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Busch Gardens Tampa Announces 2013 Special Event Lineup

Tampa, FL, USA (December 4, 2012) — In 2012, Busch Gardens introduced guests to its biggest ice show ever with Iceploration and brought them closer to the animal care experience than ever before with the new Animal Care Center. Now, 2013 is bringing some of the biggest names in Latin and rock to Busch Gardens. It’s our best lineup yet, including music’s most memorable acts at Real Music, rock artists at Bands, Brew & BBQ, and Viva La Música’s hottest Latin performers.


Let’s Dance Featuring Burn The Floor: January 16 – April 7
Sixteen dancers from around the world will heat up the Desert Grill stage when Busch Gardens Tampa Bay presents Let’s Dance featuring Burn the Floor, opening Wednesday, Jan. 16. Set against a fast-paced soundtrack of familiar favorites, the international dance troupe offers a new twist on the Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha cha, Jive, Swing, Mambo and more.

The Real Music Concert Series: January 16 – March 2
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s longest running concert series, returns to Busch Gardens Wednesdays through Saturdays from January 16 to March 2, 2013 with incredible live music spanning the 1930s to 1970s, including swing, blues, pop, jazz, disco, and rock‘n roll:

  • January 16-19 The Terry Myers Orchestra with the Swing Sisters
  • January 23-26 The World-Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
  • January 30 – February 2 Frank Sinatra Jr.
  • February 6-9 Paul Revere & The Raiders
  • February 13 -16 Sha Na Na
  • February 20-23 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
  • February 27- March 2 Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noon

Bands, Brew & BBQ: Sundays, February 10 – March 3
Sundays at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will rock during Bands, Brew & BBQ, Feb. 10 through March 3, 2013. Enjoy sizzling live performances from award-winning rock artists, the smokin’ hot flavor of blazing barbeque, and more than 80 craft beers samples, in addition to all of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s thrilling attractions, rides and shows.

  • February 10 John Kay and Steppenwolf
  • February 17 Barenaked Ladies
  • February 24 The Doobie Brothers
  • March 3 The Goo Goo Dolls

Viva La Música: Sundays, April 15 – May 6
Join the fiesta at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay every Sunday, April 14 through May 5. Viva la Música features food, drink, music and fun for the entire family, bringing together the hottest Latin artists live, authentic arts and crafts, and regional Latin cuisine.

  • April 14 Ednita Nazario
  • April 21 Oscar D’Leon
  • April 28 Milly Quesada
  • May 5 El Gran Combo

Jack Hanna: May 18 & 19
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for two days of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet and greets when he visits Busch Gardens on May 18 and 19. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows.

Summer Nights: June 8 – August 11
Finale fireworks are back each night of Summer Nights at Busch Gardens, along with an end-of-night show packed with energizing live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world. Their thrilling performance – along with modern music and fire effects – will pump up the crowd every night in Gwazi Park. Adding to the amazing coasters-after-dark lineup, guests will launch into the night on Busch Gardens’ newest roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt.

Be the first to know about new events and future announcements by following the park’s blog at You can also “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and on Pinterest.

Event dates, times and artists are subject to change. Performances are included with any daily admission or annual pass. Visit for more information.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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