SeaWorld sprinkles plenty of mini-festivals across the calendar to entice locals to visit more often. Most of them won't intrude on how you visit—they tend to come in the form of special food to eat and alcoholic beverages to enjoy, mini concerts at performance stages around the grounds, and some fun decorations. Many times, the fun things to do will be scheduled for weekends and are less likely to be in effect on early weekdays.

Festivals may include: the Seven Seas Food Festival (Thurs–Sun, February through April); Mardi Gras (February and March), St. Patrick's Day (March), Cinqo de Mayo (April and May), Viva La Musica (Latin music festival in May), Independence Day, Electric Ocean (nighttime illuminations and fireworks in the summer), the Craft Beer Festival (August and September), and the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration (mid-November through December)

In October, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular moves in. SeaWorld throws a sweet, toddler-approved weekend Halloween event of its own, with trick-or-treating (kids dress up), a few encounters with sea fairies and bubbles, and a show starring Count von Count from Sesame Street. Target audience: people who have a naptime. It’s included in admission. Its adult-oriented nighttime event, Howl-O-Scream (haunted houses, scare zones, coaster riding in the dark), happens over about 25 nights starting in mid-September and is separately ticketed

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