Bands, Bew & BBQ is one SeaWorld event that I have yet to attend. I love good BBQ and they always have a great mix of bands. Personally, they announce the musical acts very late for those of us who aren’t quite local. To date only the opening weekend’s acts have been announced-and the event kicks off this weekend. I would like to know all of the acts that are performing throughout the course of the event so that I can plan my trip based on which act I’d like to see.
About Bands, Brew & BBQ
SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival returns for four sizzling weekends starting Saturday, March 7. The event honors America’s Heroes and features live concerts from top classic rock and country bands and artists, tasty BBQ and thirst-quenching beer. Happening weekends throughout March (7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29), Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with regular park admission.
Food is also celebrated during Bands, Brew & BBQ. Serious barbecue connoisseurs can sample Orlando’s best barbecue from local smokehouses — Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que and Sonny’s BBQ® – plus SeaWorld’s very own sweet & smokin’ barbecue.
In addition to the signature acts and festivities, the event also will feature a secondary stage to showcase local bands, and a DJ spinning music for guests of all ages who want to show off their line dancing and boot scootin’ skills.
This year’s event kicks off with live performances by country superstar Toby Keith on Saturday, March 7, and southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd on Sunday, March 8. Event festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. each weekend, with concerts at 4 p.m.*
The celebration also salutes America’s Heroes with military discounts for both active military and veterans, patriotic offerings and a partnership with the USO Central Florida, an organization that has been lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families for more than 70 years.
“We’re thrilled to partner with SeaWorld, and we appreciate their longstanding dedication to honoring the troops and retirees,” said Roland Emerson, executive director of USO Central Florida. “Working together during Bands, Brew & BBQ, we can make a difference in the spirits of many service members and their families.”
The patriotic-themed USO Garden will offer a relaxing place away from the crowds that reflects the spirit of the renowned organization, viewing of the concerts on large flat screens and refreshments. Guests can get up close with animals and kids can work on masterpieces at coloring stations, take photos with SeaWorld costume characters, learn from educators and play interactive games. In addition, this area offers messaging about the USO while music that speaks to the history of the USO provides a nostalgic atmosphere to the area.
And, the first weekend will feature a special performance by the USO Show Troupe, a military quartet who performs a diverse repertoire of morale-boosting musical entertainment for active duty military, their families, veterans and patriotic Americans everywhere.
SeaWorld Orlando is proud to offer a special discount for all enlisted men and women AND veterans during Bands, Brew & BBQ — 50% off a 2015 Fun Card which allows unlimited admission to SeaWorld all year for the price of a single-day ticket. For more details, visit wavesofhonor.com.
Special Bands, Brew & BBQ Packages
For a VIP experience, packages with reserved seating are available. Guests that take advantage will receive an in-park spending credit that can be used toward mouth-watering food, craft beer samplers, merchandise, Quick Queue or even an up-close park experience.
Front Row Seating
Starting at just $39, guests can reserve a front row seat (just inches from the artists) and feel like part of the band. As an added bonus, guests will enjoy $10 toward in-park spending.
Starting at just $19, guests can enjoy reserved floor seats right in front of the band. This package also includes $10 toward in-park spending.
Craft Brew Sampler
Sample 10 ice-cold craft beers from a selection of 30 for just $25.
The best way to experience this and all of SeaWorld’s special events throughout the year is with a 2015 SeaWorld Orlando Fun Card, where guests pay for a day and play all year. Plus, for a limited-time, guests who purchase a Fun Card can also enjoy a one-day visit to Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™.
Stay tuned for the latest event information and artist announcements on SeaWorldOrlando.com as well as SeaWorld’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Join the conversation using #SeaWorld #BandsBrewBBQ.
*Event times, dates and talent are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.
**The Mom Maven is anti-alcohol and does not condone this aspect of this event. Due to my relationship with SeaWorld Parks, I am sharing this event information with you even though I never condone alcohol consumption.