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 every Friday night 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 and are allowed to bring a maximum of one guest to the event.
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.
We love our loyal GatorNights attendees! Attend the allotted amount of GatorNights between August 23rd and November 22nd to win different prizes (there are 12 total GatorNights).
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 Fall semester on Friday, November 22.
Attend 3 GatorNights: Bronze Prize
Attend 7 GatorNights: Silver Prize
Attend 10 GatorNights: Gold Prize
If you’re a student group or organization planning a social at GatorNights, we want to
customize your team’s experience at the event.
Specialized snack menu
Reserved bowling lanes
Reserved seating (movies or comedy)
Customized event experience
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the Wednesday before an event.
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.
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.
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.
Let us know how we’re doing or if you have an idea for how we can make GatorNights even better.