Downtown St Petersburg Florida Events

On-Going In-Town Tampa Events

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING - NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Witness the POWER of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena.  Oct-Apr.  813-301-2500  AmalieArena.com

TAMPA BAY STORM - ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE
"There Is No Clam" with the Tampa Bay Storm. Cheer on Arena football at its best in the Amalie Arena.  Apr-Aug. 813-276-7300  AmalieArena.com

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

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)

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

FRESH MARKET
Enjoy local foods, music, shopping and take in a breath of nature while strolling through the park on the first Sunday of every month. Hyde Park Village.  10am-3:30pm.  HydeParkVillage.com

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

HARBOUR ISLAND ART WALK
The last Sunday of the month along Tampa’s Waterfront is where you will find live music, unique one-of-a-kind art, handcrafted gifts, jewelry, home & garden collectibles, specialty foods and treasures.  Harbour Island on Post Harbour Drive.  12-5pm.  HarbourIslandArtWalk.com

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

U-JAM FITNESS
Every Monday experience an athletic dance fitness workout designed for all fitness levels that combines World Beats with easy to learn steps and high energy music.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6-7pm.  TampasDowntown.com

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!  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 dance-fitness party will grove you into shape. And it’s free.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  6pm.  813-221-3686  (Event Info)

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)

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

FLICKS & FOOD TRUCKS
You'll find tasty street food along with indy short flicks, live music and local beer at this fun festival. 3rd Thursday of the month.  The Grand Central at Kennedy.  6-10pm  813-221-3686
TampaBayMarkets.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.  TampaBayMarkets.com

BE DOPE DO YOGA
Free weekly yoga class open to all. Every Sunday switch up the flow to give you variety for your mind, body, and breath to connect.  Joe Chillura Courthouse Square.  11am-Noon.

TAMPA INDIE FLEA
An indoor/outdoor market showcasing the best vendors of all things local, indie, and hand-made held the 3rd Sunday of each month.  Historic Rialto Theatre.  Noon-4pm.  TheIndieFlea.com

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

Special In-Town Tampa Events

JAN 19 - JAN 28  GATEWAYS TO THE CARIBBEAN: MAPPING THE FLORIDA-CUBA CONNECTION
Find the unbroken thread between the Sunshine State and the island nation of Cuba dating back nearly 500 years through rare and original maps, lithographs and other documents.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

OCT 11 - FEB 11  MERNET LARSEN: GETTING MEASURED, 1957-2017
Merniet's work alludes to a range of art historical references, from 12th-century Japanese scrolls, 15th-century Italian painting, to the geometric abstractions. Featuring never-before-seen early drawings, a select group of studies and works on paper, and a survey of paintings from the 1960s to the present.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

OCT 30 - DEC 31  UNDER THE CUBAN SUN
The exhibition looks at both the Cuban eye and at its visitors' eye and spans a period of time that is historic: the early 1930's to present day.  Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.  813-221-2222  FMOPA.org

NOV 2 - APR 1  MADE IN TAMPA
Selections from the Permanent Collection, from the 1970s to Now. This exhibit aims to underscore the great diversity of artwork inspired by and produced in Tampa over the last several decades. Featuring some 40 works across many media, including sculpture, painting, and a wide range of prints.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

NOV 17 - JAN 5  WINTER VILLAGE AT CURTIS HIXON PARK
Celebrate the holiday season as the riverfront park is transformed with sights, sounds and activities for children & adults of all ages including ice skating & a holiday market.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  WinterVillageTampa.com

DEC 1 - 23  VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS STROLL
A glimpse of Christmas past adorns the hallways of the former Tampa Bay Hotel. With cider and cookies on the veranda while holiday music floats through the air.  Henry B Plant Museum.  10am - 8pm  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

DEC 15  THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA - HOLIDAY POPS
Have a jolly good time with the whole family at this popular Florida Orchestra tradition, filled with the joy of your favorite yuletide carols. Featuring vocalists Kelly Levesque and Keith Harkin, Brian Byrne conducts.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

DEC 16 & 23  SATURDAYS WITH SANTA
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the holidays at the Aquarium. Santa will be available for photos. His elves will join him and dive in the Coral Reef.  Florida Aquarium  10:30am - 1:30pm  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

DEC 17 & 23  WINTER VILLAGE AT CENTRO YBOR
Ybor will be transformed into a Holiday Winter Wonderland with kids crafts & games, vendors a photo opportunities.  Centro Ybor.  3-8pm.  813-241-8838  Ybor.org

DEC 17  TAMPA'S 2ND ANNUAL HOT CHOCOLATE 15K & 5K ROAD RACE
It's the Sweetest Race In Town! Whether you're a serious or recreational runner, you'll score when crossing the finish line. More than 4,000 pounds of melted chocolate is prepared for to reward the runners, and benefits Make-A-Wish®.  Tampa Convention Center.  The 5K begins at 7:10am, the 15K follows at 8:05am.  (Event Info)

DEC 21-22  NEXT GENERATION BALLET'S NUTCRACKER
Wind the clock, mind the mouse, and get ready for the production of Clara's great dream in The Land of the Sweets. Featuring internationally-renowned principal dancers from Miami City Ballet and New York City Ballet. This family-friendly favorite transports audiences to a fantastical place where magic fills the theater, toys come to life and visions of Sugar Plum Fairies dance in your head.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

DEC 23  TAMPA RIVERWALK LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
Come out along the Riverwalk and watch as festively decorated boats compete in a spectacle of lights.  6-8pm.  TheTampaRiverwalk.com

DEC 23  HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS
Board the Bay Spirit II for the Tampa Riverwalk Lighted Boat parade. A 72-foot catamaran will be decked out with holiday lights and decor with complimentary coffee and desserts.  Florida Aquarium  Departs 6:30pm  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

DEC 26-31  SNOW DAYS AT THE AQUARIUM
Soak up a sea of holiday cheer as the aquarium turns into a winter wonderland with a flurry of fun and real snow.  Florida Aquarium  12-5pm  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

DEC 21-22  HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS™ - IN CONCERT
The Florida Orchestra performs every note from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams' unforgettable score.  Straz Center.  7:30pm - 9:30pm  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

DEC 31  OUTBACK BOWL PARADE & PEP RALLY
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.  OutbackBowl.com

DEC 26-31  SNOW DAYS AT THE AQUARIUM
Soak up a sea of holiday cheer as the aquarium turns into a winter wonderland with a flurry of fun and real snow.  Florida Aquarium  12-5pm  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

DEC 31  AQUA EVE
Join the best undersea-themed New Year's Eve event in downtown Tampa! Experience the Aquarium's exhibits, live entertainment, delicious food/drinks, a champagne toast and fireworks at midnight.  Florida Aquarium.  9pm - 1am  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

DEC 31  NYE WRAP PARTY 2017
Jump in the DeLorean, rev it up to 88 miles an hour, and see where (or when?) it takes you. Be among the first to see the newly completed restoration work, which will take the historic movie palace "back in time" to its original 1926 look and colors. As long as lightning doesn't strike the clock tower, party-goers will enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts, live music and dancing with 1.21-gigawatt party band IDK, the ball drop LIVE on the big screen at midnight, and an open beer-and-wine bar all night long. Signature themed cocktails and a cash liquor bar will also be available.  Tampa Theatre.  9pm-1am.  813-274-8286  TampaTheatre.org

JAN 2-4  SCHOOL OF ROCK
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.  Straz Center.  7:30pm - 9:30pm  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JAN 11-20  18TH ANNUAL TAMPA BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL
A ten-day celebration that host a variety of family-friendly activities, including live entertainment, exciting cultural events, relevant health tutorials, business advising seminars, renowned speakers, food vendors, craft vendors, a music fest with national recording artists and more.  TampaBlackHeritage.org

JAN 13-14  BLACK HERITAGE MUSIC FEST
Featuring Stokley & Norman Brown. This captivating event will host a variety of family-friendly activities that include a Children's Village, Free Health Screening, food vendors, giveaways and much more.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  Noon-9pm.  TampaBlackHeritage.org

JAN 13-14  SHARK DAYS
A weekend dedicated to our ocean's amazing apex predators-sharks! Enjoy fun and educational activities including a scavenger hunt, special shark dive shows, a chance to see our sand tiger sharks feeding and more!  Florida Aquarium  12-5pm  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

JAN 13  GASPARILLA BALL 2018
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.  American Victory Ship.  6pm-11pm.  RotaryClubOfTampa.org

JAN 15  29TH ANNUAL DR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY PARADE
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr King. Thousands line the streets of a two-mile route winding through East Tampa beginning at Cuscaden Park at and ending at Middleton High School.  Noon-4pm.  MLKJrParade.com

JAN 19-21  RIVERDANCE - THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR
Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland - in rock, music, theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.  Straz Center.  7:30-9:30pm.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JAN 20  CHILDREN'S GASPARILLA EXTRAVAGANZA
From 11am to 7:30pm, 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 1:30pm at Howard. From 3:30-6pm the Children's Gasparilla Parade begins at Bay to Bay & Bayshore Blvd and ends at Edison & Bayshore Blvd. 7-7:30pm 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.  813-251-8844  GasparillaPirateFest.com

JAN 21  DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT
Come along as Sally, her brother and their cautious and outspoken pet Fish spend a whirlwind afternoon in the uninvited company of Dr. Seuss's masterful creation, the Cat in the Hat. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, we know we're in for a rhyming, rambunctious ride of things we mustn't do. While Mum's away, The Cat will play.  Straz Center.  2-4pm.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JAN 27  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 27  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

FEB  TREASURE SEEKERS: CONQUISTADORS, PIRATES & SHIPWRECKS
Grand opening of the new 8,500 square foot gallery expansion featuring a 60-foot replica sailing vessel and focus on explorers who landed in "La Florida" more than 500 years ago. Explore the history of pirates who wreaked havoc along Florida's coasts in the 17th and 18th centuries, and efforts to recover long-forgotten shipwrecks from Florida's waters.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

FEB-JUL  OLD GLORY
Based on one of the preeminent collections in the world that was assembled over more than 30 years, this inspiring exhibition of textiles, artwork, and related memorabilia explores the history and context of the American flag.  Tampa Bay History Center.  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

FEB 2  WORLD WETLANDS DAY
Get up-close with many animals and plants that call wetlands habitats home. Start your journey on our Florida Wetlands Trail under our iconic glass dome that houses one of the world's largest indoor mangrove forests, playful river otters, free-flying birds, alligators and more!  Florida Aquarium  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

FEB 10  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 7pm along 7th Ave in Ybor City, and the party extends into the early morning hours.  KnightParade.com

FEB 14  VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER
Bring your sweetheart for a special dinner and enjoy their company with undersea views and thousands of animals and plants native to Florida and around the world.  Florida Aquarium  813-273-4000  FLAquarium.org

FEB 14-25  THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved story and thrilling score continues to exhilarate audiences and boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier.  Straz Center.  7:30-9:30pm.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

FEB 24-25  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  TampaBayRun.com

FEB 24  71ST ANNUAL YBOR FIESTA DAY
A street festival celebration commemorating Cuban, Italian, Spanish, Jewish and German immigrants that settled in Ybor City in the late 1800's as the cigar factories thrived. Featuring ethnic food, cultural exhibits, arts & crafts vendors and great music.  Ybor City along 7th Avenue.  11am-6pm.  813-241-8838  Ybor.org

JAN 27-28  NHL ALL STAR GAME
Tampa hosts the 2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL® All-Star Game. The 2018 NHL All-Star returns to a 3-on-3 tournament format. The NHL All-Star Game will be divided into three 20-minute games, with star players from each NHL division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.  Amalie Arena.  NHL.com

FEB 17-18  WHIGFEST
One of the most unique festivals around celebrating freedom through art, music, creativity and expression. Two Days, 3 stages with a great mix of 20-plus national and local bands including Umphrey's McGee. The Cuban Club & The Attic, Ybor City.  WhigFest.com

FEB 17  BEER, BOURBON & BBQ FESTIVAL
Grab your cowboy boots for a festival around a day full of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'.  Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  Noon-6pm.  BeerandBourbon.com

MAR 3-4  47TH ANNUAL RAYMOND JAMES GASPARILLA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Showcasing 300 (from more than 1,000 applicants) of the world's most talented artists who essentially transform Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park & Kiley Gardens into a museum. Featured art includes ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, and more! Includes the TBBCA Chalk Walk, live entertainment & children's activities.  Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm.  813-876-1747  GasparillaArts.com

MAR 6-8  THE COLOR PURPLE
The 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Don't miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. It's the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls "One of the greatest revivals ever."  Straz Center.  7:30-9:30pm.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

MAR 10  FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB 2018
Individuals and teams climb all 42 floors - totaling 914 steps! More than a run, more than a walk, the Fight for Air Climb is a unique event with an exciting challenge for climbers of all ages and fitness types.  Bank of America Plaza.  8-11:30am.  (Event Info)

MAR 10-11  GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Featuring musical acts from a wide variety of genres on several stages and cuisine from the region's top restaurants. The festival is kid-friendly with children's activities offered early each day. Gates open at 10am at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  813-708-8423  GasparillaMusic.com

MAR 17  ROUGH RIDERS ST PATRICK'S DAY NIGHT PARADE
Ybor City's Rough Riders St Patrick's Day Parade has hundreds of floats aglow with lights and loaded with leprechauns and plenty of beads. Parade begins at Nuccio Pkwy and heads East on 7th Ave to 20th St.  4-11pm.  813-248-1898  TampaRoughRiders.com

MAR 17  THE MAYOR'S RIVER O' GREEN FEST
The Hillsborough river goes green! Including live entertainment, kids' activities, food trucks serving Irish faire and lots of beer.  Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  11:30am-5pm.  813-274-1898  TampaGov.net

MAR 20-25  GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A celebration of filmmakers from across the world as well as local talent. The event features screenings of documentaries, shorts and feature-length works, in addition to U.S. premieres, Q&A sessions with the auteurs and casts, expert panel discussions, star-studded red carpet engagements, after parties and an award ceremony.  813-693-2367  GasparillaFilmFestival.com