Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our Frequently Asked Questions.


What is Gasparilla Music Festival?

The Gasparilla Music Festival (“GMF”) is a community-funded festival celebrating the arts in Tampa Bay by showcasing diverse local acts alongside nationally recognized headliners. GMF is organized by the Gasparilla Music Foundation, a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Our mission is to create a sustainable community event for the Tampa Bay area while promoting arts education and benefiting local organizations and businesses. Find out more about some of our community outreach HERE.


When and where?

March 9-10, 2019!
Saturday – 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sunday – 11:30 am -9 pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Kiley Gardens Park
Downtown Tampa
600 N Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602


How can I volunteer to help out at GMF?

The Gasparilla Music Festival is completely grassroots and volunteer run. There are many options available for volunteers, and you will be joining a fun and energetic team. Please check here for volunteer opportunities for GMF 2019!


How can I become a sponsor?

GMF is a not-profit organization that hosts a community funded music festival sponsored by individuals and corporate sponsors. Your support is greatly appreciated and there are several levels of opportunities designed to fit your company’s needs and budget. Please call GMF at (813) 708-8423 or email GMF at to learn how you can become a part of history!


How can I submit my band to play at GMF 2019?

Please contact for more information.


What Bands/Artists are playing at the 2019 Gasparilla Music Festival?



When will tickets for the 2019 GMF go on sale?

Early bird tickets on sale in October while supplies last


What is included in the VIP Experience?

  • Three complimentary beverages
  • Front of stage viewing areas at the Curtis Hixon Park, Kiley Gardens
  • Access to all VIP Tents
  • Exclusive VIP entrance to the festival
  • Air conditioned restrooms

What type of food will be at 2019 GMF?

GMF exclusively features local restaurants. Food offerings from GMF 2018 are listed HERE.


Is GMF “kid-friendly”?

Yes, particularly early in the day. We have a number of activities planned for children. Children 12 years of age and under gain FREE admission.


How do I get to the Gasparilla Music Festival?

Check out our Getting Here page for information.


Is the festival accessible for those with disabilities?

Yes. There will be a drop off area in Gasparilla Plaza and the adjacent Poe Garage should have sufficient parking options. There are two designated viewing areas at the festival. Please contact us for assistance


Where can I stay?

Check out our Accommodations page for information


Will there be ATMs at the festival?

Yes. Please see Venue Map for locations.


Where do I park?

Hourly parking is available in the Poe Garage, Curtis Hixon Garage and Fort Brooke Garage. Street parking meters north of Kennedy Blvd are free on weekends. Please see our Parking and Transportation page for more information.


Where do I enter?

General Admission Gate 1
On the Ashley St side of Curtis Hixon Park, just north of the big fountain.

General Admission Gate 2
On the Ashley St side of Kiley Gardens Park, by the valet drop off for Malio’s and the River Gate Tower (Sykes Building). This entrance services volunteer, vendors, and media.

VIP Ticket Holder Entrance
Northeast side of Curtis Hixon Park across from the kid’s play area.

Sponsor/Higher Ground Ticket Holder Entrance
North side of Curtis Hixon, between the Children’s Museum and the Museum of Art.


Can I purchase GMF tickets at the event?

Yes if there are still tickets available! There will be a box office on Saturday and Sunday and it will open at 10:30 am. We will accept cash or credit card.


What can I bring?

GMF approved items include:

  • Blanket or ground tarp (no larger than 6’x8′)
  • Low-backed chairs (under 30″ in height, permitted in designated areas only)
  • Small bags and backpacks (smaller than 17″x12″x10″, subject to search)
  • Water (factory sealed, up to 1 liter)
  • Wheelchairs and medical scooters
  • Strollers for children
  • Hand-held still cameras


OK, so what items are NOT permitted?

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Alcohol (we will provide on-site) and other beverages (except sealed water up to 1 liter or an empty reusable, non-glass container)
  • Glass containers
  • Coolers and thermoses
  • Flag Poles & Flags
  • Umbrellas and tents (anything that can obstruct the view of others)
  • Large chairs
  • Video and audio recording equipment
  • Pets
  • Wagons, skateboards and Segways
  • Weapons, illicit drugs and other contraband
  • Balls, frisbees, missiles, and any other types of throwing objects or projectiles


Are there any additional policies?

No unauthorized vending. GMF reserves the right to deny entry or remove from the festival anyone in violation of these policies.


Can I bring my pet?

We love our furry friends, but we request that you please leave pets at home.


Do you accommodate bike riders?

We sure do! Please check our Parking and Transportation page!


Is photographic or recording equipment permitted at the festival?

Hand-held still cameras are permitted. Tripods are not advisable. Audio and video recording devices are NOT permitted.


How can I gain credentials for a press pass?

Please send your contact information to along with link to your publication and related media.

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Thank you for your interest in Gasparilla Music Festival!

If you would like to become a sponsor for the Gasparilla Music Festival and help bring great live music to Tampa, please contact,

The Gasparilla Music Festival strives to represent the community by showcasing the best of what Tampa has to offer in local vendors.

2018 Vendor Applications are now closed. Thank you for those who applied!

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If you are a member of the media and would like press credentials for the 2018 Gasparilla Music Festival, please email

Gasparilla Music Festival
PO Box 172986
Tampa, FL 33672
(813) 708-VIBE - (813) 708-8423