Downtown After Hours

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thursday, April 18

Barre in the Park
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In conjunction with the Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to bring this free community fitness class to Tampa’s Downtown! Barre in the Park

3rd Thursdays
Begins 6pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Enjoy some gourmet food truck fun paired with independent short flicks and live music! Pour House and City Dog Cantina provide micro brews and tasty cocktails. Over ten gourmet food trucks will be on site, offering everything from burgers to vegetarian bites and much more. This is a spectacular way to spend a Thursday evening in Downtown Tampa! 3rd Thursdays

SunLit with Cigar City Poetry Journal
Begins 6:30pm
Lector Wine Shoppe & Social Club
Join Sarah Escue, Jonathan Simkins, and poets Marielle Grenade-Willis and Guillermo Parra for a night of bilingual poetry! This event is free to attend. SunLit with Cigar City Poetry Journal

Open Rehearsal – La Boheme
Begins 6:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Opera aficionados and neophytes alike always enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek into a rehearsal with Managing Director and Chorus Master Robin Stamper, observing the director and artists working on scenes for the upcoming opera production. A brief, informative overview of the opera begins the evening. This is a very popular event and seating is limited. Open Rehearsal – La Boheme

Spamilton: An American Parody
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Don’t miss this parody from the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, this show fulfills its manifest destiny by conquering Tampa for a limited time only. Spamilton: An American Parody

The Chaperone (2019)
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Tampa Theatre
Written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, The Chaperone follows the rise of silent-film star Louise Brooks. But before acting, it was dancing, first in Kansas, where Louise was born and raised, and then in New York City. Louise is out to become famous, but also to explore a life of freedom in the jazz-age hustle-and-bustle of the Big Apple. The Chaperone (2019)

Latin Nights
Begins 9pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
An evening of food and dancing. Meet new friends, experience Latin-inspired tapas and drink specials and dance to the thrilling rhythms of a live salsa band and DJ. Latin Nights

Friday, April 19

A Solo Exhibition by Fine Art Photographer Lisa Fitch
Begins 8am
TECO Public Art Gallery
Photographer Lisa Fitch presents “Illuminating Tranquility”, Collecting Stories from Experience. The natural world can mean different things to different people. For some, it’s a place of inspiration and awe. For others, it’s an escape. A Solo Exhibition by Fine Art Photographer Lisa Fitch

Spring Celebration
Begins 9am
The Florida Aquarium
Come out of your cocoon for an underwater Egg Scavenger Hunt with a special prize for the kids and get photos with the Diving Bunny. Be sure to bring swimsuits for the kids to enjoy the outdoor Splash Pad, take in a flick in the 4-D theater, catch the game, enjoy a refreshment at the Outdoor Fins Cantina, and more! Spring Celebration

Do the Local Motion
Noon to 1pm
Lykes Gaslight Square Park
The southern portion of downtown Tampa is undergoing major re-development, but not many people know this area set the stage for the development of Tampa as we know it. Join guest tour guide Rebecca O’Sullivan for a tour of Fort Brooke, Tampa’s original “downtown development” established in 1824. Do the Local Motion

Live Music at Sparkman Wharf
Begins 6pm
Sparkman Wharf
Grab a drink and a find a nice place to sit as the live music lays down a soundtrack for your weekend. If you have not visited Sparkman Wharf yet, this is a great excuse to make the trip! Live Music at Sparkman Wharf

Spamilton: An American Parody
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Don’t miss this parody from the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, this show fulfills its manifest destiny by conquering Tampa for a limited time only. Spamilton: An American Parody

The Chaperone (2019)
7:30pm to 9:15pm
Tampa Theatre
Written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, The Chaperone follows the rise of silent-film star Louise Brooks. But before acting, it was dancing, first in Kansas, where Louise was born and raised, and then in New York City. Louise is out to become famous, but also to explore a life of freedom in the jazz-age hustle-and-bustle of the Big Apple. The Chaperone (2019)

A Scanner Darkly (2006)
10:30pm to 12:15am
Tampa Theatre
Join REWIND for A Scanner Darkly, a trippy, claustrophobic film experience with an all-star cast. The film features Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Robert Downey Jr. A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Saturday, April 20

Egg Hunt at Glazer Children’s Museum
Begins 8am
Glazer Children’s Museum
Meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny, search for thousands of eggs, play games, and more at GCM’s annual Egg Hunt. All activities, snacks and treats, and a full day of Museum play are included with admission. Egg Hunt

Spring Celebration
Begins 9am
The Florida Aquarium
Come out of your cocoon for an underwater Egg Scavenger Hunt with a special prize for the kids and get photos with the Diving Bunny. Be sure to bring swimsuits for the kids to enjoy the outdoor Splash Pad, take in a flick in the 4-D theater, catch the game, enjoy a refreshment at the Outdoor Fins Cantina, and more! Spring Celebration

Heights Spring Festival
Begins 10am
Armature Works
Armature Works is pleased to announce the Heights Spring Festival. Join us April 20th on the West Lawn, from 10am – 5pm, to celebrate all things Spring. There will be visits from the Easter bunny, an egg hunt, petting zoo, egg decorating, bounces houses and more fun for the whole family. Heights Spring Festival

Senior Fitness Walk
Begins 10am
Armature Works
Lace up those walking shoes and get ready for a fun program with fellow Tampa seniors. This senior fitness walking program gives participants a chance to get out and get fit! Walkers will meet at the tables in front of the market facing the Riverwalk entrance. Senior Fitness Walk

Art Spot
11am to 2pm
Tampa Museum of Art
Let your imagination run free as the Museum’s art facilitators introduce exhibition-specific methods of art making filled with fun and creativity for you and yours. Art Spot

Spamilton: An American Parody
Shows at 2pm and 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Don’t miss this parody from the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, this show fulfills its manifest destiny by conquering Tampa for a limited time only. Spamilton: An American Parody

The Chaperone (2019)
Shows at 2pm, 4:45pm, and 7:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, The Chaperone follows the rise of silent-film star Louise Brooks. But before acting, it was dancing, first in Kansas, where Louise was born and raised, and then in New York City. Louise is out to become famous, but also to explore a life of freedom in the jazz-age hustle-and-bustle of the Big Apple. The Chaperone (2019)

Live Music at Sparkman Wharf
Begins 6pm
Sparkman Wharf
Grab a drink and a find a nice place to sit as the live music lays down a soundtrack for your weekend. If you have not visited Sparkman Wharf yet, this is a great excuse to make the trip! Live Music at Sparkman Wharf

Sunday, April 21

Sunrise Service
Begins 6:30am
Water Works Park
Celebrate Easter with a casual sunrise service in the park. This service, led by The Portico campus staff, features acoustic music, meditation, and conversation. Guests are encouraged to “come as you are” to this service. Children, lawn chairs, blankets, and even pets are not only welcomed, but encouraged! Sunrise Service

Spring Celebration
Begins 9am
The Florida Aquarium
Come out of your cocoon for an underwater Egg Scavenger Hunt with a special prize for the kids and get photos with the Diving Bunny. Be sure to bring swimsuits for the kids to enjoy the outdoor Splash Pad, take in a flick in the 4-D theater, catch the game, enjoy a refreshment at the Outdoor Fins Cantina, and more! Spring Celebration

Yoga on the Lawn
Begins 9:30am
Armature Works
This event is free, open to the public, and all skill levels are welcome. Yoga will be instructed by Christal Beattie of Kodawari Studios. Guests should bring a yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Swami Juice will be providing complimentary ginger shots. Yoga on the Lawn

Easter Brunch Buffet at Bizou
10am to 3pm
Bizou Brasserie
Celebrate Easter with the family at Bizou Brasserie. Our annual brunch buffet is sure to bring the family together on Easter Sunday, with fresh ingredients, flavorful recipes, the perfect cut of meat, and an endless supply of cakes, pies and sweets. Easter Brunch Buffet at Bizou

Wellness at the Wharf
Begins 10am
Sparkman Wharf
Get your heart rate up and burn more fat in less time with HIIT, Harbour Island Athletic Club’s high-intensity interval training. Please bring your own mat, towel, and water. Classes are free of charge and located on the lawn. Wellness at the Wharf

Easter Brunch at Maestro’s
Begins 11am
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
An Easter extravaganza beyond compare! Enjoy an assortment of delectable breakfast offerings including chef-attended omelette and carving stations, a bountiful salad bar, hot buffet and beautiful dessert display. There will be mimosas and champagne on hand as well. Easter Brunch at Maestro’s

Italian-Inspired Easter Brunch
11am to 2:30pm
Osteria Kitchen + Bar, Franklin Manor, Mole Y Abuela
Celebrate Easter with an Italian-Inspired Buffet Brunch! Enjoy complimentary unlimited champagne, and enjoy both a complimentary Frosé or Margarita at Mole Y Abuela & a celebratory shot at The Franklin Manor! Simply show your Osteria brunch receipt to your bartender or server. Italian-Inspired Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch at the Sheraton Riverwalk
11am to 5pm
Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel
It’s Easter and the brunch menu at the Sheraton Riverwalk features a seafood bar, prime rib carving station, white truffle lobster mac and cheese and other iterations of deliciousness. Easter Brunch at the Sheraton Riverwalk

Spamilton: An American Parody
Shows at 2pm and 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Don’t miss this parody from the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, this show fulfills its manifest destiny by conquering Tampa for a limited time only. Spamilton: An American Parody

Upstairs/ Downstairs Live Theater
2pm to 2:30pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Step back in time and enjoy the single-character performances that bring turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests to life. Each character is based on actual hotel staff and guests. From the reminiscences of Henry Plant himself to the letters of a Spanish-American War soldier, you will learn more about the time period through each character’s particular vantage point. Upstairs/ Downstairs Live Theater

Dolphin Tale (2011)
3pm to 5pm
Tampa Theatre
Inspired by the real life of Winter, celebrity dolphin and de facto mascot of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Dolphin Tale tells the story of Sawyer, a boy who happens to help rescue a dolphin tangled in the line of a crab trap and badly injured. Though most of Winter’s tail has to be amputated, she is given an innovative prosthetic tail that allows her to survive and thrive, and Sawyer’s commitment to help her changes his life forever for the better. Dolphin Tale (2011)

Yoga in the Park
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In operation since 2010, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to continue it’s Sunday Yoga in the Park tradition with our newest addition, seasoned yoga instructors from Lucky Cat Yoga. Yoga in the Park

The Chaperone (2019)
6pm to 6:45pm
Tampa Theatre
Written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and adapted from Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel, The Chaperone follows the rise of silent-film star Louise Brooks. But before acting, it was dancing, first in Kansas, where Louise was born and raised, and then in New York City. Louise is out to become famous, but also to explore a life of freedom in the jazz-age hustle-and-bustle of the Big Apple. The Chaperone (2019)

Nightlife & Music

Many of Downtown’s pubs, restaurants, and bars feature live music.
Check out this week’s line up! Be sure to check with each location to confirm.

Beyond This Weekend - Upcoming Events

Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races
Saturday, April 27

Cotanchobee Park
On Saturday, April 27, 2019, downtown Tampa’s Garrison Channel will come alive with community, corporate and professional paddlers racing to the finish. On land at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park along the beautiful Riverwalk, people of all ages can enjoy food trucks, live music, entertainment, local merchants and fun activities. Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races

Activities on the Water

Yacht Starship Captain Larry’s Water Taxi eBoats Tampa
Olde World Sailing Line Urban Kai Paddleboarding American Victory Ship
FL Aquarium’s Wild Dolphin Cruise Tampa Bay Fun Boat
Riverwalk Boating Company Pirate Water Taxi Kraken Cycle Boats

Arts and Culture Spotlight

Amalie Arena
Mercy Me – May 5
Millennium Tour – May 11
Ariana Grande – May 28
Luis Miguel – June 25
Hugh Jackman – July 5
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – July 7
Shawn Mendes – July 27
Queen + Adam Lambert – August 18
Hope 2019 – September 7
The Who – September 22
The Chainsmokers – October 25
Elton John – November 4
Bad Bunny – December 8

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Lost and Found in America – Through April 22
Olivia Parker: Vanishing in Plain Sight – April 19 to August 31
Olivia Parker: Vanishing in Plain Sight – April 19 to August 31
Cityscape Photography – April 25
A Concise History of Photography – April 28
Viktor Freso – May 12 to June 15

Glazer Children’s Museum
Make it Monday – Weekly 
Toddler Tuesday – Weekly 
Worldly Wednesday – Weekly
Tinker and Tech Thursday – Weekly
Fun Fridays – Weekly
The Pigeon Comes to Tampa!: A Mo Willems Exhibit – Through May 12
Positive Parenting Program – Through April 29
Story Time with Elephant & Piggie – April 19 to 28
Egg Hunt – April 20
Fourth Friday Drop-off Camp – April 26

Check the Museum’s website for a full list of weekday programming.

Henry B. Plant Museum
Upstairs/Downstairs – April 21
First Fridays – First Friday of the Month
Music in the Museum – April 18
Curator Talk – April 28

Jobsite Theater
Hedda – May 10 to June 2
Constellations – July 12 to August 4

The John F. Germany Public Library
Exploration Club – Tuesdays
Walk-In Tech Help – Wednesdays
Toddler Time – Wednesdays
Crafternoon – Thursdays
Baby Sign – Thursdays
Learning Circle – Fundamentals of Public Speaking – Through April 18
Movies @ the Library: Operation Finale – April 19
All Day – Holiday Closing – April 21
Wake Up, Brother Bear – April 24
STEAM Club – April 25

Stageworks Theatre
The Speak! Tank: Spoken Word Sundays – First Sunday of every month
Christ Fellowship – Wednesdays
Daniel Giron – April 20
Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria – May 30 to June 16

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Open Rehearsal – La Boheme – Through April 18
Spamilton: An American Parody – Through May 12
Dori Freeman – April 22
Simply Three – April 24
Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème – April 26 and 28
Breakin’ Out – April 27
Spring Into Dance – April 27
Spring Music Spectacular: Music Made in America – May 1
Arts Legacy REMIX: Global Storytellers – May 3
Evening of Dance – May 3
The Florida Orchestra – Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 – May 3
The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory, Mal and Parks – May 3
Opera Tampa Grand Gala 2019 – May 4
Beginning Dance 1 Recitals – May 4
Tampa Bay Symphony presents Sibelius’s Might Second – May 5
Anastasia – May 7 to May 12
Hedda Adapted by Lucy Kirkwood from the play by Henrik Ibsen – May 8 to June 2
Live & Local – Carlos Peña – May 10
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – July 9 to 14

Tampa Bay History Center
Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story – April 20
20Tap Talks: Night Swim Porter – April 18
Downtown Tampa Walking Tour – April 20
Walk Tampa: Central Avenue Black History Tour – April 27
History Adventure Camp: Swashbuckling Summer – June 10 to 14
History Adventure Camp: American Girl© – June 24 to 28

Tampa Museum of Ar
The Classical World: Selections from the Permanent Collection – Ongoing
The Classical World in Focus: Animals in Ancient Art – Ongoing
Monday Meditation at the Museum – Mondays
Teen Open Studio – Tuesdays
Art on the House – Fridays
Art Spot – Saturdays
Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations – Through May 27
Ancient and Modern Glass from the Collection – Through August 19
Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution – April 11 to August 11
Echoing Forms: American Abstraction – April 13 to August 18
Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection – June 20 to October 6

Tampa Theatre
Dolphin Tale – April 21
The Russian Five – April 24
The Last Green Thread – April 25
Movie Bingo Night – April 26
High Life – April 26
Sing-Along Frozen – April 27 and 28
Jenna Hager – May 2
Wild Nights with Emily – May 3
Cabaret – May 3
Planes – May 11
Carl Hiaasen – May 14
Joe Jackson: Four Decades Tour – May 25
Laura Ingraham & Raymond Arroyo – June 1
Platon – June 6
Because of Sam “First Look” Screening – July 29
Jim Jefferies – September 13
SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque – September 28
Nate Bargatze – October 17

Outside is In - Public Space

First Wednesday, 11am to 2pm at Lykes Gaslight Square Park.
Rock the Park
First Thursday, 6:30pm to 9pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

– Free Weekly Community Fitness Classes at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park –

VKNG PRIMAL MVMT – Monday, 6pm to 7pm
Zumba in the Park  – Tuesday, 6pm to 7pm
Bamboozle Fit Club Boot Camp – Wednesday, 6pm to 7pm
Yoga in the Park – Sunday, 5pm to 6pm
– Free Seasonal Programs –
Do the Local Motion – First and third Friday, noon to 1pm (October to May). Walking tours take off from Poe Plaza, Jackson and Franklin streets.

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