Busch Gardens celebrates 60 years of fun with 52 weeks of special events

By | January 4, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — There’s more to explore than ever before at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2019. New this year, park guests can enjoy fan-favorite events EVERY week of 2019 as a part of the park’s 60thAnniversary celebration. Guests can enjoy the celebration all year with great deals on park admission, including BOGO Fun Cards – purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card and receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE – and a FREE Preschool Card available for children age five and younger.  

Celebrate the #YearofBeer in 2019
With a nostalgic nod to the park’s roots as a brewery, guests age 21 and older can enjoy two complimentary beer samples each day of 2019 at Serengeti Outlook Pub and Restaurant and Garden Gate Café’. The cold brews will provide the perfect accompaniment to a day at the park. Valid identification is required for age verification.

Special Events in January

Three Kings Celebration:
Saturday & Sunday, January 5 & 6
This weekend, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay unfolds the famed journey to the humble town of Bethlehem during the Three Kings Celebration on January 5 & 6. Latin influences are found throughout the park with live music, crafts, authentic Latin food and more! This cultural celebration boasts authentic Latin flavors found only during the holidays, live entertainment honoring the three Wise Men and Busch Gardens’ dazzling display of twinkling Yuletide lights. 

Real Music, Real Masters
Monday – Saturday, January 7– March 16
The longest-running concert series at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay returns in January with incredible live music and entertainment spanning from the 1950s to today. Daily performances at the park’s Stanleyville Theater include the following world-class acts:

  • Cirque Vertigo featuring the Wallenda Duo: January 7 -12 & March 11 – 16
  • Arrival From Sweden: The Music of ABBA: January 14 – 19
  • Thomas McClary: The Commodores Experience: January 21 – 26
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone: January 28 – February 2
  • The Diamonds: February 4 – 9
  • Ballroom with a Twist: February 11 – 16
  • The 5th Dimension: February 18 – 23
  • Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Ealges Tribute Band: February 25 – March 2
  • Lorrie Morgan: March 4 – March 9 

Exciting Events All Year  
Throughout 2019, park guests can enjoy can’t-miss events for all tastes and ages, including the following fan-favorites: 

-Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays February 2-10, May 4-19, and October 5-27
Families can enjoy seasonal fun with fan-favorite characters, including hands-on activities and specialty character meals each Saturday and Sunday during select times. 
Food & Wine Festival
Select Dates March 16 – April 28
The park’s most delicious event returns this March with tastes for every palate at the fifth annual Food & Wine Festival. Guests can sample delectable cuisines paired with a wide selection of wines, craft brews and specialty cocktails, while enjoying some of the biggest names in entertainment.
-Guy Harvey Weekends
Saturdays & Sundays May 11 & 12, Dec. 7 & 8
Meet Guy Harvey and learn about his dedication to conservation and his passion for marine wildlife. Bring your favorite gear for him to sign or purchase Guy Harvey paintings, merchandise and more. Autographs and photos will be available at select times throughout the day.
-Jack Hanna Weekend
Saturday & Sunday May 18 & 19
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows.
-Summer Nights
Each Night May 31 – August 11
As the sun goes down, the night comes alive at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Summer Nights. The event features extended hours, endless energy and world-class coasters that light up the night. Join us for a Fourth of July firework celebration like no other during Summer Nights.
-Fall & Holiday Favorites, including: Bier Fest
a unique blend of food and favorite craft beers from around the world and local favorites; Howl-O-Scream celebrating 20 years this fall, there is nowhere to hide at Howl-O-Scream 2019; Christmas Town with millions of twinkling lights and festive shows. 

Best Ways To Play

Pay for Day, play ALL YEAR at 2 parks– For a limited time, guests can buy a 2019 Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card free! Block out dates apply.

MORE VALUE, MORE OPTIONS WITH ANNUAL PASS – Pick your way to play in 2019 with a Busch Gardens Annual Pass, starting at $10.99 a month for Florida Residents. Guests can select from four pass levels for the benefits they want most – including FREE parking, discounts on merchandise and food, as well as animal encounters – to gear up for a calendar full of special events plus EXCLUSIVE pass member ride time for the opening of Tigris: an exciting new attraction coming in 2019. Add more parks – Get a 4-park pass to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, SeaWorld and Aquatica, starting at just $15.99 a month.

FREE Preschool Card- Kids 5 and younger can enjoy FREE admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island throughout all of 2019 with the Preschool Card. There’s never been a cooler time to be a kid! Florida residents only, other conditions apply, visit BuschGardensTampa.com to register. 

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s blog and social media channels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 

*Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, not included in park admission. Complimentary beer samples will not be offered during Howl-O-Scream.