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
Visit the Henry B. Plant Museum for a special exhibit all about our namesake, Henry Plant. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Plant's birth, we are hosting a 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

APR 11 - AUG 11   ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM:
A SOCIAL REVOLUTION

Explore the post-World War II art that established an independence from the institutional values of the time and forever altered the course of painting as a fine art. In celebration of the museum's 100th anniversary.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

through AUG 18   ECHOING FORMS: AMERICAN ABSTRACTION FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
Explore the secrets of the museum's permanent collection, on view in celebration of the museum's 100th anniversary. This exhibit focuses on post-war American abstract expressionism with pieces by artists from Ellsworth Kelly to Frank Stella.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

APR 11 - AUG 28   SHARDS AND ILLUSIONS
Illuminate your mind with this intimate selection of architectural and abstract contemporary glass art by American and European artists on view in celebration of the museum's 100th anniversary.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

APR 11 - AUG 28   ANCIENT GLASS: A CLOSER LOOK
Blow your mind with this collection of Greek and Roman glass vessels created in a range of ancient techniques on view in celebration of the museum's 100th anniversary.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

APR 19 - AUG 31   OLIVIA PARKER: VANISHING IN PLAIN SIGHT
Opening the door to conversation about Alzheimer's, this intimate view into how the creative act can bring light to and make sense of an illness that many individuals and families suffer from in silence.  Florida Musuem of Photographic Arts.  813-221-2222  FMoPA.org

APR 30 - JUL 20   DIRTY LAUNDRY: TRUE TALES OF WOMEN WORKERS AT THE TAMPA BAY HOTEL
Peek into the past and the lives of the women workers who labored at the Tampa Bay Hotel as housekeepers, maids, and laundresses.  Henry B Plant Museum.  813-254-1891  PlantMuseum.com

JUN 9 - SEP 1   SUMMER MOVIE CLASSIC SERIES
A summer tradition... Classic movies are shown each Sunday from June to September. Come early and hear the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ play 20 minutes before show time!  Tampa Theatre.  813-274-8981  TampaTheatre.org

JUN 6-23   madTheatre PRESENTS MAN OF LAMANCHA
Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes' seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes "The Impossible Dream," "I, Don Quixote," "Dulcinea," "I Really Like Him," "Little Bird," and "To Each His Dulcinea."  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUN 15, JUL 20, AUG 17   SUN, SWIMSUITS, & SUDS
Grab your super soaker and get wild! Take part in the Bay Area's biggest summer bash at 15+ bars every third Saturday Jun-Aug. Tickets include drink specials, an exclusive towel & t-shirt, and unlimited dunk tank use.  Ybor City.  2-6pm  Ybor.org

JUN 16   FATHER'S DAY AT TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER
The History Center will celebrate Father's Day with free admission for dads with one paid adult admission.  Tampa Bay History Center.  6-7:30pm  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

JUN 19   SANGRIA AND STORIES:
CIGAR CITY BREWING'S NEIL CALLAGHAN

Share a pint with Cigar City Brewing's brand ambassador. "El Lector," Neil Callaghan, while you explore the exhibit "History by the Pint: Beer and Brewing in Tampa Bay."  Tampa Bay History Center.  6-7:30pm  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

JUN 20 - OCT 20   TABLEAU AND TRANSFORMATION: PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
Push your boundaries with this exhibition which highlights the photographic explorations of several artists through darkroom effects, studio practices, and unique compositions. In celebration of the museum's 100th anniversary.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

JUN 28-30   LITTLE BLACK DRESS
Back by popular demand, the fearlessly funny ladies' night out musical makes for one wild and unforgettable evening with its hilarious show-stopping musical numbers, Magic Mike-influenced dancing, and loads of improvised audience mayhem! For mature audiences only.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 4  4TH OF JULY AT TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER
Celebrate Independence Day at the History Center with $5 admission on the 4th of July for all visitors. Costumed reenactors representing several eras of American military history will be on hand to interact with guests.  Tampa Bay History Center.  6-7:30pm  813-228-0097  TampaBayHistoryCenter.org

JUL 4   BOOM BY THE BAY
Get ready for a star-spangled celebration! This all-American celebration & firework spectacular featuring family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and FOUR fireworks displays spanning 2.5 miles along our waterfront.  Waterworks Park & Armature Works, Julian B Lane Riverfront Park, The Tampa Convention Center & The Sail, Sparkman Wharf.  4-9:30pm   TampaGov.net

JUL 4   HEIGHTS FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL
Light up your night at the Northern end of the Riverwalk with a Classic American Car Show hot dog eating contest, fun zone, live music, with a grand finale of fireworks!  Armature Works.  4-9:30pm  ArmatureWorks.com

JUL 4   TAMPA RED WHITE & BLUE FESTIVAL
Come together for this annual event that brings locals and visitors together to share and celebrate the rich culture and traditions of the American spirit.  Grand Central at Kennedy.  3-8pm  813-447-8538

JUL 6-7   PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS: NEWSIES
Seize the day with the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy who is also the leader of a band of teenaged newsies in turn-of-the-century New York City in this Patel Conservatory Theater production like no other.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 9-14   THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
The Greek gods are real, and they're ruining Percy Jackson's life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Join Percy on his journey in this mesmerizing adaptation of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 10 - AUG 4   CONSTELLATIONS BY NICK PAYNE
What if every decision we've made - and not made - exists simultaneously in infinite parallel universes? Disrupt your notion of what it means to be alive and in love with this glorious story of Roland and Marianne, an urban beekeeper and a physicist, whose myriad possibilities unfold in arcs and trajectories that challenge the distinction between choice and destiny.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 11-14   METROCON
Florida's best anime convention packed with exciting stage shows, unique vendors, exciting panelists, and interactive events, including the world famous Anime Human Chess Match, where characters from your favorite anime and video games will battle it out for the fate of the world!  Tampa Convention Center.  10am-7pm  MetroConventions.com

JUL 12   GROWN UP NIGHT
Experience the greatest Show & Tell on Earth at this showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  Glazer Children's Museum.  5:30-8pm.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

JUL 13-14   AERIAL DRAGONS: HYPNOTICA
Find yourself hypnotized by the mystical world of the Freaky and the Frantastic. This experience is filled with fire eaters, glamorous dancers, snake charmers, and real live mermaids... and that's just the beginning of it!  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 27-28   PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE
Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody's favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race. When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay's mayor and stop Foggy Bottom's Mayor Humdinger from winning the race.  Straz Center.  813-229-7827  StrazCenter.org

JUL 27   BEERFEST 2019: FERRIS BREWER’S DAY OFF
Stop and look around at Tampa's majestic movie palace for an evening of craft beers and local brewers plus snacks and samples from some of Tampa's top restaurants. Don your cheetah print vest and dress up as your favorite character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  Tampa Theatre.  7pm.  813-274-8981  TampaTheatre.org

JUL 27   TAMPA MINI MAKER FAIRE
Experience the greatest Show & Tell on Earth at this showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  Glazer Children's Museum.  813-443-3861  GlazerMuseum.org

AUG 2-4   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.  10am-7pm  TampaBayComicCon.com

AUG 9 - JAN 5   ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMERICA MIX
A portfolio of 16 photogravures, features photographs of found vignettes or objects Rauschenberg encountered during his travels around the US. From the permanent collection, this entire collection of mundane magic is rarely exhibited.  Tampa Museum of Art.  813-274-8130  TampaMuseum.org

AUG 2-4   TAMPA HOME & GARDEN SHOW
Everything for in and around your home. Kitchens, baths, gardens, pools & spas, security, windows & so much more! Tampa Convention Center.  Tampa Convention Center.  8am-5pm.  877-730-7469  TampaHomeShow.com

AUG 18   QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT: THE RHAPSODY TOUR
Original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, teaming up once more with longtime front man Adam Lambert on lead vocals - returning to North America.  Amalie Arena.  8pm.  AmalieArena.com

AUG 31   SUMMER OF RUM FESTIVAL
A celebration of some of the finest rum in the world with a full day of live music, dancing, a large selection of food, and of course a multitude of Rums to suit your fancy!  Julian B Lane Riverfront Park.  12-11pm.  SummerofRumFest.com

SEP 6-8   PROGRESSIVE TAMPA BOAT SHOW
Tampa’s largest and longest-running boat show is the best place to see and buy boats, gear and accessories! From fishing to cruising to family fun there are boats for every lifestyle.  Tampa Convention Center.
 813-274-8511   TampaBoatShow.com