Make us your home page
Instagram

Nonmusical highlights and deal days of the 2016 Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival runs Thursday through March 13 at 2209 W Oak Ave. in Plant City. Admission $10, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. Parking is $5, $10-$15 RVs and buses. Stay up on all strawberry-related tastings, merchandise and special events at flstrawberryfestival.com/strawberry-central .

GETTING THERE

The festival draws big crowds — and heavy traffic on Interstate 4. There's no way to totally avoid it, but you can make it less stressful: Coming from Tampa, take Exit 14 for McIntosh Road or Exit 17 for Branch Forbes Road, go south and then drive east to the festival grounds on U.S. 92. You also can drive farther south and approach on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

SPECIALS

Senior Citizens Day Thursday and March 10: Guests 60 and older get $2 off regular admission.

Ride-A-Thon Day Thursday and Monday-March 10: Guests ride most mechanical rides for $20.

Moonlight Magic Night Friday and March 11: Guests ride most mechanical rides for $25.

Feeding Florida Day Friday: Present any Publix brand nonperishable food item and get a Fun Pack ride coupon book for $15.

Free Kids Day Saturday: Kids through high school age get free admission.

American Heroes Day Wednesday: All active, reserve and retired military admitted free with ID.

Family Day Sunday and March 13: Present any Fanta or Coca-Cola brand can or bottled product at the gate and get an all-day ride wrist band for $20.

FAIR HIGHLIGHTS

Meet Derrick Brooks: Meet Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend and NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 and 13 at the Carolina Carports display.

Youth Parade Day: The 43rd annual parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and runs down Reynolds Street on the south end of the fairgrounds.

Grand Parade Day: The parade passes the festival grounds at around 2 p.m. Monday.

DAILY ENTERTAINMENT

Other entertainment every day includes Dennis Lee, Branch and Dean, the Belmont Magic Show, Circus Incredible, Maximus G, racing pigs, paddling porkers, cow milking, strawberry production exhibit, a pioneer village and Indian World.

Nonmusical highlights and deal days of the 2016 Florida Strawberry Festival 03/01/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 11:15am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Seasoned cast scores an extra-base hit for St. Petersburg Opera with 'Faust'

    Stage

    TAMPA — Charles Gounod's Faust sets the table early. The world-weary philosopher immortalized in a dramatic poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is in his study, lamenting his state of affairs. He's willing to give away everything he has to be young again, even his soul.

    The St. Petersburg Opera Company begins its season with Faust, in a production seemingly aligned with the original intent of French composer Charles Gounod and librettists Jules Barbier and Michel Carre. [St. Petersburg Opera Company]
  2. Blake High grad Taylor Trensch lands lead role in 'Dear Evan Hansen' on Broadway

    Stage

    For those who saw Taylor Trensch grow up in Tampa, his rise from promising student to star is heartwarming and entirely predictable. In January, Trensch, 28, will be moving into the title role of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, one of the hottest tickets in theater.

    Taylor Trensch, a 2007 Blake High graduate, will play the title role in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen. Courtesy of Frank Trensch.
  3. A scene from "Epiphany."
  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 22

    Events

    Clearwater Jazz Holiday: The Avett Brothers: The Avett Brothers, with their blend of folk, bluegrass and rock, lead the lineup. 1:30 p.m., Coachman Park, 301 Drew St., Clearwater. $16 per day, $45 reserved, $170 VIP. (727) 461-5200.

    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15:  (L-R)  Joe Kwon, Bob Crawford, Seth Avett, and Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers pose for a portrait at the "May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers" Premiere - 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 15, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Oct. 21

    Events

    Conor Oberst: The Bright Eyes mastermind will be joined by opener, the Felice Brothers. 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $30.50-$36. (727) 791-7400.

    Handout photo of Conor Oberst, performing Oct. 21 at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. Credit: Grandstand Media