Florida Entertainment Venues

Big or small, there are hundreds of entertainment venues in Florida. Entertainment is a staple of the state’s most popular industries. Many artists both nationally and internationally play in Orlando, Miami, and other big cities across the Sunshine State. Sports arenas and stadiums are also extremely popular among both residents and visitors. To top it all off, Florida is home to some of the biggest convention centers in the nation. No matter what your entertainment preferences, there is something in Florida for everyone.

See Also: Sports Stadiums, Arenas and Venues, Convention Centers

Amalie Arena is located in downtown Channelside Tampa, Florida and is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team and the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football team. The arena, originally named the Ice Palace and most recently the Tampa Bay Times Forum, hosts other events, basketball, and concerts. . 

The American Airlines Arena is located on the waterfront in downtown Miami, Florida. It is home to the Miami Heat NBA basketball team and hosts large concerts and events. 

Amway Center, located in Downtown Orlando, is a sports and entertainment venue. Home to the Orlando Magic NBA team and the Orlando Solar Bears ECHL team. Built with a capacity of more than 20,000 seats, the arena's urban setting, gives guests easy access to the Orlando entertainment core. Hosting concerts, events, shows and more, the area is designed to stage any event. 

The BB&T Center is an indoor arena located in Sunrise (Fort Lauderdale Metro area), Florida. Home of the Florida Panthers NHL team, the arena also hosts basketball, arena football and concerts. 

Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, located at Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Florida is home to the FSU Seminoles Men's and Women's basketball teams. The venue also hosts concerts and events and is the largest arena in the panhandle of Florida. 

Florida State Fairgrounds Complex, located in Tampa, Florida, includes the Expo Hall, Entertainment Hall, Special Events Center, Florida Center and Botanical Gardens, Pavillion and Waterfront Cafe as well as other outdoor locations that include an Equestrian Center. The grounds are used throughout the year for a variety of events, especially for different festivals and live music performances. Both big names and smaller named musicians have made a showing here so make sure to keep up to date with the events that are hosted here. You don't want to miss out on something fun and/or exciting that's right around the corner from you!

Germain Arena is a multi-purpose arena located in Estero Florida. Home to the Florida Everblades ice hockey team and the Florida Tarpons Arena Pro Football team. The venue hosts other events, shows, concerts and entertainment. 

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, located in Jacksonville, Florida, is a sports and entertainment venue home to the Jacksonville Sharks AFL/NAL team and the Jacksonville Giants ABA team. 

Lakeland Center is a multi-purpose arena and theatre located in Lakeland, Florida and home to the Central Florida Jaguars elite indoor football team and the Florida Tropics soccer team. 

Pensacola Bay Center is a sports and entertainment arena located in Pensacola, Florida. Home to the Pensacola Ice Flyers SPHL team and hosts other sporting events and concerts. 

Gramps hasn't been around too long. It was established in 2001, but they've been bringing in some great live music performances since their opening. There's a lot more than music here though. On any given night, one can get a comedy show, DJ's, live music, and even cultural events, like Nerd Night. It is a pub, so many of these events require you to be over the age of 21, 18 in some instances. They serve lunch and dinner, but the entertainment always comes in the afternoon and evening hours. Come for the food and drinks and enjoy a show while you're here!

Jannus Live is a small music venue that is located in St. Petersburg. Since opening in 1984, there have been countless live music performances in a building that holds just 2,000 concert goers. What started out as originally local musicians only eventually expanded into hosting both local artists and bigger artists when the Red Hot Chili Peppers played there for the first time in 1987. Although they like to stick to the local artists, bigger names do come through here on occasion. The outdoor music venue was refurbished in 2009 but it continues to bring in many musicians and music lovers. 

When it comes to music venues, there are quite a few in the state. But most people only think about the bigger event venues in their area. The Abbey in Orlando is a small, intimate event venue that hosts a lot of different performances throughout the year. While a lot of these performances are by less known artists, there is the occasional big name that comes through the place, like Sum 41 or Knuckle Puck. Along with music shows, guests of the venue can also expect comedy, theatrical performances and the occasional musical so check out the website to see their event schedule, they might have something there you just have to see!

The Garden Ballroom by Locade Events is innovating and reinventing this historical event venue. Our Mission at The Garden Ballroom is to give every customer personalized service. With over 10 years in the Wedding and Event industry, we are passionate about exceeding your expectations. 

Located in Tallahassee, The Junction at Monroe is a dining, arts, and music showplace where people go to enjoy the atmosphere, food, and performances. The business opened in 2014 but the building they are located in is a 1936 warehouse that was slightly refurbished for the performances that The Junction at Monroe wanted to put on. On any given day of the week, there could be an acoustic artist, karaoke where anyone can join in, country music, rock 'n roll performances, and many others. There's quite a bit of enjoyment to be had here so be sure to check it out the next time you're in Tallahassee!

Will's Pub is small, holding just over 200 people for their many live music rock 'n roll performances. Located in Orlando, this little business was made for those who just want to have a good time, listening to a variety of live music performances and drinking beer with a group of friends. There have been hundreds of performances here by both local artists and nationally known musicians and they never disappoint. With it being a pub, there's food and many beverages to pick from, all while listening to a great selection of music.

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