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The Portico is Tampa’s “front porch” – the gathering place for the vibrant, emerging downtown community. It is an open book where residents write the pages of our future together. We envision festivals, concerts, social and interest groups, as well as community service projects. Get directions.

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All events are open to everyone in the community and are a great way to invite your friends.

  • Paint Your Heart Out | Saturday, April 18
  • Porch Parties | 5:30-7:30 p.m. every last Sunday of the month
  • Urban Art Mart | Saturday, Nov. 7



6:30 p.m. at The Portico  in tDocNightBoxhe Conference Room Engage and learn about important social issues that affect our faith  After viewing the film, there is an optional discussion and reflection on the film. All screenings are free and open to the public. Visit DocNight@ThePortico for schedule and information.

Feb 24  |  Mar 31  |  Apr 28 |  May 26


Happy Hour for the Soul: Consciousness, Compassion, Community

6:15-8:30 p.m. at The Portico – Go to the breezway. Ring the doorbell on the east building, if doors are locked.
A weekly (non-alcoholic) social gathering after work with a core theme of consciousness and compassion. We are non-judgmental and supportive. People can bring snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic) if they want. Read more about Happy Hour for the Soul here.


Helping People in Human Trafficking

We have established a supply closet at The Portico that will house items for the rescue victims of human trafficking, and serve as a central supply depot for the many agencies who assist in the rescue and rehabilitation process. Those who are rescued from these circumstances are in need of basic necessities while they are rehabilitating. Contact Bob Douglass, The Portico Administrator, for more information at 813.253.5388, ext. 403.


Groups for men and women who want to heal the bad habits, hurts or hang-ups that we can’t get past. Regroup uses spiritual principles of the Bible, fellowship, honesty and confidentiality to let go of the past and recognize the loving redemptive power of power of Christ. Contact The Rev. Justin LaRosa for more information at 813.253.5388, ext. 404.

  • reGroup Men’s recovery/support group 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays  |  Downtown Conference room
  • reGroup Men & Women’s recovery/support group 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays  |  Downtown Library Room


Special Needs Ministry – The Portico Chorus

A community chorus (members both with and without disabilities) that is a multi-generational, multi-denominational and non-audition social/performance group.  Focused on ministering to the adult special needs community in Tampa Bay, rehearsals and activities are focused on making God’s love real to our community through music and social activities. No previous music experience or ability to read music required. Both chorus members and operational helpers are welcomed! Contact Diane Barber at 813.505.9299 for more information.

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Our community encourages dialogue and welcomes conversation about God, faith and service. We hope you will share your views, dreams and interests as we journey together toward creating a more compassionate, loving city. Find out more here.

Urban Art Mart Photos


The Portico is the Downtown Initiative of Hyde Park United Methodist