There are some great annual events in Downtown Tampa FL.
– Gasparilla Parade of Pirates (February 25, 2016) is the most well known annual event in Downtown Tampa FL. The parade annually attracts over 300,000 spectators and has a budget of $400,000. In some years it has been cited as one of the largest parades on earth with more than 700 participants.
The sea pirates will be coming from Boca Ciega Bay to invade downtown for this massive celebration!
– Outshine Festival (April 15th & 16th) at Curtis Hixon Park features live music performances by top touring acts spanning hip hop, rock, funk and reggae music styles plus local favorites who have made their mark playing these great festivals like SunFest or Jazzfest Miami. There are food & beverage vendors, a kids’ zone with games and rides.
The event will start out on Saturday at noon with two stages featuring live music performances from 12pm-11:30pm; Sunday’s festivities begin at 11am and run until the last act takes the stage around 11:30pm.
– Tampa Bay Beer Week (March 14th – March 22nd) is an annual celebration of craft beer in Downtown Tampa FL that offers opportunities to explore new brews, make friends through shared experience, learn about hops while enjoying some amazing examples of what’s being brewed in Florida as well as across America! The week features tastings, dinners paired with beers from local breweries plus tap takeovers by experimental brewers such as Cigar City Brewing, Cycle Brewing and Benchmark Brewing Company.
– Downtown Tampa’s Sundial Bridge is the only bridge of its kind in the world! You can walk across it to see a sundial with a compass at either end that indicates north or south on one side while showing the time (hours, minutes) on the other. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava and opened in March 2004.