Always Friday. Always Free.

What is GatorNights

Every Friday night at GatorNights, hundreds of University of Florida students get together in the Reitz Union for a night of movies, games, entertainment, activities and free food. GatorNights is a leading late-night program in the southeast with new and exciting movies, rides, performances, food, and crafts most Friday nights in fall, spring, and summer, and best of all it is FREE for UF students.

GatorNights is open to UF students with a valid Gator 1 Card. Attendees must be current students to participate. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not allowing guests of students until further notice.


GatorNights began on August 25, 2000, after the student activities staff attended WVU All Night, the late night program at West Virginia University. Almost 1800 students attended the first GatorNights and it has been a Gator tradition ever since.

The average weekly attendance at GatorNights is about 1100 to 1800. As a result of the popularity, several other universities have visited GatorNights in an effort to implement a similar program on their campuses. These universities include University of Arkansas, University of Central Florida, Clemson University, University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, Florida State University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, University of South Carolina, Texas Tech University, Virginia Commonwealth University and more.

Loyalty Program

We love our loyal GatorNights attendees! Attend the allotted amount of GatorNights between January 10th and April 17th to win different prizes.

Don’t forget to check-in and bring your loyalty punch card each week. These limited edition prizes will be distributed based on a tier system. When you reach a higher ranking tier, you will unlock even greater prizes. All prizes will be distributed at the final GatorNights of the spring semester.

Attend 3 GatorNights: Bronze Prize
Attend 7 GatorNights: Silver Prize
Attend 10 GatorNights: Gold Prize

VIP Experience

If you’re a student group or organization planning a social at GatorNights, we want to
customize your team’s experience at the event.

Team Experience

Meeting spaces
Icebreakers/team builders
group photo
event experience

Event Experience

VIP Check-in
Specialized snack menu
Reserved bowling lanes
Reserved seating (movies or comedy)
Customized event experience


Check-in for both students and students with a guest takes place at the Information Desk on Level 1 of the J. Wayne Reitz Union.
GatorNights an event for currently enrolled UF students. The University defines current student as a student registered for classes or a student who remains in good status with the University to take classes in future semesters. (E.g. If you are not taking summer classes but plan to take fall classes)

GatorNights participants include students at all class levels. So, whether you are a first year student or graduate student, we would love to see you at the GatorNights program.

Students are allowed to bring one guest. See guest policy under frequently asked questions for more details.

Unfortunately, faculty and staff are not allowed to attend GatorNights unless by special circumstances. If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to survey the program, please email by the Wednesday before an event.

Currently enrolled UF students are allowed to bring one guest to GatorNights events.

There is not an age restriction for guests at GatorNights events. However, please note that GatorNights reserves the right to restrict certain activities with an age requirement.

Students assume responsibility for all guests. At check-in, we will ask you to sign-in your guest so we have a record of who attended GatorNights.

Guests must be accompanied by the student and adhere to all GatorNights policies.

Students with a person under the age of 18 will be asked to fill out a liability waiver.

We reserve the right to deny admission or require a person already admitted to leave if we consider that the circumstances so require.

Lost items will be turned into the Information Desk on Level 1 of the J. Wayne Reitz Union facility. Items may be retried any time during regular operating hours.
GatorNights is a large production that requires many of the J. Wayne Reitz Union teams and campus members to ensure its success weekly. Here are the units you’re likely to see at a GatorNights event:

  • GatorNights Planning Committee members
  • GatorNights student employees
  • Student Organizations
  • Reitz Union Game Room team
  • Reitz Union Arts & Crafts Center team
  • Reitz Union Audio Visual team
  • Reitz Union Productions team
  • Reitz Union Building Supervisors
  • Aramark – Food provider
  • Campus Partners such as GatorWell, Career Resource Center, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, etc.. Throughout the semester we work with many departments and student organizations.

Join the The GatorNights Planning Committee

Want to help plan GatorNights? Apply today to be part of the GatorNights Planning Committee and help come up with the themes, activities, entertainment, crafts and everything else that makes up each GatorNights event.
Email for more information.


Want to make an extra $50 in Gator Dining money for student organizations? Want to get the word out about your organization? If so, please fill out the form below no later than two weeks in advance of your chosen date.

Please note: You must supply 8 volunteers for one shift in order to qualify for the $50 food scholarship. If any volunteers are working both shifts please indicate their shift preference next to their name.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY


Want to collaborate with GatorNights for an event your organization is hosting or need some sponsorship money for an event on a Friday night in the Reitz Union? Please fill out the form below and send no later than six weeks before the date you would like to host an event. Thank you for interest.

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