Central West Florida art festivals are held annually in many of the towns and cities in this region along the Gulf Coast. 

Some of these shows are held in St Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakeland.

I have attended hundreds of these festivals over my years in Florida, and have enjoyed every single one of them.

Most of the stuff from my modest Florida art collection was purchased at Florida art shows.

Many of my music CD's were purchased at Florida festivals. This is a partial list of annual art festivals, art shows, folk festivals and other outdoor events in Central West Florida arranged by month.

Central West Florida Art Festivals


    Third Weekend (Weekend Before MLK Day)
    Black Heritage Festival - Tampa, Florida.

    Fourth Weekend
    Sarasota Masters Art Festival - Sarasota, Florida.

FEBRUARY No art shows reported.


    First Weekend
    Sanibel Shell Fair - Sanibel, Florida.

    Gasparilla Festival Of The Arts - Downtown Tampa, Florida.

    Second Weekend
    Annual Manatee Arts Festival- Apollo Beach, Florida.

    Last Weekend
    Seafood Fest - Bradenton, Florida.

    Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival - Tarpon Springs, Florida.


    Second Weekend
    Celebration of the Art - Wesley Chapel, Florida.

    Third Weekend
    Mainsail Arts Festival - St. Petersburg (Vinoy Park.


    Fourth Weekend
    Orange Blossom Jamboree - Brooksville, Florida.

JUNE-OCTOBER No art shows reported.


    First Weekend
    Art Harvest - Dunedin, Florida.

    Venice Art Festival - Venice, Florida.


    First Weekend
    Sarasota Craft Show - Sarasota, Florida.

    Second Weekend
    Winterfest - Anna Maria Island, Florida.

If you know of an event that should be included on our list, please let me know. Also, if you have attended one of these festivals you can write about it and inform other visitors.

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