7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Love and Friendship on Valentine’s Day in Gainesville and Alachua County

romantic couple getaway with roses

Spend time with friends and loved ones and create your own weekend getaway or a staycation to remember. With so many options out there, plan ahead. We have done the hard work for you so take a look at the area’s most comprehensive guide to Valentine’s Day in Gainesville and Alachua County.

Scroll below to find 7 fun ways to celebrate love and friendship:

  1. Delicious Dining
  2. Gift Markets
  3. Themed Events
  4. Sippin’ Seven Alachua County Ale Trail
  5. Unique Outdoor Attractions
  6. Arts Exhibits
  7. Local Accommodations

1. Indulge in Delicious Dining

3 Course Valentine’s Menu and Bottle of Wine at Swamp Boil
Friday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 14

chef charlie keller with a plate of food and sommelier katherine haswell

Valentine’s Farm Dining Experience with Guest Chef Charlie Keller at Swallowtail Farm
Saturday, February 11, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

“The Lovers Course” at Pink Flamingo Diner
Saturday, February 11 – Tuesday, February 14

wine pairing at le macaron

“Flight to Europe” Macaron Wine Pairing with White Wine or Red Wine at Le Macaron
Saturday, February 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Valentine’s Ice Cream Flavor Night at Sweet Dreams of Gainesville
Sunday, February 12, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Happy Galentines Celebration with Champagne at Spark at Embers
Monday, February 13, 5 p.m.

Valentine’s Pizza Making Class & Wine Tasting 2023 at MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
Monday, February 13, 6 p.m.

Vegan Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Wooly
Monday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Beer and Cheese Pairing with The Salty Cow at Swamp Head Brewery
Tuesday, February 14, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

(Fully Booked) Reserve a Table for Two at Prime & Pearl
Tuesday, February 14, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Menu at Alpin Bistro
Tuesday, February 14, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

embers valentines day

5-Course Prix Fix Menu at Embers Wood Grill
Tuesday, February 14, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Date Night with Dinner From Everyday Amore at Blackadder Brewing Company
Tuesday, February 14, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

5-Course Valentine’s Day Menu at Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille
Tuesday, February 14, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Exterior window of Paramount Grill

4-Course Valentine’s Day Menu at Paramount Grill
Tuesday, February 14, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

4-Course Valentine’s Day Menu at Bingo Deli and Pub
Tuesday, February 14, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Valentine’s Dinner Menu at Covey Kitchen and Cocktails
Tuesday, February 14, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

2. Shop and Share the Perfect Treat

Shoppes at Thornebrook Valentine's Day Market

Valentine’s Market at Thornebrook Village
Friday, February 10, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Browse Vintage and Handmade Goods with Over 40 Vendors at the Pop-Up Market at Flashbacks Recycled Fashions
Saturday, February 11, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Valentine’s Mimosas and Live Music at Artisans’ Guild Gallery
Sunday, February 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Valentine’s Market at The AUK Market
Sunday, February 12, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Fill a Gold Box of Hand-Crafted Creations at Thornebrook Chocolates

Share Cookies, Cupcakes and Specialty Coffee at The Talented Cookie in High Springs

3. Attend a Special Event

Valentine’s Swing Dance at Santa Fe College Jackson N. Sasser Fine Arts Hall Lobby
Friday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Hear 61 Bells Fill the Air with Valentine’s Day-Themed Music at Century Tower
Saturday, February 11, 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, February 14, 6:15 p.m.

Bollywood Valentine’s Day Black Tie Gala at Gainesville Woman’s Club
Saturday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

carson springs couples tour

Couple’s Champagne and Strawberries Tour at Carson Springs Wildlife
Sunday, February 12, 1 p.m.

Dog-Friendly Valentine’s Photos at Superette Wine and Provisions
Monday, February 13, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Recital from the UF Carillon Studio at Century Tower
Tuesday, February 14, 6:15 p.m.

(sold out) Valentines Cooking Class, Dinner & Wine Tasting at The Fat Tuscan
Tuesday, February 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(sold out) Sip and Spin Valentine’s Day Date Night Ceramics Class at Studio TM
Tuesday, February 14

valentines day beer and cheese pairing

Valentine’s Day Beer & Cheese Pairing at Swamp Head Brewery
Tuesday, February 14, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Book a Singing Valentine’s Day Greeting with the Barbergators Chorus
Tuesday, February 14

4. Taste Local Flavors Along the Sippin’ Seven Alachua County Ale Trail

sippin seven pint glasses

Sign up for our easy and fun digital pass and unlock rewards by checking into craft breweries throughout Gainesville and Alachua County. Earn “Billy the Bison and the Brew Birds” branded merch when you sign up and visit your first brewery. Earn more rewards by checking in and building your points, then stop by the Visit Gainesville, Alachua County office or Daft Cow Brewing Company to redeem.
Cheers to you and to Sippin’ All Seven!

5. Enjoy a Picnic at a Beautiful Botanical Garden or Picturesque Location

Pack a picnic to enjoy at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens a 68-acre facility comprised of 24 major garden collections to include the state’s largest public display of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. 

Entrance to Kanapaha Botanical gardens with tall bamboo and flowers

Have an outdoor adventure on a canoe trip down the Santa Fe River or on Lake Santa Fe. Rent your water vessels from the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost and  DJ’s Kayak Rentals.

Embrace the breathtaking sunsets over Lake Alice while observing the bats emerge on their evening journey from the World’s largest occupied bat houses.

Spend the afternoon in one of Alachua County’s off-the-beaten path, old-Florida towns including Micanopy, Alachua, Newberry and High Springs.

Make a stop at the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park’s Visitor Center and soak in the beauty and vastness of the prairie from a back-porch rocking chair. Ask the rangers how to get to the 50-foot observation tower where you can sit on the porch swing and try to spot wild horses and bison.

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Explore over 100 miles of trails at local parks. Discover a 120-foot sinkhole at Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, go birding at Sweetwater Wetlands Park, see the largest live oak in Florida at Cellon Oak Park and use pedal power at San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park.

6. Find Inspiration with Cultural and Arts Exhibits

Explore Florida’s top museums in the UF Cultural Plaza – The Harn Museum of Art is next door to the Florida Museum of Natural History and Butterfly Rainforest.

Ken Ramsay, Susan Taylor, as Model, c. 1970s, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of Susan Taylor

Posing Beauty in African American Culture at the Harn Museum of Art

Inner Beauty at the Florida Museum of Natural History

GFAA Celebrates 100 Years of Art with Artwork from Board Members Past and Present

7. Plan a Romantic Getaway  

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Experience local bed and breakfast filled with history and character. Discover beautiful gardens, relaxing fountains, personalized hospitality and impressive home-cooked breakfasts. Explore bed and breakfasts in Gainesville and Alachua County.

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