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Gasparilla Music Festival will return Oct. 1-3

The popular festival of eclectic music was last held in March 2020. This will be the first time it will be held over three days.
Brandi Carlile performed at the last Gasparilla Music Festival on March 7, 2020.
Brandi Carlile performed at the last Gasparilla Music Festival on March 7, 2020. [ JAY CRIDLIN | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published May 10
Updated May 13

For its 10th anniversary, downtown Tampa’s popular Gasparilla Music Festival has announced rescheduled dates of Oct. 1-3 for a series of concerts by local and national artists on the riverfront.

It has been called “Tampa Bay’s best music festival” by a Tampa Bay Times critic for its eclectic, creatively curated lineup. There is a diverse mix of Grammy-winning artists, featured local artists, family-friendly entertainment and food stands from some of the city’s signature restaurants.

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Produced by the Gasparilla Music Foundation, the festival takes place on four stages along Tampa’s waterfront. Past performers include the Avett Brothers, Phoebe Bridgers, Cage the Elephant, Modest Mouse, the Roots and Brandi Carlile.

The Distinguished Men of Brass performed at the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 7, 2020. The festival typically brings a diverse mix of national artists, featured local artists, family-friendly entertainment and food stands featuring some of the city’s signature restaurants.
The Distinguished Men of Brass performed at the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 7, 2020. The festival typically brings a diverse mix of national artists, featured local artists, family-friendly entertainment and food stands featuring some of the city’s signature restaurants. [ JAY CRIDLIN | Tampa Bay Times ]

Early bird tickets for the Gasparilla Music Festival will go on sale later this month at gasparillamusic.com. A lineup hasn’t been announced yet, but is “coming this summer,” according to organizers.

Festival organizers also confirmed the event will return to its normal schedule next year, March 11-13.

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“We are excited to finally get the ball rolling for our 10th anniversary,” GMF executive director David Cox said. “We have used our ‘break’ this spring to come up with some new enhancements to improve our guest experience, and we look forward to sharing those as we get closer to October.”

This will be the first time the festival will be held over three days, kicking off Oct. 1 with performances at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa.

The 2020 festival featured 42 bands over four stages.