Things to do in Tampa Bay | Jan. 2023

Planning for the New Year? Football, music festivals, fun runs, Gasparilla and more! Check out some of the fun things to do in Tampa Bay in January 2023.

ReliaQuest Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Illinois

Jan. 2, 2023 at 12:05p

Raymond James Stadium

Events around the Bay Area include bowling at Splitsville (7pm on Dec. 28); Clearwater Beach Day (11a-4p at the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60); New Year’s Eve Parade (5:30p along 7th Ave. in Ybor City).

Dino Rescue

Through April 2023

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Dino Rescue will bring guests up-close to life-size dinosaurs, some as tall as 35 feet and 65 feet long. Guests will encounter the dinosaurs, which move and roar, as they learn about habitat loss and entanglement.

Children’s Gasparilla

Jan. 21, 2023 from Noon-7:30pm

Downtown Tampa along Bayshore Blvd.

One of the largest children’s events in the US, this free event includes an airshow, a preschoolers stroll, a large parade along Bayshore Boulevard with marching bands and floats, a parachute jump show and a fireworks finale.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Jan. 28, 2023 from 2-6pm

Downtown Tampa along Bayshore Blvd.

The third largest parade in the US, the Gasparilla Invasion followed by a parade and a street festival featuring food, live music and entertainment. More about this event:

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival

Jan. 6-15, 2023, times vary

Multiple locations

This 10-day festival celebration includes cultural enrichment activities, speakers, musicians, artists, a street festival, 5k run and other events that increase awareness of African and African-American culture and history.

MLK Dream Big Weekend

Jan. 14-16, 2023

Featuring the MLK Dream Big Parade, a family fun day, dance competition, big band competition and more. The parade is promoted as the country’s longest-running MLK day parade.

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