Downtown After Hours

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thursday, December 28

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
4pm to 10pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village presented by USAmeriBank and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park will be transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Skate around at the outdoor ice rink or get some gift shopping done at the Holiday Market. 2017-2018 Winter Village

Two Turtle Doves & an Urban Restaurant Tour
5:30pm to 6:45pm
Begins at Pour House Tampa
Decorate your bikes and get the in-laws out of the house as you pedal around to four tasty Tampa restaurants and past the beautiful holiday decorations and lit streets of Hyde Park. Enjoy dishes at Pour House Tampa, TamPiz, BurgerFi, and Ducky’s Sports Lounge. This event is a great chance to enjoy the sights, food, and company of Downtown Tampa! Two Turtle Doves & an Urban Restaurant Tour

The Shape of Water
Shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm
Tampa Theatre
An isolated mute woman working as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory finds her life altered when she discovers a top secret in the lab. A mysterious, scaly creature from South America is being held in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with the captor, she soon learns that its life lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist. The Shape of Water

TFO and Harry Potter in Concert
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The Harry Potter™ film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This fall, The Florida Orchestra will perform legendary composer John Williams’ Academy Award nominated score while audiences experience the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant 40-foot screen. Justin Freer will conduct. TFO and Harry Potter in Concert

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning host the visiting Montreal Canadiens. This is the first battle between these Atlantic Division foes in Downtown Tampa during the regular season. Cheer on your team and Be the Thunder! Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

Friday, December 29

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
10am to 10pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village presented by USAmeriBank and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park will be transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Skate around at the outdoor ice rink or get some gift shopping done at the Holiday Market. 2017-2018 Winter Village

River of Lights Holiday Boat Tour
5:45pm to 6:30pm
Pirate Water Taxi
Cruise through Downtown Tampa on the water and enjoy the beautiful sights of the holiday season. Pass beneath the lighted bridges to enter Hillsborough River for a one-of-a-kind tour. Enjoy a whimsical narration on the first half of the cruise and then join in with Christmas Carolers while sipping on hot chocolate and nibbling on a delicious holiday cookie. There is no better way to experience the holidays in Tampa! River of Lights Holiday Boat Tour

The Shape of Water
Shows at 7:30pm and 10:30pm
Tampa Theatre
An isolated mute woman working as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory finds her life altered when she discovers a top secret in the lab. A mysterious, scaly creature from South America is being held in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with the captor, she soon learns that its life lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist. The Shape of Water

TFO and Harry Potter in Concert
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The Harry Potter™ film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This fall, The Florida Orchestra will perform legendary composer John Williams’ Academy Award nominated score while audiences experience the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant 40-foot screen. Justin Freer will conduct. TFO and Harry Potter in Concert

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning cap the second half of back-to-back home games with a visit from the Philadelphia Flyers. Cheer on your team and Be the Thunder! Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Saturday, December 30

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
10am to 10pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village presented by USAmeriBank and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park will be transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Skate around at the outdoor ice rink or get some gift shopping done at the Holiday Market. 2017-2018 Winter Village

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

Masquerade Bar Crawl with Party Bus
Begins 2pm
Franklin Manor
It’s the last Saturday of the year. What better way to spend it than on a fully guided bar crawl? The legendary Crawler Party Bus will be on stand-by to shuttle you from bar to bar. There will also be bar games you can play for a chance to win additional drink vouchers and tickets to local events, shows, and attractions! Masquerade Bar Crawl with Party Bus

TFO and Harry Potter in Concert
Begins 2pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The Harry Potter™ film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This fall, The Florida Orchestra will perform legendary composer John Williams’ Academy Award nominated score while audiences experience the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant 40-foot screen. Justin Freer will conduct. TFO and Harry Potter in Concert

The Shape of Water
Shows at 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm
Tampa Theatre
An isolated mute woman working as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory finds her life altered when she discovers a top secret in the lab. A mysterious, scaly creature from South America is being held in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with the captor, she soon learns that its life lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist. The Shape of Water

River of Lights Holiday Boat Tour
5:45pm to 6:30pm
Pirate Water Taxi
Cruise through Downtown Tampa on the water and enjoy the beautiful sights of the holiday season. Pass beneath the lighted bridges to enter Hillsborough River for a one-of-a-kind tour. Enjoy a whimsical narration on the first half of the cruise and then join in with Christmas Carolers while sipping on hot chocolate and nibbling on a delicious holiday cookie. There is no better way to experience the holidays in Tampa! River of Lights Holiday Boat Tour

WWE Live Holiday Tour
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
What drama will unfold in the ring? Find out live at this holiday spectacular! Downtown Tampa will once again host the greatest Superstars in sports entertainment. WWE Live Holiday Tour

Sunday, December 31

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
Noon to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village presented by USAmeriBank and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park will be transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Skate around at the outdoor ice rink or get some gift shopping done at the Holiday Market. 2017-2018 Winter Village

Downtown Countdown
Begins 1pm
Glazer Children’s Museum
Ring in the new year every hour at the museum! This is a great chance to celebrate New Year’s with the kids and still get them in bed before midnight. No late night required! Downtown Countdown

The Shape of Water
3pm to 5pm
Tampa Theatre
An isolated mute woman working as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory finds her life altered when she discovers a top secret in the lab. A mysterious, scaly creature from South America is being held in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with the captor, she soon learns that its life lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist. The Shape of Water

Jim Gaffigan
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. End the year on a high note and see one of the best comedians in the world live in Downtown Tampa. Jim Gaffigan

NYE Wrap Party 2017
Begins 9pm
Tampa Theatre
Hop in the DeLorean, rev it up to 88 miles an hour, and see where (or when?) it takes you at this Back to the Future themed party! New Year’s Eve guests will 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. Party-goers will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, dancing with live music, the ball drop on the big screen, and an open beer-and-wine bar all night long. Lab coats, puffy vests, and other Back to the Future-inspired costumes are encouraged! NYE Wrap Party 2017

Fire & Ice NYE Party
Begins 9pm
Bizou Brasserie
An icy champagne bar, smoky specialty cocktails, and fire entertainment are just a few of the exciting attractions you can expect at this party! This NYE event will heat up the historic halls and spill out onto the front steps and patio. Two DJs will spin the hottest beats inside and outside. All guests will receive a complimentary champagne toast at midnight and the ball drop will be televised in the bar area. Fire & Ice NYE Party

Aqua Eve
Begins 9pm
The Florida Aquarium
Ring in the new year under the sea at the best ocean-themed New Year’s Eve event in Downtown Tampa. Experience the Aquarium’s animal habitats, live entertainment, delicious food and drinks, fireworks and a champagne toast at midnight. Each ticket sold will contribute to the overall mission of The Florida Aquarium including animal wellness, research, conservation and Aquarium operations. Aqua Eve

Fireworks at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park
Begins at Midnight
Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park
Ring in the New Year with this free firework display. With the support of Channelside and the City of Tampa, the Friends of the Riverwalk organization has arranged this family-friendly, alcohol-free firework viewing. The fireworks show will begin at midnight and is expected to be the largest fireworks display in Tampa Bay! Get there by riding the Streetcar for free from 7pm until 1am. Fireworks at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

Nightlife & Music

Beyond This Weekend - Upcoming Events

Florida Wedding Expo

Saturday, January 14
Tampa Convention Center
This bridal expo will feature over 100 of Tampa Bay’s  top wedding professionals, reception sites, wedding gowns, bridal party attire, honeymoon giveaways and thousands of dollars in prizes. This is a terrific opportunity to find what you need for the wedding of your dreams! Florida Wedding Expo

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 & Culture Spotlight

Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens – December 28
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers – December 29
Jim Gaffigan – December 31
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Carolina Hurricanes – January 9
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Calgary Flames – January 11
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Las Vegas Golden Knights – January 18
US 103.5’s Throwdown by the Bay – January 20
Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks – February 8
Billy Joel – February 9
Tampa Bay Lightning vs LA Kings – February 10
Andrea Bocelli – February 14
Tampa Bay vs Detroit Red Wings – February 15
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils – February 17
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs  – February 26
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres – February 28

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
By the Yard, Cirkut Camera Photography – Through December 31
Under the Cuban Sun – Through December 31
Photograph 101: January 3 to 24
Composition Principles: From Basics to Advanced – January 4 to 18
iPhoneography – January 14

Glazer Children’s Museum
Make it Monday – Weekly 
Toddler Tuesday – Weekly 
Worldly Wednesday – Weekly
Tinker and Tech Thursday – Weekly
Fun Fridays – Weekly
Winter Maker Workshops – December 29
Downtown Countdown – December 31
Check the Museum’s website for a full list of weekday programming.

Henry B. Plant Museum
First Fridays – First Friday of the Month

Jobsite Theater
The Tempest – January 19 to February 18
HIR – March 19 to April 1
1984 – April 27 to May 20
Dancing at Lughnasa – June 15 to July 8

The John F. Germany Public Library
Walk-In Tech Help – Wednesdays
Toddler Time – Wednesdays
Crafternoon – Thursdays
Baby Sign – Thursdays
Holiday Early Closings – Through December 28

Patel Conservatory
Disney’s The Aristocats Kids – February 15 to 18
Peter Pan, Jr. – April 26 to 29

Stageworks Theatre
The Speak! Tank: Spoken Word Sundays – First Sunday of every month
Christ Fellowship – Wednesdays
Corey Van Valin – Redefining Magic – January 7
Keely and Du – January 12 to 21
The Got Jokes? Improv Experience – February 3
brownsville song (b-side for tray) – February 8 to 25

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – In Concert – December 28 to 30
School of Rock – January 2 to 7
Classical WSMR presents The Florida Orchestra featuring Jahja Ling conducting Beethoven and Sibellus  – January 5
Forever Plaid – January 12 to March 11
The Florida Orchestra – Rodgers & Hammerstein – January 12
Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Youth America Grand Prix Gala – January 13
The Sibling Rivalry Tour featuring Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin Stones and The High Divers – January 15

Tampa Bay History Center
Walk Tampa: Tampa Bay Black History Tour – December 30
Old Glory – February to July 2018

Tampa Museum of Art
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
Art on the House – Fridays
Art Spot – Saturdays
Mernet Larsen: Getting Measured, 1957-2017 – Through February 11
Made in Tampa: From the 1970s to Now – Through April 1
Claudia Ryan and Rob Tarbell: Skyway Curators’ Choice – Through April 1
Elisabeth Condon and Bruce Marsh: Skyway Audience Choice – Through April 1

Tampa Theatre
The Shape of Water – Through January 4
NYE Wrap Party 2017 – December 31
Darlene Love – January 18
In the Mood – February 3
Iliza Shlesinger Live – February 17
Wayne’s World – March 1
Winefest 2017: Wine’s World – March 2
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live – April 5
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – April 21

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 –
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U-JAM Fitness – 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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