Our Top Picks for the Best Gasparilla Brunches This Year

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Our Top Picks for the Best Gasparilla Brunches This Year

Due to the closure of half of the city and its roads, it can be quite a challenge during the Gasparilla festivities to find a hot bite of food away from the craziness. Luckily, this year, both the festival and other third-party hosts have ticketed brunch options available for purchase online around Gasparilla to better convenience families and other swash-bucklers looking for a bite to eat.

We’ve got your Ultimate Guide to All Things Gasparilla HERE!

Gasparilla 2022 Invasion Brunch

This is the official Gasparilla brunch for 2022. Hosted inside of the Tampa Convention Center, this brunch event provides a prime viewing area for watching the invasion. Brunch begins at 10am and includes entertainment, a cash bar and a reserved seat for the best view of the historic Gasparilla Invasion. Tickets to brunch are $140.

Tip: If you’re also planning on attending the parade after the invasion, purchase a combo brunch and bleacher ticket. This ticket option includes brunch plus reserved bleacher seating for the parade along Bayshore Blvd. Combo tickets are $175.

Starlite Cruises Gasparilla Invasion of Tampa Bay

Looking for an over the top way to celebrate Gasparilla? Join this epic 11-hour event which includes breakfast, lunch AND dinner. The fun begins when you board at 8:30am to enjoy a continental breakfast, setting sail at 9am from St. Petersburg across Tampa Bay to join the pirate invasion. Next, enjoy lunch, then make your way to the bleachers where you’ll have reserved seating for the parade on land. After the parade, reboard for the dinner cruise to end the night. Tickets are $275.

Yacht StarShip’s Gasparilla Invasion Brunch Cruise

Don’t have a boat but want to be part of the flotilla? Hop aboard the Yacht StarShip on Saturday, January 29 to view the invasion from the largest vessel in the flotilla. Perks include a full brunch buffet, two drink tickets, a reserved table, DJ entertainment on the top deck, and amazing up-close views of the Jose Gaspar Pirate Ship as it makes its way across the bay. The cruise will last 2.5 hours. Tickets are $179.95 per person for adults and $129.95 per child.

Photo Cred: gasparillapiratefest.com

12th Annual Gasparilla Extravaganza

This ticketed event takes place at the Westin Tampa Waterside, offering prime viewing of the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion. Don your best pirate garb and enjoy delicious food, open bar, live music, cigar rolling, raffle prizes, and a special play area for the kiddos. As an added benefit, event proceeds support Father of Mine, a local nonprofit that provides support for children growing up without a father. Adult tickets are $155.


Willa’s in North Hyde Park will be open for brunch on January 29 from 9am-1pm, or you can pick up special to-go items from the exclusive “Gaspar-Willa” takeout menu. Create your own feast with bagel boxes, tacos, salads, sandwich boxes, biscuits, snacks and more. You can even add batch cocktails to your order. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance online.

Image credit: Willa’s

Gasparilla Invasion Party 

Join The Junior League of Tampa Bay for their 21+ Gasparilla Invasion Party from 9am – 1pm at their Headquarters on Davis Island. Tickets include food, drinks, live music and entertainment, and of course, viewing of the Gasparilla Invasion. Tickets are $120.

Scully’s Parade of the Pirates Hospitality Experience

Enjoy the parade in comfort when you snag tickets for this special experience. Tickets grant you access to a reserved area south of Howard Avenue on Bayshore Boulevard. In addition to reserved bleacher seating and pre-parade entertainment, you’ll also get a picnic-style lunch. Lunch is served before the parade and includes slow-roasted pork, black beans & yellow rice, salad, cookies, and alcohol-free beverages. Additional snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be served during the parade. Tickets are $150 for adults.

For more information on Gasparilla check out Survival Tips for Gasparilla. Be sure to check out Tampa Bay’s Best Brunch Spots for more ideas.

Featured Image Credit: gasparillapiratefest.com


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