Tampa Tango Festathon FAQs

Are there any workshops?

This year's event is a Marathon with all events strictly for social dancing. Although there won't be any workshops, we will have the TangoFlex class for you. 

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is closed. Admission WILL NOT be available at the door.

I registered but did not receive a ticket. What do I do?

Tickets were not issued so no worries. We will send out an email with important info one week before the event. When you arrive to the venue, just check in at the registration desk to pick up your wristband and you'll be on your way to dancing and making friendships that will last a lifetime. It's that easy. Also, we issue free unlimited hugs. Just ask!

What is the refund policy?

No refunds will be processed. Should you find yourself unable to attend after you have registered, you are welcome to sell/transfer your ticket to another guest of the same role without penalty. Due to the efforts of role balancing the event, this policy will be strictly adhered to and is at the sole discretion of the Tampa Tango Festathon team. 

What should I expect at the milongas ?

  • Awesome traditional tango music. We have invited some of the best DJs around to keep you hyped up and on the floor all day and night.

  • Social Argentine Tango. If you dance international ballroom, North American, Fantasia, or other styles, this is probably not the event for you.

  • Our milongas will be fun and safe. We will strictly enforce general tango etiquette and line of dance. We reserve the right to eject guests from the milongas and refuse admission to those who choose to not follow the rules of the road. This is for the safety and enjoyment of everyone.

Will there be food?

Delicious snacks with options for everyone will be served during the milongas, as well as local coffee and orange juice, teas, and water. A full dinner will be provided during Thursday’s Thanksgiving Milonga and a picnic lunch will be provided at Friday’s afternoon milonga. There are many great restaurants within walking distance of The Hip Room, including the native-inspired upscale Ulele, the laid-back Cafe Hey!, and the brand new food emporium The Hall on Franklin just below the venue.

Please bring your own mugs/water bottles, as we will not be providing disposable cups.

Can I bring alcohol?

You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages but please drink responsibly. We reserve the right to eject guests who aren't behaving well.

Can I reserve a table at the milongas?

The Tampa Tango Festathon is an inclusive, fun, and super friendly marathon. There will be no reserved seating and all chairs are shared. 

What is the dress code?

There is no official dress code. The afternoon milongas are relaxed and laid back. The evening milongas are more elegant and we recommend semi-formal attire. Jackets are appropriate, but not required. 

Will there be vendors?

Absolutely! We have Axis Tango, Mussa Collection, Raquel Shoes, and Sur-Real Designs.

Do you need volunteers?

We are accepting a limited number of volunteers. Volunteers get a discounted pass in exchange for helping out with things like set up, clean up, registration desk, running errands, etc. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the volunteer request form.  Volunteers are assigned on a first-request basis, with preference given to USF, UF, FSU, and FIU college students. 

I've  never been to Tampa Bay. What hotspots should I hit while I'm not dancing? 

Tampa Bay is a vibrant tri-city metropolis with a rich Cuban history, exciting theme parks, world-class museums, and powdery Gulf Coast beaches. Here's our top must-see list:

1) Ride the river on the Pirate Water Taxi (it picks up two block away from the venud, straight down Henderson). A two-day pass is only $25!

2) Enjoy a Cuban cigar and explore Historic Ybor City. While you're there, grab a Cuban sandwich from La Segunda Central Bakery!

3) Indulge in a Thai brunch along the Hillsborough River at the Wat Thai Temple Sunday Market, open 8:30am-1pm on Sundays.

4) Catch a film in the landmark Tampa Theatre

5) Take a leisurely stroll down the 2.6 miles Tampa Riverwalk, which links Tampa’s lovely waterfront with five museums, seven parks and numerous hotels, restaurants and outdoor gathering places. You can embark or debark the Pirtte Water Taxi at various points along the Riverwalk.

6) Grab a beer at Hidden Springs Ale Works next door or check out the amazing new food emporium The Hall On Franklin downstairs! There is also the upscale, native-inspired Ulele with a brewery and delicious local seafood (reservations recommended if dining in, but the outside bar is a great option, too).

What is the weather like?

Tampa during the fall is beautiful, with an average temperature of 78 degrees F and very little rain.