Downtown Tampa Florida Events
DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC, MANY EVENTS AND EXHIBITS MAY BE CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED.
Plans are being determined as the dates draw closer. Please call ahead to venue or visit online to verify if there has been any change.

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 TAMPA BAY MARKET
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

THRE 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

JUN 3 - SEP 25   SUZANNE CAMP CROSBY: THE ART OF LIFE
This exhibition showcases a retrospective of beloved local artist and art professor Suzanne Camp Crosby. Suzanne's career as a highly regarded artist, creating art through the photographic medium, achieved extraordinary recognition and accomplishments, including exhibitions and collections across the United States.  Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.  813-221-2222  FMOPA.org

JUN 6 - JUL 29   SUMMER CAMP IMAGINATION
At Camp Imagination, your little learners imagine, discover, and connect to the world around them. With imaginative weekly themes, there's a camp for every kid. Register your kids to play with purpose and embrace curiosity this Summer!  Glazer Children's Museum.  9am-5pm.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

JUN 6 - AUG 5   SUMMER ART CAMP
The Tampa Museum of Art offers all-day or half-day art camps where campers can create, learn, and play in our newly constructed education center, in the galleries, and in the Curtis Hixon playground. Camps have different themes based on the Museum's permanent collection of antiquities, modern & contemporary art, and exhibitions on view in our galleries.  The Tampa Museum of Art.  8am-5:30pm.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

JUN 19   FATHER'S DAY CRUISE
Give Dad a break from the grill this Father's Day with a spectacular cruise on the water! The entire family will enjoy a lavish meal prepared by Yacht StarShip's Executive Chef, while experiencing the best views of Clearwater and Tampa Bay. To make the day even more special, dad's drinks are on us!  Yacht Starship.  813-223-7999  YachtStarship.com

JUN 19   ARTS LEGACY REMIX: SECOND ANNUAL JUNETEENTH COMMEMORATIONPATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA (BROADWAY VERSION)
Join us for an evening of remembrance and celebration as we share recognition of the importance of the date June 19th, 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were set free, the act which officially ended slavery in America. Join us for spoken remembrances, writings of historical importance and an original performance of music, poetry and dance created specially for this evening Juneteenth commemoration.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  7:30pm-9pm.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUN 21   JOE JACKSON: THE 'SING, YOU SINNERS!' TOUR
Joe Jackson is launching a new tour with the same band as his last - the successful Four Decade Tour that came to Tampa Theatre in May, 2019 - and as his last album Fool: Graham Maby (Bass, Vocals), Teddy Kumpel (Guitar, Vocals) and Doug Yowell (Drums, Vocals, Electronics). The show will feature both the full band and a 'mini-set' of Joe solo. The songs will be drawn from Joe's whole career, including favorites like "Is She Really Going out With Him?" and "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)," as well as some that haven't been heard live in many years. Watch out also for some surprises, including some completely new material.  Tampa Theatre.  8pm.  813-274-8286.  TampaTheatre.org

JUN 24-25   PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA (BROADWAY VERSION)
Put on your glass slippers and hitch up the pumpkin - the Broadway adaptation of this fairy tale adds new characters and some surprising twists to the familiar story, with a sumptuous score by Rodgers & Hammerstein.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUN 24-26   OPERA TAMPA OUTLOUD
Come as you are for an outlandishly good time, as Opera Tampa celebrates Pride in the Jaeb Theater. Featuring selections from opera, the Kween of the performing arts and beyond, this performance is sure to leave you ready to sing outloud.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUN 26   REMEMBERING WHITNEY TRIBUTE
Featuring the breathtaking vocals of Latraia Savage accompanied by her fabulous six-piece band and dancers, Remembering Whitney is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world's most revered singers of all time. The two-hour production will fill you with joy, nostalgia and wonderment as you are taken on a heartfelt musical journey through Whitney's greatest hits.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUN 27   RUPI KAU WORLD TOUR
Rupi Kaur is a poet, artist and performer. As a 21-year-old university student, Rupi wrote, illustrated and self-published her first poetry collection, milk and honey. Next came its artistic sibling, the sun and her flowers. These collections have sold more than 8 million copies and have been translated into more than 42 languages. Her most recent book, home body, debuted at No. 1 on bestseller lists across the world. In 2021, Rupi executive produced and starred in her debut film, Rupi Kaur Live, which is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Rupi's work touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity and migration. She feels most at home when creating art or performing her poetry on stage.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUN 29   THE MASKED SINGER LIVE
Guess who is inside the costume as The Masked Singer Live, a roadshow version of the popular FOX Network reality show and family guessing game, comes to town. Audiences will see their favorite characters from the singing competition, amazing new singing and dancing performances and surprise celebrity guests and hosts.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 4  TAMPA'S BOOM BY THE BAY 2022
Tampa is going BIG for this year's Fourth of July celebration with SIX fireworks displays along the downtown Tampa riverfront with family-friendly activities and events at each location. There will also be a new Friends of the Riverwalk July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet from 5-7pm along the Tampa Riverwalk!  TampaGov.net

JUL 4  BOAT PARADE AND BLESSING OF THE FLEET IN TAMPA
The Friends of the Riverwalk will celebrate July 4th with an inaugural July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet. The parade route will be similar to the holiday light boat parade, plus three blessing stations. (The Blessing of the Fleet is a tradition that began years ago but is still practiced in many fishing and boating communities around the world to ensure a safe and bountiful season.) The parade begins in the Convention Center basin, travels to the Heights, and ends at Sparkman Wharf.  5-7pm.  Tampa Riverwalk.  TheTampaRiverwalk.com

JUL 13 - AUG 7   ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER BY RAJIV JOSEPH
Ilana, a world-renowned origami artist, is going through a divorce and she hasn't answered her phone in two months. Then, her intercom buzzes. In walks Andy, a fan, a high school teacher who literally counts his blessings (he's up to 7,904). Andy introduces Suresh, an urban teen iPod addict and origami prodigy into Ilana's life, folding the plot into complicated turns. A wise and richly layered comedy/drama, Animals Out of Paper "deals ruthlessly with the fragility of happiness, the tragedy of impulsiveness and the tenuousness of hope" (The New York Times).  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 13 - AUG 7   NUNSENSE: A-MEN
When Sister Julia accidentally poisons 52 sisters with her soup, problems unfold. The nuns' funds aren't enough to cover the multiple burial costs, so Mother Superior, portrayed by award-winning local actor and drag performer Matthew McGee, organizes a talent show fundraiser to raise the money. Based on the original Nunsense show, these "sisters" are "brothers." Think of it as "Mrs. Doubtfire enters the convent."  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 15-17   METROCON - ANNUAL CONVENTION
Florida's largest anime convention, METROCON, visits Tampa Bay for another exhilarating year of exciting stage shows, unique vendors, exciting panelists, and interactive events throughout the weekend, including the world-famous Anime Human Chess Match.  Tampa Convention Center.  Fri-Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 9am-3pm.  813-229-7827.  MetroConventions.com

JUL 29-31   TAMPA BAY COMIC CON
Florida's premiere family-friendly comic book convention brings comic books, magazines, toys, games, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork and more. Along with the roster of guest creators and celebrities.  Tampa Convention Center.  813-274-8511  TampaBayComicConvention.com

AUG 20-21  TAMPA HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Everything for in and around your home. Kitchens, baths, gardens, pools & spas, security, windows & so much more!  Tampa Convention Center.  10am-5pm.  877-730-7469  TampaHomeShow.com

AUG 26   AN EVENING WITH DAMIEN ESCOBAR
From the sudden rise of the America's Got Talent success of his duo Nuttin' But Stringz to its equally sudden fall, Damien Escobar emerged as a solo artist with an inspiring tale of making it big, losing it all and discovering his true self along the way. This open, honest and deeply talented violin virtuoso weaves stories of his personal journey into his breathtaking music, uplifting audiences in a concert experience that is part confessional, part motivational and 100 percent inspirational.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

AUG 31 - SEP 25   AVENUE Q
The laugh-out-loud musical - featuring actors and puppets = tells the story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood, which is a racy, adults-only cross between South Park and Sesame Street.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

SEP 10  LOST 80'S LIVE!
Was it really that long ago when synthesizers and cotton-candy hair seemed oh-so modern? Not for The lost 80's Live! This 1980s era tour features some of the most recognizable acts from that great decade. Artists include: A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Missing Persons, Naked Eyes, Stacey Q, and The English Beat. This show has been described by thousands of concert goers as a greatest hits show of the 80's and a rare opportunity to experience so many great bands in one concert, one night, on one stage!  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

SEP 24  10 BOYS AND 1 GIRL
This theatrical performance will be directed by the extraordinary talent, Nate Jacobs, founder and artistic director of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe located in Sarasota. 10 Boys and 1 Girl, tells the story of a real family dealing with real issues in a real world. The show promises to be a ray of inspiration, hope and encouragement. Visionary Dr. Kennedy E. Jacobs, Sr., an adjunct professor at Bethune-Cookman University, a senior pastor at Trinity City of Praise and founder of the African American Family Institute seeks to drive home the urgency of family renewal. His theme, "Family Strong," stems from his academic work and doctoral dissertation, "Changing Family Dynamics Through Education." The dissertation addresses the dilemma within urban communities as it relates to children at risk due to decaying family dynamics.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

OCT 15  JIM GAFFIGAN: THE FUN TOUR
Jim Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy®-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, two-time Emmy®-winning top touring performer and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life.  The Straz Center for Performing Arts.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.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