When it comes to live music, Tampa Bay knows how to put on a show. From massive stadium-sized spectacles to thumping dance clubs to intimate acoustic sets, it’s easy to get caught up in the rhythm.
Grab a bite at nearby Sparkman Wharf on your way to a show at downtown’s star indoor concert venue. When the hometown Tampa Bay Lightning are away from the ice, the 22,000-seat arena hosts dozens of concerts each year along with spectacular performances by Disney on Ice or Cirque du Soleil troupes. You can walk to the show from hundreds of hotel rooms located on the Tampa Riverwalk.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Situated near the midpoint on the Tampa Riverwalk, this 8-acre festival park in the heart of downtown brings the music to the people with open-air concerts all year round, including monthly Rock the Park concerts. Music lovers flock to Gasparilla Music Festival each March, part of Tampa Bay’s 8-week-long Gasparilla Season.
Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Outdoor concerts are on tap all year at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa Bay’s largest outdoor music venue. Situation east of downtown between the Florida State Fairgrounds and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Amp holds nearly 20,000, half of them on the lawn.
Raymond James Stadium
The home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers doubles as Tampa Bay’s biggest place to see the biggest names in music. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Kenny Chesney have all filled the stadium with cheering fans.
More than 100 years after it opened as a movie house, this fixture of historic Ybor City hosts a heavy rotation of cutting-edge local and national acts.
Funky, fun and the essence of Old Florida, this fixture for music fans sits are far piece from downtown. But that's its appeal. Did your toes into the sand floor beneath the spreading canopy of an enormous live oak tree. Come early for dinner and settle in for an evening of anything from Blues to Rockabilly.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
With three venues under one roof, this Tampa Bay landmark just east of downtown offers a mix of live music options from local and national touring acts.