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This Year at Busch Gardens

The wait is almost over! Busch Gardens is opening its doors on March 15 for the 2020 season, and we want to give you a preview of the thrilling adventures coming your way. With exciting rides, incredible shows, world-class dining and seasonal specials, there is SO much fun to be had when you visit the world’s most beautiful theme park. Check out what’s happening this year at Busch Gardens! 

New Year, New Ride

Do you have what it takes to face the strength and power of Roman gods? This year, Busch Gardens is introducing the world’s newest and fastest multi-launch coaster, the Pantheon

If you’re brave enough to twist, turn and launch through the air at 73 mph to join the ranks of these mystical legends, the Pantheon has to be on your bucket list for 2020! This record-breaking ride is sure to bring you a rip-roaring journey you won’t soon forget. 

Special Events & Seasonal Happenings

Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend (April 3 – May 10) 

Your favorite Sesame Street Friends will be hosting a party just for kids! Starting April 3, weekends at Busch Gardens will be filled with dance parties, arts & crafts, family shows, scavenger hunts, games and story time! You can also stop by and see the park’s all-new Sesame Street Magic Wall of Art! Don’t let your kids miss this family-friendly celebration! 

Food & Wine Festival (May 15 – June 28)

When you plan a trip to Busch Gardens, you can anticipate exciting coasters and  heart-pumping rides. But did you know you can also take your palette on tasty adventures? 

The Food & Wine Festival is a must for all you foodies, gourmets and connoisseurs. Embark on a new culinary exploration as you sample from 43 specialty entrees and desserts from around the world, 35 different wines, 33 craft beers, 30 unique cocktails and 11 specialty beverages!

Summer Nights (June 29 – August 13)

This summer, plan for unforgettable moments and non-stop adventure! When the sun goes down, things get even cooler at the park. Beginning June 29, enjoy a nighttime atmosphere with nightly dance parties, special entertainment, culinary experiences and firework shows! 

There’s nothing quite like summer nights, and we think they’re even better spent at Busch Gardens.

Bier Fest (August 14 – September 7)

Come celebrate 200 years of Oktoberfest tradition! Bier Fest offers an abundance of traditional German food, live music, and local craft brews! Browse through all the IPAs, Ales and Stouts to try something new or enjoy tried-and-true favorites.

Learn about the popular brewery processes, take a trip down the river on the “Brews Cruise,” and then end the evening with an amazing fireworks show.  

Howl-O-Scream (September 13 – November 1)

Your fall nights will be frighteningly fun if you spend them at Howl-O-Scream! Experience all of the terror-ific activities, including haunted houses, immersive scare zones, eerie escape rooms and unnerving live shows. 

Get ready to take the thrills and chills to a whole new level when you visit Busch Gardens during spooky season! 

The Count’s Spooktacular

For the little ghouls and goblins that aren’t quite ready for the Howl-O-Scream experience, celebrate Halloween at the Count’s Spooktacular! Come enjoy the parks on Saturdays and Sundays in October and trade in the chilling scares for silly fun! 

Children are invited to join in the costume parade, venture through the hay maze, trick-or-treat and enjoy an interactive Halloween show!

Christmas Town

Christmas Town is one of the events we are most looking forward to this year at Busch Gardens. Come bear witness as the world’s most beautiful theme park transforms into one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America!

Come enjoy merry and bright views, navigate through tree mazes, meet Santa Claus, and catch one of the festive performances. Experience all of the magic of Christmas in one place during the holiday season!    

Important Dates & 2020 Memberships

OPENING DAY: March 15th 

DAILY OPERATION: May 15th – September 7th


There are a number of membership options to choose from. Whether you’re looking for 12 months of access to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, access to seasonal events (like Christmas Town and Howl-O-Scream), free guest tickets, free parking, discounts on dining and shopping, or park add-ons, choose the membership that best suits your needs! Visit HERE to explore your membership options.

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