Tampa Bay is a place that has gorgeous weather year round, so it is no wonder this Florida location is a great place for travelers and locals alike. Because of the weather, you can attend a new festival almost every weekend. Floridians will give any excuse to have a good time, so of course this means that Tampa Bay is well known for their year round festivals. We will take a look
at some of the most popular festivals you can attend, throughout any season!
Many people dread the word winter because they think of snowy, cold weather. Tampa Bay has generally dry, mild winters. Some locals might claim it is freezing, but the Northern part of the United States finds it a great getaway in the winter months. During the holiday season you might like to attend one of the many outdoor festivals. The Rough Riders Parade and Santa Festival allows individuals the opportunity to watch a fun, holiday parade, followed by a Christmas Market, ice skating, and pictures with Santa. Another Christmas filled festival to attend in the winter months is the Winterville Festival. Kids can come take their picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus while other Christmas characters walk around. There is no shortage of hot cocoa and cider, while guests sit back and enjoy a holiday show.
Nearing the end of the winter season, why not attend the Gasparilla Pirate Festival? This festival takes place from the end of January to the middle of March. This festival gives tribute to Tampa Bay’s last known buccaneer, Jose Gaspar. Some even say his treasure is still buried along Tampa’s coast. Because this festival is a couple of months long, there is nearly something new
and fun, relating to pirates, every day. Adults and children alike will find fun in street parades, film festivals, and a farewell voyage back to sea by some local pirates!
In spring the weather begins to stay consistently warm, thus creating more outdoor festivals that are fun for all. Feeling artsy? The Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival, held in April gathers over 200 local and national artists, who can show off their work. Guests can view millions of art pieces for purchase, while watching live entertainment, and enjoying an assortment of food and drinks.
Another fun music festival, suitable for kids and adults, is the Tampa Bay Blues Festival. It will be held April 8-10 of this coming year. The event is held at the waterfront along downtown St. Petersburg. Musicians gather to sing and play exciting classic and new blues music. Of course no festival is complete without a variety of foods and premium beer. Local food favorites, such as Cuban cuisine, barbecue, and seafood, are all available at the Blues Festival. The festival continues for three days, so you have plenty of time to catch a great blues show.
Around the United States, summer is host to many food and music festivals around the country. Tampa Bay is no different. They are host to The Big Guava Music Festival. Last year’s acts featured Hozier, Pixies, Passion Pit, Ryan Adams and The Strokes, along with several other up and coming artists. This event is held at the Florida State Fairgrounds and MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, and is a two day event. Next year’s lineup is sure to be as amazing as it was in 2015!
For beer drinkers there is the WaZoo Beer Fest, which was placed in the Top 10 Greatest Beer Festivals in the country! The event takes place at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Of course guests must be at least 21 years old to enter. A selection of over 275 beers and other drinks are available, as well as food and entertainment. For the safety of all involved, it is important to note, animals will not be on display during the event!
What a gorgeous time of year, especially if you live in Tampa Bay. With Halloween right around the corner, there are tons of festivals to celebrate this favorite season. If you want to attend a spooky and fun Halloween festival, then Guavaween Halloween Festival is in its 30th year. This year’s theme is based on a post-apocalyptic world. The event takes place at the Cuban Club Courtyard, and features plenty of fun for adults. There will be a costume contest, plenty of scary theatrics, and live entertainment. This is definitely a festival to attend if you love Halloween. Don’t forget the costume contest comes with a $1000 prize for the best costume!
If you are looking for a more family friendly event, visit the Pumpkin Palooza Family Fall Festival. This event will take place in the beginning of October and is located at the Northside Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. The best part about this festival is that it is free! A pumpkin patch, inflatable jumping station, arts & crafts station, face & hair painting station, and game station will all be set up for kids of all ages to enjoy. The only thing guests pay for is food and drink, which there is plenty of. If you are feeling generous, the church will be collecting boxed and canned food for those in need.
This is just a small sample of the types of festivals going on year round in Tampa Bay Florida. Visiting the Tampa Bay Tourist Bureau can help you find the exact festival you are looking for! When you are in Tampa Bay, you can never say there is nothing to do, because guaranteed, there is a festival any time of the year, perfect for you!