40+ Tampa Bay Events for Date Night: March 2021


Spring is in the air! 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 a free outdoor screening of The Princess Bride, a weekend event celebrating new art installations for Lights on Tampa 2021, an evening of outdoor aerial arts at Armature Works, multiple outdoor concerts and so much more. Here’s our curated guide to the best Tampa Bay events for date night this March 2021.

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

March 1 – 7

Hyde Park Sweat with Bella Prana
Monday, March 1, 6-7pm
Hyde Park Village
Join Bella Prana for an hour yoga session!
FREE; registration required

Movies in the Beer Garden: The Princess Bride
Wednesday, March 3, 7-9pm
Green Bench Brewing Co.
Pack a blanket, chairs and snacks to enjoy a free family-friendly movie in the beer garden at this spring outdoor movie series.
FREE Admission

Events in Tampa Bay - Green Bench Brewing Co. Movies in the Beer Garden
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Rock the Park Tampa
Thursday, March 4, 7pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Free monthly outdoor concert series featuring performances from The Last Nerv, Flowers at 12, Peace Cult. Guests will be provided private, socially distanced space to enjoy live music with up to six people. There will be 20 “pods” available. All 20 “pods” will be first come, first serve the night of. Please bring your own low-back chairs, blankets or cushions to sit on.
FREE Admission

Florida Strawberry Festival
March 4 – 14
Plant City
Head to Plant City to enjoy an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Enjoy live entertainment, livestock shows, rides, and of course strawberry treats!

Tampa Bay events - Florida Strawberry Festival
Florida Strawberry Festival

First Friday Art Walk in Gulfport
Friday, March 5, 5-9pm
Downtown Gulfport
Making its debut as the premiere art walk in Pinellas County in 1993, Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk returns to its roots in 2020, welcoming the region’s most innovative artists for a showcase of creativity and community among the vibrant restaurants and storefronts along scenic Beach Boulevard.
FREE Admission

TTRL’s Riverwalk & Chill: Lights On Tampa Edition
Friday, March 5, 6-10pm
Riverwalk Stage at Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Join Tampa Total Request Live (TTRL) hosts Zachary Hines and Roxanne Gallo for this free concert on the Riverwalk Stage featuring local and regional performers to celebrate Lights On Tampa. Seating area opens and table service begins at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m.
FREE Admission

Shuffle’s Silentology: A New Take on Music and Movies
Friday, March 5, 8-11pm
Every first Friday enjoy live music by the Shuffle House Band accompanying your favorite silent movies. Bring chairs and blankets and masks. Full bar, kitchen and Shuffleboard inside.
FREE Admission

Figment; A Lucid Dream
March 5 – 6, multiple times
Armature Works Pier
This unique production from Aerial Dragons Entertainment will feature a glamorous evening full of aerial arts, dance, and imagination. Attendees have the option of adding on the Dinner & A Show ticket package which features a special 3 course dinner and speciality cocktail from Steelbach available exclusively to ticket holders. Dinner reservations may be made prior to or post show.
$80 – $100

Image credit: Aerial Dragons Entertainment

Lights on Tampa 2021
March 5-6
Tampa Convention Center
Explore beautiful downtown Tampa after hours through this self-guided tour of new and existing Lights on Tampa art installations featuring local music, dance and other celebrations of Public Art. While Lights on Tampa will live on for you to experience at your own leisure, this event will include special arts encounters featuring dance and music around the perimeter of the Tampa Convention Center.

Keel Farms Sip ‘N’ Shop
Saturday, March 6, 10am-3pm
Keel Farms
Come out for a fun day or shopping local and great wine. Enjoy handmade art, décor, baked goods. And more!

Gulfport’s Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens
Saturday, March 6, 11am-5pm
Gulfport Recreation Center
Gulfport’s Pink Flamingo Tour returns, COVID-style, as a Tour of Gardens. Wander through some of the prettiest, most interesting, and inviting backyards you can see in this charming city by the sea. You can drive or bike the tour.
$10 in advance; $15 day of the tour

DIY Gasparilla Decor Workshop!
Saturday, March 6, 2:30-5:30pm
AR Workshop Tampa
Come be pirate ready as you DIY your own Gasparilla Home Decor!

First Saturday Jazz w/ The Ross Michael Strauser Trio
Saturday, March 6, 8-10pm
Independent Bar and Cafe, Tampa
Monthly jazz series featuring Tampa Bay Area saxophonist Ross Michael Strauser and his trio for a night of upbeat jazz.
FREE Admission

Picnic in the Park
Sunday, March 7, 11am-4pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Roll back the clock a century and join an old fashioned picnic in Plant Park. Bring your blanket, pack a picnic basket and invite family and friends to experience the pleasures of a simpler time. Relax in the shade and enjoy continuous entertainment on Center Stage.
FREE Admission

Image credit: Henry Plant Museum

March 8 – 14

Heights Night Market
Wednesday, March 10, 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

Image credit: Armature Works

St Pete Drive, Dine & Wine Tour
Thursday, March 11, 5:30pm
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club
Explore downtown St. Pete on a guided 3-hour walking food tour. The tour meets at the iconic Vinoy Hotel then moves to The Birchwood Inn, the Canopy, and Sea Salt. Enjoy dinner and drinks at Fresco’s Waterfront and dessert and coffee at Cassis.

Couple’s Cooking: Tapas & Sangria
Thursday, March 11, 6pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park
This is a hands-on cooking class. Practice makes perfect, so roll up those sleeves! Master new skills as you work side by side with our chefs to create an amazing meal. Menu includes Miniature Pork Brochettes, Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms, Scallops in Saffron Sauce, Friend Manchego Cheese, and Sangria.

Charcuterie Night
Friday, March 12, 6-9pm
Two Shepherds Taproom
This puppy friendly event includes cheese boards, beer flights, and live music. Perfect for a date night!
FREE Admission

UnWINEd Yoga
Saturday, March 13, 9-10am
Keel Farms, Plant City
Katie from The Koa Yoga Studio and Wildflower Yogi will be guiding a monthly 60 minute yoga practice in the vines. Enjoy a wonderful class, some fresh air, and stay to wine + dine after. One drink voucher will be provided per attendee.

Image credit: Keel Farms

Yappy Hour
Saturday, March 13, noon-4pm
81Bay Brewing Company
Join the Humane Society of TB for a happy hour paired with adoptable puppies. So cute and for a good cause!
FREE Admission

St. Paddy’s Pups Day
Saturday, March 13, 1pm
Two Shepherds Taproom
Get festive at this St Patrick’s Day celebration! The bar will showcase green and Irish flavored drinks and food trucks will run all day!
FREE Admission

VegFeast II
Saturday, March 13, noon-4pm
Brick Street Farms, St Petersburg
This ALL-vegan festival includes 10+ vendors offering yummy lunch and dessert!
FREE Admission

March 15 – 21

Couple’s Cooking: Ethnic Cuisine
Tuesday, March 16, 6pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park
This is a hands-on cooking class. Master new skills as you work side by side with chefs to create an amazing meal. Menu includes Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Potato & pea Samosas with Mint Yogurt, Bahn Mi Sandwiches, and Matcha Tea Cake Cookies.

Charcuterie Building Workshop
Tuesday, March 16, 7-8pm
Book + Bottle
Sip wine while you learn about different cheeses and build your own charcuterie board!

St. Patrick’s Day Concert on the Lawn
Wednesday, March 17, 6-8pm
Fenway Hotel front lawn
The Irish Buskers & Fenway Hotel partner to present a safe, fun night for all! Irish Food Specials & Beverages will be available for purchase.
$60 for four people

3rd Thursday Tampa
Thursday, March 18, 6-10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Downtown Tampa’s monthly street food fest. Free 2-hour parking and dog-friendly.
FREE Admission

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Jazz with Jim presents “Seasons of Change”
Friday, March 19, 7:30pm
Carrollwood Cultural Center
Jazz with Jim is hosted by musician Jim Burge on saxophone/flute and featuring Ron Delp on piano, Jeff Henson on drums, and Mike Ruven on bass. The concert is best known for fusing personal stories by the musicians with popular jazz tunes.
$13-$18 in person; $10 virtual ticket

Namaste & Rosé at WTR
Saturday, March 20, 10am-noon
wtr Tampa
Poolside yoga session with bottomless mimosas after class.

Shufflea: A Monthly Makers Market
Saturday, March 20, noon
March’s market will kick off Shuffle’s 3rd year anniversary and celebrate Women’s History Month. Shop local vendors, drink, eat and play Shuffleboard.
FREE Admission

Gulfport’s Third Saturday IndieFaire Night Market
Saturday, March 20, 5-9pm
Downtown Gulfport
Night market brimming with art, jewelry, plants, crafts, and other locally crafted finds.
FREE Admission

Paddle with Purpose – River Clean Up
Sunday, March 21, 8-10am
Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Paddle with Purpose is a gathering on the water that cultivates community, connection, and conversation.
Kayak rentals available; contact Urban Kai for details

Local Art: Live Painting, Brunch and Mimosas
Sunday, March 21, noon
Alafia Brewing Company
An afternoon dedicated to the arts at Alafia Brewing Company! Meet local artists and enjoy great drinks.
FREE Admission

March 22 – 31

OE Wedding Showcase
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30-9pm
Oxford Exchange
Learn about Tampa’s premiere wedding vendors as well as a look into After-Hours at OE.
FREE; registration required

Dinner on the Rooftop
Wednesday, March 24, 6-9pm
Rooftop 220 at Armature Works
Chef inspired, 8-course collaboration dinner on the rooftop curated by Steelbach + Rocca. Enjoy great food with wine hosted along the riverfront.
$165/party of 6

Paint the Sunset
Wednesday, March 24, 6:45-8:45pm
Fenway Hotel, Dunedin
Ticket includes: full step by step instruction, take-home canvas with your new masterpiece, sunset cocktail, and valet parking. Enjoy 15% off food in HEW Chophouse before or after the class.

Drink ‘n’ Doodle
Thursday, March 25, 10am-1pm
Keel Farms
Join Keel Farms for a casual art event where you can leave your cares behind with other local creatives.
FREE Admission

Gloria West and The Gents *Quartet*
Friday, March 26, 7-11pm
Zydeco Brew Werks
Enjoy Cajun food, craft beer, craft cocktails, and hot live old school jazz!
FREE Admission

Arts Legacy REMIX: Bridges of Rhythm
Friday, March 26, 7:30pm
Riverwalk Stage at Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The rhythms are going to get you at this free performance with local musicians celebrating the vibrance of unique cultures from Central and South America, Spain and Portugal.
FREE Admission

Straz 2019-2020 Season
Image credit: Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, March 27, 11am-6:30pm
Westchase Golf Club, Tampa
Spend the afternoon tasting 30+ unique hard seltzers while indulging in mouthwatering munchies and enjoying photo ops!

Champagne Flights and Light Bites Charcuterie Class
Saturday, March 27, 6:30-9:30pm
Coastal Aire Design Co
Date night just got bubbly! As you arrive you will be served Champagne and light appetizers. You’ll be seated with a variety of champagnes, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and appetizers! Have fun and learn at this hands-on class!

Bend, Bubbles, and Brunch!
Sunday, March 28, 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

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.

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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Safety Harbor’s Market on Main
Sundays, 10am-3pm
Safety Harbor
Enjoy locally handcrafted items, food vendors, pickled products, fresh juice and more! Free socially distant yoga class each week at 10am.
FREE Admission

Van Gogh Alive
Through April 11
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

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

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

Feature image credit: Lights on Tampa featuring new installation “You Belong Here” by artist Tavares Strachan


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