It’s Gasparilla Festival of the Arts time

This year’s festival hosts more than 250 creatives, musical performances, a chalk walk, and more.

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Browse the massive festival for your next fave art find — or just enjoy an artsy day on the scenic waterfront.

This may be Tampa’s biggest weekend or month of the year — between the Strawberry Festival, Rock the Park .. and, of course, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. The massive creative fair takes over Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park each spring (this is the 53rd year).

So make a plan + text the group chat now. You won’t want to miss this artsy, fartsy fair.

This year’s festival features:

Pro tip: Part of the beauty of arts festivals is discovering + building your own taste. Spend time exploring without a motive, collect business cards, and chat with artists about their intent for the piece. You may just find your new fave genre.

Here’s what you need to know to go:

Pro tip: We recommend making a day of it. Book dinner plans at a new Tampa restaurant you haven’t been to, maybe Small Giant, Boulon Brasserie, or one of Sparkman Wharf’s new additions.

Need more ideas for your festival weekend? Check out our Tampa Bay Date night guide.

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