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By Katie Forsha, EC Insider
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Step aside Cupid, I’m here as your guide to having a memorable holiday with a “Galentine's” twist. These are some of the best local events for friends, family or anyone who is in the spirit of celebrating without the cliché romance package.
The first great event is the free yoga at Eau Claire FitLab. Yes, you read that correctly, totally free. From 5:30 to 6:30 PM, you and your gal pals can find your inner zen at this fun class. This is free to all ages so bring your grandma, daughter or best friend and grab a mat near the instructor.
Now, for those open to so high class wining and dining with a loved one, reserve a table at Infinity Beverages’ Valentine’s Decadent Date Night. For $75 per couple, you and your favorite dinner-buddy, boyfriend, mom, co-worker, etc. can enjoy a bottle of wine, local cheese and sausage plate, and truffles to share. Be sure to make the call soon, as this is a reservation only event. This event would surely be fun to indulge in with any of your loved ones who enjoy sharing great food with even better company.
Another great idea, which also proves to be affordable, is to head over to The Plus where you can enjoy some Italian food and join in on open mic night fun. It is the perfect way to show off your talents to your friends and maybe even whip out your favorite love (or heartbreak) songs. Either way, you'll be sure to enjoy a good laugh. P.S. If you can’t make it on Valentine’s Day, be sure to return on any Tuesday from 9 to midnight for the rest of the year to join the fun.
Lastly, grab your closest friends and reserve a table at Cheers Pablo, where you can find your inner Picasso over a glass of wine. It is the perfect way to channel your creativity and paint a canvas that you can bring home, and since it’s led by a professional instructor, you are pretty much guaranteed it’ll look great hanging on your wall. This is open to all ages, as beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase over this 2 or 3 hour event. Head to their website to check out other available dates and prices for this memorable outing.
Once the holiday ends and your calendars are empty, be sure to check out the free skating during Winter After Hours at Boyd Park on Thursdays. Strap on your skates and challenge your friends to a race on the ice before heading to ECDC for a cup of cocoa.
But if you prefer indoor activities, check out our blog on Banbury Art Crawl to find great new pieces of art that are perfectly crafted for your life. Whatever you chose to do this Valentine’s (or Galentine's) Day, be sure to celebrate with the loved ones in your life. This guide is intended to inspire you to create lasting memories with those you love in the city you adore.