Lebowski Fest Tampa
January 31 – February 1, 2014
Lebowski Fest is a traveling festival that celebrates all things related to the Coen Brothers’ cult classic, The Big Lebowski. The event takes place in various cities and includes two nights, The Movie Party and the Bowling Party. The Movie Party typically includes a band and a screening of the film and the Bowling Party includes a costume contest, trivia contests and unlimited bowling. White Russians are the ceremonial beverage of choice and fans of all ages and walks of life get together for this event where the focus is the fans, also known as “Achievers” – and proud we are of all of them.
The first Lebowski Fest was held in Louisville, Kentucky in October 2002 and to date the fest has been held in over 30 cities including Louisville, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Milwaukee and even overseas in London and Edinburgh. Many actors have made appearances at Lebowski Fest including The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, Peter Stormare and even lesser known actors like Jon Polito (Da Fino), Jim Hoosier (Liam) and Philip Moon (Woo – The Carpet Pisser.)
Lebowski Fest has hosted some far out bands over the years including My Morning Jacket, They Might Be Giants, Kyle Gass Band, Dr. Dog as well as Achiever comedians like Brian Posehn and Rob Riggle. The annual event is held every summer in Louisville, Kentucky. Lebowski Fest has been featured on Nightline, Ace of Cakes and has been written up in everything from SPIN Magazine to the New York Times and Rolling Stone. There is a feature-length documentary about Lebowski Fest, “The Achievers: The Story of Big Lebowski Fans” and a book, “I’m a Lebowski, You’re a Lebowski” – a fan book written by the founders of Lebowski Fest which has been translated into German, Turkish and Italian. There appears to be no end in sight for Lebowski Fest as new Achievers are discovering Lebowski Fest every day. The online community of Achievers is nearly 100,000 and growing steadily. Lebowski Fest is a festival by the fans, for the fans and is not affiliated with the creators of the film. Check here for upcoming Lebowski Fests in your area.
Lebowski Fest returns to Tampa, Florida on Jan 31st & Feb 1st, 2014! They’ve got a nice, quiet little beach community down there and they aim to keep it that way.
Tickets are on sale now! Separate ticket links for each event are linked above. Tickets are also available locally in Tampa at Microgroove, Daddy Kool Records, The Hub, DT Tampa & Mojo Books & Music.
Fri. Jan 31st – Lebowski Fest Tampa Movie Party – Music by Moommen From Mars & Folkin Up the 80s and a screening of The Big Lebowski @ The Orpheum Theater in Ybor City. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9:00. Ages 18 and over. $16 adv / $20 day of. Movie Party Tickets
Sat. Feb 1st – Lebowski Fest Tampa Bowling Party – Bowling, costume, trivia and other contests. Ticket includes bowling and shoe rental. Bowling is general admission and likely but not guaranteed. @ University Lanes. 8pm to Midnight. All Ages. $25 adv / $30 day of. Bowling Party Tickets
For more information on Lebowski Fest Tampa, please visit their website.