Enjoy country and classic rock music while chowing down on some of the best smoked ribs and BBQ specialties. Wash it all down with a cold beer and you've got one of the tastiest events at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. This delectable fun is included with your park admission. Visit SeaWorld.com or BuschGardens.com for ticket information. Are you an Annual Passholder? Then you're in luck - you get a good discount on the food & beer.

Weekends from February 1 - March 9, 2014

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2013 SeaWorld's Bands, Brew & BBQ Review & Photos

It's time for another round of Bands, Brew & BBQ at SeaWorld Orlando. They changed it up this year by including the beer booths in the mix of the food booths, instead of in their own beer garden. In the former beer garden, you'll now find a ton of seating - there will be no complaints this year that they need more seats. In addition to SeaWorld's own BBQ specialties, they have invited a few BBQ restaurants to set up booths including Cecil's Texas Style BBQ, Tony Romas and Sonny's Bar-B-Q. All of this tasty goodness can be found along the waterfront path.

Bar-B-Q Booths
The food booths have a variety of items for you to enjoy, from pulled-pork sandwiches to ribs to sausages. View each booth's menu by clicking on the photo below. 

BBQ Food Reviews

2/9/13 - On our first visit to the event, we tried SeaWorld's Rib Platter (pictured below). The ribs were tender, and just enough fall-off-the-bone perfect. The SeaWorld sauce was simple, not very spicy, and suitable for every palette. The Platter included your choice of two sides and a biscuit; we picked the fries and mac & cheese. Both sides were good, hearty additions to the ribs. This platter is more than enough for two people to split, which we did, and we were stuffed. We'd like to see a single rib option for smaller snacking options. There were multiple stations set up with SeaWorld's sauces, napkins, forks, etc. for you to get what you need.

We also enjoyed the Brisket Sandwich from Cecil's booth. The brisket was delicious, not too fatty, and the sauce was spicier and had a richer depth of flavor. They have a sauce station of their choices, so you can choose your level of heat. Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture of that plate, as one of us began chowing down before the camera was out. Don't worry - we'll probably get it again. 

BBQ Seating Area
They turned the previous year's Beer Garden into a "Seating Garden". In here you will find multiple tables, chairs and a few high-top tables. There's even an area for kids to play, and at unscheduled times throughout the afternoon, the animal handlers appear with some special animals to check out. There is a cart where you can purchase aluminum bottles of Budweiser products (Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime & Michelob Ultra), soda, water and 3 choices of wine. The closest restrooms to the event are located in here as well.

Beer Booths
This year the beer booths are scattered throughout the festival area instead of secluded in their own beer garden. We're split 50/50 on this change. Half of us liked the secluded, adult area of the beer garden, but the other half likes that it's included in the mix of the event and you don't feel left out. Either way, there's still beer! Click here to view the full list of specialty brews. There's too many options to do a review of each beer, but there's enough of a variety that everyone should find a few they enjoy. 

Beer Pricing
You can get a Beer Sampler Lanyard for $21 that gives you 10 samples (about 4oz. each) of beer of your choice. If you want a single 12oz. serving of one of the specialty brews, you can get one for $7.43. Aluminum bottles of Budweiser, Bud Light & Bud Light Lime ($6.49-$6.99) are available at the food booths and in the seating area.

Three varieties of wine are available at a cart in the seating area. Chardonnay,White Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are $6 each. (Nifty little to-go cups, aren't they?)

General Atmosphere
Food, beer, dancing and fun. Be sure to stop by the smaller stage where you'll be encouraged to join in on the line dancing. Even the Groove Chefs don their BBQ attire and get in on the country party. There's merchandise to buy and games to keep the kids busy (or kids at heart, we won't judge). There's a decent amount of seating in the main pathway and off by the waterfront to relax and enjoy the scene. If you're lucky, you'll find Shamu and Dolphin dressed up in their country attire enjoying the festivities - and posing for photos.

The concerts begin at 4pm in the Bayside Stadium. People will begin claiming their seats as early as 1 hour before the event - even earlier if the act is more popular. If you don't want to watch in the stadium or get there too late for a seat, you can watch it on multiple TVs spread throughout the pathway and back in the BBQ seating area. Click here to see who's playing this weekend.

This is a must-do event for anyone. Yup. Anyone. Find us someone who doesn't like BBQ...or beer... or fun times. Tip: The best time for shortest lines at the food booths are during the concert, so if you don't mind missing the show, it's prime time to grab some food. 

We'll be posting more reviews and photos throughout the course of the event, so bookmark this page and come back later.

Don't forget - if you have an Annual Pass you get a 10% discount on food, beer and merchandise purchases at the event. There are VIP tickets available as well, visit SeaWorld.com for more information. 

Disclosure: We were invited to attend opening day as media and received 2 free entree coupons. 


SeaWorld Bands, Brew & BBQ 2012 Review & Photos

2012's event brings us new food booths - Bubbalous Bodacious Bar-B-Que, Sonny's and Wesley's along with SeaWorld's own BBQ crew, and a few different brews from last year as well. Be sure to read our review of last year's event for full commentary & more photos. This post will show what's new & changed from last year and our thoughts of the event.

Click here to see BBQ Menus, Beer Menus & more photos!

The restaurant food booths are along the main path, but be sure to check out the smaller cottage-style booths set up in the interior for unique tasty treats like sausage, jerky & chili. The Beer Sampler area is only in the Beer Garden, however you can purchase Bud, Bud Light, Shock Top and wine in the main event area. Budweiser products are not available inside the Beer Garden. Concerts are scheduled to begin at 4pm.



Bands, Brew & BBQ Concert Line-up

2014 Saturday & Sunday Concerts at SeaWorld
Feb. 1 - Alan Jackson
Feb. 2 - Kid Rock
Feb. 8 - Gretchen Wilson
Feb. 9 - Bill Engvall
Feb. 15 - Sister Hazel
Feb. 16 - Larry the Cable Guy
Feb. 22 - The Commodores
Feb. 23 - Justin Moore
Mar. 1 - Scotty McCreery
Mar.2 - Steve Miller Band
Mar. 8 - Hank Williams, Jr.
Mar. 9 - Alabama

Concerts begins at 4pm at Bayside Stadium.

2014 Sunday Concerts at Busch Gardens
Feb. 8 - Jason Derulo
Feb. 9 - Dickey Betts and Great Southern & The Marshall Tucker Band
Feb. 15 - Earth, Wind & Fire
Feb. 16 - Sugar Ray and Gin Blossoms
Feb. 22 - Justin Moore
Feb. 23 - Bret Michaels
Mar. 1 - Lifehouse
Mar. 2 - ZZ Top
Mar. 8 - Daddy Yankee
Mar. 9 - Steve Miller Band

Concerts begin at 5pm at Gwazi Field, which will open at 3pm for seating. 

**All performers, dates & times subject to change. See your park map for the day's event. 

Bands, Brew & BBQ at SeaWorld


Saturdays & Sundays from February 1 - March 9, 2014
Event Area Open at 11:30am • Concerts at 4pm
SeaWorld becomes the place to go for ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches and more. The food is smoked on giant grills right out in front, allowing the amazing aroma to waft throughout the park. Be sure to read our review of last year's Bands, Brew & BBQ at SeaWorld.

Our favorite part is the Beer Sampler where you get 10 samples out of 30 specialty brews for $24. Full beer list is below. Full sized individual servings are available at each booth as well. 

We consider this a must-do event and we don't even like country music! It's a great place to enjoy a weekend afternoon - good food, beer and fun atmosphere. They have several booths set up along the path from the Waterfront to Bayside Stadium selling food, drinks and merchandise. You'll find a small stage set up as well with local acts entertaining the crowds before the main perfromance (which often consists of hot country line-dance girls...and guys).

Click here to view the musical acts line-up. Visit SeaWorld.com for tickets, VIP ticket options and more information.

2014 BBQ Line-Up
Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ
Cecil's Texas Style Bar-B-Q
Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q
SeaWorld's own BBQ Specialties 
2014 Craft Brew Line-Up at SeaWorld

Florida Beer Co.
Florida Lager
Devils Triangle
Swamp Ape

Vermont Cider
Granny Smith

Orlando Brewery
Right on Red
Orange Blossom Pils

60 Minute IPA
Indian Brown Ale

Fat Tire Brewing
Fat Tire Amber

Green Flash Brewery
Hop Head Red
West Coast IPA

Cigar City Brewery
Jai Alai IPA
Maduro Brown Ale
Hotter Than Helles Lager

Guinness Brewing
Guinness Stout

Goose Island Brewery
Honkers Ale
Ten HIlls

Boulder Beer Co.
Hazed and Infused Ale
Sweaty Betty Blonde Ale

Rogue Brewery
Rogue Dead Guy Ale 

SweetWater Brewing
Blueberry Wheat

Oskar Blues Brewery
Dales Pale Ale
Mama's Little Yella
Old Chub

* Beer selection and availability subject to change.