The St. Stephen Spring Jubilee has been a staple in Hillsborough County for the past 13 years. This family-friendly event includes music, rides, crafts, contests and a variety of fair-type food. The clean atmosphere and reputation of the jubilee attracts thousands of fair-goers each year.

Admission is free and so is the entertainment. St. Stephen Jubilee always provides quality entertainment for people of all ages with a venue large enough for dance groups, bands and variety shows. A full list of the times and acts can be found on the Jubilee Website at

The fun-filled ride midway will be packed with rides and games for the whole family. The ferris wheel has been a staple for the jubilee each year and can be seen from miles around.

Of course, no jubilee visit is complete without a taste of traditional fair food. “We have an expanded food area this year,” said Sam Ross, jubilee director. As always, a wide variety of food items are available including Mexican, Latin, BBQ, and seafood as well as good ol’ corn dogs, funnel cakes and French fries.

St Stephen Jubilee is more than just fun and games, “This event is one of two main fundraisers for the school as well as a complete education program for all our child parishoners,” said Ross. ”We hope to raise $50,000 this year.”

The Jubilee goes for four days from Thursday, March 20 – Sunday, March 23 and is located on the property of St. Stephen School at 10428 Saint Stephen Cir. in Riverview.

Times and additional information can be found on the jubilee Website as well. Wristbands for the midway rides can be purchased in advance of the event at the church or school office up to the day before the event for $18 and the day of the event for $22.

The jubilee is a huge event, attracting more than 30,000 visitors so sponsors and volunteers are a critical part to ensuring its success.

For more information on how to volunteer or become a sponsor, visit or contact the school at 689-4900 ext. 311. Updated information can be found on its Facebook page at


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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.