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

This year Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday, which means you and your loved one can 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 debut event in Ocala, the Ocala Winter Spectaculars runs from January to March and is a great way to see magnificent horses compete in hunter and jumping shows. The all new WEC opened in December 2020, with the hotel set to open Spring 2021, and is the largest equestrian complex in the country. 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!

World Equestrian Center

This year is the 40th 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. This year the winter circuit is closed to spectators, but you can watch the livestream broadcast of the events at ShowHorse.TV.

Music at the Orange Blossom Opry

Make it a fun date night out to a Frankie Valli Tribute Show on February 14 at the Orange Blossom Opry, a music venue located in the quaint town of Weirsdale. You and your date will enjoy hits like Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You. Grab you ticket at

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Valentine's Sip N' Shop & Bestie Bash

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. 13 from 11 am – 2 pm grab a friend and the kids for a fun day at Paddock Mall with special vendors, live entertainment, drinks and more. There will also be crafts and games for the kids!

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Gala of the Royal Horses

The Gala of The Royal Horses is returning to Ocala/Marion County this Valentine’s Day at Peninsula Farm on February 14 at 3 pm. Royal Horse is a breed known for beauty, grace and nobility over the history of royalty and equestrian riders. The show is created, produced and led by a world-renowned riding master. Tickets range from $25 - $70 and will be available at the door an hour before showtime. For information or purchase a ticket prior to the event, call 361-332-6305 or visit


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 take places February 14 at 6 pm and cost $125 per person. For more information and tickets, click here.


A great date idea with your loved one is to enjoy the love story, Love Letters, at the Ocala Civic Theatre Saturday Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2 pm! The story follows a lifelong friendship through letters that begins with a note in second grade and turns into a heartwarming love story. So grab your special someone for a touching story Valentine’s celebration. Advanced reservations are required and tickets are only $20 per person.

This show contains strong language which may not be suitable for all audiences.

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. Check out Ivy on the Square, Mark’s Prime Steakhouse and Seafood, Hilton Ocala and La Cuisine for Valentine’s Day special events.

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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