Valentine’s Day May Not Be Your Thing… But Galentine’s Day Might Be!

While February 14th celebrates romantic love, February 13th unofficially celebrates the love shared between best friends, sisters, moms, grandmas—you name it. And yes… IT’S TOTALLY A THING! So gather your gal pals and get ready to celebrate at these local events around the state.

Valentine’s Day Bazaaar in Asbury Park

Shop incredible local and regional vendors selling handcrafted jewelry, art, home goods, and chocolates. Take beautiful photos at our Valentine’s Day Photo Walls. Enjoy a live jazz performance by Natasha Wright Trio in the Grand Arcade. Galentine‘s Day Floral Arrangement Workshop hosted by Amber and Earth 1-2:30 pm at The Asbury Hotel. While you shop and stroll, enjoy delicious food and libations at Seahorse and Asbury Oyster Bar in the Grand Arcade and at Asbury Hotel. Kids can enjoy sensory play booths and face painting!

Date: Saturday, February 11th 2023 • Noon – 6 PM

Location: The Asbury Hotel + Grand Arcade of Convention Hall

Galentine’s Day Brunch at Liberty Hall Museum

Grab your girlfriends, your gal pals and join in for a fun Sunday brunch of eating, drinking mimosas, wine and crafting Galentine’s Day cards and more! It’s a great opportunity for all gals to celebrate their friendships with other gals!

Date: Sunday, February 12th 2023 • 11 AM – 1 PM

Location: 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083

Galentine’s Day Tea at Mathis House

A hidden gem in the heart of downtown Toms River, The Mathis House is a Bed and Breakfast and Victorian Tea Room. They will host a Valentine’s Victorian Afternoon Tea every day in February but celebrate with with the house’s famous five-course meal of soup, salad, warm scones, a variety of tea sandwiches, a plate of desserts, and a pot of gourmet tea on Feb 11th & Feb 12th.

Date: Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th 2023 • 11 AM – 3 PM

Location: 600 Main St Toms River, NJ 08753

Laser Love Show at Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium

Enjoy a laser concert celebrating love, with songs featuring “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher, and “Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast. The Friday evening performance is for adults only, while the Saturday show is open to everyone.

Date: Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th • 8 p.m.

Location: 118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg, NJ 08876


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  1. Ed Abels on February 7, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Isha, this is your old friend Ed Abels. Your presentation of these eating opportunities was very well done. It took me a little while to realize it was you the first time I heard it on the air. But the 2nd time I knew it was you. Wow, you sound like a radio pro! Hope all is well, hope to see you one of these days.

    • Isha Zaitz on February 13, 2023 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much Ed! Your encouraging words mean so much. 🙂 Hope to see you soon.

  2. Sheila C-B on February 17, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Wow! Didn’t know there was such a thing as “Galentine’s Day”. Great to now know….

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