January means more than just the New Year in the city of Tampa, it’s the start of Gasparilla season. At the end of the month the pirates invade Tampa Bay, but until then there’s plenty to do to hold off the excitement! Check out everything going on this month and get ready for a great year!
Basketball season continues on with a number of home games for you to attend! Show your Bull pride this January at the Yuengling Center.
- USF vs. UCONN (Jan. 2nd, 8:30pm)
- USF @ Tulsa (Jan. 5th, 6:00pm)
- USF vs. Tulane (Jan. 9th, 7:00pm)
- USF @ Temple (Jan. 12th, 2:00pm)
- USF @ Cincinnati (Jan. 15th, 8:00pm)
- USF vs. Houston (Jan. 19th, 8:00pm)
- USF vs. Wichita State (Jan. 22nd, 8:00pm)
- USF @ ECU (Jan. 26th, 4:00pm)
- USF @ Temple (Jan. 5th, 3:00pm)
- USF vs. UCF (Jan. 8th, 7:00pm)
- USF @ UCONN (Jan. 13th, 1:00pm)
- USF vs. Tulane (Jan. 19th, 1:00pm)
- USF vs. Memphis (Jan. 23rd, 1:00pm)
- USF @ SMU (Jan. 26th, 1:00pm)
- USF vs. Cincinnati (Jan. 30th, 7:00pm)
There’s just a handful of Lightning matches this month, but that’s all the more reason to go! #GoBolts
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets @ Amalie Arena (Jan. 8th, 7:30pm) Check ticket pricing
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets @ Amalie Arena (Jan. 10th, 7:30pm) Check ticket pricing
- Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leaves @ Amalie Arena (Jan. 17th, 7:30pm)
Concerts & Shows
Get your year going with some great music! 2019 is sure to be a big one, so why not start it right?
- Marshall Tucker Band @ Capitol Theatre (Jan. 4th, 8:00pm) Check ticket pricing
- Southern Rock Cruise 2019 @ Norwegian Cruise Line Pearl (Jan. 6th-12th) Check ticket pricing
- Diana Ross @ Ruth Eckerd Hall (Jan. 11th, 8:00pm) Check ticket pricing
- Noname @ The Ritz Ybor (Jan. 18th, 6:30pm) $25.50-$40.00
- Space Jesus @ The Ritz Ybor (Jan. 19th, 8:00pm) $15.00
- Steve Aoki @ The Ritz Ybor (Jan. 25th, 10:00pm) $50.00
For more shows and dates, check out Songkick.
There’s a lot of cool things happening around town this month and with this many options, there’s something for everyone. Take a look at some of the events and markets happening this January.
- Outback Bowl @ Raymond James Stadium (Jan. 1st, 12:00pm) Check ticket pricing
This year’s annual bowl game features Iowa vs. Mississippi State! Spend your New Year’s Day watching some top-tier football in the beautiful Tampa sun.
- Fresh Market at Wiregrass @ Paseo Drive (Jan. 5th, 10:00am) Free
This market is a continuation from prior months, showcasing over 50 booths of fresh food and goodies every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month!
- Motor Vice Show @ Julian B Lane Riverfront Park (Jan. 5th, 11:00am-3:00pm) $10.00-$75.00
Spend your day in nostalgia while admiring this showcase of classic 80’s and 90’s automobiles. The whole event is a blast from the past, with vendors and music appropriate to the time period. Also there’s a “best mullet” contest.
- B3 Brewers, Beats, & Bites Festival @ Perry Harvey Sr. Park (Jan. 9th, 5:00pm- 9:00pm) Free
The 2nd Wednesday of every month is for delicious food truck food, live music, and of course beer. Mark your calendars!
- Art on 12th Street Festival/Maven Market @ 207 N 11th St. (Jan. 12th, 10:00am) Free
Come enjoy free music and art, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors! There’s also free Yoga in the Park and interactive activities to spread only the most positive vibes.
- Gasparilla Pirate Fest @ Downtown Tampa (January 26th-27th) Free- Preferred ticket pricing
The 3rd biggest parade in the country kicks off this month, in honor of Joe Gasparilla, the pirate who terrorized Tampa in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. The invasion begins 11:00am and the parade begins at 2:00pm. Grab your friends and put on your best pirate gear, the bars will be loaded with ye’ old mateys!
So don’t be a lump on a log and get out and have some fun this January! If you’re looking to visit Tampa some day don’t forget to book your place in advance. For more shows, events, and festivities check out some of the calendars below.