2013 Special Event Lineup for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has unveiled their 2013 special event lineup starting in January through Summer Nights in August.  The special events feature dance parties, concert series, and Jack Hanna weekend.  Continue reading for more details from Busch Gardens press release.

Busch Gardens Fireworks Over Cheetah Hunt

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From Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s press release

In 2012, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay introduced guests to its biggest ice show ever with Iceploration and brought them closer to the animal care experience than ever before with the new Animal Care Center.  Now, 2013 is bringing some of the biggest names in Latin and rock to Busch Gardens.  It’s our best lineup yet, including music’s most memorable acts at Real Music, rock artists at Bands, Brew & BBQ, and Viva La Música’s hottest Latin performers.

Want to see it all?  With a 2013 Fun Card, you can “pay for a day, play all year” and never miss a thing!  It’s the best value for again-and-again access to all of the amazing animal encounters, world-class thrill rides, exciting entertainment and family adventure Busch Gardens has to offer.

The 2013 Busch Gardens Fun Card is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2013.  Prices are $85 for adults and $77 for children ages 3 to 9.  Guests can upgrade to a SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Fun Card.  Prices are $149 for adults and $133 for children.  Single-day admission tickets are $85 for adults and $77 for children.

Fun Cards, annual passes and single-day tickets are available at the Busch Gardens’ front gate, online at BuschGardens.com or by calling (888) 800-5447.


Let’s Dance Featuring Burn The Floor:  January 16 – April 7

Sixteen dancers from around the world will heat up the Desert Grill stage when Busch Gardens Tampa Bay presents Let’s Dance featuring Burn the Floor, opening Wednesday, Jan. 16. Set against a fast-paced soundtrack of familiar favorites, the international dance troupe offers a new twist on the Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha cha, Jive, Swing, Mambo and more.

The Real Music Concert Series: January 16 – March 2

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s longest running concert series, returns to Busch Gardens Wednesdays through Saturdays from January 16 to March 2, 2013 with incredible live music spanning the 1930s to 1970s, including swing, blues, pop, jazz, disco, and rock ‘n roll:

January 16-19                            The Terry Myers Orchestra with the Swing Sisters

January 23-26                            The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

January 30 – February 2             Frank Sinatra Jr.

February 6-9                             Paul Revere & The Raiders

February 13 -16                         Sha Na Na

February 20-23                          Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

February 27- March 2                 Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone

NEW in 2013: Real Music Early Entry Ticket

For $10, guests can purchase a ticket to enter the Stanleyville Theater 60 minutes prior to the show to choose their seats. The Real Music Early Entry Tickets are available in advance at BuschGardens.com, by calling 1-800-888-5447 or at the park. Only a limited number of tickets will be available for each show and the tickets will be available soon.

Bands, Brew & BBQ: Sundays, February 10 – March 3

Sundays at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will rock during Bands, Brew & BBQ, Feb. 10 through March 3, 2013. Enjoy sizzling live performances from award-winning rock artists, the smokin’ hot flavor of blazing barbeque, and more than 80 craft beers samples, in addition to all of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s thrilling attractions, rides and shows.

February 10                               John Kay and Steppenwolf

February 17                               Barenaked Ladies

February 24                               The Doobie Brothers

March 3                                     The Goo Goo Dolls

Viva La Música:  Sundays, April 15 – May 6

Join the fiesta at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay every Sunday, April 14 through May 5. Viva la Música features food, drink, music and fun for the entire family, bringing together the hottest Latin artists live, authentic arts and crafts, and regional Latin cuisine.

April 14                                     Ednita Nazario

April 21                                     Oscar D’Leon

April 28                                     Milly Quesada

May 5                                       El Gran Combo

Jack Hanna:  May 18 & 19
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for two days of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet and greets when he visits Busch Gardens on May 18 and 19. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows.

Summer Nights:  June 8 – August 11

Finale fireworks are back each night of Summer Nights at Busch Gardens, along with an end-of-night show packed with energizing live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world. Their thrilling performance – along with modern music and fire effects – will pump up the crowd every night in Gwazi Park. Adding to the amazing coasters-after-dark lineup, guests will launch into the night on Busch Gardens’ newest roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt.

Event dates, times and artists are subject to change. Performances are included with any daily admission or annual pass.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

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