Gasparilla Event Guide

Gasparilla 2024 Event Guide: Boats, Parties, & Parades

Written by Boatsetter Team
January 2, 2024

Ahoy, mateys! If you’re looking for a rip-roaring good time on the high seas, look no further than the Gasparilla Festival in beautiful Tampa Bay. This annual event is a true pirate’s paradise, and what better way to soak in the sun, sea, and swashbucklin’ fun than by setting sail with Boatsetter?

  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2024
  • Time: 12 pm – 7:30 pm  
  • Where: Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Rent a boat

Arrgh you ready? Get on the water for Gasparilla!

Gasparilla Festival: Where the pirates play

Every year, Tampa transforms into a pirate haven during the Gasparilla Festival, a celebration that rivals even the wildest tales of the high seas. Picture this: A flotilla of pirate ships, a sea of buccaneers, and a treasure trove of festivities that’ll shiver your timbers. From the lively parades to the spirited street festivals, Gasparilla is a rollicking good time for landlubbers and seasoned sailors alike.

Did you know? The first Gasparilla Festival has been happening since 1904!

Gasparilla events schedule

  • Gasparilla Invasion Brunch – 10 am – 1 pm
  • Gasparilla Invasion – 11:30 am – 1 pm
  • Gasparilla Parade of Pirates – 2 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Gasparilla Pirate Fest Stage Performances – 10 am – 8 pm

Boating Gasparilla Event Guide

After you purchase your Gasparilla tickets, make sure to search available boats to enjoy the parade from the best seat of the house (the water).

Children’s Gasparilla

If you’re looking for something for the kiddo’s to enjoy, there will be plenty of children’s activities at the Gasparilla Festival, like the bicycle and pedestrian safety rodeo and the Children’s Parade. You can even book a short boat trip (2hr or 4 hr duration) to give them the on the water experience.

Why Boatsetter is your first mate

Now, you might be wondering, “How can I make the most of Gasparilla weekend?” That’s where Boatsetter comes in! Imagine getting a peek into the real life of a pirate, having your own vessel, and navigating the waters. Boatsetter lets you choose from a fleet of boats, from sleek sailboats to luxurious yachts, ensuring that your Gasparilla experience is nothing short of legendary. Hopefully, you won’t be making anyone walk the plank!

Pro tip: Filter your search to see available boats and captains. If you’re visiting Tampa Bay, ask the captain to show you around the Bay. All Boatsetter Captains are local experts!

Dock & party like a pirate

Gasparilla Event Guide

With Boatsetter, you can dock at locations and enjoy activities on land and over water. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a full-blown pirate bash, your boat becomes your private oasis amidst the sea of festivities. Deck out your vessel in pirate garb, fly the Jolly Roger high and let the good times roll as you become the envy of every scallywag in Tampa Bay.

Safety first, ye scoundrels

Now, before you set sail, a word of caution from this old sea dog – safety first! On a Boatsetter rental, you can rest assured that vessels meet safety standards. You have access to 24/7 towing, also, our Support team is dedicated to being there for any occurrence. Of course, you’re also welcome to brush up on your nautical know-how through the Boatsetter blog.

So, me hearties, if you’re ready to plunder the fun at Gasparilla Festival, hoist the anchor and set sail with Boatsetter. It’s not just a festival; it’s an adventure of epic proportions. Arrr, Tampa Bay awaits!

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