Entertainment Breakdown: Shows You Can’t Miss This Winter/Spring

*Header image via Gasparilla Music Festival


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February 25

Maroon 5 is on their self-titled world tour, and they’re stopping in Tampa towards the end of February. Catch one of the hottest pop/rock groups in the world without breaking the bank. Time: 7:30pm; Tickets: $27-$122. Show information.
Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Drive


February 27

Looking for New Age/Spiritual Christian music? Look no further than the USF Sun Dome, because Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, and Rend Collective will be here February 27th! Time: 7:00pm; Tickets: $22-$36. Show Information.
USF Sun Dome
4202 East Fowler Avenue


February 28 – March 1

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (GFA) begins on Saturday, February 28. GFA is one of America's highest-rated outdoor fine art and fine craft shows. the country’s most accomplished artists and rising stars vie for the $15,000 Raymond James Best of Show Award and an additional $59,500 in prize money. Held annually during the first weekend in March in downtown Tampa, it is a true showcase. Featured art includes ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. The esteemed event also features the works of local young artists, a weekend full of live entertainment and a children’s art activity area. Event goes from 9am-6pm on Saturday, February 28 and 10am-5pm on Sunday, March 1. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive


March 7 & 8

Gasparilla Music Festival arrives this March. The event will be headlined by the iconic band Modest Mouse. Other artists include the irreverent Gogol Bordello, The Gaslight Anthem, Trampled by Turtles, Mutemath and Dumpstaphunk. Event takes place on March 7 and 8. Set times TBA. Tickets: $60 for a 2 day general admission pass. $40 for just Saturday, $30 for just Sunday. 2 day VIP pass is $150. $100 for Saturday only. $75 for Sunday only. Show information.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park & Kiley Gardens Park
600 North Ashley Drive


March 14

One of the most legendary bands of all time, Journey, will be in Tampa. They’re touring with Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power, and tickets are bound to go fast. Time: 6:45pm; Tickets: $25-$129
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater at the FL State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 North


March 21

The Spring Beer Fling returns to Curtis Hixon Park this March. This year The Black Lips will headline the event with musical guests Jensen Serf Company, The Band In Heaven, The Riot Act, Funny Bunny and others. This will be the FIRST and ONLY Festival dedicated to beer, beer cocktails and freshly made shandy. The event takes place on Saturday, March 21, beginning at noon and going until 10pm. Tickets are $10-$75, or a private VIP Cabana for 20 is $2,500.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive


March 21 & 22

Gasparilla Criterium and Cycling Festival takes over Tampa's downtown Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22. Follow this link to see the multitude of categories you can register for and full event information. The 7th annual cycling event is sponsored by Cigar City Brewing and Brighthouse. Visit their Facebook Page and Website for up-to-date information about events occuring before and during the Criterium event.


March 24-29

The Gasparillia International Film Festival returns to Tampa on March 24. The festival has featured the top rising stars in the industry from Golden Globe winner Gina Rodrigues (Jane The Virgin) to RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad). The schedule of films has yet to be announced. For showtimes, ticket information and up to date notices on screening locations LIKE them on Facebook and visit their official website

March 27

It’s hard to believe that Nickelback is still touring after 20 years of being a band, but they are. You can catch their No Fixed Address Tour at the Florida State Fairgrounds in late March. Time: 7:30pm; Tickets: $19-$74
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater at the FL State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 North


March 28

If you’re an Eric Church fan, you can catch him on the The Outsiders World Tour with special guests The Cadillac Three. Enjoy a night of great country music at the Amalie Arena. Time: 7:30pm; Tickets: $28-$62
Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Drive


April 15

Looking for another rock throwback? The Who and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are on the The Who Hits 50! tour, and they’re coming to Tampa. See some of the most legendary musicians all in one night without having to drive out to Orlando or Miami. Time: 7:30pm; Tickets: $36-$136. Show information
Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Drive


April 18

The man that gave us “Margaritaville” will be back in Florida soon. Jimmy Buffett is on his This One’s For You Tour, and he’s coming to the Florida State Fairgrounds to have a good time and make sure Tampa people do, too. Time: 8:00pm; Tickets: $29-$129
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater at the FL State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 North


April 26

For those that are into more contemporary pop/rock bands, Yellowcard will be performing at the Orpheum in April. All seating is standing room only, so get there early to get a good spot. Time: 7:00pm; Tickets: $20. Show information.
1915 East 7th Avenue


May 7

When ZZ Top’s bassist, Dusty Hill, suffered a hip injury last year, the band’s tour with Jeff Beck was postponed and rescheduled for May 7th. The anticipation has only furthered the desire for this show. Time: 7:00pm; Tickets: $42-$741. Show information.
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater at the FL State Fairgrounds
4802 US Highway 301 North


May 8 & 9

Big Guava Music Festival is bringing the most acclaimed and popular artists in music today to Tampa this May. We're talking about The Stroke, TV On The Radio, Passion Pit, Pixies, Hozier ust to name a few. The event is a two day festival. Day 1 is Friday, May 8. Gates open at 3pm that day. Day 2 is Saturday May 9, and gates open at 11:30am. General admission tickets are $50 on Friday and $65 on Saturday. Super Guava Passes are $150 for Friday and $200 for Saturday. Follow this link to purchase your tickets.
Florida State Fairgrounds and MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
4802 US-301


May 9

Craftology, an evening dedicated to the science and art of the craft cocktail, is a benefit for the Glazer Children's Museum. This geeky chic dance party also features tasty hors d'oeuvres and amazing music. Event takes place on May 9, at 8pm. General admission tickets are $60. General admission includes all drinks and food and of course your generous support of the Glazer Children's Museum. VIP tickets are $95 and include early entrance (7:30pm), entry to the exclusive lounge/bar area, a specialty cocktail and a few other surprise perks.
Glazer Children's Museum
110 West Gasparilla Plaza 


May 11

Bette Midler, star of stage and screen, is making an appearance in Tampa. Her show starts a bit later than the norm, which is probably good for those that work during the week. Time: 8:00pm; Tickets: $42-$207. Show information.
Amalie Arena
401 Channelside Drive


May 23 & 24

If you like EDM, then the Sunset Music Festival is perfect for you! Two days of straight dance music sounds like it’ll be a ton of fun – just remember to stay safe and hydrated. Time: 2-11:59 pm; Tickets: $120-$190. Show Information.
Raymond James Stadium
4201 N Dale Mabry Highway


Coming this Summer…


July 31 – August 2

The most epic event in Tampa arrives on July 31. Tampa Bay Comic Con has brought guests such as Pedro Pascal, Evan Peters, Jason Momoa and Richard Madden to the city and this year is no exception to the talent. Thus far Iain Glen (Game Of Thrones) and Matt Ryan (Constantine) are confirmed celebrity guests with more to be announced! The event is 3 days long. The convention runs from noon-6pm on Friday; 8am-6pm on Saturday; 9am-5pm on Sunday. General admission passes are between $30 and $65. Kids 12 and under enter FREE.
Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street 


*List by Contributing Writer Paige Kesselman

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