Gasparilla Season

Named for legendary pirate, José Gaspar—who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the 18th and early 19th centuries—Tampa Bay’s destination-wide Gasparilla celebration kicks off each January with a full schedule of exciting pirate-themed events. From parades of pirates to music and film festivals, and a waterfront half-marathon, the entire city unloads untold Gasparilla treasures for visitors and locals to plunder.