chocolate fondue, tasting boards of cookies, fruit and dippable snacks, and sugar cookies to frost and decorate.
The Lemon Collective believes the holiday all about love shouldn’t neglect the most important kind: self-love. Treat yourself to a night of mini luxuries like hot brews by Golden Pineapple, gemstone adornments by Om at the Moon, and massages by Grounded Wellness. Use your leftover bouquets to make Flower Crowns with Lily Cox of A Strange Flower, or grab a dried floral smudge stick from Amoona Botanicals. Rose Jaffe will be there to paint up your body and then you can bring yourself over to a Lemon Collective photobooth to commemorate the night.
Valentine’s is all about candy hearts, but Galentine’s is all about having heart. Use your Galentine’s day to support other ladies at this Giveback which will collect feminine hygiene products and bras for young women in shelters. Also, get creative making cards for local children's hospitals in Washington D.C. So grab your favorite SJW’s and a pack of tampons and get ready to celebrate Galentine’s day with a brighter future for women!