In this Year of our Lord, Taylor Swift, it’s been made clear that there’s nothing more powerful than women (this echoed, of course, by the iconic fictional character Leslie Knope). That’s why the city is teeming with Galentine’s events in which you can celebrate the bonds of female camaraderie. From drag brunches to flower arranging workshops, intimate dinners, and speed-friending events, there’s something for besties of all stripes happening in Vancouver (and a little beyond).
Knix Richmond Centre (6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond)
3pm to 6pm
Inclusive undergarment brand Knix is hosting a fete! Taking place at its Richmond Centre store, Knix will be doling out refreshments and treats, along with a pop-up by jewellery brand Link & Chain. The first 20 gal pals will get a welded bracelet (with a Knix purchase, of course), harkening back to the days of friendship bracelets—but in 14-karat gold.
Score on Davie (1262 Davie Street, Vancouver)
Fans of Canada’s Drag Race will have stars in their eyes for a special Galentine’s Day drag brunch at the Score on Davie. Hosted by Izzy Juno, this late-brekkie performance features queens Beth (from season two of Canada’s Drag Race), Mya, and Ryder. Grab your besties and lip-synch along to your favourite tunes—all while sharing the Score’s famous brunch bong (an entire bottle of Baby Canadian bubbly with orange juice, for two or more).
Tap & Barrel (1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver)
With apologies to Champagne Papi, we’re going to buck his advice and say, “Yes, new friends!” Find a new group of BFFs at this speed-friending event for women between the ages of 23 and 40. The evening kicks off with ice-breakers, and ends with a take-home goodie bag (and hopefully a few new friends). You can skip the awkward number exchange, too, as attendees will be automatically invited to join the event’s WhatsApp group. Win-win-win.
Smitty’s Oyster House (3124 Main Street, Vancouver)
3pm until late
An intimate dinner for two—with your best gal pal? Sounds like bliss to us. Enjoy a special Galentine’s menu by Smitty’s Oyster House on Main Street, including seared tuna and burrata appetizers, followed by seafood-forward mains: salmon wellington or steak oscar. Top it all off with an oozing lava cake for dessert.
Mum’s the Word (1301 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
Va-va-voom! This Galentine’s burlesque night puts the spotlight on new and seasoned burlesque performers Lilac Lust, Vita Devour, Melrose Twist, and Girl Friday, while exploring the bonds of sisterhood.
La Fabrique St-George (7 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver)
Hobbies are always better when you have someone to share them with—and we have a feeling that floral arranging might just be your new thing if you attend this Galentine’s flower workshop. You’ll learn the art of crafting rose arrangements alongside your favourite pal, using a variety of roses along with dried botanicals. To seal off the afternoon and delight in your newly-minted creation, enjoy some live entertainment along with a bottle of rosé and a charcuterie spread in the lounge.