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 February 22
TAMPA, Fla. (February 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, February 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. The show features built and theoretical pieces illustrating the engaging fields of architecture and art. An Artist Talk will take place at 6pm. The event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.
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 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 5:30-7:30pm 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! $25 for the first child, $20 for each additional child in a household.
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 5-10pm 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.
Jobsite Theater: Located inside the Straz Center, Jobsite Theater is thrilled to celebrate Fourth Friday Tampa this February 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 12-8pm that day and claim up to 4 tickets to the Wed., Mar. 13, preview for just $10. Subject to availability, not valid on prior sales.
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. Get ready to celebrate Tampa’s run of Hamilton: An America Musical by participating in several fun Hamilton themed activities before the show. Activities will include: taking photographs in front of a green screen, creating Alexander Hamilton and George Washington masks, making a silhouette craft and testing your knowledge of the musical.
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 has teamed up with Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey to offer FOUR rye cocktails for just $8 each from 6-8pm. The four cocktails for $8 each are the Boulevardier, Maryland Mule, Old Fashioned, and Manhattan, all featuring Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey. Enjoy samples and fun swag during this special!
Stageworks Theatre: Located at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd. in the heart of the Channel District, Stageworks Theatre celebrates Fourth Friday by offering $10 tickets for a world premiere of Ready Steady Yeti Go by David Jacobi. Show time is 7pm. In Partnership with Howard W. Blake High School for the Performing Arts, this play is hugely theatrical, downright hilarious, and has great compassion for all of its young characters.
Straz Center: Located at 1010 N Macinnes Place in Downtown Tampa, the Straz Center celebrates Fourth Friday from 4-8pm with reduced prices to upcoming shows. Get $30 tickets to Hundred Days (limit of 2 per person), take 20% off tickets to Havana Cuba All-Stars, and get 50% off Angela Ingersoll with promo code SHINE (limit of 8 per person).
Other Participating Venues for February 22 are:
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.
The Portico: Located at 1001 N. Florida Avenue, The Portico celebrates Fourth Friday with Open Mic Night from 6-9pm.
Scarfone/Hartley Gallery: Located on the University of Tampa’s campus, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery celebrates Fourth Friday from 7-9pm with a closing reception of exhibit Modernism Reimagined: Joe Testa-Secca in Full Color, highlighting the art of renowned local artist Joe Testa-Secca. Admission is free and open to the public.
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!
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 5:30-7:30pm.
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 FOURTHFRIDAY22019.
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 FOURTHFRIDAY22019 (visit the Facebook page or FourthFridayTPA.com for details).
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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.