CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN TAMPA BAY 

January

THE GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST
This annual invasion of pirates and pilfers turns downtown Tampa into a historic festival and parade for a day and is proceeded by a week of fun activities for the kids and family.
813-353-8108
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February

FIESTA DAY IN YBOR CITY
A free festival open to the public that showcasing Ybor City's historical roots.
813-248-0721
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THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR
As one of the largest fairs in the Southeast, the Florida State Fair features arts and crafts, livestock, entertainment, and food.
813-621-7821
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THE GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC
The Bank of America's Gasparilla Distance Classic raises funds for local youth charities and is ranked as one of the top ten races in the nation.
813-229-RUNN
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March

BEST OF TAMPA BAY
The Best of Tampa Bay an event featuring a selection of the best food and beverages that the Bay area's top restaurants have to offer. 813-229-7827
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THE FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Plant City's famous festival honoring the harvest of winter strawberries along with a parade, midway rides, food and more.
813-754-1996
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Hosted by the Tampa Bay Rough Riders, this parade is a green extravaganza full of leprechauns and more.
813-248-2151
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THE TAMPA BAY DERBY
A horse race that is a signature event for the Tampa Bay area.
813-855-4401
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April

BERN'S WINE FEST
A celebration of fine food and wine from one of the most famous steakhouses in America.
813-253-0358
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GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
Indy Car's first street race will be held at St. Petersburg's temporary course.
727-824-7223
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MAINSAIL ART FESTIVAL ST. PETERSBURG
An annual art festival that boasts more than 200 popular artist exhibits.
727-892-5885
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May

RAYMOND JAMES SUPER POPS

MANCINI AT THE MOVIES
Monica Mancini performs alongside the Florida Orchestra as she sings some of her father's, film composer Henry Mancini, famous tunes. The "New York Times" hailed the show as "the glamorous vocal equivalent of diamonds flashing."
813-286-2403
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RUSKIN TOMATO FESTIVAL
This small coastal town is so famous for its Ruskin tomatoes; it even throws a party for them. The festival features a "Great Tomato Cook-off," music and entertainment.
813-645-3808

June

ANNUAL TASTE OF PINELLAS
This annual food festival features delicious samples from over 50 local restaurant vendors.
727-892-4193
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July

4TH OF JULY AT THE PIER
In the spirit of Independence Day, the St. Petersburg Pier celebrates with activities including live music, entertainment, and fireworks at night.
727-821-6443
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August

WAZOO - LOWRY PARK ZOO
This annual beverage festival features over 150 beers, a Wine Garden and food from 15 local restaurants.
813-935-8552
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September

6TH ANNUAL RENAISSANCE NIGHT-SAFETY HARBOR
The City of Safety Harbor travels back into the middle Ages and recreates a historic party complete with wizards and magic shows, sword fighting demonstrations and more.
727-799-2200
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October

CLEARWATER JAZZ HOLIDAY
The Jazz Holiday is four days of free music from popular Jazz artists and is held at Coachmen Park.
727-461-520
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GUAVAWEEN
A Halloween tradition that celebrates Tampa, the "Big Guava", hosting a parade and party in the streets of historic downtown Ybor City.
813-242-4828
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November

ENCHANTED TREE LIGHTING IN OLD HYDE PARK
Santa arrives just in time to light the 30 ft. tree and start off the holiday season.
813-251-3500
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PASCO BUG JAM AT THE PASCO COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
The 16th annual Pasco Bug Jam is a Volkswagen owners dream come true. The car show features contests and prizes for diff e rent makes and models of Volkswagens.
352-567-6678
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December

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS STROLL AT PLANT MUSEUM
Indulge in the holiday spirit, and take a magical tour of the former Tampa Bay Hotel now maintained and home to The University of Tampa.
813-258-7302
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