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The Best Family-Friendly Events this Month in Tampa Bay

Lucky you for calling Tampa Bay home because there are so many fun things to do around town this March! It almost feels as if things are starting to return to normal after a rough two years as we welcome back beloved events and NEW events! We’ll continue to add   family-friendly things to do as events come across our desk, so be sure to check back often as new events are added.

Be sure to also check out our list of 10+ things to do this weekend!

Florida Strawberry Festival: March 3-13

The Florida Strawberry Festival is back! This sweet event celebrates the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County and features midway rides, exhibits, youth livestock shows, and, of course, all things strawberry! Enjoy the world-famous strawberry shortcake, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry pie, strawberry pizza and strawberry brisket tacos. Be sure to check out the live entertainment which features acts such as Boyz II Men, Lady A, Sam Hunt, and Lauren Daigle (concert admission is separate from general admission). flstrawberryfestival.com

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire In Concert at the Straz: March 4-5

Get ready to fight a dragon, swim with merpeople and find out who put Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire! For the first time ever, audiences can rediscover the magic of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while a live symphony plays the unforgettable score. strazcenter.org

Rapids Racer at Adventure Island
Rapids Racer at Adventure Island debuts this month!

Adventure Island Opens: March 5

Get ready for slides, splashes, and sunshine as Tampa’s best water park reopens for 2022! This spring, they’re adding two all-new waterslides – Rapids Racer and Wahoo Remix. Guests can also experience new virtual reality snorkeling and hang out at the new Hang Ten Tiki Bar. adventureisland.com

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa: March 5-6

The 2022 GFA will showcase artists and their work that includes ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. Taking place along Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, GFA will also feature the works of local young artists and feature children’s activities and a weekend full of live entertainment emceed by ABC Action News Meteorologist, Denis Phillips. General admission is free, and VIP Experiences are available for purchase. See our INSIDE LOOK here.

Henry B. Plant Picnic in The Park: March 6

Go back in time to a century ago and head to Plant Park for an old-fashioned picnic. Pack your picnic basket, bring a blanket, and experience the pleasures of a simpler time. There will be live entertainment, arts and crafts, and adoptable animals from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Guests can also enjoy food and drinks from Concho Cuban Food Truck and complimentary ice cream and popcorn from Blue Bell Creameries and Henry B. Plant Museum. Plantmuseum.com

Iron Gwazi Opens at Busch Gardens: March 11

The beast awakens on March 11th! Experience North America’s tallest, and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. Riders will plunge from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91 degree drop and reach top speeds of 76 mile per hour. There will be a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions. buschgardens.com

Watch: See what it’s like to ride Iron Gwazi here!

Thomas the Train at the Florida Railroad Museum: March 11-13, 19-20

Get ready for a full day of fun! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town for a day of BIG dreams and even BIGGER smiles. Jump on board Thomas for an interactive train ride, pick up your Dream Pass and head to the Play Pod or say Hello to Sir Topham Hatt. For the little engineers who want a little more excitement, check out the Dream Big Corner for photos ops, lawn games and more. And don’t forget to hit up the Exclusive Pop-Up gift shop for toys and swag! Bring the whole family and imagine how far you will go! frrm.org

River O’ Green Fest: March 12

After a two-year hiatus, the River O’ Green Fest is back! Starting at 11:00 a.m. at Curtis Hixon Park, the Hillsborough River will be transformed into a bright shade of green, which visitors can view along the Tampa Riverwalk. The Irish-themed celebration will run until 5:00 p.m. and will include live entertainment, food trucks, beer, and family-friendly entertainment. Riverogreen.com

Related: The BEST St. Patrick’s Day Events in Tampa Bay for Families

SHAMROCK FEST at The St. Pete Pier: March 12

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Pier will kick off an all-new event! This giant Irish rock festival will feature traditional dance performances, a nomadic magician, meet and greet opportunities with leprechauns and more. Guests can enjoy traditional Irish food and drink specials from local vendors. There will also be live entertainment, including Tom Petty and Guns N’ Roses tribute bands. General admission and VIP tickets are available. shamrockfeststpete.com

Dino & Dragon Stroll at the Tampa Convention Center: March 12-13

Encounter colossal dinosaurs ranging from babies to the huge Brachiosaurus that stands 20 feet tall! Come face to face with the massive Mamenchisaurus standing over 2 stories high, the mammoth Spinosaurus, the enormous, show stopping T-Rex and the gigantic Apatosaurus, just to name a few! Immerse yourself in the interactive photo experience, climb inside a dinosaur egg or next to the Giganotosaurus. Visitors will be transformed into the Mesozoic Era with prehistoric dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Enter the Dragon’s Den, which is surrounded by some fantastical, legendary fire-breathing dragons! dinostroll.com

“Frozen” at the Straz: March 23-April 3

The spectacular Tony-nominated Broadway show comes to Tampa! Featuring beloved songs from the original Oscar-winning film along with new songs and an extended score, “Frozen” is an unforgettable theatrical experience. The special effects, stunning sets, costumes and powerhouse performances are sure to mesmerize audiences of all ages. strazcenter.org

Disney on Ice at Amalie Arena: March 24-27

Audiences get to be a part of Disney magic when Mouse-ter of Ceremonies, Mickey Mouse, leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. An ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana will also dazzle audiences. The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all.  Exciting moments from Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Dory”, Disney’s “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast” will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime! disneyonice.com

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

The men and women who work and serve on MacDill Air Force Base are proud to invite everyone to experience AirFest 2022. This free event features a variety of military and civilian flight performances, including the United States Navy Blue Angels. It promises to be a weekend packed with heart-pounding air performances and family-friendly activities showcasing all five branches of the U.S. military, as well as first responder agencies. TIP: this event can get loud, so ear protection is highly recommended! tampabayairfest.com


NEW Theme Park to Experience:

Peppa Pig Theme Park Florida

Peppa Pig Theme Park in Winter Haven

The world’s first Peppa Pig theme park is here! Now open to the public, this one-of-a-kind park nestled next to LEGOLAND is a preschooler’s paradise. Peppa’s world comes to life with rides and attractions designed just for little ones. “Little piggies” can take a spin on Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster, meet Peppa and her friends at the Fun Fair, or splash around in the Muddy Puddles Splash Pad. Check out our INSIDE LOOK here and watch with the kids to help plan your day.


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Brie Gorecki
Brie Gorecki
Brie has been writing for websites and local publications for over 10 years. A USF graduate, she has worked for several major companies in New York, Atlanta and here in Tampa. You can read her articles on Tampa Bay Parenting, Tampa Bay Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a Disney fanatic, an animal lover, and is a huge foodie who loves trying all the amazing restaurants around Tampa Bay. She’s a proud mom to a sweet little Star Wars and Godzilla-loving boy, and to her “fur-babies,” a rescue dog and cat from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s a date night out with her husband or a day filled with roller coaster rides at a theme park.

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