While I love the sunny weather, beautiful beaches and vibrant cultural scene, my favorite part of living in Tampa, Florida, is the many festivals.
- Held throughout the year, they showcase the city’s diversity and rich heritage.
Music, food, art and culture are represented with a variety of festivals that draw in locals and visitors alike. The first festival of the year is the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. It’s one of Tampa’s most iconic and beloved events. Held in January, it commemorates the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar with a parade featuring colorful pirate ships and marching bands. There’s also the Gasparilla Children’s Parade and the Gasparilla Music Festival. One that I look forward to every year is the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in April. It’s a three day event that draws in premier blues artists from around the country. The venue in Vinoy Park offers stunning views of the waterfront, delicious food and amazing music. While I’m not a big fan of EDM, I usually set aside a few hours for the annual Sunset Music Festival in May. Hearing and seeing the top DJs and performers in the EDM scene is always interesting. The Tampa Bay Margarita Festival is more my style. The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is the perfect spot for mixologists to show off their skills. My friends and I search out the perfect margarita while sampling amazing food and listening to great music. Ybor City hosts an annual Wine Bar Crawl that is always something to look forward to. The area offers a lot of historic charm and the event features unique wine bars in the area.
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