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Downtown Tampa

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

  • Make it 2.0 Grand Opening

    A hands on learning program related to the curriculum of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Includes a Make It Zone with table-top engineering games, pottery wheels, cooking demonstrations, recipe making and guest presenters from various fields. Takes place Monday through Friday through April 3. Included with admission.

    Glazer Children's Museum: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

  • Grand Opening Event

    The new bar, restaurant and live entertainment venue will treat their neighbors to their first drink on the house, if your driver's license has a 33602 zip code. The party also features live entertainment, dancing, games and giveaways.

    Price:Free admission.

    Ferg's Live: 490 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

  • Riverwalk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Kennedy Segment

    Editor's pick

    Five mayors, a pop-up bar and a family fun zone will welcome the new segment of the Riverwalk. Join Mayor Sandy Freedman, Mayor Dick Greco, Mayor Pam Iorio, Governor Bob Martinez and Mayor Bob Buckhorn for a ribbon cutting of the Kennedy Boulevard segment, followed by family fun in the park. The Plank, Tampa's first waterfront pop-up bar, will also open along the Riverwalk in Curtis Hixon Park and it will remain open throughout the weekend. Sono Cafe will manage food service for the three-day installation.

    Price:Free.

    Curtis Hixon Park: 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

  • Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival

    Editor's pick

    Modeled after the fringe festivals found around the globe that feature edgy, innovative, multi-disciplinary performances,  this promises a smorgasbord of music, dance, theater, improv, video and more, presented live by both emerging and accomplished artists. 

    Price:$25; $30 at the door; $55-$75 VIP.

    Tampa Museum of Art: 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

  • First Date

    A blind date newbie and serial-dater out for a casual drink get overwhelmed by supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents singing and dancing them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversation land mines. Through April 19.

    Price:$40.

    Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts: 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

Restaurants:

  • Fly Bar & Restaurant


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Date night, Dog-friendly, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown Tampa: 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The brainchild of Tampa native Leslie Shirah, this bastion of hip has gained a devoted following among Tampa foodies and revelers. Shirah honed the concept during a 15-year stint in San…

  • Ashley Street Grille


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Children's menu

    Downtown Tampa: 200 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Part of the Sheraton Riverwalk, this downtown Tampa restaurant offers views of the Hillsborough River and the minarets of the University of Tampa. Diners enjoy contemporary American food…

  • Hattricks Tavern


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub, Sandwiches
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Gaming stations/trivia, Happy hour, Sports, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown Tampa: 107 S Franklin St, Tampa, 33602

    It's not the closest hockey bar to the Amalie Arena, but it's the best. The staff knows everything about the game, and TV analyst Bobby "The Chief" Taylor has been known to stop…

  • Avanzare


    Cuisine: Italian, Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Date night

    Downtown Tampa: 2 Tampa City Ctr, Tampa, 33602

    Located in the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa, Avanzare offers a bistro type setting for breakfast and lunch, plus fine dining for dinner. It's located on the lobby level of a five-story…

  • Il Terrazzo


    Cuisine: Fine dining, Italian
    Features: Beach/Waterfront, Date night

    Downtown Tampa: 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa, 33602

    The Marriott's signature restaurant offers Northern Italian dining and a wine list cited by Wine Spectator.…

Bars:

  • Fly Bar & Restaurant


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Date night, Dog-friendly, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown Tampa: 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The brainchild of Tampa native Leslie Shirah, this bastion of hip has gained a devoted following among Tampa foodies and revelers. Shirah honed the concept during a 15-year stint in San…

  • Hattricks Tavern


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub, Sandwiches
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Gaming stations/trivia, Happy hour, Sports, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown Tampa: 107 S Franklin St, Tampa, 33602

    It's not the closest hockey bar to the Amalie Arena, but it's the best. The staff knows everything about the game, and TV analyst Bobby "The Chief" Taylor has been known to stop…

  • Avanzare


    Cuisine: Italian, Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Date night

    Downtown Tampa: 2 Tampa City Ctr, Tampa, 33602

    Located in the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa, Avanzare offers a bistro type setting for breakfast and lunch, plus fine dining for dinner. It's located on the lobby level of a five-story…

  • The Point


    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
    Features: Date night, Outdoor seating, Upscale

    Downtown Tampa: 777 N Ashley Dr # 77, Tampa, 33602

    The restaurant is stylish and trendy, a long bar running along the back and clubby outdoor seating right on Ashley Drive. It's clearly going to be a nightspot of note, especially once Tampa…

  • Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar


    Cuisine: Spanish/Cuban, Tapas/small plates
    Features: Date night, Latin/Hispanic, Live music, Upscale

    Downtown Tampa: 513 N Tampa St, Tampa, 33602

    In a downtown that has tumbleweeds and buzzards (we're kidding about the first item but the second is oddly true) it's encouraging to know that there's a hot spot for swank mingling, great…

Attractions:

  • Curtis Hixon Park


    Features: City parks, Dog park, Kid-friendly, Playground, Sprayground

    Downtown Tampa: 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The new, eight-acre Curtis Hixon park sits on the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. Amenities include the Great Lawn with flexible perimeter seating to accommodate a wide…

  • Straz Center for the Performing Arts


    Features: Catering, Guided tours

    Downtown Tampa: 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    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…

  • Tampa Bay History Center


    Features: Beach/Waterfront

    Downtown Tampa: 801 Old Water St., Tampa, 33602

    The history of the Tampa Bay region comes alive within these walls. Located on the waterfront in Tampa's bustling Channelside District, the 60,000-square-foot Tampa Bay History Center's…

  • Downtown Tampa: 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

  • Lykes Gaslight Square Park


    Features: City parks

    Downtown Tampa: 410 Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    This grassy spot on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Franklin Street provides a respite from downtown Tampa's bustle. Lykes Gaslight Square Park hosts some of the Florida Orchestra's Pops…