Our Guide to Gasparilla 2018
It’s time to get ready for Gasparilla 2018! One of the most popular festival’s in the Tampa area, this year’s event promises to be no different! Whether you are interested in watching the pirates invade the shores of Tampa Bay, looking to find an outdoor event featuring great musical performances, or want to find some family-friendly activities the kids can enjoy, there is something for everyone this season.
Most Popular Events
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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Event: 11:00 am | Parade: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm | Fireworks: 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The whole family can enjoy the annual, alcohol-free Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, which proudly features the Preschooler’s Stroll, Children’s Parade, Gasparilla Treasures™, and more. After walking through the various event areas, you and the family can line the streets to enjoy the children’s parade. Featuring 100+ floats, complete with dancers, bands, and plenty of pirates, the Children’s Parade begins at Bay-to-Bay Boulevard and Bayshore ending along Edison Avenue. Don’t miss this a family-friendly parade that is appropriate for all ages!
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Invasion: 11:00 am | Parade: 2:00 pm
The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is the biggest event of the season! First, watch as “Jose Gasparilla” and hundreds of his swashbucklers invade the shores of Tampa Bay with their pirate ships. Next, enjoy the festivities while the entire Mystic Krewe takes over the city during the Parade of Pirates. Four miles long, the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates is the third largest parade in the country and seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. You can opt for reserved seating ($45-$60) or line the streets and enjoy the invasion for free!
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Perhaps the most wild of all of the Gasparilla events, the Sant’ Yago Knight Parade is an adult event that features tons of illuminated floats. Starting at Nuccio Street and ending at 23rd, the Sant’ Yago Knight Parade extends down the length of 7th Avenue in historic Ybor City. While the event is free, bleacher seats for preferred viewing are often available. Once the parade is over, meet up with some friends at any of Ybor’s hot nightspots. From bars and restaurants to dance clubs, outdoor music and more, there is plenty to do when you party with the Krewe.
Saturday, February 24 – Sunday, February 25, 2018
Various Starting Times
Since 1978, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has been able to donate $3.9 million dollars to various charitable youth organizations. Come support their efforts by signing up for the 5k, 8k, 15k, half marathon, stroller races or any of their other distance events. Register now!
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Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4, 2018
Various Starting/Ending Times
The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and features many of the best artists in the country. Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts has been an annual event since 1970. Browse the booths for a fun day with the family, or purchase everything from hand-made pottery, stunning photography, paintings, and much more!
Sunday, March 4, 2018
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
It’s time to say goodbye to the pirate “krewes” for the year! Come celebrate the end of an amazing Gasparilla on March 4th and wave goodbye to your favorite pirates as they head back out to sea during the Gasparilla Outbound Voyage! Enjoy arts and crafts, music, food and more!
Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 11, 2018
With local and national headliners, the Gasparilla Music Festival is always top of the list for music lovers. The 2018 festival will be bigger than ever, featuring two full days of music and multiple stages. The full line-up has yet to be released, but check their website frequently for updates or buy your Early Bird Tickets now to reserve your spot!
Tuesday, March 20 – Sunday, March 25, 2018
This annual celebration helps support and cultivate the film industry at both the local and state level. Kicking off in 2006, the Gasparilla International Film Festival is dedicated to promoting social awareness, community outreach and film. View the full guide now and mark your calendars for the events you don’t want to miss!