Hey everyone.  Travis back with more great things to do in Tampa Bay.  The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary in downtown Tampa on March 6th and 7th, 2010.

Returning to its roots alongside the Hillsborough River, the free festival will take place in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, just outside of the newly constructed Tampa Museum of Art. 
Considered one of Florida’s premier cultural events, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts ranks among the leading juried arts festivals nationwide that feature both fine arts and crafts. 

Nearly 300 accomplished artists representing 13 different media disciplines are selected from more than 1,000 applicants to exhibit their original works in this celebrated two-day show. Artists vie for $75,000 in cash awards, including the coveted $15,000 Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award, in addition to a generous purchase awards program.

Attendees enjoy the free festival, filled with outstanding art from renowned and emerging artists, exceptional live music and creative children’s activities. This all means that you have no reason not to come out, so make your plans now! 

Saturday, March 6th – Festival hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Awards – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 7th – Collector’s Showcase: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Festival hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit www.gasparilla-arts.com.

See you there everyone.  And of course, keep checking back here for other Tampa Bay area events and Tampa Bay entertainment options.