We’re rounding out our look at the special events coming to the theme parks this year. Today, we’re looking at the SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay special events for 2014 to help you plan your vacation. You’ll find You’ll find SeaWorld’s special events listed on our Crowd Calendar, which is another great tool for planning when to visit.
SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s special events are listed in the order that they begin throughout the year. Not all dates have been announced for this year, but we’ll add them as soon as they are.
SeaWorld Orlando & Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Special Events 2014
January – March
Real Music Concert Series (Busch Gardens)
Tampa’s longest running concert series continues Tuesdays through Fridays on Jan. 14 through March 7. The concerts span the genres from swing and blues to disco and rock ‘n’ roll. This year’s performers include Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Chubby Checker, The Glenn Miller Orchestra with The Four Freshen and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Concerts are held at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Stanleyville Theater. The Real Music Concert Series is included with regular admission to Busch Gardens.
Real Music Concert Lineup
January 14-17 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
January 21-24 – Chubby Checker
January 28-31 – The Glenn Miller Orchestra with The Four Freshmen
February 4-7 – Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown
February 11-14 – Paul Revere and the Raiders
February 18-21 – The Osmonds
February 25-28 – Frankie Avalon
March 4-7 – Lee Greenwood
February – March
This annual event pairs rock and country music with barbecue and and specialty craft brews from domestic and international breweries. This year’s Bands, Brew & BBQ is held Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 1 through March 9 at SeaWorld Orlando and Feb. 8 through March 9 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with regular admission to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.
2014 Bands, Brew & BBQ Lineup (SeaWorld)
Feb. 1 – Alan Jackson
Feb. 2 – Kid Rock
March – April
SeaWorld’s Just For Kids Festival takes place on select Saturdays March 22 through April 12. This kid-friendly event pairs kid-friendly performers for outdoor concerts along with adorable animals. While the 2014 lineup has not been released, 2013 performers included Max & Ruby and Choo-Choo Soul. Just For Kids is included with regular admission to SeaWorld.
April – May
Held each spring at SeaWorld, Viva La Musica celebrates the sights and sounds of Latin culture with internationally renowned Latin artists. This year’s event takes place Saturdays on April 26 through May 17. Guests can sample an assortment of spicy, flavorful Latin food and shop for gifts and handmade crafts at the marketplace. Viva La Musica is included with regular admission to SeaWorld.
June – August
Summer Nights is a nighttime spectacular held at SeaWorld Orlando from June 21 through August 10. The park is open late and features special nighttime shows Shamu Rocks and Sea Lions Tonite as well as the nightly fireworks and fountains finale, Reflections. Summer Nights at SeaWorld is included with regular theme park admission.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is a family-friendly Halloween event that takes place each weekend in October. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and trick or treat down the trail alongside Bayside Stadium. They may meet a few sea creatures along with some animal friends. There are games, hands-on crafts and songs inside Penelope’s Party Zone with interactive games and activities. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with regular theme park admission.
November – December
SeaWorld hosts an over-the-top, spectacular Christmas Celebration each winter. Highlights of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration include the Sea of Trees, which dance on the water, THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience where guests can take a journey to the North Pole, and special holiday versions of shows such as Shamu Christmas – Miracles, A Sesame Street Christmas and Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas. At the end of each night, guests can watch the special fireworks show, Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale. This year’s event will take place on select nights Nov. 22 through Dec. 31. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is included with regular theme park admission.
New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld
Cap off a spectacular 2013 and ring in 2014 during this musical celebration and fireworks show in the park.
Related: Special Events at Walt Disney World
Related: Special Events at Universal Orlando
For more help in deciding when to visit, check out our crowd calendar,refurbishments and closings page, and seasonal packing lists. You’ll find more resources for when to visit inside our Planning Page!