Guavaween 2013

Join us for the 28th Annual Guavaween outdoor concert & costume contest at Centro Ybor!
October 26, 2013

The Ybor City Chamber, in Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District, welcomes you to our 28th Annual Halloween Costume-Bash better known as Guavaween on Saturday, October 26th- continuing a long-standing Ybor Halloween tradition, and this year admission to the Outdoor Concert and the Costume Contest are free.

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.  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 Centro Ybor courtyard is the setting for the Costume Contest stage.  Regional band Scilter, one of the outstanding bands of Guavaween 2011, has been invited back to be the featured entertainment  and will perform from 7:00 to 8:45 PM.



The original Mama Guava, Kathi Grau, will host the Centro Ybor Costume Contest Stage starting at 9:00 PM.  This year’s theme is “Classic Movie Monsters,” which celebrates monsters from the golden age of horror films.  Contestants for the Guavaween Costume Contest will be selected at venues that are “Promotional Partners” in the period before the contest begins.  This year’s contest features a top cash prize of $1,000 for best costume with five additional awards:

  • Best in Theme – classic movie monsters
  • Best Couple – sexy, scary…use your imagination
  • Best Group – pick a theme and get your friends to help you carry it out
  • Best Political Satire - you have so much to work with this year
  • Most Creative – well that’s up to you… isn’t it?

The Costume Contest is sponsored by GTE Financial.

A special thanks to our Guavaween sponsors for helping to keep Guavaween alive and well.  Sponsors include C.H. Robinson, Hilton Garden Inn and Tre Amici @ the Bunker.

For information on the Guavaween Costume Contest and other Halloween Events in Ybor contact the Chamber’s Visitor Information Center at 813.241.8838.














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Please visit our Promotional Partners for your warm-up and after-parties.


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Daytime Events In Ybor

  • Little Monsters Pumpkin Patch at Centro Ybor
  • Big Monsters Bed Race down Seventh Avenue

Other Evening Events

  • WitchCraft Beer Festival

For detailed information on particpating in the above activities, contact YMA by email at  or on the web at