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Florida Strawberry Festival 2019: Everything you need to know

Posted at 12:43 PM, Feb 26, 2019

PLANT CITY, Fla. — Are you ready for all things strawberries? The 2019 Florida Strawberry Festival is finally here!

The annual festival in Plant City, Florida an 11-day community event celebrating the strawberry harvest of Eastern Hillsborough County. Each year, over 500,000 visitors enjoy the festival’s headline entertainment, youth livestock shows, rides, exhibits of commerce and, of course, its strawberry shortcake.

The Florida Strawberry Festival runs for 11 days from February 28 to March 10. 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 8 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 .


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 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 .


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 Willie Nelson, Brother's Osborne, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pat Boone, for King and Country, and many more. Get the full list of performers here.

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

The lineup includes:

  • Thursday, February 28
    • 10:30 a.m. Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra
    • 3:30 p.m. The Oak Ridge Boys
    • 7:30 p.m. ALABAMA
  • Friday, March 1
    • 3:30 p.m. Willie Nelson
    • 7:30 p.m. Brothers Osborne
  • Saturday, March 2
    • 3:30 p.m. Home Free
    • 7:30 p.m. Kool & the Gang
  • Sunday, March 3
    • 3:30 p.m. Chicks with Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss
    • 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band
  • Monday, March 4
    • 3:30 p.m. Pat Boone
    • 7:30 p.m. Martina McBride
  • Tuesday, March 5
    • 3:30 p.m. The Drifters, Platters & Cornell Gunter's Coasters
    • 7:30 p.m. NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Wednesday, March 6
    • 3:30 p.m. Gene Watson
    • 7:30 p.m. STYX
  • Thursday, March 7
    • 10:30 a.m. The Kingston Trio
    • 3:30 p.m. The Letterman
    • 7:30 p.m. for King & Country
  • Friday, March 8
    • 3:30 p.m. Tanya Tucker
    • 7:30 p.m. Chris Janson
  • Saturday, March 9
    • 3:30 p.m. Florida Strawberry Festival's Battle of the Bands Finale
    • 7:30 p.m. Keith Sweat
  • Sunday, March 10
    • 3:30 p.m. Bill Anderson & Bobby Bare
    • 7:30 p.m. Old Dominion's Make It Sweet Tour

To learn more about the 2019 Florida Strawberry Festival, visit .