40th Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

Celebrating 40 Years of Treasured Stories

During the 40th anniversary of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival, learn the art of storytelling and become a storyteller yourself. The online festival features performances by storytellers, storytelling techniques taught by storytellers, and the chance to submit your own storytelling video.

How to Participate

Funded and produced by Friends of Storytelling of Tampa-Hillsborough County.

Get storytelling tips and tricks with our Storytelling Festival 2021 playlist.

Online Events

Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival: Opening Session

Thursday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Calling all future storytellers! This session will include information for parents and their kids for how to be a part of the 40th anniversary year of this grand tradition. Plus: live Q&A, a storytelling activity, and a special performance.

Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival: Storytelling 101

Friday, June 11 at 11:00 a.m.

Learn more about how to prepare for and participate in the festival, including some of the building blocks for becoming a storyteller.

The Magic of Storytelling: Youth Theatre Workshop

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

In this workshop, students will use their bodies, voices, and imagination to portray different characters. Recommended for ages 4 - 8. Taught by Creative Arts Theatre Company.

Sorry, this workshop is now full.

Mama Griot’s Tall Tales with Dr. Naima Johnston Bush

Tuesday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Learn about the history of the American tall tale with Dr. Naima Johnston Bush – and then hear the actual stories about John Henry, Paul Bunyan, a modern day fable about the Swamp Angel, and so much more! Recommended for ages 5 – 12.

Animal Safari Stories with Katie Adams

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Go on an adventure with Storyteller Katie Adams! Travel around the world and hear folk tales about animals that teach us life lessons. Recommended for ages 3 - 8.

The Magic of Storytelling: Youth Theatre Workshop

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

In this workshop, students will use their bodies, voices, and imagination to portray different characters. Recommended for ages 4 - 8. Taught by Creative Arts Theatre Company.

Sorry, this workshop is now full.

Storytelling with Windell Campbell

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

This show incorporates the art of puppetry with the art of storytelling. Recommended for all ages.

Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival: Next Steps

Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:00 p.m.

Hello future storytellers! Attend this session for guidance, tips, and final considerations for participating in this year's festival.

Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival: Closing Ceremony

Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us to commemorate the tales and experiences lived throughout the summer. There will be recognition for participant contributions and special performances. Recommended for all ages.

Great Tales for Storytelling