Getting original on Valentine’s Day isn’t always easy, but any of these events will make for pretty special plans. Take advantage of these local festivals, galleries, walks, and performances tomorrow night and, for some, throughout the weekend.
Feb. 13-15 Hundreds of artists descend on downtown Orlando for three nights of performance art, paintings and sculptures—all in some way celebrating the human form. Strolling musicians, live body-painting and food and drink combine for a creative atmosphere. Check website for location.
MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY GALLERY WALK
Feb. 14 Explore art galleries, studios and shops as artists take over downtown Mount Dora. Free. 6 p.m. 341 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora.
Feb. 14 Culture Pop! is an artsy evening under the stars with an art show, food trucks and a cash bar. Literature Out Loud for the evening features spoken-word poetry by local poets. Maitland Art Center, 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. 407-539-2181.
ROMEO AND JULIET
Feb. 14-16 Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this classic ballet. Shakespeare’s quintessential love story is brought to life with Prokofiev’s rich score and Orlando Ballet Artistic Director Robert Hill’s choreography. Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. 407-426-1739.
COUNCIL OF 101 ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE
Feb. 14-16 Antique dealers from the Eastern United States display their wares. Come to window-shop or purchase. Loch Haven Park, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-896-4231.
Feb. 14-16 This festival is an opportunity to sample various table wines from Lakeridge Winery. Live music, works by artists and crafters, food and drink are also available, as well as complimentary winery tours and tastings. Lakeridge Winery, 19239 U.S. 27 North, Clermont. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 800-768-9463.
LOVE YOUR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
Feb. 14-16 Panel discussions and parties make for a film shorts festival that is long on fun. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201-203 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. Check website for screenings and event times.