Busch Gardens Annual Events

Summer Nights®

From early June to mid August, the theme park brings after-dark excitment to the park with extended hours.  Enjoy special shows, rock and roll, dancers, high-enery DJs and the awesome thrill of riding the roller coasters in the dark!

Summer Nights runs from June 8 through August 13 for 2013.  This year the award-winning Kinetix performance entertains with a potent combination of energized rock/contemporary musicians, singers, dancers and acrobatics.

The grand finale to the entertainment-packed evening is a spectacular fireworks show set to music.  For more:  Summers Nights


On selected nights, Thursday through Saturday, in October, the park turns to the dark side to thrill visitors with a halloween theme of haunted houses, scare zones, shows and other evil/horror related delights.  The screams run late into the night until 1 or 2 am.

Each year the theme varies with multiple haunted houses, scare zones and fun.  In 2013, the tag-line theme is "Once every century on precisely the thirteenth year, EVIL COMES OUT TO PLAY.".  This year the scary stuff starts on Friday, September 27.  For more: Howl-O-Scream

Christmas Town

Celebrate the holiday season in December with a special show of lights, colors and entertainment.  It's rumored that even snow can be found in Florida during this event! Hundreds of trees, a million lights, an ice show at the Moroccan Palace Theater, elves, Santa, strolling carolers, and sparkling displays everywhere can be found.


The after-hours event runs December before Christmas on Fridays through Sunday.

For more:  Christmas Town




** Note:  Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town are separately ticketed from day admission to the park.