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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 …

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  1. Plan your weekend Sept. 2-5: Labor Day parties, Dog Day at the Rays, First Friday

    Events
    Plan your weekendLabor DayLong weekend: As we say goodbye to summer, cities around Tampa Bay are celebrating the long Labor Day weekend.
  2. Stage Planner: Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, Florida Orchestra debuts Happy Hour Concerts

    Stage
    ENCORE, ENCORE: TAMPA BAY THEATRE FESTIVAL
    Courtesy of the Florida Orchestra
  3. Art planner: Clyde Butcher photos at history center, deal on First Night buttons

    Visual Arts
    EDEN REVISITED: CLYDE BUTCHER AT TBHC
    Gaskin Bay, a gelatin silver print by Clyde Butcher, will be part of “Preserving Eden” at the Tampa Bay History Center.
  4. Music Planner: Jill Scott opens up, Brad Paisley plans free show, Scott Stapp roars back

    Music & Concerts
      When Jill Scott wraps her North American tour this week in Florida, she expects to shed a few tears.
    Scott Stapp performs at Tampa’s District 3 at 7 p.m. Monday.
  5. Movie Planner: Telluride Film Festival preview, 'Light Between Oceans' opens

    Movies
    GONE WEST: TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL
    The musical La La Land, which likely will shown at Telluride, stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
  6. Things to Do Planner: Labor Day weekend parties, Dog Days at the Rays, Halloween at Disney

    Events
      It's Labor Day weekend, and once again funky Gulfport will be all decked out for its annual GeckoFest, right. And Shephard's Beach Resort, below, on Clearwater Beach brings an EDM dance party to its Labor Day Beach Weekend.
    Shephard’s Beach Resort’s annual Labor Day Weekend party features several EDM performers.
  7. St. Pete's big art is back with the 2016 SHINE Mural Festival

    Visual Arts
    John Collins will not have to scramble for a forklift this week and for that, he is thankful.
    Mural artist Todd Frain gets his base coat down with the help of Creative Clay client Ali Vasquez on a large mural he's starting at 2914 1st. Ave. N. in St. Petersburg.
  8. To honor Gene Wilder, Tampa Theatre to host free screening of 'Willy Wonka'

    Events
    Heartbroken fans of Gene Wilder will commiserate Sept. 10 when the historic Tampa Theatre hosts a free screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
    Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, died this week of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83. 
Warner Bros.
  9. Interview: Jill Scott, bound for St. Pete show, opens up on growing up

    Music & Concerts
    To explain how she found love, Jill Scott wants to take you on safari.
    Jill Scott is one of modern soul’s great philosopher poets, a three-time Grammy winner who’s made a career of mindful meditations on love and relationships.
  10. Review: 'Equity' rises above corporate melodrama with staunchly feminine perspective

    Movies
    Acting life after Breaking Bad is going well for Anna Gunn, with a key role in the upcoming Sully and her shrewd portrayal of a she-wolf of Wall Street in Equity.
    Anna Gunn stars as a she-wolf of Wall Street in "Equity." (Sony Pictures Classics)