Calendar of Events for Busch Gardens Tampa

    By Stephen Kubiak

    Busch Gardens Tampa has an incredible lineup of events including the Food & Wine Festival, Summer Nights, Christmas Town and Howl-O-Scream.

    Here's a look at the exciting events taking place at Busch Gardens Tampa.


    The annual Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival returns this spring featuring sensational new culinary creations including a menu of more than 35 delectable dishes designed specifically for the event; an expanded line up of more than 120 wines, craft brews and cocktails; and performances from chart-topping musical artists including Andy Grammer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, The All-American Rejects, O.A.R, Gente de Zona and many more.

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    Conservation Connections

    Select day each month
    Included with park admission, this Busch Gardens Tampa Bay speaker series offers guests a chance to learn about the latest conservation programs from experts as they share their incredible stories of working around the world on species conservation and environmental issues.

    Three Kings Celebration

    Weekend in early January
    Busch Gardens unfolds the famed journey to the humble town of Bethlehem during this cultural celebration that boasts authentic Latin traditions, live entertainment honoring the three wise men and Busch Gardens’ dazzling display of twinkling lights.

    Real Music Real Masters

    January through March
    The longest-running concert series at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay features incredible live music spanning from the 1950s to today, plus all-new entertainment.

    Food & Wine Festival

    Mid March through the end of April
    The festival features signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including all-new dishes plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. Join the fun as some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment take the stage.

    Guy Harvey Weekend

    Select weekend in May
    Meet Guy Harvey and learn about his dedication to conservation and his passion for marine wildlife. Bring your favorite gear for him to sign or purchase Guy Harvey paintings, merchandise, and more at the Xcursions gift shop. Autographs and photos will be available at select times throughout the day.

    Run for the Fund 5K

    Select date in May
    Support animal conservation efforts by taking part in SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund’s Run for the Fund 5K.

    Safari of Fun Kids' Weekends

    Weekends in May
    Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends at parties just for kids.

    Independence Day

    July 4
    Families can celebrate the red, white and blue with a night of thrill rides, live entertainment, and incredible extended fireworks show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.


    Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa

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    Summer Nights

    End of May through August
    As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights. Explore the park after dark with extended park hours every night. Dance the night away at themed party zones throughout the park and take on Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark.  

    Safari of Fun Kids' Weekends

    Weekends in October
    Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends at parties just for kids.


    Select Nights in September and October
    Brave your way through unexpected terrors lurking around every corner, including hundreds of roaming creatures, new houses and exciting live, interactive entertainment. As if that wasn’t enough, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is the only place to scream your way through Florida’s top thrill rides—in the dark.

    Christmas Town

    November and December
    Unwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town, where Busch Gardens Tampa transforms into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment, holiday shopping, festive treats and more than two million twinkling lights.

    New Year's Eve at Busch Gardens Tampa

    Dec. 31
    Join Busch Gardens for an awesome New Year’s Eve celebration. Ring in the New Year with fireworks, music and rides.

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