Events and programs

Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop

March 5, 2020, 5:00-9:30 pm
9th Annual Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop
Begins at Ybor City Museum State Park


Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of buildings with interesting pasts and stories that fuel the imagination. Now in its 9th year, the 2020 hop will feature major buildings that have undergone extensive renovations. See what's new at each as you enjoy the hop. 

What to expect! Check in from 5:00-6:30 at the send-Off Party in the Museum Garden and enjoy food, libations and music. From there, "hoppers" will ride rubber-wheel trolleys or walk from stop to stop, take exciting tours, and sample fantastic food and drinks along the way. Tours are given throughout the event and attendees can experience Buildings Alive! at their own pace.

Featured Buildings:
♦  Centro Asturiano
♦  Cuban Club
♦  Design Styles Architecture
♦  Italian Club
♦  Lions Eye Institute
♦  German American Club - Preview of planned renovations in the
    Museum Garden presented by new owners Metro Inclusive Health




Hillsborough County
 Aguila Sandwich Shop  ♦  Crowbar
Ybor City Museum State Park 

36th Annual Legacy Awards Brunch
Sunday, June 14, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Columbia Restaurant Ybor City
Award recipients will be announced in March 2020

The 35th Annual Legacy Awards:  Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 Legacy Awards:  Copeland Moré (Vicente Martinez-Ybor Award), Rosalie Guarino Simms (Anthony "Tony" Pizzo Award), and Michael A. Murphy (Adela Gonzmart Awards), who were honored at the 35th Annual Legacy Awards Brunch on June 9, 2019. More than 150 attendees enjoyed an Ybor City-inspired brunch at the Columbia Restaurant. Members of the Ybor, Pizzo and Gonzmart families were on hand to present the awards named after their ancestors. Lissette Campos, seven-time EMMY Award winning journalist and recipient of the 2016 Pizzo Award, served as Mistress of Ceremony for the ninth year.  

 Thank you to Our Generous 2019 Sponsors
  La Segunda Bakery    
Columbia Restaurant  Venable Law Firm    
Bank of Tampa  Steve and Schezy Barbas  Burr & Forman, LLC
Anthony Carreno and Bill Wear  Oliva Tobacco Company  Tampa Bay Rays    

Steve Hovsepian and Angela Rodante  Herman V. Lazzara, CPA, Rivero, Gordimer & Company, PA  RSA Architecture 

Current Exhibits:

Traces of Cuba
Ybor City Museum State Park

As you walk around modern Tampa, you can see traces of the relationship between Tampa and Cuba all around you. This relationship dates back to the 1880s, when thousands of Cubans followed Vicente Martinez-Ybor and Ignacio Haya as they moved their cigar factories to Tampa. These Cuban immigrants brought more than just their knowledge of cigar making, however. They also brought with them a variety of foods, architecture, traditions, and a unique culture history that helped to shape - and continues to shape - the communities of Tampa. This special exhibition shows you some of these traces of Cuba, and explores the historic events and peoples that shaped the Tampa Bay area. This special exhibition will be on display through September, 2017. 

Immigration and Ybor City 1886 - 1930
Ybor City Museum State Park

Ybor City’s immigrants came from lands far away to find new freedoms and opportunities to work in cigar factories, create businesses and become part of a rich and diverse community. They arrived with their own culture and traditions to discover new ways of life. The immigrant groups exhibit will intertwine the work and social lives of the Cubans, Spaniards, Sicilians, Romanian Jews, and Germans who helped weave the diverse tapestry that is uniquely Ybor. The iconic mutual aid societies, which provided for their medical and social needs are featured in a second exhibit.

The Jewish Roots of Ybor City
Ybor City Museum State Park

A special exhibit exploring the lasting impact the Jewish immigrants to Ybor City have had on the community. The many buildings they constructed can still be found throughout the area. The synagogues they founded are among the city's oldest and most influential institutions, and most Tampa natives will remember some of the hundreds of shops and restaurants owned by Jewish families over Ybor's history. All of these Jewish roots are honored through this exhibit. Ask a park ranger for a companion guide to this exhibit for more information.