Florida Strawberry Festival 2018: Everything you need to know

Parking, Tickets, Concerts, Food & More

PLANT CITY, Fla. -- Are you ready for all things strawberries? The 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival is finally here! 

The annual festival in Plant City, Florida offers fun, food and entertainment for all ages. The theme of this year's festival is "Building New Memories" which points to the new entertainment venue the festival has constructed to make for better memories for families. 

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The festival runs for 11 days from March 1 to March 11. Gates open at 10 a.m. daily and close at 10 p.m. 

Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up. Children ages 6 to 12 get in for $5 and children under 5 are free with paid adult admission. 

Discount Admission Tickets are available from February 1 to March 11 at participating Publix Super Market locations

  • Adults (ages 13+): $8
  • Children (ages 6-12): $4
  • Children (ages 5 and under): FREE with paid adult admission

The Midway will open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 11 p.m. and on Friday, March 9 there will be moonlight magic from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. On weekends and Monday, the Midway will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Strawberry Festival, click here.

FOOD

Fill up on strawberries and strawberry themed foods during your visit to the festival. Indulge in Plant City's best strawberries, the World Famous Strawberry Shortcake, a Strawberry Shortcake Milkshake, Strawberry coated nuts, Fried Strawberry Twinkies, Strawberry-Basil Hand Pies, Strawberry Lasagna, Chicken Strawberry soft Tacos, Strawberry Milkshakes, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Strawberry Sandwiches, Strawberry Peanut Brittle, Strawberry Pie and Strawberry Cheesecake, Bowls of Berries, Strawberry Pizza, Strawberry Cobbler, Strawberry Parfait and much more. 

PARKING

Parking is available on Florida Strawberry Festival property in the Blue, Gray and Red Parking Lots located on Ritter Street off Highway 92 or Highway 574. 

  • Cars, pickup trucks and vans under 20 ft: $5
  • Vehicles from 29 ft. to 39 ft.: $10
  • Vehicles or buses over 40 ft.: $15

There is a Coca-Cola tram and a Sprint tram. Get more info here

CONCERTS 

Some of the biggest performers come to Plant City to perform on the Wish Farms Soundstage each year. The performers for this year's festival include big names like Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Babyface, Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa and more. Get the full list of performers here. NOTE: Reba McEntire's show is SOLD OUT. 

Tickets for all headline entertainment shows can be purchased online at www.flstrawberryfestival.com, over the phone at 813-754-1996 or at the Amscot Main Ticket Office located at 2209 W. Oak Avenue in Plant City.

SPECIAL DAYS AND DISCOUNTS

Thursday, March 1 is Florida Blue Senior Citizens Day | Patrons 60 years of age or older get $2 off gate admission of $10 all day.

Friday, March 2 is Publix Food and Fun Friday | Present any Publix brand non-perishable item at the gate and receive $5 off the $30 wristband and ride most mechanical rides for only $25.

Saturday, March 3 is Free Kids Day | Sponsored by the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union; Kids through high school age are admitted free. Just stop by any Festival ticket booth and receive a complimentary voucher. There will also be a Youth Parade at 11 a.m. down Reynolds Street on the South end of Festival grounds. Saturday is also Super Saturday Wristband Day: Get a wristband for $30 and ride most mechanical rides for this one low price. 

Sunday, March 4 is Coca-Cola Family Day | Present any empty Coca-cola brand can or plastic bottle product at the entry gate and receive a voucher for $5 off the $25 wristband and ride all day for only $20. 

Monday, March 5 is Grand Parade Day | Begins at 1 p.m. and passes by the Festival grounds at approximately 2 p.m. It's also Ride-A-Thon day from 10 a.m. to 11 pm. a wristband purchased at the Midway for $20 will entitle the wearer to ride most mechanical rides for one low price. 

Tuesday, March 6 is truwhip TWOSDAY | From noon to 11 p.m. you can ride any single ride for only $2 and it is also Ride-A-Thon Day from noon to 11 p.m. ride most mechanical rides all day with a $20 wristband purchased at the Midway. 

Wednesday, March 7 is American Heroes Day | Sponsored by Grow Financial Credit Union; All active, reserve and retired military and military veterans along with Law Enforcement and First Responders will be admitted free all day with valid ID. It's also Ride-A-Thon Day from noon to 11 p.m. a wristband purchased at the Midway for $20 will get you on most mechanical rides for one low price. 

Thursday, March 8 is Florida Blue Senior Citizens Day | Patrons 60 years of age or older get $2 off gate admission of $10 all day. It's also O'Reilly Auto Parts Ride-A-Thon Day from noon to 11 p.m. a wristband purchased at the Midway for $20 will get you on most mechanical rides for one low price. Present a voucher from participating O'Reilly Auto Parts stores at any Midway ticket booth to get $3 off the $20 wristband and ride all day for $17. 

Friday, March 9 is Tampa Bay Times Day on the Midway | Present a coupon from the Tampa Bay Times to get $5 off the $20 Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book. It's also Moonlight Magic Night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ride most mechanical rides for $25 per person. 

Saturday, March 10 is Farm Worker Appreciation Day | Sponsored by Astin Farms; Farmworkers will get free admission with a voucher from Astin Farms. It is also Super Saturday Wristband Day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. a wristband purchased from the Midway for $30 will get you on most mechanical rides. 

Sunday, March 11 LAST DAY is Coca-Cola Family Day | Present any empty Coca-Cola brand can or plastic bottle product at the entry gate and get a voucher for $5 off the $25 wristband and ride all day for $20. 

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