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  Hotels Near Tampa Bay Annual Events

January -

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
- Tampa, FL
Cultural Enrichment: Living History, Film, Artistic Exhibitions, Influential Individuals, Poetry. Two-Day Street Festival: Nationally Known Artists, Dynamic Performances, Music. Personal Enrichment: Luncheons, Leaders, and Inspirational Speakers
Map to nearby hotel: Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown
February -

Florida State Fair - Tampa, FL
The annual Florida State Fair is a salute to the state's best in the agriculture and equestrian industry including an abundance of shows, music, rides, food and shopping for 12 consecutive days.
Map to closest hotel: The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fairgrounds
March -

Florida Strawberry Festival
- Plant City, FL
A Plant City tradition since 1930. A family oriented event with strawberries any way you can imagine. Daily attractions, parades, an array of activities and a fun-filled midway for the entire family.
Map to nearby hotel: Red Rose Inn and Suites

Manatee Arts Festival - Apollo Beach, FL
Artists exhibiting at Manatee come from across the United States and represent a wide variety of media from painting and sculpture to wood carving, leather, and jewelry.
Map to nearby hotel: Resort and Club at Little Harbor

Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts - Tampa, FL
In addition to works of art to view and purchase, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts features performances by local vocalists and bands.
Coordinated by the Tampa Museum of Art, the Children’s Activity Area provides children the opportunity to learn techniques from artists. Friends of the Museum sponsors the food court.
Map to nearby hotel: Courtyard Downtown Tampa hotel
April -

Smooth Jazz Festival
- Clearwater, FL
Kick back and relax while soaking in the sweet sounds of smooth jazz on the AEGON stage in beautiful Coachman Park. Enjoy a gorgeous Florida day outdoors in this picturesque park on the water. The event will feature vendors, food and drink concessions and a kids play area!
Map to nearby hotel: Residence Inn by Marriott Clearwater Downtown

Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am - Odessa, FL
The Champions Tour’s top money-winners compete at TPC Tampa Bay. Celebrities and amateurs will play alongside Champions Tour professionals in the first and second rounds, with a select number competing again in Sunday’s final round.
Map to nearby hotel: Residence Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway at NorthPointe Village

Festa Italiana - Ybor City (Tampa) FL
Event attendees will experience the finest in live entertainment, family activities, wine and the Tampa Bay area's restaurants and cuisine.
Map to nearby hotel: The Hampton Inn - Suites Tampa/Ybor City
May -

Sea Grapes
- Tampa, FL
The Florida Aquarium hosts a fine wine and food festival night that includes a tasting selection of over 100 truly fine wines, the best of the Bay Area’s premier restaurants, live jazz and unique and exciting auction items. Connoisseurs’ VIP Club is available for exclusive wine and food tasting.
Map to nearby hotel: Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel and Marina

June -

The Cuban Sandwich Show - Tampa, FL
ALL the art will be exclusively about TAMPA and/or Cuban sandwiches (our chosen symbol of Tampa-slightly tongue-in-cheek). Thus, whatever the art form--visual, film, dance, theater, music, cuisine, poetry, literature--the root subject is art about Tampa and it’s past, present, and/or future.
Map to nearby hotel: Days Inn Tampa/Port of Tampa/Ybor City

July -

July 4th Fireworks - Tampa, FL
Fun for the whole family on the Channelside Bay Plaza waterfront with holiday fireworks at 9pm.
Map to nearby hotel: Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel and Marina

August -

IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championship
- Tampa, FL
On the Seddon Channel in Downtown Tampa. The Seddon Channel has been used for many rowing regattas in the years past, including the prestigious University of Tampa President’s Cup.
Map to nearby hotel: Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
September -

Gasparilla Pirate Fest
- Tampa, FL
Annual event since 1904, where 750 costumed pirates invade Tampa aboard the majestic pirate ship, "Jose Gasparilla" and parade through the streets of Tampa in a spectacular parade and downtown street festival.
Map to nearby hotel: Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel and Marina
October -

Clearwater Jazz Holiday
- Clearwater, FL
What started as a series of jazz concerts held on the back of a flatbed truck and at venues all around the City of Clearwater, has evolved into a major 4-day regional jazz festival and draw for tens of thousands of visitors. The event takes full advantage of its home in Clearwater, Florida, offering music against the backdrop of warm breezes, brilliant sunsets and one of the world's greatest beaches, on the Gulf of Mexico.
Map to nearby hotel: Residence Inn by Marriott Clearwater Downtown

Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Tampa, FL
While most of the films focus on homosexual themes, some films explore other areas of human sexuality including transgender issues and gender roles.
Map to nearby hotel: Hyatt Regency Tampa

Guavaween - Ybor’s annual Halloween Street Party and Concerts - Mama Guava takes the 'bore' out of Ybor with Halloween happenings in the heart of the 'Big Guava'!The annual event is a major fundraiser for the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and opportunity for its merchants to showcase the BEST Ybor City has to offer!
Map to nearby hotel: Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn
November -

Verizon Ybor City Heritage & Cigar Festival
- Ybor City (Tampa), FL
Highlights include traditional foods, sports zone, kid's zone, antique car display, beer and wine garden, and an outdoor cigar exhibit
Map to nearby hotel: The Hilton Garden Inn Ybor Historic District
December -

Victorian Christmas Stroll
- Tampa, FL
Christmas traditions are created by families and passed along from generation to generation.  These time-honored rituals thrill us when we are children and later, as adults, they call forth memories that comfort us in an uncertain world. Experience an old-fashioned holiday with your loved ones at Henry B. Plant Museum.
Map to nearby hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 

Ruskin Tomato & Heritage Festival - Ruskin, FL
The Ruskin area was once referred to as the ‘Salad Bowl of America’, mainly because of the wonderful vine-ripe ‘Ruskin Tomato’. The agricultural diversity of the area was celebrated annually at the popular Ruskin Tomato Festival.
Map to nearby hotel: Resort and Club at Little Harbor

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