Discover the photos of the Gasparilla Music Festival 2021
Thousands of music fans flocked to downtown Tampa this weekend to attend the Gasparilla Music Festival.
The event took place October 1-3 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park, along the Hillsborough River.
He has presented performances by a diverse group of artists including Nas, Gov’t Mule, Sofi Tukker, Parquet Courts, Sylvan Esso, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others.
The festival celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. Over the past decade, it has gone from a one-day event to a three-day event.
Organizers say part of the mission has always been to showcase local artists in addition to big names.
This year’s lineup included St. Petersburg rock band The Hip Abduction, the Tampa Vella soul singer, 17, and several other artists from the area.
Restaurants and brasseries in the area also served food and drinks during the festival.
The festival usually takes place in March each year, but has been postponed to October this year due to the pandemic.
Participants were required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test upon entry.
Large crowds formed around the main stages every day, but many patrons chose to spread out in the park, sitting on blankets and lawn chairs. Some wore face masks.
The event is organized by the non-profit Gasparilla Music Foundation and the proceeds are donated to music education.
For the full 2021 program, visit the festival website.
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