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February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Events in Orlando

Valentine's Day is next weekend, and Orlando is bustling with opportunities to celebrate love and romance. For locals and visitors alike, amorous options abound - and not just in the theme parks! Whether you're already partnered, seeking a companion, or swearing off affection, the perfect activity can help to warm your heart and lift your spirits over the holiday weekend. This is just a basic overview to some of the best holiday specials and events throughout the Orlando area.


At the Theme Parks

Sea World's "Praise Wave Music Festival" kicks off on Valentine's Day with performances by Lecrae Moore and Colton Dixon. Park admission is required, and reserved seating packages are available. Sea World's Discovery Cove offers unparalleled proposal packages, for those looking to make this Valentine's Day a truly memorable, special occasion. 

Walt Disney World is full of options for a romantic day or night out, and not just on Valentine's Day. Though they have not declared any Valentine's-specific events at the time of this writing, a little creativity and planning can turn any visit into an especially endearing event. Consider the beautiful Valentine's- themed selections from Disney Floral and Gifts if you're in the market to splurge (this brand of affection does not come cheap). Spa treatments, prime fireworks viewing locations or fireworks cruises, horse-drawn carriage rides, intimate dining reservations, and quiet strolls among the elegant resort hotels are all certain to set the mood for an amazing couples-oriented visit. 

Universal Studios Orlando's annual Mardi Gras event is in full swing. On Valentine's Day, Jesse J takes the stage for a live concert performance beneath Rip, Ride, Rock-It - included with standard park admission. The Mardi Gras parade compliments the festivities. If you can't make it to New Orleans this year, Universal Studios may be the next best thing for Mardi Gras fun. For a more intimate celebration, consider Harbor Nights Romantico at Loews Portofino Bay Resort. This moonlit celebration includes wine, food, and live music for $45. Reserved seating (and additional perks) cost extra. This event takes place Friday, February 13, leaving Saturday open for additional Valentine's opportunities. 

Romantic Dining Around Town

Enzian Theater is hosting a Saturday Brunch followed by a screening of the romantic hit film, Sleepless in Seattle. Live music accompanies the buffet brunch, which includes unlimited mimosas. $100 per couple, VIP reservations with additional perks for $150. 

Cuba Libre is celebrating "Latin Lovers and Lushes" all weekend long. Dinner reservations can be made for as early as 4PM to partake in special holiday menus, champagne, themed cocktails, and decadent desserts.

Gaylord Palms Resort offers two days of Valentine's dinners at two tantalizing locations. At Villa de Flora, a strolling violinist completes the alluring Mediterranean setting. Enjoy a lavish buffet with all the trimmings beneath the breathtaking views of the glass atrium for $65 per adult. Or you can opt for balcony dining amidst an Everglades-themed environment at Old Hickory Steakhouse for $85 per adult.

Funky Monkey Bistro and Bar's "Be My Valentine" dinner promises to be a unique event. An elaborate four-course menu, bottle of wine, and show are all included for $75 per person. 

Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Theatre hosts themed dinners and shows for three straight days over Valentine's weekend. Reserve online to select from three different mystery show themes, and to receive an $18 discount!

Tin Roof is fast becoming I-Drive's newest in-demand hot spot, and Valentine's Day promises to keep the fun rolling. Enjoy remarkable food, drink specials, and live musical "tribute" acts - including Mirrors, a Tribute to Justin Timberlake. $10 cover for this special event.

Something Different - Wild, Sporty, and "Anti"

Art comes in all forms at the annual Nude Nite event. February 12-14, hundreds of artists will unite for a collection of displays and performances of unique artistic expression. 

Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards presents Winefest XXV February 13-15. Enjoy local artists and crafters, live music, and complimentary winery tours and tasting. 

The Valentine's Experience at DRIP is nearly indescribable, but if you're looking for an exotic, expressive encounter - this fits the bill... with a splash of vibrance. February 12-14, enjoy live music, one-of-a-kind performances, and an interactive encounter like no other. 

It's "singles vs. couples" at Whirly Dome's Valentine's Day Whirly Tourney, where the top team wins a $200 bar tab!

If you're single this Valentine's Day, Howl at the Moon's annual anti-Valentine's Love SUX party offers drink specials, live music, and games. Arrive with a mutilated photo of your ex for free cover and contest entry!

Check back throughout the week for possible additions to this list as new, worthwhile Valentine's Day events are discovered.