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 this September 2021! 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. For family friendly things to do in Tampa, check out Tampa Bay Parenting.
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Tampa Bay Events for Date Night August 30 – September 5
Tequila Ocho Storyteller Dinner
Thursday, September 2, 6:30-9:30pm
Sip and savor the last moments of summer with an inspired multi-course dinner with Tequila Och. Global Brand Ambassador Jesse Estes will join to take you on a tasting journey and share the story of Tequila Ocho.
Downtown Concert at Rock The Park
Thursday, September 2, 6:30pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This free monthly music series showcases musical talents of all genres. This month’s free outdoor concert features performances from Gat$, Speak Easy, and Judy Anne Jackson.
First Friday Art Walk in Gulfport
Friday, September 3, 5-9pm
It debuted as the premiere art walk in Pinellas County in 1993, and since then Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk welcomes the region’s most innovative artists for a showcase of creativity and community among the vibrant restaurants and storefronts along scenic Beach Boulevard. Great chance to for a Gulfport Labor Day trip!
St. Pete Mural Tour by Bike
Saturday, September 4, 9am
Tour departs near Florida CraftArt
Hop on your bike or take advantage of Coast Bike Share for a leisurely ride with numerous stops. Learn more about these dynamic murals and the power of public art in St. Pete! Bike rental included.
10th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival
Sunday, September 5, 11am-6pm
Centro Asturiano in Historic Ybor City
Enjoy this Social Distancing Festival – LIVE Music and Dance performances! Contestants enter their Cuban Sandwich to see who makes the BEST Cuban Sandwich in The World. Watch as we attempt to make the BIGGEST Cuban Sandwich in the World.
Things to Do in Tampa September 6 – 12
Busch Gardens Summer Nights
Through September 6
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Feel the spark after dark with fireworks, thrill rides and more.
Included with theme park admission
Dinner With the Locals: Craft Beer Cooking
Tuesday, September 7, 7pm
Sur La Table Tampa
Craft beer lovers, this one’s for you! In this cooking class you'll learn how regional beers can be used to make delicious food.
Heights Night Market
Wednesday, September 8, 5:30-9:30pm
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.
Inaugural Tampa Bay Bucs Midtown Watch Party
Thursday, September 9, 6pm (game starts at 8:20pm)
Midtown Commons’ Central Green Space
Kick off football season with a watch party at Midtown! The game will be broadcast on a huge screen directly on the green space. Other activities include a live DJ plus food and beverage for purchase. Coolers are not allowed, but fans are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and towels. Guests can also extend the fun by booking an overnight at either the Aloft or Element hotel with rates starting at just $369, which includes a bucket of beer and wings.
Ryan Wells Foundation Evening with the Chefs
Friday, September 10, 6:30-10pm
Sheraton Sand Key Resort – Clearwater
Indulge in small plates, desserts and libations from around the world presented by partner chefs and Pinellas County culinary students.
Select nights September 10 – October 31
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever for 28 killer nights with scare zones and haunted houses, including two ALL-NEW houses.
$41.99 and up
St. Pete Second Saturday Art Walk
Saturday, September 11, 5-9pm
Central Arts District, EDGE District, Grand Central District, Warehouse Arts District and downtown Waterfront Arts District
Visit multiple art galleries during this nighttime celebration of the arts in St. Pete. Drive yourself or choose a district to park & walk to your favorite spots or discover new ones!
Date Night Cooking Class: Surf & Turf
Saturday, September 11, 7pm (additional class September 17 at 4pm)
Sur La Table Hyde Park Village
In this fun, hands-on class, you will enjoy exploring new twists on a classic pairing. Our instructor will walk you through techniques for creating a surf and turf dinner using the freshest, most flavorful ingredients from land and sea.
Armature Works Second Sunday Art Walk + Vendor Fair
Sunday, September 12, 11am-3pm
This month event 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.
Things to Do in Tampa September 13 – 19
Jazz Night @ Intermezzo
Tuesday, September 14, 7-10pm
Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails
Enjoy live jazz performances on the second Tuesday of each month at this wine and cocktail bar in St. Pete. Vocalist Daniela Soledade with guitarist Nate Najar and their band are back this month for a night of swinging jazz and sultry bossa nova.
Sunset Yoga in the Vines
Wednesday, September 15, 7-8pm
Keel Farms (Plant City)
Join Wildflower Yogi at Keel & Curley Winery for a Sunset All Levels Yoga Flow. Enjoy your practice as the sun sets among the grape vines.
Surreal Summer Nights at The Dalí
Thursday, September 16, 5-8pm
Enjoy a surreal summer night with extended hours, live DJ entertainment and all the Museum has to offer at reduced admission after 5pm. Sip on a signature surreal cocktail from Café Gala and then cool down with the melting clocks in the museum's permanent collection. Advanced-purchase timed tickets are required for this event.
3rd Thursday Tampa
Thursday, September 16, 6-10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Downtown Tampa’s monthly street food fest. Free 2-hour parking and dog-friendly.
3 Daughters Crafting Night
Thursday, September 16, 6:30-8:30pm
3 Daughters Brewing
Create your own handmade decoration during this instructor led class with Nicole and Michael, owners of Board in a Box.
$40 – $50
Bolts Brew Fest
Friday, September 17, 7-10pm
The Tampa Bay Lightning is bringing back everyone's favorite craft beer event, Bolts Brew Fest! Step foot into AMALIE Arena to be greeted by a sea of breweries located throughout the arena concourse and event floor as you sample your way around hundreds of beer options from more than 30 local and national brands. Plus games and other fun surprises!
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.
Florida Summer Cinema Series
Friday, September 17, 8-10pm
Back lawn of the Gulfport History Museum
Join Gulfport Historical Society for the final edition of its Florida Summer Cinema Series! Pack a picnic, bring chairs, and enjoy a free movie screening on the back lawn of the Gulfport History Museum. Doors open at 7:30, film starts at sunset. This event is free and open to everyone.
Werk the Riverwalk
Saturday, September 18, 12pm
Straz Center – Riverwalk stage
The Straz will celebrate Tampa Pride’s inaugural Pride on the River Boat Parade by highlighting some of Tampa’s best LGBT+ artists on the Riverwalk Stage.
Pride on the River
Saturday, September 18, 1-9pm
Pride on the River is Tampa’s inaugural end of summer celebration of pride that takes place along the Hillsborough River and culminates with a family-friendly evening of entertainment, activities and more. Events include a Drag Brunch Hosted by Brianna Summers at Marriot Water Street’s Anchor & Brine (ticketed event), a Pride Boat Parade at 3pm, the festival at Armature Works Pier at 4pm, and an 8:15pm fireworks show.
Date Night Cooking Class: Autumn in Tuscany
Saturday, September 18, 4pm (class also offered October 1, 2021 at 7pm)
Sur La Table Hyde Park Village
Take a trip to Tuscany and experience delicious flavors. Get hands-on practice grilling steak, working with wild mushrooms and creating the creamiest polenta. Plus, you’ll mix, roll and shape pastry dough for a rustic dessert packed with spiced apple goodness.
Gulfport's Third Saturday IndieFaire Night Market
Saturday, September 18, 5-9pm
Night market brimming with art, jewelry, plants, crafts, and other locally crafted finds.
parkCINEMA featuring Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Saturday, September 18, 8pm
Curtis Hixon Park
This free, all-ages, outdoor screening will take place at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, in Tampa. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged!
Saturday, September 18, 10pm
$42.50 and up
Things to Do in Tampa September 20 – 26
So Long Summer Pool Party
Monday, September 20, 1-6pm
Made Coffee, Dobel Tequila + 400 Conejos Mezcal are taking over the Hotel Haya pool for one final farewell to summer. Spend the day in a chill oasis enjoying feature cocktails, lite bites and some groovy tunes.
FREE; registration required
Friday, September 24, 5:30pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Monthly arts & culture crawl throughout Tampa’s Downtown, providing you an evening of special offerings, live music, free admission, discounts or special offers at participating arts and cultural partners and more.
Girls Night Out Comedy Show
Friday, September 24, 8pm
A night of great female comics designed for female audiences. Featuring comics Helen Keaney and Trish Keating along with special guests.
$20 in advance; $25 day of show
Guest Chef Dinner Series at Rooster & The Till
Sunday, September 26, seatings at 5pm and 8pm
Rooster & The Till
The Guest Chef Dinner Series brings together some of the hottest chefs in the country for a 4-part collaborative rotation at Rooster & the Till. Each dinner is curated to showcase the style of the evening's chef and offer a synergistic dinner and beverage experience that’s unique to each evening. September's featured chef is Claudette Zepeda (Executive Chef, Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas in San Diego, CA).
$200 – $250/person; tickets on sale September 6
Things to Do in Tampa September 27 – October 3
Couples Cooking: Late Summer Cookout
Monday, September 27, 6pm
Publix Aprons Cooking School of Citrus Park
During this hands-on cooking class, learn to make late-summer dishes you can prepare in the kitchen or on the patio.
Old Forester Whiskey Tasting
Thursday, September 30, 6-8pm
Head to the Epicurean Theatre for an Old Forester tasting seminar, with light bites to pair, to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month.
Tickets on sale soon
Siudy Flamenco Company – Bailaora
Friday, October 1, 8pm
Siudy Flamenco “Bailaora” – is a Flamenco dance concert that traces the evolution of flamenco from a New World perspective, with a beautiful curated flamenco ballet and a band of 7 virtuoso musicians led by composer and flamenco flutist Juan Parrilla.
$38.75 and up
Gasparilla Music Festival 2021
October 1 – 3
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This year's 10th annual Gasparilla Music Festival will take place over 3 days featuring 35 bands across 4 stages along Tampa's waterfront!
$40 for 1-day pass; $60 for 2-day pass; $90 for 3-day pass
More Things to do this Week – Ongoing Tampa Bay Events
Busch Gardens Bier Fest
Weekends August 13 – October 31, 2021
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
During the 4th annual Bier Fest event, guests can sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring fan-favorite breweries. Beer flows through the park on an all-new beer trail, weaving between iconic coasters, local live music and fascinating animal habitats while incorporating fan-favorite restaurants, outdoor event cabins, and the new Giraffe Bar.
Event access included with park 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
Thursdays from 8-11pm
Flor Fina at Hotel Haya
enjoy live Latin-infused sets and craft cocktails paired with indulgence's from the restaurant's new Tapas menu.
Menu prices vary
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
Community Tchin-Tchin (Complimentary Wine Tasting)
Fridays from 5-7pm
Book + Bottle
Check out this casual Friday tasting at St. Pete’s local bookstore and wine shop. Themes change weekly.
Sunset Zip Line Adventure
Select Friday and Saturday nights, 7pm
Tour guides will lead you through a 2.5-hour unforgettable experience all while taking in the amazing Florida sunset.
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.
Bend, Bubbles & Brunch
Sundays from 10-11am
Recenter and restart with poolside yoga. Keep the relaxation going with a complimentary glass of Champagne or Ketel One Botanicals cocktails at the end of class. Enjoy all day pool access and stay for brunch at Élevage.
$25 in advance; $30 at the door
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.
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