From Gasparilla to the Florida Strawberry Festival to St. Pete Pride, grab your calendar and start planning for these Tampa Bay events! To stay up-to-date on the best things to do all year long, be sure to follow us @stufftodointampabay on Facebook and Instagram!
Keep scrolling to discover the best upcoming Tampa Bay events in 2022!
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Kick off the new year and join in for the 5th Annual St. Pete Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival. This event will be hosted at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Pete. There will be tons of craft beer, cocktails, delicious bacon and BBQ dishes from 20+ food vendors to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy the beer olympics, music, games, prizes and tons more!
The Vinik Family Foundation holds a local reputation for hosting incredible events, showcasing extravagant public art pieces and movements. Start your year off with the Vinik Family Foundation, as they bring to life a massive grocery store recreated out of felt.
Watch this spectacular creation come to life on Water Street in downtown Tampa from January 20th until February 20th. You won’t want to miss this one of a kind art experience!
Arrgh you as excited as we are to already celebrate another Gasparilla! Mark your calendar for the Children’s Parade on January 22nd and the Parade of Pirate on January 29th.
Slip on your best pirate-fit, dig out your eye patch, and head to Bayshore as pirates capture the bay with a celebratory parade. Catch the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates as they set sail through the city on their ships full of treasure, mermaids, and more.
Stay tuned to UNATION for the best placed to pre-game Gasparilla and more pirate themed events coming to town this January!
The Dali Museum is one of our favorite spots to unleash our love for art. Their new exhibit, Picasso and the Allure of the South will be shown exclusively at The Dali, and we can’t wait to see it for ourselves. Experience the influence of southern Europe on Pablo Picasso’s revolutionary work. It’s recommended to reserve your ticket for this exhibit timeframe to secure your spot!
Brunch invitation anyone? Join in for Creative Loafing’s Brunched event to sample unlimited brunch bites from Tampa Bay area restaurants. Sip on bubbles and drink samples, enjoy spectacular waterfront views, and much, much more. Plus, an epic Bloody Mary battle where you can vote to name Tampa Bay’s Ultimate Bloody Mary!
Unlimited brunch with your besties? We’ll cheers to that! Also, a portion of proceeds benefits Current Initiatives of Tampa Bay.
The next extravaganza on our list of events in 2022 includes tasty bites, fun rides, and lots to explore! From February 10th to the 21st, relish an array of exciting activities at the Florida State Fair.
On top of providing plenty of amusing rides and games, the Florida State Fair also showcases a range of local vendors selling handcrafted goodies. Plus, the fair welcomes all ages, making it a great family-friendly event to mark in your calendars for the upcoming year!
Celebrate St. Pete’s community with the annual Localtopia festival! Localtopia highlights the many outstanding independent businesses, organizations, artists, and cuisine that make St. Pete all that it is.
Explore various groups and clubs to join. Feast on a diverse collection of delicacies. Dance and sing along to music performances. Shop for unique art pieces to spruce up your home. Take lots of Instagrammable photos. The list of wonders to discover and explore at Localtopia goes on and on!
Join the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago as they continue to enrich and preserve Tampa Bay’s Latin heritage and culture with a knight parade! On February 12th, join the knights and their royal court as they stroll down Ybor City honoring Tampa Bays Latin influence.
Like most parades in Tampa Bay, this night parade will include beads, lots of colorful displays, dazzling costumes, music, and more!
Gasparilla Music Festival is taking over downtown Tampa from February 25th-27th! Rock out for a great cause. This local, annual music festival hosts over a dozen musical performances, raising money in support of music education. Sing, dance, and let loose with their 2022 lineup, all while supporting Tampa Bay’s local community and the future of music!
Have a need for speed? Enjoy the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from February 25th to the 27th! Catch various racers take on St. Pete’s fast and furious race circuit as they battle it out for the champion title. Along with watching heart racing performances around the track, the Firestone Grand Prix also showcases amazing cars highlighting their strengths and impressive designs!
Nothing says springtime like Florida Strawberry Festival! This entertainment-loaded festival makes the most of the sunny spring weather as it takes over Plant City for 10 days celebrating strawberry season!
Enter eating contests, catch a youth livestock show, watch bands battle it out on the stage, and explore the sprawl of festivities welcoming all. The Florida Strawberry Festival offers lots to love!
Stay tuned to UNATION for the best things to do at the Florida Strawberry Festival, including headliner performances by Lauren Daigle, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, and more.
For our golf fans, this next event is right up your alley – or should we say fairway! Mark your calendars for March 14th to the 20th to enjoy the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor Watch the pros swing into action as they battle the challenges out on the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort.
On top of hosting a major golf tornament, the Valspar Championship also provides other sources of entertainment like St. Patrick’s day celebrations and margarita decks. This event is definitely a whole in one in our books!
Celebrate the Irish way and enjoy other festive activities on the Riverwalk as you watch the river change into a lucky shade! Stay tuned to UNATION for more St. Patrick events! 🍀
Tampa Cigar Week is back with a packed list of events from social events, networking, raffles and opportunities to support charities! Experience the historic monuments, manufacturers, shops and culture that makes Tampa such a vibrant growing city. Local Tampa Bay businesses including 7th and Grove, Cigar Castle, and more will be hosting events – you won’t want to miss out!
Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with Tampa Pride! 🏳️🌈 Tampa Pride joins the many popular local events hosted in town as one of the most anticipated events in 2022 to look forward to! This celebratory event includes a street festival – featuring local vendors and artists – various performances, and a colorful diversity parade.
Bring the whole family out to the 16th Annual Taste of South Tampa hosted by the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Their outdoor festival offers live entertainment, giveaways, prizes, along with delicious food and drink samples from various local restaurants. You will be able to vote on your favorite local Tampa Bay restaurant to be awarded Best of the Taste of South Tampa.
See John Mayer in a New Light as he takes the stage in 2022 at Amalie Arena! Sing, dance, cry, and watch in awe as this talented artist shares their musical skills and new album with Tampa Bay.
John Mayer’s Sob Rock Tour will light up Amalie Arena on April 5th, featuring a bunch of his latest released pop-rock songs and more. Grab your tickets now!
Witness sand come to life at the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival! From sandcastles to giant sand sculptures, Pier 60’s Sugar Sand Festival takes the art of sand creations to a whole new level!
On April 8th to 24th, take in a roaring display of animal sand sculptures as Pier 60 presents Sandimals: An Animal Adventure. Along with jaw-dropping art pieces, the Sugar Sand Festival also offers live music performances, fireworks, sculpting classics, and a kid’s play zone!
Explore and support local cultural institutions, musicians, and restaurants at one of the most anticipated annual Tampa Bay events, Tampa Riverfest!
Riverfest a public, two-day, free event that is held the first weekend in May. Enjoy a concert series, weiner dog derby, sidewalk chalk artists, a stand-up paddleboard invasion, balloon glow, and more.
For the ultimate party of the year, make sure to check out the Sunset Music Festival! SMF hosts an annual Memorial Day take-over of the Raymond James Stadium, showcasing various DJ performances and attracting many people from out-of-state to visit. It’s the Lalapalooza of the South and a popular event for those 18 and above!
Celebrate 20 year of pride celebrate at this year’s St. Pete Pride! PrideFest spreads across the month of June, featuring a diverse collection of activities to partake in. From music performances and drag shows to 5k runs and fireworks, St. Pete Pride has so much to offer.
Stay tuned to UNATION for more details on PrideFest 2022 with St. Pete Pride and learn about the ways you can support the St. Pete LGBTQ+ community!
Rock out with the longtime-standing, talented British rock band Coldplay as they light up Raymond James Stadium! Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres world tour will make a stop at Tampa Bay on June 14, 2022.
This tour features a sustainability movement, pledging to reduce their world tour travel emissions by 50%. Coldplay’s performances will run on more sustainable features like biodegradable confetti, low-energy lasers, and recycled stage set-ups, all while providing their usual memorable performance!
Watch the sky light up for the 4th of July with Boom by the Bay! Celebrate Independence Day with stunning firework shows and other celebrations along the Riverwalk. From Armature Works to Sparkman Wharf, you can watch fireworks paint the sky with red, white, blue, and gold sparks. Before the fireworks, enjoy other festive activities happening around downtown Tampa, ranging from food trucks to live music.
Ever wondered what it would be like to see Shawn Mendes live? Well, this October, you can catch him performing at Amalie Arena!
Shawn Mendes’s Wonder World Tour will illuminate Amalie Arena with Mendes’ musical talent, heartwarming lyrics, and a show to remember. This won’t be his first rodeo in town, but it’ll be the first time Tampa gets to experience the magic of Wonder performed live. Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss out on the wonder and grab yours today!
Support a good cause while feasting on bbq with Tampa Pig Jig! Like other Tampa Bay events, the Tampa Pig Jig raises money and spreads awareness for a cause. Tampa Pig Jig’s philanthropy aims to help the process of finding a cure to combat a debilitating kidney disease. This event offers plenty of entertainment to savor, from bbq competitions to more live music performances!
Add some sparkle to the end of your year with one of the most festive annual Tampa Bay events, Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park! All winter long, Winter Village is home to an ice rink, cafe, and local pop-up shops. Anyone else counting down the days to the holidays already?