Grab your gal pals: Here’s where to Celebrate Galentine’s Day in Houston

Red velvet pancakes at State Fare Kitchen + Bar
Red velvet pancakes at State Fare Kitchen + Bar (State Fare Kitchen + Bar)

Grab your gal pals and get ready to channel your inner Leslie Knope -- Feb. 13, a.k.a. Galentine’s Day, is fast upon us.

You might not find the relatively new holiday, a female friendship-oriented spin on Valentine’s Day, listed on the typical calendar but the annual celebration of sisterhood is real all the same.

Galentine’s Day reps unusual origins: The celebration of sisterhood was spawned by “Parks and Recreation,” the much-beloved NBC sitcom that chronicled the wild and impassioned antics of over-achiever Leslie Knope. In the 16th episode of Season 2, which aired nearly 11 years ago, Leslie organizes a breakfast for her fellow government gal pals and, in true Knope-fashion, showers them with wildly intricate and personalized tokens of her affection — bouquets of hand-crocheted flower pens, mosaic portraits of each guest made from the crushed bottles of their favorite diet soda, and personalized 5,000-word essays of why they’re all so awesome. Leslie describes Galentine’s Day as the best day of the year, adding “It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst,” she said, “plus frittatas.”

From picnicking in the park to buddy films with your besties, here are a few ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day in Houston we’re sure Leslie Knope would approve of.

Celebrate sisterhood with some feel-good buddy films

Need a girl’s night out and a semblance of normalcy during a period of social distancing? Enjoy a blast from the past well-suited for present circumstances -- the old-fashioned drive-in theater -- at Rooftop Cinema Club’s newest Houston location. The new drive-in movie theater officially dubbed the The Drive-In off Navigation is located at 2300 Runnels St. in Houston’s East Downtown Management District, commonly referred to as EaDo. Following a soft opening in December, the venue held its grand opening in January.

The new theater’s February movie lineup features several rom-coms, romance movie and the like sure to pull on your heartstrings, with titles including “Crazy Rich Asians,” Dirty Dancing” Lady and the Tramp,” “Casablanca,” “50 First Dates,” “Romeo + Juliet,” and, of course, the greatest love story ever told, “The Notebook.” In celebration of Galentine’s Day on Feb. 13, the theater will screen two buddy comedies -- “Bridesmaids” at 6:45 p.m. and “Girls Trip” at 9:45 p.m. Tickets are available online.

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