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Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival returns this Memorial Day Weekend

Don't miss this year's Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival on Saturday, May 28 — finally back after two years!
Don't miss this year's Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival on Saturday, May 28 — finally back after two years! [ Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival ]
Published May 23

After a two-year hiatus, the eighth edition of the Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival is back on Saturday, May 28. As Florida’s largest celebration of margaritas and music, this year’s lineup features Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elle King, and The Village People. Attendees can explore more than 50 margarita varieties, 12 local food vendors, and 50 local shops.

For tequila fans, this event does not disappoint. More than 50 varieties will be available from brands like Hornitos, a premium tequila crafted with 100% blue agave. Alongside known tequila staples are celebrity-backed craft brands like Teremana, founded by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson; 818 Tequila, Kendall Jenner’s award-winning label; and Cabo Wabo.

Cabo Wabo will also host a backyard experience where marg’ fans can pick and choose toppings to craft a personalized creation. Margarita toppings include fresh grilled pineapple, bacon, jalapeno, or lime, and a salted or Tajin-seasoned rim.

Sponsored by Zukku Sushi, Hornitos Tequila will feature popular Asian flavors for more adventurous margarita drinkers. Switch up the traditional lime offering for a lychee margarita, dragon fruit margarita, Asian pear margarita, spicy Mandarin orange margarita, or matcha green tea margarita.

With more than 12 local food vendors, no one will go hungry while sipping in the sun. Food options, like chicken enchilada empanadas from Main Street Boys, shrimp rolls from Clam Master Jay, grouper tacos from Street Surfer, and southwestern egg rolls from Maggie on the Move, complement America’s favorite libation.

Fans will be sure to have their lighters out for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Freebird. These southern rock veterans formed their band in Jacksonville, Florida, and have crossed generations for the last 58 years. Anthems like Simple Man and Sweet Home Alabama are sure to make an appearance.

Two-time Grammy nominee Elle King, best known for her 2015 hit, Ex’s and Oh’s, brings her blend of country, soul, rock, and blues to Tampa Bay. King recently topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart with Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) featuring Miranda Lambert and released Worth A Shot with country singer and songwriter Dierks Bentley.

Fans are encouraged to dance because while nothing says “party” like margaritas, The Village People’s YMCA is a close second. The famous cowboy, construction worker, soldier, chief, cop, and biker sextet has brought disco to stages across America since 1977. Their other well-loved hits include In the Navy and Macho Man with original member Victor Willis, the police officer, back to the party.

Tampa native Shevonne Philidor and her band, The Force, support the headliners. Philidor has appeared on America’s Most Talented Kids, America’s Got Talent (Wild Card Round), and two episodes of American Idol (Top 40). Fans of Prince, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston are encouraged to give Shevonne & The Force a listen.

Also playing a supporting role, Sick Hot, Tampa’s rock ‘n’ roll outfit, blends the sounds of bands like Aerosmith with the energy of Led Zeppelin. DJ Fresh, Tampa Bay Rays’ official DJ, hosts the daylong event.

Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival-goers can take a break from dancing and taste-testing while shopping with a local business at the vendor market. With more than 50 retailers, find bourbon-infused jam, spices, coffee, and apparel from Pints and Barrels, hand-rolled cigars from Handrolled Cigars, or shade from Macawii Straw Hats. Other vendors feature handmade jewelry, CBD wellness goods, and unique gifts.

Ticketing options include general admission and VIP experiences, including prepaid margaritas, lounge seating, reserved seating, air-conditioned bathrooms, and front-of-stage viewing. Presale tickets will be $20 for a limited time at tampamargaritafest.com and will increase to $40 at the door. VIP options, featuring upgraded amenities, range from $125 to $500.

One dollar from every Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival ticket sale benefits The Skynyrd Foundation. In honor of the late Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant, The Skynyrd Foundation collects $1 from all Lynyrd Skynyrd concert ticket sales to donate to charitable organizations like the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Tampa Bay Margarita & Music Festival, featuring margaritas, food, and entertainment by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elle King, and the Village People, will be held from 1–11 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N. Boulevard, Tampa. Tickets are $20-$40; VIP $125-$500 at tampamargaritafest.com.

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