Plan Your Tampa Bay Getaway Today

Tampa Bay is brimming with an array of fun things to do for every taste and budget. Indulge in scrumptious chocolate delights at The Festival of Chocolate at MOSI, or satisfy your cravings with strawberry shortcake and kid-centric fun at the Florida Strawberry Festival, a Plant City tradition since 1930. If you're a sports enthusiast, experience a college football game at the Outback Bowl, showcasing an exciting match-up between the Southeastern and Big Ten conferences. Or simply go on a dreamy stroll along Channelside and admire the stunning waterfront vista.

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
January 13-22

Cultural, Educational, Entertaining and Historical—these are the four words that describe the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. Ten days of nationally known entertainers, speakers and exhibits.

Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest
January 29

Annual event since 1904, where 750 costumed pirates 'invade' Tampa aboard the majestic pirate ship Jose Gasparilla, then take to the streets of Tampa in a spectacular parade and downtown street festival.

The Children's Gasparilla Parade
presented by McDonald's & Busch Gardens

January 22
This alcohol-free, family event is held annually before the Invasion and Parade, and features
the Children's Gasparilla Parade and one of the largest fireworks presentations in the country.

Florida State Fair
February 10-21

Come join the fun at the annual State Fair, featuring free entertainment, educational and agricultural exhibits, a historical village, crafts, food, an exciting midway on 355 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, seating for more than 11,000, and a 500-horse-stall equestrian center.

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
February 2-20: Billy Elliot the Musical

Experience this joyous celebration of one young boy's triumph against the odds. The story follows Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring into a ballet class and discovers his dream to dance.

Lights on Tampa
February 19

This amazing light portrait of the city connects Tampa's citizens and visitors with a unique experience of light-based art and technology. It offers access to artistic excellence by bringing the work of major and emerging contemporary artists to downtown Tampa in the new Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

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