Our Top Picks for the Best Gasparilla Brunches This Year
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Due to the closure of half of the city and its roads, it can be quite a challenge during the Gasparilla Pirate Festival to find a hot bite of food away from the craziness. Luckily, 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.

Our guide to the best Gasparilla Brunch Spots will satisfy your appetite.  Many of them are at Gasparilla Hotels.

Gasparilla Brunch Bar Crawl with  VIP

The mutiny starts at 9am at several downtown locations such as The Patio, Yeoman’s, Maloney’s, District Tavern, and Haiku. Get a Brunch ticket and enjoy a delish Buffet Style Brunch along with Bottomless Mimosas from 9am – 12pm. Go full steam ahead and upgrade to VIP Brunch to also get guaranteed entry into the coveted Treasure Cove on Bayshore during the parade. (Limited availability).

VIP includes free welcome shot at 5 locations of your choice (max. 1 per location), buffet style brunch from 9am-12pm, bottomless mimosas from 9am – 12pm, guaranteed entry into the Treasure Cove on Bayshore during parade. Tickets are $29-89. 21 and up only.

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 $200 for adults.

The following 2024 brunches are sold out as of January 26. Please contact directly to inquire about walk-ins or waitlists. 

MeltSO Gasparilla Brunch

As of January 26, this event is sold out. 

Ahoy mateys! Join Melting Pot Social for a swashbuckling Gasparilla Brunch from 9 am- 3 pm. Indulge in a hearty, all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast that will make even the toughest of pirates surrender to the delicious spread. They’ll also have bottomless mimosas flowing all morning. It’s also the perfect spot to be near all the parade action!

$45 per person.

Starlite Cruises Gasparilla Invasion of Tampa Bay

As of January 22, this event is sold out. 

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. Wine and cocktails are available to purchase onboard.
Tickets are $294.39

Yacht StarShip’s Gasparilla Invasion Brunch Cruise

As of January 22, this event is sold out. 

Don’t have a boat but want to be part of the flotilla? Hop aboard the Yacht StarShip on Saturday, January 28 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.
Adult tickets range from $199.95 to $269.95 and kids tickets are $129.95 to $199.95.

Photo Cred: gasparillapiratefest.com

14th Annual Gasparilla Extravaganza

As of January 26, this event is sold out.

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 $175 and include unlimited food, drinks and entertainment.

Gasparilla Invasion Party 

As of January 22, this event is sold out. 

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 $150. Limited parking is available for $55.

University of Tampa’s Gasparilla Brunch

As of January 26, this event is sold out. 

Join UT for a pre-parade brunch from 10am-11:30am. Enjoy unlimited brunch, access to multiple open bars, all day parking, and exclusive UT beads. Parking passes will be sent to ticket holders the day before the event. $45-$65 per person.

Florida Aquarium Gasparilla Invasion Brunch Cruise

As of January 22, this event is sold out. 

Set sail with The Florida Aquarium with the Gasparilla pirate flotilla! Climb aboard their 72’ catamaran, the Bay Spirit II, as you travel across the waters of Hillsborough Bay to join the annual re-enactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This swashbuckling adventure is open to guests 21 years of age or older and includes an unlimited brunch, open bar (first two hours, followed by a cash bar), live DJ and spectacular views of the invasion. Tickets are $195 per person.

Gasparilla 2024 Invasion Brunch

As of January 22, this event is sold out. 

This is the official Gasparilla brunch for 2024. Hosted inside 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 $148.

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