Downtown After Hours

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Thursday, February 21

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

Smartphone Photography
6pm to 8pm
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
This workshop is an introduction to the exciting world of mobile photography. Students will learn the fundamentals of taking a good photograph, review smartphone camera and native editing functions, explore popular third-party photo-editing apps, and discover other camera-related accessories. Smartphone Photography

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark
Begins 7pm
Patel Conservatory
For two decades, young readers have been enthralled by Mary Pope Osborne’s inventive Magic Tree House book series. Students in grades 2 through 4 perform this fantastical musical adaptation of the first book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, when Jack and Annie’s tree house transports them back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. The siblings courageously encounter the creatures and characters in this whimsical story where they learn that things are not always what they seem. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark

Hamilton
Shows Thursday through Sunday
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The Broadway hit comes to Tampa! This musical sings and raps through the life story of founding father Alexander Hamilton. The performance incorporates a variety of music styles and color-conscious casting of characters. Find some tickets or enter the lottery (good luck!) for a chance to win your seats and see the musical everyone is talking about. Hamilton

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres
Begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the visiting Buffalo Sabres in a downtown showdown. Get your tickets, support the Bolts, and Be the Thunder! Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres

Hundred Days
Thursday through Friday
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Hundred Days is an uncensored, exhilarating and heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. With magnetic chemistry and anthemic folk-punk music, creators and stars Abigail and Shaun Bengson explore a fundamental question: how do we make the most of the time that we have? Hundred Days

mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid: J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kick Heather’s aerobicized butt… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical

Mayumana: Currents
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Thomas Edison vs. Nikola Tesla. Otherwise known as the War of the Currents, the battle between the two inventors to claim supremacy in electric power inspired this high-voltage mixed-media performance spectacular commissioned for the 2012 Jerusalem Festival of Lights. The show combines a variety of elements: specially-made musical instruments, massive video art projections including video mapping on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, and eleven skilled performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds. Mayumana: Currents

Friday, February 22

Wiesn in a Box
4pm to 11pm
Barrymore along the Riverwalk
The Tampa Downtown Partnership is excited to partner with the Goethe-Institut USA (German Cultural Center), in cooperation and collaboration with Hofbräuhaus America, presenting “Wiesn in a Box”. This traveling Oktoberfest experience is touring the country throughout 2019 and will bring an authentic biergarten experience to three different downtown Tampa neighborhoods this February. This pop-up German biergarten experience will bring a creative mix of freshly-baked pretzels, Hofbräu brews, authentic biergarten seating, and lots of fun music. Wiesn in a Box

Fourth Friday
4pm to 10pm
Downtown Tampa and Ybor City
When the sun goes down, the streets of Tampa and Ybor will light up with music, laughter, art, friends and FREE fun. This evening of special offerings and programs by cultural venues, restaurants, and more takes place on the fourth Friday of every month! Fourth Friday

Live & Local – Taylor Reed
6pm to 9pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Taylor Reed is a recording artist who tours regionally and nationally. She currently resides in Tampa Bay, Florida with her husband and her fur baby. Her formative influences range from Russian opera pop, to classic and modern day RnB, to Johan Sebastian Bach, cutting her teeth as a violinist in a gypsy jazz improv troupe showcasing in downtown Ybor. Live & Local – Taylor Reed

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark
Begins 7pm
Patel Conservatory
For two decades, young readers have been enthralled by Mary Pope Osborne’s inventive Magic Tree House book series. Students in grades 2 through 4 perform this fantastical musical adaptation of the first book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, when Jack and Annie’s tree house transports them back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. The siblings courageously encounter the creatures and characters in this whimsical story where they learn that things are not always what they seem. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark

mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid: J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kick Heather’s aerobicized butt… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical

WineFest 2019: Vino Royale
Begins 8pm
Tampa Theatre
The event is Fest… WineFest… a Bond-themed fundraising weekend. Now in its 17th year, this wine-focused weekend serves as the landmark theatre’s biggest annual fundraiser. Event chair Fred Zielinski notes that while James Bond may not have been much of a wine drinker, Tampa Theatre itself has a way of both shaking and stirring the hearts and minds of the community with its artistic and educational programming, as well as the 92-year-old movie palace’s ongoing preservation and restoration. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in a Bond-inspired costumes. WineFest 2019: Vino Royale

Ready Steady Yeti Go
Begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
This play is charming and funny with a sharp edge of heartbreaking truth. It’s clever, moving and ingenious. It takes on our assumptions about people’s character and the painful sacrifices we make for love and family. At its heart though, it is an uplifting story about young star-crossed lovers wrapped in a comedy wrapped in a satire with a healthy streak of political commentary. Ready Steady Yeti Go

The Florida Orchestra – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Michael Francis leads a rare performance of the full work, proving A Midsummer Night’s Dream is so much more than the famous “Wedding March.” Also, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with Anne-Marie McDermott. The Florida Orchestra – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, February 23

Gasparilla Distance Classic
Begins 6:45am
Tampa Convention Center
Surrounded by the area’s beautiful weather, every stride you make at this race benefits charitable youth organizations across the Tampa Bay area. And since 1978, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has donated $3.9 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa, Girls Inc. of Pinellas, The Friends of Tampa Parks & Recreation and youth running related programs. Athletes of all levels can take on the 15k, 5k, half marathon, 8k, Michelob Ultra challenges, 5k walk, 5k stroller races, and more! Gasparilla Distance Classic

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

Wiesn in a Box
Noon to 11pm
Barrymore along the Riverwalk
The Tampa Downtown Partnership is excited to partner with the Goethe-Institut USA (German Cultural Center), in cooperation and collaboration with Hofbräuhaus America, presenting “Wiesn in a Box”. This traveling Oktoberfest experience is touring the country throughout 2019 and will bring an authentic biergarten experience to three different downtown Tampa neighborhoods this February. This pop-up German biergarten experience will bring a creative mix of freshly-baked pretzels, Hofbräu brews, authentic biergarten seating, and lots of fun music. Wiesn in a Box

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark
Shows at 1pm and 4pm
Patel Conservatory
For two decades, young readers have been enthralled by Mary Pope Osborne’s inventive Magic Tree House book series. Students in grades 2 through 4 perform this fantastical musical adaptation of the first book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, when Jack and Annie’s tree house transports them back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. The siblings courageously encounter the creatures and characters in this whimsical story where they learn that things are not always what they seem. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark

Ready Steady Yeti Go
Shows at 3pm and 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
This play is charming and funny with a sharp edge of heartbreaking truth. It’s clever, moving and ingenious. It takes on our assumptions about people’s character and the painful sacrifices we make for love and family. At its heart though, it is an uplifting story about young star-crossed lovers wrapped in a comedy wrapped in a satire with a healthy streak of political commentary. Ready Steady Yeti Go

WineFest 2019: Vino Royale
Begins 7pm
Tampa Theatre
The event is Fest… WineFest… a Bond-themed fundraising weekend. Now in its 17th year, this wine-focused weekend serves as the landmark theatre’s biggest annual fundraiser. Event chair Fred Zielinski notes that while James Bond may not have been much of a wine drinker, Tampa Theatre itself has a way of both shaking and stirring the hearts and minds of the community with its artistic and educational programming, as well as the 92-year-old movie palace’s ongoing preservation and restoration. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in a Bond-inspired costumes. WineFest 2019: Vino Royale

mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical
Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid: J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kick Heather’s aerobicized butt… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical

Sunday, February 24

Wiesn in a Box
Begins at Noon
Barrymore along the Riverwalk
The Tampa Downtown Partnership is excited to partner with the Goethe-Institut USA (German Cultural Center), in cooperation and collaboration with Hofbräuhaus America, presenting “Wiesn in a Box”. This traveling Oktoberfest experience is touring the country throughout 2019 and will bring an authentic biergarten experience to three different downtown Tampa neighborhoods this February. This pop-up German biergarten experience will bring a creative mix of freshly-baked pretzels, Hofbräu brews, authentic biergarten seating, and lots of fun music. Wiesn in a Box

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark
Shows at 1pm and 4pm
Patel Conservatory
For two decades, young readers have been enthralled by Mary Pope Osborne’s inventive Magic Tree House book series. Students in grades 2 through 4 perform this fantastical musical adaptation of the first book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, when Jack and Annie’s tree house transports them back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. The siblings courageously encounter the creatures and characters in this whimsical story where they learn that things are not always what they seem. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark

Tea for Tots
Begins 2pm
Oxford Exchange
Join Oxford Exchange for a read-along of a popular children’s book. Tea and light food options will be available for parents and little ones. Tea for Tots

mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical
Begins 2pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid: J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kick Heather’s aerobicized butt… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical

Tampa Bay Symphony presents Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Begins 2:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Grab a seat for a show filled with the sounds of Shakespeare. Mark Sforzini will conduct and Jeffrey Smick will play violin. Hear performances of Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Hamlet and Ophelia, Declaration, and Lark Ascending. Tampa Bay Symphony presents Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Ready Steady Yeti Go
Begins 3pm
Stageworks Theatre
This play is charming and funny with a sharp edge of heartbreaking truth. It’s clever, moving and ingenious. It takes on our assumptions about people’s character and the painful sacrifices we make for love and family. At its heart though, it is an uplifting story about young star-crossed lovers wrapped in a comedy wrapped in a satire with a healthy streak of political commentary. Ready Steady Yeti Go

Upstairs/ Downstairs Live Theater
Shows at 3:30pm and 6:30pm
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

Yoga in the Park
Begins 5pm
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

Hollywood Awards Night
Begins 7pm
Tampa Theatre
The Red Carpet Reception begins under the historic Franklin Street marquee, giving guests the opportunity to take a limo ride around the block, sign autographs for adoring fans, dish with “Roan Jivers” about who they’re wearing, rub shoulders with costumed characters representing Hollywood’s biggest bigwigs, and snap a photo with a living award “statue.” Inside, there will be games, prizes, and hair and makeup touch-ups with professional stylists. Hollywood Awards Night

Tobymac Hits Deep 2019
Begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
TobyMac hits the stage in Downtown Tampa with Jeremy Camp, Ryan Stevenson, We Are Messengers, and Aaron Cole. Concertgoers will be treated to tracks from The Elements, marking the first new collection of music from the chart-topping artist in three years. Tobymac Hits Deep 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

Downtown Debriefing Series: West River Development
Tuesday, February 26
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The West River Development Plan focuses on a 120-acre area bounded by Rome Avenue, Columbus Avenue, the Hillsborough River and Interstate-275. Attendees will hear how City officials and developers plan to create a genuinely diverse and economically integrated community with over 1,600 new residential units. The event will include a buffet breakfast and a panel discussion. Downtown Debriefing Series: West River Development

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
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Buffalo Sabres – February 21
TobyMac Hits Deep 2019 – February 24
Tampa Bay Lightning vs LA Kings – February 25
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators – March 2
P!nk – March 3
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets – March 5
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Minnesota Wild – March 7
Blake Shelton – March 8
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings – March 9
Bob Seger – March 15
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals – March 16
Travis Scott – March 17
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Arizona Coyotes – March 18
Disney On Ice – March 21 to 24
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins – March 25
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals – March 30
NCAA Women’s Final Four – April 5 and 7
KISS – April 11
2CELLOS – April 13
98ROCKFEST – April 14
Marcy Me – May 5
Ariana Grande – May 28
Shawn Mendes – July 27

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Modus Operandi: Contemporary Photography from the collection of BNY Mellon – Through April 15
Lost and Found in America – Through April 22
Smart Phone Photography – February 21
Cyanotype Workshop – February 23
Artist Nudes Approach Techniques – February 25

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 February 25
Sensory Friendly Dino Tea – February 23
Dino Tea – February 24
Gasparilla Music Festival Kids Fest – March 10
Pi Day – March 14
Make a Masterpiece Art Studio – March 17 to 25
Spring Break Camp – March 18 to 22

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

Henry B. Plant Museum
First Fridays – First Friday of the Month
Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition – Through February 24

Jobsite Theater
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] – March 15 to April 17

The John F. Germany Public Library
Exploration Club – Tuesdays
Walk-In Tech Help – Wednesdays
Toddler Time – Wednesdays
Crafternoon – Thursdays
Baby Sign – Thursdays
Tips and Tricks for Ancestry – February 22
Scandinavian Trivet – February 26
Tai Chi with Bonnie Birdsall – March 5
Pig Out on Reading – March 6
Exploration Club – March 6
Sewing at the Library: Pencil Roll – March 7
Movies @ the Library: Ocean’s 8 – March 8
The Amazing World of Google Cardboard – March 18
Messy Mondays – March 18
Become an Architect – March 19
Book Discussion: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – March 20
Learning Circle – Fundamentals of Public Speaking – March 21

Stageworks Theatre
The Speak! Tank: Spoken Word Sundays – First Sunday of every month
Christ Fellowship – Wednesdays
Ready Steady Yeti Go – Through February 24
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie – March 21 to April 7
Four Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named Maria – May 30 to June 16

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Hundred Days – Through March 24
Hamilton – Through March 10
Michael Glabicki & Dirk Miller – February 25
Open Rehearsal – The Pearl Fishers – February 26 to March 7
Wild Florida: Hidden in Plain Sight with Carlton Ward Jr. – February 26
Havana Cuba All-Stars – February 27
Arts Legacy REMIX: Asian Cultural Celebration – March 1
Trae Crowder LIVE! with Drew Morgan and Corey Forrester – March 1
Camp-A-Palooza – March 1
The Gutfield Monologues Live with special guest Tom Shillue – March 1
Discover Opera – The Pearl Fishers – March 3
Wine & Crime – March 11
mad Theatre presents Heathers The Musical – Through March 3
Simply Three – April 24
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – July 9 to 14

Tampa Bay History Center
Book Group – Food Explorer: The Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats – February 21
Walk Tampa: Historic Downtown Tampa – March 2
Walk Tampa: Central Avenue Black History Tour – February 23 and March 30
Florida Conversations: Winston Churchill in Cuba and Florida – March 13
Tap Talks: Fort Brooke Blonde Ale – March 14
Kid-tography – March 18 to 22
History Center Book Group: Barracoon – March 21
Teacher Appreciation Morning – March 22
Brewseum – March 28

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
Teen Open Studio – Tuesdays
Art on the House – Fridays
Art Spot – Saturdays
Season of Love – Through March 17, 2019
Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective – Through March 17
Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations – Through May 27
Ancient and Modern Glass from the Collection – March 23 to 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
Winefest 2019: Vino Royale – February 22 and 23
Hollywood Awards Night – February 24
Welcome to Night Vale – February 28
Tom Segura: Take It Down Tour – March 8
Lou Holtz – March 12
Jeff Tweedy – March 14
Michio Kaku – April 4
Jenna Hager – April 23
Carl Hiaasen – May 14
Platon – June 6
SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque – September 28

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 Drip – 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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