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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 December 28

TAMPA, Fla. (December 28, 2018) – 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, December 28:

This month’s Featured Offers 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 the opening of its annual Photography Benefit Sale in the Community Gallery. Over forty artists will be included in the exhibition. All of the photographs in the gallery are for sale. Artists set their own prices and will retain 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their work. There will also be a special 10% discount on all of FMoPA’s gift shop items during the Fourth Friday exhibition opening! Admission is pay as you choose, and light refreshments are available.

  • 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. Join John F. Germany Library for a special DIY event. Participants will make their own Holiday Aromatherapy Shower Steamers and more. Drop in anytime during the event to try your hand at any of the fun crafts.

  • 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. Guests should meet their tour guide in the lobby on the first floor. All guests who attend the tour will receive 20% off their dinner (food only) in Bizou. A specialty Fourth Friday $8 cocktail, the “Fire Cider” featuring Jack Fire Whiskey. Happy hour specials will be extended until 8 p.m., with LIVE Music from 7-10pm for Fourth Friday at Bizou.

  • Straz Center: Located at 1010 N Macinnes Place in Downtown Tampa, the Straz Center celebrates Fourth Friday from 4pm-8pm with reduced prices to upcoming shows. Get $10 off tickets (limit of 8 per person) to the 8pm show on January 5th of Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Youth America Grand Prix Gala. Tickets to the January 31st show at 8pm for We Shall Overcome: A Musical Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. are 50% off (limit of 4 per person) during Fourth Friday at the ticket office window.

  • Tampa Theatre: Located at 711 N. Franklin St. in Downtown Tampa, the Theatre’s lobby will be open for guests from 4:30pm-6:30pm for their Pause Happy Hour featuring drink specials. Free 10-minute mini-tours will also run during the Happy Hour. Afterwards, Tampa Theatre will screen Mary Queen of Scots at 7:30pm. Tickets are $11.

  • TECO Public Art Gallery: 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 Candace Knapp as she will host a Talk & Tour of her exhibition and share thoughts about her work and inspirations. Ms. Knapp will also have copies of her book “Messages from Imaginary Friends” for sale at the event, which is FREE and Open to the Public. The Solo Exhibition is open through January 2, 2019.

Other Participating Venues for December 28 are:

  • 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 -10:00pm with Happy Hour in their Cantina, featuring LIVE Music. These specials include: $3 Well Liquor, $3 Domestic Beer, $4 Sangria, $5 Call Brands, and $6 Two for One MASI Wine until 7pm. $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.

  • Stageworks Theatre: Located at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. in the heart of the Channel District, Stageworks Theatre celebrates Fourth Friday by offering $10 off all shows purchased between 4pm and 5:30pm on Fourth Friday.

  • 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 5-8p, Happy Hour on the River…Enjoy the Riverwalk Café at TMA by SaltBlock Hospitality featuring Boat Run Oyster bar and specialty Riverwalk Café cocktails to “stroll and go” along the Riverwalk. Special 10% discount at the Museum Store too! *Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING installation is not included in pay as you will admission. Admission to Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING is $15.00 and includes access to all TMA exhibitions. Timed tickets are recommended and available at TampaMuseum.org.  Access to other galleries except Kusama are pay as you will.

  • 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 FOURTHFRIDAY122018.

  • 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 FOURTHFRIDAY122018 (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.