Sample more than 40 cocktails at Tampa's Summer of Rum Festival this month

Bring sunscreen... and an umbrella.

click to enlarge Sample more than 40 cocktails at Tampa's Summer of Rum Festival this month

Summer of Rum 2019 will be held on Saturday, August 31 from noon-11 p.m. at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park

The festival invites locals to spend the day under the sun sipping on 40 rum drinks from a variety of brands while listening to live bands. There will also be a Caribbean Food Market on-site serving up dishes for purchase to soak up some of that alcohol.

General admission tickets are $18 and include, live music, rum drinks and games.

VIP tickets are $100 and grant attendees a shaded tent area stocked with unlimited drinks, beer, wine and water. 

VIPs also have access to air-conditioned bathrooms, and better views of the stage to see live performances by Sublime with Rome and the rest of the lineup. 

The Island Rum Tasting Party addon ticket is an additional $30 and includes a souvenir tasting glass, five rum tastings, and light island-themed snacks. 

If you can hang until the end of the night, the fest will set off a large firework display.

For tickets, visit

Just a heads up, this event is rain or shine, no refunds, so come prepared.

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