Holy October, it’s Fall. And that means, football, BBQs, and one of Tampa’s most anticipated events: the Tampa Pig Jig.
To say we’re pumped for 8th Annual Tampa Pig Jig at Curtis Hixon Square Park on October 20 is an understatement. Why you ask? Well, this year they’ve pulled in some MAJOR music acts, better than ever BBQ, and they even just dropped killer beer garden into the mix! Not to mention, all of this is to raise money for an incredible cause: NephCure Kidney International, the only non-profit organization committed to supporting research, improving treatment and finding a cure for the debilitating kidney disease, FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) and Nephrotic Syndrome
Food, booze, BBQ, bands… and helping find a cure? What’s NOT to like?
But seriously, this one is not to be missed. And to prove it, here are 6 reasons why you really should be “Getting Jiggy With It” on October 20th.
Two Words: Chris Young
If you think you don’t know who Chris Young is, trust us, you do. Pretty much every country hit you hear on the radio is one of his tunes, including “Hangin On”, “Who I Am With You”, “The Man I Want To Be”, “I’m Coming Over” — you get the picture! As this year’s headliner, it’s pretty much guaranteed he will bring down the house. Pro tip: VIP tickets get you front row access to the show. And for those looking to get really up close and personal: Tampa Pig Jig is running a contest until October 15th for which 10 lucky winners will get to meet both Chris Young and Riley Green AND be serenaded by an acoustic song from each artist. Yep.
MORE Live Music
Aside from that killer headliner, Riley Green, Brett Dennen, FUTUREBIRDS, Deer Tick (who just dropped a new album!) and Carson McHone will be taking the stage starting at 2pm. Which means, there essentially isn’t ONE minute of this day-long event that isn’t filled with awesome music.
All-You-Can-Drink Beer Garden
In case you don’t get your fill of Florida Avenue Brewing Co’s Garden’s Pig Jig Lager which will be available throughout the event (along with Tito’s and various other food and drink vendors!), this year Pig Jig is introducing a BRAND NEW option: General Admission Concert + Beer Garden Ticket! This $60 ticket allows you entry into the event (including access to all the live music by — PLUS exclusive access to the Beer Garden to down unlimited samples of eight different varieties of Florida Avenue Brewing Co’s + Brew Bus Brewing brews from 1pm – 5pm (while supplies last).
The Food in VIP Is Off The Chain
The Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners VIP Tent area is going to be STACKED with goodies this year, including some new restaurants (it’s a surprise!) as well as the the award-winning empanadas from Empamamas located inside Armature Works. (Tampa Girl, anyone??) Along with free food, VIP ticket holders also nab four complimentary beverage vouchers (vouchers good for beer, wine & mix drinks) and upgraded stage viewing area.
Games. And More Games. (And Kids Get In Free!)
One of the best parts about Tampa Pig Jig is it’s fun for all ages. Literally. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE. And trust us, they will be entertained all day long thanks to the Ring Power CAT Kids Area. Think everything from dodgeball and face-painting to corn hole and bouncy houses. (In other words, this almost guarantees a solid nap time. Total win.)
One MILLION Dollars
People often forget that the Tampa Pig Jig — along with being nonstop fun on Tampa’s beautiful waterfront — is kinda a big deal when it comes to raising money NephCure Kidney International. It all started with a backyard BBQ to help find a cure for a Tampa native with the debilitating kidney disease FSGS. Over the past 6 years, the event has quite impressively gone on to raise over $2,000,000 with all proceeds benefiting NephCure. Last year alone they raised over ONE MILLION DOLLARS. And this year — you guessed it! — they’re looking to break that record.
We can’t wait to see y’all there! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Text PIGJIG to 79230 to bid on auction items (spoiler alert: puppy!), shop the new Pig Jig merch, enter this year’s raffle and donate.