The second Talking Animals Festival

Sunday April 3, 2011

Lowry Park (Band Shell…not the Zoo)
7530 North Blvd., Tampa FL 33604
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A big THANKS to everyone who participated in the second Talking Animals Festival as a vendor, a tabler, a food vendor, a sponsor (particularly Petco & tbt*/The St. Petersburg Times), a musician, a speaker, etc.–or, of course, attendee. An equal size thanks to the cast of thousands–only mild exaggeration!–who worked tirelessly to make the Festival such a fun, successful day for all concerned.

Come Hungry: Delicious Food Served At The Fest

Immediately in the wake of last year’s Talking Animals Festival, we pledged that the food served at the next Festival would be vegan and vegetarian fare, a commitment we’ve been happy to fulfill. We’re even happier–maybe even willing to brag a little–that an impressive group of food vendors has signed on to provide delicious food at the Festival on April 3. They are, in alphabetical order, Ella’s Americana Folk Art CafeLettuce Eat HealthyLoving Hut, Ol’ Kentucky Concessions, Queen Of ShebaRepicci’s Italian Ice, and Sweetsie’s Specialty Bakery.


In the wake of the success of the inaugural Talking Animals Festival–a WMNF event–we are gearing up to produce the second Talking Animals Festival, which will again include a multiple-hour, multiple-act concert of bands performing animal songs…tables where animal groups & other non-profits can provide outreach, and vendors or artists can sell pet products or animal-oriented items, services & artwork…delicious vegetarian & vegan food…pet adoption…raffle & silent auction…speakers, contests, exhibitions & more!

This is a FREE event, and all are invited, including dogs on leashes!

If you’re part of a non-profit group that would like to table at the Talking Animals Festival, please download the application form here, complete and submit to WMNF.

If you have a pet business, sell animal-oriented products or services, are an artist–or otherwise would like to be a vendor at the Talking Animals Festival–please download this application form, complete and submit to WMNF.

Whichever category you’re in, you’ll see that the fees have not been increased from those of the first Festival–provided you park in the designated parking lot. We had such a big turnout for our debut Talking Animals Festival that between Festival attendance & Zoo attendance, there were a few points in the day when we experienced a real parking crunch, and newly arriving Festival attendees couldn’t find parking spaces.

A huge turnout for a first-time event is the proverbial good problem to have, but in consultation with the City, we’ve taken a few steps to mitigate the parking problem for the 2nd Festival, and one of those steps is offering our vendors, artists, tablers & others a reduced fee (i.e., the same as last year’s) if they park off site, in our designated parking lot, freeing up more parking space at or near Lowry Park. Thank you.

To find out more about the adoption component, sponsorship possibilities, volunteer opportunities, or other aspects of the Festival–including if you’re interested in becoming a food vendor–please e-mail us at Thanks.