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Save the Date: Our TOP PICKS of Events Coming in 2022

2022 is going to be an exciting year of new and returning events, including a Broadway experience little ones are never going to forget as Disney’s ‘Frozen’ takes the stage at The Straz Center in Tampa!

Related: What’s NEW in 2022 in Tampa Bay and Orlando

But, that’s not all…from festivals, fairs and even the return of MacDill Air Fest, 2022 is going to be spectacular for families in Tampa Bay. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Tampa Bay through March 2022!

Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Saturday, January 22
Gasparilla Pirate Fest: Saturday, January 29

First and foremost–Gasparilla is BACK in 2022 after taking a year hiatus in 2021 due to the pandemic. This is more than a parade, it is tradition in Tampa Bay. We’re sharing all the details you need to know for the Ashley Children’s Gasparilla Parade presented by Chick-fil-A!

Monster Jam at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa: February 5 & 6

The roars and thrills are back at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for a weekend filled with favorites like Grave Digger and El Toro Loco competing!

Florida State Fair: February 10-21

The Fair along with its largest Midway in North America returns with 90+ rides returns to the Florida State Fairgrounds…and of course, there will be plenty of unique food and entertainment options to enjoy!

Gasparilla Music Festival returns February 25-27

It may feel like we just celebrated GMF and we did in October, but this was an amended date and this year, the event is returning to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa for its normal date in February.

Gasparilla Music festival
Gasparilla Music Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival: March 3-13

Oh, how sweet it is! The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City will celebrate its 87th festival this year and this year’s theme is #1 for Fun!

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts: March 5 & 6

The outdoor art festival returns to its new home at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa and will also include works by local young artists and live entertainment.

Disney’s Frozen at The Straz: March 23-April 3

Disney’s favorite, Frozen, comes to life at The Straz in Tampa with your child’s beloved songs and even a dozen new numbers for them to love! The show is described as pure Broadway joy and recommended for kids ages 6 and older. Tickets are available now at

Disney on Ice: ‘Let’s Celebrate’ March 24-27

Disney on Ice is back on the ice at Amalie Arena with the show, ‘Let’s Celebrate’ with a new show featuring 14 classic and modern songs including ‘Let it Go’ and ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’.

Disney on Ice Tampa

2022 Tampa Bay AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base: March 26 & 27

The FREE community event returns this year with thrilling performances by military and civilian aircraft, including the United States Navy Blue Angles!

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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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