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FOURTH FRIDAY INVITES COMMUNITY TO EXPLORE AND CELEBRATE TAMPA’S ARTS & CULTURE SCENE

FREE Wristband is the Ticket to Special Programs and Exclusive Offers at Dozens of Downtown Museums, Galleries, Theaters and Restaurants on MARCH 22

TAMPA, Fla. (March 22, 2019) – On the Fourth Friday of each month, Tampa’s arts and culture scene is celebrated with participating venues offering free or reduced admissions, special programming, and local restaurants offering specials to patrons with the iconic Fourth Friday wristband. Now in its third year, Fourth Friday, presented by TECO Energy, and brought to you by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, announces its lineup for this month’s event on Friday, March 22:

This month’s Featured Offers are:

  • AIA Tampa Bay: Located at 1315 East 7th Avenue in the heart of Ybor City, AIA Tampa Bay celebrates Fourth Friday from 5:30-7:30pm with the opening reception of Art by Architects and an Artist Talk at 6pm. The show features built and theoretical pieces illustrating the engaging fields of architecture and art. The event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Italian Club: Located at 1731 E. 7th Avenue in Ybor’s Historic District, as the oldest historical leader and the voice of the Italian community in Tampa. The Italian Club celebrates Fourth Friday from 5:00 -9:00pm with Happy Hour in their Cantina, featuring LIVE Music. These specials include a variety of drinks. $13 Homemade Italian Dinner Buffet also available!  The Italian Club enhances value to the membership, as well as the greater Tampa community through social activities, fellowship, Italian arts, and culture.

  • Jobsite Theater: Located inside the Straz Center, Jobsite Theater is thrilled to celebrate Fourth Friday Tampa this March with a special offer on tickets to the cult-hit comedy extravaganza The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. Show your event wristband at the Straz Center Box Office window any time that day and claim tickets for $15.

  • John F Germany Library: Located at 900 N. Ashley Dr. in Downtown Tampa, John F. Germany Library celebrates Fourth Friday from 4-6pm. Going to the library is an awesome way to celebrate Fourth Friday in Downtown Tampa. Help us celebrate the Gasparilla Film Festival by dropping in anytime during our event to try your hand at creating flipbooks and contributing to a short stop-motion film. 

  • Le Méridien Tampa Hotel: Located at 601 N. Florida Ave. in Downtown Tampa, Le Méridien celebrates Fourth Friday with a Tour of the Century starting at 5:30pm and live music from 6-9 p.m. All tour attendees get 20% off of dinner – food only – in Bizou after the tour! Bizou is offering the Smashed Leprechaun for $8 until 8pm with their extended happy hour! This delicious cocktail has fresh smashed kiwi, lime juice, Bacardi, simple syrup, and club soda.

  • The Portico: Located at 1001 N. Florida Avenue, The Portico celebrates Fourth Friday with Open Mic Night from 6-9pm with Endre Blaq, K Delore and Jasey Soulz welcoming local artists to share their talents with downtown Tampa during this special Fourth Friday event. Join at 7pm for an Artist Talk with Cora Marshall as she explains her artistic process for current exhibit Silent Memory – Clan and Kin. Beginning at 4pm, buy one specialty coffee drink and receive a free muffin!

  • Rialto Theatre: Located at 1617 N Franklin Street in Tampa Heights, the Rialto celebrates Fourth Friday from 5-9pm with a gallery reception and showcase. This new exhibit by Sean Parrish, represents “Natural Histories” from 5-9pm with free admission. The Diggs Deeper cypher, showcase, and talk back is $10 with doors opening at 5pm and performances beginning at 6pm.

  • Scarfone/Hartley Gallery: Located on the University of Tampa’s campus, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery celebrates Fourth Friday from 5:30-9:30pm with their Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition Awards Reception and UT Art + Design FABLAB Open House. Awards will be announced at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Straz Center: Located at 1010 N Macinnes Place in Downtown Tampa, the Straz Center celebrates Fourth Friday from 4pm-8pm with 25% off tickets to Tap Dogs, March 29-31. Excludes PL1, limit 4 tickets.

  • TECO Public Library: Located at 702 North Franklin St in the heart of Tampa's Downtown, the TECO Public Art Gallery celebrates Fourth Friday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm with “Illuminating Tranquility”, Collecting Stories from Experience, a solo exhibition by Lisa Fitch running through April 30, 2019.  Fine Art Photographer Lisa Fitch will host a Talk & Tour of her exhibition on Fourth Friday, March 22, 2019 from 5:30 – 8pm at TECO Public Art Gallery.  She will share thoughts about her photography work, life experiences and answer questions.

Other Participating Venues for March 22 are:

  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: Located at 400 N. Ashley Dr. in Downtown Tampa, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts celebrates Fourth Friday from 5-7pm with Forever Young. FMoPA invites senior members of the community to participate in its third annual Forever Young exhibition. Other exhibitions on view are Modus Operandi: Contemporary Photography from the Collection of BNY Mellon and Lost and Found in America.

  • Glazer Children’s Museum: Located at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza on the edge of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, GCM celebrates Fourth Friday from 5:30 to 7:30pm with Fourth Friday Drop-Off Camp. Drop your kids off at GCM then enjoy your evening downtown with all that Fourth Fridays have to offer! Your little learners will imagine, discover, and connect to the world around them at Camp Imagination. Pick up a wristband and let the kids play! $35 for the first child, $30 for each additional child in a household.

  • Henry B. Plant Museum: Located at 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. on the University of Tampa campus, the Museum celebrates Fourth Friday from 4-5pm with free admission and audio tours.

  • Stageworks Theatre: Located at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. in the heart of the Channel District, Stageworks Theatre celebrates Fourth Friday by offering a $10 discount to the upcoming show, 4 Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer Named María, for purchases made on Fourth Friday at the box office from 4-5:30pm.

  • Tampa Museum of Art: Located at 120 W Gasparilla Plaza in Downtown Tampa, the Tampa Museum of Art celebrates Fourth Friday from 4-8pm with pay-as-you-will admission*. From 5-8pm, self-guided tours, enjoy the Riverwalk Café at TMA by SaltBlock Hospitality featuring Riverwalk Café cocktails to “stroll and go” along the Riverwalk. Special 10% discount at the Museum Store too!

  • Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center: Located at 201 N Franklin St., Suite 102 in Tampa City Center, the visitors center celebrates Fourth Friday from 4-5:30pm. Visit Tampa Bay’s stylish Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center showcases a trove of great products built, crafted or written by Tampa Bay’s talented krewe of artists and artisans. This month come by for a 15% discount.

  • Ybor City Visitor Center: Located at 1600 E. 8th Ave. in Ybor City, Ybor City Visitor Center celebrates Fourth Friday from 4-5pm with a free entry, 10% off in their gift shop, and viewing of the Ybor City National Historic Landmark District Video.

Participating transportation partners include:

  • Coast Bike Share: Located throughout Tampa, Coast Bike Share is offering a free hour to all new users. Claim your hour of Coast using code FOURTHFRIDAY32019.

  • TECO Line Streetcar System: Enjoy extended hours of service, 15-minute frequencies and free fares!

Fourth Friday participants can pick up a wristband at any of the participating cultural venues during event hours. Then, just park once and let Downtown’s many alternative transportation options do the rest. Take a complimentary ride on the TECO Line Streetcar, stroll along The Tampa Riverwalk, cruise the Hillsborough on the Pirate Water Taxi, hail the FREE Downtowner ride service with an app on your smartphone, or saunter along 7th Avenue in Ybor, Tampa’s only Historic District. Participants also get a FREE hour of Coast Bike rental with promo code FOURTHFRIDAY32019 (visit the Facebook page or FourthFridayTPA.com for details).

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelsy Van Camp at kvancamp@tampasdowntown.com or 813.221.3686.

Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)(6) comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, Tampa Downtown Partnership administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, Tampa Downtown Partnership serves Downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, public space activation, planning and beautification.