Galentine’s Day is when women celebrate their female friendships. The day – which is a blend of the words “Valentine’s” and “gals” – gained popularity in 2010 thanks to an episode of the TV show, Parks and Recreation. The faux holiday became a phenomenon both nationally and internationally. And we’re here to help you celebrate Galentine’s Day in Tampa this year.
Thanks to the pop culture reference, it’s become a fun excuse to grab your best girlfriends and head out for a day of fun. While the actual date for Galentine’s Day is February 13th, we think it’s just fine to celebrate any time!
Whether you decide to spend an entire day or just an evening out, here are some fun ideas we think you’ll love!
Still working on ideas for Valentine’s Day itself? We’ve got you covered there too.
Paint + Sip: Galentine’s Day Edition
Monday, February 13, 6pm – 8pm
Create a Valentine-Inspired wine glass with local artist Faith “Practically Pikasso” Pikasso!
Weekday Yoga – February 14th
Tuesday, February 14, 9am – 10am
This Flow Yoga class is designed to calm the mind, challenge the body, and support the nervous system. After your practice, head inside Heights Public Market for breakfast and coffee
Galentine’s Day Night Out
Downtown St. Pete
Have a whole night of fun in one place with dinner at LALA followed by a private karaoke room and cocktails. Start off in the dining room with a dinner menu made for sharing, perfect for your Galentine’s Day celebration. Have a couple cocktails to get you ready for one of LALA’s themed private karaoke rooms.
There are seven in total, each with its own theme. Rooms hold anywhere from 5 to 18 people depending how big your gal pal crew is, with rates varying by room size. Bookings are for 2 hours at a time.
The Lite food menu is available from 11pm – 2am, so if you find yourself hungry again after all that karaoke fun, they’ve got you covered.
Tampa, Dunedin, & St. Petersburg
Enjoy food and culture on these 3.5-hour walking tours filled with food, wine, and craft beers around Tampa, Dunedin, and St. Pete! Savor local food and adult beverages as local experts guide small groups on a journey filled with history, flavor, and excitement.
The Tampa tour takes you around downtown and the Riverfront and features four amazing restaurants including three that feature wine pairings. Dunedin’s picturesque waterfront is the backdrop for their food tour, which stops at local seafood restaurants and a famed brewery.
In St. Pete, stroll along downtown’s Beach Drive while enjoying a variety of cuisines, wine, and sangria.
Tampa (South Tampa)
This retail store also doubles as a wine bar where guests can enjoy wine and cheese tastings. On Friday and Saturday nights, you and your girlfriends can enjoy a selection of cheeses paired with the perfect wines from all different regions.
Be sure to check their website since tastings can fill up quickly. Reservations are required.
Tucked away in Carrollwood is this charming Spanish-inspired wine and tapas bar that acts as a perfect setting for a girls’ night out.
This tavern-like wine bar has a wide selection of over 400 wines from around the world sold by the glass or by the bottle. Their extensive menu of tapas includes freshly made ceviche, charcuterie, paella, and beef tenderloin. Though known for their wine, there is also a wide selection of beers.
Galentine’s Day Shopping
Grab your girlfriends for a fun afternoon of shopping in Tampa Bay this Galentine’s Day. While places like International Plaza and Hyde Park Village are great options with plenty of shopping and dining options all within walking distance, we have some other ideas as well.
The same can be said for downtown St. Pete. There are countless antique shops, independent boutiques and record stores along Central Avenue — plenty to spend a day shopping with friends for Galentine’s Day.
If you’re willing to spend a little time in the car, head to Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel or Ellenton Premium Outlets. If you’re already heading south on 75, The Mall at University Town Center offers some stores we don’t have locally like Saks Fifth Avenue.
Galentine’s Day Crafts
Tampa (Hyde Park)
This custom candle-making experience allows you to create your own candle from your choice of over 100 different fragrance oils, whether you’re into earthy or floral scents or unique scents like champagne and baked bread. Not only can you create the perfect scented candle, but there are also flameless options as well such as reed diffusers, linen and room sprays, and wax melts.
The process takes about 45 minutes, but the candles need to set for two hours, which is the perfect opportunity for you and your girlfriends to enjoy one of the many bars and restaurants in Hyde Park!
Various locations in Tampa Bay Area
Channel your inner artist and create colorful memories at one of these studios for a crafty girls’ night out this Galentine’s Day! They provide the art supplies, and you can bring your own drinks and snacks.
Although there are plenty of dates and paintings to choose from, both spots offer special Girls’ Night Out events.
Feel like staying in? Pinot’s Palette offers take home painting kits as well to host a paint and sip night in the comfort of your own home! Check their website for more information and to book.
Gather up the gals for a night of crafting at AR Workshop. Each person in your group can choose their own project, size and colors. Make anything from wood trays to porch signs to a wood holiday countdown sign. As a bonus, you can bring in your own snacks and wine to enjoy while you craft!