Special Events in Tampa

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Florida, is the happening scene for outdoor movies during summer months. Movies shown are family friendly and usually start around dusk. Even if there is a light misting rain, the show will be presented. Comers are welcome to bring snacks and drinks, low chairs or blankets, and rain gear if it seems appropriate. Some people enjoy tossing Frisbees, and kids love playing in the fountains before the movie begins. Other refreshments are made available through fund-raising projects.

Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off the festive season near the end of November at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Lighting the annual holiday tree is combined with music, food, and other fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy. The evening of festivities is a wonderful way for the entire family, young and old, to get into the spirit of the season.

Santa Fest and Tampa's Downtown Holiday Parade
Who doesn't love a parade? The Santa Fest and Tampa's Downtown Holiday Parade promises to delight all parade lovers who venture this way. The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is the setting in early December where Santa Claus will visit with the children who are present. In addition to the parade and Old St. Nick, participants can also enjoy games and hands-on activities that will be available. Visitors can even make holiday crafts to take home with them. Holiday entertainment will abound, so no Scrooges are allowed.

Golf Tournament
Golf enthusiasts will be glad to learn that the Friends of Tampa Recreation Charity Golf Tournament is an annual event for a good cause. The day starts early with registration, and participants will be vying for accomplishments such as the longest drive, getting closest to the pin, and a hole in one. Lunch follows and a silent auction is then held for items like gift certificates and collector's items. Awards are given as well, and it's all for a good cause, the Parks and Recreation Department programs.

Friday Extra Concert Series
Music and more music is offered for those people who just cannot get enough. The Friday Extra Concert Series gives music lovers a series of outdoor concerts at either Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park or Lowry Park. Comers bring their own seating and spread out for a relaxed evening of free entertainment that is not confined to just one genre of music. This venue provides a wonderful opportunity for families to expose their children to the beauty of live music.