Downtown After Hours

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Thursday, May 2

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

Rock the Park – cancelled due to weather
6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to some great musical talent in a beautiful, relaxing setting. This month’s show features The Holy Terror, King of Denmark, and Ivy Alex. With food and drinks on the premises and an always exciting vibe, this free concert is guaranteed not to disappoint. Rock the Park

Spamilton: An American Parody
Shows Thursday through Sunday
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

Jenna Hager
Begins 8pm
Tampa Theatre
Jenna Hager, best-selling author, newly named co-host of NBC Today’s fourth hour, chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation and Editor-At-Large of Southern Living Magazine, will be joining Tampa Theatre as part of the 2019 Limelight series. Jenna Hager

Friday, May 3

Tampa Riverfest 2019
Begins 4pm
Tampa Riverwalk
This free community event celebrating the Tampa waterfront will include a full concert line-up, wiener dog derby, Gasparilla stand-up paddle board Invasion, Tampa Bay Pride Band, TacoFest, beer bars, margarita bar, a blessing of the fleet, Taste of the Riverwalk, Hillsborough County School kid performances, and much more. Tampa Riverfest 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

Evening of Dance
Begins 6:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Patel Conservatory Open Dance program students of ballet, tap, and jazz perform alongside the music department in a collaborative evening of music and dance. Evening of Dance

Arts Legacy REMIX: Global Storytellers
Begins 6:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Arts Legacy Remix continues to bring free exciting, inspiring performances from mind-blowing local talent. These shows keep drawing hundreds of people to the Straz Center’s glorious spot on the Riverwalk, so make sure you arrive early to get the best view of the show. Arts Legacy REMIX: Global Storytellers

Wild Nights With Emily (2019)
7:30pm to 9pm
Tampa Theatre
A well-researched dissection of the long-standing myth that Emily Dickinson was a sexless and melancholic recluse. The film asserts that Dickinson actually had a loving relationship with her sister-in-law. Much of the humor of the film comes from the tension of what we see happening and what the narrator tells her audience. An irreverent, winking comedy about the way society will create its own secrets, the film offers joy and companionship to a figure whose history was more conveniently presented to generations of readers as lonely. Wild Nights With Emily (2019)

The Florida Orchestra – Mahler’s Symphony No. 1
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Mahler’s spellbinding Symphony No. 1 is framed by Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood and Norman’s ridiculously virtuosic percussion concerto Switch, featuring Colin Currie. Michael Francis conducts. The Florida Orchestra – Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory, Mal and Parks
Begins 8:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Joe Budden, hip-hop’s most polarizing critic, joins forces with Rory and Mal, two rap connoisseurs, to face-off and disect their take on pop culture and current events live! The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory, Mal and Parks

Evening of Dance
Begins 8:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Patel Conservatory Open Dance program students of ballet, tap, and jazz perform alongside the music department in a collaborative evening of music and dance. Evening of Dance

Cabaret (1972)
10:30pm to 12:30am
Tampa Theatre
A musical about the complicated moral calculus of hedonism in a world controlled by evil too powerful to confront, set around a seedy nightclub in Berlin during the Weimar Republic. Cabaret (1972)

Saturday, May 4

Tampa Riverfest 2019
Begins 10am
Tampa Riverwalk
This free community event celebrating the Tampa waterfront will include a full concert line-up, wiener dog derby, Gasparilla stand-up paddle board Invasion, Tampa Bay Pride Band, TacoFest, beer bars, margarita bar, a blessing of the fleet, Taste of the Riverwalk, Hillsborough County School kid performances, and much more. Tampa Riverfest 2019

Beginning Dance 1 Recitals
Begins 10am
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The recitals begin with a class demonstration to show skills learned throughout the year. It concludes with a recital dance, led by the instructor, which will prepare them for a formal recital at the end of the Beginning Dance 2 class. Beginning Dance 1 Recitals

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

Wild Nights With Emily (2019)
Shows at 1:45pm, 4pm, 6:15pm, and 8:30pm
Tampa Theatre
A well-researched dissection of the long-standing myth that Emily Dickinson was a sexless and melancholic recluse. The film asserts that Dickinson actually had a loving relationship with her sister-in-law. Much of the humor of the film comes from the tension of what we see happening and what the narrator tells her audience. An irreverent, winking comedy about the way society will create its own secrets, the film offers joy and companionship to a figure whose history was more conveniently presented to generations of readers as lonely. Wild Nights With Emily (2019)

U Rock: A Concert For Lupus Awareness
Begins 2pm
Ulele
A free public outdoor concert on Ulele’s Sunset Lawn in conjunction with Tampa Rivervest and the 2019 Gasparilla SUP Invasion, with VIP food and beverage hospitality tickets for sale. All proceeds benefit Lupus Foundation of America. U Rock: A Concert For Lupus Awareness

Opera Tampa Grand Gala 2019
Begins 6pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
This gala, hosted by the Opera Tampa League, features a cocktail reception, a sumptuous dinner on Carol Morsani Hall stage, live and silent auctions, live entertainment and the presentation of the Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts award. Opera Tampa Grand Gala 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, May 5

OE Book Fair
Begins 9am
Oxford Exchange
Oxford Exchange launched the Book Fair in 2015 to provide an open platform for local authors to connect with the community face-to-face. Featured are local authors and their publications, workshops, and more. OE Book Fair

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

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

Mommy and Me High Tea
Begins 10:30am
Armature Works
An afternoon event benefiting Redefining Refuge. The event features hot and cold teas served in vintage crockery, tea sandwiches and delectable desserts, a fashion show featuring clothing for women and children, princess experiences, photo opportunities, live entertainment, fun craft experiences for you and your children and a silent auction benefiting Redefining Refuge. Come dressed in your finest tea chic attire, hats, fascinators, gloves and pretty dresses are encouraged! Mommy and Me High Tea

Wild Nights With Emily (2019)
Shows at 1:45pm, 4pm, and 6:15pm
Tampa Theatre
A well-researched dissection of the long-standing myth that Emily Dickinson was a sexless and melancholic recluse. The film asserts that Dickinson actually had a loving relationship with her sister-in-law. Much of the humor of the film comes from the tension of what we see happening and what the narrator tells her audience. An irreverent, winking comedy about the way society will create its own secrets, the film offers joy and companionship to a figure whose history was more conveniently presented to generations of readers as lonely. Wild Nights With Emily (2019)

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

Tampa Bay Symphony presents Sibelius’s Mighty Second
2pm to 2:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Mark Sforzini will conduct this wonderful performance, which will feature Sibelius – Symphony No. 2, Composition Competition Winner, and Jack Heller Young Artist Competition Winner. Tampa Bay Symphony presents Sibelius’s Mighty Second

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

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

SeaGrapes Fine Wine & Food Festival
Saturday, May 18

The Florida Aquarium
This wine and food event is the signature fundraiser for The Florida Aquarium. The event features more than 100 types of wine and delicious foods from numerous local restaurants. 100% of the proceeds from your ticket purchase support our mission, including endangered species conservation programs. SeaGrapes Fine Wine & Food Festival

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
The Millennium Tour – May 11
Ariana Grande – May 28
Luis Miguel – June 25
Adam Sandler – June 29
Hugh Jackman – July 5
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – July 7
Anuel AA – July 21
Shawn Mendes – July 27
Lionel Richie – July 28
Queen + Adam Lambert – August 18
Hope 2019 – September 7
Disturbed – September 21
The Who – September 22
Phil Collins – September 26
The Chainsmokers – October 25
Elton John – November 4
Bad Bunny – December 8

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Contemporary Performance – Through August 31
Olivia Parker: Vanishing in Plain Sight – Through August 31
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
Story Time with Elephant and Piggie – May 3 to 12
May the Fourth Be With You Celebration – May 4
Member Morning – May 5
Children’s Board Free Tuesday – May 7
Cooking Class with SaltBlock – May 8
Mommas Play Free Today! Happy Mother’s Day! – May 12
Grown Up Night – May 17
Development Checkups – May 21
Sunshine Sunday – May 26
Member Preview: Summer of Making – May 30

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

Henry B. Plant Museum
First Fridays – First Friday of the Month
Music in the Museum – May 16
Sunday Tour – May 19
Blue Star Museums – May 26 to September 1
Archives Awareness Week – July 16
Teacher Appreciation Day – August 3

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
Tai Chi with Bonnie Birdsall – May 7
Recording Studio Open House – May 8
Sewing at the Library: Pocket Pillow – May 9
Movies @ the Library: Mission Impossible: Fallout – May 11
Messy Mondays – May 13
Smithsonian Volunteering Online – May 14
Book Discussion: The Funeral Party by Ludmila Ulitskaya – May 15
Movies @ the Library: Chappaquiddick – May 17
Starting a Nonprofit – May 21
DIY Comic Book Magnets – May 22
All Day – Memorial Day Holiday – May 27

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

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Spamilton: An American Parody – Through May 12
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
Maps and More: Longitude – May 8
Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story – May 11
Mother’s Day at the History Center – May 12
OLLI/TBHB Course: The Seminole Wars – May 15
Tap Talks: Passion of the Heights Wheat Ale – May 16
History Center Book Group: The Pope of Palm Beach – May 16
Downtown Tampa Walking Tour – May 18
OLLI/THBC Course: Nostalgic Tales of Florida History – May 22
Walk Tampa: Central Avenue Black History Tour – May 25
Living History Saturday – May 25
History Adventure Camp: Swashbuckling Summer – June 10 to 14
History Adventure Camp: American Girl© – June 24 to 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
Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations – Through May 27
Ancient and Modern Glass from the Collection – Through August 19
Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution – Through August 11
Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection – June 20 to October 6

Tampa Theatre
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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DOWNTOWN AFTER HOURS is your guide to planning your downtown after hours activities, brought to you by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. A supplement to your Monday Morning Memo, After Hours is a weekly publication issued every Thursday afternoon.
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