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Gasparilla Pirate Festival
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GASPARILLA SEASON

Named for legendary pirate, Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the 18th and early 19th centuries, Tampa Bay’s destination-wide annual Gasparilla celebration kicks off each January with a full schedule of exciting pirate-themed events.   From a four-mile long parade of pirates and period memorabilia on display, to specialty packages and a waterfront half-marathon, the entire city of Tampa unloads untold Gasparilla treasures for visitors and locals to plunder.

  • Jan 20
    Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza
    Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza

    Mateys of all ages jump and shout for beads as over 100 parade floats make their way down Tampa Bay’s Bayshore Boulevard. Since 1947, families, friends and neighbors bring their own krewes out to take in Gasparilla’s Children’s Parade.

  • Jan 27
    Gasparilla Pirate Fest
    Gasparilla Pirate Fest

    Named for pirate Jose Gaspar, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Tampa's annual Gasparilla celebration begins with the Gasparilla Invasion. Over 750 swashbucklers invade Tampa Bay aboard the majestic pirate ship "Jose Gasparilla," kicking off a full schedule of pirate-themed events.

  • Feb 10
    Sant'Yago Knight Parade
    Sant'Yago Knight Parade

    The Knight Parade follows Tampa's annual Gasparilla celebration. The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago has hosted it every year since 1974, and it is considered the largest of its kind in the Southeast.

  • Feb 24-25
    Gasparilla Distance Classic
    Gasparilla Distance Classic

    Come out to Tampa Bay and test your endurance at the Gasparilla Distance Classic. Surrounded by the area’s beautiful weather (yep, it’s paradise), every stride you make at the race benefits charitable youth organizations across the Tampa Bay area. Since 1978, the association has donated $3.9 million.

  • March 3-4
    Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
    Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

    Every year, downtown Tampa transforms into one giant outdoor museum when hundreds of artists gather for the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Imagine some of the world’s preeminent artists, hand-selected from over 1,000 submissions, all in one place.

  • March 20-25
    Gasparilla International Film Festival
    Gasparilla International Film Festival

    The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and entertains through its annual celebration of film, year-round events, community outreach and social awareness initiatives, while also supporting and cultivating the film industry of Tampa Bay and Florida and making an economic impact on our region.

  • March 10-11
    Gasparilla Music Festival
    Gasparilla Music Festival

    With two full days of music across four stages, the 2017 festival will be the biggest yet. The lineup also features many of Tampa's best eateries including The Refinery, Malio’s Steakhouse, Ella’s Folk Art Cafe (the chicken and waffle cone, it really happened) and more. The festival is kid-friendly with children's activities offered early each day.