Since 1995, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival has brought the sultry, smokey sounds of award-winning blues musicians to the Gulf Coast. This year, for three days in St. Petersburg, Fla., you can listen to the seductive music of Dawn Tyler Watson, Tommy Castro & the Painkillers and Vanessa Collier while indulging in barbecue, seafood and Cuban cuisine on the bay. Food vendors and merchandise booths will be set up around the venue, Vinoy Waterfront Park, as well as hands-on arts and crafts booths.
It’s a 20-minute drive from the beach town of Treasure Island, so bring your sunscreen, lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas and spend the weekend under the Florida sun. Don’t worry if you want to stay out late, the party doesn’t end when the festival stops. At the Saturday after-show at Ringside Cafe, Chris Cain and JT Lauritsen and the Buckshot Hunters will be performing.
- Three-day tickets are $175.
- One-day tickets range from $60-$70.
- Three-day Blues Club VIP tickets are $800.
- One-day VIP tickets range from $300-$350.
- VIP tickets include front row seating, backstage access, free food and drinks, and private air conditioned restrooms.
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- Children aged 12 and under do not need a ticket.
- Parking is $10 for the day and shuttles will take you to and from the parking garages.
- All tickets are non-refundable.
- Most food and merchandise vendors will only accept cash payments.
- Pets and non-service animals are not allowed.
- Drinks are only available with beverage tickets that can be purchased once at the festival.