30+ Tampa Bay Events for Date Night: April 2021

Tampa Bay events April 2021 - Heights Night Market

OUR MONTHLY GUIDE TO THE BEST TAMPA BAY EVENTS FOR DATE NIGHT


Get out and explore this month with your favorite plus one by checking out one of these top Tampa Bay event picks for date night. Highlights this month include the return of Rock the Park’s free outdoor concerts to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, a silent dance party, the return of in-person movies and events to Tampa Theatre, an adults-only night out at MOSI and so much more. Here’s our curated guide to the best Tampa Bay events for date night this April 2021.

PS: Check back often as we add more Tampa Bay events to this listing throughout the month.

April 1 – 4

Downtown Concert at Rock The Park
Thursday April 1, 7pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Rock the Park returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park starting April 1, 2021. This month’s free outdoor concert features performances from The New Rulers, P.M. Tiger and Element.
FREE admission

Jess Hilarious
April 1 – 3
Tampa Improv
Jess is a stand-up comedian who is best known to television viewers for her appearances on season 9 of MTV’s Wild & Out as well as various shows on V-H1, BET and more. She is an accomplished stand-up comedian who has opened for comedy legends like Martin Lawrence, Rickey Smiley and Bruce Bruce.
$37

Live & Local Concert Series – Carlos Peña
Friday, April 2, 6-9pm
Riverwalk Stage at The Straz
Free ongoing concert series featuring performances from local musicians. Carlos Peña is a Colombian singer-songwriter who introduces a mix of rhythms and eclectic sounds, influenced by genres like Folk, Blues, Salsa, Flamenco, Trova Cubana and Bossanova.
FREE

Sister Hazel Outdoor Concert
Saturday April 3, 5pm and 7pm
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
See Sister Hazel live in concert at Busch Gardens as part of the ongoing Food and Wine Festival.
Included with park admission

Spring Break @ the Bus Silent Party
Saturday, April 3, 8pm-midnight
Brew Bus Brewing
Silent party with access to three different DJs playing a variety of tunes. Headphones included with ticket.
$10

WuTang and Biscuits Sunday Brunch
Sunday, April 4, 11am-2pm
Shuffle
Monthly brunch the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Bottomless Tang Mimosas and Bottomless Bloody Murrays by Chef Tom from 11 am to 2 pm. DJ Wally Rios will be playing the Wu. WuTang coloring sheets for the children.
Menu prices vary

April 5 – 11

Potent Potables: An Evening of Art and Beer Tasting
Tuesday, April 6, 6-8:30pm
The Dalí
An event inspired by the popular Van Gogh Alive exhibit, guests will taste a selection of beers and bites from the many places Vincent van Gogh called home. Limited capacity; registration required.
$60 ($50 for members)

The Dali Museum
Image credit: The Dali

Couples Cooking: Mexican BBQ
Tuesday, April 6, 6pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School – Tampa
Come learn how to bring out the full flavors of a traditional Mexican grill to your next cookout. This is a hands-on class.
$100/couple

Local Loop Saturdays
Saturday, April 10, 12-6pm
Brew Bus Brewing
Local Loop is a Hop On Hop Off bus tour with set itineraries visiting some of Tampa Bays best craft breweries and destinations. Now with two days worth of itineraries riders can visit 8 craft breweries and destinations between Saturday and Sunday.
$15

Second Sunday Art Walk + Vendor Fair
Sunday, April 11, 11am – 3pm
Armature Works
Features a rotating cast of artisanal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts plus so much more in the Gathering space at Armature Works.
FREE Admission

April 12 – 18

Hotel Haya + J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Cigar Experience
Tuesday, April 13, 5-7pm
Hotel Haya
Join Hotel Haya and Tampa’s last cigar manufacturer, J.C. Newman Cigar Co. as they team up to celebrate 135 years by showcasing the craft. Indulge in a complimentary welcome cocktail, watch a cigar rolling demo in the Flor Fina lounge, and then enjoy a cigar in the pool courtyard.
FREE Admission

Storyteller’s Dinner Featuring Diplomatico
Tuesday, April 13, 6:30pm
Armature Works Theatre Event Space
Enjoy and explore the tastes of four Venezuelan themed courses paired with original Diplomatico rum cocktails.
$100

Heights Night Market
Wednesday, April 14, 5:30-9:30pm
Armature Works
Monthly outdoor market featuring live music plus a rotating cast of artisanal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts and so much more. Family friendly.
FREE Admission

Heights Night Market at Armature Works
Image credit: Armature works

Music in the Museum
Thursday, April 15, 11am
Henry B. Plant Museum
On the third Thursday of each month, visit the Museum to hear a live classical music performance. Live concerts were the most popular daily entertainment at the Tampa Bay hotel, and Music in the Museum restores this authentic tradition.
Included with admission

3rd Thursday Tampa
Thursday, April 15, 6-10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Downtown Tampa’s monthly street food fest. Free 2-hour parking and dog-friendly.
FREE Admission

Couples Cooking: Mexican BBQ
Thursday, April 15, 6pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School – Tampa
Come learn how to bring out the full flavors of a traditional Mexican grill to your next cookout. This is a hands-on class.
$100/couple

Comedy Night at Brew Bus
Thursday, April 15, 8-10pm
Brew Bus Brewing
Come out for a FREE comedy show featuring some of Tampa’s best up and coming comedians.
FREE Admission

Community Tchin-Tchin (Complimentary Wine Tasting)
Friday, April 16, 5-7pm
Book + Bottle
Check out this casual Friday tasting at St. Pete’s local bookstore and wine shop. Themes change weekly.
FREE

Image credit: Book + Bottle

Science After Dark: Escape!
Friday, April 16, 6-9pm
MOSI
Solve clues and puzzles to complete your mission in “escape areas” at MOSI Science After Dark. Complete your challenges while you enjoy light appetizers, liquid nitrogen ice cream, beer and wine samplings, as well as the MOSI exhibits!
$14.95

Bar Monte Pop-Up
April 16 – 18
The Pier at Armature Works
A traveling Italian pop-up bar showcasing the simplicity of Italian bar culture with cafe-like seating and creative cocktails to feature Amaro Montenegro, Italy’s number one premium amaro liqueur.
Menu prices vary

Lil Duval
April 16 – 18
Tampa Improv
$48

Namaste & Rosé at WTR
Saturday, April 17, 10am-noon
wtr Tampa
Poolside yoga session with bottomless mimosas after class.
$25

Gather ‘Round & Graze Charcuterie Pop Up
Saturday, April 17, 1-2pm
Book + Bottle
Gather ‘Round & Graze will be slinging charcuterie boxes at this bookstore and wine shop in St. Pete. Pre-order you custom grazing box or grab one day of (while supplies last).
Prices vary

Gulfport’s Third Saturday IndieFaire Night Market
Saturday, April 17, 5-9pm
Downtown Gulfport
Night market brimming with art, jewelry, plants, crafts, and other locally crafted finds.
FREE Admission

Straz Jazz Project presents Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City
Saturday, April 17, 7pm
Straz Riverwalk
Gumbi Ortiz and the New Groove City, a mainstay in the Tampa Bay area music scene for 20 years, brings its fiery Afro Cuban rhythms, with a touch of American funk and soul, to the Straz Jazz Project showcase.
FREE

Straz 2019-2020 Season
Photo Credit: Straz Center for the Performing Arts

April 19 – 25

Pinot ‘Round the World Wine Education Happy Hour
Tuesday, April 20, 7-8pm
Book + Bottle
In this class, taste through one type of wine – pinot noir – from 5 different places. It’ll help you determine what you like best and how you can make better purchasing decisions, all while enjoying some truly spectacular wines.
$50

Wellness at the Wharf: Barre
Wednesday, April 21, 6-7pm
Sparkman Wharf
$5

7th Annual OE Book Fair
Thursday, April 22, 6-9pm
Oxford Exchange
Over 40 authors will be on hand representing a variety of genres. Registration required
FREE Admission

Opera Tampa: Butterfly’s Flight
April 22 – 25
Straz Riverwalk
The immortal tragedy of Puccini’s best-loved opera, Madama Butterfly, is reimagined in a narrated concert version where the music will stir your emotions to take flight.
$25 and up

EPIC Art Show
Saturday, April 24, 5-9pm
Epicurean Hotel
Sip on a complimentary glass of wine and take a gander at artwork from local Tampa Artists on the Garden Terrace.
$20

Goat Yoga Tampa
Sunday, April 25, 10:30am
In the Loop Brewing, Land O Lakes
Goats, yoga and beer (or wine)! Your ticket includes a free drink. Bring your own mat and towel.
$40

Tampa Bay events - April 2021 goat yoga
Image credit: Goat Yoga Tampa

Hollywood Awards Night 2021
Sunday, April 25, 6pm
Tampa Theatre
The majestic movie palace will be offering both a virtual VIP Pre-Show with live and silent auctions and a catered dinner option and its 22nd annual OSCARS® watch party, live and in-person in the historic auditorium.
$79 and up

April 26 – 30

Movie on the Lawn – Jurassic Park
Monday, April 26, 8-10pm
Armature Works
After a long hiatus, this monthly Movie on the Lawn series is back with a showing of the 1993 classic, Jurassic Park. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and pick up food and drinks from any of the vendors within Heights Public Market.
FREE

Couples Cooking: Tapas Night
Tuesday, April 27, 6pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School – Tampa
Versatile and tasty, tapas make a great appetizer that can be enjoyed any time of day. With these delicious selections, what can be better? You guessed it! Homemade sangria! This is a hands-on class.
$100/couple

Schitt’s Creek Trivia
Thursday, April 29, 7-9pm
Brew Bus Brewing
Think you know the most about Schitt’s Creek? Come on out and prove it on April 29th. It’s free to play and Brew Bus is sending the winners home with some awesome prizes.
FREE Admission

Live & Local Concert Series – Shevonne
Friday, April 30, 6-9pm
Straz Riverwalk
Free ongoing concert series featuring performances from local musicians. Shevonne Marie Philidor, also known as Shevizzle, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, producer, model, actress, and visual artist.
FREE

Gloria West and The Gents *Quartet* live
Friday, April 30, 7-11pm
Zydeco Brew Werks
Cajun food, brewery, craft cocktails, and hot live old school jazz.
Menu prices vary

ONGOING TAMPA BAY EVENTS

Art on the House
Thursdays from 4-8pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Every Thursday from 4 to 8 pm, the Tampa Museum of Art offers Art on the House where admission prices change to pay-as-you-will, and visitors choose whatever admission price they want to pay. Bring the family and celebrate 100 years of art in Tampa with exhibitions that emphasize ancient, modern, and contemporary art.
Choose your own admission price

St. Pete Walking Mural Tours
Saturdays from 10-11:30am
Tour begins at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg
Visitors will hear the inside stories of the making of over 30 murals found in the four block tour. Limited to 10 people, masks required, book prior to 4 p.m. the prior day.
$19

Bend, Bubbles, and Brunch!
Sundays in April, 10-11am
Epicurean Hotel
Recenter and restart with poolside yoga. Keep the relaxation going with a complimentary alcoholic beverage at the end of class. Enjoy all day pool access and stay for brunch at Élevage. Bring your own mat.
$25; $30 at the door

Date night events in Tampa Bay - poolside yoga at the Epicurean
Image credit: Epicurean Hotel

Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema
While the historic auditorium remains dark in the face of COVID-19, Tampa Theatre continues to look for ways to provide unique cinematic experiences for our fans and friends. Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema is a collection of new, first-run and curated classic movies released via streaming platforms by our film distribution partners exclusively for art-house audiences.
Virtual ticket: $12

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
Weekends through April 25
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Over 110 items to sample, including 20+ NEW dishes, 50+ wine, beer and seltzers for all tastes, and 20+ refreshing cocktails. Experience a fresh twist on classic cuisines from around the country every weekend, plus live concerts beginning in March
Park admission required; food and beverage prices vary

Van Gogh Alive
Extended through June 13
The Dalí Museum
Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. This must-see Tampa Bay event features more than 3,000 Van Gogh images at enormous scale, viewed through high-definition projectors and synchronized to a powerful classical score. Read more about this exhibit here.
Included with museum admission; timed entry tickets required

Check out our events page for even more Tampa Bay events.


ORLANDO EVENTS

Looking for fun things to do just a short drive away? Check out this full April event guide created by our sister publication, Orlando Date Night Guide. Here are a few highlights to consider:

Seven Seas Food Festival
Weekends through May
SeaWorld Orlando
Roam the expansive open-air grounds and embark on an international flavor journey inspired by the tastes and smells of the Caribbean, Italy, Brazil, Asia and beyond.
Included with park admission; food prices vary

Vertical Concert Series
Weekends April 2 – May 31
Orlando World Center Marriott
The series will feature a different band every weekend that will perform on Friday and Saturday night and will culminate with a nightly laser show. Bands will be featured on the upper pavilion, viewable from the private balconies of the guest rooms surrounding the area. Read more about this staycation concert series here.
*Overnight stay required; packages from $209/night

Party from your Balcony at Orlando World Center Marriott Vertical Concert Series

Curated Experiences at Grande Lakes
April 23 – 25
The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
In one perfectly planned weekend guests at Grande Lakes Orlando can enjoy the perfect mix of relaxation and inspiration, along with one-on-one time with expert chefs, winemakers, jewelers, golf pros and more! Multiple packages available including a complete curated experiences weekend, full day Saturday + dinner and more.
$300 – $750

Sheryl Crow
Wednesday, April 28, 7:30pm
Frontyard Festival at Dr. Phillips Center
Part of the ongoing Frontyard Festival series – six months of socially distant, live outdoor entertainment and unique experiences, including food and drinks delivered to your box from on-site restaurants.
Tickets starting at $55


Feature image credit: Armature Works


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