Busch Gardens 60th Anniversary celebrations

Hey Thrill Seekers!

This year marks 60 years of one of our favourite parks here at OAT and they’re welcoming YOU to Celebrate Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s 60th Anniversary with #YearOfBeer and 52 weeks of events in 2019!

Lets see what they have in store..

7th January – 16th March – Real Music Real Masters
Watch and listen to incredible music spanning from the 1950s to today, plus all-new entertainment like “Ballroom with a Twist”! Grab a seat in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater and see these memorable acts live..

7th-12th Jan – Cirque Vertigo featuring the Wallenda duo
14th – 19th Jan – Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA
21st – 26th Jan – Thomas Mcclary: The Commodores Experience
28th – 2nd Feb – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
4th – 9th Feb – The Diamonds
11th – 16th Feb – Ballroom with a twist
18th – 23rd Feb – The 5th Dimension
25th Feb – 2nd March – Eaglemania: The worlds greatest eagles tribute band
4th – 9th March – Lorrie Morgan
11th – 16th March – Cirque Vertigo featuring the wallenda duo
Show times are at 11:30am and 1:30pm

29th January – conservation connections
If your visiting Busch Gardens next Tues then make sure you head on over to the Gwazi Pavilion at 2pm to see the presentation on Polar Bear Conservation carried out by Dr. Maria Spriggs.

2nd – 10th February – Sesame Street Pirate Party Weekends
During weekends between the 2nd and 10th of Feb at 11:30am – 4pm guests can join Elmo and friends for a fun pirate celebration! The celebrations will feature:

  • Pirate character dance parties with your favorite Sesame Street friends
  • Themed story times
  • A treasure scavenger hunt with beads
  • Exclusive photo opportunities
  • Color your own pirate bandana and more!

16th March – 28th April – Food and Wine Festival
This year marks the 5th annual Food and Wine festival, featuring signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including all-new dishes plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. No further information such as performers has been released yet but we will keep you updated!

4th – 19th May – Sesame Street Kids Weekends
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favourite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends May 5- May 20.

You’re invited to a celebration of friendship and fun during Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens. With hands-on activities and a chance to be up close with Busch Gardens’ animal ambassadors, families can enjoy character parades and dance parties included in their daily admission.

11th – 12th May – Guy Harvey Weekend
Join Guy Harvey in person May 11 & 12, at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for meet-and-greets, autographs & more at select times in Xcursions.

18th – 19th May – Jack Hanna Weekend
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows.

31st May – 11th Aug – Summer Nights
Experience endless energy and thrilling rides from day into night at Summer Nights.
As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights. Explore the park after dark with extended park hours every night. Dance the night away at themed party zones throughout the park and take on Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark.  

4th July – Independence day fireworks
Families can celebrate the red, white and blue with a night of thrill rides, live entertainment, and incredible extended fireworks show at Busch Gardens. The whole family can experience Florida’s top thrill rides or by dancing into the night at one of the DJ party zones. Finish the day with an electrifying, extended fireworks show that will illuminate the sky with an all-new patriotic medley in honour of Independence Day!

17th August – 8th September – Bier Fest
On weekends from Aug. 17 – Sept. 8, explore beers from around the world at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest.
This festival blends the local Tampa bay craft scene with time-honoured traditions to create a unique food and beer celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with a modern spin.

Fall 2019 – Howl ‘o’ Scream
Take on terrifying haunted houses & roaming hordes.
For select nights in the fall, there is nowhere to hide at Howl-O-Scream. Designed to terrify, Busch Gardens’ haunted houses will return with a vengeance, but the scares don’t stop there. Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level and once you’re in there’s nothing to fear but everything.
Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event.

5th – 27th October – Sesame Street Kids Weekends
On Saturdays & Sundays celebrate Halloween with Elmo, Abby, Grover and all your favourite Sesame Street friends every Saturday and Sunday in October during Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends. Show off your family costumes during each themed weekend while you trick-or-treat, enjoy exclusive crafts, explore through a hay bale maze and play fall-inspired activities and games in our festival field area. Then, join your favourite Sesame Street friends during a character dance party!

So there we have it.. If you’re visiting Busch Gardens this year you’re almost guaranteed to be able to take part in one of the above!!

Smile included,

Abby