Things to do in Tampa Bay for Valentine’s Day

A list of local things to do to celebrate the day of love.
Not everyone loves hearts and candy for Valentine's Day. We found events where you can smash things, be naughty and dance.
Not everyone loves hearts and candy for Valentine's Day. We found events where you can smash things, be naughty and dance. [ TIMES | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Feb. 13, 2022|Updated Feb. 13, 2022

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for love, flowers, cards and dinner reservations. It’s also about smashing things, pampering yourself and burlesque, if the following list is any indication. Here’s a list of more than 70 Valentine’s Day-related things to do in Tampa Bay.

French macarons. (TNS)
French macarons. (TNS)

Galentine’s Day Workshop: Succulents, Wine Tasting and Macarons: Join Cactus Moon owner Crystal Desi and Chef Shayla to create a unique succulent arrangement followed by a wine and macaron pairing tasting. $65. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Cactus Moon, 4206 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. 813-971-7576.

For the Love of Wine and Chocolate: Epicurious One guides you through this class featuring four wines paired with chocolates from around the world. $35. 6-7 p.m. Friday. Culture Suite Event Venue, 11968 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-368-5377.

Soul ‘N Love: Bring your loved one for a candlelight evening of sultry and soulful music by Omari Dillard on violin, accompanied by grand piano. $125. 7-9 p.m. Friday. Rialto Theater, 1617 N Franklin St., Tampa. 813-221-8808.

Valentine’s Day Concert: Couples and singles are invited to a Valentine’s Day-themed concert by Khalea Lynee with special guests Average Joe, KB Vibe, J’Nelle, and Yoshi. $35-$250. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday. 7th + Grove, 1930 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. 813-649-8422.

Valentine’s Dance: Wear red and bring sweets to share for dancing to music by DJ Mike Unwin. $12. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Tampa Bay Dance Club, 5601 Hanley Road, Tampa. 813-390-7160.

Opera Tampa 2022 Season: Valentine’s Day Tribute: Opera Tampa returns to Ferguson Hall for the season opener featuring Jaques Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman, in which Hoffman tells the tales of his three great loves. a mechanical doll, a singer and a courtesan. Health screenings, temperature checks and masks required at this time. CDC safety protocols may change as the date nears. $85.50-$118.50. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. 813-229-7827.

Love: Charity Sweetheart Dance: A romantic DJ dance to bring awareness of youth and teen suicide. $40, $60 two. 8 p.m.-midnight Friday. American Legion Post 5, 3810 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-870-0505.

Masquerade of Love: This romantic night for couples and fun night for singles includes live entertainment, DJ dancing, appetizers and desserts. $75. 8 p.m.-midnight Friday. International Event Venue, 6463 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. 813-806-0026.

Valentine’s Singles Party: Singles don’t have to be blue and alone when they go out to dance and meet other friends at this singles meet and greet party. $10. 9 p.m.-2:40 a.m. Friday. Medusa Lounge, 7522 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. 813-679-7751.

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Valentine’s Day Ready Set Glow Party: Put on your sexiest outfit (lingerie is acceptable) and gather your friends for a sexy Valentine’s Day party with DJ dancing, cash prizes for sexiest dressed and drink specials all night. No cover (food/drink additional). 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday. Bar 23fifty, 2350 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor. 727-785-5126.

Valentine’s Pop Up Shop: Enjoy music and food as you shop for a gift for your loved one at this pop up shop with multiple vendors. No cover. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Culture Suite Event Venue, 11968 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-368-5377.

Unlock the Secret of Intimacy: Break out your hats, pearls and heels and join author Kim Moore and pastor Jen Mallan for a Valentine’s Day themed tea party with intimate girl talk, savories, sweets, giveaways and a silly improv skit. $25. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. The International Event Center, 6463 W Hillsborough Ave., Town ‘n’ Country. 813-806-0026.

Valentine’s Day Decorating Contest: Decorate your slingshot, Can-Am or motorcycle with a Valentine’s Day theme in an attempt to win prizes. The day features food by Wimbo’s Craft BBQ and music by DJ Wimbo. Benefits Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay. $10, $20 without a new toy donation. 11 a.m. Saturday. St. Pete Powersports, 555 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-456-6088.

Valentine’s Party: Kids can enjoy open play time in the lab with Valentine’s slime as they make Valentine’s cards to exchange with each other. Donations appreciated. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Sensory Center Inc., 939 Candlelight Blvd., Brooksville. 352-593-0993.

Self Love: Galentine’s Day Picnic: Join the founder of the Female Powerhouse Project for a transformational self-love workshop and brunch with a luxury picnic experience. Learn how to create your own love language, manifest your dream life and find fulfillment and gratitude. Includes a workbook, mimosas and small bites. Register through Eventbrite. $150. Noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Outdoor Location, 1706 W Aileen St., Tampa.

You could even meet Spiderman on a speed date.
You could even meet Spiderman on a speed date.

Valentine’s Speed Dating: Ages 35 to 50 can meet up to 15 other people on fast-paced dates. $30. 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Whiskey Joe’s Bar and Grill, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 813-281-0770.

Onesie Bar Crawl: Put on a onesie, or sexy pajamas, and join more than 1,000 partiers for a seven-stop bar crawl with two free drinks, no cover, food and drink specials at each stop. $10. 4 p.m.-midnight Saturday. James Joyce Irish Pub & Eatery, 1724 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. 612-460-0094.

Your Heart is Mine: Paintings, prints, sculptures and drawings, all with the theme of hearts, love and Saint Valentine, as seen by Morgan Isaac. Free. 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Morgan Isaac International Headquarters, 1407 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Music and Me: All You Need is Love: Celebrate love, music and the community at this sing and play along with a bar and food truck. No cover. 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Daddy Kool Records, 800 28th St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5665.

Cupid Bar Crawl: Wear green if you’re single and red if you’re taken at this crawl with drink specials, DJ dancing, games and a souvenir shot glass. $15.99-$19.99. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. One Night Stand, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-350-5822.

Valentwe’en 2022: Illuminati/Illuminaughty: The reception for the Valentween art show features the erotic use of light. The off-beat Valentine’s Day celebration with a Halloween twist includes tarot card readings, snacks and a witch dance performance. The exhibit remains on display through Feb. 28. Free (tarot readings additional). 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday. Artlofts, 10 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-821-5759.

Just Me and You in 2022: Married lovers can enjoy networking, food, games and fellowship at this semi-formal to formal Valentine’s Day ball. Free. 6-10 p.m. Saturday. The Center for Manifestation, 3102 E Lake Ave., Tampa. 813-241-6919.

Moonlight in Paris: A Valentine Masquerade Dinner: Red, black and silver attire required for this masquerade dinner dance with music by DJ Raw and a cash bar. $60. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Heritage Springs Golf and Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. 239-219-4840.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Date Night: Sit at a private cocktail table in a beautifully decorated venue for a romantic three-course dinner with two Valentine’s Day-inspired drinks, music, dancing and a photo booth. $60-$320. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday. Rising Star Events and Planning, 5026 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. 813-618-0700.

Valentine’s Day at the Reserve: Join Time for Wine for a poolside wine tasting with music, games and cheese pairings. Free. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Reserve, 19617 Breynia Drive, Lutz.

Eat, Drink, Love: Join WFLZ’s Brian Fink and DJ Jaime Ferreira live for love inspired entertainment, photo ops, Cupid shuffle dancing and giveaways. Free. 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Brandon Westfield Town Center Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center, Brandon. 813-661-5100.

Valentine’s Social: Adults of all ages can mingle as they enjoy open bar, appetizers, DJ dancing, games, giveaways and a photo booth. $20-$25. 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Culture Suite Event Venue, 11968 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-368-5377.

Valentine Cheese and Wine Tasting: Four different wines paired with four cheeses and chocolates. $40. 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Cheese Please, 3225 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-766-0060.

Seduction Feroce: Valentine’s Prom: Dress as if you were going to your prom and join Sheba Queen of the Night for a “queer burlesque cabaret” with an ‘80s dance party and prom photo back drops. $25-$40. 8 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy Ya Selfie, 1701c N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa. 813-577-2058.

Valentine’s Tour: Roberto Lugo and Pedro Arroyo present a night of Spanish love songs. $55-$75. 9 p.m. Saturday. Cuban Civic Club, 10905 Memorial Highway, Tampa. 813-855-5771.

Valentine’s Party: Puff on a hookah pipe and feast from an open buffet at this Valentine’s Day party with live performances by Superstar Rawi and belly dancer Gypsi. $70-$100. 9 p.m. Saturday. Yellow Mango Restaurant and Lounge, 1608 State Road 60, Valrico. 813-655-6377.

It’s All Love: Red and White Affair: Mingle and make new connections as you enjoy a live rhythm and blues performance by Shaadoh Session at this talent showcase for prizes. $20. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. Allusions, 3711 E Busch Blvd., Tampa. 813-562-2441.

Valentine Tea with Cinderella: Cinderella will sing and read to kids as they enjoy tea at this party with face painting, makeup and a dance party. Princess costumes optional. $35. 11 a.m.-noon Sunday. LaDee-Da Kids Spa, 2250 Florida 580, Clearwater. 727-301-1808.


How about a party with endless mimosas and hookahs.
JAMES BORCHUCK | Staff How about a party with endless mimosas and hookahs. [ BORCHUCK, JAMES | Tampa Bay Times ]

Valentine’s Sunday Brunch Party: So Fresh Entertainment and Poison Dart present an afternoon of DJ dancing, endless mimosas and hookahs. No cover (mimosas/hookahs additional). Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Dunns River Island Cafe, 11154 N 30th St., Tampa. 813-374-2093.

V-Day Playdate: Girls are invited to dress in pink, red or white for an afternoon of music, food and activities. Each child leaves with a gift bag. Girls only. $15. Noon-3:30 p.m. Sunday. CRUM Community Center, 2963 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-498-6674.

Galentine’s Day: Women are invited to socialize with other gal pals as you sip signature drinks and shop among self care vendors. Free. 1- 4 p.m. Sunday. Culture Suite Event Venue, 11968 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-368-5377.

Galentine’s Day Glam Social: Join other women and get that perfect Valentine’s Day look at this networking social with makeup lessons, shopping, music and snacks. Register at $35-$70. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Event Space, 200 E Madison St., Tampa.

The Queen’s Tea Party: Valentine’s Day Brunch: Watch the queen and her court perform feats and talents as you sip on alcoholic and non-alcoholic teas. Couples massage performed by the queen herself available for an additional charge. $25. 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Cerealholic Cafe and Bar, 1909 N 15th St., Tampa. 813-562-9411.

The Magic of Love: Love is in the air as doves fly and award-winning illusionists Chris and Ryan Zubrick charm the audience with whimsy, sleight-of-hand, and grand illusions. $40, 3 and younger free. 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. Zubrick Magic Theater, 1211 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 866-982-7425.

Sensual Scents: Share a memorable experience with your loved one as you choose from more than 60 premium fragrance oils to create your own perfume or cologne. $70. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Just Love Coffee Cafe, 2020 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 813-381-4395.

Valentine’s Day Dance Party: Celebrate the international day of love at this dance class and party with a champagne toast, chocolate-covered strawberries, games and prizes. $45. 3-6 p.m. Sunday. The Way 2 Dance Studio, 6520 U.S. 301, Riverview. 813-966-4788.

Galentine’s Day Sunset Cruise: Climb aboard the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot catamaran, for a two-hour sunset cruise on Tampa Bay. It starts off with an animal ambassador send-off and includes open bar, a champagne toast, sweet and salty treats, live entertainment by Leon Majcen and a poem from Gios Typos. 21 and older only. $65. 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday. The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-666-1071.

Gideon’s Army Fellowship Valentine’s Dinner: Married couples can network as they enjoy a candlelight dinner, games, romantic music and dancing. Purchase tickets at $40. 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Gideon’s Army Fellowship, 6210 44th St. N, Tampa.

All Things Grow in Love: Enjoy finger foods and refreshments as you celebrate true love with games, community and a panel discussion on what love is. Free. 6 p.m. Sunday. Oasis For Life Ministries, 1301 Seminole Blvd., Tampa. 727-953-3165.

Quiet Storm: Valentine’s Special Concert: Bring your spouse, or just mingle if you’re single, for a night of R&B music by Quiet Storm with Quay4rmDaBay, Big DeeZel, LaBoo and DJ T BoNo. $15-$75. 7-11 p.m. Sunday. Event Venue, 1263 Kingsway Road, Brandon.

Valentine’s Affair Konpa in Downtown: Take your sweetheart, or meet someone, as you Konpa dance to music by DJ Mixx. Konpa dance class offered 8-9 p.m. $10-$15. 8 p.m.-midnight Sunday. The Upper Room, 200 E Madison St., Tampa. 813-808-9916.

Candlelight Orchestra Valentine’s Concert: More than 1,000 flickering candles illuminate performers as they present an hour of romantic classical music. $45-$85. 8 p.m. Sunday. Don CeSar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. 727-360-1881.

Maybe go skydiving for Valentine's Day.
Maybe go skydiving for Valentine's Day. [ AP ]

Valentine’s Day Dive: Bring your significant other for skydiving and get discounts on tandems and other jumps. Price varies. 8 a.m. Monday. Skydive City, 4241 Sky Dive Lane, Zephyrhills. 800-888-5867.

Valentine’s Day Blood Drive: Be someone’s hero and keep their heart pumping by donating blood at the annual Valentine’s Day blood drive. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday. Bosley & Bratch, 1401 Court St., Clearwater. 800-953-6224.

Valentine’s Day Wedding Ceremony: Pinellas Clerk of Circuit Court Ken Burke unites 30 couples in a mass marriage ceremony in the gardens. Couples must have a marriage license dated between Dec. 16, 2021 and Feb. 11, 2022 to participate. Ceremony fee will be waived. Free. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-464-3008.

Valentine’s Day Beer Release: Spend Valentine’s Day in the beer garden sampling a new Strawberry Chocolate Stout. No cover (food/drink additional). 4 p.m. Monday. Bayboro Brewing, 2390 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-767-9666.

Wicked Sweets and Treats: A Velentine’s Day Book Tasting: “Taste” different books at tables, sampling a literary buffet of books and DVDs. Present the Wicked Sweets and Treats flyer at the reference desk and get a valentine and a sweet treat to take home. Free. 4-7 p.m. Monday. Barbara S. Ponce Public Library, 7770 52nd St. N, Pinellas Park. 727-369-0669.

Smashing Valentine’s Date: You and your lover can join Hammer Freaks for a 20-minute smashing session with Ninja star throwing, two drinks, chocolates and a keep sake. $75. 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Monday. Event Venue, 1344 Main St., Dunedin.

An Intimate Affair: Valentine’s Day: Chef Anisa Mejia serves up a three-course meal in a glowing room filled with area artists, their works and a live art session. $135. 5:30-7 and 7-8:30 p.m. Monday. Red Door No. 5, 1910 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 813-620-2005.

Valentine’s Day Sock Hop: Put on a poodle skirt or leather jacket and bring your sweetheart for a night of music and dancing. Benefits the Gulfport Senior Center Building Campaign Fund. $10. 6-8 p.m. Monday. Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S, Gulfport. 727-893-1070.

Around the World: Valentine’s Day Tasting: Take your special someone on a journey around the world as you sample a variety of hand-selected wines from Italy, New Zealand, France, Spain and more. Learn about each country as you sip wine and munch paired food items at booths scattered through out the property. Collect all the stamps in your passport and take home a bottle of wine. $40. 6-9 p.m. Monday. Starkey Market, 3460 Starkey Blvd, Trinity. 727-375-7606.

Valentine’s Day Red and White Dinner: Free and Associated Masons are invited to take their sweetheart out for Valentine’s Day dinner at this event. $10 donation. 6 p.m. Monday. Northside Lodge 283 Free and Accepted Masons, 3325 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-896-6032.

Valentine’s Day Downtown Tour: A comedic guide spins tales of flappers and gin joints on this historic tour of Tampa in the Roaring ‘20s. Period dress encouraged. No flip flops, T-shirts or shorts. Meets outside the historic hotel. $27 (food/drink additional). 7-10 p.m. Monday. Floridan Palace Hotel, 905 N Florida Ave, Tampa. 813-225-1700.

Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance Class: Make Valentine’s Day special by learning a classy couple’s dance in this 40 minute class. $50 per couple. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Fred Astaire Dance Studio South Tampa, 141 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-467-3000.

Valentine’s Day Date Night: Chef Kevin serves up a love-themed menu for a party with performances by Yoshi and the X Band and Shyann and Soul Purpose. $40, $90 with dinner. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Monday. The Palace, 12333 66th St. N, Largo.

Galentine’s Glam and Glow: Women can celebrate just being a woman at this party with bubbly drinks, valentine making, shopping and spa stations. $35. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Drybar, 711 S Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-675-2253.

Galentine’s Gathering: Gather your favorite group of guys and gals for a wine club event with a chocolate-covered raspberry greet cocktail, pretzel bread, Kataifi baked Camembert, Burrata ravioli with lobster and shrimp and triple chocolate French Gateau. $69. 7-10 p.m. Feb. 15. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, 4110 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. 813-873-9463.

Couples Cooking: Romantic Night In: Couples ages 21 and older can sip wine by candlelight as they learn how to make a romantic dinner including French onion soup, chicken Caesar salad, filet mignon and molten chocolate cake. $110. 6 p.m. Feb. 17. Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-926-4465.

Valentine’s Murder Mystery: Take your valentine out for a night of Italian food, wine, costumes and a viewing of the ‘Til Death Do Us Part: All is Fair in Love and Murder murder/mystery dinner show. $70. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 18-19. Maggiano’s Little Italy, 203 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. 813-288-9000.

Do Everything In Love: Whether you’re married or single, dress to impress and join this women’s empowerment “love project” with games, contests, three course meal and a question and answer session about love. $45. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 19. Shrimp Boat Grill, 1020 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. 813-571-5858.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Valentine’s Dance Party: Special needs adults and adolescences ages 15 and older can dress in red or black and gather with friends in a valentine’s themed decorated hall to dance to music by DJ Mark Girdwood. Includes pizza, soda, water and cookies. $5 donation for food/drink appreciated. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 19. Hilton Garden Inn, 4328 Garden Vista Drive, Riverview. 813-245-2782.

Bad and Bougie: Sugar Brown Burlesque: Sugar Brown, the seductive alter ego of diva Lanita Shera, dishes some steamy stand-up comedy mixed with her signature sensual moves. $25-$65. 8-9:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Ramada Westshore Tampa Inn and Conference Center, 1200 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. 813-282-3636.

Love and Madness at the Opera: February’s theme is Love, Passion, Death and Nightmares. Through operatic excerpts, experience the beginnings of love and the descent into madness that follows a reversal. Takes place in part of the St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts. $30-$50. 8 p.m. Feb. 19. Opera Central, Preis Hall, 2145 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-823-2040.

Queen of Hearts Ball: The 63rd annual black tie gala includes a cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, live music, auctions and a program honoring St. Petersburg area women and charities. $150. 9 p.m. Feb. 19. The James Museum, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-892-4200.

Women can celebrate Galentine's Day with bottomless mimosas.
Women can celebrate Galentine's Day with bottomless mimosas. [ Photo provided by Noble Crust ]

Black Love: Classic Movie Series: Tampa Theatre has been a part of couples’ love stories for 95 years. Now, the theater celebrates love with a collection of cinematic love stories told by black filmmakers and diverse casts. Feb. 26 features the 109-minute, PG-rated drama/romance Mahogany. In the film, a struggling fashion design student goes from rags to riches after meeting a successful fashion photographer. Feb. 27 features the 135-minute, R-rated drama/romance Waves. In the film, a south Florida family struggles with love, loss and forgiveness. $10, $7 members. 3 p.m. Feb. 26-27. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St., Tampa. 813- 274-8286.

Valentine’s Hangover Show: Singles, if you’re burnt out on Valentine’s Day, laugh away the blues with an improv comedy show by the Wet Bandits. $10. 8-10:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The MAR, 2309 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-851-9001.