Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Feel the love: Valentine's Day events in Tampa Bay

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Enjoy a light "love themed" dinner as the planetarium shows scenes of Paris, Buenos Aires and Fiji and you hear tales of ancient love stories. $120 per couple, $90 per couple members (registration required). Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Wedding Ceremony

Pinellas County Clerk of Courts Ken Burke presides over a mass wedding ceremony. Free to attend. Registration to be wed has passed. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. (727) 464-3008. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Night Safari: Love on the Wild Side

Travel through the park's Edge of Africa in the dark, viewing lions, hippos, giraffes, rhinos and more. After the safari, drinks, appetizers, nightcap and desserts are provided in the Safari Club. 21 and older. $250 per couple. Busch Gardens, 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa. Toll-free 1-888-800-5447. 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

French, Language of Love

The Valerie Gillespie Ensemble plays French love songs and jazz. $18-$23 advance, $23-$28 day of. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. (813) 645-7651. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

A dance with the Sounds of Swing, performing a series of Big Band love songs. A swing dance lesson led at 6:30 p.m. is free with a ticket for the dance. $12-$18. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. (813) 269-1310. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Light the Match Party

Singles wear white, couples wear red and "too shy to share" wear pink. Plan for DJ dancing, a candy buffet, party bus and prizes. $20, $30 couple. Taiga, 10315 Causeway Blvd., Tampa. (813) 447-8538. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Speakeasy 1924

A swanky Roaring Twenties party with Prohibition era cocktails and craft beer, food and jazz dancing to live music by Gloria West and the Gents. Benefits Goodwill services. $75, $140 two. The Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (727) 450-5211. 6-10 p.m. Friday.

The Love Show

The Box brings a themed improv show that explores the woes, joys, awkwardness and triumphs of finding and losing love. $10. The Space at 2106, 2106 W Main St., Tampa. (813) 575-023. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Valentine "Pup" Crawl

Celebrate with your four legged friend at this pub crawl with drink specials and a raffle. $15 advance, $20 at the door. MacDinton's Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 876-4150. 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday.

Love and Laughter

Too Smooth presents a Valentine comedy show with music featuring Marcus Combs, Red Bone, Fanta-C and Batman. $23-$44.50. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Romantic Pas De Deux

A romantic evening with classical ballet performances, jazz dance, chocolate fondue, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. $18. Tampa Ballet Theatre, 12720 Dupont Circle, Tampa. (813) 814-0587. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Gulfport Ball

Swing your sweetheart to the sounds of Gloria West and the Gents with prizes, chocolates, candy and a cash bar. $12 advance, $15 day of. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 893-1070. 7-11 p.m. Sunday.

Benefit Concert

The Four Aces present songs of love including Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Tell Me Why, 3 Coins in a Fountain and Shangri-La. Benefits the National Comedy Museum and the Pinellas Hispanic Democratic Caucus. $20. Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 541-0895. 2 p.m. Sunday.

Costume and Couples Parties

Dress up like your favorite angel or devil for a costume party with $5 specials and no cover at 8 p.m. Saturday. Then Sunday brings a couples party with your choice of appetizer or dessert with any two entrees for $35 at 5 p.m. Sunday. MacDinton's Irish Pub, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 565-0544.

Whistle Stop Date Night

A four-course meal and live music by Leon Majcen (Saturday) and Kosondra Rose (Sunday). $30. Whistle Stop Grill, 915 Main St, Safety Harbor. (727) 726-1956. 7-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Vegas for Valentine's

The jump zone turns into a mock casino for a romantic evening including gaming, catered buffet, music, auctions, beer and wine. Benefits Habitat for Humanity and Women With Purpose. $40. Planet Jump, 12640 62nd St., Largo. (727) 452-6079. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Comedy Jam

Latrese Allen hosts this "A Sweetheart Affair" themed show by Spunky Robinson and Whodi. $20. Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. (727) 768-6689. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Speed Dating

Go on several dates in search of a possible match at this two hour party. $20 women, $25 men. Blue Martini, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. (910) 257-8614. 8-10 p.m. Sunday.

Cocktail Party

Enjoy appetizers, raffles, themed activities and a complimentary bottle of wine. $8. American Legion Post 14, 1520 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-7320. 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

Valentine's Day Run

Choose a 5K or 1-mile family friendly run/walk inside Honeymoon Island State Park. Includes chip timing and finishers medal. $21, 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the west end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin. (727) 469-5942. 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Kids events

Hooray for Hearts

Kids can participate in art, science and physical activity to salute the heart 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today-Friday. Then at 10 a.m. Saturday, kids can make a heart pillow or heart animals. Included with admission: $10, $9 seniors, 1 and younger free. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992.

Little Sweethearts Dance

Glazer Children's Museum turns the third floor into a paradise for your little sweetheart to dance the night away to music by DJ Jake Delacruz, crafts and refreshments. $20, $15 members. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 6-8 p.m. Friday.

My Little Valentine Luncheon

Bring your little valentine for lunch under the stars in the Saunders Planetarium. $70 two, $50 two members (registration required). Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000. Noon Saturday-Sunday.

Teen Semi Formal

The TASCO teen program throws this semi-formal for youth in Grades 6-9 that includes DJ, live entertainment, a video game lounge, photo booth and a best-dressed contest. No shorts or jeans allowed. $10 (includes dinner). J.W. Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5060. 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Crafts for Kids

Kids will make crafts; all ages welcome with their caregivers. Free. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 2 p.m. Saturday.

Valentine's at Glazer

Children can celebrate the special day making holiday themed crafts for their loved ones. Included with admission: $15, $12.50 military/seniors, $9.50 children, under 1 free. Glazer Children's Museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861. 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

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