Bands, Brew & BBQ Brings Rock To Busch Gardens Tampa


Guests Eat, Drink and Get Rockin’ With 100+ Beers to Sample, Big-Name Barbecue and Live Music


Bands, Brew & BBQ is back for its sixth straight year, and it’s bigger than ever! Busch Gardens Tampa’s® smokin’ hot festival is filling every Sunday, Feb. 10 – March 3, with an unlimited sampling of more than 100 specialty and craft beers, saucy barbeque from the bay area’s most popular restaurants and live concerts from some of the biggest names in rock music.

With more options than ever before, the expanded Beer Festival will feature more than 100 imported, domestic and craft beers. Select brews are available at each of the tents along the Bands, Brew and BBQ pathway, as well as in Gwazi Park.

For those looking to sample several of the specialty brews, unlimited sampling is available from noon to 5:30 p.m. every Sunday with a Beer Festival Wristband. Wristbands are $30 per person (ages 21+), or two for $50 for Busch Gardens Pass Members, and also include sampling privileges at the Desert Grill restaurant, Crown Colony pub and Zambia Smokehouse.

The festival also serves up a savory series of food tents, with Outback Steakhouse, Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill and local favorite Kojak’s House of Ribs, as well as a selection of Busch Gardens’ own barbeque favorites. Whether hungry for a sampler plate or a hearty platter, guests will have their choice of perfectly prepared chicken, beef, ribs, sides and more!

On Sundays, the Gwazi Park stage sizzles with some of the biggest names in classic rock. Concerts start at 5 p.m., with the field opening to guests at 3 p.m. The full concert area is free to guests and located just behind Gwazi rollercoaster. This year’s lineup includes:


February 10          John Kay & Steppenwolf

February 17          Barenaked Ladies

February 24          The Doobie Brothers

March 3              Goo Goo Dolls


Guests can reserve the best seat in house for their favorite acts with the Bands, Brew & BBQ VIP Ticket. The VIP Ticket is $34.99 per person and includes priority reserved seating at center stage plus an entrée platter and non-alcoholic beverage at any festival tent location OR an entrée, one side salad, side dish or dessert, and a regular-sized non-alcoholic beverage from any of Busch Gardens’ restaurants. The VIP ticket is available for sale at and in park at the Adventure Outpost store, located at the front gate.

Can’t decide which performance to attend?  Buy a 2013 Fun Card so you can pay for a day and come back all year to catch them all! It’s the best value for again-and-again access to all of the exciting, big-name entertainment, amazing animal encounters, and world-class thrill rides Busch Gardens has to offer, including Cheetah Hunt, the Animal Care Center and Iceploration – Busch Gardens’ biggest ice show ever. The 2013 Fun Card is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2013 and is available at the Busch Gardens’ front gate, online or by calling (888) 800-5447.


Event dates, times and artists are subject to change. Performances are included with any daily admission or annual pass. Visit for more information.  

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