Entertainment Editor

Roses are red, violets are blue; it's almost Valentine's Day, check out some things to do.

Whether you are single or half of a couple, Central Florida is the place to be this Valentine’s Day. Local businesses are hosting mix-and-mingle events for singles, date night specials for couples, pet adoptions to find that fur-ever love, bonfires to fully rid your ex, GNO (girls’ night out) happenings and more.

Go speed dating. 

Single and looking for love? Why not give speed dating a try? Ember is hosting an exclusive event for single professionals looking for other like-minded, successful Orlando singles. The event is happening from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Get tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/will-you-be-my-valentine-speed-dating-singles-mixer-tickets-53968788098?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0L1O7DjOLoA970NR425nZ9vJU7mKKOvz0zvKxz3-94zKMTPMfR2t9J86g. 

Ember, 42 W. Central Blvd., Orlando


Catch dinner and a movie.

Head over to the Enzian Theater for dinner and a special showing of the film “Love Actually.” The dinner buffet is from 7 to 8 p.m., and the film starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $153 per couple, $185 per VIP couple. Everyone can enjoy live music, a dinner buffet, soft drinks, coffee and a glass of champagne (all included in the ticket cost). VIP guests receive a reserved table, commemorative gift bag and a bottle of champagne.

Enzian Theater, 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland


Enjoy the music.

B.B. King’s Blues Club Orlando is hosting a night of love songs. (And a Valentine’s Day dinner.) Live music by the club’s All-Star Band featuring Kris Thomas, beginning at 7 p.m. Guests can indulge in the surf and turf special — a 6oz. sirloin, skillet shrimp, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, a chocolate covered strawberry and glass of champagne, priced at $36 per person. For reservations visit https://www.bbkings.com/orlando/ or call 407-370-4550.

B.B. Kings Blues Club, 9101 International Drive No. 2230, Orlando


Keep it local. 

Whether you’re spending the day with a significant other or a group of friends, keep it local and visit the Osceola County Fair. The 10-day event at Osceola Heritage Park features more than 70 rides, games and shows. Other entertainment includes live music, Truck and Tractor Pulls, a pie-eating contest and more. 

Osceola Heritage Park, 1911 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee


Find your fur-ever love.

For the second year in a row, Fun Spot America has teamed up with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for a full day of Valentine pet adoptions. The event runs Feb. 14, between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Orlando park. 

Fun Spot America, 5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando


Burn the memories of your ex.

You read that correctly. The now open Margaritaville Resort Orlando is hosting a “Thank You, Next” (shoutout to Ariana Grande) Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, Feb. 16. Males and females can bring a photo or small item that reminds them of their ex to add to the festive fire. A portion of the proceeds from the party will go to the Osceola County Fire Rescue for the department’s favorite charity — so really, it’s all for a good cause. And who knows, you might even find your next love. The party is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the resort’s “On Vacation” restaurant.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando, 8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee

board and brush


Celebrate “Galentine’s Day.”

Get the girls together for a paint night at Board and Brush. The Kissimmee art studio is offering free drinks and a night of fun and painting. The three-hour workshop includes all of the needed materials (wood, stains, paints). Guests can choose any project from the gallery. Visit BoardandBrush.com

Board and Brush, 3287 Oxford Drive, Kissimmee


Ignite the passion.

Dine at Taverna Opa or Tapa Toro for a three-course meal. Taverna Opa’s dinner includes house-made hummus and marouli salad, saganaki, the Land & Sea entree, and loukoumades for dessert. Belly dancers will perform beginning at 7 p.m. Tapa Toro’s dinner features a seasonal salad, a Surf & Turf Platter featuring grilled asparagus and rosemary potatoes and a chocolate tart dessert. Both dinner packages are priced at $85 per couple, plus tax and gratuity.

Taverna Opa, 9101 International Drive, Orlando

Tapa Toro, 8441 International Drive, Orlando