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Full Lineup of SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Events in 2021 and 2022

by Leap on January 6, 2022 Orlando   Video

SeaWorld Orlando Events - PinterestOne of the things we toadally love about SeaWorld Orlando is that there is always something to celebrate! Its sister park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, also hosts a variety of fun events year-round. Whether you visit SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa, chances are there is a fun event hoppening at the parks! The SeaWorld Orlando events bring special entertainment, splashing good fun and seasonal food and drink to the aquatic theme park. The same goes for the safari-themed Busch Gardens. Plus, after terrifying guests at Busch Gardens for over 20 years, Howl-O-Scream brought its inaugural haunts to SeaWorld Orlando! With that said, let's look ahead at the SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa events for 2022!

Most of the events are included in the cost of admission, although some activities (and food and beverage) cost extra. The only exception is Howl-O-Scream, which is a separately ticketed event at Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando. Single-day tickets are date-specific and can be purchased online in advance. If you happen to have a Fun Card or annual pass, most of these special events are included with your pass. (Psst ... you can save money when you purchase discount SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay tickets through Undercover Tourist!)

Hop over to our SeaWorld Orlando reopening post for all of the important details you'll need to know before safely visiting the SeaWorld Florida parks. Let's dive in!

The Full Lineup of SeaWorld Orlando Events in 2022

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Park Entrance

We are hoppy that there's confirmation of the return of Frog Family-favorite events. Keep in mind that there may be modifications to these events compared to past years. That means the SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa events in 2022 may be a little different from what we've experienced in the past. It’s frogciting to see SeaWorld continue these events, keeping the entertainment, experiences and food fresh and new.

Elmo's Birthday Celebration — Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2022

Celebrate with the one-and-only Elmo! There will be meet-and-greets, a DJ dance party and more surprises in store for his birthday.

Seven Seas Food Festival — Thursdays through Sundays from Feb. 4 to May 8, 2022

Seaworld Orlando Events - Seven Seas Food Festival

We were able to sample street food and delicacies inspired by flavors from across the Seven Seas, sip local and international craft beers and enjoy live performances during this lively festival. Hop over for our post on the many reasons to visit SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival if you're thinking about attending next year.

Ice Breaker — Launches Feb. 18, 2022

We're hoppin' excited about this new roller coaster opening in 2022. It's SeaWorld's first multi-directional launch coaster that has a 93-foot tall spike with a 100-degree angle drop. You can discover this chilling coaster across from Wild Arctic.

Mardi Gras — Feb. 25 to March 6, 2022

Let the good times roll during Mardi Gras at SeaWorld! Enjoy limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration — March 17 - 20, 2022

Wear your best green and enjoy a taste of St. Paddy's Day.

Cinco de Mayo — Thursdays through Sundays from April 29 to May 8, 2022

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with delicious food, lively music and festive entertainment!

Viva La Musica — Weekends from May 14 - 22, 2022

This family-friendly event was a celebration of Latin culture through musical entertainment and authentic cuisine.

Electric Ocean — Fridays through Sundays from May 27 to Sept. 4 2022 & Memorial Day & Labor Day

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Electric Ocean

As the summer sun sets, the night comes to life with colorful lights. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, dancing and musical entertainment, putting guests all aglow. Find out about the special shows, fireworks and other entertainment from this year's event in our glowing guide to SeaWorld Orlando’s Electric Ocean.

Fourth of July — July 1 - 4, 2022

Join SeaWorld for a weekend-long special event celebrating America’s Independence Day. We celebrated the 4th of July at SeaWorld in 2020 and did so again in 2021. Watch SeaWorld light up the sky with fireworks in Tad’s video from 2020 on our YouTube Channel.

Craft Beer Festival — Fridays through Sundays Aug. 5 to Sept. 4, 2022 & Labor Day

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Craft Beer Festival

Get hopped up on hops with over 100 craft beers. Taste beers from breweries across Florida, as well as a few domestic craft favorites. In 2021, Flora and I loved the ciders at Vermont Cider Co. at Café de Mar whereas the tadpoles devoured the deliciously sweet cheesecake cones! With 20 booths scattered across the park, there's truly something for every type of tastebud.

Howl-O-Scream — Select Nights from Sept. 9 to Oct. 31, 2021

SeaWorld Orlando Howl-O-Scream - The Sirens

Something evil rose from the lake at SeaWorld Orlando. In 2021, Howl-O-Scream haunted guests for the first time in Orlando over 27 nights! If you dare, experience the chills and thrills of haunted houses, scare zones and roaming haunts. Need a break? Watch a raucous, high-energy musical show, let loose at a dance party or ride SeaWorld's popular coaster, Mako, at night.

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular — Weekends from Sept. 10 to Oct. 31, 2021

Halloween Spooktacular - Witches

At SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular, your tadpoles can wear costumes, boogie at special dance parties, enjoy a spooky story, meet characters and trick or treat for candy. It's our tadpoles' favorite SeaWorld Orlando event of the year!

Sesame Street Kids' Weekend — Nov. 5 - 6, 2022

During Sesame Street Kids' Weekend, enjoy hands-on activities, dance parties, photo opportunities with characters and much more throughout this family-friendly celebration.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration — Nov.1 to Dec. 31, 2022

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Sea of Trees

Get in the holiday spirit with a warm-weather winter wonderland at SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration. The park is merrily decorated with a sea of trees that light up to music on the water and over 3 million sparkling lights around the park.

SeaWorld Orlando Events - The Count

Catch holiday entertainment at this SeaWorld Orlando event. Sesame Street friends sing and dance as they celebrate the sunny days of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in a returning stage show and a returning parade. Throughout the day, talented acts take to the Nautilus Theater stage to bring the spirit of the season to life and once the sun sets, skaters dazzle and delight in a show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza. Plus there are opportunities to meet Santa, as well as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble!

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Rudolph

How can we froget the food?! You can feast on many scrumptious holiday dishes and Christmas treats from food booths around the park. Sip flavored and frozen hot chocolate and adult beverages like seasonal craft brews and hot toddys. Discover culinary delights such as lobster mac and cheese bowls, Christmas dinner stacks, cheesecake cones and so much more.

The Full Lineup of Busch Gardens Tampa Events in 2022 and 2023

From Mardi Gras to the holidays, Busch Gardens Tampa has an exciting year filled with festive and fun events planned out. Likewise, some events may be modified to adhere to health and safety measures, but we're glad they can hoppen safely! Here's a full list of this year's events.

Real Music Series — Select Days from Jan. 4 to Feb. 27, 2022

Busch Gardens' longest running concert series returns with all-new music performances.

Mardi Gras — Select Days from Jan. 8 to March 6, 2022

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Parade

Let the good times roll at Busch Gardens Tampa's Mardi Gras! Starting at noon on event days, the Bird Gardens come to life with a mini Mardi Gras Parade featuring stilt walkers, dancers, a brass band and Mardi Gras royalty. This celebration takes place in between the Jackson Square event booth and the Coca-Cola Pavilion stage and lasts just under five minutes. If you happen to miss it the first time, don't worry! It happens four times throughout the day every two hours.

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Beads

Once the majority of the performers start to head back the way they came, three dancers will make their way onto the event stage to throw beads for about 10 minutes whereas the brass band will take to the Coca-Cola Pavilion stage for a 15 minute live show. With the locations so close to each other, you won't miss hearing the music if you want to try to catch as many beads as you possibly can! Plus, the concert continues even when the beads are all gone, so you can definitely grab a seat on the bleachers afterward and catch a good portion of the show.

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Beignets

The best part of Mardi Gras? We have to say the food. Mommy Frog and I hopped straight for the Sweet Beignets booth where we grabbed some delicious Banana Foster beignets. As for dinner, if you're worried about spice (even though I was assured nothing was going to be overly spicy), the new IMPOSSIBLE Dirty Rice with spices of New Orleans, green onions and IMPOSSIBLE meat at the Jackson Square booth really hits the spot! Mommy Frog and I also couldn't pass up a Punch Hurricane with Flor de Cana rum and fruit juices at Xcursions. As for the tadpoles, they drooled over the reimagined Mardi Gras Waffle Cone Sundae at the Nola Creamery booth. This behemoth of an ice cream cone consists of salted caramel ice cream, popcorn, chocolate drizzle, whipped topping and wild morello cherries!

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Sundae

Be sure to grab a 5 or 10-item Food and Beverage Sampler to get the most bang for your buck and don't froget to stock up on masks, beads, boas and more at Xcursions.

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Sampler

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends — Jan. 29 to Feb. 13, 2022

Enjoy family-friendly fun with all of the Sesame Street pals!

Iron Gwazi — Launches March 2022

Just in time for spring break, North America's tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world opens at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Frogs will experience a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as they sink their teeth into crocodile-inspired thrills on this fierce new attraction!

Food and Wine Festival — March 11 to May 22, 2022

Busch Gardens Tampa's annual Food and Wine Festival returned in 2021 with a delicious menu of food and drinks. We sipped and munched on our sweet and savory samples and enjoyed local musical talent throughout the open-air festival.

Cinco de Mayo — Select Days from May 5 - 8, 2022

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a party zone, festive dancing, food and beverages.

Viva La Música — Weekends from May 13 - 22, 2022

Dance to the hottest music, sample fiery flavors and more during Busch Gardens' newest Latin celebration.

Busch Gardens Summer Nights — Weekends from May 27 to Aug. 7, 2022

Busch Gardens Summer Nights - Cirque Electric

The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Summer Nights features extended hours, seasonal food and fireworks every night throughout the entire summer season. Find out about the special shows, fireworks and other entertainment in our sensational guide to Busch Gardens' Summer Nights.

Bier Fest — Weekends from Aug. 12 to Sept. 5, 2022

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Bier Fest Mimosa

Now, this is my kind of festival! Similar to SeaWorld Orlando's Craft Beer Festival, Bier Fest features seasonal brew offerings and beer-inspired recipes. Mommy Frog loved the refreshing tropical mimosa and the gourmet fresh-baked, whiskey-infused cupcakes at Xcursions. I enjoyed the mix of flavors in the Impossible burger slider from Brews & Chews and the deliciously all-American homemade apple pie cider at the Jack Daniels Whiskey Hut. Our festival favorite, though, had to be the spice-less version of the Mangonada Cocktail Explosion at Barley & Cream for its presentation and booze-filled bottom.

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Bier Fest Slider

We highly recommend purchasing a sampler lanyard! Each lanyard allows you to sample either eight or 12 different items, depending on which one you buy. While the drink portions may be smaller, you end up saving not just a bunch of money, but some room in your stomach as well. There are 20 different booths scattered around the park and each one of them has something worth trying. We can't wait to see what Busch Gardens cooks up next year!

Howl-O-Scream — Select Nights from Sept. 9 to Oct. 31, 2022

Howl-O-Scream - The Junkyard

If you prefer the thrills and tricks over the treats of the spooky season, you'll love Busch Gardens Tampa's Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream. The bravest of frogs face a number of specially themed haunted houses and scare zones scattered throughout the park on select nights. Additionally, you can hop on any of the thrilling roller coasters at night, or catch the signature stage show, Fiends, filled with adult humor. For these reasons, Howl-O-Scream is not recommended for young tadpoles. Catch a glimpse at all of the frightful fun that Flora and I had during this year's event in our Howl-O-Scream guide.

Busch Gardens Spooktacular — Weekends from Sept. 10 to Oct. 30, 2022

Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating and more during this all-new, family-friendly event.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town — Nov. 13, 2022 to Jan. 2, 2023

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Christmas on Ice

Christmas lights? Check. Festive food? Check. Lots of fun holiday entertainment? Check! Celebrate the holidays at Busch Gardens Tampa's Christmas Town event. The park is decorated with dazzling Christmas lights in every land, including an entire tunnel's worth of flashing lights. Special guests, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus, spread holiday cheer. Find hot chocolate, warm chocolate chip cookies and all of the seasonal flavors at Christmas Town Village. Tune into the special entertainment, ranging from carolers in the Three Kings Journey show to ice skaters starring in Christmas on Ice. Top off a jolly good night with a special fireworks show! Find out more details in our ho-ho-hoppin' Christmas Town guide.

We are so frogcited about the upcoming Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando events. Fun is hoppening all year long! Keep hopping back for specific dates, details and updates as these events approach.

Don't froget that all of this fun is included with general park admission, so buy our discounted SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa tickets for your frog squad now and hop on down to experience some events! Which event are you hopping to experience? Let us know in the comments section below.

Related: All of the ~Splashin'~ Details on SeaWorld Orlando's Reopening Procedures

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