Busch Gardens Tampa Bay celebrates Latin culture with Cinco de Mayo and Viva La Música

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay celebrates Latin culture for three weekends in May with Cinco de Mayo and Viva La Música.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Concerts 2023
The Como la Flor Band

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will offer a world of Latin food and rhythm during the first three weekends in May for Cinco de Mayo and Viva La Musica. Both events will bring together world-renowned iconic dishes and live salsa, merengue, and Tex-Mex musical performances from award-winning artists.

These special weekend events are in addition to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s 300 acres of attractions based on exotic explorations worldwide, including thrilling rides and an AZA-accredited zoo with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species.

Cinco de Mayo and Viva La Música will occur every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from May 5 through May 21, 2023, and are included with park admission. Seven musical acts, including El Gran Combo, Toño Rosario, and Grupo Niche, will perform.

For the younger crowd, Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends are also happening at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay through May 21, 2023.

All-New Menu Items

Busch Gardens will present a trip across Latin American culture with all-new menu items, including dishes from countries like Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Venezuela, and more.

Latin festival food

Some of the menu items during Cinco de Mayo weekend (May 5-7, 2023):

  • Mole Beef & Sweet Plantains – Marinated beef, fried plantains, dried chilis, peanuts, sesame seeds, and chocolate mole sauce
  • Arroz y Frijoles Negros (vegan) – Slow cooked spiced rice and black beans
  • Churro Sundae – Cinnamon sugar churro with caramel sauce over ice cream

Some of the menu items during Viva La Música weekends (May 12 through May 21, 2023):

  • Feijoada – Stew of pork, beef, and smoked jalapeno sausage with beans and collard greens
  • Ropa Vieja – Slow-cooked shredded beef, peppers, cilantro, and spices
  • Venezuelan Arepas (vegan) – Pan-seared corn cakes, avocado crema, and pico de gallo)
  • Beef Chimichurri Salad – Marinated fired grilled steak, mixed greens, and chimichurri
  • Ceviche Peruano – Lime-marinated whitefish, lettuce leaves, and sweet potato chip
  • Tres Leches Cake – Sponge cake soaked in three types of milk
  • Arroz Con Leche Rice Pudding – White rice, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla

During these special weekends, guests can also select from a curated selection of wines from Spain, Chile, and Argentina as well as specialty cocktails such as the traditional Caipirinha, Paloma, Mezcal Margarita, and Michelada.

Sampler Lanyards

A great way to experience all the flavors of Cinco de Mayo and Viva La Música is by purchasing a Festival Sampler Lanyard. These start at $70 and are redeemable at the numerous cabins located throughout the park. Lanyards can be purchased in quantities of 10 and 15 samples. In addition, an annual pass member exclusive 18-item sampler is available for the same price as a 15-item lanyard. Lanyards may be used on alcohol samples, but guests must be 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Cinco de Mayo and Viva La Música Concerts at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Bisch Gardens Tampa Baya Concerts 2023

Concerts will also take place on Saturdays and Sundays during the weekend events, with an additional Friday concert on May 5, 2023. Concerts are included with paid admission.

Tono Rosario
  • The Como La Flor Band – May 5, 2023
  • Celia Vive: A Tribute to Celia Cruz – May 6, 2023
  • El Gran Combo – May 7, 2023
  • Toño Rosario – May 13, 2023
  • Grupo Niche – May 14, 2023
  • Elvis Crespo – May 20, 2023
  • Luisito Ayala y la Puerto Rican Power – May 21, 2023

VIP seating package

VIP packages are available for those wanting up-close seating for the concerts, which include one entry per reservation to the VIP reserved seating area on the concert field and one beverage at the VIP Bar. Reservations are only valid for the date and time purchased. To book a VIP Seating Package, please visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s website.


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