Things to do in Tampa Bay | March 2023

So many fun things going on this month from concerts to festivals to car races. Take a look at our top picks of things to do in Tampa Bay in March 2023.

Florida Strawberry Festival

March 2-12

Plant City

A traditional American fair with a local twist. Did you know more than 10,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually in the Plant City area? That is a great reason to celebrate. The festival celebrates all things strawberries plus rides, attractions, animals, live entertainment, shows and more. In fact, the Florida Strawberry Festival has become a well-known concert stop as well. Some of this year’s headliners: The Oakridge Boys, Willie Nelson, Sara Evans, Ludacris, Chris Young, Tanya Tucker, For King + Country, Wayne Newton, Train, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Tickets are $10 with headliner concerts extra.

Photo provided by Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding.

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

March 3-5

Downtown St. Petersburg

The IndyCar season’s opening event turns the streets of St. Pete into a waterfront street course. Grandstand tickets start at $95 with general admission as low as $25. The event also features a fan village, beer gardens, autograph sessions, interactive games and more.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

March 4-5

Julian B. Lane Park, Tampa

You know we love art and this is one of our favorite local art festivals. Artists from around the country will delight art enthusiasts with their work including ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. This event will also feature the works of local young artists, food vendors and live entertainment. One of our favorite parts of this event is the Chalk Walk: specially commissioned chalk artists bring their amazing chalk drawings to life in an interactive live-art experience. And best of all, the event is free!

Tampa Bay Beer Week

March 4-12

Multiple locations

Did you know that the Tampa Bay area has is home to more than 100 craft breweries! This annual celebration of the brewing scene around Tampa Bay will feature festivals, brewing competitions, tastings and special beer releases.

Mayor’s River O’Green Fest

March 18 at 11am

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

The City of Tampa’s official Saint Patrick’s Day event takes place on the Hillsborough River, which is turned green for the occasion. The all-ages party includes live entertainment, games, kids activities, the River O’Green Gallop, Irish faire, beer and more.

Reggae Rise Up

March 16-19

Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg

The biggest names in reggae – including Wiz Khalifa, Koffee, and more - come together on the beautiful St. Pete waterfront. The festival has multiple stages, food vendors, beer trailers, games, craft vendors, art and more. Tickets start at $120.

Gasparilla International Film Festival

March 23-26

Multiple locations around Tampa

This is one of Tampa’s longest-running screen festivals. The annual celebration is an opportunity to check out premieres, seminars and Q&As with filmmakers, talent and producers. Tickets start at $120.

Shen Yun

March 7/8, March 29 through April 2

Mahaffey Theater, St. Pete

An explosion of Chinese culture celebrated with breathtaking dance and music. Tickets starts at $80.

Vienna Light Orchestra

March 29 at 7:30p

Stratz Center for the Performing Arts

Quite simply a musical phenomenon like no other, surrounded by over two thousand flickering candles and the melodic sounds they sparkle to. The concert will highlight the works of the musical phenomenon, “The Greatest Showman” and so much more!  Accompanying the Vienna Light Orchestra’s world-class ensemble are renowned vocalists, dueling violins and cellos. Tickets range from $45 to $250 per person and the event is recommended for ages six years and older.

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