Kick off the New Year with unforgettable performances at Real Music, Real Masters and come back in 2020 to enjoy Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends, the return of the Food & Wine Festival and much more!
As 2019 draws to a close, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is ready to celebrate an action-packed beginning to the new decade. With ALL-NEW attractions, events for the whole family, and world-class entertainment, families will want to come back again and again in 2020.
Park guests can enjoy the seasonal events below included in park admission leading up to the highly anticipated opening of record-breaking rollercoaster Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world in spring 2020.
New Year’s Celebrations
Tuesday 31 December
In addition to the continuing festivities of Christmas Town every night until 6 January, don’t miss your chance to take your New Year’s Eve to new heights on Florida’s best thrill rides. On 31 December, park guests can enjoy of the sparkle of millions of lights at Christmas Town, dash through the night on amazing roller coasters, and then say hello to 2020 on the Festival Field with live DJ and band performances starting at 10pm, with a dazzling firework display at midnight.
Three Kings Day
Monday 6 January
The festivities don’t stop once the ball drops – park guests can enjoy Christmas Town cheer until 6 January 2020, including the celebration of Three Kings Day. Visit the three wise men in person for song-filled storytelling and indulge in the park’s spin on delicious traditional dishes, from decadent tres leches cake to flavourful pulled pork hash.
Real Music, Real Masters
7 January - 15 March (weekly, Tuesday - Saturday)
Busch Gardens’ longest running concert series is back with returning favourites and NEW acts! At the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater, guests can enjoy incredible live performances spanning from the 1950s to today, including the following acts:
7-12 January Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt: Former Lead Singers of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters
14-19 January The Diamonds
21-26 January NEW! BJ Thomas
18 Jan-2 Feb NEW! Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute
4-9 February NEW! Classic Stones Live: The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Tribute Show
11-16 February NEW! Simply Queen: The Most Incredible Live Tribute to Queen
18-23 February NEW! Let’s Hang On™: America’s No. 1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show
25 Feb-1 March Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band
3-8 March Cirque Vertigo Featuring the Wallenda Duo
10-15 March NEW! ONES: Beatles’ #1 Hits
Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends
1-16 February (Saturdays and Sundays)
Join the Sesame Street krewe for a pirate filled paRrrr-ty! Families can enjoy special character interaction, themed story time, treasure scavenger hunts, and dance parties for pirate-inspired frivolity. NEW this year – on 1 and 2 February, families can meet Aloysius Snuffleupagus, affectionately known as Snuffy, during the first ever Snuffy Weekend. The fun begins each Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area of the park.
NEW! Mardi Gras Weekend
22-23 February (Saturdays and Sundays)
This year, guests can let the good times roll with limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music – Mardi Gras style! Follow the fun to the Moroccan Palace Plaza.
Food & Wine Festival
29 February – 26 April (weekly; Saturdays and Sundays)
A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend from 29 February – 26 April. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage the Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.