The festival is taking place at the HCC Ybor Studio Theatre, on the campus of the Ybor City branch of Hillsborough Community College, in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. The Studio Theatre is a black box theater that seats around 70 people at capacity. It is located inside the Ybor Performing Arts Building on the corner of E. Palm Ave. and N. 15th St. If you plan to use GPS to locate the building, the best address to use is 1411 E. 11th Avenue.
The closest airport is the Tampa International Airport, though the airports in St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Orlando are also within driving distance.
You shouldn’t really need a car during your stay at the festival, as all festival events are within walking distance of the venue and the hotel. If you would like a ride in from the airport, please apprise us of your arrival dates and times and we would be happy to coordinate a pickup.
The official festival hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City/Downtown, at 1301 E. 7th Ave. in Ybor City, a three-block walk from the venue. We have secured a special rate of $129 per night for festival performers and attendees. Though Airbnbs and other lodging options are also available, we strongly urge you to book at the Hampton Inn if it is within your budget. In previous years, visiting performers have generally found the Airbnbs they’ve booked to be farther away and somewhat seedier than they expected; the many budget motels in the general Ybor City vicinity, meanwhile, are inconsistent in terms of quality and cleanliness. We don’t get any kickbacks if you stay at the festival hotel, we just think you’ll have a better time if you do. Up to you, though!