Galentine’s Day is Thursday: Where to find deals like Starbucks Happy Hour, other fun stuff


Grab your BFF or get an extra coffee for yourself.

Starbucks’ Happy Hour returns Thursday, which also is Galentine’s Day, a day created in 2010 by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation.”

From 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13, get a buy-one-get-one-free deal on all handcrafted beverages, grande or larger. To get this deal, which is available when ordering ahead on the app or and at participating locations in the U.S. and Canada, you need the Starbucks app. The offer will automatically be loaded for Starbucks Rewards members.

In October, Starbucks revamped its Happy Hour promotion, which used to rotate with different specials. Now, on select Thursdays, the deal will be a buy-one-get-one-free drink offer.

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What is Galentine’s Day?

What started as a tradition created on the NBC comedy has taken on a life of its own, spawning events around the world.

In the “Parks and Recreation” episode, Knope celebrates her female friendships with a brunch featuring mimosas, waffles and super-personal gifts for her ladies.

“Every Feb. 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style,” Knope said on the show. “Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Free food, deals for Galentine’s Day 

The following offers are available Thursday, Feb. 13, at participating locations unless otherwise noted. Some continue for Valentine’s Day and others through the weekend. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out. 

Auntie Anne’s: Get free delivery with the purchase of any pretzel bucket Thursday with promo code GALENTINE at checkout on the DoorDash website or app.

Bahama Breeze Island Grille: For Galentine’s Day Thursday, there will be five $5 specialty cocktails including the Frozen Bahamarita, Ultimate Pina Colada, Mojito Cubano, Classic Margarita and Pineapple-Coconut Martini.

Baskin-Robbins: Get $3 on cake purchases $15 or more through Friday online and with the mobile app using promo code BEMINE.

California Pizza Kitchen: Through Sunday, get the “Sweet Deal for Two” $35 special, and for dining in through Sunday get a card with a buy-one-get-one-free offer on a return visit and chance to enter the California Wine Country Sweepstakes for a two-night stay in Sonoma, California. 

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Through Sunday, Carrabba’s has a four-course Surf & Turf dinner for two for $60. 

Carvel: Through Friday, get $2 off a pack of Lil’ Hearts or a Chocolate Decadence Heart Cake or $3 off a sheet cake with a coupon posted at

Chili’s: The February Margarita of the Month is the Hearts on Fire ‘Rita, which costs $5.

Chuck E. Cheese: Through Friday, purchase any large pizza and get a free upgrade to an xlarge pizza.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Through March 22, get two Two Meat Plates for $24. 

Fogo de Chão: From Thursday through Sunday, every couple that dines in gets a free dining card valid while supplies last for one lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. 

Hard Rock Cafe: Through Monday, Hard Rock has a Sips and Sweets menu and Love at First Bite menu.

McDonald’s: The fast-food chain said it’s trying to start a new tradition: Palentine’s Day. Through Monday, get $5 off a $15 purchase with McDelivery with DoorDash and promo code LOVEMCD in the DoorDash app.

Pollo Tropical: Get buy-one-get-one free desserts Thursday with promo code CGLDSST for orders made in the dining room or drive-thru at all of the brand’s Florida locations.  

Postmates: The on-demand delivery service is partnering with 7-Eleven and Ben & Jerry’s and through Sunday is giving away free pints of ice cream. With any 7-Eleven order on Postmates, select your favorite flavor at checkout and use code “happyvday.”

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Through Sunday, the chain has a Valentine’s dinner for two that includes an appetizer to share, two entrees and choice of shared dessert for $45.

Sonic Drive-In: Get a four-piece mozzarella sticks for 99 cents Thursday. No app or coupon is needed and this deal is available while supplies last. 

TooJay’s Deli: Through Sunday, TooJay’s has a special Dinner for Too menu where two can eat for $25.99 with a coupon. 

Heart-shaped pizza

California Pizza Kitchen: Through Sunday, get any pizza on a special heart-shaped crispy thin crust for no additional charge.

Hungry Howie’s: Get a one-topping heart-shaped pizzas for $6.99 Thursday and Friday.

Mountain Mike’s Pizza: Get a 14-inch heart-shaped pizza throughout February. 

Papa Gino’s Pizzeria: Heart-shaped pizzas will be available through Friday. The pizzas come as a size small and served uncut. Toppings are available for an extra charge. 

Papa John’s: Heart-shaped pizza is available for a limited time.Order using promo code VALENTINE to get for $11. Get the heart-shaped pizza with a heart-shaped brownie for $16 with promo code BEMINE. The pizza comes uncut.

Pizza Hut: Heart-shaped pizza is back through Sunday. Get a large heart-shaped pizza on its own for $11.99 or bundle it with a dessert for $17.99.

Heart-shaped donuts and more

Auntie Anne’s: Heart-shaped pretzels.

Bojangles’: For a limited time, Bojangles’ has Heart-Shaped Bo-Berry Biscuits.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Heart Bagels are back and available in plain, cinnamon raisin and blueberry. The holiday bagels can be purchased individually or by the dozen through Friday. 

Cinnabon: Heart-shaped CinnaPacks are available for a limited time at mall bakeries and Pilot Flying J locations nationwide. 

Dairy Queen: Special February items include the Double Fudge Cookie Dough Blizzard and the heart-shaped Double Fudge Cookie Dough TreatHeart Cakes.

Dunkin’: Get heart-shaped donuts and Valentine’s Day pink drinks – the Pink Velvet Macchiato and Pink Velvet Signature Latte. Plus, for a limited time, get a 10-count box of Munchkins donut hole treats for $2.

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Through Friday, the chain will have heart bagels in plain, chocolate chip and cinnamon raisin.

Krispy Kreme: Get heart-shaped Conversation Heart doughnuts through Valentine’s Day with a limited-edition gift box, while supplies last. The heart-shaped doughnuts have four different fillings and are topped with one of 24 sayings.

Portillo’s: Through Sunday, get a heart-shaped version of the restaurant’s Famous Chocolate Cake for $15.99. 

Slim Chickens: Through Saturday, the chain has heart-shaped waffles.

Contributing: Kristina Webb, Palm Beach Post

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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