About the Festival

An annual tradition people look forward to all year

Held annually the first weekend in March, The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts showcases 300 of the world’s most talented artists who essentially transform a downtown Tampa park into a museum. Pre-jurors undergo the painstaking process of hand-picking these artists from the more than 1,000 who apply to participate.

The art festival got its start in 1970 and has steadily blossomed. Today, the average attendance has grown to more than 250,000 people, making this show the place to be for artists looking to reach a broader audience of art lovers.

Featured art includes ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. In addition to the art displays, the festival also includes live entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors.