Love Is In the Air: Valentine's Day in Ocala/Marion County

This year Valentine's Day falls on a Monday, which means you and your loved one should celebrate all weekend.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Ocala/Marion County. Whether you're in the mood for a fun adventure or a quiet evening of romance, we've got just what you need.

Winter Equestrian Events

The World Equestrian Center’s (WEC) Ocala Winter Spectacular runs from January to March and is a great way to see magnificent horses compete in hunter and jumping shows.. You and your loved one can make a whole day or visiting during Ocala Winter Spectacular, watching the show, exploring the grounds and getting a bite to eat at one of the various restaurants on site. Make sure to stop into the candy shop, Miss Tilly's Lollipops, for a something sweet!

Friday and Saturday evening, Feb. 11-12, the Grandview World Nights will be taking over WEC, providing an opportunity to experience majestic Clydesdales, Belgians and Percherons. These draft horses are large and powerful, weighing an average of 1,400 to 2,000 lbs!

World Equestrian Center


This year is the 41st year of the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit. Located in the heart of the Horse Capital of the World®, HITS Post Time Farm includes 450 lush acres, over 100 permanent turn-out paddocks, and 30 permanent barns. Pack a blanket and make a picnic date on the grass under Florida sky while enjoying the magnificent horses compete.

Galentine's Sip N' Shop

Valentine’s Day is about showing everyone you love that you care— a sip n shop sounds like a great way to spend the special day with friends! Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6 pm – 8 pm bring a friend for a fun evening at Paddock Mall shopping with special vendors, live music, cocktails and more.

Person holding shopping bags

Galentine’s Day at Marion Theatre

Grab your friends for a night full of fun at the Marion Theatre in Downtown Ocala. The festive event includes a special screening of Bridesmaids, themed cocktails in a souvenir cup and bridesmaid bouquets to take home. The movie starts at 7:30 pm!


Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in Downtown Ocala at an award winning brewery, Infinite Ale Works, with a Beer Dinner. The dinner includes a 7 course meal, each paired with an Infinite craft beer. Additionally, guests get a VIP tour of the brewery, a 6-pack of Infinite brew, an Infinite beer glass as a souvenir and more! The dinner takes place February 14 at 6 pm and cost $100 per person.

Romantic Dinner

Planning a romantic dinner? Many delicious, local restaurants are offering Valentine’s Day dinners with special menus. Make your reservations early! For a list of the dining options in Ocala/Marion click here.

Couple holding hands at dinner

For more fun ideas to spend Valentine’s Day weekend, check out these 7 Ways to Have an Unforgettable Romantic Getaway to Ocala/Marion County.


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