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Bands, Brew and BBQ In just three weeks, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will shrug off the winter blues with their annual Bands, Brew & BBQ! Beginning February 9 guests to the annual drinking, eating and music even at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens can wet their whistle with dozens of craft and international beers, fill up on food from local restaurants who bring their best barbeque and enjoy live performances from award-winning country and classic rock artists every Saturday and Sunday from Feb 9th-March 17th at SeaWorld Orlando and every Saturday from Feb 10th - March 3rd at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Let’s start at SeaWorld Orlando where you’ll want to grab a beer from the park’s famous Beer Garden. This year, the Beer Garden will feature nearly 50 craft beers from domestic and international breweries including Florida Beer Company, Vermont Hard Cider Company, Goose Island, Sweetwater, Green Flash Brewery, Stevens Point, Victory Brewing Company, Imports, Widmer Brothers and Magic Hat Brewing Company.

Once you’ve picked the perfect brew pair it with a plate of sizzling BBQ like ribs, chicken wings, pulled-pork sandwiches, beer-infused chili and more. Then head to Bayside Stadium for a rockin’ concert by such popular bands as Styx, The Beach Boys, Third Eye Blind, Sheryl Crow and more.

Here is the complete SeaWorld Orlando Bands, Brew & BBQ lineup:

Feb. 9 - Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann

Feb. 10 - Merle Haggard

Feb. 16 - The Beach Boys

Feb. 17 - Styx

Feb. 23 - Big & Rich

Feb. 24 - Third Eye Blind

Mar. 2 - Daryl Hall and John Oates

Mar. 3 - Darius Rucker

Mar. 9 - Michael McDonald

Mar. 10 - Josh Turner

Mar. 16 - TBA

Mar. 17 - Sheryl Crow

At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay you can sample more than 100 imported domestic and craft beers from Michelob, Anheuser-Busch, Shock Top, Inbev, Crown Imports, North American Brews, Victory Brewing Co., Magic Hat, Big Storm Brewing, Frog Hair, Green Flash Brewing Co. and many more. Several of the brews will be available at tents along the Bands, Brew & BBQ pathway, as well as in Gwazi Park but if you’re interested in the specialty brews, there will be unlimited sampling from noon to 5:30 every Sunday.

With beer in hand fill up on some mouthwatering BBQ from local favorites including Hot Smoked Georgia Sausage from Kojak’s House of Ribs, BabyBack Ribs from Outback Steakhouse, Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Smokey Bones and Busch Gardens own BBQ specialties.

Once you’ve found a new favorite beer and filled up on some of the best BBQ in town head over to Gwazi Field for performances by:

Feb. 10 - John Kay & Steppenwolf

Feb. 17 - Barenaked Ladies

Feb. 24 - The Doobie Brothers

Mar. 3 - The Goo Goo Dolls