Here comes the New Year! What’s on your January calendar once the holidays are said and done? If you’ll be here soaking up the sun on Florida’s Gulf Coast, then take a look at some of our favorite things to do this month—which are all close and convenient to your Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores beach vacation rental. Save these dates! See you on the sand.
January 2019 on the Gulf Coast
Outback Bowl College Football
January 1, 2019
@Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
How about some college football in paradise? It’s a New Year’s Day tradition on Florida’s Gulf Coast, so come and join us for all of the fun and excitement, and kick off your New Year right. This year, the Iowa Hawkeyes and Mississippi State Bulldogs face off at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff time is 12 noon. Get your tickets before they sell out!
Winter’s Wonderland at CMA
Through January 6, 2019
@Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Experience Winter’s Wonderland with lights and decorations all around the aquarium. See the holiday-themed habitats and wish happy holidays to the resident animals, learn about penguins and polar bears, watch Santa and his elves as they dive in Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway, and see the lights around Clearwater Bay on the Sea of Lights boat cruise.
Epiphany Day Tarpon Springs
January 6, 2019
One of the country’s most renown Epiphany celebrations, which honors the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River more than 2,000 years ago, takes place in Tarpon Springs. This 100-plus year-old Tarpon Springs tradition is a day-long affair, which is highlighted by local teenage boys diving into Spring Bayou to retrieve a cross thrown into the water by an archbishop. The boy who surfaces with the cross is said to have good luck for the following year. What follows is an Epiphany Glendi, a lively gathering with food, drink and live music. All of the day’s events are free.
2019 Children’s Gasparilla
January 10, 2019
Come enjoy the alcohol-free kick off to the Gasparilla Season presented by Chick-fil-A Tampa Bay.
Quick Schedule Reference for the Day:
11a.m. Activities open along Bayshore Blvd
1p.m. Bicycle Safety Rodeo w/Tampa Police
1:30p.m. Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll
2:30p.m. SOCOM Para-Commandos Day Jump
3:30-6p.m. Children’s Gasparilla Parade
6:30p.m. SOCOM Para-Commandos Night Jump
7-7:30p.m. Piratechnic Extravaganza (Fireworks!)
2019 Gasparilla Pirate Fest
January 26, 2019
Located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest is free to attend.
Here’s the schedule for Saturday:
11:30a.m.–1p.m. Gasparilla Invasion: The Jose Gasparilla sets sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay at 11:30am., sails north to Seddon Channel & docks at the Tampa Convention Center at 1p.m.
9:30a.m.–1p.m. Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at Tampa Convention Center. Tickets required for adults and for children over the age of two.
2p.m.–5:30p.m. Parade of the Pirates: The parade begins at Bay to Bay Blvd & Bayshore Blvd. It continues along Bayshore Blvd to Brorein St., turns east on Brorein St,, then north on Ashley Dr. Parade ends at Cass St. & Ashley Dr. Free to everyone!
IRB Party Pirates on the Rocks
January 26, 2019
@Indian Rocks Beach
This Annual Pirate Party in Indian Rocks Beach with a twist is a local favorite. It gets bigger and better every year with a Pre-Pirate Party, Flotilla and After Party. Over the years many local Indian Rocks Beach boaters have boated to Tampa for the real Gasparilla, but did not like leaving at dawn in the cold and wind for the 10 hour round trip, yet still wanting to enjoy Gasparilla by boat. The solution was a more local event with 45 minutes of idling up the Intracoastal starting at 12 noon, docking two times to meet fellow boaters and car pirates. Everyone is invited and pirate attire is highly encouraged. Stay tuned for more details on the 2019 event coming soon! Tell your family, tell your friends. Like and follow the Party Pirates on the Rocks on Facebook (link in the heading) for the latest details and event information.
Happy New Year! What are You Doing this January?
Wherever you may be, we hope your start to the new year is happy, healthy and filled with fun.