what to do instead of gasparilla 2018 overlaid on the city of tampa skyline

What to Do Instead of Gasparilla Pirate Fest Next Weekend?

Gasparilla 2018 Alternatives

Maybe parades aren’t your thing. Maybe the traffic and crowds are a little bit too much. Maybe you have a bad history with pirates (we hear you…). Whatever the reason, the 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Fest next weekend isn’t for everybody.

For those looking to enjoy Saturday the 27th, in an environment that is decidedly not swashbuckling, there are still some magnificent events happening in Pasco County, Tampa, St. Petersburg and the surrounding areas.

If you’re the kind of person who cheers for the British fleet in Pirates of the Caribbean, or is haunted by flashbacks from a certain pirate-themed football team which nobody can quite prove exists in Tampa, these events are for you:

Annual Kumquat Festival – Dade City, Florida

If the wild traffic south of New Port Richey is what you’re looking to avoid, heading East will lead you to a refreshing splash of citrusy serendipity.

Beginning at 9:00 AM and wrapping up at 5:00 PM, the Kumquat Festival in historic downtown Dade City gives you an all-day event that includes family-friendly entertainment, up to 425 vendors and, of course, a culinary deep dive into one of the more underrated citrus fruits ever to grow.

The event lineup includes arts and crafts, food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music, a farmer’s market, car show and more!

Best of all? The 2018 Kumquat Festival is free to attend!

For more information, directions and vendor information, visit the Annual Kumquat Festival page on the Dade City Chamber of Commerce website by clicking here.

Twilight Paddle – St. Petersburg, Florida

Looking to escape the crowds altogether? Get out in nature! The Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg offers a sublime opportunity to see the sun go down over Lake Maggiore. Being able to see the sun set on the calm waters of the lake is basically the exact opposite of the raucous activities that will be taking place in neighboring Tampa for Gasparilla.

Directions to the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve can be found on the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation website by clicking here.

Information on the event can be found on the St. Petersburg website by clicking here.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert – Tampa, FL

If you’re looking for something more sober and grounded than adults dressed like pirates carousing into the small hours of the morning, but don’t mind fighting a bit of Gasparilla traffic, Young Israel of Tampa is putting on a special concert of music – new and old.

This concert will feature the music of Francis Schwartz, a Sarasota-based composer. It will hold victims of the Holocaust in remembrance and offer solidarity against future persecution. The event is free, open to the public and features works by student and professional composers, alike, in a variety of musical styles.

For more information on the concert, visit the event page’s website by clicking here.

two children with pirates clothes and a papier mache treasure chest on a raftYo Ho Ho, the Pirate Life Isn’t for Everybody

Here at Friendly Kia, we know that a Pirate’s life isn’t for everybody. While other dealerships are content plundering yer pockets in search o’ treasure, we’d rather build the community up with honest service, great values and a sales team committed to showing Tampa, St. Petersburg and Pasco County how surprisingly stylish and feature-packed Kia models have become.

If you’re looking for more information on local events, we feature them frequently in the Local Events section of our blog.

For specific questions about happenings in the community, Kia Models or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!


>>>> Contact Us <<<<

From all of us at Friendly Kia, have a safe and happy Gasparilla weekend!