Tampa's Downtown

Public Space

Parks & Public Space

Downtown Tampa is the place for beautiful parks and signature outdoor events. Between the Tampa Riverwalk, waterfront parks, public art, Downtown Tampa provides a wide array of things to do outside. The Tampa Riverwalk has transformed the downtown landscape, opening public access to the Hillsborough River, linking five museums, seven parks, and outdoor gathering places. The Tampa Riverwalk welcomes visitors and residents to walk, jog, bike, or sip and stroll along its 2.6 miles.


Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Placemaking initiatives advance our public spaces into highly programmed and attractive places. Placemaking is a multifaceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces. Recurring initiatives include events such as Rock the Park, Community Fitness Classes, River O’Green Fest, Winter Village, and Summer Series.


Tampa Downtown Partnership hosts free evening classes offered in the picturesque setting of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

The Square

This space features moveable tables and chairs, overhead lighting, and more in Lykes Gaslight Park .

River O'Green

River O’ Green Fest is an annual, free event to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, as the Hillsborough River is transformed into a bright shade of green. Celebrate with live Irish entertainment, food and beverage vendors, beer, and family-friendly activities.

Rock the Park

Rock the Park is a free monthly music series showcasing Central Florida’s musical talents of all genres. Join us the FIRST THURSDAY of every month at 7pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. 

Winter Village

Celebrate the holiday season in Downtown Tampa at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park. Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed with the sights, sounds and activities of the holidays for children and adults of all ages.

Summer Series

Summer Series at Curtis Hixon Park and Julian B. Lane Park offers kids activities and seating throughout the week under 12,000 SF of shade during its installation.

Office in the Park

An annual experience where our Tampa Downtown Partnership staff make their way down to Lykes Gaslight Square Park and set up a pop-up office in hopes of receiving your feedback about Downtown Tampa. Not only will our staff be working in the park for a full week, but we also invite you all to work with us. We have some awesome co-working space that will be available to anyone, with FREE wifi, all week long.

Boom by the Bay

Boom by the Bay is the Tampa Downtown Partnership and City of Tampa’s official annual Fourth of July event that brings festivities to six locations throughout Downtown Tampa. Attendees can enjoy 2.5 miles of Fourth of July activities, and marvelous fireworks from four different locations. Whether it’s live entertainment, kids games, food trucks or live shows this event has something for every member of the family. Admission is free and the entire family is welcome, including four-legged members!

New Yaargh’s Eve Booty Drop

The Tampa Downtown Partnership and City of Tampa ring in the New Year with the 2nd annual New Yarrgh’s Eve Booty Drop at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This free, family-friendly event features live entertainment, food and drinks, and a signature “booty drop” countdown to midnight. See the iconic Rivergate Tower come to life with a 3-D mapped, 320ft tall projection of a treasure chest being lowered on the side of the building. Admission is free and the entire family is welcome, including four-legged members. Grab ye krewe and join us for this one-of-a-kind signature event!

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