Summer Things to Do in Tampa Bay

Unlock a season of extravagant events in the heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Dive into culture, explore the outdoors, or indulge elegantly. There’s an event for all treasure-seekers this summer in Tampa Bay with so much to see and do.

BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY SUMMER CELEBRATION

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Enjoy dazzling world-class entertainment from day into the night at Busch Gardens’ all-new Summer Celebration event. To celebrate the 4th of July, an extended patriotic fireworks finale will take place nightly from July 1st-4th.

FLORIDA AQUARIUM AQUA NIGHTS

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Included in your general admission ticket, guests can enjoy extended evening hours every Friday night from July 1st- August 5th. The event will feature special live entertainment, family-fun activities and see the aquarium’s many inhabitants.

YACHT STARSHIP BRUNCH BUFFET CRUISE

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Take in Tampa Bay’s iconic skyline with a view from right on the water. This 2-hour cruise also includes a hearty brunch buffet, complimentary coffee, tea, and water, as well as bottomless mimosas for a nominal fee, making for a true one-of-a-kind way to get to know downtown Tampa.

HYDE PARK VILLAGE FRESH MARKET

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Featuring over 80 local vendors including food, handcrafted items, and plants to name a few, this farmer’s market held on the first Sunday of each month is a must-see. Explore gifts that only Tampa Bay could produce and enjoy live music by Gasparilla Music with a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere.

TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER CUBAN PATHWAYS

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As the center’s largest-ever temporary exhibition, Cuban Pathways vividly tells the stories of the everyday individuals who have shaped the island’s modern history. The collection is presented in English and Spanish and occupies over 2000 square feet of space. Daily through August 31st.

CURTIS HIXON PARK YOGA IN THE PARK

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Unwind and rediscover self-care through the ancient art of Yoga. Yogis with all levels of ability and experience are warmly welcomed to this weekly gathering in the stunning waterfront setting of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Every Sunday.

BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY BIER FEST

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Inspired by the legendary Oktoberfest in Germany, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest blends seasonal favorites and brew-inspired dishes with record-breaking thrill rides and attractions for a truly unforgettable event. Weekends August 12th – September 5th

DOWNTOWN TAMPA FOURTH FRIDAY

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Combining Tampa’s art scene with delicious eats and live music, Fourth Friday is a monthly journey through downtown to celebrate the best that the city has to offer. Featuring events such as the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Henry B. Plant Museum, and more, this event continues to change and evolve, making for unique discoveries every time. Fourth Friday of Every Month.

ZOOTAMPA SPEAKERS OF THE WILD

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ZooTampa presents an all-new event series that engages in fascinating wildlife and wild places discussions. On June 23rd, discover “Nat Geo Behind the Scenes,” whereas, on August 18th, the park presents a talk on the “Illegal Wildlife Trade.” August 18th

ADVENTURE ISLAND SUMMER DAILY OPERATION

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Summer is the perfect time to splash and play at Tampa’s island paradise. Cool off on thrilling water slides, including the new Riptide Race and Wahoo Remix. Or instead, relax on sandy beaches and take a trip down the Rambling Bayou lazy river for a more laid-back approach to fun in the sun. Daily through September 5th.

CURTIS HIXON PARK ROCK THE PARK

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This free monthly concert series promises to bring energy into everyone’s summer plans with a variety of live music genres performing in a picturesque urban waterfront setting.

CENTENNIAL PARK YBOR SATURDAY MARKET

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Each Saturday, the historic streets of Ybor City play host to over 50 entrepreneurs showcasing their unique products, art, jewelry, and culinary creations. Rich Cuban culture meets contemporary flair at this weekly event.

ARMATURE WORKS HEIGHTS NIGHT MARKET

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Discover unique Tampa Bay treasures at this monthly evening market home to artisanal vendors selling unique handcrafted jewelry, goods, art, and so much more. Whether you are looking for a souvenir of your time in Tampa Bay, a gift for a loved one, or just to soak up the ambiance, this event is a perfect fit for everyone. Second Wednesday of every month.

AMALIE ARENA 2022 U.S. GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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The annual U.S. Gymnastics Championships will come to beautiful Tampa Bay in 2022. The highly anticipated contest will feature Paris 2024 Olympic athlete hopefuls vying for the top spot in a mesmerizing display of precision and elegance. August 18-20