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Taking Back Sunday, Goo Goo Dolls, Hoobastank announced for Busch Gardens Food & Wine Fest

A live concert on stage with orange lights at sunset
Photo via Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

I just want to buy these tickets so badly…Scene and emo kids of the early aughts are in for a treat as Taking Back Sunday is just one of the major bands set to perform live during Busch Gardens’ annual Food and Wine Festival.

These festivities officially kick off on March 9 with Goo Goo Dolls — this time they do want the world to see them. The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is included with daily park admission, but guests who want to take full advantage of all the park and festival have to offer can snag their annual passes now and for a limited time receive a free upgrade to the next pass level.


View of a theme park from the top of a roller coaster

The Food & Wine Festival is a celebration of the culinary regions of the world paired with the star-studded lineup of A-list performers. Starting on March 9 and running Saturdays and Sundays through May 19, guests can sip and savor their way through flavorful eats and mouthwatering treats, discover their new favorite brew or cocktail and immerse themselves in electrifying concerts from chart-topping acts across pop, Latin, rock, country, and beyond.

In addition, local artists will be showcasing their talents and selling unique creations from charming cabins scattered throughout the park. Food and beverage are not included with park admission and are available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

“The Food & Wine Festival is an event our guests look forward to every year, and this year is going to be the best one yet,” said Stewart Clark, president of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. “From craveable food and beverage options to top musical talent, our guests are really in for a treat.”


riders are strapped in on a large purple swing. It soars over an amusement park.
Photo via Busch Gardens

Current concert lineup:

  • Goo Goo Dolls – March 9
  • Starship ft. Mickey Thomas – March 10
  • Taking Back Sunday – March 23
  • Owl City – April 6
  • Grupo Niche – April 7
  • Better than Ezra & Vertical Horizon – April 13
  • Hoobastank – April 14
  • Michael Ray – April 20
  • Gavin DeGraw – April 21
  • Andy Grammer – April 27
  • Chris Lane – April 28
  • Boys Like Girls – May 4
  • 38 Special – May 5

More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. We will update this story as the announcements are made. All concerts take place at the Festival Field Stage, located past the Festival Walkway and behind the award-winning hybrid roller coaster, Iron Gwazi. To view showtimes and purchase reserved seating and VIP packages, guests can visit

Sampler Lanyards, and VIP seating passes are also available on Busch Gardens website.

view from a blue gondola about 50 feet above a theme park safari area
Photo via Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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