In its thirteenth year, Gasparilla Music Festival doesn’t feel the need to cut against the grain. The two-day music festival feels no pressure to be eccentric or flashy, or anything other than what it is billed as: a festival by Tampa and for Tampa. Taking place in the Lane Riverfront Park, the festival’s four stages are spread out right by the water, and conveniently located near numerous lodging options. (No one does convenience and seamless vacation vibes quite like Floridians.) And the atmosphere takes on a bit of a Jimmy Buffet vibe, as in a dude in a Hawaiian shirt on a beach blissfully handing out margs to whomever wants one. This jack of all trades festival doesn’t pin itself down to a specific genre or crowd, though. Past headliners have ranged from Brandi Carlile, to Nas, to Run the Jewels and Jason Isbell. Instead, it offers a refreshing alternative to our age of increasing niches: just have a general good time.
Gasparilla is deeply embedded in its community, partnering with Recycled Tunes to help support musical education and opportunities in the Tampa Bay Area. A further taste of the locale is available via fresh seafood including grouper and crab, which will be served in addition to classic Cuban sandwiches and local craft beer. So put on some shades, lather on the sunscreen, and genuinely relax, knowing your money is going to a good cause.
Gasparilla was postponed in 2023, but so far is set to proceed on schedule in 2024.
- About 25,000 people typically attend.
- Tickets prices are not yet listed at the time of this writing. You can see 2022’s prices here.
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What is the closest airport to Gasparilla Music Festival?
Tampa International Airport is about a 15-minute drive to the festival grounds.
Is the festival ADA accessible?
There is a designated viewing area and adjacent parking. View the festival’s website for more information.
What is the bag policy?
No bag policy is listed.