Our Favorite Tampa Bay Events for Date Night: January 2021

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Our monthly guide to the best Tampa Bay events for date night

It’s a brand new year! Kick off the first month of 2021 by checking out one of these top Tampa Bay event picks for date night. From a outdoor movies and a unique multi-course Storyteller’s Dinner with cocktail pairings to fun virtual events you can enjoy at home, here’s our curated guide to the best Tampa Bay events for date night this January 2021.

January 1 – 3

First Saturday Jazz featuring The Katara Trio
Saturday, January 2, 8-11pm
Independent Bar & Cafe, Tampa
Masks are required when not seated and social distancing is in effect. Table service only – no standing or bar service.
FREE Admission

Holiday Spectacular
Through January 2, 2021
Tampa Riverwalk
Displays include the 35′ tall LED lighted Christmas tree that floats in the harbor, lighted displays floating on barges in the river and more.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Through January 3, 2021, various times
Included with park admission, guests can enjoy millions of beautiful holiday lights, a NEW fireworks display, seasonal shows, Yuletide shopping and a pit stop into Santa’s House.
Included with theme park admission

January 4 – 10

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
Through January 5, 2021 various times
Curtis Hixon Park
The Holiday Market is free to attend, additional activities have an admission price. Ice skating is $15 including skate rental.
FREE Admission

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

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Living Color: The Art of the Highwaymen on display through March 2021 | Image credit: Tampa Museum of Art

St. Pete Beach Drive Dine & Wine Food Tour
Thursdays from 5:30-9pm
Tour begins at the Vinoy Hotel
This tour explores the beautiful waterfront Beach Drive neighborhood via a 3-hour walking food & wine tour. Stops include The Vinoy Hotel, The Birchwood Inn, The Canopy, Flute & Dram and Cassis St. Pete.

Rock The Park LIVE at Tampa Museum of Art
Thursday, January 7, 7pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Enjoy live music from The Katara Trio, Amaria, and Perception. There will be 20 socially distanced pods available, each seating up to six people. All 20 pods will be first come, first serve the night of. Bring your own chairs or blankets for seating.

Glass Workshops and Open House
January 8-9, multiple times available
Gott Glass Studio & Gallery
This unique one-on-one opportunity in the Hot Shop gives you the chance to work with a professional instructor to learn the fundamentals of glass blowing. The Hot Glass Date includes working together to make flaming glass hearts and two ornaments (or two items of equal time commitment) with the help of an instructor.
$129/couple – Hot Glass Date

Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market
Sunday, January 10, 11am-3pm
Southern Brewing & Winery
Enjoy live music and shop with local vendors selling fresh produce, plants, baked goods, artisan foods and hand crafted gifts. Food Trucks offer lunch bites and the brewery is serving up some of the best local wine & beer in town. Dog-friendly.
FREE Admission

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Sushi Rolling Class
Sunday, January 10, 2-4pm
BRŪ Florida Growler Bar Tampa
Let the experts at Dang Good Sushi teach you the secrets of creating the perfect sushi roll. Each attendee will learn to make three different rolls. Vegetarian and Vegan options available.

January 11 – 17

The Reception – An Interactive Expo to Visualize Your Wedding
Tuesday, January 12, 5-8pm
Armature Works
Back for its 2nd year, The Reception is not your typical wedding expo. Vendors bring their vision to life with live demos in each of the event spaces. Experience two staged wedding ceremonies, attend a “Reception” with live music, lite bites and desserts in the Gathering event space along with a variety of the best local vendors in the Bay.

Wine 101: The Basics (A Wine Education Happy Hour)
Tuesday, January 12, 7-8pm
Book + Bottle
Learn the basic steps for tasting wine, how wine is made, the major wine regions of the world, and some core terminology so you can start 2021 as a wine pro!
$40; includes wine tasting

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Trivia & Tacos
Tuesday, January 12, trivia begins at 8pm
World of Beer Tampa International
Enjoy $2.50 / $3.50 Tacos all day every Tuesday plus trivia at 8pm.
Menu prices vary

Movies in the Backyard: Die Hard
Wednesday, January 13, 6:30-9pm
Two Shepherds Taproom
Enjoy a weekly, dog-friendly outdoor movie night every Wednesday with drink specials and popcorn.
FREE Admission

The Florida Orchestra Raymond James Pops: New Year’s in Vienna
Saturday, January 16, 8pm
The Mahaffey Theater
Goodbye 2020! Michael Francis waltzes into the new year with Johann Strauss Jr.’s Blue Danube, Champagne Polka, Overture to Die Fledermaus and more.
$18 – $48

Busch Gardens Mardi Gras
Select dates January 16 – February 16
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Join the fun every weekend to celebrate safely with an expanded Mardi Gras event! Enjoy more weekends all the way through “Fat Tuesday” with open-air festivities and French-Quarter flair.
Included with park admission

AfroCAN Night Market & Mixer
Sunday, January 17, 5-9pm
The Jerk Hut
This Tampa Bay event is a nite market, mixer and outdoor dining experience with live entertainment to connect, vibe, and build!
FREE Admission

January 18 – 24

Storyteller’s Dinner Featuring Heaven Hill
Tuesday, January 19, 7:30-10:30pm
Armature Works Theatre Event Space
Join Ciro’s in the Armature Works Theatre event space for a decadent four-course Storytellers Dinner featuring Heaven Hill Distillery. Enjoy and explore the tastes of four decadent courses paired with original Heaven Hill cocktails.

Armature Works Theatre Event Space

Movies in the Backyard: Jurassic Park
Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-9pm
Two Shepherds Taproom
Enjoy a weekly, dog-friendly outdoor movie night every Wednesday with drink specials and popcorn.
FREE Admission

Beer & English Cheese Pairing: At Home Edition
Wednesday, January 20, 7pm
*VRTUAL event hosted by Brew Bus
Join Advanced Cicerone Ami Parrino on a journey through beer and cheese and their wonderful relationship with each other. This months Beer & Cheese Pairing features all English cheeses. With your ticket, you will receive a cultivated pairing of 4 beers and cheeses and a guided explanation of how each beer compliments the cheese selection.

3rd Thursday Tampa
Thursday, January 21, 6-10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Downtown Tampa’s monthly street food fest. Free 2-hour parking and dog-friendly.
FREE Admission

Virtual Cocktails and Collections with the MFA
Thursday, January 21, 6:30-7:30pm
*VIRTUAL event hosted by Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete
Enjoy a live tour of the Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles exhibition featuring 80+ Navajo weavings from the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Make an art-inspired signature cocktail ahead of time (recipe provided), and enjoy a specially curated art tour from home!
$10; free for members

Bubbles on the Rooftop
Thursday, January 21, 6:30-9pm
Rooftop 220 at Armature Works
Taste 15+ sparkling wines & champagnes plus light bites while overlooking the beautiful downtown skyline and Riverwalk from the rooftop terrace. Multiple tasting stations plus live music.

2021 John’s Pass Arts Weekend
January 22 – 24
Johns Pass Village & Boardwalk
The John’s Pass Arts Weekend is a three-day outdoor event, celebrating 80 arts & crafts vendor from the great state of Florida and local flavors at one of the 14 restaurants.
FREE Admission

Starry Night at The Dalí Fundraiser
Saturday, January 23, 7-10pm
The Dali Museum
A fundraising soiree under the stars sponsored by Van Gogh Vodka. Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the Van Gogh Alive special exhibition, as well as stargazing with an astronomer (telescopes provided), tarot card readings, music and a complimentary Van Gogh Vodka craft cocktail.
$75 ($65 for members)

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Van Gogh Alive at The Dali

Rehab: A Live Jazz Brunch
Sunday, January 24, 12-4pm
Live performance from a harp/piano based trio every 2nd and 4th Sunday, plus brunch specials (Shrimp & Grits and a Dirty Rice Brunch Bowl), bottomless Tang-Mimosas, Bloody Murrays and more.
Menu prices vary

January 25 – 31

Fiction, Fantasies, & Epics Book Club | Circe
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30pm
*VIRTUAL event hosted by Oxford Exchange
Start 2021 by diving right into the world of Greek mythology with Madeline Miller’s Circe.
FREE Admission; RSVP required via Eventbrite

Wine 201: The Classics (A Wine Education Happy Hour)
Tuesday, January 26, 7-8pm
Book + Bottle
In this second intro class, dig into the classic wines that any wine lover should know. Be prepared to take an adventure around the world to discover what makes certain grapes “noble” and classic.

Movies in the Backyard: Happy Gilmore
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-9pm
Two Shepherds Taproom
Enjoy a weekly, dog-friendly outdoor movie night every Wednesday with drink specials and popcorn.
FREE Admission

NIGHT OF MYSTERY: Murder High Reunion
Thursday, January 28, 7pm
Carrollwood Cultural Center
The Murder High-Class Reunion is a night of mystery and mayhem intertwined with rivalries from the past that spill over to the present. Open to only 20 participants. Registered participants will receive an email with assigned character name and dossier.

Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

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.

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Bend, Bubbles, and Brunch!
Sundays from 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 – one lucky guest will win a $25 gift card for brunch at Élevage. Bring your own mat.
$25; $30 at the door

Van Gogh Alive
Through April 11, 2021
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

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

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