Every year, Downtown Tampa hosts and the showcases 233 of the world’s most talented artists who turn Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park into one giant outdoor museum. Attracting over 250,000 visitors who come to the free festival to take in art displays, live entertainment, children’s activities and food vendors. The festival is one of the country’s premiere outdoor art events and has a rich history in the City of Tampa. Over 1,000 artists apply each year for the 233 spots and hope to win a portion of the $74,500 in awards. An incredible event where some of the world’s preeminent artists, hand-selected from over 1,000 submissions, all in one place. Since 1970, the festival has flourished in Tampa Bay, From pottery and photography to glass, digital mediums, paintings, mixed media, wood and water colors, it’s an imaginarium of the senses. The 45th annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is certain to inspire. Click here for more information.