Downtown After Hours

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday, May 3

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 Ashley Smith & The Random Occurrence, Jon Ditty, and The Easy Button. With food and drinks on the premises and an always exciting vibe, this free concert is guaranteed not to disappoint. Rock the Park

1984
Begins 8pm
Jobsite Theater
This performance details the story of Winston Smith, a small cog in the giant machine-state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen Inquisitor and the audience – who act as a silent witness. 1984

Friday, May 4

International Bus Roadeo
Begins 9am
Hilton Tampa Downtown
The International Bus Roadeo is a unique learning opportunity for operators and maintenance teams to engage with other transit agency professionals up close and personal. The Roadeo is a competition of driving skills and maintenance disciplines, as well as a training and networking opportunity for all attendees. As part of the Bus & Paratransit Conference, there are multiple training sessions for operators, maintenance teams, and supervisors. International Bus Roadeo

Do the Local Motion
Noon to 1pm
Poe Plaza
This event is a healthy and social way to enjoy your lunch hour and learn interesting tidbits about Tampa’s Downtown! This walk will feature Heroes Monument Park and the Columbia Cafe. Do the Local Motion: Heroes Monument Park & Columbia Cafe

Tampa Riverfest 2018
Begins 4pm
Tampa Riverwalk
Presented by Friends of the Riverwalk in conjunction with the City of Tampa, the fourth annual edition of this free event will span the entire length of the Riverwalk and feature family-friendly activities and events showcasing Tampa’s cultural institutions, local music, and restaurants. Music fans can enjoy more than 8 bands on the main stage in Curtis Hixon Park. This year’s event features a special new treat: Friday’s Taste of the Riverwalk will feature samples from local restaurants and bars that are located on or near the Riverwalk. Enjoy everything our beautiful Riverwalk has to offer at this wonderful celebration! Tampa Riverfest 2018

Friday Concerts in the Park
Begins 7pm
Water Works Park
The return of spring means the return of Tampa’s longest running concert series. Celebrating 31 years of high-quality entertainment, the eight-week series highlights music of different genres to satisfy all tastes in a fun, family-friendly way. Local food trucks and vendors will also be available onsite. Friday Concerts in the Park

Lean On Pete (2018)
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Everyone needs a place to call home. Fifteen-year-old Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging quarterhorse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner and his seasoned jockey help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence – until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. Lean On Pete (2018)

1984
Begins 8pm
Jobsite Theater
This performance details the story of Winston Smith, a small cog in the giant machine-state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen Inquisitor and the audience – who act as a silent witness. 1984

The Florida Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Grab a seat and enjoy an evening of beautiful music from The Florida Orchestra. James Ehnes will showcase his talents with the violin and Michael Francis will conduct. The Florida Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4

Spaceballs (1987)
10:30pm to Midnight
Tampa Theatre
In recent years, May the 4th has been claimed by film fans around the world as Star Wars Day, thanks to its phonetic similarity to that famous phrase “may the Force be with you.” So on May 4th, Tampa Theatre is proud to present Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ genius satirical send-up of the wave of mainstream science fiction of the 1980s. Spaceballs (1987)

Saturday, May 5

International Bus Roadeo
Begins 9am
Hilton Tampa Downtown
The International Bus Roadeo is a unique learning opportunity for operators and maintenance teams to engage with other transit agency professionals up close and personal. The Roadeo is a competition of driving skills and maintenance disciplines, as well as a training and networking opportunity for all attendees. As part of the Bus & Paratransit Conference, there are multiple training sessions for operators, maintenance teams, and supervisors. International Bus Roadeo

Tampa Riverfest 2018
Begins 10am
Tampa Riverwalk
Presented by Friends of the Riverwalk in conjunction with the City of Tampa, the fourth annual edition of this free event will span the entire length of the Riverwalk and feature family-friendly activities and events showcasing Tampa’s cultural institutions, local music, and restaurants. Music fans can enjoy more than 8 bands on the main stage in Curtis Hixon Park. This year’s event features a special new treat: Friday’s Taste of the Riverwalk will feature samples from local restaurants and bars that are located on or near the Riverwalk. Enjoy everything our beautiful Riverwalk has to offer at this wonderful celebration! Tampa Riverfest 2018

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

Scavenger Hunt at Tampa Riverfest 2018 – Cinco de Mayo
Begins 11am
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Discover the Tampa Riverwalk with a smile! This fun event takes place at parks and venues along the beautiful Riverwalk. The Scavenger Hunt will feature an adult edition as well as a family friendly kids edition. It will include about 1-4miles of walking or cycling. Participants have the chance to win a myriad of prizes, including a Tampa staycation, tickets to Adventure Island, and much more! Scavenger Hunt – Cinco de Mayo

2nd Annual Tampa Derby Gallop
Begins 1pm
American Social
Gallop around downtown to party at three Tampa hot spots and celebrate “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”. Get dressed to the nines and get ready for a party! Seersuckers, Bow Ties, Colorful Casual, Big Hats and Summer Dresses are all welcome for this 2018 Kentucky Derby celebration. 2nd Annual Tampa Derby Gallop

Lean On Pete (2018)
Shows at 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Everyone needs a place to call home. Fifteen-year-old Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging quarterhorse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner and his seasoned jockey help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence – until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. Lean On Pete (2018)

Next Generation Ballet’s Cinderella
Shows at 2pm and 7pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Prokofiev’s jubilant music sweeps this magical ballet along at a brisk, joyous pace as we meet all our favorite characters: the terrible stepsisters, the fairy godmother, the handsome prince, and, of course, what would Cinderella be without mice and a pumpkin? The award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet delight audiences with Cinderella’s race-to-midnight as her fate hangs in the balance by one very powerful glass slipper. Next Generation Ballet’s Cinderella

1984
Begins 8pm
Jobsite Theater
This performance details the story of Winston Smith, a small cog in the giant machine-state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen Inquisitor and the audience – who act as a silent witness. 1984

Sunday, May 6

International Bus Roadeo
Begins 9am
Hilton Tampa Downtown
The International Bus Roadeo is a unique learning opportunity for operators and maintenance teams to engage with other transit agency professionals up close and personal. The Roadeo is a competition of driving skills and maintenance disciplines, as well as a training and networking opportunity for all attendees. As part of the Bus & Paratransit Conference, there are multiple training sessions for operators, maintenance teams, and supervisors. International Bus Roadeo

BAPS Charities Walk Green 2018
Begins 9am
Perry Harvey Sr. Park
An event to raise funds for The Nature Conservancy, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Foundation, and other charitable activities organized by BAPS Charities. This year, BAPS Charities will support The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to plant and restore over 1.6 million acres of land by planting one billion trees by 2025 through their Plant a Billion Trees initiative. Join over 23,000 walkers in over 70 cities in North America and help support the planting of 130,000 trees in 2018. BAPS Charities Walk Green 2018

Sunday RX Brunch
Begins 11am
The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
Waterworks Bar and Grill is beginning a new weekly Sunday brunch with drinks poolside, a brunch menu, and live DJ spinning all day. Get your brunch on, recover from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby parties and Cinco de Mayo fiestas, and enjoy your Sunday! Sunday RX Brunch

Museum Tour
12:30pm to 3pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Enjoy a guided tour and theater performances featuring ASL interpretation. These tours and performances are open to the public. Upstairs Downstairs is an award-winning living history program consists of 8 single-character 30-minute monologues. The vignettes reveal American Gilded Age culture at the Hotel as experienced by the wealthy guests and working class employees. Museum Tour

Next Generation Ballet’s Cinderella
Begins 2pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Prokofiev’s jubilant music sweeps this magical ballet along at a brisk, joyous pace as we meet all our favorite characters: the terrible stepsisters, the fairy godmother, the handsome prince, and, of course, what would Cinderella be without mice and a pumpkin? The award-winning dancers of Next Generation Ballet delight audiences with Cinderella’s race-to-midnight as her fate hangs in the balance by one very powerful glass slipper. Next Generation Ballet’s Cinderella

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins – Game 5
Begins 3pm
Amalie Arena
There is nothing better than playoff time in Downtown Tampa! The Bolts welcome the Boston Bruins for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Find some tickets (if you can) and cheer on the Bolts in this high intensity, ultra-important throwdown on the ice! Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins – Game 5

Sing-Along The Little Mermaid
Begins 3pm
Tampa Theatre
The characters and music from The Little Mermaid still fill our hearts with wonder and joy. In this special sing-along version of the Disney classic, you can come dressed as your favorite character, follow the words on the screen, and sing along out loud to all the fantastic songs! Sing-Along The Little Mermaid

1984
Begins 4pm
Jobsite Theater
This performance details the story of Winston Smith, a small cog in the giant machine-state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen Inquisitor and the audience – who act as a silent witness. 1984

Yoga in the Park
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
In operation since 2010, 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

Riverfront Rock
Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
Over Mother’s Day weekend, May 12th and 13th, Julian B Lane Riverfront Park will open to the public featuring a series of very special events and musical talent. This 25 acre park features relaxing water views, dynamic public art, sports fields/courts, picnic areas, and a large rowing center. Little visitors can enjoy the new playground and splash pad. In addition, this park will serve as one of the city’s premium event spaces, able to accommodate up to 16,000 people in a single lawn. From recreation to leisure, Riverfront Park has something for everyone! Riverfront Rock

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. Boston Bruins – Game 5 – May 6
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins – Game 7 (if necessary) – May 10
James Taylor – May 12
Justin Timberlake – May 15
Shania Twain – June 2
Maroon 5 – June 16
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train – June 22
HOT 101.5 Summer Jam 2018 – June 29
Sam Smith – July 13
The Smashing Pumpkins – July 25
WWE Smackdown Live – July 31
Panic! At the Disco – August 1
Kevin Hart – August 4
Journey & Def Leppard – August 18
Monster Jam – August 25
Paul Simon – September 7
Scorpions – September 14
15th Anniversary Freestyle Explosion Concert – September 15
Game of Thrones – September 21
Joyce Meyer Ministries 2018 Women’s Conference – October 25 to 27
Elton John – November 28
Fleetwood Mac – February 18, 2019

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Quest – Through May 31   

Aesthetics and Perception of Advanced Digital Collage – May 5
Anonymous Women: Camouflage and Calamity – Through June 30
Minor League and Best Friends – Through June 30
Framing Places: The Fundamentals of Travel Photography – May 8
Photography 101 – May 9 to May 30
Iphoneography 101 – May 20 
Applying the Language of Photography to Bookmaking – June 2
Photoshop for Beginners – June 4 to 25
Introduction to Smartphone Photography – June 7
Photography 101 Express – June 9
Design & Brand – June 10
Visual Story Telling through Fine Art Photography – July 29

Glazer Children’s Museum
Make it Monday – Weekly 
Toddler Tuesday – Weekly 
Worldly Wednesday – Weekly
Tinker and Tech Thursday – Weekly
Fun Fridays – Weekly
Going Global – Through May 31
Parent’s Night Out: “Science of Parenthood” – May 3
May the Fourth Be with You: Star Wars Celebration – May 4 to 6
$5 Day with Riverfest – May 5
Member Morning – May 6
Developmental Checkups – May 8
Mindfulness with Evolve: Family Yoga – May 12
Mother’s Day: Moms Play for Free – May 13
Exercise with iStroll – May 16
Sunshine Sunday – May 27
Memorial Day: Active Military Members Play Free! – May 28
Check the Museum’s website for a full list of weekday programming.

Henry B. Plant Museum
First Fridays – First Friday of the Month
Blue Star Museums – May 27 to September 2
Imperial Designs – Through December 31

Jobsite Theater
1984 – Through May 20
Dancing at Lughnasa – June 15 to July 8

The John F. Germany Public Library
Tai Chi with Bonnie Birdsall – Tuesdays
Walk-In Tech Help – Wednesdays
Toddler Time – Wednesdays
Crafternoon – Thursdays
Baby Sign – Thursdays
Outside the Lines: Coloring for Adults – May 4
Strategies for Effective Use of the Internet – May 5
DIY Crafting: Embroidery Card – May 6
Unlocking Your Creativity with Cameo – May 8
Movies @ the Library – Crooked House – May 11
Book Discussion: Before We Were Yours – May 16
Movies @ the Library: Victoria and Abdul – May 18
Remembering the USCGC Tampa – May 19
Advanced Military Records for Genealogy – May 19
Sewing: Patchwork Wristlet – May 19
DIY Bath Bombs – May 20
Audio Recording with Audacity – May 22
ABCs and 123s of Yoga – May 23
All Day – Holiday Closing – May 28

Patel Conservatory
Spring Music Spectacular: Around the World in 90 Minutes – May 8
Evening of Dance  – May 11
Beginning Dance 1 Recitals – May 12
End-of-Year Celebration – May 17
Private Lesson Recitals – May 19
Choral and Chamber Music Intensive Concert – June 8
The Wizard of OZ – June 14 to 17
Shakespeare Intensive – June 14
Summer Jazz Intensive – July 20
End-of-Summer Music Blowout – August 1
Showstoppers: Broadway Intensive – August 3 to 5
Summer Evening of Dance – August 10

Stageworks Theatre
The Speak! Tank: Spoken Word Sundays – First Sunday of every month
Christ Fellowship – Wednesdays
James and the Giant Peach – May 10
Jan Roberts in On the Road: A One Helluva Woman Show – May 18 and 19
The Got Jokes? Improv Experience – May 26
Blithe Spirit – June 1 to 16
Ugly Lies the Bone – August 9 to 19

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The Florida Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 – May 4
Next Generation Ballet’s Cinderella – May 5
The Revelers at Tampa Riverfest 2018 – May 4 and 5
Spring Music Spectacular: Around the World in 90 Minutes – May 8
That’s the Spirit – May 10
Evening of Dance – May 11
Nick Swardson – May 11
Always & Forever: An Evening of Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard – May 12
Beginning Dance 1 Recitals – May 12
Darci Lynne and Friends Live – May 12
The Sandi Sylver Puppet Show – May 12
Mike Birbiglia: The New One – May 13
Mother’s Day Brunch – May 13
Latin Nights – May 17
The Florida Orchestra – Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony – May 18
The Book of Moron – May 18 and 19
Bubble Guppies Live ! “Ready to Rock” – May 19
Private Lessons Recitals – May 19
Travis Greene: Crossover Live Tour Vol. 2 – May 19
Angels in America Part II: Perestroika – May 20
Shannon McNally – May 21
Ballet Nacional de Cuba – May 23
The Florida Orchestra – Patriotic Salute – May 25
Victoria’s School of Dance 21st Annual Recital – May 27

Tampa Bay History Center
Old Glory – Through July 2018
Walk Tampa – The Ybor City Story – May 12 and June 9
Walk Tampa – Tampa Bay Black History Tour – May 26
TBHC Book Group – The Talented Ribkins – May 17
Collectors Day – May 20
Flag Day – June 14
Touchton Map Library Insiders Tour – July 18
Flag Exhibit Tour – July 20

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
Riverfest – May 4 and 5
Youth Council Presents : “Teens Take TMA” – May 5
Run for the Roses – May 5
Art Market 101 – May 9
Connections Open for Stress Relief – May 10
Spring Member and Guest Celebration – May 16
Teacher Preview – May 17
Thirty on Thursday – May 24
Free High School Photography Workshop – May 30 to June 1
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Houses – May 30

Tampa Theatre
Lean on Pete – May 4 to 10
Spaceballs – May 4
Sing-Along The Little Mermaid – May 6
RBG – May 11 to 17
Best in Show – May 18
The Longest Game – May 24
Mulholland Drive – May 25
Tampa Theatre’s Restoration Celebration – June 2
The Les Brown Experience – July 11
Kings Coast Roast of King Gothalion – July 12
The Perfect Storm – July 13
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
Zumba in the Park  – Tuesday, 6pm to 7pm
Bamboozle Fit Club Boot Camp – Wednesday, 6pm to 7pm
Yoga in the Park – Sunday, 6pm to 7pm
– 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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