Events and programs


Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 5:00-9:30 pm
8th Annual Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop
Ybor City Museum State Park  |  1818 E. Ninth Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of historic buildings and sites with interesting pasts and stories that fuel the imagination. The 2019 hop features Creative Loafing, Design Styles Architecture, Florida Cane Distillery, J.C. Newman Cigar Company, Italian Club, Swope Rodante, Ybor Chamber Visitor Information Center… and more. 

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.

Tickets are printable upon purchase and make great Holiday Gifts!



 Aguila Sandwich Shop  ♦  Bainbridge Ybor City  ♦  Robert C. & Aida Calafell  ♦  Crowbar

Design Styles Architects  ♦  Venable Law firm  ♦  Ybor City Museum State Park

Legacy Awards
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, June 9, 2019
35th Annual Legacy Awards Brunch

Congratulations again to Stephanie Agliano (Adela Gonzmart Award), Stephen M. Barbas (Pizzo Award), and Ariel Quintela (Ybor Award), who received their prestigious awards during the 34th Annual Legacy Awards Brunch at the Columbia Restaurant on June 10th. The comments they made in receiving their awards were inspiring and evoked the spirit of Ybor City’s unique history and cultural heritage. If you missed this year’s event or attended and would like to see the program again, please enjoy the video.


Thank you to Our Generous 2018 Sponsors
Robert C. and Aida Calafell  ::  Columbia Restaurant  ::  Thomas Financial  ::  Barbas Cremer, PLLC
Barbas Enterprises  ::  Barbas, Nuñez, Sanders, Butler, & Hovsepian  ::  Hill Ward Henderson  ::  Venable Law Firm
Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus  ::  Bajo | Cuva | Cohen | Turkel      
Oliva Tobacco Company  ::  Herman and Karen Lazzara  ::  Armando Maiz and Dr. Olga Luque-Maiz

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.