Downtown Tampa Florida Events

ON-GOING EVENTS

FRIDAY

THE COMMUNITY CONNECTION SERIES: FIRST FRIDAYS
The Henry B Plant Museum opens its doors with free admission on the First Friday of each month (Jan-Nov), visitors are encouraged to explore the nation’s only Victorian railroad resort museum, enjoy music on the veranda, and share a treat with friends at the tasting table.
Henry B Plant Museum.  5-7pm.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

BREWS & BITES AT THE SAIL
A rolling celebration of food & fun, featuring a fleet of area food trucks, craft beers, and live entertainment.  The Sail.  6-11pm.  Second Friday of the month.  813-274-8420  TampaConventionCenter.com (Event Info)

FOURTH FRIDAY
Explore your city and celebrate Tampa's rich arts and culture scene every fourth Friday with exclusive offers at dozens of downtown museums, galleries, theaters and restaurants. The Streetcar will now be free to all Fourth Friday participants wearing the complimentary wristbands.  FourthFridayTPA.com

SATURDAY

YBOR CITY SATURDAY MARKET
Every Saturday, rain or shine. Delight in locally produced gourmet food and one-of-a-kind items unique to the Tampa Bay area. Centennial Park, Ybor City.  Oct-Apr 9am-3pm, May-Sep 9am-1pm.  813-241-2442  YborMarket.com

THE ART SPOT
Let your children explore their creativity with gallery-related monthly themes and self-guided art projects.  Every Saturday.  11am-2pm.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org (Event Info)

STREETCAR LIVE
Hop on board for a concert that rocks and actually does roll! Mark your calendar on the first Saturday of every month for this family fun event.  Teco Line Streetcar System.  5-7pm.  813-254-4278  TecoLineStreetcar.org


SUNDAY

YOGA IN THE PARK
Join the largest yoga class in Tampa where you can experience yoga while watching the sunset! Designed for beginners & experienced yoga enthusiasts.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  Every Sunday from 6-7pm.  813-944-2291.  YogaDowntownTampa.com


FRESH MARKET AT HYDE PARK VILLAGE
An outdoor market located in the center of the village held on the 1st Sunday of each month. Includes 90+ local vendors with fresh produce, plants, farm fresh eggs & poultry, handmade soaps, locally roasted coffee, ready to eat lunch bites, artisan products, cold ice cream, popsicles and more.  Hyde Park Village.  10am-3pm.  TampaBayMarkets.com

MONDAY

VKNG PRIMAL MVMT
Every Monday join for this free fitness class in the park! VKNG PRIMAL MVMT is an anatomical movement study style workout. Explore natural movement patterns of humans and other animals to create a totally unique and effective workout that helps to increase blood flow, correct posture, correct workout form, and prevent injury.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6-7pm.  Downtown Tampa Fitness

TUESDAY

CHILDREN’S BOARD FREE TUESDAYS
The first Tuesday of the month from 2-7pm the Glazer Children’s Museum opens its doors to kids and adults for FREE!  Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

ZUMBA IN THE PARK
Each Tuesday evening shrink everything but your smile and let the music free your body. The ultimate Latin-inspired dance and cardio workout.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6pm.  Downtown Tampa Fitness

TASTING TUESDAY
The 3rd Tuesday of each month attend an informative journey through wine varietals & destinations...along with appetizers. Wine Exchange Bistro & Wine Bar.  6:30-8pm.  813-254-9463  WineExchangeTampa.com

WEDNESDAY

MAYOR’S FOOD TRUCK FIESTA
Join Mayor Buckhorn on the First Wednesday of the month for a lunchtime food truck fiesta.  11am-2pm.  Lykes Gaslight Square.   (Event Info)

WORLDWIDE WEDNESDAY
Pack your bags for an adventure in our Global Cafe exhibit with special programming on a different country each month. Learn about a different culture through activities, story time, and endless fun every Wednesday of the month!  Glazer Children’s Museum.  12pm.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

BANBOOZLE FIT CLUB
Every Wednesday Urban Sweat Shop and Bamboozle Cafe lead a cross-fit/boot camp style class for all experience levels.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6pm.  Downtown Tampa Fitness

HEIGHTS NIGHT MARKET
Every 2nd Wednesday from November-May, shop this family-friendly urban experience of artisanal goods, jewelry, art, woodwork, and more. Live music, food and drink.  Armature Works.  6-9pm.  ArmatureWorks.com

THURSDAY

MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM
On the third Thursday of each month, Sep - May, visit the Museum to hear a live classical music performance. Enjoy the sounds of the harp, guitar, or violin as you explore the Museum.  Henry B Plant Museum.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

3RD THURSDAY
You'll find tasty street food along with live music, cocktails and local beer at this fun festival on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  The Grand Central at Kennedy.  6-10pm.  813-221-3686  TampaBayMarkets.com

BARRE IN THE PARK
Every Thursday join for this free fitness class in the park! Barre in the Park mixes elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training, and the moves are choreographed to motivating music.  6pm.  Downtown Tampa Fitness

ROCK THE PARK
Downtown Tampa's free monthly music concert series on the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:30-9:30pm. Located at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, RTP showcases Tampa's musical talent in a beautiful, relaxed setting. With the park's stadium-styled seating and food & drinks on premise, there’s always an exiting vibe.
RocktheParkTampa.com

SPECIAL EVENTS

MAR 22 - DEC 23   HENRY PLANT: HE'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU THOUGHT
In honor of the 200th anniversary of Plant's birth, come see the fantastic new exhibit all about his life and his impact on Florida and the Tampa Bay area.  Henry B Plant Museum.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

SEP 1 - DEC 31   STEPHEN WILKES:
DAY TO NIGHT

Visit global landmarks as seen through the unique eye of Stephen Wilkes. By masterfully blending up to fifty images into one image, a surreal cityscape is created, bringing to life a view of the world otherwise impossible to see.  Florida Musuem of Photographic Arts.  813-221-2222  FMoPA.org

SEP 1 - DEC 31   GARRY WINOGRAND: WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL
Famous for capturing historical moments and the mundane everyday life in the streets of New York City, Garry Winogrand also captured images of women that encapsulate the fashions, energy, and attitudes of the 1960s and 1970s.  Florida Musuem of Photographic Arts.  813-221-2222  FMoPA.org

SEP 4 - 29   METEOR SHOWER BY STEVE MARTIN
Taking place during a particularly influential meteor shower. A set of married couples convene to take in the cosmic spectacle and wind up affected in spectacularly unexpected ‐ and hilarious ‐ ways.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

SEP 12 - NOV 10   JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT:
ONE MASTER ARTIST / TWO MASTERPIECES

Discover the visual language of Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most prolific artists of the 20th century, a language so distinct it can be defined by two painting which will be on display in this intimate and important exhibition.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

SEP 12 - JAN 26   PURVIS YOUNG: 91
Explore the experiences and observations of Purvis Young, a self-taught artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. From protestors to pregnant women, his work depicts a slice of the Black experience in America.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

SEP 12 - JAN 26   SACRED DIAGRAMS: HAITIAN VODOU FLAGS FROM THE GESSEN COLLECTION
Discover the tradition and artistry of Haitian Vodou flags that represent the spiritually rich yet often misunderstood Vodou religion. Made from everything from burlap bags to sequins, these historical icons are not to be missed.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

SEP 15   SIUDY FLAMENCO INTIMO
Flamenco Intimo reflects the pureness of flamenco art from a contemporary perspective. Witness vibrant choreography interpreted by Siudy and extraordinary dancers, complemented by dynamic musical and flamenco dance solos.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

SEP 16   ST. JOSEPH'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FEATURING UNMONSTERS™
Try on the white coats or scrubs of different hospital roles and treat your un-scary UnMonsters™ by driving an ambulance, using the CT scanner and new body sounds machine, playing a medical matching game, and more!  Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

SEP 18   WE ARE TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE TOUR STARRING DANNY GONZALEZ AND DREW GOODEN, FEATURING KURTIS CONNER
Danny Gonzalez and Drew Gooden embark on a nationwide tour to prove, once and for all, that they are, in fact, two different people. Join them for a night of brand new comedy, songs, live comedy sketches, roasts and improv.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

SEP 19 - NOV 3   SPYMONKEY'S HYSTERIA
Hitchcock's Rebecca meets The Pink Panther. Spymonkey's deliciously demented take on the pulp gothic romance overflows with brilliant characters, rip-roaring farce and virtuoso physical comedy.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

SEP 28 & 29   BIRTHDAY BASH
Celebrate GCM's 9th birthday with free admission, cake, and plenty of surprises! Enjoy a sensory-friendly bash for families with special needs on September 29 from 10am-1pm.  Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

SEP 29   UNITY TAMPA ‐ HISTORICAL & CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Celebrate the history and cultural diversity of West Tampa. Enjoy live entertainment, popular bay area food trucks, bounce houses, local vendors, lawn games and more.  Julian B Lane Riverfront Park.  1-5pm.  TampaGov.net

OCT 4,5,11,12,18,19,25,26,31 & NOV 1,2  UNDEAD IN THE WATER
Immerse yourself in an interactive haunted attraction aboard a floating WWII Ship. Featuring disturbing flesh-eating zombies who have taken over Tampa Bay as they square off against The Ripper Squad, a zombie eradication unit. Will you survive?  American Victory Ship.  813-228-8766  AmericanVictory.org

OCT 5 - APR 12   PENSACOLA: FLORIDA'S SECOND CITY
Trace Pensacola's history from its first attempted founding in 1549 through its current place as both tourist destination and home to a key U. S. military base with over two dozen historical items.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

OCT 5   2019 TAMPA BAY'S TAILGATE TASTE FEST
Bring your friends, family, pets, and appetites to eat food, drink beer, listen to live music, and enjoy football on huge LED video screens.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  3-10:30pm.  TailgateTasteFest.com

OCT 6   2019 VIVA TAMPA BAY HISPANIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Celebrate the beauty of Tampa Bay's Hispanic communities with delicious Latin foods, art, activities for children, music, cultural dance exhibitions, and more.  Centennial Park.  11am-6pm.  VivaTampaBayFestival.com

OCT 8-13   ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Get a taste of the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory is open and Charlie is about to live his wildest dreams!  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

OCT 11 - 13   OKTOBERFEST TAMPA 2019
The 10th Annual festival of Gemutlichkeit returns. Enjoy delicious food, outrageous Bavarian games, mustache competitions, live alphorn performances, oompah music, Schuplattler dancers, good ol' chicken dancing, Ceremonial Keg Tappings and BEER!  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  OktoberfestTampa.com

OCT 11   BREWS BY THE BAY
Enjoy unlimited beer tastings and food samplings with amazing undersea views at downtown Tampa's most unique beer and food event. We'll be overflowing with endless beers, delicious, a sea of live entertainment including The Spazmatics, and a silent disco.  The Florida Aquarium.  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

OCT 18 - 20   6TH ANNUAL TAMPA TATTOO ARTS CONVENTION
Featuring artists from Ink Master, vendors, seminars, entertainment, contests and more!  Tampa Convention Center.  10am-7pm  MetroConventions.com

OCT 19   9TH ANNUAL PIG JIG
Come out and enjoy a day of music, games, and most importantly BBQ! Don't forget to bring a bib!  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  TampaPigJig.com

OCT 19 - FEB 16   BRICK HISTORY
History comes to life in LEGO® bricks with key figures from Mozart to Martin Luther King, scientific discoveries from the Big Bang to DNA, and recent history from mobile phones to the moon landings.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

OCT 20   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.  11am-6pm.  TasteOfLatino.com

OCT 20   NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Historical characters come to life as you trick or treat the History Center galleries.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

OCT 25 & 26   EERIE EVENING AT THE TAMPA BAY HOTEL
See the Museum in moonlight as you've never seen it before and hear creepy tales from days long past. Victorian superstitions come to life after dark in this historic building.  Henry B PLant Museum.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

OCT 26 & 27   FANTASMA FEST 2019
Come together with the community and celebrate the music, food and culture of Ybor City. Featuring the Legend of the Pumpkin King people's parade, Little Monster's Promendade & Pumpkin Patch, Big Monster's Bed Race, and the Hell on Wheels Class Car & Vintage Motorcycle Show.  Ybor City.  YborCity.org

OCT 26 & 27   HARRY OTTER'S GUPPYWEEN
We are pleased to inform you that your magical presence is requested at Harry Otter's Guppyween located at the Codwarts School of Fishcraft and Squidery in The Florida Aquarium. Young wizards will be sorted into their Codwarts House before embarking on a quest to further their Fishcraft knowledge. All exhibits will be open, including our 4-D theatre and The Splash Pad.  The Florida Aquarium.   9:30am-5pm. Sensory Guppyween will be Sat from 8-9:30am.  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

OCT 26   HALLOWEEN SPREE
Celebrate Halloween with safe indoor trick-or-treating, spooky science, and special guests, as well as a Sensory-Friendly Halloween Spree on October 27 from 10am-1pm.  Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

OCT 26   THE 4TH ANNUAL RIVERWALK TRICK OR TREAT
Kids in costume along with their families are invited to Trick or Treat along the entire Riverwalk with a Halloween movie in Water Works Park.  Tampa Riverwalk.  4-7pm.  TheTampaRiverwalk.com

OCT 31 - NOV 3   SPOOKY EMPIRE -
THE DARK SIDE OF COMIC CON

Enter the Spooky Empire, the most respected and popular horror conventions in the United States. With over 200 vendors and artists, where else can you mingle with horror movie and TV stars, buy collectibles, get tattooed, and party until you drop?  Tampa Convention Center.  SpookyEmpire.com

NOV 3   WANDERLUST 108 TAMPA
The world's only mindful triathlon ... a field day for your mind, body and soul. Featuring running, yoga & meditation.  Julian B Lane Park.  7:30am-3:30pm  Wanderlust.com

NOV 8   DEEP FIELD: A COSMIC EXPERIENCE
Go deep into the stars with Grammy winner Eric Whitacre's symphonic Deep Field, illuminated by the Hubble Telescope's stunning imagery on the big screen and surrounded by The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay singing in the aisles.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

NOV 9   CUPCAKE FESTIVAL
Local cupcake bakers will go head-to-head at the 9th Ybor City Saturday Market Cupcake Festival. A panel of judges will determine the best-tasting cupcakes along with the coolest creations and the winner will earn the title of "Best Cupcake in Tampa 2019".  Ybor City Saturday Market.  9am-3pm.  YborMarket.com

NOV 10   FLOW WITH THE FISHES
Experience the serenity of the sea with a class by Pose by Pose Yoga. All levels are welcome to Flow with the Fishes in front of our flagship exhibit, the Coral Reef, or one our newest habitats, Heart of the Sea, as you perfect your boat pose.  The Florida Aquarium.   8:30 - 9:30am.  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

NOV 14 - MAR 15   THE MAKING OF A MUSEUM:
100 YEARS, 100 WORKS

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Tampa Museum of Art with an exhibition featuring the full scope its collection with everything from antiquities to photographs and decorative arts to installations.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

NOV 14 - 24   DISENCHANTED!
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! These wonderfully empowered and funny women have come together in a vaudeville-variety show to tell the truth about living happily ever after.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

NOV 19 - 24   ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Enjoy this groundbreaking vision of a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see as Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

NOV 22 - JAN 5 2020   WINTER VILLAGE AT CURTIS HIXON PARK
Celebrate the holiday season along the Tampa Riverwalk as Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy ice-skating under the palm trees along the Hillsborough River. Including holiday retail stores, waterfront dining and free entertainment.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  813-229-7827  WinterVillageTampa.com

NOV 28   YBOR CITY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Countdown to light Historic Ybor's tree with Mayor Buckhorn. Enjoy hot chocolate & cookies, amongst light up candy canes.  Centro Ybor.  Pre-show at 6pm.  Ybor.org

NOV 29 - DEC 1   NEXT GENERATION BALLET'S NUTCRACKER
Tampa's glittering, family-friendly holiday tradition takes audiences into Clara and Drosselmeyer's fantastical world of dancing sweets, sword-fighting rodents and some of ballet's most famous music. Get tickets now ‐ last year's performances sold out.  Straz Center.  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.  Henry B Plant Museum.  10am-8pm.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

DEC 3   MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 LIVE
Join the creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, on his final tour with the world's greatest and ONLY movie-riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and Gypsy, as they take you through some of the cheesiest films ever made.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

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

DEC 7   SANTA FEST AND 37TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE
Enjoy the 37th Annual Holiday Parade stepping off 11am at Morgan Street and Madison Street with the best viewing along Madison Street. Then Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed into a winter wonderland ... take photos with Santa, hands-on games and activities, glice skating, and the Christmas market.  11am - 4pm.  FriendsOfTampaRec.org

DEC 7   BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Come celebrate the joys of the season with a festive celebration at Breakfast with Santa. A delicious buffet breakfast will be served with visits from Santa Claus and our animal ambassadors.  The Florida Aquarium.  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

DEC 8   YBOR CITY 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.  11am - 5pm.  YborCigarCityFestival.com

DEC 14   SNOW ON 7TH PARADE
Ybor City will be transformed into a snowy village as local high school bands, Mr & Mrs Claus, and Mayor Buckhorn parade along Historic 7th Ave.  Pre-show 6pm.  Parade 7pm.  Ybor.org