Is there a cost?
The Family Faith Fest will be completely FREE!
While are welcome to shop with our food concessions and vendors selling items, there will be no charge for admission to the Family Faith Fest, and all the concerts and activities are free thanks to the generous support of sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and benefactors.
If you would like to support this great community-building event, we would appreciate having you as one of our benefactors. Click here to provide financial support for this special day in our diocesan history.
What kind of food will there be?
There will be vendors at the Fest selling delicious food such as crab cakes, grilled cheese, BBQ chicken, lobster mac n cheese, Greek Salad, arepas (gluten-free), brick oven pizzas, gourmet crepes, spring rolls and of course, funnel cakes!
However, you are welcome to bring your own picnic supplies and food. The choice is yours!
Will there be handicapped parking?
Yes, if you have handicapped parking sticker, you will be able to park in a lot closest to the park with easy access. Click here to download a parking map.
What is the parking situation?
Parking will be available at Al Lopez Park and nearby lots will also be available. Shuttle transportation is being planned for your convenience. Click here to download a parking map.
Who can attend?
All people are welcome! This is an opportunity to gather together as one community and share our love for God and for each other. Everyone is welcome!
How should I dress?
The FEST is an outdoor event. Dress for the weather. Remember, if you arrive in the afternoon, it frequently becomes cooler in the evening. Feel free to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Click here to view a map of the Family Faith Fest.
What should I bring? (Watch the video!)
- Excitement, laughter & friendly attitude!
- Hat & sunglasses
- Blanket and/or chairs to picnic
- Picnic lunch or snacks and drinks, or money for the Village Eatery concession area
- Handheld umbrellas or shade tents under 4 feet tall (can be used in all areas except audience zones at each stage)
- Comfortable walking shoes
What should I *not* bring?
- Large items you need assistance carrying
How will security be managed at the Family Faith Fest?
The Diocese of St. Petersburg is dedicated to providing a safe and family-friendly environment at the Family Faith Fest and has arranged for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel services to be present on site.
We are partnering with the Tampa Police Department and a private security firm to monitor the activity of guests throughout the venue and nearby parking locations. They will also assist with traffic safety.
Of course, it’s always good to remind attendees that they are expected to follow all laws and personal safety practices and to supervise children at all times. No alcohol is permitted at this event.
In case of a medical emergency, what type of medical assistance will be available at the Family Faith Fest?
There will be two first aid tents at Al Lopez Park during the Family Faith Fest that will be staffed by EMS professionals who are trained in providing urgent medical treatment and are able to provide transportation to the nearest medical facility. St. Joseph’s Hospital is located 1.5 miles away
How will weather impact the Family Faith Fest?
The festival will take place rain or shine, excluding life-threatening weather and flooding rains. Please keep up-to-date on local weather reports to prepare accordingly. Also, by registering for tickets, we can alert you via email or text should weather impact the event. https://familyfaithfest.org/tickets/
The Family Faith Fest Mass with Bishop Gregory Parkes at 4 PM will be celebrated RAIN OR SHINE. Should the weather prevent the Family Faith Fest Mass from occurring outside at Al Lopez Park, it will be moved to St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 5225 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, and the start time will be 5 PM. St. Lawrence is located across the street from Al Lopez Park.
How can I help?
First of all, by attending and bringing as many people with you as possible! You can also help through your prayers, financial support, and volunteering. Also, please spread the word to others about this faith and family-friendly event in our community.
Will there be bus parking?
Bus parking is available. Signs will direct you to the location when you arrive.
Can I bring bicycles, electric scooters, and skateboards to the festival?
The Fest does not allow skateboards or scooters on the Festival site. No personal motorized transport is allowed unless it is a wheelchair.
Why is this event on Oct. 27?
The Diocese of St. Peterburg has a patron saint that watches over us in a special way. St. Jude is our patron and his feast day is Oct. 28. In order to honor this saint and the role he has in guiding the lost to find hope in Jesus, our Family Faith Fest is on the weekend of his feast day!
Why is this event at Al Lopez Park?
Al Lopez Park is located on 132 acres of a natural preserve with plenty of trees, Florida wildlife, open green spaces, playgrounds, walking trails and two scenic ponds. It is centrally located between the major metropolitan areas of the Diocese with easy access to major highways.