Gasparilla Music Festival Preview

What to look at for at this year’s Gasparilla Music Festival


Photo Juno Le

Majcen singing his opening song at the 2022 GMF in the Ferman Ampitheatre.

Grace Shafer, Staff Writer

The Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF) is a community-funded celebration of art and the many talents of Tampa Bay. For 11 years, our city has had the opportunity to see diverse local acts, eat good food from local businesses and drink. This year will be the 12th fest and here’s everything you need to know.

Some things have changed since last year, such as the location. Due to building issues in the previous location, Kiley Gardens Park, the festival will now be held at Curtis Hixon Park on 600 N Ashley Drive from Saturday, April 29 to Sunday, April 30.

With the location change, the Gasparilla Music Foundation has decided to cancel the Kids GMF Fest this year. Kids 12 and under are still able to enter and receive free admission into the fest.

The fest lineup for GMF was also released a few weeks ago and there are some exciting local talents and headliners this year. Bands such as Run the Jewels, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and others will be featured at the 2023 GMF. To go to see any of these amazing bands, you can buy tickets here.

General Admission one day is $50 (Saturday or Sunday) and two days is $80. For VIP access, it will be $125 for one day and $200 for both days. With VIP, you have access to front-of-stage viewing at Curtis Hixon, a VIP tent, air-conditioned restrooms and a special VIP Entrance into the festival.

If you do purchase tickets, make sure you don’t let the wristband you receive on the first day of the festival out of your sight. If you lose it or remove it for any reason, you will not be issued a replacement or free re-entry. Re-entry will be at full price, with no refunds.

If you’re interested in submitting your own band to play at the festival, the lineup is unfortunately full, but the Gasparilla Music Foundation is always looking for bands for future years.

If you’re not really into the music festival but still want to make a contribution to the community and local scene, you can click here to scope out volunteer opportunities. The entire festival is volunteer-run, so they are always in need of more help.