2022 has ushered in the return of some of Tampa’s favorite annual events. This March, two of the city’s biggest events will both make their welcomed return. The fun begins with the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (GFA) March 5 – 6, 2022 in Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, followed by the Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) March 10 – 13, 2022 at Tampa Theatre.
Gasparilla Festival of The Arts
March 5-6, 2022
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
One of America’s most prestigious fine arts and crafts shows is back! This year’s Gasparilla Festival of the Arts will showcase artists and their work across mediums including ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. Outside of the art, explore fun exhibits, enjoy a weekend weekend full of live entertainment, and immerse yourself in several interactive experiences such as Carmada, DMG Mobile Glass-Blowing Unit, AIA Interactive Experience, NOMADstudio, and TBBCA Chalk Walk.
There will also be live entertainment emceed by ABC Action News Meteorologist, Denis Phillips. Artistically-themed entertainment and performances include yoga, dance, puppets, stilt walkers, music, impersonators, visual artists, and more! Check out the entertainment lineup here.
Admission is Free. VIP Experience tickets are available for purchase for $75-$85.
Local Artists Spotlight Program
Each year, the GFA selects five artists to be part of its Local Artists Spotlight Program. Funded by a grant from the Gobioff Foundation, the program advances GFA’s mission to bring the finest national and international artists to our area and supports the talented and diverse arts community here in Tampa Bay. The artists will each receive a free space at the festival, and new for this year, they will each have a “remote studio.” Guests will be invited to watch as they practice their craft and are encouraged to engage with these artists and ask questions about how they take an idea and transform it into a finished piece of art. Once they complete their pieces, artists may sell them during the two days of the festival, giving guests the rare opportunity to own a piece of art that was created before their eyes.
Each year, the GFA showcases the work of emerging artists, representing an array of styles and media. Out of over 150 applications this year, they selected fifteen artists. The program recognizes and features the artwork of up-and-coming artists who wish to establish themselves in a professional visual arts career. “Emerging artists” are defined by GFA as one who makes less than 25% of their income from their art and has not participated in any major exhibitions. Each of the fifteen artists will be provided with a booth and a $250 stipend for supplies as well as mentoring from established Tampa Bay artists. Artwork by each of the artists will be reviewed by the Festival Award Juror, and one of them will receive the $1,500 Emerging Artist Award.
Gasparilla International Film Festival
The Gasparilla International Film Festival is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates, and entertains Tampa Bay’s diverse population. This annual celebration of film, year-round events, community outreach, and social awareness initiatives fosters communication, generates economic impact, and provides support for the film industry of Tampa Bay and the State of Florida.
Over the last 15 years, GIFF has hosted thousands of filmmakers, talent, producers, and film buffs along with countless World Premieres, USA Premieres, and Florida Premiere film screenings that have brought and continues to bring the arts, education, and quality films to the Tampa Bay Area.
Film screenings will take place at the Tampa Theatre. The schedule can be found here and is continually being updated as new films are added. Tickets can be purchased online and include all-access screening passes and packages.