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Visitors’ Guide to Summer Festivals in St. Pete

Summer is here, and that means one thing: it's time to dive into the spirited festival scene of St. Pete / Clearwater! From music to culture, art to cuisine, there's no end of amazing events to discover in our sunny, festival-filled paradise. Let's explore the top summer festivals in St. Pete, Clearwater and Tampa that will captivate your senses and make your trip truly unforgettable.

Boom By the Bay (July 4th)

Get ready for an explosive extravaganza at the Boom by the Bay Fireworks Celebration! This dazzling display of “sky-rotechnics” illuminates the night sky in celebration of America’s independence, setting it ablaze with brilliant bursts of color and light. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Tampa waterfront, spectators are treated to breathtaking views as fireworks dance and twinkle over the glistening waters. The synchronized symphony of booming fireworks creates a mesmerizing spectacle, leaving spectators in awe and filling the air with a contagious sense of wonder and delight.

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Sad Summer Festival (July 7)

Sometimes, all you need to feel better is a little bit of cathartic music. No grand get-together understands this better than the Sad Summer Festival, which brings the best in Emo, Screamo and mood music to Ruth Eckerd Hall this summer. So if you’re looking to rock out to incredible genre acts like Taking Back Sunday, The Maine, PVRIS, L.S. Dunes, Hot Mulligan, Mom Jeans, Stand Atlantic and Cliffdiver, then dig out your skinny jeans and eyeliner, and add this sentimental celebration to your summer events calendar. It’s the most fun you can have while you’re bummed out. 

1111 McMullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33759  

Festival Colombiano Tampa (July 15)

Embark on a vibrant cultural journey at the Festival Colombiano Tampa. This lively celebration of Colombian heritage brings the spirit of South America to the heart of Tampa. This colorful event showcases a myriad of rich traditions, including captivating folk dances, traditional music, and — of course — irresistible Colombian cuisine! Revel in the energy of live performances, immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats of salsa and cumbia, and admire the intricate costumes that pay homage to Colombia's diversity. 

10905 Memorial Hwy, Tampa, FL 33615

Odyssey Music Festival (July 29)

Fans of thumping bass, intoxicating rhythms and all things Cyberpunk will discover much to love at one of the area’s newest music fests. The Odyssey Music Festival is a soul-searing celebration of modern EDM, House and Drum n’ Bass. Seminal artists like Mr. Carmack, Saka, Ms. Mada, Sidney Charles, Greco, slugg, DJedi and countless others will be spinning the latest sounds from the underground across three stages, each with its own distinct vibe. Tune in at Vinoy Park this summer.

701 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701  

Sunsets at Pier 60 (ongoing)

Imagine the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico as live music, a party atmosphere and the enticing scents of amazing food fill the air. No need to imagine, though — just head to Sunsets at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach to experience the real deal. This nightly festival celebrates the beauty of nature and the arts with talented musicians, street performers, and local artisans. As you stroll along the bustling pier, take in the breathtaking views while savoring delicious beachside bites. This family-friendly event is a fantastic way to unwind, bask in the golden hues of the sunset, and create lasting memories.

1 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Gulfport First Friday Art Walk (ongoing)

Experience the artistic heartbeat of the city at the enchanting Gulfport First Friday Art Walk. This vibrant event transforms the streets into a colorful open-air gallery on the first Friday of every month. As you meander through the charming downtown district, you'll be greeted by a kaleidoscope of artistic expressions — discover unique paintings, sculptures, pottery, and jewelry crafted by talented local artists. Take in the energy as live musicians serenade visitors, adding a harmonious backdrop to the creative ambiance. Then dive into eclectic shops, enjoy delectable treats from the region’s best eateries, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Gulf Coast’s thriving art scene.

3101 Beach Blvd S, Gulfport, FL  33707 

TradeWinds is Your Summer Festival HQ

The St. Pete / Clearwater area is a haven for festival-goers, offering a kaleidoscope of experiences that cater to different interests and passions. Planning a trip to embrace the summer spirit? Immerse yourself in the area’s vibrant festival scene at TradeWinds. Stop by our Special Offers page and check out our amazing St. Pete Beach travel deals, then reserve your “just let go” getaway today! 


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