If you’re still reminiscing about Gasparilla 2016, well, that ship has sailed. Literally.
Although Gasparilla is singlehandedly Tampa’s most well-known event, there is much more to look forward to in this city. And most of it doesn’t come with nearly as bad of a hangover. Here’s a random list of just a few upcoming events that excite me and may happen to excite you too…
Seminole Heights Chocolate Festival: February 20th at Generation Food Court Truck. This free and pet-friendly event is sure to please your sweet tooth.
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival: Many know Howl-O-Scream to be Busch Gardens’ best consumer event, but Food & Wine caters to everyone (not just the people who enjoy being scared in their free time). As if the amazing dishes and wines weren’t enough, there’s also a great line up of artists. Count me in for Lynyrd Skynyrd. (March 5th-April 24, Saturdays & Sundays)
Mayor’s River O’Green Fest: Surprisingly not on St. Patrick’s Day, but the Saturday following it instead (March 19th). Brews & bites overlooking a VERY bright green Hillsborough River at Curtis Hixon Park.
Cuban Sandwich Festival: March 20th in none other but the former cigar capital of the world, Ybor City.
Earth Wind & Fire: The concert isn’t on the 21st night of September, but you better believe they’ll be playing that. Earth Wind & Fire is on tour with Chicago, coming to the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre on March 26th.
Beyonce: Because why wouldn’t you casually announce your world tour after your Super Bowl halftime performance? She’s kicking off the tour with Miami and Tampa…andddd none for Orlando, bye. (April 29th at Raymond James Stadium)
Alabama Shakes: If you can’t score tickets to Beyonce, no worries, the Alabama Shakes are playing at the Cuban Club in Ybor on THE SAME NIGHT. I know, I’m very conflicted as well. Tickets sold out really quickly but can still be found on StubHub, etc.
Tampa RiverFest: Highlighting my favorite Tampa RiverWalk, this two-day extravaganza is always worth marking on your calendar. April 30th is devoted to the Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown, and May 1st is the Bloody Mary Festival. Learn more about it here.
Temple Terrace Craft Brewfest: This 2nd annual event puts Temple Terrace on the map. On May 7th, sip all kinds of craft beers under the historic oak trees that surround The Terrace. Tickets/info here.
ALL that, and more, in just a span of three months. I’m preparing to say my final goodbyes to my New Year’s Resolution and bank account. You should too.