There are plenty of fun activities in the Tampa and Clearwater area beyond Spring Training (go Rays!). Whether you’re a fan of good food, good music, or just a good time, there are Tampa events that will fit the bill! Here’s a roundup of Tampa events the whole family can enjoy, from superheroes to sand castles.
Fun Tampa Events the Whole Family Will Enjoy
The Pigeon Comes to Tampa!: A Mo Willems Exhibit
Whether your kid prefers Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! or the Elephant and Piggie series of easy reader books, this fun exhibit at the Glazer Museum will delight young readers. Featuring a cast of silly characters tested by the challenges of childhood, this exhibit allows children to explore, play, and create in a way that is exciting and fun. Be sure to check out other family-friendly events at the museum, too.
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Roller coasters and food may seem like strange bedfellows, but Busch Gardens delivers with its international fare. We recommend waiting before climbing aboard any fast-paced rides though! Why not let the kids test their resistance to g-forces while you sample a variety of tasty treats and beverages? Plus, check out a variety of musical acts (shows are free with admission).
AfroCon: A Celebration of Diverse Superheroes
The Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library hosts AfroCon, highlighting a diverse crew of superheroes poised to save planet Earth. Create superhero-themed crafts, take photos, test your skills in an escape room, and have fun with a variety of contest at this free event. Maybe you’ll even discover a new favorite masked crusader!
Taste of the Cuban Sandwich
Whet your appetite with delicious Caribbean treats. The star of the show? The Cuban Sandwich as imagined by different chefs and individuals. With free admission, entertainment, and a variety of vendors sending delicious fare, it’ll be a feast for the senses. Join in on Saturday as people attempt to make the world’s largest Cuban sandwich. How many people do you think it will feed?
Hyde Park Family Fun Night
Test your skill with a joystick at one of the last two Hyde Park Family Fun Nights of the season. With old-school arcade games, a variety of traditional board games, and carnival fare like popcorn and cotton candy, this free event is a perfect way to get in some quality time with the family—even with reticent teens!
Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival
The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival takes sand castles to a whole other level. Stop by this 17-day festival to witness amazing sculptural skill as sand architects create visual wonders around the theme “Sea the World.” We wouldn’t be surprised to spy the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, or even the Eiffel Tower! Building starts on the 12th, so you can watch your favorite sand artists creating or stop by later in the festival to check out the finished masterpieces. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and there will be a building area for the kids to create their own sculptures.
Spring EGGSTRAVAGANZA by Florida Technical College
Grab the perfect photo op with the guy everyone’s trying to meet this season—the Easter Bunny. Enter an Easter basket raffle (or two or three) and set the kids on the hunt. There will be two Easter egg hunts, one for kids under 5 and one for 6 to 19-year-olds, so remember to bring your Easter baskets!
Maven Market Spring Fling Market Fest
Enjoy shopping for cool modern accessories or the most bohemian vintage styles at the Maven Market Spring Fling Market Fest. This year, kids can enjoy a fun Easter egg hunt while you find the perfect decoration for your entryway. There will be plenty of food options and music as well, so plan for a good time and make sure to leave some room in your trunk for your finds!
Easter Brunch & Dinner Cruises
Make this Easter memorable with a mealtime cruise on the Tampa Bay waterfront. Enjoy a delicious buffet featuring seasonal favorite and entertainment while taking in the sights. Cruises depart from Tampa and Clearwater. Reserved seating is available, and the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance after he finishes his egg deliveries for a photo op!
Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival
The Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival is a feast, both visually and gastronomically. Explore the culture of the Caribbean with exhibits, music, a street parade, and amazing cuisine. While many Caribbean islands share common staples, you won’t believe how different they can taste! Sample as much as you can while enjoying a variety of musical stylings, from samba to steel drums to the cha-cha.
There’s always something exciting happening in Tampa. It’s certainly part of why we’re happy to call this area home! We hope you check out some of these Tampa events and make the most of what the area has to offer.