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 11-12, 2017!
Saturday – 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sunday – 11:30 am – 8 pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Kiley Gardens Park
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 2017!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can become a part of history!
How can I submit my band to play at GMF 2017?
Please contact email@example.com for more information and check back for 2017 submission information!
What Bands/Artists are playing at the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival?
Please see our Lineup page for full artist lineup.
When and where do the artists perform?
The 2017 lineup and schedule is now available HERE!
When will tickets for the 2017 GMF go on sale?
General admission & VIP tickets for the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival are available HERE.
How much do tickets cost?
General admission & VIP tickets for GMF 2017 are now available HERE. Ticket pricing for GMF 2017 are reflected below:
2-Day Early Bird General Admission: $40 – SOLD OUT 2-Day Early Bird VIP: $115 – SOLD OUT 2-Day Advance VIP: $150 – SOLD OUT 2-Day Advance GA: $60 Single Day Saturday Advance GA: $40
- Single Day Sunday Advance GA: $30
Single Day Saturday Advance VIP: $100 SOLD OUT Single Day Sunday Advance VIP: $75SOLD OUT
Plus any applicable taxes, shipping and handling charges.
*Each 2 Day Festival ticket is for 1 person.
**Each Single Day Ticket is for 1 person
All ticket holders will be issued a wristband on Day One of event. If wristband is removed, you will not be issued a replacement. Re-entry will be at full price.
Re-entry is allowed once you received your wristband.
Ticket and entry are voided if wristband is removed.
How can I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available HERE.
Are VIP Tickets available?
Please see our VIP Ticket Page for more information.
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
Please see our VIP Ticket Page for more information.
What type of food will be at 2017 GMF?
GMF exclusively features local restaurants. Food offerings for GMF 2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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 email@example.com along with link to your publication and related media.