Mark your calendars now for Labor Day weekend in Tampa and the 4th annual Summer of Rum Festival in Channelside this September 3rd from 12 pm to 11 pm where nationally renowned ska band “Reel Big Fish” will headline. This will be the biggest, baddest Rum-fueled Labor Day celebration in the history of Tampa Bay and something you DO NOT want to miss!  "It don't get better than this" no no no noo...."

Tampa Labor Day Festival to Headline a Reel Big Fish


The Summer of Rum Festival, an island-inspired celebration of everything Rum, features more than 12 rum shacks serving over 40 rum drinks made with all our favorites like Cruzan Rum, Calico Jack, Blue Chair Bay, Appleton, Admiral Nelson, Kracken, and Blackheart Rum to name a few.  A complete list of the wonderful Rums available at the festival can be found below or follow the link to the Summer of Rum Festival website and bookmark it, to see who will be setting Saturday, September 3rd in true perspective! 

Enjoy waterfront views between Channelside Bay Plaza and Amalie Arena with Reel Big Fish, Tef London, The Freecoasters, The Landsharks, Impulse Band, Unmotivated, and DJ Cardinal; as they bring the best of Ska, Reggae, Jimmy Buffet, The Beach Boys, and other "Island inspired" entertainment to Channelside.  Find videos of all the Rum talent by clicking Summer of Rum.

Opt-in for the Island Rum Tasting Party where over 40 different rums from around the world are served in addition to the Rums at the Fest. Participating brands include Papas Pilar, Koloa Rum, Carmelita’s Rum, and much more!


What better way to send off summer than with the Summer of Rum Festival. This off-the-scale-fun-fest full of laughter, dancing, great sights, sounds and drinks is one of the biggest Fests in Tampa Bay, and THE BEST thing to do Labor Day in Tampa Bay. Let your hair down and come out to play this Labor Day Weekend!  With double the space from last year, 7500 party-goers are expected in the new space along Tampa's RiverWalk.  More room, more seating, more Rum and more fun, need I say More? 

GA Admission gives you access to the Summer of Rum Festival with all day re-entry privileges. Once inside, Rum drinks are available for purchase from one of the many featured rum shacks.  The Cruzan Rum VIP Experience gives you access to the VIP Tent at the main patio and a bonus Rum Tasting Pass.  Enjoy UNLIMITED RUM DRINKS in the VIP Tent from your own VIP bar.  VIP Tent will feature prime views to main stage, decorated tent/shade area, bars to serve VIP ticket holders only, a seating area, and a cooled air-mist system. You also gain access to Suite 203 in the Channelside Bay Plaza  to cool off in the A/C where you can imbibe at the Island Rum Tasting Party!  This exclusive party includes a collectible Summer of Rum Shot Glass. The Island Rum Tasting Party is an exclusive event, GA ticket holders can purchase a Party Pass in addition to their ticket to the festival for entry to the Tasting Party. If Rum is not your thing, no worries Beer, Water and other spirits are available too!

While Festing, be sure to stop by the souvenir tent and look for the Collectible Summer of Rum Hurricane Cup. They are only $12, and while bartenders can't mix your drinks in them (for health reasons) you can pop your drink in them and enjoy your rum drinks in your very own collectible souvenir Summer of Rum Festival Hurricane Cup!

This will be one for the record books! If you are looking for Things to Do on Labor Day in Tampa you've found it.  Buy your tickets in advance and save on what is going to be an epic day!  Say goodbye to summer, to the joys and sorrows once been, and celebrate one last summer day at the Summer of Rum Fest in Channelside! 

The Details:

  • New location at Channelside
  • GA Tickets ts are $17 Advance | $20 Regular | $25 Door
  • VIP Tickets are $90 Adv | $100 Reg| $125 Door, if available
  • VIP tickets are limited to 350 tickets to ensure a spectacular VIP experience!
  • VIP includes entry to the exclusive Island Rum Tasting Party
  • GA ticket Holders can purchase an Island Rum Tasting Pass in addition to their ticket for $20 Adv | $25 Regular | $30 Door
  • A new Card Payment System will allow you to load funds on to a card and use that card to pay at the Rum Shacks 
  • Island Rum Tasting Party hours are 2 pm to 6 pm
  • Beer will cost $4-$5 | Wine will cost $6 | Rum Drinks will cost $6, but may be $1 more or less depending on the drink
  • Bring small bags or backpacks, chairs, an umbrella and a blanket
  • Do not bring your PET (no animals), glass containers, coolers/thermoses, large chairs, tents, wagons, skateboards, or Segways

Drinks are made from scratch by over 60 bartenders and randomly tested throughout the day:

Cruzan Frozen Bar:
Cruzan Frozen Pina Colada 
Cruzan Frozen Miami Vice 
Cruzan Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
Cruzan Frozen Rum Runner 
Cruzan Frozen Bahama Mama
Cruzan Mojito Shack:
Cruzan Classic Mojito 
Cruzan Mango mojito 
Cruzan Pineapple Mojito 
Cruzan Passion Fruit mojito
Cruzan & Calico Jack Rum Shack:
Cruzan Voodoo Bucket 
Cruzan Blue Hawaii
Calico Jack Painkiller 
Cruzan Ginger SPice 
Cruzan Bay Breeze
Blue Chair Bay Rum Shack:
Blue Chair Bay Banana Fizz 
Blue Chair Bay Beach Bum 
Blue Chair Bay Island Paloma
Koloa Rum Shack:
Koloa Mai Tai 
Koloa RumTini
Koloa Coconut Cooler
Kraken Rum Shack:
The Perfect Storm 
Kraken Up
Kraken Black Mojito 
Appleton Rum Shack:
Appleton Estate Daiquiri
Appleton EState Hurricane 
Appleton Estate Mombay Sunset 
Blackheart Rum Shack:
Blackheart Lady Pirate 
Blackheart Sea Cruiser 
Blackheart Ginger Grog
Admiral Nelson Rum Shack:
Admiral's Planter Punch 
Tropical Admiral 
Admiral Cherry Pucker
Really Bad Rum Shack:
Really Bad Ale 
Doc's Love Potion 
Rum Swizzle 

Captain Morgan Rum Shack:
Captain and Cola 
The Team Captain 
Captain Cider
Deep Eddy Vodka Shack: 
Peach Martini 
Deep Daly 
Austin Mule  
Corona Beer 

 Buy your tickets in advance, tickets are limited to ensure a great experience for everyone! Don't miss the party of all parties in Tampa Bay, this years Summer of Rum Fest at Channelside with Reel Big Fish and so much more!