The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival is returning March 9 – May 19, 2024 with 11 weekends of concerts, food, and fun! The park recently announced some of its 2024 concert line-up as we near closer to opening day and there are some exciting acts headed our way, including Goo Goo Dolls on opening night, March 9 (pictured).
So, let’s dive in on what we know so far about this year’s event!
First things first… How to get tickets to the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
The Food and Wine Festival is included with park admission, so if you have a ticket or you’re an annual pass or Fun Card holder, you are good to go! Otherwise, single day tickets are on sale now for $99.99 each.
We honestly think the Busch Gardens Fun Card is your best bet right now at the sale price of $132.99 because it will get you unlimited visits back to the park for the rest of 2024 AND you’ll get a free Adventure Island Fun Card too. (Blockout dates apply)
An annual pass starts as low as $174 for a one-time payment or $14.50 per month with no downpayment. Learn more about Busch Gardens annual passes here.
Another option is to purchase a CityPass which includes admission to several local attractions–this may be great for out-of-town guests who only need a one-day visit, but still want to explore all of the other amazing things to do in the Tampa Bay Area.
The Concerts at the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival 2024
There are 22 headlining concerts over the 11 weekend spread with some big names! The concerts are included with admission, but you can upgrade for better seats. Here’s are the concerts on schedule so far for 2024 (more dates will be announced soon):
- Goo Goo Dolls – March 9
- Starship ft. Mickey Thomas – March 10
- TBA – February 16
- Sister Hazel – March 17
- Taking Back Sunday – March 23
- TBA – March 24
- TBA- March 30
- TBA- March 31
- Owl City – April 6
- Groupo Niche – April 7
- Better than Ezra & Vertical Horizon – April 13
- Hoobastank – April 14
- Michael Ray – April 20
- Gavin DeGraw – April 21
- Andy Grammar – April 27
- Chris Lane – April 28
- Boys Like Girls – May 4
- 38 Special – May 5
- Rest of the 2024 concert dates are still TBA
How to upgrade your concert experience
If you want VIP access to any of the concerts, there is a way to take advantage of this! VIP Reserved Seating includes the best seats in the house along with one free beverage and a private bar. Pass members get a 10% discount, so it does pay to be a pass holder. VIP prices for 2024 will be announced soon.
How to Save at the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
If you are planning to go with the family or know you’re going to be purchasing more than few items, you will definitely want to consider purchasing a Food and Wine Festival Sampler which start at $70 for a 10-item card. This is a great value that will save you up to 40% on your food and drink purchases at the festival. There will also be an exclusive sampler for Annual Pass Holders for up to 18-items.
More ways to upgrade your visit to the Busch Garden Food and Wine Festival
In addition to the VIP Reserved Seating for concerts, there is this amazing upgrade:
Food and Wine Festival Guided Tour for $139.99 per person. This experience gets you your very own VIP tour guide who will escort you around the event so you can skip the lines as you sample sample all of the culinary offerings and ride the coasters. This option also includes VIP concert seating.