Tampa museum of art

Imagine a life of constant discovery, with unparalleled proximity to nature and an exhilarating urban playground at your beck and call. The Downtown Tampa apartments at Manor Riverwalk put your life so squarely at this point of intersection that the challenge will never be finding something to do or see, but keeping up with all the amazing food, events, and activities. Here are some of our favorite elements of the busy Tampa calendar to look forward to in the coming weeks.

At these Tampa luxury apartments now for rent, you can wake up to the peaceful sounds of the waterfront and take in an award-winning show that same night. Tampa is the sort of place where culture and beauty converge—and from now until March 10, Hamilton, the most game-changing, critically acclaimed Broadway show in years is at the Straz Center.

Tampa is also home to the exceptional Tampa Museum of Art, whose curatorial program brings you the big names of well-known masters, as well as inspiration from an eclectic assortment of artists highlighted by the museum’s unique vision. Now on view is Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations, a stunning survey of the work of one of Venezuela’s most influential modernists. Also on view is The Classical World in Focus: Contests, Combat, and Commemoration, which features objects and artworks made by the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans, some dating as far back as the 6th century BC.

Pulling together the strength of community and the vibrancy of the arts, Tampa’s Fourth Friday program is a great way for people to come together and celebrate and experience the cultural life of the city. Grab a drink to enjoy as you walk along the water with Sip and Stroll the Riverwalk and take advantage of free admission to museums like the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

While Fourth Friday helps you keep up with the Tampa art scene, you’ll also need to make space in your itinerary for enough new restaurants to turn dinner into a culinary adventure every night of the week. Jenna Rimensnyder of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay was already anticipating Mole Y Abuela back in December, when she wrote of chef/owner Fabio Viviani’s vision, “The Top Chef alum has flexed recipes from his Italian roots at Osteria, but the combination of Spanish, Mediterranean, and Mexican flavors isn’t out of his wheelhouse, either….Viviani—who’s known for using locally sourced ingredients in dishes that’re celebrated over generations—operates restaurants from California to New York, which range in both concept and cuisine.”

The restaurant, with weekend DJs and a rooftop, is now open and serving Spanish, Mediterranean, and Mexican fusion dishes like Lamb Chops a la Plancha, with chili and mint yogurt and spiced chickpeas. Other exciting culinary newbies include Harpoon Harry’s Crab House, Boat Run Oyster House, and Sorrento Sweets—an Italian bakery in Hyde Park Village with cannolis so good you will be regularly tempted to take home a box to savor in your new luxury Riverwalk apartment.

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