Upcoming Festivals in Tampa Bay

Upcoming Festivals Tampa Bay

Foodies, festival-lovers, drink connoisseurs, mark your calendars! This April and May 2019 there are loads of delicious, rockin’, eco-friendly, upcoming festivals right in the heart of Tampa Bay! Bring your friends, family, or that special someone and partake in all of the local festivities that the Bay area has to offer.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Weekends through Apr. 28, 12 p.m.
Head over to Busch Gardens for the 5th Annual Food and Wine Festival. Discover new dishes while you sip on a large selection of crisp brews, wines, and cocktails. While you drink and eat, musical performances will take place on Gwazi Field which are included with daily admission!
Admission starts at $79

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Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival

Keel and Curley Winery
Apr. 6-7, times vary
Bring the whole family out to Keel and Curley Winery for the Blueberry Festival. This festival will host live music, entertainment, kid’s activities, craft vendors, wine and beer, food, and so much more!
Free admission

Spring Plant Festival

USF Botanical Gardens
Apr. 13-14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join USF in celebrating the Spring Plant Festival! Come inspired to garden as you mix and mingle with experts, growers, and plant club members. Attendees will be able to purchase plants on site as well as plant related items. Be sure to come by on Sunday for a talk all about Beekeeping!
$15 advance admission, $20 on site

Tampa/Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library
Apr. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Storytellers and story lovers alike will delight in the Storytelling Festival! Take part in the inter-generational, multi-cultural event with storytelling by nationally recognized storytellers. Adults and children are invited to attend to learn storytelling skills such as self-confidence and public speaking.
Free admission

EcoFest 2019

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
Apr. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate EcoFest 2019 organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa, and USF Health. Learn about the Principles of Sustainability, Ecology, Equity, and Economy. The 10th Annual EcoFest will host live music, demonstrations, informational booths, green products and services. Ecologically sensitive professionals will be in attendance for more information.
Free Admission

16th Annual Pig Roast/Food Festival

Stetson Law: Tampa Law Center
Apr. 13, 10:30 a.m.
Check out the 16th Annual Pig Roast and Food Festival and maybe partake in their 5K Pro Bono River Run along the Riverwalk!
Free attendance for HCBA members and their guests

98Rockfest

Amalie Arena
Apr. 14, 5 p.m.
Are you ready to rock? Don’t wait! Buy tickets now for 98Rockfest. Tickets are selling fast for this rockin’ festival at the Amalie Arena. This year don’t miss your chance to rock alongside Three Days Grace, Godsmack, P.O.D, Motionless in White, Rival Sons,  and The Blue Stones!
$29-$75 admission

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4th Annual Smooth Breeze Music Festival

Water Works Park
Apr. 14, 5 p.m.- 11 p.m.
Join in on the 4th Annual Smooth Breeze Music Fest for the best in southern soul music. This year, musical talents such as Cupid, Jeter Jones, Miss Portia, and Roi “Chip” Anthony will be in attendance and performing live. Food and beverage vendors will be on site.
$50-$125 admission

Tampa Bay Latin Film Festival Sunday Movie and Social

Epicurean Hotel
Apr. 14, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Head out to the Epicurean Hotel for the Latin Film Festival! From 6-7 p.m. enjoy a chance to mingle, enjoy appetizers, and purchase drinks from a cash bar. Parking is free until 7 p.m. so get there early! Once the event officially kicks off Enjoy the film “The Heiress” about wealthy families from Asuncion, Paraguay who have faces financial troubles and fraud.
$5 admission

Tampa’s Monthly Street Food Fest

Grand Central at Kennedy
Apr. 18, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Once a month on the third Thursday, head over to Grand Central at Kennedy for gourmet food trucks, live music, ad cocktails. Enjoy free two hour parking on site and be sure to bring your pets!
Free Admission

Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival Festival

Florida State Fairgrounds
Apr. 20, 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Come out and celebrate the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival Festival at the Fairgrounds this April 20th. The festival is in celebration of Caribbean culture and traditions and will include colorful costumes, International and local artists performing live Caribbean music.
$10-$20 admission fee

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iGi Earth Day Festival

Robles Park
Apr. 20, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the iGi Earth Day Festival for its inaugural year. Raise awareness for the environment as well as an upcoming campaign in Haiti. Enjoy live music, art, kids activities, vendors, yoga, hammocks, and essential oils!
Adult admission $10, children $5

SeaGrapes Fine Wine and Food Festival

Florida Aquarium
Apr. 25, 8 p.m.- 11 p.m.
Swim over to the Florida Aquarium for a spectacular night full of food and wine. Attendees may enjoy 15o types of wine and delicious foods from over 25 different restaurants local to Tampa Bay. Attendees can also enjoy the benefits of the aquarium by viewing the sea creatures as they sip and eat. Dress is cocktail attire and there will be a wine market with wines to purchase exclusively from Bern’s Fine Wine and Spirits.
$100 General Admission

Tampa Bay Seafood and Music Festival

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Apr. 26-28, various times
Come enjoy the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Seafood and Music Festival for delicious seafood cooked onsite. Also enjoy delicious side dishes, desserts, and drinks. Enjoy live music from some of Florida’s top musical talent. There will also be a marketplace on site with arts and crafts.

9th Annual Crawfish Festival

Winthrop Town Center
Apr. 27, 11 a.m.
Presented by the Rotary FishHawk, the 9th Annual Crawfish Festival will raise and donate funds to support local charities and scholarship funds. Enjoy live music, food and drink, desserts, and activities for the kids.
Admission is free, however a crawfish meal is $20

Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival

Cotanchobee Fort Brook Park
Apr. 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Help support The Junior League of Tampa Bay and participate in the Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Festival. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the League’s community projects and advocacy programs. There will be an opening ceremony, live entertainment, food vendors, and team building experiences for companies, organizations, and groups. Teams of all levels are invited to partake in the fun!
Entry Fees vary

Tampa Bay Seafood Festival

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Apr. 26-28, various times
Come be a part of the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Seafood Festival this April! Enjoy food, music, and entertainment. All of the food will be cooked onsite by restaurants right in Tampa Bay with seafood dishes including mahi, stone crabs, shrimp, grouper, and more. All live music will be performed by local and regional talent varying in genres such as soul, classic rock, R&B, Jazzz and more.
$5 admission fee for children/adults 12+

Tampa Bay Bloody Mary Festival

Tampa Garden Club
Apr. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Yes, you read that correctly, there is a festival local to Tampa Bay all about Bloody Mary’s! This year, enjoy unlimited samplings of Bloody Mary’s from some of Tampa’s best Bloody Mary hot spots. After you’ve sampled your perfect brunch cocktail, vote on the best and see who will win the Golden Celery Award.
$40 advance admission, $45 at event

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Riverfest 2019

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
May 3-4, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Enjoy the 5th Tampa Riverfest and celebrate all of the beautiful renovations to the Riverwalk in the past year. The event will include musical entertainment, a wiener dog derby, paddle boarding, tacos, and more. Be sure to check out other venues, museums, bars, and restaurants to see their special activities in honor of Riverfest.
Free Admission

Savor the Tropics: Exotic Food and Wine Festival

USF Botanical Gardens
May 5, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Embrace the tropics through your stomach with the Exotic Foods and Wine Festival. Partake in live cooking demonstrations, hula performances, sunset dancing, live art and more. Enjoy culinary masterpieces with featured chefs as well as tropical wines.
$15-$20 admission

Tampa Riverwalk Food and Arts Festival

Water Works Park
May 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Join in on the fun at Tampa Riverwalk Food and Arts Festival featuring over 80 vendors, live music, artwork, and more.
Free Admission

Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival

Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park
May 25, 12 p.m.- 11 p.m.
Spend your memorial weekend at Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park for the Margarita & Music Festival! Sip on margaritas while you enjoy live music, games, shopping, and food! To top of the day, the festival will set off the largest fireworks show in the Tampa area! You won’t want to miss this! *Must be 21+ to attend.
$17 General Admission Fee

Sunset Music Festival

Raymond James Stadium
May 25-26
Take part in the 19th Annual Sunset Music Festival and enjoy some of your favorite artists right in Raymond James Stadium. Enjoy artists such as Steve Darko, Zedd, Alison Wonderland, Bonnie X Clyde, Walker & Royce, and so many more.
General Admission begins at $169.95

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Try one or try them all and see all of the incredible festivals right in our back yard. Enjoy concerts, food, drink, and informational festivals and support your local restaurants and vendors throughout the months of April and May.

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For more upcoming fun, check out Upcoming Spring Sporting Events in Tampa Bay or What’s New at the Straz.


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