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March is here and that means Spring is right around the corner. As spring breakers flood the coasts, locals are looking for things to do that aren’t surrounded by out-of-town mayhem. We did the research so you didn’t have to, so let’s dive into the must-see March events in Tampa Bay for 2024.

You probably know by now, but if you don’t, the Strawberry Festival is happening right now until March 11. There’s live music, wild fair foods, rides, and more. The Strawberry Festival is basically the State Fair 2.0 and you can catch Riley Green, Cody Johnson, and Jordan Davis on the stage.

Another one we filled you in on is the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival happening on March 9. If you love music, beer, bourbon, and BBQ, you’re definitely not going to want to miss this. Think of this as a pregame for the Pig Jig. Pulled pork, whole hogs, ribs, brisket … need we say more?

What else is going on in Tampa Bay in March?

If you can’t find something to do in Tampa Bay, you’re looking in the wrong spot. Whether it’s heading to Amalie Arena to watch the Lightning or scoping out an art festival. There’s always something for everyone. 

March is jam-packed with events all month long. Let us know if we missed anything and here are the must-see March events in Tampa Bay for 2024. 

  • Florida Strawberry Festival

    The Strawberry Festival is underway. From now until March 11, catch some of your favorite artists hit the stage. The food might just be the best part, so don’t forget to try the newest desserts.

  • Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

    The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts runs from March 2nd to March 3rd.  Some of the best local art talent around Tampa come together to showcase their art at the Julian B Lane Riverfront downtown.

  • Beer, Bourbon, BBQ Festival

    Back for it’s 9th year, the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival will take place in Downtown Tampa on March 9 from 12-6pm. General admission tickets are still available so make sure you secure your spot for unlimited ber and bourbon samples to go with that BBQ.

  • Brantley Gilbert At The Hardrock

    Any Brantley Gilbert fans around here? Catch Brantley Gilbert at the Hardrock in Tampa on March 10th  at the Off The Rails Tour.  The show starts at 8 pm and tickets start at $50.


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  • Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

    Do you like music, eats, treats, brews, cocktails, and wine? Busch Gardens is hosting one of Tampa Bay’s favorite spring festival from March 9 to May 19, the Busch Gardens Food &  Wine Festival. Admission to the event is free with park admission so grab some friends and make your way over to Busch Gardens for a solid way to spend your Saturday and Sunday.

  • Tim McGraw at Amalie Arena

    Tim McGraw is making his way back to Tampa Bay on March 15 at Amalie Arena for the Standing Room Only Tour. Tickets are on sale now starting at $49.75 with VIP packages still available. The tour kicks off in Florida on March 14 so you know you’ll be getting a good show in Tampa.


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  • River O’ Green Festival

    Looking for something to do on St. Paddy’s day? We got you covered. The River O’Green Festival is back on March 16 from 11 am to 6 pm. This is a free event to celebrate St. Patrick’s day on the Hillsborough River with music, food trucks and obviously beer.

  • Tampa Bay Rays Home Opener

    The Tampa Bay Rays are BACK on March 28. This is always the sell-out game for the Rays and if you’re looking to score some tickets, you’ll want to act fast. Checkout our full rundown on opening day here.


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  • Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

    Think your sand castle-building skills are prime? Think again! The #1 sand sculpting festival in Florida is back and better than ever. From March 29 – April 14, catch 16 of the best professional sand sculptors at the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival as they transform Clearwater Beach into one-of-a-kind sand sculptures. There’s food, lessons, live music, fireworks, artisans and more.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Home Games

    With only a few weeks left in the regular season, you got to get your fix in. The Lightning have 6 home games through March on the  2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 27th, and 30th. If you’re looking for a few spots to pregame or grab a bite to eat before the game, we’ve got some suggestions.


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