Downtown Tampa Florida Events

ON-GOING EVENTS

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING AT AMALIE ARENA
Come cheer on NHL Stanley Cup Champions, Tampa Bay's very own Tampa Bay Lightning! Don't miss the action when the Lightning take on NHL rivals on their home ice at Amalie Arena. Take in the sights, sounds, actions, excitement, and cheering fans as the Lightning compete to keep the Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay for another year.  Amelie Arena.  813-301-2500  AmalieArena.com

SUNDAY

HYDE PARK VILLAGE ESSENTIAL MARKET
On the 1st Sunday of every month top by the Hyde Park Village Market for local food, handcrafted creations, and live music in the heart of Hyde Park Village. This smaller, timed entry market has all of your fresh produce essentials, and a little something extra for everyone. Hyde Park Village. 10-2pm.   TampaBayMarkets.com

TUESDAY

CHILDREN'S BOARD FREE TUESDAYS
Join the Children's Board of Hillsborough County with FREE museum admission the first Tuesday of every month. Stop by the museum to learn and play at the fun and education hands-on exhibits Glazer Museum offers. Registration is encouraged.  Glazer Children's Museum. 10-5pm.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

THURSDAY

MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM
On the third Thursday of each month, visit the Museum to hear a live classical music performance. Enjoy the sounds of the harp, guitar, or violin as you explore the Museum. This program is included with admission to the Museum.  Henry B Plant Museum.  11-11:30am.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

3RD THURSDAY AT GRAND CENTRAL AT KENNEDY
The Tampa Bay Market brings you tasty street food along with live music, cocktails, and local beer at this fun festival on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  The Grand Central at Kennedy.  6-10pm.  813-221-3686  TampaBayMarkets.com

ART ON THE HOUSE
Every Thursday from 4pm-8pm - Pay as you will admission by donating however much you wish or get in for free after 4pm.  The Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

FRIDAY

FOURTH FRIDAY
Fourth Friday Tampa is a monthly arts & culture crawl throughout Tampa's Downtown, providing you an evening of special offerings, live music, programs by cultural destinations and much more! Get your FREE Fourth Friday lanyard at the Fourth Friday hub, presented to you by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, at the Straz Center near SIP between 5pm - 7:30pm. That FREE lanyard is your ticket to special tours, live music, and food and drink deals.  FourthFridayTPA.com

MONTHLY

BANK OF AMERICA MUSEUMS ON US WEEKEND
Bank of America card holders can get in for free every 1st weekend of each month.  The Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

SPECIAL EVENTS

THRU OCT 30  PIRATE WATER TAXI HAUNTED TOURS
Join us on select nights in October for an entertaining evening of ghost stories and spooky tales of Tampa's past. Our dead-lightful docent will keep you on the edge of your seat as you learn about Tampa's haunted history.  Pirate Water Taxi.  813-223-7999  PirateWaterTaxi.com

THRU FEB 12   CUBAN PATHWAYS
Explore 500 years of Cuba's history and its Tampa Bay connections during this interactive experience. TaÍno Indians, enslaved Africans, Chinese laborers and pastel-wearing U.S. tourists all traveled to and from Cuba over the last 500 years. Their experiences and labors made the largest island in the Caribbean a hub of the modern Atlantic World. Cuban Pathways tells the stories of these individuals and more, whose toil, vacations and political crusades shaped the island's modern history.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

OCT 13  CRACK UP CANCER
The 15th Annual Crack up Cancer Comedy Benefit comes to the Tampa Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 13, with a stellar lineup of local and national comics. As one of the longest running comedy benefits in the Tampa Bay area, Crack up Cancer returns with one of their strongest lineups yet! Mike Rivera from Seminole has been named America's Most Hilarious Teacher and will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event, followed by frequent Crack up Cancer headliner Al Romas. Headlining the event will be Jamie Kennedy, of Scream, Malibu's Most Wanted and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. One hundred percent of net profits help support the Life Grant program for Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation. As the sole beneficiary of Crack up Cancer for the past four years, the Life Grant program uses proceeds from the event to help hundreds of Tampa Bay cancer survivors and their families with critical household, non-medical expenses while they are being treated and unable to work.  Tampa Theatre.  7:30pm.  813-274-8286  TampaTheatre.org

OCT 15-16  BARRIEHAUS BEER CO. OKTOBERFEST & ART-TOBERFEST FOR THE KIDS!
Saturday, October 15 - Annual reservation-only Oktoberfest party in the BarrieHaus Biergarten in Ybor City. Reserve your tickets in advance. Collectible steins, Oktoberfest beer, food, live music, games & good fun!  VIP sessions 1-4pm, 6-9pm.

Sunday, October 16 - Art-toberfest for the Kids! If you missed out on Oktoberfest, bring your whole family, dog-children included, to the Biergarten for FREE kids fall festival games, pumpkin painting art station, photo ops, popcorn & cotton candy, and raffles!  12-3pm.  BarrieHaus Beer Co. Biergarten.  813-242-2739  BarrieHaus.com

OCT 16  TASTE OF LATINO
Bask in the scents, sounds, and flavors of Latin American culture. Enjoy food, wine, art, and live music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Peru, and more!  Centennial Park.  12pm-6pm.   TasteOfLatino.com

OCT 19 - NOV 13   DRACULA BY BRAM STOKER
A group of Londoners attempt to thwart the wicked Count Dracula as he makes his bloodthirsty way through their city. This adaptation of author Bram Stoker's timeless horror classic takes audiences on a thrilling trek enhanced by humor and daring special effects. Dracula is a sleek and sexy tale of suspense, seduction and spectacle that oozes neo-Victorian flair.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

OCT 23   MYRIAM HERNANDEZ LIVE IN CONCERT
Singer-songwriter Myriam Hernandez is returning to Tampa. Known in her native Chile and throughout the Spanish-speaking world for her romantic ballads, Myriam has a catalog of hits to choose from for her performance.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

OCT 28  HALLOWEEN ROCK THE YACHT
Halloween is almost upon us and we're ready for a scary good time! Trick-or-treat yourself at Halloween Rock the Yacht. Carve out some time to see our two DJs on multiple levels playing all your favorite hits. No matter witch floor you're on, you're going to have a blast dancing and enjoying the boo-tiful views you've come to expect with Yacht StarShip. There will be a costume contest, so make sure to dress up for this 2.5-hour cruise along Tampa Bay.  Yacht Starship.  813-223-7999  YachtStarship.com

OCT 28-30  8TH ANNUAL TAMPA TATTOO ARTS CONVENTION
Featuring artists from Ink Master, vendors, seminars, entertainment, contests and more!  Tampa Convention Center.  Fri 2pm-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-8pm  VillainArts.com

OCT 28  TAMPA BOO BRUNCH
Join us for our Halloween-themed Boo Brunch this October! We want to make your witches come true. Enhance your afternoon with $10 bottomless mimosas, and be prepared for a cruise overlooking Tampa's boo-tiful scenery with a family-style brunch buffet. Kids of all ages are encouraged to sport their Halloween costumes to win prizes in our costume contest. Don't forget to enjoy some tricks and treats on the top deck with lively DJ entertainment!  Yacht Starship.  813-223-7999  YachtStarship.com

OCT 29  ANNUAL RIVERWALK TRICK OR TREAT
Children in costume and their families are invited to come and trick or treat along the Riverwalk as well as enjoy fun activities. We will have over 50 treat stations participating along the Riverwalk from Water Works Park to USF Park including Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. At the conclusion of the event, we invite you to stick around and enjoy the Halloween Lighted Boat Parade along the Hillsborough River.  4-7pm.  Tampa Riverwalk.  TheTampaRiverwalk.com

OCT 30   HALLOWEEN SPREE
Show off your most creative costume at Halloween Spree! Bring your little ghouls and goblins to GCM to enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating, costume parades, our annual Team GCM Pumpkin Decorating Contest, and Halloween-themed activities!  Glazer Children's Museum.  10am-7pm.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

NOV 1-6   SIX
From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

NOV 1 - DEC 31  GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
Ginger-snap to it and visit Glazer Children's Museum's sweet winter wonderland this holiday season! Work as a family to build your sweet design from recycled materials and add your house to the growing village! Gingerbread Village is included with museum admission.  Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

NOV 5  PAVILION XXXVI HUMANA VS MACHINA
Pavilion XXXVI: Humana vs. Machina will transform the Museum into a futuristic landscape that explores the boundaries between human and machine. Inspired by advances in digital art and the limitless opportunities that new immersive technology will create in the art landscape, Humana vs. Machina will add a touch of futurism to the Tampa Museum of Art's signature black-tie event. Join us for Pavilion XXXVI, a philanthropic celebration honoring the Tampa Museum of Art's innovative art education programs for our diverse community. At Pavilion, Tampa Bay visionaries, leaders and benefactors gather to raise funds that contribute to building a stronger future for the community through the Tampa Museum of Art's programs and educational offerings.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

NOV 6  GERALD ALBRIGHT
Come out, relax, enjoy the music, and get to know Grammy nominee Gerald Albright. Sister Soldiers, Inc., a 501c3 organization, has partnered with EncoreVision Entertainment Productions and are proud to present this phenomenal show with multi-instrumentalist and American jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright, along with Tampa's own Marlon Boone.  Tampa Theatre.  8pm.  813-274-8286  TampaTheatre.org

NOV 16  YBOR CITY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Countdown to light Historic Ybor's tree with the Mayor. Enjoy hot chocolate & cookies, amongst light up candy canes.  Centro Ybor.  6-8pm.  Ybor.org

NOV 17   COLIN & BRAD: SCARED SCRIPTLESS
Armed with only their wits, Whose Line is it Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they're...scared Scriptless. Prepare to laugh yourself senseless as these improv comedy masterminds must make up original scenes, songs and more from whatever the audience suggests! It's a hilarious comedic high wire act just like a live version of Whose Line! How the heck do they do it? We don't know either!  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

NOV 19   DIRTY DANCING IN CONCERT
Enjoy the digitally remastered hit film like never before on a full-size cinema screen, with a live band and singers performing the film's iconic songs. With a soundtrack that marked a generation, this promises to bring a thrilling new and unique experience to the 80s classic. Directly following the film, the band and singers will throw an encore party that will surely take you back to the time of your life as you sing and dance along to your favorite Dirty Dancing songs. Immerse yourself in the timeless romance and experience one of the most memorable movies of the past 35 years - now live!  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

NOV 20   TREASURE ISLAND
Excitement runs high in this musical adaptation of a favorite childhood adventure story. Robert Louis Stevenson's thrilling tale of pirates, treasure maps, mutiny on the high seas and pieces of eight follows Jim Hawkins, an ordinary youth who is drawn into a dangerous race for buried treasure against the treacherous Long John Silver.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

NOV 21  TAMPA THANKSGIVING CRUISE
Let our crew handle the details while you sit back, relax and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast while taking in the beautiful views of Tampa. The yacht's executive chef has a delicious meal planned for you! After dinner, make your way up to the top deck to take in the fresh air while our DJ plays the latest hits. This will be a Thanksgiving to remember!  Yacht Starship.  813-223-7999  YachtStarship.com

NOV 25 - DEC 30  TAMPA HOLIDAY DINNER BUFFET CRUISE
A dazzling night awaits you this holiday season aboard Yacht StarShip! Set sail and create an evening of awe as you cruise through Tampa Bay's beautiful skyline. Take in the fresh sea air after a specially prepared holiday meal and refreshments, concluding your evening with dancing on the top deck with your friends and family. Don't forget to flaunt your most festive attire!  Yacht Starship.  813-223-7999  YachtStarship.com

NOV 28  HOLIDAY HARBOUR TREE LIGHTING
Join us as the mayor ceremonially lights the Holiday Harbour Tree and officially kicks off the Friends of the Riverwalk Holiday Spectacular.  6pm.  Tampa Convention Center Docks.  TheTampaRiverwalk.com

NOV 29 - DEC 4   HADESTOWN
Come see how the world could be. Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. This acclaimed new show is a love story for today...and always. Intertwining two mythic tales - that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone - HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

DEC 1-23   VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS STROLL
Stroll down the extravagantly adorned hallways of the former Tampa Bay Hotel. Sing with carolers and meet old Saint Nick.  10am-8pm.  Henry B Plant Museum.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

DEC 3  TAMPA TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Enjoy live music, the countdown to light the tree with Tampa's Mayor, the Christmas market, and a free movie in the park.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6-10pm.  FriendsOfTampaRec.org

DEC 3  ANNUAL SANTA FEST AND CHRISTMAS PARADE
Enjoy the Annual Holiday Parade stepping off 11am at Morgan St and Madison St with the best viewing along Madison St. The family fun continues in beautiful Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with Santa Fest. Enjoy continuous holiday entertainment, make-n-take crafts, bounce houses, rock wall, free photos with Santa and lots of Reindeer Games for the kids.  11am-4pm.  FriendsOfTampaRec.org

DEC 4  CIGAR HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Cigar aficionados, relish in the "Best" cigars from around the world. Watch as Cuban artisans handcraft cigars. Enjoy food, drink, cigar vendors, dominoes, live music featuring the Black Honkeys and more.  Centennial Park.  12-5pm.  CigarHeritageFestival.com

DEC 16-18   NEXT GENERATION BALLET'S NUTCRACKER
Now a glittering, star-studded Tampa holiday tradition, Next Generation Ballet's Nutcracker includes principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre. This family-friendly favorite takes audiences into Clara and Drosselmeyer's fantastical world of dancing sweets, sword-fighting rodents and some of ballet's most famous music.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

DEC 17   BABY SHARK LIVE!: THE CHRISTMAS SHOW
This holiday experience will have fans of all ages dancing in the aisles as they join Baby Shark and friends for exciting adventures into the jungle and under the sea to explore shapes, colors, numbers and more. Enjoy hit songs including "Baby Shark," "Five Little Monkeys," "Wheels On The Bus," and "Monkey Banana Dance," as well as holiday classics such as "Jingle Bells," "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and more!  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

DEC 17  HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
Watch along the Riverwalk as festively decorated boats compete in a spectacle of lights.  6-9pm.  Tampa Riverwalk.  TheTampaRiverwalk.com

DEC 31  DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN
Ring in the New Year with countdowns and celebrations every hour. Celebrate with a balloon drop to bubble wrap fireworks, explosive experiments, and more!  Glazer Children's Museum.   10am-3pm.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

DEC 31  TAMPA NEW YEAR'S EVE CRUISE
It's almost time to say "Bon Voyage" to 2022! Ring in the new year on Yacht StarShip's New Year's Eve Celebration Cruise in Tampa. Count down to midnight as you sip on delicious cocktails and dance the night away under the stars and some fireworks! Start your new year off right with an experience you won't forget!  Yacht Starship.  813-223-7999  YachtStarship.com

DEC 31  NEW YEARS EVE
Ybor City hosts this festive New Year's Eve Parade and Pep Rally. The parade will feature floats, marching bands & cheerleaders. The parade starts at 5:30pm and runs down 7th Ave in Ybor City.  ReliaQuestBowl.com/Events

JAN 6-15  TAMPA BAY BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL
A ten-day celebration that host a variety of family-friendly activities, with live entertainment, cultural events, health tutorials, renowned speakers, food & craft vendors, a music fest and more.  TampaBlackHeritage.org

JAN 11 - FEB 5  HAMLET BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Jobsite returns to the Jaeb for this searing tragedy of a man, tormented by his father's death, that confronts each one of us with the mirror of our own mortality in a far from perfect world. Who can be trusted? Who can be believed? Sent by Hamlet's father's ghost to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet's mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder, and lost love. A ghost story, detective adventure, and revenge tale all at once, Hamlet is often regarded as the greatest play of all time. This is Jobsite's 22nd season of celebrating the Bard with another epic, engaging staging featuring another powerful score from the company's award-winning resident composer Jeremy Douglass.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JAN 15  GASPARILLA BASH 2023
Calling all pirates! Kick off the Gasparilla season in style at this shipboard costume gala. Live music, hors d'oeuvres, grog and merriment await you.  : 7pm-11pm.  GasparillaBash.org

JAN 21  CHILDREN'S GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA
Pint-sized pirates take over the City of Tampa with family fun, floats, flying planes, and fireworks! The 1/2 mile Gasparilla Preschooler's Stroll begins at 1pm at Howard. From 3:30-6pm the Children's Gasparilla Parade begins at Bay to Bay & Bayshore Blvd and ends at Edison & Bayshore Blvd. 6:30-7pm is the "Piratechnic" Extravaganza, where the imaginary sea battle between the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa is re-created.  : 11am-7pm.   813-251-8844  GasparillaPirateFest.com

JAN 28  GASPARILLA PIRATE STREET FESTIVAL
The festivities begin even before the pirates invade and the merriment continues into the evening after the parade with stages featuring live entertainment and lots of delicious food. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, MacDill Park.  : 9am-9pm.   813-251-8844  GasparillaPirateFest.com

JAN 28  GASPARILLA INVASION
Pirates invade and capture the City of Tampa in one of the largest and most unique celebrations in the country! At 11:30am the Jose Gasparilla leads a flotilla northward up Seddon Channel to dock at the Tampa Convention Center at 1pm. The invasion results in the Mayor surrendering the Key to the City to the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.   813-251-8844  GasparillaPirateFest.com

JAN 28  PARADE OF THE PIRATES
The pirates celebrate their victory by parading along Bayshore Blvd, at 2pm, passing out trinkets and treasures to thousands along the route until they come to a stop at Cass St and Ashley Dr in Downtown Tampa.   813-251-8844  GasparillaPirateFest.com

JAN 31 - FEB 5  THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
Her voice is undeniable. Her fire is unstoppable. Her triumph is unlike any other. This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other - of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of racism, sexism and ageism to become the global Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. TINA - The Tina Turner Musical is a celebration of resilience and an inspiration of triumph over adversity.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

FEB 12  SANT'YAGO ILLUMINATED KNIGHT PARADE
Come party at the Illuminated Knight Parade - featuring illuminated floats, plenty of music and dancing, and lots of beads. The parade begins at 6:30pm along 7th Ave in Ybor City, and the party extends into the early morning hours.  KnightParade.org

FEB 25-26  GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC RACE WEEKEND
Taking place since 1978, The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association will host this year's 15K and 5K races on Saturday, the Half Marathon and 8k on Sunday, Team Challenges and other events in between! All races begin and end in Downtown Tampa, near the Tampa Convention Center.  813-254-7866.  RunGasparilla.com

FEB 25  FIESTA DAY
Explore and celebrate the heritage that made Ybor what it is today. This annual street festival brings out the best in Ybor and includes food, arts & crafts, and music.  7th Ave.  11am-6pm. Ybor City.  Ybor.org