Locals break out the fireworks, parade floats, food vendors and live entertainment nearly every month for a distinct (and sometimes quirky) line-up of festivals and events. While the cool and breezy days of spring draw the largest concentration of festivals, Tampa Bay plays host to a myriad of events year-round. Check out some of our popular annuals.
Bring your German spirit and cheers to plenty of beer and dancing at the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Tampa Bay! Enjoy games throughout the day, from the Liter Stein Bucket Race to the Barrel Roll, and don’t forget to chow down on brats and plenty of schnitzels! And it all benefits a Tampa Bay non-profit, Are You Safe, Inc., which supports victims of domestic violence abuse.
On October 25 at Microsoft’s corporate office The Mainframe continues Tampa’s first interactive event series designed to immerse black tech entrepreneurs, innovators, professionals, technologists and enthusiast in the Bay Area’s local start up ecosystem.
Dreamit x Bisnow Innovation SummitNovember
The Dreamit x Bisnow Innovation Summit is a 2-day event bringing together leading innovators in the fields of healthcare, real estate, construction, and technology. The event will take place on November 6th and 7th in Tampa, Florida and will feature 18+ expert panels, 6+ keynote presentations, a startup alley, breakout sessions & networking. #dxbsummit2018
Chillin’ Music FestOctober
The Chillin' Music Fest is a sonic, chill-out dance party featuring the best in surf, alt, reggae rock, world and roots music. The one-day, sun-soaked outdoor event features rhythms and grooves from dozens of nationally and internationally touring bands, and additional attractions include flame-grilled eats, thirst-quenching libations and a college football viewing tent.
Global Entrepreneurship Week Tampa BayNovember
This November 10-18, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries simultaneously happen to engage entrepreneurial activity worldwide. Check out the curated a calendar of events to serve entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders, investors, and startups champions in Tampa – St Pete. You’ll learn tactical tips to help your company scale, connect with other startup founders and team members, and learn more about the resources throughout the region.
Get the whole family dancing with a Latino music and cultural celebration. Catch show-stopping music performances by Latin American greats in a vivid display of heritage pride. Festival-goers can also enjoy the variety of traditional cuisine as well as the beer garden, arts and crafts village, domino tournament, health pavilion and more.
Synapse Innovation SummitJANUARY
The Synapse Innovation Summit in Tampa, Florida (January 23 & 24, 2019) brings together the best people, ideas, and technologies for two days of learning, exploring, and celebrating the possibilities of technology and innovation.
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.
Tampa Pride ParadeMarch
Entertainment, music, food and pride! Celebrate Tampa Pride with a parade down 7th Avenue in Ybor City and a festival on 8th Avenue, which includes a family friendly section and an auto show.
Busch Gardens® Food & Wine FestivalMarch–April
The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival feeds guests’ appetite for adventure with wild flavors and concerts for every taste on Saturdays and Sundays in March and April. The festival invites guests to unleash their inner foodie with an exciting variety of sample-size tastings of delicious cuisine and spirits, tempting taste buds like never before.
Bern's Steak House, Haven, Bern's Fine Wines and Spirits, and The Epicurean Hotel present a full week to indulge in all your wildest culinary and wine fantasies. This eight-day, unique food and wine experience has the area's most talented culinary teams complemented by the best wines from around the world.
Best of Tampa BayApril
This all-you-can-eat food and drink extravaganza boasts Tampa Bay’s finest restaurants, caterers and craft breweries. Enjoy open bars and live bands as you eat, drink and party! Plus, you’ll be helping generate millions of dollars for arts education programs.