5 of Tampa Bay’s Art and Cultural Events You Can’t Miss

Tampa Bay is a community filled with local flavor and events catered toward many different interests. Curtis Hixon Park, located on Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa, hosts a different event almost every weekend. Tampa Bay is filled with events for all ages and interests. Whether you’re looking for a night out with your significant other, a family dining experience, or a place to bring your grandchildren during the day, this city will host the perfect event for your needs.

One of the best qualities of Tampa Bay is the ease of travel. It’s not uncommon for residents to walk, bike, boat or even ride a golf cart to their destination. When traveling in the downtown area, the city even provides “The Downtowner App” which is an App that allows anyone to order a free golf cart ride to their destination.

If you’re looking for an event or activity in the upcoming months, check out some of our favorite art and cultural events below.

Pavilion XXXIII: Immerse yourself in the 33rd annual Pavilion gala on Saturday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Museum of Art. The museum is located in the heart of downtown Tampa next to Curtis Hixon Park. Pavilion is the premier black-tie gala hosted by the museum to raise awareness and funds for the exhibition and educational programs presented by the museum. Invite your friends, families or significant others for a night filled with dancing, dining, and tremendous art exhibitions. The price of admission is $650 per person and benefits a wonderful cause. Link to: http://tampamuseum.org/event/pavilion-xxxiii/

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts: The 49th annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts will take place at Curtis Hixon Park on March 2 and 3. If you are not familiar with Tampa Bay, Gasparilla is an annual festival that celebrates the invasion of pirates in January. There are many events throughout the following months that use the name as well. This is an extravaganza of art and music from over 230 artists around the country as well as an opportunity for local and regional artists to win scholarships for their works. Some of the art featured at this festival will include ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. Live music will be available on a stage throughout the festival. This event will also feature artists creating live sketches on the sidewalk as well as a “Art Collectors in Training” stand where kids will have the opportunity to shop for their own artwork. For those of you who love cars, the Carmada section of the festival will feature actual cars converted into works of art. The festival will also include multiple wine and beer stations, food trucks, and food courts containing local and regional vendors.  Link to: http://gasparillaarts.com

Hyde Park Village Art Fair: Held in the historic Hyde Park District of Tampa Bay off of Bayshore Boulevard, the art fair happens twice a year in both October and March. If you missed the October fair, you will want to mark your calendars for March 30 and 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In this art fair you will find over 300 vendors featuring local paintings, drawings, jewelry, pottery, baked goods, furniture and clothing. We recommend shopping here for house decorations, gifts, organic products and foodie finds. If you are not able to make this fair, a fresh market is held in the Hyde Park Village the first Sunday of every month and carries 90-125 vendors with similar products.

Gasparilla International Film Festival: This film festival is an opportunity to be a part of the film making industry. From March 19 to 24 at multiple venues across the Tampa Bay area guests will be able to view films, meet actors, directors, and stars as well as learn more about the film industry at large. Whether you’re looking for a day time activity or a night time movie this festival has it all. There are many different ticket options depending on the amount of films and types of event you would like to attend. All proceeds will go to The Tampa Film Institute, a nonprofit organization that inspires future film makers through their high school film competition and scholarships. Link to: http://www.gasparillafilm.com/

Mainsail Art Festival: Located across the bay in St. Petersburg, the 44th annual Mainsail Art Festival will take place on April 20 and 21 at Vinoy Park. Food will be available at the event, however if you choose to exit the festival there are multiple famous restaurants along the same street. This festival is ranked as one of the “100 Best” fine arts events in the United States. Art lovers from all around the region will travel to this festival.  Whether you are looking for a fun day of art and live music or a new piece of art for your collection look no further than the Mainsail Art Festival. This festival will feature paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery and jewelry. Although it is not encouraged this festival is pet friendly. Link to: https://www.mainsailart.org

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