It’s almost that time to head out and enjoy one of the largest pirate invasions Tampa, and let’s face it, probably the world, has ever seen.
That’s right. Gasparilla is coming. So grab your pirate hats and swords and suit on up for music, parades, and so much more.
Here’s a complete layout of all of the events that Gasparilla has to offer, and it all starts this weekend.
Friday, Jan. 29 – Pre Invasion Celebration
Budweiser presents the second annual Gasparilla Charity Concert on the Pirate Fest Stage in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park at 6 p.m. Come out early (gates open at 5 p.m.) to experience live performances with The Swon Brothers, The Hip Abduction and Howie Day. General admission tickets are on sale for $20. Get your tickets now or by phone at (813) 251-8844.
Saturday, Jan. 30
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Gasparilla Pirate Fest
You’ll want to make sure you save plenty of room for the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This brunch is sure to be packed with a ton of delicious treasures. Make sure you reserve your tickets, before they sell out!
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – The Gasparilla Invasion
You won’t want to miss the view when the Jose Gasparilla sails North to Seddon Channel (between Davis Island and Harbour Island) and docks at Tampa Convention Center around 1 p.m. What’s a pirate fest without a ship, right?
2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates
Beginning at Bay to Bay Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard, the parade makes its way all the way to Cass Street & Ashley Drive. Keep your eyes (only one, if you’re sporting the patch), out for all of the pirate costumes. You may even see a sword fight or two. Purchase reserved bleacher seats for the parade.
Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Street Festival
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and MacDill Park are the places to be for the Gasparilla street festival. Come out and enjoy two full days of musicians and entertainers and dance the night away while you’re at it.
Captain Morgan Offers up $20 Uber Rides
Captain Morgan is partnering with Uber to provide $20 ride vouchers for Gasparilla attendees 21 and over.
Starting this Thursday, interested consumers can enter promo code ‘PIRATERESPONSIBLY’ in the Uber app by Saturday, Jan. 30th at 2 p.m. EST. 1,000 winners will receive email or mobile message containing a $20 free promo code. The discount is redeemable for rides taken before Feb. 1st.
Upcoming February Events
Saturday – Sunday Feb. 20-21 – Gasparilla Distance Classic
If showing off your sporty side is your thing, the Gasparilla Distance Classic is definitely something you’ll want to take part in. The classic includes multi-distance runs and challenges for runners and walkers of all ages. Get all of the details and register now!
Saturday – Sunday March 12-13 – Gasparilla Music Festival
One of the most exciting music events is preparing to be even better this year. With an insane music lineup and tons of entertainment, food, events and more, you won’t want to miss out! Tickets are already on sale now – get yours! Stay tuned for our complete guide to the Gasparilla Music Festival, featuring all things that music festival goers need to know – from attire, to parking, delicious food and more.