Tampa Tunes: Local Guide to Concert Venues and Live Music Spots

Sunny Tampa has some of the best live music and entertainment Florida has to offer. Concerts in Tampa Bay range from stadium and arena tours by music’s biggest stars to outdoor shows and formal affairs at the heart of the city’s cultural hub.

Below, we’ve highlighted five of Tampa’s best venues, including an open-air amphitheater on the Florida State Fairgrounds, a theater in the historic Ybor City neighborhood and a massive performing arts center on the banks of the Tampa Riverwalk.

Amalie Arena


Address: 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602

Box office hours: Monday to Sunday: 3 hours before ticketed showtime on event days only

Though it was originally called the Ice Palace upon opening in 1996, the chilly home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning heats up when it comes to live music. The 21,500-seat arena has welcomed a slew of musicians over the decades, as varied as Reba McEntire, Rod Stewart, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Lizzo, Elton John and Bon Jovi.

Raymond James Stadium


Address: 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33607

Box office hours: Open only on event days

By far the largest venue in the Tampa area with a capacity of 75,000, Raymond James Stadium is home to both the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida Bulls football team. But when the pigskin is not being tossed around the field, the stadium draws some of the biggest music tours in North America, including Beyonce’s Renaissance Tour, The Weeknd’s After Hours Til Dawn Tour, Ed Sheeran’s Mathematics Tour and Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour.

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre


Address: 4802 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610

Box office hours: Open at 12:00 noon only on show days

Located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre opened in the summer of 2004 as an open-air amphitheater with an approximate capacity of 20,000 (9,900 reserved seats and room for roughly 10,000 more fans on the open lawn). In the last year alone, the outdoor venue has been visited by the likes of Post Malone, Boy George and Culture Club, Morgan Wallen, Pentatonix and more.

The RITZ Ybor

Address: 1503 E 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605

Box office hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and one hour prior to showtime


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The Ritz Ybor holds a whole lot of history in its walls. Having initially opened in 1917 in the historic Ybor City neighborhood, the venue was originally named the Rivoli Theatre and built for Tampa’s growing Afro-Cuban community to come together. Renamed the RITZ Theatre from 1945 to the ‘70s, the building has been used as everything from a cinema and adult movie theater to a nightclub and, now, a concert venue over the last 107 years.

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts


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Address: 1010 N Macinnes Pl., Tampa, FL 33602

Box office hours: Monday to Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., hours vary on Sundays, holidays and special events

The Straz Center for the Performing Arts is a multi-theater complex located right along the Tampa Riverwalk. The spacious building holds five venues, including Carol Morsani Hall, Ferguson Hall, Jaeb Theater, Shimberg Playhouse and TECO Theater, and also boasts an onsite restaurant, café and coffee shop. The Straz Center is home to the city’s opera company, touring Broadway productions, other professional theater, stand-up comedy and more.

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