Beach Drive: The Weekender 10/31-11/3


Happy Halloween, St. Pete! And happy weekend! We’ve created a list of all the best events around downtown St. Pete for you here. Check it out! Highlights include – Thursday: the Royal Palm Market, a double feature (Scooby Doo and Phantom of the Opera) in the park, and plenty of Halloween fun. Friday: Gloria West and the Gents at the Palladium, day one of the Downtown St. Petersburg Songwriters Festival, and a First Friday Boo Bash. Saturday: the Saturday Morning Market, the Brocante Market, and Savor St. Pete day one. Sunday: the World of Dance Live! tour, Getaway St. Pete, and the final days of Brocante, the Songwriters Festival, and Savor St. Pete. Have a fabulous weekend!

THURSDAY 10/31

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 night is a double feature! First up is Scooby Doo & the Spooky Scarecrow, followed by Phantom of the Opera. This is the last weekend of this event!

Halloween Celebrations

It’s Halloween! Make the holiday count with events all around Downtown St. Pete.

FRIDAY 11/1

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.

Gloria West and the Gents at the Palladium Side Door

After unfortunately being rained out of their Clearwater Jazz Holiday show, Gloria West and the Gents come to the Palladium’s Side Door Theater this Friday night! Old school swing jazz with a sultry twist, this 6 piece band includes Gloria West as lead vocals, Stephen Dornfeld on piano, James Suggs on trumpet, Tyler Wertman on trombone, Glenn Stevenson on upright bass, and Paul Gavin on drums. Reserved tickets are $35, general admission is $15 in advance and $20 day-of, with student general admission tickets available with ID for $12 in advance. Buy them here. The show starts at 8PM.

Downtown St. Petersburg Songwriters Festival (Day One)

Featuring over 100 live concerts in local venues around Downtown St. Petersburg, the Songwriters Festival happens this November. Local singer/songwriters will perform and tell their stories as they do it, a highlight of St. Pete’s love for local arts and culture. All concerts except those by a select few headliners will be free and open to the public, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit the All Children’s Hospital Music Therapy department. Check here for performers, event times, and more.

Read the St. Pete Catalyst article here.

First Friday Boo Bash

First Friday is back again with a post-Halloween Boo Bash! Kick off November in the best way with over 15 vendors, food and drink specials, and even a haunted house. As usual, the fun goes down between 2nd and 3rd Street along Central Avenue.

SATURDAY 11/2

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.

Pilates at the Chihuly

Want to work out in the beautiful Chihuly garden? Now’s your chance! Join the Body Center St. Pete at 9:30AM to get your pilates on. Bring a pilates mat (or a thick yoga mat), $15 (or preregister here), and start your day off right! Attendees also will enjoy discounts to places like the Rawk Star Cafe (right next door to the museum).

Chinese Acrobats of Hebei Pop-Up at the Sundial

At 2PM, check out a free pop-up from the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei! This unique performance will feature traditional and contemporary Chinese circus acts in a colorful and lively celebration of the internationally renowed Chinese circus arts. This pop-up is a precursor to their performance at the Mahaffey that night at 8PM. Buy tickets to the Mahaffey show here.

St. Pete Indie Market

St. Pete Indie Market is a monthly market, featuring 100+ vendors. The market showcases local artists, indie designers, vintage collectors, food trucks, jewelry makers, horticulturists, eclectic crafters and other local businesses and organizations. The market spills out of Green Bench Brewing Co. with specialty cocktails being served up at Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails. Get a taste of St. Pete’s local vibe and eat, shop and drink the first Saturday of each month from 12 – 4PM.

Brocante Market (Day One)

Explore 15,000 sq feet of vintage treasure finds at this monthly market in St. Pete! This true vendor-run market has an amazing variety and selection of vintage items unlike anywhere else. Grab your next vintage find the first weekend of each month from 9AM to 7PM on Saturday and 9AM to 5PM on Sunday at 2200 2nd Ave S in St. Pete.

The Poynter Institute’s Bowtie Ball

The Poynter Institute’s annual Bowtie Ball celebrates the essential role of free press in our democracy – and ensures that it continues to thrive. The Bowtie Ball will bring together 500+ prominent media executives, business leaders, philanthropists, public servants and citizens for a night of fun, fashion and First Amendment fanfare at St. Petersburg’s premier waterfront hotel, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club. Katie Couric, the pioneering and award-winning broadcast journalist, best-selling author, and media entrepreneur, will receive the 2019 Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism. Norman Pearlstine, executive editor of the Los Angeles Times, will receive the 2019 Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. Please join the Poynter Institute as we honor these journalists and celebrate journalism in our democracy. Tickets start at $175 and can be purchased here. The ball runs from 5:30PM to 9:30PM.

Downtown St. Petersburg Songwriters Festival (Day Two)

Featuring over 100 live concerts in local venues around Downtown St. Petersburg, the Songwriters Festival happens this November. Local singer/songwriters will perform and tell their stories as they do it, a highlight of St. Pete’s love for local arts and culture. All concerts except those by a select few headliners will be free and open to the public, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit the All Children’s Hospital Music Therapy department. Check here for performers, event times, and more.Read the St. Pete Catalyst article here.

Savor St. Pete Festival (Day One)

Savor St. Pete is an exciting two-day celebration of food, wine and craft beer in the downtown St. Pete waterfront. The festival will take place at North Straub Park, a popular spot for amazing waterfront views and amazing events. Savor St. Pete delivers a palate-pleasing, star-studded weekend destination event showcasing the talents of renowned wine & spirits producers, brew masters, chefs, and culinary personalities to educate, entice, enlighten, and entertain. This event is 21+ only. Tickets here.VIP Admission: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

  • VIP guests will enjoy the Grand Tasting Village an hour before doors open and will be privy to a private VIP tent with seating for relaxation and mingling. Food, wine, and beer sampling is all inclusive in the ticket price.

General Admission: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

  • General admission guests will be able to enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings. Food, wine, and beer sampling is all inclusive in the ticket price.

SUNDAY 11/3

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.

Getaway: St. Pete

Sun, fun, run! This tropical-themed run fest takes place along Bayshore Drive from 8AM to 12PM, with a 15K, 10K, 5K, and Kids Fun Run. Walk, skip, or run the course at your own pace. The day closes with a beach-themed post race party with local vendors, food, and drinks. Registration here.

World of Dance Live! Tour

A real tour de force stops in St. Pete! The World of Dance Live Tour brings everything you love about World of Dance in a live dance showcase of raw talent, dedication and jaw-dropping choreography. The show bring the world’s hottest dancers from the NBC World of Dance television show and top-notch dance celebrities on stage for an exclusive, high-production concert. VIP tickets for autograph sessions and personalized meet-and-greets are available for dance fans of all ages and backgrounds. Buy tickets here. The show begins at 7PM.

Brocante Market (Day Two)

Explore 15,000 sq feet of vintage treasure finds at this monthly market in St. Pete! This true vendor-run market has an amazing variety and selection of vintage items unlike anywhere else. Grab your next vintage find the first weekend of each month from 9AM to 7PM on Saturday and 9AM to 5PM on Sunday at 2200 2nd Ave S in St. Pete.

Downtown St. Petersburg Songwriters Festival (Day Three)

Featuring over 100 live concerts in local venues around Downtown St. Petersburg, the Songwriters Festival happens this November. Local singer/songwriters will perform and tell their stories as they do it, a highlight of St. Pete’s love for local arts and culture. All concerts except those by a select few headliners will be free and open to the public, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit the All Children’s Hospital Music Therapy department. Check here for performers, event times, and more.

Read the St. Pete Catalyst article here.

Savor St. Pete Festival (Day Two)

Savor St. Pete is an exciting two-day celebration of food, wine and craft beer in the downtown St. Pete waterfront. The festival will take place at North Straub Park, a popular spot for amazing waterfront views and amazing events. Savor St. Pete delivers a palate-pleasing, star-studded weekend destination event showcasing the talents of renowned wine & spirits producers, brew masters, chefs, and culinary personalities to educate, entice, enlighten, and entertain. This event is 21+ only. Tickets here.

VIP Admission: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

  • VIP guests will enjoy the Grand Tasting Village an hour before doors open and will be privy to a private VIP tent with seating for relaxation and mingling. Food, wine, and beer sampling is all inclusive in the ticket price.

General Admission: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

  • General admission guests will be able to enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings. Food, wine, and beer sampling is all inclusive in the ticket price.

MUSEUMS

Before Dali: Goya – Visions and Inventions (LAST WEEKEND)

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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