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Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Categories: Attraction, Theater, Music venue, Performing Arts

Features: Catering, Guided tours

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Food available: Yes

Parking: Garage

More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa's dazzling performing arts venue sits on nine acres on the east bank of Hillsborough River. The 330,000-square-foot complex contains five theaters offering one of the nation's best Broadway touring series, grand opera, concerts and a variety of events and performances.

The five individual theaters are Carol Morsani Hall (2,610 seats), Ferguson Hall (1,042 seats), the Jaeb Theater (268 seats), the TECO Energy Foundation Theater (250 seats) and the Shimberg Playhouse (130 seats).

You can dine before the performance on site at Maestro's Restaurant (buffett, upstairs from the Jaeb Theater; opened for Broadway series, opera and selected events), Maestro's Cafe (in Carol Morsani Hall lobby) or Maestro's On The River (near the fountains). The restaurant also offers late night dining (menu service) on Friday and Saturday post-show for selected performances.

Educational/work facilities include the 45,000-foot Patel Conservatory, featuring 20 studios, including two dance studios with sprung floors, a sound/lighting laboratory, technical theater workshop, rehearsal hall, costume shop and media arts/TV studio. 

The venues are available for performance related events, including concerts, lectures, meetings, recitals, plays, graduations and pageants.

The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, which opened in 1987, was renamed for philanthropist David A. Straz Jr. in November 2009.

Events at Straz Center for the Performing Arts

A Pair to Remember
Friday, February 26, 2016 11:00am

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
Friday, April 1, 2016 8:00pm
Florida Orchestra Masterworks Series: Ravel and Brahms
Friday, February 26, 2016 8:00pm

Florida Orchestra Pops Series: A Valentine's Pops
Friday, February 12, 2016 8:00pm

Florida Orchestra Pops Series: Red Hot Blues
Friday, March 4, 2016 8:00pm

Live and Local Series
Saturday, February 13, 2016 5:45pm
Greg West
Sunday, February 21, 2016 5:15pm
Mike Tozier
Saturday, February 27, 2016 5:45pm
Friday, March 11, 2016 5:45pm
Amy Morgan

Opera Tampa Gala
Sunday, March 6, 2016 6:00pm

The Enchanted Kingdom Fairytales
Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:00am

The Lion King
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:30pm
Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:30pm
Friday, February 12, 2016 8:00pm
Saturday, February 13, 2016 2:00pm
Saturday, February 13, 2016 8:00pm
Sunday, February 14, 2016 1:00pm
Sunday, February 14, 2016 6:30pm

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Straz Center for the Performing Arts - Downtown Tampa