Galentine’s Day is an unofficial holiday that every Parks & Recreation fan knows falls on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. It is a fictional holiday, created by character Leslie Knope (played brilliantly by Amy Poehler), that has since become real to many womyn since the episode aired on NBC way back in 2010. Now, all over the world, women and women-identifying folx celebrate Galentine’s Day with their best babes and special sweeties. It’s a holiday focused solely on the power of women and women relationships.
We could do a simple listicle of where to go in Atlanta for Galentine’s Day, but we thought we’d twist it up and make it a tad gayer for our readers - so this is WUSSY’s Comprehensive Best Spots in Atlanta For Galentine’s Day Based On Where You Fall in the LGBTQ+ Alphabet Soup.
Whether you’re a single lady, dating a lady, or identify as a lady (or, like me, you don’t let anyone call you “lady”) - we’ve compiled the perfect lists to celebrate Galentine’s Day in style in Atlanta - because who needs guys when you’ve got your gals?
Asexual - Go on an IKEA trip for some new sheets
Hear me out. I’m a mom, no - don’t flip to the next article, I promise I’m not going to show you pictures of my toddler (you can DM me for those if you want, though, because she is the best and an absolute genius, and Idk why you wouldn’t want to have pics of her. Unless you’re a creep, then don’t do it) - and there’s nothing in the world I want more than to sleep. I want to fucking nap once in a while. So, please, for me - have a nap date. Go to IKEA with your girl, pick out some new bed linens, go home, put them on your bed - and take a 2 hour nap. Let me know how it goes. You can also DM that to me, #napporn.
Bisexual or Pansexual - Jeju Sauna in Duluth
This 24-hour Korean spa is sometimes famous, sometimes infamous, but one thing’s for sure - everyone’s gonna be naked, so you gotta be cool with that! Reviews state that the staff is, ahem, not exactly known for their customer service, but that could very well be a language barrier. Other spa-goers cite confusion as to where it’s okay to be naked, and where it’s not okay to be naked (wild guess, you probably have to have clothes on to go into the cafeteria), so being body-positive and friendly is a must for this Galentine’s Date Night suggestion - because you never know who you’ll run into! This spa is open 24-hours, so go anytime you feel like journeying OTP and treat. yo. self.
Demisexual - High Tea at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party
Go on a romantic walk in Candler Park, then stop in for high tea at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party (I mean, c’mon - haven’t you always wanted to do high tea ever since you started reading British romantic novels at age 13? No? Just me?). High tea hours are Tuesday - Friday from 3:00pm - 5:30pm and from 12:00pm - 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. A 24-hour advance notice is required for High Tea, so keep that in mind, and take pics for us of you feeding your gal macaroons.
Gay - Starlight Drive-In
What’s gayer than doing an activity that’s just begging you to wear a bowtie and/or a poodle skirt? Go see cool flicks at the Starlight! An Atlanta mainstay, this drive-in movie theatre has everything: jumper cables in case your car won’t start, a horror movie starring Helen Mirren as a daffy older woman, a snack bar owned by an independent operator - you name it. Enjoy your double-feature, ya double divas!
Genderqueer or Queer - A walk at Oakland Cemetery, then coffee (or drinks) at Octane
Your sexuality isn’t ordinary, so why do any old boring activity on the best day of the year? Go be adventure squirrelfriends and take yourselves on a mystery tour of Oakland Cemetery (just, ahem, breeze past the Confederate soldier part). After you’ve thoroughly scared yourselves, wind down with some coffee or alcoholic beverages at Octane, right across the street. Hot ATLien tip: there’s a small parking lot that’s free right off of Oakland - we recommend leaving your car there, then walking over, because parking around this area can be hellish.
Lesbian - Arabia Mountain
What better way to get your Sporty Spice lady hours in than to enjoy a scenic picnic, or hike/bike/run at Arabia Mountain? This historic site is the perfect place to while away the weekend hours with your best gal pal or lesbian lover. You can even get in touch with your spiritual side by visiting the granite monoliths, located at the “spiritual center of the Heritage Area.” Tbh, I would sneak back there at dusk and try to have a seance for a scary Galentine’s Day treat, but I’m a spooky witch, that’s just me.
WUSSY’s monthly campy feature for the Month of Love is a showing of The First Wives Club at the Plaza. Hi, hello - this is perfect for poly couples, because multiple wives, get it? And yes, I know that that’s not what the film is about (or what the sexuality is about), I was born in the late eighties after all. This is even better if you’re a thruple (and yes, I hate that I just used that word, too) - because the three of you can pick which wife you are!
Oh - did I mention you can win prizes for your best Goldie, Bette, Diane, Sarah Jessica, or Maggie lewks? You can. So you must. And you should.
While it is the day after Galentine’s Day, that doesn’t mean that you have to be all heteronormative - you make Valentine’s Day your Galentine’s Day. Or, if you really want to prep the day before, go shopping right next door at Buffalo Exchange for your costume contest fashions.
Trans or Intersex - Erotic & Exotic Interactive Valentine’s Day Art Event
This is another one that’s not technically on Galentine’s Day, as it’s held February 14th at Healium Center in Atlanta, but it is one you can prep for the day before by going on a date with your sweetie. Think of it as foreplay for the main event, which is the erotic art show, featuring free (ya’ll heard me: I said FREE) sexy chocolates and blow job cocktails (while supplies last). This art exhibition celebrates all body types, no matter how you were made.
Go find your people with your BFF, have a drink or two, then crash into bed, covered in glitter. It’s the only way to go to sleep as your authentic self, truly.
Anna Jones is a writer and producer currently based in Atlanta. She is the proud owner of digital copywriting agency Girl.Copy and independent film production company Tiny Park Productions. She loves a lot of stuff, but mainly: her husband, kid, and cat, writing and filmmaking, coffee and Diet Coke, millennial pink, sushi, gay stuff, and horror films.