Since 1094, The Gasparilla Pirate Festival has been held in Tampa to the delight of the tens of thousands who attend. Organized by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and the City of Tampa, the festival is dedicated to the legend of captain José Gaspar (Gasparilla), a Spanish pirate who operated in Southwest Florida. METRO has a round-up of events to celebrate the Gasparilla season.



Children’s Gasparilla Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza
January 18, 2020
The alcohol-free Ashley Homestore Children’s Parade presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay takes place along Bayshore Blvd., beginning at Bay to Bay Blvd. and ends at Edison Avenue. Families can enjoy marching bands, crews, dancers and beads. Bleacher seating is available.

Gasparilla Invasion Brunch
January 25, 2020
Kickoff the day with a delicious brunch held at the Tampa Convention Center complete with entertainment cash bar and reserved seat to view the invasion. Tickets are required for adults and for children over the age of two.

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January 25, 2020
Route: The Jose Gasparilla sets sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay at 11:30a.m., sails north to Seddon Channel & docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1:00 p.m. Gather friends and hop on a boat and follow along with the flotilla.

Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates
January 25, 2020
The parade has more than 100 decorated floats, 5 marching bands, over 50 distinct Krewes, and of course, pirates tossing beads. The Gasparilla Parade begins at Bay to Bay Blvd & Bayshore Blvd. It continues along Bayshore Blvd to Brorein St., turns east on Brorein St, into downtown Tampa. Reserved bleacher seats are available.

The Junior League of Tampa Gasparilla Invasion Party
January 25, 2020
Celebrate the invasion at The Junior League of Tampa Headquarters on Davis Islands. The event is open to the public, adults, 21+. General admission tickets are $100 with breakfast, lunch and drinks, live music and prime view of the waterfront invasion included.

Sant’ Yago Knight Parade/Ybor City
February 8, 2020
Since 1974, the streets of Channelside District and Ybor City are ablaze with lighted floats, and bands of pirates filling the streets.

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February 22 & 23, 2020
Arrrgghh! Ready to run through the city streets of Tampa overlooking the waters of Hillsborough Bay. Races include a half marathon, 8K, 15K and 5K.

February 29, 2019
Presented by Oxford Exchange the evening brings together patrons and supports of art showcasing award-winning works from the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Enjoy live music, food and complimentary valet parking. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets available at

Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Feb. 29 – March 1, 2020
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of artists & art lovers gathering to showcase and support various types of art on display including ceramic, digital, drawing, glass, jewelry, mixed media and more at this juried art festival. Held in Curtis Hixon Park, the 2-day festival has a variety of live entertainment and children’s activity art area.

Gasparilla Music Festival
March 7 – 8, 2020
Presented by Cigar City Brewing, the 9th annual festival will feature over 45 bands across 5 stages along Tampa’s Riverwalk. It has been announced that Brandi Carlile will be headlining on Saturday and Portugal. The Man will close out the festival on Sunday.

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March 17-22, 2020
The Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival is a celebration of independent film, held annually in Tampa Bay, bringing together film lovers, filmmakers, talent and producers for six days. The films and celebrities will be announced as the date approaches.

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