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1.) Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta
Looking for something new and exciting for lunch? Check out the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta on the first Wednesday of every month from 11am to 2pm. Enjoy an amazing lunch in the outdoors!
2.) Gasparilla Pirate Fest & Parade of Pirates
Visit an event unique to the Tampa Bay area, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Parade of Pirates! The event is free for Pirate Fest and Parade of Pirates. Embrace a water going life for a day on January 27.
3.) Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival
Enjoy delicious food and drinks at the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival on February 18th. A variety of beer, bourbon, and bbq will be available for sampling and purchase. Tickets are $39 for regular admission, $25 for designated driver admission, and $75 for the VIP admission ticket.
4.) Lights Fest
Light up the night at Lights Fest on February 24th. Enjoy sending off an environmentally friendly lantern, eating under the stars, and listening to music. Tickets range from $25 to $55 depending on when they are purchased and include a lantern and a marker. Children between 4 and 12 years old have a discounted ticket rate (no lantern included), children under 4 are free.
5.) Bay Area Renaissance Festival
Experience medieval times in Tampa Bay area style at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Listen to live music, eat medieval style food, and experience 16th century entertainment! Visit on the weekend from February 10th to March 25th.
Tickets are $18.95 for adults and $10.95 for children in advance. At the door they are $21.95 for adults and $13.95 for children, parking is free. Discounted tickets can be purchased at participating Walgreens and MOSI.
6.) Bush Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Visit the Bush Gardens Food and Wine Festival on weekends from March 3rd to April 29th for a culinary experience. The entry to festival is included with a one day ticket or season pass. Food and drinks can be purchased at the event. One day tickets to the park are $89.99 and annual passes are $168 online.
7.) 5th Annual Foeder for Thought
Try a variety of samples from breweries around the world at the 5th Annual Foeder for Thought on March 9th. Learn about different beers from seasonal to rustic. Tickets are $100 plus an online service fee.
8.) Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Blues fan? This event is for you! Visit the Tampa Bay Blues Festival on April 6th through the 8th for a soulful experience. Tickets for 3 day admission are $115, Saturday admission is $50, Sunday admission is $40, and VIP tickets are available from $200 to $475 plus a convenience fee online.
9.) Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Step into the view of a storybook scene at the Broadway musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, or see one of the many other shows at the Straz Center. Ticket prices start at $38 from July 5th through 8th.
10.) Christmas Lights
Travel through Christmas light displays in the Tampa Bay area! There are a wide variety of places to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay including: Holiday Lights in the Gardens, Wonderland of Lights, Christmas Trail, and Celebration of Lights. Dates and prices vary by location.
See Visit Tampa Bay for more events!
Wade Swikle started out in the moving business while a student at the University of Florida, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Telecommunication and a Master’s in Entrepreneurship, before becoming president of 2 College Brothers.