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6 Festivals to Check Out in April and May Around Tampa Bay

Anthony Malafronte

TEAM LEADER and HEAD of STUFF @ My Tampa Agent, Anthony has been a resident of Tampa Bay for over 23 years.

Jan 24 3 minutes read

We’re at the sweet spot for spring here in Tampa Bay. It’s getting warmer but the temperatures aren’t as bad as they will be by July and August. It’s the perfect time of year to get out and have fun. Thankfully, there are plenty of festivals to help you do just that.

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Tampa Bay Blues Festival
April 8 - 10
Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg

Every year the Tampa Bay Blues Festival draws plenty of crowds, good food, and big names. This year is no different. Come on out for a chance to hear Aaron Neville, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and J.J. Grey. 

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Florida Blueberry Festival
April 16 - 17
Brooksville, Florida

The Blueberry Festival has been around for years and only gets bigger and better each year. Whether you love blueberries or not, this is a can’t-miss event. This year, Nuthin’ Fancy, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band and ZoSo, a Led Zeppelin tribute band will join the entertainment line-up that includes belly dancers, magicians, acoustic bands, and more. 

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Tampa Bay Carnival
April 23
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

If you’ve ever wanted to experience Carnival or just visit the Caribbean but haven’t had the chance, make plans for Tampa Bay Carnival. You’ll hear steel bands, taste amazing food, and get to check out international performers in beautiful costumes. This year’s featured artist is Shurwayne Winchester. 

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Big Guava Music Festival
May 8 - 9
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa

Alternative rock music lovers rejoice! The Big Guava Music Festival will bring you two days of food trucks, craft beers, and artists you’ve been listening to all year long. Robert Delong, Milky Chance, X Ambassadors, The Strokes, and more will grace the stages at this year’s festival. 

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Orange Blossom Jamboree
May 19 - 22
Sertoma Ranch, Brooksville

Head on over to Brooksville with your camping gear or RV and enjoy 60 bands on four stages. The event is kid-friendly, and there’s plenty of things to do, food to eat, and music to enjoy. Learn more.


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Tampa Bay Margarita Festival
May 28
Curtis Hixon Park, Downtown Tampa

This year’s Margarita Festival not only features a wide variety of margaritas to try and tequilas to sample, but the entertainment line-up is none other than Blues Traveler! Drink, dance, taste, and at the end of the night, enjoy the biggest fireworks show in the area. Learn more.

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