Ybor City Chamber

Tom Keating 

813.248.3712 x23

Press Release

We're back...and it's free!

Ybor City Chamber Hosts Guavaween 2013


Don't you just love a good costume party - ladies in short, sexy outfits of all descriptions and guys looking all macho and fierce in an indescribable array of get-ups.  The Ybor City Chamber, in Tampa's National Historic Landmark District, welcomes you to our 28th Annual Halloween Costume-Bash, better known as Guavaween. 


Join us in your best "monster outfit" for this year's edition with a "classic movie monster" theme.  Shuffle down to the District and hangout at one of our "Promotional Partner's" venues:  J.J.'s Café & Bar, Crowbar, Hamburger Mary's, Buffalo Wild Wings or James Joyce Irish Pub.  If you think your costume is awesome - hot, scary or just plain weird - convince them to give you a wristband to enter the Costume Contest.


The Outdoor Concert begins at 7:00 PM at the Centro Ybor Stage featuring Scilter, a Florida alt-rock group from Zephyrhills, growing more popular by the day.  Scilter is back by popular demand, having played Guavaween 2010 to a very enthusiastic crowd!


The Costume Contest sponsored by GTE Financial begins at 9:00 PM and will be hosted by the original "Mama Guava."  This year's contest features a top cash prize of $1,000 with five additional awards:

ˇ         Best in Theme - classic movie monsters

ˇ         Best Couple - sexy, scary...use your imagination

ˇ         Best Group - pick a theme and get your friends to help you carry it out

ˇ         Best Political Satire - you have so much to work with this year

ˇ         Most Creative - well that's up to you... isn't it?


Thanks to our Event Sponsors, C.H. Robinson, Hilton Garden Inn and Tre Amici @ the Bunker for helping to keep Guavaween alive and well. Please visit our Promotional Partners for your warm-up and after-parties.


Oh, and did we mention - admission to the Outdoor Concert and the Costume Contest are free - that's right, compliments of the house.  For more information, check out our website at or call our Visitor Information Center at 813.241.8838.  Visit your Historic Latin Quarter any day of the year to celebrate "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."