Florida Strawberry Festival: Feb. 27-March 8, 2020

2020 Plant City Strawberry Festival, Feb. 27-March 8

This article includes:

  • Entertainment Details
  • B&Bs and Lodging in Plant City
  • Campgrounds near Plant City
  • Things to Do in Plant City
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Ferris wheel on the midway at the Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival rocks this normally quiet agricultural town, attracting thousands of fans to the epicenter of strawberry fields — Plant City.

Folks have been harvesting strawberries near Plant City since the 19th Century, giving plenty of cred to its claim as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.

Every year since 1930, residents show off at harvest time with Florida’s largest agricultural festival as more than a half-million people converge on Plant City for the 11-day party. The Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City rivals any state fair in the country with its agricultural displays, livestock shows, arts and crafts, local food, headline music concerts and huge carnival midway.

The entertainment line-up, year after year, is extraordinary.

The 2019 entertainment lineup included Willie Nelson, Alabama, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, the Drifters, Coaster and Platters, among others.

Tickets are available in December and can be purchased online at www.flstrawberryfestival.com, by phone at 813-754-1996, or in person at the Amscot Main Ticket Gate, 2209 West Oak Avenue in Plant City.

Festival admission is $10 for adults (13+) and $5 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Concert tickets are additional.

For history buffs, read about Plant City’s “strawberry schools” in the Florida Archives’ Memory Blog.

Last year’s (2019) Entertainment Lineup

The 2020 Lineup will be announced in November 2019, and tickets will go on sale in December.

All concerts also require a gate admission ticket in addition to concert tickets. Free seating is no longer offered for concerts; all seats now require tickets.


  • Links to more information about each performer
  • Links for tickets below line-up.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Friday, March 1

Saturday, March 2

Sunday, March 3

Monday, March 4

Tuesday, March 5

Wednesday, March 6

Thursday, March 7

Friday, March 8

Saturday, March 9

  • 3:30 p.m. – Battle of the Bands
  • 7:30 p.m. – Keith Sweat, $30

Sunday, March 10

Concert tickets available  at www.flstrawberryfestival.com; by phone at 813-754-1996 or in person at the Amscot Main Ticket Gate at 2209 Oak Ave. in Plant City. (Service charges apply to Internet and phone orders.)

There will also be free entertainment throughout the festival grounds.

Belle City Midway

Special days on the Belle City Amusements Midway, subject to change. These are the special days from the 2019 festival.

For a complete schedule of events, you can view schedule here.

Thursday (Day 1) — AT&T Ride-A-Thon Day, Noon-11:00 p.m. A wrist band purchased at the Midway for $20 will entitle the wearer to ride most mechanical rides for one low price.

Friday, (Day 2) — Publix Food and Fun Friday. Present three Publix or GreenWise non-perishable items at entry gate and receive a Florida Strawberry Festival Commemorative “The Best Fest Reuseable Bag” OR a voucher for $5 off the $30 wristband.

Saturday (Day 3) — Circle K Super Saturday Wristband Day, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. A wrist band purchased at the Midway for $30 will entitle the wearer to ride most mechanical rides.

Sunday (Day 4) — Coca-Cola Family Day, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Present any empty Coca-Cola brand can or plastic bottle product at entry gate to receive a voucher for $5 off the $25 wristband.

Monday (Day 5) — Ride-A-Thon Day, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Wrist bands are $20.

Tuesday (Day 6)— Ride-A-Thon Day, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Wrist bands are $20.

Wednesday (Day 7) — Ride-A-Thon Day, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Wrist bands are $20.

Thursday (Day 8) — AT&T Parts Ride-A-Thon Day, Noon-11:00 p.m. Wrist bands are $20. Present voucher from participating AT&T stores at any Midway ticket booth to receive another $3 off.

Friday (Day 9) — Moonlight Magic, 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Ride most mechanical rides for $25 per person. All patrons entering the Midway for this event will be required to purchase a $25 wristband.

Saturday (Day 10)— Circle K Super Saturday Wristband Day, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Wristbands are $30.

Sunday (Day 11) — Coca-Cola Family Day, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Present any empty Coca-Cola brand can or plastic bottle at entry gate to receive a voucher for $5 off $25 wristband.



Things To Do In Plant City

Parkesdale Farm Market, www.parkesdale.com The largest family operated strawberry and citrus market in Florida, this farm harvests more than 3 million pounds of strawberries each year. You can also find plenty of citrus and other locally grown produce. 3702 W. Baker Street, Plant City,  FL 33563, (813) 752-0502

Fred’s Southern Kitchen, www.fredsmarket.com The Johnson family has turned Southern cooking into a major attraction around Plant City, especially now that the legendary Branch Ranch Dining Room has closed. Fred’s Southern Kitchen is ranked No. 1 of 39 restaurants in Plant City on TripAdvisor. 1401 W. MLK Blvd., Plant City, FL 33563, (813) 752-7763

Dinosaur World , www.dinosaurworld.com A great diversion for the kids, Dinosaur World is an outdoor “museum” where you can see 150 life-sized models of prehistoric dinosaurs. Built on the site of a former alligator farm, the dinosaur models are up to 80 feet in length and are grouped as they may have lived in a variety of settings and lush vegetation. 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, FL (813) 717-9865

It’ll be a strawberry pickin’ good time!

If you want to avoid the crowds during the Strawberry Festival, you can visit Plant City any time during the berry-picking season — January through April — and be immersed in the strawberry culture. (Blueberries are also grown here, with the harvest’s peak in May.)

Although most commercial growers in the area do not allow you to pick your own strawberries, there are a few family farms that do. Here’s one that comes recommended by readers at pickyourown.org: Spivey Farms, 6101 South County Road 39, Plant City, FL 33567 (813) 650-8999 (Call for hours)

Picking your own strawberries:

  • Dress comfortably. Wear loose fit clothing.
  • Wear a hat or cap and bring sunscreen.
  • Bring your own containers.
  • If you plan to spend the day, take ice to keep berries cool.
  • Select only firm ripe berries.
  • Be careful not to remove the tops of the berries.
  • Make an effort to pick every ripe berry on each plant rather than jumping from plant to plant and row to row.

Did you pick too many strawberries? Check out Louise Sanchez’ Herbs, Crafts and Gifts blog about canning strawberries that her husband picked at the Strawberry Palace on U.S. 60 in Plant City.

Lodging In Plant City

Back to Eden B&B in Plant City.Back To Eden B&B — Dave and Sherry Orcutt are your hosts at this unique plantation-style country inn with a swimming pool on six and a half acres with a long private drive. The Orcutts promote a healthy Christian lifestyle. There are five themed rooms ranging in price from $125- $185 per night. 4906 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, FL 33565 (888) 808-8018

Strrawberry House in Plant CityStrawberry House B&B — Located in the Historic District of downtown, the Strawberry House is just four blocks away from Plant City’s antique shops, dining and shopping. Your privacy is assured with the inn’s four rooms with private baths ranging in price from $65 to $95. 805 N. Wheeler Street, Plant City, FL 33563 (813) 759-0279.

Book a room in Plant City on Hotels.com

RV and Tent Campgrounds Near Plant City

Campsite at Hillsborough River State Park near Tampa
Campsite at Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park. 15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassas, FL 33592. This state park has 112 sites with water, electric, picnic tables and fire ring. (Dump station available.)  The Hillsborough River cuts through the park, offering opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Hikers will find seven miles of nature trails. Bicycles permitted on the 2.2-mile Park Loop and the 1.6-mile Wetlands Restoration Trail. Rates:  $24 per night, includes water and electric.  Some walk-on sites. Call (813) 987-6771 for more information.

Alafia River State Park, County Road 39 S, Lithia, FL.  Alafia has some of the most challenging off-road bicycle trails in Florida, rambling 17 miles through the park’s varying elevations. Hikers and equestrians have another 20 miles of hiking and horse trails available, and there is access to lakes and the river for kayaks and canoes, as well as fishing.  The campground lies along the conifer-lined shore of Lake Alafia with great views. There are 30 spacious campsites with electric, water, picnic tables and a fire ring.  Rates:  $22 per night.

Edward Medard Park and Reservoir, 5276 Panther Loop, Plant City, FL.  This 1200-acre park is co-managed by Hillsborough County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. It includes a 700-acre reservoir with a white sand beach with boat access for paddlers and fisherman.  Equestrians enjoy the 3.25-mile bridle path, and you can rent horses at stables near the park. Hiking is also available on all roads and trails.  There are 40 campsites with water, electric, picnic tables and grills located on two heavily wooded loops near the lake. Reservations are not accepted and sites are $16 per night, first come, first served. Call (813) 975-2160 for more information.

Lithia Springs County Park, 3932 Lithia Springs Road, Lithia, FL 33547. This campground has 40 sites for RV, tents and trailers with fire ring, table, water and electric hookups. (Dump station on site). The major attraction of this 160-acre park is its natural spring with excellent swimming. The spring feeds the Alafia River, offering multiple canoe and kayaking opportunities.  Rates:  $24 ($18 for seniors).  No reservations accepted. Walk-ons only, first come, first served. Credit cards are not accepted. Call (813) 744-5572 for more information.

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Florida Strawberry Festival

Helpful Tips for Attending the Strawberry Festival

Yelp! Reviews of the Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Growers Association

Directions: Easily accessible from Interstate 4 via Exits 17, 19 and 21. Follow the signs.  


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    keith garnett

    I Was At The 2019 Strawberry Festival During The Whole Time And Stayed At The Hampton In Close By . My Main Reason For This Post Was To Coment On The Bad Treatment I Recieved From Various Sheriffs officers and there was no call for it . one time i was jus standing outside the big concert venue looking thru the wire fence at the group that was practicing (that i had a ticket for ) and i was grabbed by the arm and told that if i didnt move away i would be forcefully removed from the park. that seems a bit harsh. i had tickets to every single days admision, every single concert, and i bought a t-shirt at every single concert . i spent alot of money !!!!! and i would like a written apology from you because you hired them , i complained to you while i was there and nothing was done . and even better than that one from the sheriffs department as well since it was them that decided it was ok to treat me so bad multiple times . they really need training in compasion and respect . im not really surprised when some people dont have respect for the police when they dont respect the fellow people in the community. if i was a criminal and i had done something wrong i could see some of what they did . but there was absolutley no call for it at all!!!!!!! and i am copying this to the sherrifs department and to my facebook page as well!!

    • Bob Rountree

      Sorry to hear about your issues, Keith, but we don’t sponsor the festival. FloridaRambler is an independent publication and only writes about the festival. We don’t have anything to do with the organizers or sponsors. I suggest you contact them directly. Here’s a link to their contact page: https://flstrawberryfestival.com/contact/

      I will say this, though. While I was at the festival, based on my personal contacts, the behavior of the sheriff’s deputies was exemplary. They were helpful, courteous and joked with us. I should note that we don’t identify ourselves when researching a story and are treated just like anybody else.

      I’ll also add that when performers are doing sound checks, such as you describe, they specifically request in their contracts that the public be excluded, which is why there were black tarps on all the fences and guards at the gates.

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    Rick Marous

    Is beer or other alcohol sold at the festival?

    • Bob Rountree

      Hi Rick, I was at the festival yesterday and did not see any beer booths or any other form of alcohol. (I’m a beer guy and would have found it if it was there.) Frankly, I didn’t miss it. This is a grand festival, much more than I expected, and there is much to do and see. Get high on strawberries! 🙂

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    Ruby Daniels

    Can I bring my dog?

    • Bonnie Gross

      This is from the festival’s website: “Dogs and/or other animals are not allowed on the Festival grounds unless they are a service or guide dog, non-human primate or animals in a show or contest. Certified trainers (with ID stating same) of companion dogs/animals will be allowed.”

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    We are Josh Turner fans. Would like to order tickets to his concert tomorrow (fan club members can do this 8-6), but my husband and I walk with canes and cannot walk a long distance. What facilities are there for handicapped? We have condo in Pelican Cove in Sarasota, but would stay in motel 3/3 near festival if we could be sure we could get to and from concert from our car. Thank you in advance for your help. Jane Crater

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    Dede Speakman

    We had a great time…fun..and we didnt have to pay to see the show..They had a free area..it was great..and Bonnie met us there..fun..

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    Thank you so much for listing Parkesdale!

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    Bonni Chapman

    Where do you park for the festival and how much can I expect to pay? Are there any atm machines onsite?

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    cissy flowers

    my family and i are trying to find out how much it is to get into the strawberry festival. is there a cover charge plus ride cover charge. we want to go sunday the third. can someone help please

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    Are we able to tailgate on concert days?

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    Belinda Braham

    I cannot seem to understand why the Florida Strawberry Festival will and does not honor Essie Lewis. She was the 1st Black on the Queen Court(1973 1st Maid). She was/is a beautiful and wonderful person. Why?

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    charles potter

    I need a electric cart to rent to ride on.can you help me locate place to rent THANK YOU

    • Bob Rountree

      From Sunny Smith at the Festival: We rent electric carts, and on our map there will be a symbol where you can rent them.

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    • Bob Rountree

      The Lizard Lick Krew will be at the festival signing autographs March 8-11.They will be at the Carolina Carports “Cover My Ride” Tour Trailer.

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    Bringing Mom in a wheelchair will I be able to push her around / is it paved etc

    • Bob Rountree

      From festival spokesman Sunny Smith: Our grounds are a mixture of various surfaces, from pavement, to pressed carpeting that is stretched for convenience for strollers and wheelchairs.

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    I am a true florida native, born in Lakeland, Florida. I have been going to the Strawberry Festival all of my life. This is a great place for good family fun. The food is fabulous, escpecially the strawberry shortcake booth where you can make your own shortcake. Take advantage of this attending this event and you won’t regret it!!

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    Pay to park? I hate that, pay to get in then parking fee, just not right.

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    I’ve always loved the festival but why can’t the “TRUE FLORIDIANS” go for free?!? Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival in LA, is FREE to go there. It’s bad enough that you have to pay to park and then you pay to get in.

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    I am investigating bringing our senior adult bankers to Plant City for The Strawberry Festival and need more info about accommodations, headliners, events, other things to do in the area. Sounds like something they would really enjoy!

    • Bob Rountree

      We have listed several options for lodging, including nearby campgrounds. I suggest you make your reservations as soon as possible.
      Have a great time!

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      Do you know how the grounds are at the Strawberry Festival? My husband is disabled and needs me to push him in a wheelchair or if they have electric scooters to rent that would be better. Do they have paths for such equipment. If you have any information regarding this, I would appreciate receiving it.
      Thank you

      • Bob Rountree

        From the festival’s Sunny Smith: Our grounds are a mixture of various surfaces, from pavement, to pressed carpeting that is stretched for convenience for strollers and wheelchairs. Both are capable, however, if you feel like an electric scooter is easiest, go that route. Electric scooters are available for rent at the festival.

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    i am going to attend the festival this year for first time, just wondering about the scdedule.

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    I am from Plant City, and have always loved going to the Strawberry Festival, to me there’s none better

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      That’s right. The Strawberry Festival was always better then the State Fair. I’ve been going since I was six years old. Every year I was able to celebrate my birthday at the Festival. Imagine that! My step-dad would even ride the rides with me. I was also treated to Cotton Candy and maybe a candied apple to go.


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