Gasparilla Music Festival announces fall dates, kicking off a month of music fests in Tampa Bay

Clearwater Jazz holiday and Tampa Pig Jig are set for October, too.

click to enlarge Gasparilla Music Festival announces fall dates, kicking off a month of music fests in Tampa Bay
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Here’s to hoping you get vaxxed and Tampa Bay gets closer to herd immunity, because the music festivals are coming.

This morning, downtown Tampa’s Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF) said its rescheduled 2021 dates are officially Oct. 1-3. Early bird tickets for GMF are supposed to on on sale this month, and a lineup is “coming this summer,” according to organizers.

It’s still too early to tell what CDC guidelines for mass gatherings will be come October—and vaccine hesitancy may have an effect on how music fans can gather this fall—but the announcement from GMF, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021, sets the stage for a full month of music festivals in Tampa Bay.

After GMF’s three-day run in downtown’s Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Garden, Tampa Bay gets a weekend off before Clearwater Jazz Holiday stages its four-day festival at a still-undisclosed venue Oct. 14-17. The next weekend on Oct. 23, downtown BBQ competition and music festival Tampa Pig Jig holds its party at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. And as a Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reader pointed out, St. Petersburg's Reggae Rise Up is in Vinoy Park from Oct. 21-24.

UPDATED 05/07/21 3:50 p.m. Updated to include Reggae Rise Up as one of the many music festivals happening in October.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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