Cupid shuffle: a calendar of Valentine’s Day events

How will you and your special someone celebrate? There are options aplenty.
Times file (2011)
Times file (2011)
Published February 12
Updated February 14

Valentine’s Lunch and Dinner Cruise

Board a yacht for a memorable Valentine’s Day date including a dozen long stemmed roses, DJ dancing, a three course meal and champagne toast. Noon and 7 p.m. Thursday. Yacht StarShip, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $49.95-$99.95, $39.95-$59.95 child. (813) 223-7999.

Be Winter’s Valentine

Kids ages 12 and younger can bring a Valentine’s Day card for any of the aquarium’s rescued animals and get in for $9.99. Also, sign Winter’s giant Valentine’s Day card and watch holiday themed dive shows at 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. Thursday. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. $24.95, $9.99 ages 12 and younger. (727) 686-3499.

Thirty on Thursday — Valentine’s Day

Join Joanna Robothamus, curator of modern and contemporary art, for a 30-minute discussion on “love” as it is found in the works of Yayoi Kusama. 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. Free. (813) 274-8130.

Valentine Sweethearts Dance

A semi-formal evening of romantic ballroom dancing for seniors. Bring your own snacks and beverages. 6 p.m. Friday. Senior Citizens Center, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. $9. (352) 686-1489.

Valentine’s Day Developmental Screenings

Show your kids you love them and have their developmental level tested while they play and make you a Valentine’s Day card. 10 a.m. Thursday. Sylvia’s Clubhouse, 25016 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Free. ($15 per family Sylvia’s admission required). (727) 401-3202.

Valentine’s Day for Kids

Dress in a family friendly red or pink outfit and bring the kids for a night of family activities including music, a movie, raffle and food. 6 p.m. Thursday. The Way to Happiness Association, 33 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Free. (727) 467-6961.

Movie on the Lawn

The Valentine’s Day edition of the film series features a screening of Hitch, in which a “date doctor” discovers his romance “medicine” doesn’t work on a woman he’s attracted to. 7 p.m. Thursday. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 250-3725.

Upscale Valentine’s Day Flick

Indulge yourself as you sip on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and munch chef’s seasonal cheese and charcuterie selection during a screening of 10 Things I Hate About You. 7 p.m. Thursday. Paul’s Landing at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $150. (727) 894-1000.

German American Club Valentine’s Dance

Bring your own drink and dress in red, or to impress, for a Valenine’s Day dance with music Eva Adams. 6 p.m. Friday. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. $14, $11 members. (352) 688-3744.

All Abilities Valentines Day Dance

A Valentine’s Day dance geared for ages 15 and older who have special needs. 7 p.m. Friday. Livingstone Academy, 1649 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Free. (813) 245-2782.

Post Valentine’s Ball

Skip the crowds and take your loved one out the day after the rush for this formal, adult only party with dancing, champagne and a three course dinner. 7 p.m. Friday. Ambiance Event Hall, 2480 East Bay Drive, Largo. $50, $30 single. (727) 776-4355.

Dance Club

All ages welcome to this casual to semi-formal Valentine’s Day dance with a professional photographer on site and live music by On Our Own. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tampa Bay Dance Club, 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa. $8. (813) 390-7160.

Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Take your Valentine for their choice of steak or chicken stir fry dinner before dancing to live music by Almost Frank Sinatra. 6 p.m. Saturday. Brooksville Elks 2582, 10205 Bedford Road, Spring Hill. $12 (352) 799-7148.

Valentine’s Day for Seniors

Seniors can celebrate Valentine’s Day with sweet treats and music. 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Gardenville Senior Center, 6215 Symmes Road, Gibsonton. Free. (813) 671-7601.

Valentine’s Day Group Wedding

Couples gather for a mass wedding in the garden with cake and refreshments. The clerk waives the normal $30 ceremony fee, but standard license fees apply. 2 p.m. Thursday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Free, but marriage license required. (727) 582-2100.

Valentine’s Day in the Screening Room

Here’s a cheap, and very out of the ordinary, Valentine’s Day date option featuring an intimate screening of My Bloody Valentine, in which a man’s ex-girlfriend is the only person who believes he is innocent of massacring 22 people. Full menu and cash bar available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Gigglewaters Social Club and Screening Room, 737 Main St., Safety Harbor. $5 (food/drink additional). (727) 669-7077.

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Fondue

An adult only holiday themed trivia session with chocolate fondue dipping. 2 p.m. Thursday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Free. (727) 861-3040.

Beer My Valentine

Shower your loved one in sweets at this chocolate and beer pairing with a six flight of chocolate beers on tap, heart shaped pizza and gourmet chocolates. 3 p.m. Thursday. Rapp Brewing Co., 10930 Endeavor Way, Seminole. No cover (food/drink additional). (727) 385-4793.

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Kids in grades K through 5 can make heart shaped sun catchers or embroidered heart cards to give to their loved ones. 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S, Gulfport. Free. (727) 893-1134.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

Couples can dine on a formal four course dinner with choice of surf and turf, salmon or chicken, appetizer, soup or salad and a welcome champagne cocktail. 4 p.m. Thursday. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. $119-$150. (727) 726-1161.

Old Fashioned Night Out

Chef Cody created a four-course prix-fixe menu for you to enjoy while listening to the sounds of a five piece jazz band. 5 p.m. Thursday. Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridien, 601 N Florida Ave., Tampa. $85. (813) 227-9555.

Valentine’s Day at FarmTable Cucina

Fall in love at first bite with this five course chef prepared meal. Optional wine pairing available for $45 additional. 5 p.m. Thursday. FarmTable Cucina, 183 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $89. (727) 523-6297.

Elevage Valentine’s Day

Elevage Valentine’s Day tasting menu features four courses including choice of salad or appetizer, light meal (gnocchi, pheasant breast or spring vegetables), main course (fish, duck or short ribs), and dessert (cheese plate or mousse). 5 p.m. Thursday. Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. $75. (813) 999-8726.

Valentine’s Day Beer Dinner

Cupid likes beer at this five course dinner with a 10-ounce craft beer paired with each course. Seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday. In the Loop Brewing, 3338 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Land O’Lakes. $110 two. (813) 997-9189.

Erotic Poetry at the Dali

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Enid Shomer and friends, who will read a selection of erotic poems from the new anthology All We Know of Pleasure. A question and answer session follows. 6 p.m. Thursday. Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 823-3767.

Valentine’s Dance for Kids

You can go out for a romantic evening while kids ages 5 to 13 are busy with DJ dancing, open play and a pizza dinner. 6 p.m. Thursday. Real Life ALC, 111 E Sligh Ave., Tampa. $15. (813) 240-3237.

Valentine’s Day Garden de Mystique

The banquet room glows from candlelit table for a romantic, chef special four course dinner with live music. 6 p.m. Thursday. Hotel Zamora, 3701 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $120. (813) 992-2708.

Gallery Walk and Talk: Love Stories

Take your Valentine on a date to the Ringling to review artwork representing scandalous love affairs and marvelous marriages. 6 p.m. Thursday. Museum of Art, Searing Galleries, Sarasota. Free. (941) 358-3180.

Love Birds Night Out

Kids ages 6 to 11 can join Jozie the Barn Owl for a bird themed Valentine’s Day party while their parents enjoy a date night. 6 p.m. Thursday. Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. $20. (727) 793-2976.

A Date in Two Courses

Couples enjoy a sweetheart’s evening of fine cheese, chocolate and specially crafted “love” themed fondue accompaniments, all set in the romantic tea room. 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday. The Victorian Grace Tearoom, 616 N Parsons Ave., Brandon. $72. (813) 653-2662.

Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Party

A guided tasting of several wines and hand-crafted specialty chocolates from Castello Banfi Winery and Pave Chocolatier. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Locale Market, 183 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $25. (727) 523-6300.

Free Cooking Class: Vegan Valentine

Join a healthy cooking coach and learn how to spoil your sweetheart with a 100 percent whole-food, plant-based, gluten-free potato and celery root chowder paired with chocolate mousse. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland Street, Clearwater. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Dancing Cupid

Meet up to 14 other men or women at this Valentine’s Day speed dating event with appetizers, a dance lesson and open dancing. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Franklin, 510 N Franklin St., Tampa. $30 (813) 375-9995.

Sweetheart Gala

A full evening of romance featuring DJ dancing, a champagne bar, shared appetizer for two and a buffet dinner with beef Wellington, a raw bar, crepe station and desserts. 21 and older only. 7 p.m. Thursday. Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2425 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa. $120. (813) 281-1943.

Persian Valentine’s Day Party

A traditional Persian Valentine’s Day party with dancing to music by Toronto’s Saman. 7 p.m. Thursday. Sam and Martha Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Free-$50. (813) 974-2100.

Radical Self-Love: Hypnosis and Life Mastery

Learn to love yourself for Valentine’s Day and become a better friend and lover to others using open discussion followed by meditation and hypnosis. 7 p.m. Thursday. Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies, 2520 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 551-0857.

Valentine’s Day Mixer

Don’t spend Valentine’s Day alone. Singles ages 30 to 50 can meet other wine lovers for a card games social and mixer. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 895-1623.

The Love Show

A side splitting improv comedy show exploring the truth and comedy of singleness, finding and losing love and audience inspired stories on how love is sometimes found in the oddest places. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The Box Improv Studio, 2240 University Square Mall, Tampa. $10. (813) 400-0269.

Valentine’s Day Bachata Bash

A Valentine’s Day celebration with Latin flair features salsa, bachata, timba and mambo dancing to music by DJ Soltrix. 8 p.m. Thursday. The Ritz Ybor, 1503 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. $10-$15. (813) 247-2555.

Valentine’s Day Night Cap

The Thursday Night Cap pays tribute to Valentine’s Day with romantic live R&B music by Frankie Bellamy, Shelby Cobra and the Venus Bleu band, along with dancing to music by DJ BlackHaze. 8 p.m. Thursday. Cavu, 1601 N Franklin St., Tampa. $10 women, $15 men. (813) 895-2288.

A Valentine’s Day Cooking Class

Couples can join Chef Scaffedi to create a romance themed menu before sitting down to enjoy a three course meal, that they’ve helped create, paired with two glasses of wine. 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Hilton Garden Inn Suncoast Parkway, 2155 Northpointe Parkway, Lutz. $65 couple. (813) 491-4900.

Valentines Day Matchmaker Mixer

Pride in Paradise presents this professionally facilitated Valentine’s Day meet and greet and networking event for single lesbians and gay men. 7 p.m. Friday. Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 822-4562.

Stylish Gals Galentine’s

A fashionista’s dream Valentine’s Day celebration with upscale shopping, a champagne bar and an auction. Benefits the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. 7 p.m. Friday. Don Me Now: Styling and Clothing Lounge, 1211 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Free. (813) 253-8880.

Wines We Love: Heartfelt Seated Seminar

A sampling of eight reds and whites designed to “touch your heart” for Valentine’s Day. 7:15 p.m. Friday. Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. $30. (813) 879-2931.

Arts from the Heart

Feast on chocolate desserts and fruit as you listen to romantic tunes from Broadway to the ‘40s. 7:30 p.m. Friday. First United Methodist Church of Clearwater, 411 Turner St., Clearwater. $15. (727) 446-5955.

Pet Weddings at SPCA Tampa Bay

Let your pets “Tie the leash” and get married to the one they love. Benefits the SPCA Tampa Bay. 11 a.m. Saturday. SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. $30-$150. (727) 586-3591.

Heart On: Dance Party

Create a wearable “Heart On” artwork that you pass on to the person you want to dance with. “Little blue pills” available for those who need help “erecting” their “Heart On.” Benefits public art intervention. 7 p.m. Saturday. Safety Harbor Arts and Music Center, 706 Second St., Safety Harbor. $10-$15, $15-$20 two. (727) 725-4018.

Free Cooking Class: Sensational Selections

Learn to cook a two course vegetarian Valentine’s Day inspired meal including creamy roasted red pepper soup and Cupid’s casserole. 11 a.m. Saturday. Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 443-6703.

A King’s First Queen Dance

Mothers and their sons ages 7 to 12 can celebrate their special kind of “love” at this dance with entertainment. 6 p.m. Saturday. Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. $15. (727) 812-4530.

Valentine’s Day Extravaganza

Couples can learn how to dance the Rumba, slow and free style dance before an open dance/Valentine’s Day party with appetizers, dessert, games and prizes. 7 p.m. Saturday. The Way 2 Dance Studio, 610 Oak Field Drive, Brandon. $88. (813) 966-4788.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Tampa Bay presents “A Valentine’s Cabaret.” 8 p.m. Saturday. Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research, 1410 N 21st St., Tampa. $25. (813) 289-1200.

Valentine’s Celebration

A Valentine’s celebration of music by Pressure Buss Pipe with BJRueBoy and Chalo and dancing to music by DJ’s Baby Sam, Fetti and R1. 10 p.m. Saturday. SD Banquet Hall, 10101 E U.S. 92, Tampa. $30. (813) 620-1245.