TAMPA BAY EVENTS CALENDAR 2023-24

Tampa Bay area residents are fortunate to have a plethora of year-round entertainment options, ranging from festivals and theatrical performances to sporting activities and world-class concerts. To assist you in planning ahead, we’ve curated a selection of activities scheduled from now through October 2024.

With holiday extravaganzas, annual festivals and chart-topping artists performing at venues nearby, you will discover numerous lively diversions to captivate you both this year and the next.

ReliaQuest Bowl
January 1, 2024
Raymond James Stadium

After a week-long celebration including outings, a gala and a parade, an SEC team takes on one from the Big Ten Conference or ACC. 

reliaquestbowl.com

Since 2016, the bowl has paid $3.5 million to more than 170 Tampa Bay area nonprofit organizations.

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
January 5-14, 2024
Multiple locations

This 10-day cultural event features speakers, musicians, artists, poets and craftspeople. Events include a music festival, 5K run and other events that increase awareness of African and African American culture and history. 

tampablackheritage.org

Company
January 9-14, 2024
Straz Center

Winner of five Tony Awards, this groundbreaking musical comedy is boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful and downright hilarious. 

strazcenter.org

MLK Dream Big Weekend
January 13 – 15, 2024
Multiple Locations

A weekend-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring a music and arts festival, a band showcase with top marching bands across the country, a parade and a family fun day.

mlkdreambig.com 

The MLK Dream Big Parade is the country’s longest running MLK day parade. 

Children’s Gasparilla
January 20, 2024
Multiple locations

Celebrating the return of the Gasparilla season, the Children’s Gasparilla schedule includes an air invasion, preschoolers stroll, parade along Bayshore Boulevard with marching bands and floats and a fireworks finale. 

childrens.gasparillapiratefest.com 

More than 125 groups participate in the parade including krewes, marching bands, dance groups, school performance teams and community organizations.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Gasparilla Pirate Fest
January 27, 2024
Multiple locations

A Tampa classic since 1904, this event features the Gasparilla invasion followed by a full schedule of events, including a parade and street festival featuring food, live music and entertainment. 

main.gasparillapiratefest.com

The “Jose Gasparilla” is the only fully-rigged pirate ship in the world. 

Moulin Rouge! The Musical
February 7-18, 2024
Straz Center

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory when Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage. 

strazcenter.org

Florida State Fair
February 8-19, 2024
Florida State Fairgrounds

Enjoy mouth-watering food, exhilarating entertainment, over 90 mind-blowing midway rides, outrageous exhibits and tributes to Florida agriculture.

floridastatefair.com

Today’s Florida State Fair attracts 500,000 attendees annually.

St. Petersburg Distance Classic
February 11, 2024
North Shore Park, Downtown St. Petersburg

The annual race offers a marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and virtual option. The start/finish line is at North Shore Park, just north of the Vinoy Resort.

stpetersburgdistanceclassic.com

The marathon course has been accurately measured per USATF certification standards and is certified, and therefore is a Boston Qualifier. 

Gasparilla Music Festival
February 16-18, 2024
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

Three days of live music across four stages along Tampa’s riverfront plus Tampa’s top restaurants serving up the region’s best dishes and kid-friendly activities. 

gasparillamusic.com

Gasparilla Distance Classic
February 24-25, 2024
Downtown Tampa 

Athletes of all levels will find a race to take part in with a 15K, 5K, half marathon, 5K walk, 5K stroller races and more. 

Since 1978, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has donated more than $6 million to Tampa area youth nonprofit and running-related programs. 

Florida Strawberry Festival
February 29 – March 10, 2024
Plant City

Celebrate all things strawberry and enjoy agriculture, livestock, fine arts and crafts exhibits, top-name entertainment and parades.

flstrawberryfestival.com

There are Amish Donut, Strawberry Spaghetti, Super Dog Mega Corndog, Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Mashed Potato Pie eating contests at the festival. 

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park

Along with the artist gallery, the weekend will include live entertainment, interactive experiences, children’s activities, chalk walk and food and beverage vendors.

gasparillaarts.com

Relay For Life of Greater Tampa Bay
Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 3 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Raymond James Stadium

Relay for Life is a community-based walk event. Signature elements of the event include celebrating local cancer survivors, caregivers and a remembrance luminaria ceremony.

relayforlife.org/tampabayfl

Taste of South Tampa
Sunday, March 3 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Tampa’s Garden Club

TasteofSouthTampa.com

Jesus Christ Superstar
March 5-10, 2024
Straz Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary with a mesmerizing new production of the iconic musical phenomenon that pays homage to the original while creating a modern, theatrical world.

strazcenter.org

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Thursday, March 7, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10, Time TBD
Albert Whitted Park

Multiple races, the INDYCAR Party in the Park, 5K run, Speed Zone, IndyCar Series Fan Village, beer gardens, autograph sessions and interactive games await.

gpstpete.com

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival features over 60 beers, 40 kinds of bourbon, tasting seminars, live music and barbecue.

tampa.beerandbourbon.com

Tim McGraw
March 15, 2024
Amalie Arena

Long proven as a titan of touring across a career spanning more than three decades, the Standing Room Only Tour promises an unparalleled, high-energy show from McGraw.

timmcgraw.com/tour-2024

River O’Green Fest

River O’Green Fest
Saturday, March 16, Time TBD
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Tampa’s annual Irish-themed party, which includes music, games, food trucks and beer, centers around the green-dyed Hillsborough River.

riverogreen.com

Tampa Pride Street Festival
Saturday, March, 23, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
HCC Ybor Campus

tampapride.org/festival

Girl from the North Country
March 27-31, 2024
Straz Center

Featuring 20 legendary songs by Bob Dylan as they’ve never been heard before, “Girl From the north Country” includes songs like “Forever Young,” “All Along the Watchtower” and “Slow Train Coming.”

strazcenter.org

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival
Friday, March 29 – Sunday, April 14
Clearwater Beach

sugarsandfestival.com

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival
March – April 2024, Dates TBD
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Guests can sip and savor their way through flavorful eats and mouthwatering treats before finding their new favorite brew or cocktail. Park guests can explore a variety of flavors while enjoying a diverse concert lineup, including acts for all tastes.

buschgardens.com/tampa/events

Madonna “The Celebration Tour”
April 4, 2024
Amalie Arena

Celebrate four decades of the Material Girl’s top hits which began with the 1982 song “Everybody.”

madonna.com

Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival
April 9 – 13, 2024
Multiple Locations

The Tampa Bay Wine and Food Festival celebrates the culinary talents of chefs and gastronomic masters in Tampa, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas. The event will support and benefit local charitable initiatives in the Tampa Bay area with Community Initiatives Foundation’s EAT SMART campaign.

Tampabaywff.com

Bern’s 27th Annual Winefest
April 14 – 21, 2024
Multiple locations

The area’s premier wine tasting event is a celebration of culinary experiences from the area’s most talented chefs, complemented with the best wines from around the world. 

bernswinefest.com

Proceeds raised from Winefest are used for the James Beard Foundation Laxer Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

Tampa Bay Blues Festival
April 12-14, 2024
Vinoy Waterfront Park

Enjoy a fabulous weekend of blues music along the St. Petersburg waterfront. Artists include Grace Potter, Beth Hart, Tab Benoit and Coco Montoya. 

tampabaybluesfest.com

The Book of Mormon
April 16-21, 2024
Straz Center

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. 

Strazcenter.org

Fiesta Italiana
Date TBD
Ybor City

Festa Italiana started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual, multi-day event that honors Italian culture and heritage. The event serves as one of the primary fundraisers for the Italian Club Building & Cultural Trust.

festaitalianatampa.com

Riverfest

Riverfest
May 3-4, 2024
Tampa Riverwalk

This two-day event includes family-friendly activities and events showcasing Tampa’s culture, music and cuisine.

thetampariverwalk.com

The festival spans the entire length of the Riverwalk including several parks. 

Sunset Music Festival
Memorial Day Weekend
Raymond James Stadium

Sunset Music Festival is one of Tampa’s biggest summertime events. Held Memorial Day weekend, dozens of musical artists transcend to Raymond James Stadium for an unforgettable event.

smftampa.com

Clue
May 28-June 2, 2024
Straz Center

Murder and blackmail are on the menu when six mysterious guests assemble at Boddy Manor for a night they’ll never forget. 

strazcenter.org

Niall Horan: “The Show” Live
May 31, 2024
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Chart-topping global superstar Niall Horan’s biggest tour yet, he’ll be performing songs form all three of his solo albums. 

Midflorida.com/events

Ford Cuban Sandwich Festival
Date TBD
Centennial Park, Ybor City

Enjoy live music, cultural entertainment and the best Cuban sandwiches in the world; featuring contestants and chefs from all over the world competing for the grand prize, a ticket to compete in the World Food Championships!. 

cubansandwichfestival.com 

St. Pete Pride
June 2024
Multiple St. Petersburg locations

Florida’s largest LGBTQ+ Pride celebration occurs annually in June. Events include one of the country’s largest pride parades, a Sunday street carnival, family day and more. 

stpetepride.org

Kane Brown
May 31 and June 1, 2024
Amalie Arena

Named “the future of country music” by Billboard, multi-platinum-selling, award-winning singer/songwriter Kane Brown was the first artist ever to lead all five of Billboard’s main country charts. 

tour.kanebrownmusic.com

Les Misérables
June 11 – 16, 2024
Straz Center

Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. 

Strazcenter.org

Boom by the Bay
Date TBD
Julian B. Lane | Riverfront Park

Tampa’s premier Independence Day celebration, featuring family-friendly activities, live entertainment, apple pie eating competition and a fireworks display.

tampa.gov

The Rocky Horror Show
July 10 – August 4, 2024
Straz Center

Jobsite Theater, the resident theatre company at the Straz, presents their spin on the kitschy rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi gothic musical. 

strazcenter.org

Morgan Wallen: One Night At A Time 2024
July 11, 2024
Raymond James Stadium

County music star Morgan Wallen brings his tour to Tampa. Jelly Roll, Nate Smith and Bryan Martin will open the show. 

morganwallen.com

Bier Fest
Late July-Early September 2024
Busch Gardens

Each weekend, enjoy delicious brews, new recipes and seasonal offerings from fan-favorite breweries and live music in between epic thrill rides at the park. 

buschgardens.com

The Smuggler – A Thriller in Verse
August 14 – 25, 2024
Straz Center

Step into a secret speakeasy (with a real working bar) to hear a twisty story with unsavory characters and shady shenanigans. 

strazcenter.org

Zach Bryan “Quittin Time Tour”
August 14, 2024
Raymond James Stadium

Country megastar Zach Bryan will be performing songs from his latest self-titled album. He’ll be joined on this leg of the tour by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. 

zachbryan.com

Geckofest
Date TBD
Downtown Gulfport

Gulfport celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year honoring the waterfront village’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the gecko. 

visitgulfportflorida.com

Activities include a Gecko pub crawl, ball and parade. 

Howl-O-Scream
September – October, Dates TBD
Busch Gardens

Tampa’s premier Halloween event takes over the entire park with haunted houses, scare zones, sinister shows and more.

buschgardens.com

Tampa Pig Jig
Date TBD
Julian B. Lane Park

Each fall, the Tampa Pig Jig brings incredible live music, delicious food, ice-cold beer and a fierce corporate barbecue competition to downtown Tampa’s waterfront. 

tampapigjig.com

Tampa Pig Jig raises money for NephCure, the only nonprofit organization committed to supporting research for a debilitating kidney disease. 

Oktoberfest Tampa

Oktoberfest Tampa
Date TBD
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Celebrate German cheer and beer with dancing, singing and food at Tampa’s largest Oktoberfest. 

oktoberfesttampa.com

Riverwalk Holiday Spectacular

Riverwalk Holiday Spectacular

Nov. 2023 – Jan. 2024
Tampa Riverwalk

Kick off the holiday season with festive holiday displays, a 35-foot-tall LED lighted Christmas tree, a holiday selfie station and more.

thetampariverwalk.com

Rise Up Concert Series
Nov. 4, 2023 – Jan. 20, 2024
St. Pete Pier 

Take in the picturesque views at the pier and enjoy artists like the Ludacris, The Revivalists, Quinn XCII, G-Easy, The Hip Abduction, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and more. 

riseupstpete.com

Pavilion XXXVII
Nov. 4, 2023
Tampa Museum of Art

Pavilion XXXVII: La Vie en Rose, a philanthropic celebration of beauty and art, will transform the Tampa Museum of Art into a world of pink, inspired by the iconic French song that celebrates life and love.  Funds from this black-tie event will go toward supporting the museum’s efforts of making art more accessible to all community members.

tampamuseum.org

Tampa Bay Heart Walk
Nov. 4, 2023
Raymond James Stadium

The American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk brings the community together to get hearts pumping and raise funds for heart disease and stroke research. 

www2.heart.org

Sanding Ovations Master’s Cup
Nov. 16-19 and 25-26, 2023
Treasure Island Beach 

Annual sand-sculpting exhibition and competition brings master sand sculptures from around the world to create larger-than-life masterpieces. This year’s theme is “It’s About Time.” Sanding Ovations is free and open to the public.

sandingovationsmasterscup.com

Florida was home to the world’s largest sandcastle in 1986 and Treasure Island was declared the sand sculpture capital of Florida in 2001. 

Tampa Bay Festival of Lights & Santa’s Village
November 23 – December 31, 2023 (weekends)
Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

Bigger than ever before with more than one million lights, seasonal and Florida-themed displays and a drive-thru animated tunnel. Holiday-themed rides, a winter market, visits with Santa, craft stations and self-guided walking tours of the Historical Village are just a few of the available activities.  

hillsboroughcountyfair.com

Funny Girl
November 28-December 3, 2023
Straz Center

This love letter to the theater tells the story of Fanny Brice. Although everyone told her she’d never be a star, she proved them wrong and became a beloved performer. 

strazcenter.org

Christmas in the Wild
Select Nights in December
ZooTampa

Celebrate the season with twinkling light displays, interactive family shows, holiday-themed animal experiences, tasty treats and delicious drinks. 

zootampa.org

Photos with Santa at The Florida Aquarium

Photos with Santa at The Florida Aquarium
Saturdays & Sundays through December 17
(There will also be sensory-friendly photos with Santa on Thursday, December 2)
The Florida Aquarium

Get ready to capture your favorite family photo with Santa for your holiday card this year at The Florida Aquarium! Jolly old Saint Nick will be spreading holiday cheer and making several weekend stops at the Aquarium before he heads back to the North Pole. Be sure to bring a camera to snap your shots with Saint Nick.

flaquarium.org

Capture timeless moments with Santa and your family and make lasting memories that will warm your heart this holiday season! Photos with Santa are free for members and included with general admission.

Snow Days at The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium’s Snow Days
Every Saturday and Sunday, and December 23-31 except Christmas Day on the 25th.
The Florida Aquarium

Who says Floridians can’t experience the magic of snow? The Florida Aquarium is excited to announce the return of Snow Days, a cherished holiday tradition in Tampa, offering even more icy excitement this year. Snow Days promises a 100 percent chance of snow!

Guests are encouraged to grab their gloves to immerse themselves in a variety of snow-packed activities. The “Sno Fly Zone” will feature a snowball toss and the popular snowball slingshot. The young and young-at-heart will let their creative side shine through with snow painting—where the snow becomes their canvas. There will be dashing through the ‘snow’ maze, snowball cornhole, dancing on the rooftop terrace and more.

flaquarium.org

Snow Days is included with membership and general admission.

onbikes Winter Wonder Ride

onbikes Winter Wonder Ride
Dec. 9, 2023
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 

This annual holiday bike ride through downtown Tampa and along Bayshore Boulevard raises money to purchase new bikes for kids and families across Tampa Bay. Post-ride party with music by LoCash Cowboys. 

onbikes.org

Since 2011, onbikes has built and donated more than 10,000 bicycles to children, teens and families in need. 

OysterFest
December 10, 2023
Tabellas at Delaney Creek

Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you savor a variety of oysters from classic raw to delectable chargrilled and steamed options Whether you’re an oyster enthusiast or simply looking for a fun-filled day, Tampa OysterFest promises an unforgettable experience.

tampaoysterfest.com

Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker
December 21-23, 2023
Straz Center

A glittering holiday tradition into a fantastical world of dazzling dancing sweets, sword-fighting rodents and timeless ballet music featuring award-winning young dancers alongside guest principal dancers from across the nation. 

strazcenter.org

NGB trainees have been employed by esteemed companies such as New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Dutch National Ballet. 

Riverwalk Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 23, 2023
Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa’s largest lighted boat parade begins at the southern tip of Davis Islands, travels through the Convention Center basin and up to the Heights where boats will turn around and head to Sparkman Wharf.

thetampariverwalk.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
December 23, 2023
Amalie Arena

The American rock band will perform its popular rock-opera, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” as well as many of their greatest hits.

amaliearena.com

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