Galentine’s Day has become a popular fictional holiday for women to celebrate with their girlfriends, stemming from the popular NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. Created by Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, the holiday takes place every year on Feb. 13 in celebration of female friendship.
Even if you’re not a fan of the show, the holiday a great excuse for a night out with your closest friends. Here are just a few ways to celebrate this month.
Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Alex and Ani: This free Parisian-themed celebration of love and friendship will feature a selfie station, treats, and a social media contest with a chance to win a prize form Alex and Ani. Feb. 9. Alex and Ani, 17420 Hall Rd. Store 117, Clinton Township; 586-263-4123; eventbrite.com
Galentine’s Day at the Sloan Museum: Treat yourself and your friends to a relaxing night out at Sloan Museum that includes shopping, food, drinks, karaoke, a photo booth, prizes, and more. Feb. 9. $5. Sloan Museum, 1221 East Kearsley St., Flint; 810-237-3450; sloanlongway.org
Galentine’s Day: The 5 Love Languages: This interactive three-hour seminar led by licensed psychologist Dr. Corinne Rogers will focus on communicating with your friends and learning what makes them tick. The class will teach the five different “love languages,” and how to use them to better connect and communicate with your best friend. Feb. 11. $70. SheHive, 2505 Hilton Rd. Unit 107, Ferndale; theshehive.com
The Wine Down: Yoganic Flow is teaming up with House of Pure Vin for this gentle yoga class in celebration of Heart Health Month. Wine is heart healthy, after all. The evening will include a selection of wine and hor ‘d oeuvres available after the class. Feb. 11. $20+. House of Pure Vin, 1433 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2501; yoganicflow.com
Galentine’s Day Party and Miss Representation Movie Screening: The empowered women of Pastel will be screening the movie Miss Representation, which shows how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Feb 13. $5. Pastel, 447 Forest Ave. Ste. 1, Plymouth; 734-404-8232; pastelplymouth.com
Galentine’s Day Celebration at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame: Join the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame as they team up with Millie Heinz, Essential Bodywear Bra Fitter. Guests will learn about the history of women’s undergarments and the health benefits modern styles provide today. Private bra fittings will be offered by Millie Heinz after the program. Feb. 15. $5+. Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, 1982 West Grand River Ave., Okemos; 517-763-2397; eventbrite.com
Painting with a Twist: Bring your favorite bottle of wine and friends for a creative night out. Each night features different themes for each class, including Valentine’s Day-inspired projects. No experience is necessary, but classes must be booked in advance. $35. Painting with a Twist, 200 West 9 Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-850-7182; paintingwithatwist.com#
Dinner at The Apparatus Room: Join Chef Thomas Lents for an elegant evening with a French-infused menu. Highlights include oysters with pink peppercorn and radish, black garlic spinach Caesar salad, and duck and chestnut agnolotti. Enjoy live art by Tony Roko as well as a jazz performance from Detroit-based singer, Nicole New. Feb 14. $95. The Apparatus Room, 250 W Larned St., Detroit; 313-800-5600; detroitfoundationhotel.com
Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery: Maggiano’s Troy will host a night of laughter and dancing before there’s a death on the dance floor. Trade clues with guests and gather information about the crime while enjoying the Murder Mystery menu. Highlights include asiago-crusted shrimp and garlic glazed tenderloin medallions with roasted mushrooms. Feb. 14. $75. Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2089 West Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-205-1060; eventbrite.com
Champagne 4 Breakfast: Dine, dance and celebrate at Detroit Fitness Hub as they team up with Chef Jourdan Felder, aka Chef Fresh, to host their 3rd Annual Valentine’s Day Brunch. Feb. 18. $25. Detroit Fitness Hub, 1343 Fisher Service Dr., Detroit; 313-367-3134; detroitfitnesshub.com
The Woodhouse Girl’s Getaway: Get away with your girlfriends at this favorite day spa. Enjoy one or several spa services including a hot stone and signature four-handed massages, award winning facials, manicures and more. $35+. The Woodhouse Day Spa, 1447 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-965-6270; detroit.woodhousespas.com
Perfect 10 Experience: This is no average nail salon. At this Detroit’s nail bar you can relax, listen to music, have a drink with your friends, all while receiving a clean and precise manicure. $20+. The Ten Nail Bar, 1215 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-315-3010; thetendetroit.com
Pole Dancing Workout: Bring your girlfriends for a fun and sexy workout session. Women of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels can enjoy a unique pole dancing workout class. $25+. Vixen Fitness, 738 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor; 734-369-3138; vixenfitness.com