Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for mushy love, romance, roses and chocolate. The Times’ events cherub has collected holiday-related events for singles, couples and families.
Be Winter’s Valentine
Kids 12 and younger can bring a Valentine’s Day card for any rescued animal and get into the aquarium for $9.99. The day includes holiday-themed animal enrichment, photo frames, a giant card to sign and dive presentations at 11 a.m. and 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. $9.99. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage. (727) 441-1790.
Fashion Show and Luncheon
View fashions by Patchington as you enjoy lunch and a silent auction. $35. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Belleair. (727) 584-0065.
Galentine’s Day Wine Tasting
Grab your girlfriends and celebrate Valentine’s Day early with tastings of Champagnes, rose and pink cocktails. $10. 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Ybor Beverage Company, 1925 E Sixth Ave., Tampa. (813) 374-6074.
Valentine’s Business Social
Wear a red dress or tie to meet other professionals for three hours of networking without an agenda. $15-$25. 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Current Hotel, 2545 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa. (813) 281-2545.
Galentine’s Day Floral Design
Make a Valentine’s Day-inspired floral arrangement. $95. 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Florist Fire Design House, 231 E Davis Blvd., Tampa. (813) 399-7075.
After Work Pre-Valentine’s Day Party
If you don’t have a valentine, join more than 100 singles for icebreakers, themed cocktail specials and DJ dancing. $15-$25. 6-11 p.m. Thursday. First Chance Last Chance Bar, 1707 N 16th St., Tampa. (813) 248-5555.
The fully immersive popup event pairs multisensory storytelling with a four-course meal created by chefs Ferrell Alvarez (Rooster & the Till) and Noel Cruz (Ichicoro Ramen). $160. Hourly seatings from 6:30 to 9:30 each night. Thursday-Saturday. Red Door No. 5, 1910 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (786) 529-4447. therooteddoor.com.
Wine and Dine Your Valentine
Bring along someone special for a demonstration-style class where you learn to make, and later eat, smoked salmon potato cakes, salad, filet mignon and chocolate almond tart. $100. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 926-4465.
Tantra Speed Date
Share a moment of guided connection with up to 24 dates in a traditional Puja circle using light partner yoga, actor’s improv, eye-gazing and dance. $45-$100. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. Peace of Yoga, 21 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 350-5876. go.evvnt.com.
Valentine’s Day at the Sanctuary
The sanctuary stays open late for additional animal viewing, special presentations and other Valentine’s Day-related surprises. $10, 3 and younger free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, 4600 Alt. U.S. 19, Palm Harbor. (727) 943-5897. suncoastprimate.org.
Valentine’s With Beer
Special beer releases, food from 3D Bites and music by TL Jentgens. Free. 2-11:30 p.m. Friday. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 495-6002.
Lovers Stretch Yoga
Scoop up your loved one and your mats for a night of stretching in a romantic sunset yoga session. No cover (food/drink additional). 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Caddy’s on the Beach, 9000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 360-4993.
Valentine’s Day Semi-Formal
Teens in grades 6 through 9 can get dressed up for a night of DJ dancing, entertainment, video games, dinner, prizes for best dressed, silent disco and a photo booth. No shorts allowed. $10. 7-11 p.m. Friday. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5060.
Sunset Cinema: Valentine’s Day
Love is in the air at Pier 60 with holiday-themed screenings of Lost Valentine (Friday) and The Notebook (Saturday). Free. 6:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. (727) 462-6466.
Valentine’s Day With the Florida Big Band
Join the Florida Big Band for a performance featuring guest vocalist Katt Hefner. The Knights of Jazz from River Ridge High School will open. $20. 7 p.m. Friday. Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 434-8327.
Valentine’s Day Red Out
Wear as much red as you can for discounted admissions, TikTok dance contest and a chance to win a pair of skates. $4-$8. 8-11 p.m. Friday. Astro Skate Tarpon Springs, 875 Cypress St. (727) 938-5778. astroskatingcenter.com.
Whitney James Jazz Valentine
A night of music for jazz lovers with Whitney James and her band that includes timeless love songs like The Man I Love, Centerpiece and, of course, My Funny Valentine. $25-$30. 8 p.m. Friday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-3590.
Valentine’s Day Sock Hop
Dress in ‘50s attire and celebrate Valentine’s Day at a sock hop with a hand jive dance-off. $10. 8:15-10 p.m. Friday. The Real Ballroom, 3423 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa. (813) 365-7325. therealballroom.com.
Climb With Your Valentine
Get a buy-one-get-one-free deal on an Intro to Belay Class and two-week free membership. The class builds trust between paired climbers and allows you to attempt more routes throughout the gym. Includes equipment, instruction and daily admission. $35. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing Gym, 5402 Pioneer Park Blvd., Tampa. (813) 884-7625. app.rockgympro.com.
Share the Love
Pick up a pair of roses and write a note for your loved one at this popup. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. (813) 250-3725. armatureworks.com.
Pierside Valentine’s Day
Get a beautiful view of the sun setting over the water as you enjoy a prix-fixe three-course meal. $36. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday. WTR Grill, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 265-1234.
Lunch and Dinner Cruise
Board a yacht for a date that includes a dozen long-stemmed roses, DJ dancing and a Champagne toast. $49.95 lunch, $109.95 dinner. Noon and 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 223-7999.
Beach Wedding Vow Renewal
Couples can renew their wedding vows on the sandy beach. Each couple gets a bouquet of roses, a Champagne toast and a photo under a decorated arbor. $97. 4-5:30 p.m. Friday. Sunset Beach Pavilion, 8000 W Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 330-4290.
Anti V-Day Block Parties
Dress in all black for an anti-Valentine’s Day party with drink specials, a kissing booth, prizes and giveaways. No cover (food/drink additional). 4 p.m. Friday. Yard of Ale, 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2027. Down the block, it’s $4 anti V-Day shots, $6 Stoli drinks, a kissing booth and prizes. No cover (food/drink additional). 4 p.m. Friday. MacDinton’s Irish Pub, 242 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 201-9783.
This treat for chocolate lovers features a four-course dinner with chocolate used in every course. $39.95. 5-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. WTR, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-0566.
Valentine’s Day Dinner Show
Take your valentine for a buffet dinner set to a Frank Sinatra tribute by Bill Stabile. $53.50. 6-9 p.m. Friday. Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. (352) 799-4653.
Valentines Party: Pink Edition
Celebrate Jamaican-style grooving to live music by Jah Movement Band. $15. 6 p.m. Friday. Whiskey Joe’s Bar and Grill, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 281-0577.
Valentine’s Day Date Night
Take your loved one for wine specials and coastal dining in a tropical setting. No cover (food/drink additional). 6-8 p.m. Friday. The Getaway, 13090 Gandy Blvd. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 267-1602.
Lovers Rock V-Day Party
Lovers party in the Yard with themed drink specials, a kissing booth, “Break your heart” pinatas, prizes and giveaways. No cover (food/drink additional). 6 p.m. Friday. Yard of Ale, 260 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-2027.
Valentine’s Day Whistle Stop
Enjoy live music by Gene Field as you and your sweetheart feast on dishes from a Valentine’s Day menu. No cover (food/drink additional). 6-9 p.m. Friday. Whistle Stop Grill, 915 Main St., Safety Harbor. (727) 726-1956.
Anti V-Day Rager
Wear black for this anti-Valentine’s Day party with a “Lovers Hour” open bar ($20), kissing booth, “Break your heart” pinatas, prizes and giveaways. No cover (food/drink additional). 6 p.m. Friday. MacDinton’s Irish Pub, 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8999.
A Very Alternative Valentine’s Day
Games, snacks, crafts and alternative music. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. Friday. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.
Enjoy a dinner buffet, followed by dancing to romantic tunes by the Florida Jazz Express. Upgrade to VIP for reserved seating and one specialty drink each. $109-$135 two, $20 per person show only. 6-11:30 p.m. Friday. Manhattan Casino, 643 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 256-1806. bookthemanhattan.com.
Champagne and Chocolate
A party for couples includes a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose with two glasses, four chocolate-covered strawberries and one small plate or dessert to share. $75. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday. Flute & Dram, 234 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 490-9835.
Movie on the Lawn
Take your sweetheart or the entire family for a spaghetti dinner and an outdoor screening of Disney’s live action Lady and the Tramp. Bring chairs or blankets. $10, $15 two. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Fisher Acres, 10325 U.S. 98, Dade City. (813) 924-2668.
A semiformal three-course candlelit dinner and Christian fellowship. $50 two. 7-11 p.m. Friday. Ambiance Event Hall, 2480 East Bay Drive, Largo. (727) 776-4355.
Bond With Me 007: No Time To Die
Infused with the intrigue and romance of 007, couples and singles are invited to this black-tie gala with dinner and dancing. $150, $275 couple. 7 p.m. Friday. Crystal Ballroom North Tampa, 5707 W Waters Ave. (727) 698-4993.
Pretty in Pink
A romantic candlelit dinner for two with music by the I-Ruption Band and DJ Sj Spice and a free pink drink for women. $10, $60 dinner for two. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Jerk Hut, 1241 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 977-5777.
Valentine’s Day Gala
A romance-themed, cabaret-style-seating buffet dinner with DJ dancing and cash bar. $120. 7-11 p.m. Friday. Rusty Pelican, 2425 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa. (813) 281-1943.
Valentine’s Day Tea
A gastronomic experience with a welcome Cherub’s Cup cocktail, appetizers, surf and turf dinner and dessert. $45. 7-9 p.m. Friday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, 2-3 p.m. Sunday. 22 Moons at the Cottage, 3102 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Valrico. (813) 278-5213.
Valentine Game Night
Couples play against each other in Minute to Win It, Love Pictionary, Reverse Charades and other games. $20. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Grand Sixty Club, 1608 E State Road 60, Valrico. (813) 458-2461.
A Paris Valentine
A French-themed five-course dinner with a bottle of Champagne, live music and dancing. $99, $199 two. 7-10 p.m. Friday. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. (727) 726-1161.
Paints and Pours: Hoppy Valentine’s Day
Couples can enjoy two-for-one draft beers as they combine efforts to paint a beer-inspired work of art. $20. 7-10 p.m. Friday. FR Bottle Shop, 1937 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. (813) 413-4951.
The Ongina Monologues
Ongina from RuPaul’s DragRace brings this bizarre Valentine’s Day drag show featuring Antwanette, Jocelyn, Delores and Amanda. $7.50, $15 VIP meet and greet. 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday. Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille, 28910 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 400-6996.
Garden de Mystique
A candlelit dinner with live classical music and dancing under the stars in the setting of a romantic Renaissance garden. $100. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Romantika, 461 Grant St., Dunedin. (727) 644-4839.
Mingle Maxx Masquerade Speed Dating
This singles mix and mingle includes one drink and chance prizes. $30. 7:45-10 p.m. Friday. Sd Banquet Hall, 10101 E U.S. 92, Tampa. (813) 562-2441.
An African Night of Love
A journey of love that includes authentic African cuisine, a romantic atmosphere, an African DJ, drummers and a fashion show. Prizes for best African attire. $60-$70, $100-$120 two. 8 p.m. Friday. Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, 2005 N Lamar Ave., Tampa. (813) 559-1768.
Burlesque, Bad and Bougie Valentine’s Day
A steamy urban standup comedy show with burlesque and storytelling. $25-$40. 8-9:30 p.m. Friday. Inkwell Centre, 2905 N 50th St., Tampa. (813) 426-3626.
Tampa Bay Singles: Sexy Party
Dress to impress and mingle with other single professionals at this party with one free drink followed by drink specials. $20. 8-10 p.m. Friday. WTR, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (727) 487-9004.
Friday, I’m in Love
Grab that special someone and head out to a silent party. Put on headphones and choose your music by three DJs. $10. 8 p.m. Friday. Pour Taproom St. Pete, 225 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 440-6677.
Just Me and You: A Night of Love
Join other couples for dinner, games, live body painting and music by saxophonist Adrian Judge. $62.50, $125 two. 8:30-11:30 p.m. Friday. 1263 Kingsway Road, Brandon.
Couples can enjoy a love-filled night featuring erotic poetry, love songs, raw rap and live music mixing. $5. 9 p.m. Friday. West Main Exchange, 1948 W Main St., Tampa. (813) 317-3958.
Red and White Affair
Enjoy food from Irie Mon’ Jamaican Grill before a performance by C-Rena and dancing to music by DJ Steel. $10. 9 p.m. Friday. Masonic Hall, 3130 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 323-2013.
Men get a key and women get a lock in hopes of unlocking love. Singles party includes appetizers, live jazz music, drink specials and dessert. $20. 9 p.m. Friday. Jazz House Supper Club, 9331 E Adamo Drive, Tampa. (813) 642-6558.
Dark and Dirty Burlesque
Burlesque show with one free drink. $25. 9:30 p.m. Friday. Pour Yours, 522 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 409-3604.
Steam Fridays: Valentine’s Day
Amy’s Matchmaker Game, DJ Charles Machado, go-go dancers, $1 drinks from 10 to 11 p.m., $3 Svedka drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight and a drag show by Amy Demilo and cast. No cover until 10:30 p.m., $5 after. 10 p.m. Friday. The Honey Pot, 1507 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 247-4663.
Valentine Dinner Dance
Join the Lady’s Guild at St. Vincent de Paul for this party with Chef Mark cooking and entertainment by Ron and the Classics. Beer, wine and soda available. $15. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4843 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. (727) 938-1974.
Chicken Parmesan dinner and dancing to music by DJ Lewis. $20. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 364-7090.
Sweetheart Car Show
Car lovers can share Valentine’s Day together at this casual show with awards and new car displays. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 S Bayway Blvd. (727) 447-6000.
Traffic Light Party
Wear the color to represent your status. Red = taken, Yellow = maybe, Green = single. $10. 10 p.m. Saturday. Jerk Hut, 1241 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 977-5777.
Smooth and Cool
The “V-Day After Experience” with food, drinks, dancing and musical entertainment by Allon Sams, Cienna Alida, Kyle Schroeder, Josh Platt and Kimi Kady. $8. 6-11 p.m. Saturday. WTR, 7700 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (813) 265-1234.
A “night after Valentine’s Day” celebration with live glass blowing and music by DJ Rich Ranck. $45-$50, $35 members. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Glass Studio and Hot Shop at Morean Arts Center, 714 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-7872.
Flappers and Dappers
A Roaring ‘20s-themed Valentine’s Day gala with food by Crabby Bill’s, music by Gloria West and the Gents and dancing. Costumes encouraged. $65. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. The Beach Art Center, 1515 Bay Palm Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. (727) 596-4331. beachartcenter.org.
Bollywood Valentine’s Masquerade
Wear a mask for a mysterious Valentine’s Day gala with entertainment by Bollywood Hollywood DJ SVP BandBaaja Svpdj. $15-$25. 9 p.m. Saturday. Zydeco Brew Werks, 1902 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 252-4541.
R&B: Lovers and Friends
Put on headphones, choose your own music and dance at this silent disco. Free, $15 after 10:30 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 258-8753.
Anclote Symphonic Winds presents “Be My Valentine”
This is the resident wind ensemble of Richey Suncoast Theatre, under the baton of Maestro J.R. Farley. $14, $12 members. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 842-6777. richeysuncoasttheatre.com.
Valentine Painting Party
Princess Aurora entertains and gives pointers as one child and one parent each paint one half of a heart. $25. 3-4 p.m. Sunday. LaDee-Da Kids Spa, 2250 State Road 580, Clearwater. (727) 301-1808.
Wine and Chocolate Fest
The annual wine and chocolate sip-and-shop Valentine’s Day event includes samples of more than 75 wines, gourmet chocolates, cheeses and desserts. $75. 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Ybor City Wine Bar, 1600 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-4966.
Valentine’s Day Showcase
The first half of the event features a dance showcase by students and teachers, along with a “mini match” dance competition. The night ends on a formal note with open dancing, a professional dance performance, games and prizes. $44-$88. 6-10 p.m. Sunday. The Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview. (813) 966-4788.