Beach Drive: The Weekender 10/10-10/13


It’s time for another amazing weekend in St. Pete, which means it’s time for plenty of amazing events! We’ve got all the best for you here. This weekend’s highlights include – Thursday: the Royal Palm Market, a movie in North Straub Park, and some fabulous Story Days in Tampa Bay events. Friday: hands-on clay art at the Morean Center for Clay, free shuffleboard at St. Pete Shuffle, and the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Saturday: the Saturday Morning Market, a Rowdies game, and the MFA’s latest exhibition. Sunday: yoga and brunch at the Dali, yoga at Green Bench, and the Shuffle Open House. Have a fabulous weekend, St. Pete!

THURSDAY 10/10

Fine Art after 5PM: reduced admission to The Dali Museum, MFA & Imagine Museum

Fine art can be pricey. Thursdays after 5PM, visit the Dali for just $10, the Imagine Museum for $5, and the MFA for $10. Have a glass of wine and stroll the museums for the perfect Happy Hour.

More Dali Museum information can be found here.

Museum of Fine Arts information can be found here.

Imagine Museum information can be found here.

Royal Palm Market

Enjoy live music, food, shopping and craft cocktails every Thursday at 6PM under the royal palms of St. Pete! This weekly night market is located right next to Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails and features local artists, boutiques, handmade goods, leather goods, wood burning, clothing & accessories, specialty dog treat vendors, soaps, candles and so much more! Bring the whole family including your pets to this free, weekly event.

Art Show at the Vinoy

Admire the works of local artists in the Vinoy lobby from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Free admission – just head inside the hotel. Check the Facebook page for this week’s featured artist!

October Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park started ten years ago with the Waterfront Parks Centennial Celebration. Over the past decade, Preserve the ‘Burg has presented more than 80 FREE movies on Thursdays in May and October in what has become one of the city’s most beloved traditions. Buy food and drinks from a variety of local vendors or pack your own picnic. Blankets and low-profile chairs are recommended. Secure on-site bicycle valet is available thanks to Coast Bike Share. Arrive early to enjoy the music. Pay-what-you-can donations are accepted to support Preserve the ‘Burg’s mission to protect and celebrate the things that make St. Pete special. Music starts at 7, movies at dusk. This event takes place at North Straub Park.

This week’s movie is Spare Parts. Full movie list here.

Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

This annual LGBTQ + community film festival is one of the largest and longest running of its kind in the world! 30-40 film screening events, plus several cornerstone parties all packed into this exciting 9 day event. Click here for the full schedule of screens and parties. Locations include the Tampa Theater, AMC Sundial, and more.  Festival audiences are guaranteed to leave entertained, empowered, and enlightened! The festival runs through October 12th.

Hollywood Forever Soirée presents Psycho

Head to the Iberian Rooster for a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s famous Psycho. Dress for a night of themed glamour, cocktails, photo ops and surprise performances. This event runs from 8:30PM to 12:30AM at the Iberian Rooster.

Story Days in Tampa Bay

Your Real Stories presents the sixth annual Story Days in Tampa Bay! Check out a variety of story-themed events under this year’s theme, Love and Relationships. For a full list of events, visit here.

FRIDAY 10/11

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay

Spend your Friday evening playing in clay at the Morean Center for Clay! Be prepared to get dirty for two hours from 7-9PM. of wheel throwing and hand building. Bring a towel, your favorite beverage, and a group of friends or a date for a fun get-together. You’ll get to select your favorite piece at the end of the night and they will bisque and glaze it for you to bring home. Purchase your tickets for $25 online today.

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club

It’s not just for the older generation anymore! Join the fun at the world’s largest shuffleboard club to see why this pastime has regained its popularity in the Sunshine City. Free every Friday night from 7PM-11PM, locals and visitors alike flock to this private recreational club. If you’re not sure how to play, have no fear as volunteers are on hand to give you a lesson or two. Bring your own snacks and beverages – local craft beers tend to be a popular choice. There’s often live music or a DJ on-site to keep you shufflin’. Children are welcome and so are well behaved dogs.

Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

This annual LGBTQ + community film festival is one of the largest and longest running of its kind in the world! 30-40 film screening events, plus several cornerstone parties all packed into this exciting 9 day event. Click here for the full schedule of screens and parties. Locations include the Tampa Theater, AMC Sundial, and more.  Festival audiences are guaranteed to leave entertained, empowered, and enlightened! The festival runs through October 12th.

SATURDAY 10/12

Saturday Morning Market

The Saturday Morning Market is the largest weekly fresh market in the Southeast US, serving around 10,000 customers a week. The market includes 130 vendors, offering everything from fresh produce to homemade soaps to ready-to-eat food from 15 different cultures. The free-to-enter market runs from 9AM to 2PM every Saturday at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Pete.

St. Pete Walking Mural Tour

Hear the inside stories of the making of more than 30 murals found in the Central Arts District in downtown St. Petersburg. The four-block tour begins at Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Ave., each Saturday morning at 10AM and concludes at 11:30AM. Call 727-821-7391 or email gallery@FloridaCraftsmen.net to book a tour, which costs $19 for adults and $11 for children. A portion of the proceeds from the tours will be used to fund future murals.

Poolside Yoga and Brunch

If there weren’t enough yoga options for you already, here’s another: poolside yoga at the Hollander Hotel at 8:30 followed by brunch. Salute the sun with Allison Moonbeam Archer then cool off in the Hollander Hotel Downtown St Petersburg’s beautiful pool. All levels are welcome for this slow flow class and mats will be provided as needed. $5 Body Electric monthly and annual members; $10 pre-registered; $15 at the door.

Drag Brunch

Head to the Iberian Rooster’s SubCentral for a morning of food and entertainment! This weekly event starts at 11AM. Drag queens Adriana Sparkle, Nicole T. Lane, and Juno Vibranz bring the fun while you bring your appetite. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

This annual LGBTQ + community film festival is one of the largest and longest running of its kind in the world! 30-40 film screening events, plus several cornerstone parties all packed into this exciting 9 day event. Click here for the full schedule of screens and parties. Locations include the Tampa Theater, AMC Sundial, and more.  Festival audiences are guaranteed to leave entertained, empowered, and enlightened! The festival runs through October 12th.

Guerilla Art Market (Off Beach)

The Guerrilla Art Market is bursting with color highlighting local art with the freshest emerging artists in the Tampa Bay area. The market will feature individual artist exhibits, a silent auction, music, cash bar, live demos, and will spotlight a different theme each month. Get into St. Pete’s local culture and buy original work by many artists whose creations can be seen around town on the walls and streets of St. Pete. Happening from 5PM to 10PM at the St. Pete Side Lot, 2133 2nd Ave. S.

Walk Like MADD Pinellas

Walk with your local Mothers Against Drunk Driving group to help raise awareness and funding for an important cause. This walk begins at Albert Whitted Park. Registration is from 8AM to 9AM, with the event running from 9AM to 11AM. Register here.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Registration begins at 8AM and the ceremony at 9AM. Register for this event here.

The (R)evolution of Indigenous Food Systems of North America at the James Museum

Sean Sherman (Oglala Lakota) is founder of The Sioux Chef and a leader in the movement to revitalize Native American cuisine. His book, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, earned a 2018 James Beard Award and was a top 10 cookbook of 2017. Join Sherman for an engaging discussion about his life and work, followed by a book signing. This event runs from 11AM to 12PM. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Buy them here.

Live Jazz in the Sundial Courtyard

Head to the Sundial this Saturday from 6PM to 8PM for a free live jazz performance! This performance features the Lakewood High School Jazz Band and the Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle School Swing Rays.

Second Saturday Artwalk

Take in the St. Pete arts scene after hours as more than 40 galleries and studios spanning across five different arts districts stay open late, including local favorites like Duncan McClellan Glass and Morean Arts Center. Free trolleys run throughout the city’s five districts to get you around during the 5-9PM event. For a complete list of participating galleries and a map, visit stpeteartsalliance.org.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer – Rowdies vs. Indy Eleven, 7:30PM

Kick it at Al Lang Stadium and cheer on the Tampa Bay Rowdies! Experience the electrifying home games with stands packed with fans cheering the team on with age old songs and chants, top notch concessions, and an outdoor stadium situated right on the waterfront of downtown St. Pete. Gates open 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Tickets here.

The Florida Orchestra: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony at the Mahaffey

It’s Beethoven on steroids, with a rare performance of the Mahler version of Symphony No. 3. Plus, The Florida Orchestra tells the story of Strauss’ Don Quixote. Don’t miss this symphonic experience at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete on Saturday, October 12 at 8PM! Tickets start at $18 and are available here.

The Grasshopper and The Ant and Other Stories: A New Installation By Jennifer Angus at the Museum of Fine Arts – Opening Day

Jennifer Angus (b. 1961), one of the most important installation artists working in contemporary art today, challenges our perceptions and expectations by working in an unusual medium: dried, exotic insects. She creates dramatic and startlingly beautiful effects by incorporating large, brilliantly-colored insects into elaborate patterns inspired by Victorian wallpaper and nineteenth-century book illustration. For this immersive, MFA-commissioned project, Angus will use Aesop’s fable ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ as its starting point. This exhibition will run through January 5th.

SUNDAY 10/13

Yoga at The Dali

Come with your yoga mat and get ready to be inspired! Join Lucky Cat Yoga at 10:30 AM every Sunday at The Dali Museum for yoga. Classes are held in the Raymond James Community Room or outside in the Avant-garden, both with incredible views of the waterfront. The cost to participate is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the Member’s desk.

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at the Dali

Raise a glass to an artistic take on Sunday Fundays at Café Gala with Mimosas & Masterpieces! Enjoy a Catalan-inspired brunch, visit the galleries, stroll the grounds, contemplate the Avant-garden, browse the Museum Store and soak in all the brilliance of the world-famous Dali Museum. Enjoy this inspired brunch between 11AM to 4PM. Visit the Facebook event page here.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing

Do a little downward dog before you down a cold craft brew! Get your workout on in the Green Bench Brewing beer garden at 11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month led by The Body Electric Yoga Company. This one hour class is $5 for members in advance or $15 at the door or $10 if you pre-register online.

Shuffle Open House

Are you curious about the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club? Are you a member who wants to know more? Head to St. Pete Shuffle for a free open house! The day includes shuffleboard lessons, games for all ages, a scavenger hunt, history tours, and music by DJ Mega. This event runs from 10AM to 2PM.

MUSEUMS

Before Dali: Goya – Visions and Inventions

Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) is one of the most important Spanish artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, celebrated for his revolutionary paintings, drawings and engravings. Goya’s life and works deeply influenced Salvador Dali in his early years, and are considered by many scholars to be the basis for “modern” art, bridging Classicism and Romanticism. Before Dali: Goya – Visions & Inventions, sponsored by Tampa International Airport,  features two alternating suites of first-edition prints, published in Goya’s lifetime, alongside three significant paintings representing unique themes of Goya’s works. The works are on loan from the Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX, home of one of the most substantial collections of Goya. This exhibit runs through November 3rd.

This exhibit now includes a second component: La Tauromaquia. “La Tauromaquia” (1816) is a suite of prints depicting the evolution and history of bullfighting on the Iberian Peninsula. Goya created “La Tauromaquia” between 1815 and 1816, at the age of 69. “Los Caprichos”, a series he had created previously, served as visual criticism on subjects concerning war, superstition, and contemporary Spanish society generally, including anticlerical scenes. Because of their sensitive subjects, few people had seen these works during Goya’s lifetime. Bullfighting was not politically sensitive, and the series was published in an edition of 320—for sale individually or in sets—without incident. It did not meet with critical or commercial success. The artist focuses on the violent scenes that take place in the bullring and the daring movements of the bullfighters. The events are not presented as they are viewed by a viewer in the stands, but in a more direct way.

Flavors of Spain: Photos by Chef Chuck Bandel

The Dalí Museum presents an exhibition featuring food photography and behind-the-scenes looks at restaurant life by Café Gala Chef Chuck Bandel. Bandel’s trips to northern Spain in the summers of 2017 and 2018 allowed him to study in Catalonia at Chef Paco Pérez’s 2 Michelin star restaurant, Miramar, and in the outskirts of the Basque town of San Sebastian at the Restaurante Martin Berasategui. Find this exhibit in the Raymond James Community Room.

Imagined Realities – Virtual Reality at the Imagine Museum

Check out the newest addition to the Imagine Museum: virtual reality exhibits. With five fun, educational options (Google Tilt Brush, Google Earth VR, The Body VR, Apollo 11 VR, and Overview VR), visitors can create stunning 3D artwork, explore the solar system, or visit studio glass hotspots. Make 20 minute reservations online or at the front desk. The Apollo 11 exhibit is available at a reduced $5 price for the month of July and all other exhibits are available for $10 each. This runs from 5PM to 7:40PM on Thursdays and 10:30AM to 4:30PM on Saturdays.

Beaches, Benches and Boycotts

Beaches, Benches and Boycotts” is an original exhibition of The Florida Holocaust Museum. The focus of most Civil Rights history is written about places like Alabama and Mississippi, as if few challenges occurred elsewhere. Tampa Bay remained racially segregated at the dawn of the Civil Rights era and many local institutions and establishments held out on integration for several years after Brown vs. the Board of Education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under “Jim Crow” every aspect of African American life in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and their surrounding cities was segregated. Restricted covenants were in place that segregated residential neighborhoods. African American children had to attend segregated schools that were under-funded and often in disrepair. Blacks could only be cared for at “Black only” hospitals, and other public and private establishments like restaurants and beaches were often segregated – if blacks were allowed in at all. The Civil Rights Movement in Tampa Bay may have had characteristics similar to other areas of the South but its stories are its own. This exhibition will illuminate our region’s struggle with racial equality and shine a light on the local leaders who changed our cities.

The Grasshopper and The Ant and Other Stories: A New Installation By Jennifer Angus at the Museum of Fine Arts

Jennifer Angus (b. 1961), one of the most important installation artists working in contemporary art today, challenges our perceptions and expectations by working in an unusual medium: dried, exotic insects. She creates dramatic and startlingly beautiful effects by incorporating large, brilliantly-colored insects into elaborate patterns inspired by Victorian wallpaper and nineteenth-century book illustration. For this immersive, MFA-commissioned project, Angus will use Aesop’s fable ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ as its starting point. This exhibition will run through January 5th.

About the author

Gina Marks

Gina Marks

Gina is a student at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, with a love of all things writing and St. Pete-themed. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, she moved with her family to Florida in 2009 and has been in love ever since. When she's not studying or working, she spends her time reading, writing, and working on her fashion blog, ellisfashionco.com.


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