Tampa Bay Blues Festival – April 2018

The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is one of the world’s finest blues music events, staged in the tropical setting of Vinoy Park on the shores of Tampa Bay.

Please join us on April 6, 7, & 8, 2018, for three great days of blues by the bay!

Each year since 1995, some of the biggest names in blues music have taken the stage at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. Blues enthusiasts from all over the world come to scenic Vinoy Park to watch this spectacular showcase of American Blues music, performed right on the waterfront. With acres of plush grass and palm trees, Vinoy Park is the perfect tropical setting for one of the world’s biggest and best blues concerts.

Tampa Bay Blues Festival has established itself as one of the world’s preeminent blues concerts and was the recipient of the Blues Foundation’s 2011 “Keepin’ the Blues Alive” award for Best U.S. Blues Festival. Over the years our stage has welcomed legends such as Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Delbert McClinton, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Jerry Lee Lewis, Koko Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan, Irma Thomas, Susan Tedeschi, and others, in what has truly become a magnificent celebration of music.

General Admission Tickets:

Friday – $50
Saturday – $50
Sunday – $40
Three Day Pass – $115


Held at Vinoy Waterfront Park, 11.6-acre park located on the downtown waterfront of St. Petersburg.
Address: 701 Bay Shore Dr NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701

DAY ONE: Friday, April 6th

  • ROBERT CRAY 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
  • BETH HART 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • JOHN NEMETH 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • CHRIS BEARD 2:30 – 4:00 p.m
  • JONN DEL TORO RICHARDSON 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
DAY TWO: Saturday, April 7th

  • BUDDY GUY 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
  • RONNIE EARL 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • JANIVA MAGNESS 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • ERIC GALES 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • QUINN SULLIVAN 12:30 – 2:00 p.m
DAY THREE: Sunday, April 8th

  • DELBERT MCCLINTON 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
  • SUGARAY RAYFORD 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • MISSISSIPPI HEAT 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • TAD ROBINSON 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 

For 2018, the official Tampa Bay Blues Festival After Shows are being hosted by two of St Petersburg’s best live music clubs. Admission is FREE, so you’ll want to head on over after the festival ends on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Ale and the Witch is a nice, outdoor courtyard located at 111 2nd Ave. NE, St Petersburg. Ringside Cafe is a full nightclub, located a short walk away, at 16 2nd Street North, St Petersburg. You will be able to catch shows at both locations. The concerts at The Ale and the Witch start at approximately 10:30 p.m. The Ringside Cafe shows begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. and run until around 2 am.

We hope you’ll enjoy these free concerts, after the Festival concludes on Friday and Saturday evenings. This is a fun way to extend your music, while hanging out with your friends and experiencing the friendly vibes of downtown St. Petersburg.

For Information Guide, Festival Hours and Tickets on festival website www.tampabaybluesfest.com

Festival Map