Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Moving West
to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in 2020
In a move designed to enhance the visitor and artist experience, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (GFA)
announced it is relocating the 2020 festival to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.
Moving to the City of Tampa park, at 1001 N. Boulevard in Tampa, will allow the juried outdoor
festival to add and expand activities as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. It will also
improve accessibility and convenience for artists showcasing and selling their work.
“We are excited to be going to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park for our 50th annual festival next
year,’’ said Andy George, President of GFA. “The park offers a wonderful location and many
amenities for our visitors and artists to enjoy. GFA has always been a trailblazer, and this move
further demonstrates its adventurous spirit.”
One of the premier juried outdoor festivals in the United States, the festival has changed
locations several times during its 50-year history to reflect Tampa’s evolution as a city and to
support new initiatives. Moving to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park demonstrates the festival’s
commitment to the city’s efforts to revitalize the west side of the Hillsborough River.
“GFA has become one of Tampa’s signature events and has grown exponentially over the last
few years. This move is just further proof that this volunteer-run festival has grown its wings
and, much like Tampa, is ready for its next chapter,’’ said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “I can’t
wait to see everyone flock to the new Riverfront Park and enjoy all GFA has to offer.’’
Opened in May 2018, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park provides additional space for festival
activities and amenities, including more food and drink vendors, expanded musical and
performing arts entertainment, shaded seating options, and larger playground areas. It will also
include designated areas for ride-sharing, water taxis, and bicycle parking, and the park allows
for on-site and nearby parking and additional alternative transportation options.
For artists, the park offers easier access for booth setup and breakdown, convenient parking,
and more opportunities for double booths. GFA’s planned layout for the 50th festival will enhance
the visitor experience by improving traffic flow and better connecting the festival’s programs and
“Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park will be a great location for the festival’s 50th anniversary, and I
look forward to being a part of it,’’ said Beth Garcia, a ceramic artist who won the festival’s
Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award in 2018. “The new location will create an even better
experience for artists and visitors, and the beautiful views of the city and river are a
perfect complement to the festival’s outstanding artwork and talented mix of artists.’’
In keeping with its reputation as one of the nation’s top outdoor art shows, the festival will
continue to feature a diverse collection of art work from some of the most talented national and
international artists. More than $75,000 will be awarded by the festival juror, including the
$15,000 Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award. More than 250 artists and thousands
of visitors attend the festival each year.