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Full Lineup of SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Events in 2024

by Leap on March 20, 2024 Orlando

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, splashin' good fun and seasonal food and drink to the aquatic theme park. The same goes for the safari-themed Busch Gardens. With that said, let's look at all the SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa events for 2024!

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!) Now, let's dive in!

The Full Lineup of SeaWorld Orlando Events in 2024

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Park Entrance

Sesame Street Land's 5th Birthday — Jan. 27 to April 28, 2024

Sesame Street Land is turning 5 years old so the neighborhood is decked out in birthday decor! Throughout the spring, there will be fun birthday festivities including an all-new Sesame Street Birthday Parade, a special (extra-cost) Birthday Breakfast Bash, Birthday Storytime and birthday-themed crafts and photo-ops. You may even catch special appearances from friends including Murray (Feb. 1o & 11, 17 & 18), Baby Bear (Feb. 24 & 25, March 2 & 3) and Honker & Dinger (March 9 & 10, 16 & 17) with more to come!

Seven Seas Food Festival — Thursdays through Sundays, Feb. 2 to May 19, 2024

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Seven Seas Food Festival

Sip and sample your way around the world with exciting flavors and local craft beers, plus live performances. Learn all about this mouthwatering event in our Seven Seas Food Festival guide.

60th Anniversary Celebration — March 21 to Dec 31, 2024

SeaWorld Orlando Events - 60th Anniversary

Celebrate six decades of SeaWorld with the upcoming opening of the highly anticipated family launch coaster, Penguin Trek (spring 2024), a new exciting Cirque-style show, a new 60th Anniversary celebration parade featuring fan favorite live costumed characters (summer 2024) and exclusive 60th Anniversary merch and culinary additions.

Cinco de Mayo — Select Dates, April 25 to May 5, 2024

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with authentic music, delicious Mexican cuisine and festive entertainment, as part of the Seven Seas Food Festival.

Seven Seas Food Festival 5K Fun Run — May 4, 2024

Run, skip, jog or stroll through the scenic pathways of SeaWorld during their inaugural Seven Seas Food Festival 5K Fun Run! Your unforgettable journey will take you through Sesame Street Land, Shark Plaza and Key West and past iconic attractions, such as Orca Stadium, Infinity Falls and Mako. There's even an frogciting Kids Run for tadpoles ages seven and under. Following the race, participants and guests can indulge in a special end-of-race Seven Seas celebration exclusive to racers and a limited number of spectators. Visit the SeaWorld Orlando website for all the toadally cool deets!

Guy Harvey Weekend — May 17-18 and Nov. 15-16, 2024

Join Guy Harvey for meet-and-greets, autographs, photo opportunities and more.

Viva La Música — Weekends, June 1-30, 2024

Experience this festive, tadpole-friendly Latin celebration in a new way as you dance to the hottest music, sample fiery flavors, shop for authentic souvenirs and much more.

Bands, Brew & BBQ — Weekends, July 6 to Aug. 25, 2024

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Craft Beer Festival

This will be a brand-new summer event! In past years, SeaWorld hosted its Summer Spectacular and Craft Beer Festival, but Bands, Brew & BBQ looks ready to combine the best of both worlds. We'll update when we learn more info!

Howl-O-Scream — Select Nights, Sept. 6 to Nov. 2, 2024

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Howl-O-Scream

A new terror has surfaced ... and there's nowhere to hide. Howl-O-Scream will wash ashore once again at SeaWorld Orlando and, this time, the fear is everywhere. Read all about this spine-tingling separately ticked event in our ghoulish guide to Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld Orlando.

Halloween Spooktacular — Select Dates, Aug. 31 to Nov. 3, 2024

Trick-or-treat and meet silly Halloween characters during this family-friendly daytime event. We hop over to SeaWorld every year during spooky season. Lily loves posing with pumpkin princesses and making memories with magical mermaids — not to mention all the delicious candy she fills her bag to the brim with every year! Read all about this festive celebration in our bewitching guide to SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular.

Christmas Celebration — Select Dates, Nov. 8, 2024, to Jan. 2, 2025

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Elmo's Christmas Wish

This is where holiday traditions are made, with delicious food, stunning live shows, delightful holiday shopping and joyous entertainment. Read all about the holly jolly hoppenings in our complete guide to SeaWorld Orlando's Christmas Celebration.

The Full Lineup of Busch Gardens Tampa Events in 2024

From Mardi Gras to the holidays, Busch Gardens Tampa has an exciting year filled with festive and fun events planned out. Here's a full list of this year's events.

Food & Wine Festival — Select Dates, March 9 to May 19, 2024

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Food and Wine

Sip and savor your way through flavorful eats, mouthwatering treats, tasty brews and delicious cocktails as you enjoy a diverse concert line-up, featuring acts for all tastes. Food and beverage locations are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to park close. On our visit, we loved trying all the mouthwatering dishes Busch Gardens' culinary artists cooked up, such as the Lamb Lollipop with a Mint Demi-glaze, Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Cream Sauce and Iron Gwazi Cupcake. The refreshing drinks, such as the Serengeti Flyer Punch and Island Grove Wine Company, Blueberry Moscato were also big hits!

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Gourmet Gardens

Be sure to purchase a Food & Wine Festival Sampler Lanyard to make the most out of your stroll through the Gourmet Gardens. Save up to 40% with a 10-item sampler or, for the best value, save up to 50% with a 15-item sampler. As always, we recommend using your sampler lanyard on food items as those will be the same size regardless. Drinks are going to be served in smaller cups if you order with the lanyard.

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Food and Wine

The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival concert lineup brings together the best in pop, rock, Latin, country, contemporary and classic music on select dates during the event. Concerts are free with park admission!

Guy Harvey Weekend — April 19-20 and Nov. 9-10, 2024

Meet Dr. Guy Harvey and learn about his dedication to conversation and passion for marine wildlife. While you're there, purchase some of Guy's artwork and merchandise for him to sign at the Excursions gift shop.

Conservation Fund Weekend — April 20-22, 2024

Check back for more deets about this frogciting event.

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends — Saturdays & Sundays, April 27 to May 19, 2024

Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends featuring story time, interactive dance parties, arts and crafts and much more!

Cinco de Mayo — May 4-5, 2024

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

Red, White & Brews — Fridays through Sundays and Fourth of July, May 24 to July 7, 2024

Enjoy dazzling entertainment, seasonal eats and some of the best fireworks to celebrate the start of summer. More details about this new event will come later.

Summer Nights — May 24 to Aug. 4, 2024

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Summer Nights

Celebrate summer throughout the day and night with electrifying entertainment. Learn all about this dazzling celebration in our Summer Nights guide.

Pin Trading Event — June 15, 2024

Trade and explore new and rare pins during a special pin trading event.

Giraffe Celebration Weekend — June 22-23, 2024

We don't know many details about this celebration, but we'll keep an eye (or neck?) out.

Bourbon & BBQ — Fridays through Sundays and Labor Day, July 19 to Sept. 2, 2024

Sip and savor seasonal bourbon & BBQ recipes. Check back for more info on this new event!

Howl-O-Scream — Select Nights, Sept. 6 to Nov. 3, 2024

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Skeleton Crew

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 one of Busch Gardens' signature stage shows. 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 the event in our Howl-O-Scream guide. This year, it will be Howl-O-Scream's 25th anniversary.

Spooktacular — Weekends, Sept. 7 to Nov. 3, 2024

Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating and more during this family-friendly event. Score some candy at the trick-or-treating stations, take part in a colorful costume parade and listen in on a spooky storytime!

Christmas Town — Nov. 15, 2024, to Jan. 5, 2025

SeaWorld Orlando Events - Storytime with Mrs. Claus

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? Let us know in the comments section below.

Related: Our Top SeaWorld Orlando Tips for Your Next Visit

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