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 10-11, 2018!
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 2018!


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 2018?

Please contact for more information and check back for 2018 submission information!


What Bands/Artists are playing at the 2018 Gasparilla Music Festival?

Please see our Lineup page for full artist lineup.


When and where do the artists perform?

The 2018 lineup is now available HERE! However the schedule has not been announced yet. Keep a lookout for lineup updates HERE.


When will tickets for the 2018 GMF go on sale?

General admission & VIP tickets for the 2018 Gasparilla Music Festival are available HERE.


How much do tickets cost?

General admission & VIP tickets for GMF 2018 are now available HERE. Ticket pricing for GMF 2018 are reflected below:



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.

Ticket and entry are voided if wristband is removed.


How can I purchase tickets?

Tickets for the 2018 Gasparilla Music Festival are available HERE.


Are VIP Tickets available?

VIP are currently on sale HERE. 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

Re-entry into the festival

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 2018 GMF?

GMF exclusively features local restaurants. Food offerings for GMF 2018 have not yet been determined. Please check back for 2018 food vendors announcement 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. 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 along with link to your publication and related media.