13 Can’t Miss Events This Spring

February 21, 2017 | Tampa Downtown | Attraction, Lifestyle

Gasparilla Music Festival
Ring in the arrival of spring with Tampa’s biggest music festival. Since its first outing in 2011, GMF has grown to attract artists like Cage the Elephant, Ryan Adams and Ghostface Killah, some of this year’s headliners. During the two-day festival, attendees can also enjoy food and beverages from local restaurants, breweries and distilleries. 

Single-day tickets, $30-$100. Two-day tickets, $60-$150.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr.


Gasp! Gasparilla Fringe Festival
Celebrate the end of the Gasparilla season with Tampa Bay’s only fringe festival. A diverse mix of dancers, musicians, spoken word artists and actors will entertain guests throughout the evening inside and outside the Tampa Museum of Art. A ticket to the event also includes admission to the museum’s current exhibitions.

Tickets $25-$60
6:00 p.m.
Tampa Museum of Art
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza


Chillounge Night
Experience Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in a totally new way at this one-night-only event. The park will be transformed into a lounge in which guests can sample dishes from Tampa-area restaurants and take in live music, a fashion show, a Brazilian samba parade and a fireworks display. The evening benefits the charity Hands Across the Bay.

Tickets are $48 for
general admission (includes food)
$120 for VIP (online only)
6:00 p.m.
Curtis Hixon
Waterfront Park
600 N. Ashley Dr.

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Chris Rock
The Emmy- and Grammy-winning comedian is making a stop in Tampa on his “Total Blackout” tour, his first tour in nine years. Rock first made fans laugh as a “Saturday Night Live” cast member and has since acted in films like “Madagascar,” “Grown Ups” and “Top Five,” which he also wrote and directed. A second Tampa show was added due to overwhelming demand, so be sure to get your tickets early for what promises to be a can’t-miss evening.

Tickets $49.50-$475
April 14, 2017, 8:00 p.m. | April 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Carol Morsani Hall, Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. MacInnes Place


Neil Diamond
The “Cherry Cherry” and “Sweet Caroline” crooner is celebrating 50 years in the music industry with his “50 Year Anniversary World Tour.” Although this is Diamond’s 15th concert in Tampa, he has played just two venues in town – USF’s Sun Dome and the current Amalie Arena under each of its four names. In fact, he will be only the fourth artist to have played the venue when it was named the Ice Palace, the St. Pete Times Forum, the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Amalie Arena (Barry Manilow, Billy Joel and Fleetwood Mac have also accomplished this feat).

7:00 p.m.
Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Dr.
(813) 301-2500