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Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival and More Things to Do in Tampa Bay

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Happy Valentine’s Week, y’all! It doesn’t matter what your relationship status is, this week is full of things to do in Tampa Bay that everyone can enjoy.

Dessert Wars may be sold out, but another sweet thing to do is the Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival. Or maybe check out the unique immersive pop–up, Love Reimagined. Did you know the Bay Area Renaissance Festival kicks off its season this Saturday?

If that’s not your cup of tea, Valentine’s Day related events are endless–find them all by searching #LoveU on UNATION.

There are SO many options! What will you choose to do?

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1. Tampa Bay Chocolate Festival

If you’re a foodie on the hunt for a fun thing to do in Tampa Bay this weekend then you might want to put the Chocolate Festival at the top of your list.

For the 5th year in a row, so many food trucks and vendors will be serving up their best chocolate dishes (as well as their normal items). Come hungry and early because food trucks can only hold so much. 

There are food options for everyone–vegetarian, gluten-free, keto, paleo, Pescatarian, etc. Also, it doesn’t matter if you like sweet or savory item, there will be plenty of both! 

The event is not only family-friendly, but also pet-friendly and admission is FREE–making it the sweetest thing to do for everyone this Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Event Details
🗓 FEB 15 | 12PM–6PM
📍 Carrollwood Culture Center

Hear ye! Hear ye! The Queen welcomes thee! Travel back in time to the 16th century this weekend because the Bay Area Renaissance Festival is finally back again.

Grab a turkey leg and walk around the village to see 80 artisans fill display and sell their handcrafted wares along with 12 stages of exciting entertainment. Interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets, as well as view live armored jousting–or maybe test your ax-throwing abilities. Huzzah!

The Renaissance Festival is a great thing to do in Tampa Bay for families, friends, or even with a date.

Event Details
🗓 FEB 15–MAR 23 (SAT & SUN only) | 10AM–6PM
📍 Bay Area Renaissance Festival (MOSI)

The perfect thing to do in Tampa Bay for Valentine’s Day week is this fully immersive pop up that will inspire you to celebrate the Art of LOVE. Step into the iconic venue, Red Door No. 5, and get ready for an unparalleled multi-sensory dining experience. Culinary masterpieces will be developed by Tampa’s top, nationally acclaimed chefs, Chef Ferrell Alvarez of Rooster & the Till and Chef Noel Cruz of Ichicoro Ramen. The four-course dinner will encourage you to walk through different spaces throughout the venue, which will unveil imaginative cuisine, cocktails, visual and performing arts. This event is the first of its kind to hit Tampa Bay, so if you love art and food, add Love Reimagined on your list of things to do this week. Event Details 🗓 FEB 11–15 | 6:30PM–8:30PM | 7:30PM–9:30PM | 8:30PM–10:30PM 📍 Red Door No. 5

Hey foodies! There’s another delicious thing to do in Tampa Bay this weekend that you don’t want to miss–especially if you like beer, bourbon, and/or BBQ.

It’s a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’.

Each guest receives a souvenir glass and bag, and unlimited sampling of beer and bourbon. Enjoy seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters from the deep south.

Also dance or rock out to DJs playing all your favorite tunes and browse breweriana, hot sauces, and BBQ accessories. 

Upgrade to VIP for all that, 2 extra hours of sampling, and access to a VIP area serving up 12+ Tasting Stations featuring local restaurants. 

Event Details
🗓FEB 15 | 12PM–6PM
📍 Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Run through the fair like you never have before! That’s right, the Florida State Fair is having their first-ever Deep Fried Dash. 

The race begins bright and early and takes the runner right through the fair’s midway, passing all the fun and exciting rides then continues down the mall through the outdoor vendors and smells of endless fair food.

The race continues through the agriculture side and ends at the entertainment stages. Participants will be able to rest and interact with partners and vendors.

All proceeds go to the Florida State Fair Foundation. Their mission is to improve and support the Florida State Fair agricultural, scientific, and educational programs.

Event Details
🗓 FEB 15 | 7AM–2:30PM
📍 Florida State Fairgrounds

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Valentine’s Treat Exchange

There's even more things to do in Tampa Bay next week!

This week may be fun but we can’t wait for the week after! St. Pete’s largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local,” otherwise know as Localtopia, is coming.

In addition to that, another thing to do in Tampa Bay next weekend is the Super Greek Festival. To stay on top of it all, follow us on Instagram or join our Facebook Group!

Jenna Podesla

Jenna Podesla

Jenna is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!