Catch Tampa's Top Early Shows for Fun AND a Good Night's Sleep

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, even when we’re on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss a fun evening out in Tampa. There are a variety of early entertainment options for those who need their beauty sleep. Whether you’re a family with small children, or just don’t like to stay up late, here is a list of 10 crowd-pleasing entertainment options that begin and end before 10 PM.

If you’re looking for the natives, you’ll find them kicking back with an adult beverage while local musicians perform covers of Jimmy Buffett tunes. One such spot is Rick's on the River. Rick's features live music almost daily beginning between 3pm and 7pm on their outdoor patio overlooking the Hillsborough River.

There are however, many other types of entertainment available to enjoy. Depending on the day of the week, you can enjoy everything from a Broadway show to a Flamenco performance. If you’re looking for a good laugh, Tampa’s Improv Comedy Club has early shows complete with dinner.



MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre is Tampa Bay's largest outdoor concert venue with a capacity of 20,000. The biggest names in the music industry play here as well as up-and-coming acts. The large stage accommodates all the but the biggest...  Read More

The Sail Pavilion
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Nestled in the heart of downtown, the Sail Pavilion is a 360 degree, outdoor bar located right on the waterfront. Convenient to downtown amenities such as the Tampa Bay History Center, the Tampa Convention Center, and the Tampa Bay Times Forum,...  Read More

Seminole Heights
Red Star Rock Bar
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Red Star Rock Bar is located in Tampa's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood. Occupying a small narrow storefront on Florida Avenue, what it lacks in size inside, it makes up for with an outdoor patio and stage area outside. The decor is...  Read More



If you want to get off the beaten path, try Rick's on the River. Located on the Hillsborough River just north of downtown, Rick's is a popular local hangout catering to the river boating community. Amenities include a boat ramp and marina with...  Read More

East Tampa
Council Oak
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Council Oak Steaks & Seafood is located in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, the 6th largest casino in world, and is a popular destination for prime steaks, fresh seafood and selections from the award winning wine list. The atmosphere is...  Read More



Get your yuks on at Tampa's Improv Comedy Club located in the Ybor City historic district. This is the same Club that for 40 years has launched the careers of countless famous comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, David Spade and Bette Midler, just...  Read More

Tampa Theatre


The Tampa Theatre is one of the country's best preserved examples of the elaborate "movie palaces" popular in the early 1900s. Outside, the Theatre is fairly non-descript save for the huge vintage red neon sign. But inside, visitors are...  Read More



More than just a restaurant, the Columbia is a Tampa institution. Since 1905, this living history lesson has been serving some of the most authentic Spanish/Cuban food in Tampa Bay. The menu is expansive, spanning a wide array of traditional...  Read More

Ferg's Live
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Ferg's Live is a live music venue and sports bar located in downtown Tampa next to Amalie Arena. With a chic, urban vibe, interior seating is bright and airy, however the real star is their huge courtyard. Featuring two bars, tons of seating and...  Read More

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
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The Straz Center is Tampa's world-class center for the performing arts and hosts most of the area's major cultural performances. Here you can enjoy performances from the Florida Orchestra and Opera Tampa, as well as popular music greats such as...  Read More


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Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye