Beach Drive: The Weekender 10/24-10/27


Weekends in DTSP are a can’t-miss! This weekend brings us plenty of amazing things to do, with something for everyone. Highlights include – Thursday: Thriller performances at the MFA, Raiders of the Lost Ark in North Straub Park, and the winding down of SHINE. Friday: the 45th annual rendition of SPIFFS, Friday night clay and shuffleboard, and the Stadium of Screams at Al Lang. Saturday: plenty of Halloween party options, a local horror film fest at Green Bench, and the final day of SHINE (which means parties and popups!). Sunday: a volunteer opportunity showcase, Stadium of Screams part 2, and the final day of SPIFFS. Have a fantastic weekend!

New mural by Reda3sb.

THURSDAY 10/24

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!

2nd Annual MFA Zombie Thriller Dance

Join the Museum of Fine Arts for the second annual Zombie Thriller Dance! Ghouls and zombies are invited to dance on the front steps of the museum to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The MFA will provide makeup artists (donations encouraged) the night of, or you can get dressed beforehand. Come to dance, or come to watch! Performances happen at 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM, and 8:30PM.

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 Raiders of the Lost Ark. Full movie list here.

SHINE St. Pete Mural Fest

This year’s annual festival will showcase new vibrant, creative and inspiring murals in St. Pete created by international, national and local artists. The new pieces will further enrich the city’s public outdoor gallery, adding new styles-from colorful geometric patterns to delicately-rendered realism-all expertly painted on large walls and even on street intersections. This two week festival ends October 26th. For a full list of artists, mural locations, and events, check out our article here.

FRIDAY 10/25

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.

SPIFFS

The 45th Annual SPIFFS International Folk Fair happens Friday through Sunday in Vinoy Park. The festival showcases food and culture from over 36 organizations, representing immigrants from nations across the globe. See St. Pete’s waterfront transform into a microcosm of the world this weekend! Friday runs from 6PM to 10PM, Saturday from 11AM to 8PM, and Sunday 12PM to 6PM. For tickets, visit this link.

SHINE St. Pete Mural Fest

This year’s annual festival will showcase new vibrant, creative and inspiring murals in St. Pete created by international, national and local artists. The new pieces will further enrich the city’s public outdoor gallery, adding new styles-from colorful geometric patterns to delicately-rendered realism-all expertly painted on large walls and even on street intersections. This two week festival ends October 26th. For a full list of artists, mural locations, and events, check out our article here.

Stadium of Screams and Fall Festival

Kick fear up a notch with the inaugural Stadium of Screams and Fall Festival at Al Lang Stadium for two days of spine-tingling, bone-chilling, teeth-chattering fun. On Friday, October 25, experience sheer terror in the Haunted House as you step into the darkest timeline where some of Hollywood’s most horrific creations are hell-bent on making sure you leave screaming. On Sunday, October 27, turn down the screams and enjoy a kid friendly Haunted House, Halloween family-classics on the field, face-painting, soccer drills and more! FRIDAY (Day 1): Experience sheer terror in the Haunted House as you step into the darkest timeline where some of Hollywood’s most horrific creations are hell-bent on making sure you leave screaming. Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy Halloween food and spirits along Bayshore Blvd. Friday’s festivities run from 6-10PM. General Admission tickets include the haunted house, ticket to the lounge area and access to Bayshore Drive for food, alcohol and music. Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased at StadiumOfScreams.com.

SATURDAY 10/26

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.

Bootcamp & Brews at 3 Daughters Brewing (Off Beach)

Game of Fitness brings a bootcamp to 3 Daughters Brewing on the fourth Saturday of every month! Get ready to sweat with a one hour, high intensity workout starting at 11AM. and stay after for a well earned beer. All levels are welcome. Cost: $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members, & $15 at the door.

Sueños de Dalí

Join us for the Surreal Circus that is Sueños de Dalí, as the Museum and its grounds are transformed into a big top experience like no other. Enjoy themed open bars, custom cocktails, tempting taste treats and dancing the night away… all to benefit the work of The Dalí to fulfill its vital mission as a nonprofit arts institution focused on educational & community outreach. Costumes encouraged, delight guaranteed. This event runs from 8:30PM to 12AM. Tickets are $125 for non-members and $115 for members. Buy them here.

Lecture on Antisemitism, feat. Ira Forman at the Florida Holocaust Museum

On the first anniversary of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, PA, The FHM presents the inaugural Richard Rappaport Family Foundation Lecture on Antisemitism, featuring Ira Forman. This lecture series has been created in response to the continuing rise in antisemitism. Having served as the US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism from 2013-2017, Ira Forman has a profound understanding of the forces that are driving the resurgence of worldwide antisemitism. Q&A will follow. The program is free and open to the public; RSVP is required. To confirm your attendance, please call 727.820.0100 x301.

Red Mesa Cantina Halloween Party

Join Red Mesa Cantina for the 11th annual Halloween Fiesta! Enjoy a night full of contests, up to $2000 in prizes, and plenty of delicious eats. The costume contest will encompass the following categories: sexy, scary, lookalike, and most creative. This event runs from 10PM to 12AM.

Comic and Cosplay Halloween Party at MacDinton’s

Superhero or villain, Marvel or DC.. whichever team you’re on, dress to impress at MacDinton’s Comic and Cos Play Halloween Party! Enter the costume contest for a chance to win a cash prize, enjoy drink specials, live music and more! Dance the night away on October 26 from 7PM to 3AM.

4th Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Fest and PAWrade at Green Bench

Check out Green Bench Brewing Co for a pet and Halloween celebration! There will be vendors, food, games, pet adoptions, giveaways, and more! Dress up and make a PAWrade float (as long as it is not motorized) and come dressed in your (and your pet’s) best costumes. Costume contest entries are judged on both pet and human costumes. Benefits go to the Human Education Connection’s Canines Helping Kids in Crisis program, but this event is free. Event runs from 12PM to 4PM.

Thrill the ‘Burg at Ferg’s

Get your groove on and learn the dance to ‘Thriller” at this annual fundraising event with Ferg’s Sports Bar! Along with dancing along to this iconic Halloween song, jam out to live music by the Black Honkeys, play games and enjoy drink specials all night long. This event starts at 4PM and is guaranteed to be a thrilling time.

Spooktacular Scream Fest at Green Bench

Join Green Bench Brewing Company for a night of horror films and fun! The evening features St. Pete’s spookiest Halloween-inspired horror, featuring dozens of local filmmakers. This is also a costume party, so come in your best costume! Films will be shown in the beer garden (all ages) and Webb’s City Cellar (21+). There will also be costume contests, prizes, and more! This event runs from 7PM to 11PM. Admission is free.

SPIFFS

The 45th Annual SPIFFS International Folk Fair happens Friday through Sunday in Vinoy Park. The festival showcases food and culture from over 36 organizations, representing immigrants from nations across the globe. See St. Pete’s waterfront transform into a microcosm of the world this weekend! Friday runs from 6PM to 10PM, Saturday from 11AM to 8PM, and Sunday 12PM to 6PM. For tickets, visit this link.

SHINE St. Pete Mural Fest (LAST DAY)

This year’s annual festival will showcase new vibrant, creative and inspiring murals in St. Pete created by international, national and local artists. The new pieces will further enrich the city’s public outdoor gallery, adding new styles-from colorful geometric patterns to delicately-rendered realism-all expertly painted on large walls and even on street intersections. This two week festival ends October 26th. For a full list of artists, mural locations, and events, check out our article here.

New mural by Blane Fontana and Plastic Birdie.

SUNDAY 10/27

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.

It Takes a Volunteer Village

Head to the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club for an exhibition of volunteering opportunities! Check out opportunities to volunteer for a variety of non-profit organizations and events, from one-time commitments to ongoing ones, from special events to board service. There will be a food truck, snacks, a cash bar, and shuffleboard play! This event is free (with a $100 door prize) and runs from 11AM to 3PM.

Deep Splash House Pool Party

Enjoy the beautiful Hollander Hotel pool in the Florida heat. The event kicks off at 1PM with live music, drinks, and more. Call 727.873.7900 for cabana reservations.

Uncle John’s Band at the Ale and the Witch

Celebrate the week of Halloween in the Ale and the Witch courtyard! Break out your favorite concert shirts or come dressed in your Halloween looks. There will also be representatives from Destihl Brewery in Chicago with giveaways and beers for the show. Music starts at 4:20PM. Find Uncle John’s Band here.

Stadium of Screams and Fall Festival (LAST DAY)

Kick fear up a notch with the inaugural Stadium of Screams and Fall Festival at Al Lang Stadium for two days of spine-tingling, bone-chilling, teeth-chattering fun. On Friday, October 25, experience sheer terror in the Haunted House as you step into the darkest timeline where some of Hollywood’s most horrific creations are hell-bent on making sure you leave screaming. On Sunday, October 27, turn down the screams and enjoy a kid friendly Haunted House, Halloween family-classics on the field, face-painting, soccer drills and more! SUNDAY (Day 2): Enjoy a kid friendly Haunted House, Halloween family-classics on the field, face-painting, soccer drills and more! Buy tickets online at StadiumOfScreams.com

SPIFFS (LAST DAY)

The 45th Annual SPIFFS International Folk Fair happens Friday through Sunday in Vinoy Park. The festival showcases food and culture from over 36 organizations, representing immigrants from nations across the globe. See St. Pete’s waterfront transform into a microcosm of the world this weekend! Friday runs from 6PM to 10PM, Saturday from 11AM to 8PM, and Sunday 12PM to 6PM. For tickets, visit this link.

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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