For a limited time only, buy a Busch Gardens Annual Pass and get three months free! From world-class rollercoasters and Broadway-style entertainment, to one-of-a-kind, up-close animal encounters, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay continues to deliver some of the biggest thrills anywhere, and next year will be no exception.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is excited to announce a line-up of unique events scheduled to run now through 2017. Continue reading this post to learn more.


The Busch Gardens Annual Pass is $168.00 and is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2017. Some of the many perks of being a Busch Gardens Pass Member include access to these special events, no blockout dates, free parking and exclusive monthly Instant Rewards valued at over $300.

Here you are some of the special events included with Annual Pass admission that'll take place in 2017:

Real Music: January 9 – March 4
Busch Gardens’ longest-running concert series returns Mondays through Saturdays from Jan. 9 to March 4. With two shows a day, the show features live music that spans six decades, from the 1950s to today. Musical fare includes soul, blues, country, pop and rock ‘n roll. Lineup includes:
  • Week of January 9 – Shirley Alston Reeves: Original Lead Singer Of The Shirelles
  • Week of January 16 – The Diamonds
  • Week of January 23 – The Platters
  • Week of January 30 – Fernando Varela
  • Week of February 6 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
  • Week of February 13 – Beginnings: The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band
  • Week of February 20 – Micky Dolenz
  • Week of February 27– Lee Greenwood
Food & Wine Festival: Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 – April 30
Next spring, Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival returns with an extended week of new unique culinary offerings and bigger concerts than ever! The park will be tempting guests with a variety of cuisine, wine, craft beer and live entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays from March 4 through April 30. Food and beverage is not included, but is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 or older to purchase alcoholic beverages. Line-up up to be announced at a later date.

NEW! The Wildlife Docs Live:  Launching May 2017
Inspired by The Wildlife Docs television series, this inspiring visual journey combines 3-D projection technology, live animals, and Broadway-style performance to transform the theater and transport the audience to experience a one-of-a-kind journey. Join your guide, as they illuminate the unique connection that exists between the many wonders that live in the water, on land, the treetops, and the sky. Directed by acclaimed Broadway director and choreographer, Jeff Whiting.  

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids Weekends: May 6, 7, 13, and 14
Created just for kids, the Sesame Street Safari of Fun events feature animal encounters, parades, dance parties and even a few special guests. The first weekend will feature the cookie connoisseur himself, Cookie Monster and the second weekend will include a scavenger hunt for Ernie’s Rubber Duckies throughout the Safari of Fun play area. Character parades will take place at the top of every hour of the event. Plus, guests can expect kid-friendly music along with the chance to meet with Busch Gardens’ animal ambassadors.

Jack Hanna Weekend:  May 27 - 28
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for two days of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows at the Stanleyville Theater.

Summer Nights: Select dates June 16 – August 6
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay kicks summer fun up a notch with extended hours, all-new entertainment and thrill rides  – including the one-of-a-kind family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse. Guests can challenge world-class thrill rides in the DARK and end the night with a stunning finale.

Busch Gardens will offer additional events and festivals throughout 2017. Stay tuned for more details. Annual passes, Fun Cards and single-day tickets are available online at buschgardens.com, at the Busch Gardens’ front gate, or by calling (888) 800-5447.

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