Back to School Fair 2023

Saturday July 29 at WestShore Plaza mall

Starting at 10am

  • HUNDREDS of FREE Backpacks
  • Giveaways, Prizes & More!
  • TONS of FREE School Supplies
  • Family Fun & Entertainment!

Tampa Bay Parenting’s 16th Annual Back to School Fair will gather the best Tampa Bay has to offer at the ultimate back to school bash to make the upcoming school year the best one yet! … and yes, it’s FREE!

Click to Learn about Exhibiting

Back to School Fair is on Sales Tax Holiday Saturday! This means you won’t have to pay sales tax on your school related purchases! (Click here for more info on Sales Tax Holiday) What a great time to get your school shopping done!

Back to School Fair is taking over WestShore Plaza mall in Tampa, a giant air conditioned indoor mall from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, July 29th, and you won’t want to miss it!

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Last year we had some awesome entertainment! Check back this summer to see who we have lined up for the 2023 event.

  • Meet and take pictures with Captain Fear from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ThunderBug from the Tampa Bay Lightning!
  • Pose for pictures, listen to a story, and sing with the Princesses of Parties with Character!
  • Get your face painted by Let’s Plan A Party!
  • FREE Backpacks to the FIRST 500 Kids in line!
  • Drawings and contests throughout the day! Enter HERE.
  • Over 50 different vendors, including non-profits, schools, activity providers and more!
  • Enjoy performances, games, and activities throughout the event.

Back to School Fair Saturday will start off bright and early at 10 a.m. with the first 500 kids who arrive receiving a FREE back to school book bag! From there, the 16th Annual Back to School Fair will continue to rev up with live entertainment, hands on activities, workshops, speaker sessions and so much more. In addition, local exhibitors will be providing all sorts of back to school related information including health & wellness, safety, private and public schools, resources, childcare, after school programs, school supplies, tutors, children’s retailers, finances and much more! And with 60+ retailers, the 16th Annual Back to School Fair at WestShore Plaza will give families the chance to get all of your back to school shopping done at the same time.

Thank you to last year’s sponsors! We will update the list below as we get closer to the 2023 event! 

Presenters, Sponsors, Partners and Exhibitors

  • Presenting Sponsor: Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Favorite Teacher + Mainstage Sponsor: GuideWell Emergency Doctors
  • Recess Sponsors: Florida KidCare and Imagine Orthodontic Studio

Class Sponsors

Brandon All-Stars
Burnetti, P.A.
Florida Blue
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TECO Products & Services Solutions


Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
Barbizon Modeling & Acting
Barrett School of Music
Boy Scouts of America
CodeFu Tampa
Comparion Insurance Agency
Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County
Esports Players Club
Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
Hillsborough County Anti-Bullying Advisory Committee
Hillsborough County Council PTA
Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office
Humane Society of Tampa Bay
i9 Sports
Keiser University
Let’s Plan A Party
McIlwain Dental Specialists
New York Life
Parties with Character
Pediatric Associates
Playa Family Dentistry
Quest Kids Therapy
Ruth Eckerd Hall
SailFuture Academy
St. Peter Claver Catholic School
State Farm
Steam Your Dreams, Inc.
Tampa Bay Lightning’s Rolling Thunder
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library
Tampa Police Department
TGH Imaging – Powered by Tower
TLC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
US Army Recruiting, Tampa Central
VIP Image by Clara
Wee Macree
Zubrick Magic Theatre

Click Here for information on becoming an Exhibitor or a Sponsor, or contact Tampa Bay Parenting at 813.949.4400 or email [email protected] today – exhibitor and sponsor space is very limited!