Beach Drive: The Weekender 11/14-11/17


Happy weekend! It’s once again time to enjoy the best events that DTSP has to offer. Check out the highlights here – Thursday: reduced museum admission after 5PM, poetry at the Dalí, and free swing dancing at the Sundial. Friday: clay at the Morean Arts Center, free shuffleboard, and St. Pete Run Fest day one. Saturday: Booze & Boutiques, Chillounge Night, and the Tampa Bay Holiday Market day one. Sunday: yoga and brunch at the Dalí, more of the St. Pete Run Fest, and the last day of the Holiday Market. Enjoy!

THURSDAY 11/14

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!

Poetry at the Dalí

Poetry at The Dalí is an ongoing series hosted by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Wallace. Occurring on the second Thursday of each month through May 2020, each evening will feature Wallace joined by selected poets. Following the presentation, there will be an audience Q&A. Cost: Free (Parking is free for members, as available; $10 parking for nonmembers; free after 5pm on Thursdays, as available.)

Free Swing Dancing at the Sundial

Hey, Daddy-O! Head to the Sundial courtyard to swing with The Cat’s Meow, the St. Pete tribe that’s out to Change The World with the Lindy Hop! Start with a FREE beginner lesson at 7PM, then enjoy an hour (or more) of social dancing to all your favorite jazz tunes.

FRIDAY 11/15

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.

St. Pete Run Fest (Day One)

St. Pete Run Fest is three days of festival fun, including running events (Half Marathon, 10K 5K and Kids Race), The Rollin’ Oats Wellness Market and Cafe, post-race food catered by Outback Steakhouse, music and craft beer from 3 Daughters Brewing. With distances for kids, beginners and seasoned runners, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family in the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, Florida. Find the details at stpeterunfest.org.

SATURDAY 11/16

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.

St. Pete Run Fest (Day Two)

St. Pete Run Fest is three days of festival fun, including running events (Half Marathon, 10K 5K and Kids Race), The Rollin’ Oats Wellness Market and Cafe, post-race food catered by Outback Steakhouse, music and craft beer from 3 Daughters Brewing. With distances for kids, beginners and seasoned runners, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family in the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, Florida. Find the details at stpeterunfest.org.

Free Giving Thanks Yoga at the Sundial

It’s the season of giving thanks and counting your blessings so what better way to do that than by inhaling love and exhaling gratitude. Grab a friend and join us for FREE Giving Thanks Yoga in the Sundial courtyard from 9-10AM. Check-in will start at 8:30AM. Hosted by Body Electric.

Albert Castiglia Band at the Ale and the Witch

International Touring Blues Guitar legend Albert Castiglia brings the Albert Castiglia Band to downtown St Pete for a free Courtyard Concert at the Ale and the Witch! This concert will last from 8PM to 11PM.

Booze & Boutiques Crawl

Check out the annual boutique crawl in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg. Sip and shop your way down Central Ave at St. Pete’s most admired boutiques while sipping on craft cocktails and sampling foods from the best restaurants in the area! All proceeds will be donated to Pet Pal Animal Shelter! This event runs from 12PM to 4PM and begins at Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails. For tickets and more information, visit here.

Chillounge Night

North Straub Park will transform into an illuminated wonderland during the 12th Annual Chillounge Night St. Pete! Enjoy an evening of live music, food and drink, all while lounging on chic outdoor furniture that will be glowing with LED lights. This event happens 6PM to 11PM.

Tampa Bay Holiday Market (Day One)

Head down to the Coliseum this November to get ahead on your holiday shopping! There will be candies, jewelry, decor, and so much more. Check out the many different exhibitors and everything they have to offer. This one stop holiday shop will save you time, effort, and energy on your holiday ventures. The market runs from 10AM to 5PM both days. Free admission and parking.

SUNDAY 11/17

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.

St. Pete Run Fest (Day Three)

St. Pete Run Fest is three days of festival fun, including running events (Half Marathon, 10K 5K and Kids Race), The Rollin’ Oats Wellness Market and Cafe, post-race food catered by Outback Steakhouse, music and craft beer from 3 Daughters Brewing. With distances for kids, beginners and seasoned runners, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family in the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg, Florida. Find the details at stpeterunfest.org.

Tampa Bay Holiday Market (Day Two)

Head down to the Coliseum this November to get ahead on your holiday shopping! There will be candies, jewelry, decor, and so much more. Check out the many different exhibitors and everything they have to offer. This one stop holiday shop will save you time, effort, and energy on your holiday ventures. The market runs from 10AM to 5PM both days. Free admission and parking.

MUSEUMS

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.

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. This exhibit runs through December 1st.

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.

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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