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Tampa is the home of numerous unique cultural, educational, and other entertaining annual events.


  • Gasparilla Pirate Fest
    Every year, plunderers take over the city in honor of the mythical legendary pirate Jose Gaspar.  The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is one of the country's largest and most unique outdoor celebrations.
  • Outback Bowl
    The Outback Bowl is a New Year's Day college football game matching teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference.
  • Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
    The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is an 8-day cultural fest in which speakers, musicians, artists, poets, and craftspeople welcome many visitors each year.


  • Fiesta Day (Ybor City)
    Fiesta Day honors the Cuban, German, Italian, African-Cuban, Jewish and Spanish immigrants who first settled in Ybor in 1886.
  • Florida State Fair
    The annual Florida State Fair is a showcase for Florida's agricultural industry. The fair is educational, exciting and fun.
  • Gasparilla Distance Classic
    The Gasparilla Distance Classic attracts world-class runners who compete on foot in 5K and 15K events.
  • Sant' Yago Knight Parade
    The streets of Ybor City come ablaze when floats with lights, bands and pirates fill the streets for the Sant' Yago Knight Parade.


  • Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
    Painters, artisans, photographers, sculptors, jewelers and artists from around the world display their work at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.  It is one of the largest art shows in the Southeast.
  • Rough Riders St. Patrick's Day Parade
    The 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Rough Riders, Inc. and the City of Tampa invite you to attend their Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.


  • Independence Day
    Family oriented celebrations of United States Independence Day are found all around the Tampa Bay area.  An annual fireworks display is normally viewable all along Bayshore Blvd.


  • Guavaween
    Guavaween is a Latin-style Halloween celebration held in Tampa's historic Ybor City.


  • Latin Fest
    The Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Committee's Annual Latin Fest is held downtown and is free to the public.  The event is part of the month long Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
  • Conga Caliente
    People from all over the United States and Florida join Tampa Bay residents to celebrate Hispanic arts and culture at Conga Caliente, a free, quality festival that has become Tampa Bay's premiere Hispanic event.