Downtown After Hours

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday, December 7

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

Women in America Today
Begins 6pm
Stageworks Theatre
Come to this gathering if you’re concerned about your rights as a woman, want to network, and learn how to take action! Get an update on the latest laws and policies, get a better understanding of the impact of gender bias, learn ways to take action and make change, and connect with other women for strength and unity. Women in America Today

The Florida Orchestra – Cheers!
Begins 6:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This event is a spirited mix of live symphonic music, free drinks and snacks, and a meet-and-greet with Florida Orchestra musicians. Bars are open throughout the hour-long concert, with complimentary Cigar City beer and Tito’s Handmade Vodka drinks. The Florida Orchestra – Cheers!

Rock the Park
6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to some great musical talent in a beautiful, relaxing setting. This month’s show features C-Renã, Same Day Delivery Orchestra, and Vinnie Cosentino. With food and drinks on the premises and an always exciting vibe, this free concert is guaranteed not to disappoint. Rock the Park

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning host the visiting Colorado Avalanche. This is the only game between these two teams in Downtown Tampa during regular season. Cheer on your team and Be the Thunder! Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche

UT Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combo
Begins 7:30pm
University of Tampa – David Falk Theatre
Grab a seat and surround yourself with the sounds of the UT Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combo. Brandon McDannald will conduct. This event is free and open to the public. UT Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combo

Friday, December 8

Big Data Bootcamp
7:30am to 8pm
Tampa Convention Center
This 3 day bootcamp is a fast paced, vendor agnostic, technical overview of the Big Data landscape. The courses are targeted towards both technical and non-technical people who want to understand the emerging world of Big Data, with a specific focus on Hadoop, NoSQL & Machine Learning. Big Data Bootcamp

Victorian Christmas Stroll
10am to 8pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Decorations include vintage fashions, antique toys, locally sourced cigar boxes, and fanciful ornaments. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda while holiday music floats through the air. Victorian Christmas Stroll

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

Movies @ The Library
Begins 3pm
John F. Germany Public Library
Grab a seat for a showing of Riders of the Purple Sage. Ride into action with this timeless tale of a proud homesteader who joins forces with a mysterious gunman to protect her land from an entire town that’s turned against her. Movies @ The Library

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

Holiday Music Concert
Begins 7pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The Patel Conservatory’s music department will ring in the holiday cheer as they perform some of the holiday season’s greatest hits. Ensembles performing will include the Conservatory’s seven vocal arts choral ensembles, Suzuki and string chamber ensembles, and the jazz ensemble. A sing-along with the audience at the concert’s culmination followed by post concert holiday treats will complete the evening. Holiday Music Concert

Harlem Globetrotters
Begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
The Globetrotters’ show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy, and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. Harlem Globetrotters

Avenue Q – The Return
Begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
A laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate and a handful of other colorful types who help him finally discover his purpose in life. Avenue Q – The Return

Saturday, December 9

Breakfast With Santa
Begins 9:30am
The Florida Aquarium
Meet Santa and his animal friends during a fun morning outing at the aquarium. The event begins with a wonderful buffet breakfast. Since Santa’s elves are pretty busy, Aquarium staff will be on hand, accompanied by some special animal guests for everyone to meet. Guests have the opportunity to purchase photos with Santa. Breakfast With Santa

Victorian Christmas Stroll
10am to 8pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Decorations include vintage fashions, antique toys, locally sourced cigar boxes, and fanciful ornaments. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda while holiday music floats through the air. Victorian Christmas Stroll

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

Saturday With Santa
10:30am to 1:30pm
The Florida Aquarium
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Santa will be at the Aquarium for photos and general merriment. His elves will join him and dive in the Aquarium’s Coral Reef habitat during its regularly scheduled dive presentations. Saturday With Santa

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

3rd Annual ENCORE! Holiday Jazz Festival
Begins at Noon
Ray Charles Boulevard
Fill your afternoon with plenty great music, tasty food, and fun for the whole family! This musical event is free and open to the public. 3rd Annual ENCORE! Holiday Jazz Festival

UT Women’s Basketball vs. Barry
Begins 2pm
The University of Tampa – Martinez Athletic Center
The University of Tampa Spartans take the court to challenge the visiting Barry Buccaneers. Head to the hard court to cheer on the team! UT Women’s Basketball vs. Barry

UT Men’s Basketball vs. Barry
Begins 4pm
The University of Tampa – Martinez Athletic Center
After the Women’s team finishes a battle with Barry, The University of Tampa Men’s team will take the court to challenge the Buccaneers. Head to the hard court to cheer on the team! UT Men’s Basketball vs. Barry

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

Francesca Ani – Live & Local
5:45pm to 7:45pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Inspired by a spectrum of artists in pop, R&B, and Christian Rock music, Francesca writes and performs original songs and has already shared the stage with professionals and even appeared on network television. Francesca Ani – Live & Local

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Winnipeg Jets
Begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
The Lightning conclude a Western Conference swing, hosting the Winnipeg Jets for the only game between these teams in Downtown Tampa this season. Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Winnipeg Jets

Avenue Q – The Return
Begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
A laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate and a handful of other colorful types who help him finally discover his purpose in life. Avenue Q – The Return

A Drag Queen Christmas- The Naughty Tour
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This show will feature contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1, performing live on stage and rocking the catwalk. It’s an evening of holiday songs and outstanding drag performances with your favorite queens. A Drag Queen Christmas- The Naughty Tour

Sunday, December 10

“Kiss and Tell” by Wolfgang Flad
10am to 3pm
Tampa Museum of Art
This exhibit consists of some 30 individual wooden elements hanging from a grid. Each element has been coated with different types of paint and varnish, as well as with papier-mâché made from various art-focused papers. In this way Flad tries to bring the material back into organic shapes and structures reminiscent of the trees and other plants from which such materials first originate. “Kiss and Tell” by Wolfgang Flad

Victorian Christmas Stroll
10am to 8pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Experience the extravagance and grandeur of a Victorian Christmas at the former 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Decorations include vintage fashions, antique toys, locally sourced cigar boxes, and fanciful ornaments. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda while holiday music floats through the air. Victorian Christmas Stroll

Tea With Santa & Mrs. Claus
Begins 11am
Oxford Exchange
Join the Clauses for a midday gathering and a cup of tea. Have fun decorating Christmas cookies and enjoying light fare along with your tea. Santa will be available for pictures, so bring a camera to take your own holiday snapshot. This event is a great way to celebrate the season and spend some time with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Tea With Santa & Mrs. Claus

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

FSU vs. Tulane Men’s Basketball
Begins at Noon
Amalie Arena
The Florida State University Seminoles and Tulane Green Wave men’s basketball teams will square off as part of the Heritage Insurance Classic, presented by Heritage Insurance. Take your seat for some college basketball action! FSU vs. Tulane Men’s Basketball

Winter Village Express
3pm to 8pm
Whiting Station and Centro Ybor
Operated by the TECO Line Streetcar System, the Winter Village Express offers a holiday experience aboard a holiday-themed Streetcar. Hop on at Centro Ybor or Whiting Station and enjoy treats, music and fun as you travel. A quick walk along the Tampa Riverwalk brings you to Winter Village. Winter Village Express

Avenue Q – The Return
Begins 3pm
Stageworks Theatre
A laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate and a handful of other colorful types who help him finally discover his purpose in life. Avenue Q – The Return

Black Box Fall Film Festival
Begins 4pm
University of Tampa – Vaughn Center
A screening of students’ best short films, including the best experimental, narrative, documentary, and animated films. This event is free and open to the public. Black Box Fall Film Festival

Yoga in the Park
Begins 5pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In operation since 2010 and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership, Yoga in the Park is a free riverside yoga session led by an instructor from Yoga Downtown Tampa. Yoga in the Park

 

Nightlife & Music

Beyond This Weekend - Upcoming Events

Winter Village Express

December 10 and 17
Centro Ybor and Whiting Stations
New this year, the Winter Village Express offers a holiday experience aboard a holiday-themed Streetcar. Hop on at Centro Ybor and enjoy treats, music and fun as you travel to Whiting Station. A quick walk along the Riverwalk brings you to Winter Village. Winter Village Express

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 Colorado Avalanche – December 7
Harlem Globetrotters – December 8
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets – December 9
Katy Perry – December 15
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators – December 21
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Minnesota Wild – December 23
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
Q and A’s Photography Workshop – December 9

Glazer Children’s Museum
Make it Monday – Weekly 
Toddler Tuesday – Weekly 
Worldly Wednesday – Weekly
Tinker and Tech Thursday – Weekly
Fun Fridays – Weekly
Stream of Consciousness A Mindfulness Program – December 9
Gingerbread Village Cardboard Challenge – December 10 to 23
Sorting Ceremony Dinner: A Magical Holiday Feast – December 16
Closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – December 24 and 25
Winter Maker Workshops – December 27 to 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
Menus: The Epicurean Experience – Through December 23

Jobsite Theater
The Tempest – January 19 to February 18
Man in Snow – 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
Movies @ the Library – Riders of the Purple Sage – December 8
Wood Carving with Tech: Ornaments – December 11
Come Write In: Flash Fiction – December 16
Collage Art for Adults – December 17
Holiday Early Closings – December 18 to 28
Movies @ the Library: Ghost in the Shell – December 22
Closed for Holidays – December 23 to 26

Patel Conservatory
Holiday Music Concert – December 8
Private Lesson Recitals – December 16
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
Avenue Q – The Return – Through December 23
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
The Book of Mormon – Through December 10
The Florida Orchestra – Cheers – December 7
Holiday Music Concert – December 8
A Drag Queen Christmas – The Naughty Tour – December 9
Love Never Dies – December 12 to 17
Ben Haggard – December 15
The Florida Orchestra – Holiday Pops – December 15
Private Lesson Recitals – December 16
The Grahams – December 18
Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker – December 21 to 23
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
My Doll and Me: Josephina – December 2
Florida Conversations: Towers in the Sand – December 6

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
Kiss and Tell by Wolfgang Flad – Through December 10

Tampa Theatre
Elf – December 15 (Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park)
It’s A Wonderful Life – December 16 (Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park)
NYE Wrap Party 2017 – December 31 (Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park)
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

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 –
Powered by Athleta
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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