Spring in Tampa Bay means many things: fresh fruit, an abundance of flowers, the beginning of beach season and no shortage of art festivals. Lovers of hand-crafted jewelry, glass art, pottery and just about every other known artist’s medium will love to browse and buy what local and national artists have to display. Read on to find out about some of Tampa Bay’s favorite festivals.

Tarpon Springs Fine Arts Festival
Craig Park on the Bayou
3 E. Tarpon Ave.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
(727) 937-6109

Dates: April 6 and 7

This annual outdoor arts festival attracts over 200 local and national artists every year. Art lovers can see more traditional mediums such as paintings, jewelry and photography, but can also expect to experience art in the form of glassware, woodwork, fabric and much more. In addition to the huge variety of booths set up to display and sell original artwork, there will also be live entertainment, food and beverages. Admission for adults is $3, while children under 12 and active military members are admitted for free.

Spring Fling
Brandon Boys and Girls Club
213 N. Knights Ave.
Brandon, FL 33510
(813) 685-2006

Date: March 23

The Spring Fling arts and crafts festival, hosted by the Brandon Boys and Girls Club, is an annual fundraiser for the organization Many Hands, Inc. Many Hands is a volunteer-driven community outreach organization that provides minor home and auto repairs to people in need at no cost. There is a huge variety of crafts available for sale from dozens of vendors, in addition to food, beverages, live entertainment and even a bounce house for the little ones. There is no admission fee for this event.

Dixieland Spring Art Fest
Dixieland Mall
1035 S. Florida Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 529-2576

Date: April 6

The Dixieland Spring Art Fest is an outdoor event that showcases local talent in the Lakeland and surrounding areas. Paintings, drawings, photography, pottery, wood carvings and other handmade crafts abound under dozens of colored canopies. There are even live plants and flowers available for sale to garden lovers. Live bands will be entertaining artists and art lovers alike with upbeat music. If you get hungry, food and beverages will be available for purchase. No admission fee is required for this festival.

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20th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Art & Craft Festival
Corey Ave. and Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(561) 746-6615

Dates: June 1 and 2

This annual open-air festival is free to art lovers. Local and national crafters will proudly display their handmade pottery, jewelry, paintings and other original artwork. In addition to art, there will also be a Green Market selling exotic live plants, handmade soaps, savory dips and gourmet sauces.

Mainsail Arts Festival
Vinoy Park
Bayshore Drive and 7th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 893-7441

Dates: April 20 and 21

The Mainsail Arts Festival has just about anything you could want in an outdoor festival — a beautiful waterfront backdrop, a wide range of performing arts entertainment, a variety of artists and awards, incredible food and even something for the kids. Mimes, steel drums, live bands, food trucks and paintings exploding with color are at every turn. You can even browse the creations in the Young at Art competition for Pinellas County’s top student entries.

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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.