The 41st Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts was recently held on March 5 & 6, 2011, at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa, Florida. There were hundreds of artists from 13 diverse disciplines, and the festival gave out $74,500 in award money to the artists. The festival staff is made up entirely of volunteers who worked all year to make this year's festival the best yet. There was plenty of food, entertainment, and perfect Florida sunshine. We really enjoyed ourselves and can't wait until next year's festival.