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NO VACANCY Pop-Up Festival, Ybor City
11:00 AM11:00

NO VACANCY Pop-Up Festival, Ybor City

  • 1315 East 7the Avenue Tampa, FL 33605 (map)
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Our fourth annual Pop-Up family-festival will feature installations dreamed up and built by teams of local designers, artists, engineers, and contractors.  The installations will transform spaces in Ybor City's historic district - alleyway, storefronts and sidewalks will demonstrate their true potential.  Architecture firms, museums and restaurants will also open their doors.


Hecho por la Ventana (Made Through the Window) by Wide Open Office
A glimpse at the industries that founded Ybor—cigars, bread and coffee. This installation will project films about those core industries in the storefront windows while exhibits inside will provide information and showcase actual workers.

Lucky Cat Shrine by Illsol
An interactive alleyway installation where visitors can write their own messages and present them to the Lucky Cat ‘shrine’ at the end which is said to grant wishes or thoughts.

Unveiled by USF SACD
This installation is meant to attract visitors into unvisited places in Ybor. Set in an alleyway, it consists of illuminated wood panels which provided seating, shaded by organic fabric, the elements make the space more inviting.

The Ribbon by USF SACD
The team of USF students will be creating pockets of inhabitable space and rethink the concept of ‘walls’ and ‘canopies’. This installation will segment the existing space with panels and a canopy will stretch overhead to create a sense of privacy in the alleyway installation.

Laumbra by USF SACD
This intervention will challenge the perception of alleyways. It is normally perceived as accidental spaces between buildings; dark, dirty, and backdrops to crime. Our proposal is inspired by the notion of lanterns to redefine the spaces into a safe, inhabitable social hub. The installation can act as an alternative path defined by seating. The effort is going to explore different types of relationship between illumination and structure. At last the installation will address both the use during the day and night. Daily walks through this neglected space can become a highlight for Ybor exploration and or a gathering area for the community.

Reflections by The Urban Conga
This interactive storefront will allow the user to see themselves in a new way

Cuban Roots by WJ Architects/ WJ Create
This team will present their take on sustainable living via a re-imagined herb garden made for commercial and industrial areas like Ybor. The herb garden, made of organic and recycled materials, is filled with Cuban oregano, mint, cilantro and many other herbs traditionally used in Cuban cuisine as an homage to the city’s roots.

Traveling Obscura by Traction Architecture
By using ancient Camera Obscura technology, this exhibit will provide an interactive experience for visitors in and outside the Center of Architecture and Design. Graphics will be projected, capturing the history of the building.

Muhndi Intervention by Sol Design Studio
The intention of this installation is to tell the story of Ybor through chaptered interventions throughout the urban fabric.  The main installation functions according to the concept of T.W.I.R.L. (Think, Walk, Interact, Relax and Learn). Each person will have the opportunity to complete small assignments that will lead them to better interact with the pop-up park as well as develop a unique memory map of the city of Ybor 


The Center for Architecture and Design
Come check out a special exhibit by elementary school students who are learning about the impact and importance of architecture and design.  In addition, experience Traction Architecture's installation Traveling Obscura, a machine that uses ancient Camera Obscura technology to augment storefronts, transforming them into a device for observation and contemplation of street life and the surrounding context.  Grab some snacks along the way, and claim your Pop-Up Festival wristband to enjoy our participating venues' offers!

The Chamber’s Visitor Information Center at Centro Ybor
The Chamber’s Visitor Information Center at Centro Ybor is a resource for everything Ybor. It’s housed along with the Ybor City Cigar Museum in the world’s largest cigar box and provides information about Ybor attractions, Ybor history, and other fun places to visit in the Tampa Bay area. Many people, including the general public, out-of-town visitors and even the media rely on the chamber as a source for information and referrals. Come in and sit in a replica of the cigar roller’s chair as you view the 10 minute video on the stories of Ybor’s culture and learn about the Ybor City National Historic Landmark District and its architecture.

Tampa Baseball Museum
A traveling exhibit featuring seven of Tampa’s top baseball professional will be on display. The future museum is located in the historic home of Al Lopez, Tampa’s first professional player, manager and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. The Lopez house, which was moved approximately one mile from its original location to make way for the Interstate, is a “casita” in the style of a typical cigar-worker’s home. It has been extensively rehabilitated to preserve its exterior look and character and accommodate the museum’s exhibits on the inside. When completed, the museum will present 130 years of Tampa’s baseball history and heritage.

The Ybor City Museum State Park
Visit the Museum located in the 1923-era Ferlita Bakery, where you will find exhibits on the cigar industry, the immigrant groups who settled Ybor City, the social clubs and mutual aid societies, and important events and eras related to Ybor City’s unique cultural heritage. A special exhibit, Traces of Cuba, is on display and you can see the bakery’s original ovens. Take a break in the lush and picturesque Museum Garden or tour the "casita," representative of a typical cigar-worker's family home.  Free admission with Pop-Up Festival Wristband!

Casa de Lala
Come check out the Courtyard of this Mediterranean Style Villa with a facade comprised of Old World Earth Tones. Casa de Lala was constructed in 1930 and was built by John Lala founder of the Lala Produce Company of Ybor City.

Wilder Architecture
Located in the Historic Sans Souci Building. Check out their newly renovated space and don’t miss the original billboard advertisement for Creme of Kentucky “Thee” Whiskey painted on the east interior wall before 1906! In addition, AIA Florida 2015 Firm of the Year is going to open their doors to showcase their architectural work.

Sol Design Studio
Stop on in and see the Historic Katz Building exterior restoration and second floor interior renovation by AIA 2017 Firm of the Year. The exterior facade was restored while the second-floor interior re-design complements the 100 year-old building. Wood panels recycled from Northeastern farms, aged copper tiles combine with modern finishes to bring a simplified Age to the collaborative work environment.  

Alfonso Architects
Open house from 12:00-2:00 pm.  Located in the historic Site of the first Ybor City Railroad Station (1887). “Through this station passed conspirators, spies, and many notable leaders of the Cuban Revolutionary Junta”. It has been the home for Alfonso Architects, Inc. an award-winning design firm and recognized leader in innovation and design for over 30 years. Come join us to learn about outgoing projects and get to see this inspiring, creative, historical renovation!

Tequilas Ybor
Enjoy $3 Margaritas, Sangrias, Sangritas, Finlandia Martinis and All you Can Eat Fajitas for $9.95!

Hamburger Mary's Tampa
Enjoy 15% off your lunch order.  No drinks included.

The Stone Soup Company
Enjoy $3 Beer and $3 Shooters

The Bricks
Enjoy 15% off your lunch order.  No drinks included.


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The Center for Architecture and Design Ribbon Cutting Celebration
4:00 PM16:00

The Center for Architecture and Design Ribbon Cutting Celebration

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Tampa Bay's own Center for Architecture and Design is now LIVE in Ybor City.  Join us as we cut the ribbon in honor of the new space and enjoy a reception and exhibit entitled ARTchitecture. 

Event Schedule:
4:00 pm Reception
4:30 pm Ribbon Cutting
5:00 pm Open Reception
7:00 pm End

RSVP to | 813.229.3411

The Bricks
Enjoy 15% off your food order with TBDW Wristband.  No drinks included.

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Restaurant Design Exploration with Florida Bike Tours
5:30 PM17:30

Restaurant Design Exploration with Florida Bike Tours

We are partnering with Florida Bike Tours and Tampa's Downtown to bring you the Restaurant Design Tour! Hear from the talented architects and designers who have created some of Tampa's newest dining spaces, enjoying food and drinks along the way.

Cost: $15 per Person

Design Tour Route:
5:30pm- 6:40pm: Le Méridien Tampa **light check & registration**
7:00pm-7:45pm: Shuffle
8:00pm-8:45pm: Lee's Grocery
9:00pm-9:45pm: Zydeco Brew Werks

Advanced payment ensures your spot on the tour, as space is limited and we do sell out.

This is a BYOB (bring your own bicycle) event and front/rear lights are REQUIRED. Helmets and locks are recommended.

Don't have a bike? There is a Coast Bike Share hub at our starting location. Visit to rent a bike.

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Film Event: The Architect and the Painter at Renovated Tampa Theatre
5:00 PM17:00

Film Event: The Architect and the Painter at Renovated Tampa Theatre

Join us at the newly renovated Tampa Theatre, considered by BBC to be one of the ten most beautiful cinemas in the world.

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America's most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life - from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age - has been less widely understood. Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and the Painter is the first film since their death dedicated to these creative geniuses and their work.


5:00 Reception
6:00 Introduction and Film
7:35 Panel Discussion
7:55 End

Tickets - $11 at the box office, or $13 online.  (Get your tickets here!)

Photo Credit:
Charles and Ray Eames Posing on a Velocette Motorcycle, 1948, as seen in Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's Documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter.  2011 Eames Office, LLC

Courtesy of First Run Features

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Tampa Public Art Stroll to Armature Works
7:00 PM19:00

Tampa Public Art Stroll to Armature Works

Join Melissa Davies of the City of Tampa, Art Programs Division for a tour of the City’s Public Art along the newest segment of the Tampa Riverwalk. Along the walk you’ll see gorgeous sculptures, a colorful glass. installation, and murals that enhance the experience of the beautiful Riverwalk. There is no charge for this event, but RSVPs are required. Act quickly - only 20 slots are open.  Tour group meets and checks in at the Tampa Museum of Art patio outside of Sono Café. Recommended: comfy shoes and a bottle of water.   Length of tour: approximately 45 minutes at a moderate pace.  Enjoy the new Armature Works on your own at the tour's conclusion.

Photo Credit:
Stay Curious by Bask and Tes One, Commissioned by the City of Tampa. Photo by Amy Martz


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Set Design with Stageworks Theatre
5:30 PM17:30

Set Design with Stageworks Theatre

Lights, camera, ACTION!  Stageworks will share the inside scoop on set design during this workshop...  Learn more about the set design process from award winning designer Frank Chavez and its central role in theatre production.

Latino goodies and Sangría to be served.

Parking available in the Grand Central at Kennedy parking garage

Image: Rendering/model of the upcoming play In the Time of the Butterflies/En el Tiempo de las Mariposas .  Attendees will get a special discount code for tickets! 

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#TBDWEames Instagram Challenge
to Apr 14

#TBDWEames Instagram Challenge

Win a classic Eames molded plastic side chair with wire base in our 7-day Instagram Challenge!!

During Design Week, snap a picture of a Herman Miller Eames Shell Chair anywhere around Tampa Bay and post on Instagram with the hashtag:


Winner will be announced on Friday, April 20th!

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