Downtown After Hours

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thursday, November 29

Kevin O’Leary Live – Wealth Retreat
Begins 5pm
Tampa Theatre
Step your financial game up with this fun, relaxed, and informative conference that is guaranteed to give you a new way to think about making money like never before. The opportunities are virtually limitless! Kevin O’Leary Live – Wealth Retreat

In Their Words
Begins 5pm
Lector Wine Shoppe & Social Club
An evening for the love of literature and literature lovers. A free open mic event with featured readers: Jonathan Rosa, Shae Krispinsky, and Carly Rae. In Their Words

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

Holiday Bubbles Tasting
Begins 6pm
Armature Works
‘Tis the season for good bubbly and celebrations! Taste through a range of styles of sparkling wine from Pet Nat to true Champagne. Taste 12-15 different bubblies and pick your favorites to stock up on gifts this holiday season. Holiday Bubbles Tasting

Urban Excellence Awards 2018
Begins 6pm
Armature Works
The Urban Excellence Awards event gives the downtown community a fun and social occasion to recognize the pioneers, trailblazers and Downtown champions that have contributed to the success, transformation and revitalization of Tampa’s Downtown. This event celebrates the extraordinary people, businesses, programs and projects that make downtown a great place to live, work and play. Each year an awards jury representing a cross-section of downtown constituencies selects award winners who have made significant contributions that have made a lasting and positive impact on Downtown. Awardees are honored for their leadership, innovation, hard work, talent, and community spirit. Urban Excellence Awards 2018

Patel Conservatory presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Shows Thursday through Sunday
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Students in grades 2 through 12 take on the roles of the Herdman kids – the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear and hit little kids. In this stage production of the famous children’s book, follow the Herdmans as they take over the annual Christmas pageant to create a shocking, chaotic evening somewhat similar to the night that inspired it. The result is a heartwarming version of the greatest story ever told. Patel Conservatory presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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

Friday, November 30

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning
4pm – 10pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at this holiday favorite, presented by Tampa Bay Lightning and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink and The Shops of Winter Village, featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

Holiday Lights Bike Ride
Begins 5:45pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Deck your bike with boughs of holly (or festive decorations of your choice) and join us for a gentle, family-friendly ride through downtown to celebrate the opening of Jackson Street cycle track. The ride will conclude at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park just in time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony! Holiday Lights Bike Ride

Artist Talk with Christy Marie
Begins 6pm
Lector Wine Shoppe & Social Club
Photojournalist and art activist Christy Marie will be sharing her experience and knowledge surrounding the role art has played in revolutionary movements from past to the present. Wine Tasting available with one white and one red. Artist Talk with Christy Marie

Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony 2018
Begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Enjoy a beautiful evening along the river at Tampa’s top tree lighting ceremony. The evening will include a countdown to light the tree with Mayor Buckhorn and a free movie in the park. Blankets, low back chairs, coolers and dogs on leashes are allowed. Concessions will be available as well. Admission for this event is free. Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony 2018

River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours
6pm to 10pm
Pirate Water Taxi
Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration on the water returns. View festive decorations, lighted bridges, and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. Riders will enjoy whimsical narration, Christmas carolers, hot chocolate, and a holiday cookie for all. There is no better way to experience the holidays in Tampa! River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours

Tampa Theatre Outdoor Holiday Classics – The Santa Clause
Begins 7:30pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Tampa Theatre will build on the success of last year’s Holiday Classics film series in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park by returning to the park this yuletide season, thanks to a new presenting sponsor, the F.E. Lykes Foundation. Bringing its massive 40-foot screen and high-intensity projector back to the Great Lawn, Tampa Theatre will present The Santa Clause. This screening will take place after Tampa’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by Friends of Tampa Recreation. The event is free and open to the public. Lawn seating is first-come, first-served, so please don’t forget to bring blankets or folding lawn chairs. Tampa Theatre Outdoor Holiday Classics – The Santa Clause

Boy Erased (2018)
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Jared Eamons, played by Lucas Hedges, is an Arkansas college student, avid runner, aspiring writer, and also gay. Or rather, he is in the midst of figuring that out about himself – what it means, how he might act on it – when his panicked parents enroll him in a conversion therapy program designed to change, or at least suppress, his sexuality. Boy Erased (2018)

Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Take a husband on his way to jail, a wife with a wandering eye and a best friend who’s been dying to get revenge ever since that embarrassing night at the costume party when he earned the nickname “die fledermaus” (“the bat”). Then, give them unlimited alcohol on New Year’s Eve. So launches the light-hearted, high-blood-alcohol-content revenge comedy that landed Johann “The Blue Danube” Strauss II his place in the operatic canon. Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus

Fall 2018 Honors Program Symposia Series
Begins 8pm
University of Tampa – Vaughn Center
This talk, “History of the Second Amendment” will be conducted by Saul Cornell, the Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham University and a leading authority on early American constitutional thought and the Second Amendment. Fall 2018 Honors Program Symposia Series

Glenn Beck LIVE – Addicted to Outrage Tour
Begins 8:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
In celebration of the release of his next book, Addicted to Outrage, Glenn Beck and executive producer/head writer of The Glenn Beck Program and TheBlaze personality, Stu Burguiere, invite fans to engage in intimate and frank conversations on the hilarity of the level of outrage on both ends of the political spectrum. The pair will also invite guests to dissect the angriest of tweets and Facebook posts, the Bill of Rights’ surprising position on freedom of the press and freedom of speech and instances of hyper political-correctness. Glenn Beck LIVE – Addicted to Outrage Tour

Saturday, December 1

14th World AIDS Day
Begins 7am
Florida Department of Health
Free flu shots and STD testing for all ages 13 and older. Plus, enjoy educational presentations throughout the day, and music and incentives for all who get tested. Community partners welcomed. Get know your local Health Department. 14th World AIDS Day

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

37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll
10am to 8pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
This Christmas event celebrates the warmth and spirit of an old fashioned holiday, while encouraging a sense of community. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday music floats through the air. With a different theme in every exhibit room, there is sure to be something for everyone! 37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning
10am – 10pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at this holiday favorite, presented by Tampa Bay Lightning and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink and The Shops of Winter Village, featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

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

SantaFest & 37th Annual Downtown Tampa Christmas Parade
Begins 11am
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Attendees will enjoy free photos with Santa Claus, continuous holiday entertainment, make-n-take holiday crafts, and hands-on games and activities. SantaFest & 37th Annual Downtown Tampa Christmas Parade

Boy Erased (2018)
Shows at 2pm, 4:45pm, and 7:30pm
Tampa Theatre
Jared Eamons, played by Lucas Hedges, is an Arkansas college student, avid runner, aspiring writer, and also gay. Or rather, he is in the midst of figuring that out about himself – what it means, how he might act on it – when his panicked parents enroll him in a conversion therapy program designed to change, or at least suppress, his sexuality. Boy Erased (2018)

River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours
6pm to 10pm
Pirate Water Taxi
Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration on the water returns. View festive decorations, lighted bridges, and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. Riders will enjoy whimsical narration, Christmas carolers, hot chocolate, and a holiday cookie for all. There is no better way to experience the holidays in Tampa! River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours

Eden Shireen – Live & Local
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Eden Shireen has written her own narrative in the music industry by expressing her own melodic storytelling with an eclectic blend of pop, indie and folk. The 21-year singer songwriter from Land O’ Lakes, Florida is capturing audience hearts with her freshly scripted lyrical tales of heartbreak and young love. Eden Shireen – Live & Local

Mieux Art Show at Aloft
Begins 7pm
Aloft Tampa Downtown
This event is an amazing way to network and share ideas with other creatives in Florida! Put faces to names and meet new people while hearing original sounds from Florida producers and special spins from Florida DJ’s, and browse or shop for artwork and photography from the visual artists. Mieux Art Show at Aloft

Cledus T. Judd
Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Country satire superstar Cledus T. Judd is back after a hiatus that had fans wondering if they’d ever see this ol’ coot and his coveralls ever again. With “My Weight’s Goin Up Down,” Cledus is back and better than ever. Cledus T. Judd

Sunday, December 2

37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll
10am to 8pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
This Christmas event celebrates the warmth and spirit of an old fashioned holiday, while encouraging a sense of community. Complimentary cider and cookies will be served on the veranda each day while holiday music floats through the air. With a different theme in every exhibit room, there is sure to be something for everyone! 37th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning
Noon – 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at this holiday favorite, presented by Tampa Bay Lightning and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. The park is transformed with the sights, sounds, and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink and The Shops of Winter Village, featuring 10 boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park

Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus
Begins 2pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Take a husband on his way to jail, a wife with a wandering eye and a best friend who’s been dying to get revenge ever since that embarrassing night at the costume party when he earned the nickname “die fledermaus” (“the bat”). Then, give them unlimited alcohol on New Year’s Eve. So launches the light-hearted, high-blood-alcohol-content revenge comedy that landed Johann “The Blue Danube” Strauss II his place in the operatic canon. Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus

A Christmas Story (1983)
3pm to 4:30pm
Tampa Theatre
This holiday classic chronicles the adventures of Ralphie and his Christmas dreams. Ralphie spends his holiday season yearning for a Daisy Red Rider BB gun, being tortured by bullies in the merciless cold of a Midwest winder, admiring his old man’s lamp (it’s a major award), visiting the department store Santa, and more. Many moments from this quotable classic have gained new life in the memories of its viewers. A Christmas Story (1983)

Winter Village Express
Departs Whiting Street Station beginning at 3:25
Whiting St. Station and Centro Ybor Station
The TECO Line Streetcar has partnered with the Tampa Downtown Partnership to bring you a themed ride aboard the Winter Village Express. Riders can board the Express at Whiting Station or Centro Ybor on select Sundays to enjoy treats, music, and activities during the non-stop ride. Winter Village Express

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

Chanukah in the City
Begins 5pm
City Hall Plaza
A 15-foot menorah will be lighted. City Hall’s menorah is one of thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad throughout the world, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message. Chanukah in the City

River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours
6pm to 10pm
Pirate Water Taxi
Tampa’s most unique holiday celebration on the water returns. View festive decorations, lighted bridges, and other surprises along the Hillsborough River. Riders will enjoy whimsical narration, Christmas carolers, hot chocolate, and a holiday cookie for all. There is no better way to experience the holidays in Tampa! River of Lights Holiday Boat Tours

Boy Erased (2018)
6:15pm to 8:15pm
Tampa Theatre
Jared Eamons, played by Lucas Hedges, is an Arkansas college student, avid runner, aspiring writer, and also gay. Or rather, he is in the midst of figuring that out about himself – what it means, how he might act on it – when his panicked parents enroll him in a conversion therapy program designed to change, or at least suppress, his sexuality. Boy Erased (2018)

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

Tampa Mayoral Candidate Forum: Presented by Walk Bike Tampa
Tuesday, December 11
Sparkman Wharf
Walk Bike Tampa, Inc hosts an evening with the mayoral candidates to discuss pedestrian and bike safety, creating walkable spaces, neighborhood sidewalks, and the downtown urban core. Ernest Hooper from the Tampa Bay Times will moderate. Partner organizations including Tampa General Hospital, Sidewalk Stompers, and other local businesses will develop questions related to community health benefits of active transportation, safe routes to school, bicycling conditions, and the business case for locating in walkable areas. Tampa Mayoral Candidate Forum

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 – November 29
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Boston Bruins – December 6
Barry Manilow – December 7
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche – December 8
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers – December 10
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs – December 13
For King & Country Christmas with Zach Williams – December 14
93.3 Jingle Ball – December 15
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 16
Cirque du Soleil presents “Crystal” – December 19 to 23
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers – December 27
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens – December 29
WWE Live Holiday Tour – December 30
Fleetwood Mac – February 18, 2019
P!nk – March 3, 2019
Shawn Mendes – July 27, 2019

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
North and South: Berenice Abbott’s U.S. Route 1 – Through January 11, 2019
UPA Gallery 2018 – Through November 30
Day by Day: 1968 – Through December
Modus Operandi: Contemporary Photography from the collection of BNY Mellon – January 15 to April 15

Glazer Children’s Museu
Make it Monday – Weekly 
Toddler Tuesday – Weekly 
Worldly Wednesday – Weekly
Tinker and Tech Thursday – Weekly
Fun Fridays – Weekly
Outside In – Through December 15
Harvest with Heart – Through November 30
Member Morning – December 2
Instrument Petting Zoo – December 2
Code-A-Palooza – December 3 to 9
Children’s Board Free Tuesday – December 4
Little Global Citizens Unboxing – December 5
Developmental Checkups – December 10
Gingerbread Village – December 15 to 30
Nutcracker Tea – December 16
Cooking Class with SaltBlock Catering & Events – December 19
Museum Closed – December 24 and 25
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
Imperial Designs – Through December 31
Music Store Sunday – November 25
Victorian Christmas Stroll – December 1 to 23
Holiday Shopping Day – December 1
Members Day at the Stroll – December 1
Children’s Day at the Victorian Christmas Stroll – December 16

Jobsite Theater
Othello – January 11 to February 3
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
ABC’s and 123s of Yoga – November 28
Sewing at the Library – Tree Skirt – November 29 and December 6
Tai Chi with Bonne Birdsall – December 4
DIY Crafting: Snowflake Book Fold – December 5
Outside the Lines: Coloring for Adults – December 7
Movies @ the Library: The 15:17 to Paris – December 7
DIY Stained Glass Candle Holders – December 10
Book Discussion: Stoner by John Williams – December 12
Recording Studio Open House – December 13
Movies @ the Library: Spider-Man: Homecoming – December 14

Stageworks Theatre
The Speak! Tank: Spoken Word Sundays – First Sunday of every month
Christ Fellowship – Wednesdays
The Winter Wonderettes – December 6 to 23
Ready Steady Yeti Go – February 7 to 24
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie – March 21 to April 7

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Patel Conservatory presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – November 29 to December 2
Glenn Beck LIVE – November 30
Cledus T. Judd – December 1
Live & Local – Eden Shireen – December 1
The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Texas – December 4
Hundred Days – January 15 to March 24
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – July 9 to 14

Tampa Bay History Center
Walk Tampa: The Ybor City Story – November 10, and December 8
Girl Scout Workshop: Tweetin’ Tampa – December 1
Florida Conversations – December 4
Walk Tampa: Central Avenue Black History Tour – December 29

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
Yayoi Kusama: Love is Calling – Through February 14, 2019
Patricia Cronin, Aphrodite, and the Lure of Antiquity: Through January 6, 2019
Season of Love – Through March 17, 2019
Robert Indiana: A Sculpture Retrospective – October 25 to March 17, 2019
Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations – January 31 to May 27, 2019
Ancient and Modern Glass from the Collection – March 23 to August 19, 2019
Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution – April 11 to August 11, 2019
Echoing Forms: American Abstraction – April 13 to August 18, 2019
Tableau and Transformation: Photography from the Permanent Collection – June 20 to October 6, 2019

Tampa Theatre
Home Free – A Country Christmas – December 6
Elf – December 9
It’s a Wonderful Life – December 14
Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles – December 18
White Christmas – December 23
NYE Wrap Party 2018: Austin Powers – December 31
Raffi – Januaury 19
Bert Kreischer: Body Shots Tour – February 14
Winefest 2019 – February 22 and 23
Hollywood Awards Night – February 24
Welcome to Night Vale – February 28
Tom Segura: Take It Down Tour – March 8

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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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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