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Illustrations by ALLI ARNOLD   |   Special to the TImes

Great Tampa Bay date ideas for Valentine's Day or all year long

You want to take your sweetie on a great date on Valentine's Day, of course. And rest assured, there is some pretty fun stuff happening around town this weekend. But why limit yourself? Here, from the brains of the Tampa Bay Times entertainment and lifestyle experts, are some original and lovey-dovey Tampa Bay date …


  1. Plan your weekend: Mother's Day, WaZoo BeerFest


    Plan your weekend

    Call your mother

    Mother's Day: Luckily for last-minute shoppers, a number of attractions are free for moms Sunday including the Tampa Museum of Art, and it's the last week to see Spanish artist Jaume Plensa's large-scale sculptures, on show through May 15. Also Dinosaur …

    There will be more than 250 beers and beverages at the WaZoo BeerFest.
  2. Review: 'Captain America: Civil War' gives the Marvel catalog new life


    We've seen enough Bat-mannequins by now to agree that the greatest superhero power of all is personality.

    Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen and Sebastian Stan appear in a scene from "Captain America: Civil War."
  3. Movie planner: Spidey joins 'Captain America: Civil War,' Tampa Pitcher Show fundraiser


    OPENING Thursday: Captain America ... and Spidey?

    Captain America: Civil War pits Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) against each other over rising political pressure to create a system of accountability for the Avengers.
  4. Art planner: Theo Wujcik paintings, Benjamin Dimmitt photos and Mother's Day art

    Visual Arts


    Fallen Cedar Tree, Blue Run by Benjamin Dimmitt.
  5. Things to do planner: Pops in the Park, sunflower mazes, CatCon DogFest for pet lovers


    POPS PERFORMANCES: Free Florida Orchestra shows

    The Florida Orchestra’s Pops in the Park outdoor concert at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa in 2010.
  6. Dining Planner: Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week starts

    Food & Dining

    Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week

    Clearwater Beach Restaurant Week runs through May 22.
  7. Stage Planner: Stageworks with Neil Simon, Florida Orchestra does the Police



    Sometime last fall, Stageworks Theatre producing artistic director Karla Hartley announced the season's lineup before a performance and mentioned Broadway Bound. I can't remember exactly how she introduced the play that opens this weekend, …

    The Broadway Bound cast includes, top row, from left, Paul Finocchiaro, Rosemary Orlando, Heather Krueger and Greg Thompson, and bottom row, from left, Ricky Cona, who returns in the starring role as Eugene, and Spencer Meyers.
  8. Music Planner: Amy Grant; plus Carlos Vives, Young Thug, Dash Berlin

    Music & Concerts


    Amy Grant couldn't tell whether 23-year-old Tori Kelly was a fan of her work before the two connected for a new cover of Grant's 1991 hit Baby Baby.

    Amy Grant will perform May 5 at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.
  9. Star Wars Day deals, parties because, 'May the Fourth be with you'


    What started as an inside joke among Star Wars fans, greeting each other with, "May the Fourth be with you," has turned into a full-fledged Star Wars Day holiday. It's an excuse to have parties and spend money on Star Wars collectibles (like we need a special day for that).


    Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith." (AP Photo/ Lucasfilm/Twentieth Century Fox)
  10. Rock climbing, concerts and beer: Mother's Day activities that don't involve brunch


    Brunch on the water. Flowers. A spa day. There's nothing wrong with any of it. But, just like dads with their grilling and sports and gadgets, moms can fall victim to a sea of well-meant cliches. Moms are actually complex, interesting individuals who just happened to give birth. Maybe she does want brunch and …

    Courtesy of Lowry Park Zoo
Brewers including Tampa's own Cigar City Brewing will serve up cold ones at WaZoo.