There's no better backdrop for an event than America's Best Beaches. Whether it's golf, football, softball or even bowling, some of the top national events are held right here in sunny St. Pete/Clearwater. Check our some of the featured events that return to the destination year after year:
The Outback Bowl is a college football game that is typically played on New Year's Day featuring teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference or ACC. Before the teams face each other, fans can enjoy a week filled with events including a beach day is held with marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at Clearwater Beach.
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
One of the premier events in St. Pete/Clearwater, the Firestone Grand Prix races through the streets of downtown St. Pete as IndyCar's season opening event. The inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was held in 2005 and won by the late Dan Wheldon, two-time Indianapolis 500 champion and local resident.
The Valspar Championship
The Valspar Championship, the most colorful tournament in the world, is part of the 2021 PGA TOUR season at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa resort in Florida.
The Elite Invitational
The Elite Invitational is a preseason college softball event at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Florida. Each team is guaranteed four games but could play up to six, with the majority of the teams playing five games. More than 35 collegiate games will be played over the course of four days.
Clearwater Offshore Nationals
The multi-day Clearwater Offshore Nationals, held in September, also features parades, and a bespoke village with food vendors and live entertainment. Past events have also included VIP parties in and around the area including on Pier 60—a top Clearwater sunset spot
The PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open
The Professional Women's Bowling Association St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open returns to Seminole Lanes for a weekend of competition among some of the best international female athletes in the sport. The Open features a pro-am tournament, two qualifying rounds, round-robin match play and group stepladder finals.