The Florida Strawberry Festival
The Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida, brings around 500,000 people from all over Florida and the world to celebrate the local strawberry crop by hosting an annual event in the spring that lasts 11 days. The festival includes everything from musical performances, local vendors, parade, livestock activities, and a beauty pageant. What else is this festival well-known for? Their famous Strawberry Shortcake of course! The Florida Strawberry Festival is ranked among the Top 40 Fairs in North America
The musical performances are a big part of their festival hosting local artists to more well-known artists like The Band Perry. Each day they have two to three different artists headlining on their main stage. A list of headliner artists can be found here. The headliner concerts are a separate cost from the paid gate admission, however, they do offer free entertainment with your paid admission. They have two different tents, the Borden Dairy Strawberry Tent and Sweetbay Supermarket Showcase Tent, that provide simultaneous entertainment throughout the event ranging from comedians, musicians, to dance performances.
Along with music performances, you can find an array of different on grounds entertainment including magic shows, woodwork and rope making demonstrations, sea lion splash shows, racing pigs, different contests, and more! To see entertainment and activities made specifically for kids, click here.
It isn’t a festival without food, shopping and rides!
The Midway of the Strawberry Festival is known as the highlight of everyone’s visit. Here you will find adrenaline pumping rides, games and attractions for everyone in the family. The Midway is open every day of the festival and opens earlier on the weekends. For kids, they have The Kiddie Corral Rides section just for them.
The Neighborhood Village is dedicated to all the homemade and handcrafted items created by those in their community. Every year, they put on a competition for those 18+ that are awarded with monetary prizes and ribbons. Categories include cake decorating, baking, knitting, jewelry, needlework and needlepoint, scrapbooking, and much much more! As a spectator, you are able to view all the entries for display from each competition. And of course, you can’t forget the opportunity to enjoy the ripe and luscious strawberries right from the local berry farmers! More than 10,000 acres of strawberries are planted annually in the local area.
Gate Admission Prices:
Advance Tickets for Adults: $8
Advance Tickets for Children (Ages 6-12): $4
Children 5 and under are free