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OUR MONTHLY GUIDE TO 40+ THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA BAY FOR DATE NIGHTS

Get out and explore this month with your favorite plus one by checking out our favorite things to do in Tampa Bay this August 2022! There’s a lot on our curated guide of things to do, so keep scrolling! It starts with event highlights for things to do this week, followed by our top picks for Tampa Bay events for the rest of the month.

You’ll also find an ongoing events section for even more date night ideas in Tampa. Check back often as we add more Tampa Bay events to this listing throughout the month.

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Save the Date!

Party like a Pirate, ARRGH!, at the 3rd Annual Bucs Beach Bash
September 9-11
Get ready for a weekend of sun, fun, and football at the 3rd annual Bucs Beach Bash, September 9-11, presented by TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach. Party like a Pirate when you reserve the VIP package at TradeWinds with an all-access pass to live music, the Buccaneers gameday watch party, official Buccaneers party swag, a tailgating experience at RumFish Grill, and more! General admission to this event is free. For more information, visit justletgo.com

Bucs Beach Bash
Bucs Beach Bash presented by TradeWinds Island Resorts

August 8-14, 2022 THINGS TO DO / EVENTS IN TAMPA BAY 

Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Friday,  August 12 – Monday, September 5
Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens’ annual Bier Fest is back! Each weekend, park guests can toast delicious brews and coast on epic thrill rides at this beer-inspired food festival. Sip and savor seasonal favorites and brew-inspired dishes featuring fall flavors. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest but with a modern spin.
Included with theme park admission; sampling lanyards for food and beer are extra.

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

SeaWorld Orlando Craft Beer Festival
Weekends now –  Monday, September 5
SeaWorld Orlando
Feel like detouring away from Tampa for a bit? Fridays – Sundays plus Labor Day, enjoy over 100 craft beers from breweries across the state of Florida, plus a few domestic craft favorites. Beer isn’t the only feature at the Craft Beer Festival. Guests can enjoy a variety of mouthwatering dishes that are perfectly paired with their favorite brews. There are also several new cocktails and beer options this year.
Included with theme park admission; sampling lanyards for food and beer are extra.

Tiki Cocktail Class 
Thursday, August 11 from 7pm-8:30pm
Dark Door Spirits
Learn from a master mixologist on how to create three unique, beautiful, and delicious handcrafted tiki-inspired cocktails showcasing Dark Door Spirits. The class includes a charcuterie box and a premium tour of the distillery.

Star Gazers 
Thursday, August 11 from 8pm-9:30pm
Oldsmar Veterans Memorial Park
Bring your telescope and join others to take a glimpse into the great beyond. A limited number of telescopes will be available to share.
Free

WAR on The Catwalk
Friday, August 12 at 7pm
Straz Center
Get ready for your favorite queens from around the world as they perform live on stage. Hosted by Brooke Lynn Hytes and performances by Jimbo the Drag Clown, Kornbread, Iceis Couture, Krystal Versace, Kita Mean, The Vivienne, and Heidi N Closet.
$41.38 and up

Freestyle Explosion
Friday, August 12 at 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
This throwback concert will feature popular 80s and 90s bands and singers – Stevie B., Lisa Lisa, The Cover Girls, The Jets, and more!
$39.50 and up

An Evening with Michael Bublé
Saturday, August 13 at 8pm
Amalie Arena
Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar Michael Bublé is back on the road with his “Higher” tour.
$65 and up

Chris Brown & Lil Baby
Saturday, August 13 at 7pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Check out Chris Brown with special guests, Lil Baby and BLEU, during his One of Them Ones tour.
$168 and up

Second Sunday Market and Art Walk: Summer Edition
Sunday, August 14 from 11am-3pm
Armature Works
This event will feature a rotating cast of artisinal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, woodwork, gifts, and more. Local and regional artists will also have their work displayed in the Courtyard and Western Walkway.
Free

August 15-21, 2022 THINGS TO DO / EVENTS IN TAMPA BAY 

Christopher Cross
Tuesday, August 16 at 8pm
Bilheimer Capitol Theater
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Christopher Cross, returns to the Bilheimer Capitol Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall. He’ll be performing his classic hits such as Sailing, Ride Like The Wind, and Never Be The Same, along with pieces from his new album, Take Me As I Am.
$49.50-$89.50

Stranger Things Trivia Night
Wednesday, August 17 from 7pm-9pm
Two Shepherds Taproom
Ready to turn your Wednesday night upside down? Join host and dungeon master, Clark Brooks, as he leads the Stranger Things theme trivia. Drink specials will include 3 for $12 mix-n-match hard seltzers and food will be available from Liberty Smokehouse from 5pm-9pm. For ages 21+ only.

2022 U.S. Gymnastics Championships
Thursday, August 18-21
Amalie Arena
The annual national championships for artistic gymnastics will take place in Tampa this month at Amalie Arena. Fans will have the chance to cheer on some of their favorite athletes from the 2020 Olympic Games while getting to know a new generation of gymnasts hoping to represent the U.S. in Paris in 2024. The competition will include the men’s and women’s junior and senior all-around and individual event national champions. Following the competition, they will also name the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The accompanying National Congress and Trade Show will run concurrently in the nearby Tampa Convention Center.
$25 and up

Jack Johnson: Meet the Moonlight 2022 Tour
Friday, August 19 at 7:15pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Singer and guitarist Jack Johnson brings his latest tour to Tampa with special guest, Ziggy Marley.
$41.50 and up

Tracy Morgan 
Friday, August 19-20
Tampa Improv
SNL and 30 Rock star, Tracy Morgan, is bringing his standup routine to Tampa. Guests must be 21 and over and all seating is based on a first-come first-serve basis. This is a special engagement only feature two-person shared tables and four-person table ticket options only. VIP tickets are available.
$48 and up

Fl!p Circus
August 19-September 5
Westfield Brandon
Imagine a show where your seat gives you an intimate, up close and personal interaction with the artists. Taking place at Westfield Brandon, Fl!p Circus is a unique show with a vintage, modern feel. Created by the Vasquez family over 50 years ago, Fl!p Circus takes place in a distinct red and white striped big-top tent and brings acts from all over the world. From comedic routines to aerial acts to the Globe of Death Motorcycles, there are captivating acts to entertain all ages.
$25-$65

Breakfast (Painting) with Elephants
Saturday, August 20 from 8am-9:30pm
ZooTampa
Start your day at ZooTampa with a light breakfast and a special training session featuring one of Africa’s most beloved and endangered species, the African elephant. Plus, get a photo and watch one of the large, majestic creatures paint its very own masterpiece. |
$85 members/$110 non-members

Rosé All Day Tasting
Saturday, August 20 at 2pm
Sommalier Hideaway Wine Bar
Enjoy a laid-back flight of four different rosés – the perfect summertime red! There will be complimentary cheeses and bottles available for purchase.
$30 per person

Dierks Bentley: Beers on Me Tour
Saturday, August 20 at 7pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Country superstar Dierks Bentley brings his tour to Tampa with special guests Ashley McBride and Travis Denning.
$35.65 and up

August 22-28, THINGS TO DO / EVENTS IN TAMPA BAY 

Publix Couples’ Cooking – A Tour of Brussels
Wednesday, August 24 at 6pm
Publix at Citrus Park
Learn about different classic dishes from Belgium that pay homage to how diverse and lesser known they are. Create mussels with fries and pepper sauce, asparagus with a butter sauce and mashed vegetables, beef stew, and spiced cookies. Wine is provided for adults 21+.

The Black Keys: The Dropout Boogie Tour
Thursday, August 25 at 7pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Get ready to rock out with The Black Keys and special guests, Band of Horses and Early James.
$29.50 and up

Gianmarco Soresi
Thursday, August 25- Saturday, August 27
Sidesplitters Comedy Club
Emmy-nominated comedian, Gianmarco Soresi, has been seen on Netflix, Amazon, and PBS. He’s also starred in several comedy shows on NBC, TBS, and Comedy Central and was the winner of Amazon’s Comics Watching Comics Season 8. 18 and up only.
$20 per person

Science After Dark: 60th Anniversary 60s Party!
Saturday, August 26 from 6pm-9pm
MOSI
Join MOSI as they celebrate their 60th anniversary in a groovy 60s style! Learn about plastics and polymers from hands-on demonstrations, hear stories about the height of the Space Race in the Saunders Planetarium and make your own lava lamp. Feel free to come dressed as yourself of dress in 60s style! Tickets include light appetizers, beer and wine samplings, MOSI exhibits, hands-on activities, Occulus Rift Beat Saber station, liquid nitrogen ice cream, interactive labs, and more.
$13.95 members/$15.95 non-members

An Evening with Damien Escobar
Saturday, August 26 at 7:30pm
Straz Center
America’s Got Talent star, Damien Escobar, brings his musical talent to Tampa. The violin virtuoso weaves stories of his personal journey into his breathtaking music.
$29.50 and up

Randy Rainbow
Friday, August 26 at 8pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall
America’s favorite musical satirist is taking his act on the road with his The Pink Glasses Tour. The two-time Emmy nominated singer, writer, and comedian will take on the hottest topics and skewer politicos of the day only as he can. Featuring accompaniment by some of Broadway’s finest musicians.
$38.75-$68.75

Breakfast (Painting) with Elephants
Saturday, August 27 from 8am-9:30pm
ZooTampa
Start your day at ZooTampa with a light breakfast and a special training session featuring one of Africa’s most beloved and endangered species, the African elephant. Plus, get a photo and watch one of the large, majestic creatures paint its very own masterpiece. |
$85 members/$110 non-members

Summer Rescue Event
Saturday, August 27 from 1pm-5pm
Crooked Thumb Brewery
Head to Crooked Thumb to join Dogs Allowed Tampa Bay for an end-of-summer rescue event. Meet adoptable dogs and help raise money for some furry friends in need. There will be several prizes donated from local sponsors along with live music and a food truck.
Free (food and drink available for purchase)

Santana + Earth, Wind, and Fire: Miraculous Supernatural Tour
Saturday, August 27 at 7pm
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Legendary musician, Santana, brings his tour to Tampa with special guests, Earth, Wind, and Fire.
$123 and up

Stand Up Comedy at BRU
Saturday, August 27 from 9pm-10:30pm
BRU Growler Bar
Enjoy a night filled with comedy and craft beer. Enjoy performances by Chris Sanders, Joanie J Werner, Jason Hedden, Scott Jernigan, Rashad Baker, and Alex Boyce.
$10 per person


More Things to Do – Ongoing Tampa Bay Events

Zoo Tampa Salutes U.S. Active Military with Free Admission
June 1 through September 1
From June 1 through September 1, all U.S. active-duty military, activated or drilling reservists, and National Guardsmen are eligible to receive one-time complimentary admission to the Zoo for themselves and up to three direct dependents. Offer is available online only for qualified U.S. active-duty military members who must register through ID.me.

Visit a Florida State Park for FREE with Your Library Card
June 1 through September 12
With your public library card, you can check out the Real Florida Reader Day Pass which provides free park admission to Florida’s state parks. This is a pass that you check out from your local library and will need to return, just like you would a library book. Each library location will receive an allotted number of passes for checkout by library patrons.

Aqua Nights
July 1 through August 5
Florida Aquarium
Enjoy extended hours every Friday night until 8pm. Groove to live entertainment and take part in far-out festivities for the whole family. Enjoy remembrances of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s while you navigate through the galleries.
Included with general admission

1982 Summer Movie Series
July 1 thorugh August 7
Bilheimer Capital Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall
Go back in time and catch these popular 1982 releases on the big screen. Watch classics such as Poltergeist, The Thing, and Annie.
$5 general admission/$30 family four-packs (includes 4 tickets, 4 fountain drinks, and 4 boxes of popcorn)

Dolphintopia 
Through July 30 
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Beginning this month, guests will be transported to a summer of peace, love, and dolphins. Celebrate the facts, fiction, and fun of these enchanting marine mammals, while exploring the fascinating science of dolphins and their intimate connection with humans throughout history. Dolphintopia will feature unique dolphin art installations, activities, interactive shows, and vibrant Instagrammable photo ops. The elements of this saltwater celebration will change throughout the summer, offering annual members different experiences. The Dolphintopia celebration is included with general admission. Guests can also visit CMA’s resident dolphins in their habitats while visiting, and purchase VIP Dolphin Experiences or Photo Moment Experiences.

The Generous Pour Summer Wine Experience
July 5 through September 4
The Capital Grille
A wine pairing experience with six outstanding Tuscan wines from the Antinori family, who has been producing wine for 26 generations. Guests who participate in this year’s Generous Pour will be treated to wine selections  hand-selected to pair with the restaurant’s signature menu items.
$32* with dinner

Musical Bingo Night
Tuesdays from 8-10pm
Crafty Squirrel St. Pete
Two rounds of musical bingo with 8 prizes. Plus enjoy the weekly Taco Tuesday special: a la carte Americana style tacos are only $2!
FREE Admission

Fairgrounds St. Pete
Permanent exhibition open Thursdays-Sundays
800 28th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Fairgrounds St. Pete is a permanent indoor immersive, explorable art and technology experience in St. Pete, Florida. Over 60 local and international artists were commissioned to make art for you to immerse yourself in and enjoy.
$27

Related: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure at Fairgrounds St. Pete

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 Shuffle Friday Nights
Fridays from 7-10pm
St. Pete Shuffle
Learn to play shuffleboard with help from St. Pete Shuffle’s staff and volunteers, who will get you set up on a court and teach you how to play.
$10; free for members and their guests

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

Cuban Pathways: The Exhibition Tour
Every Monday and Friday at 1:30
Every third Saturday at 1:30
Tampa History Center
Embark on a guided tour through 500 years of Cuban history and its Tampa connections. This informative, 30-minute tour combines the location, people, and local connections to this Caribbean neighbor.

Looking for more things to do this week?

Check out this guide to family-friendly events in Tampa Bay from our sister publication Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. Heading to Orlando? Here’s a guide to the best Orlando events this month at the theme parks and beyond.

 

Featured image credit: Tampa Bay Brewing Company


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