Beach Drive: The Weekender 11/21-11/24


It’s once again time for the weekend in DTSP! This weekend is packed full with events in the thriving heart of St. Pete. This week’s highlights include – Thursday: Silent Sky at American Stage, Cirque Dreams at the Mahaffey, and Deck the Great Hall at the MFA. Friday: the Italian Food and Wine Festival at Albert Whitted, Flûte and Dram’s grand opening, and the opening day of Enchant Christmas at the Tropicana Field. Saturday: the annual CraftArt festival, the Sundial tree lighting, and Ghostbusters in concert. Sunday: yoga and brunch at the Dalí, day two of CraftArt, and another opportunity to check out Enchant Christmas. And don’t forget – the latest Dalí exhibition opens Saturday! Have a fabulous weekend.

THURSDAY 11/21

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!

Row Jomah presents The Flaming Heads at the Ale and the Witch

The Ale and the Witch and Row Jomah present: The Flaming Heads: A Tribute to the Flaming Lips & the Talking Heads. One set of Talking Heads and one set of Flaming Lips, with Row Jomah and Friends! The show starts at 8PM in the courtyard.

Beethoven Screening at Paul’s Landing

Head to the Paul’s Landing event lawn for an evening screening of Beethoven! Enjoy holiday concessions and cocktails, lawn games such as Cornhole, Yardzee and Jenga, beginning at 6:30PM. Movie will begin at 7PM. Holiday concessions will be available to purchase for $5, cocktails for $13, beer for $8, and hot chocolate and apple cider for $3.

Silent Sky at American Stage – 7PM

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours”. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications in this luminous, witty and inspiring true story of a brilliant, history-making woman. Purchase tickets online here.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Mahaffey

Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings its latest electrifying and reimagined live holiday family stage spectacular to St. Petersburg this holiday season! This critically-acclaimed extravaganza has all the excitement of a Broadway production with incomparable cirque artists, singers, dancers and talent to amaze audiences with new acts, holiday scenes and theatrical innovations never before seen! Witness snowmen, penguins, reindeer, gingerbread and even Santa fly through the air, balancing and stretching imaginations to new heights, all while carolers set the mood with new twists on classic holiday hits and new originals. The show starts at 7:30PM. Tickets start at $38 and can be purchased here.

Deck the Great Hall at the Museum of Fine Arts

The community is invited to the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg for the annual free Holiday Open House featuring a tree lighting event in the museum’s Great Hall, live music, holiday cookies and hot chocolate. Admission to the MFA collection galleries will be FREE for all visitors starting at 6PM. (PLEASE NOTE: Special exhibition galleries will be closed during this event.)

FRIDAY 11/22

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.

Back to the Basement at SubCentral

Head to SubCentral the Friday before Thanksgiving for an awesome Silent Party! $10 gets you your silent disco headphones for the night and full control over your musical experience. Use the dials to adjust volume and browse between our 3 DJs spinning your favorites from hip-hop, R&B, 80s, 90s, reggaeton, and more. This event starts at 11PM. Tickets here.

Silent Sky at American Stage – 8PM

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours”. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications in this luminous, witty and inspiring true story of a brilliant, history-making woman. Purchase tickets online here.

Italian Food and Wine Festival at Albert Whitted

Join Gulf to Bay for food, fun, live music & all the pasta, pizza, cannolis and wine you can eat and drink! This runs from 6PM to 11PM in Albert Whitted Park. Bring blankets, chairs, pets, and the whole family to this food-focused event. For a list of vendors and more information, check here.

Flûte & Dram Grand Opening: The Reveal of Dram

Known for various champagne and caviar offerings, Flute and Dram will be presenting a differently styled concept to guests. The “Dram” side of this bustling St Petersburg venue is influenced by whiskey, cigars and live music. On the day of the grand opening, guests will be able to taste various whiskey and bourbon brands such as Jameson, Woodford, Horse Soldier, Whistle Pig, Buffalo Trace, Bullitt, Blade & Bow, as well as champagne brands like Mumm, Piper, Taittinger, and more. The food menu tasting will include Caviar, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon Canapes, and Beef Wellington. There will also be live music by The New Blue Note Generation and Shawn Brown, as well as the chance to win a VIP membership to Flûte & Dram! This grand opening of the expanded space takes place from 6PM to 12AM.

Enchant Christmas at the Tropicana Field

The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market featuring larger-than-life light sculptures is taking over Tropicana Field from Nov. 22 – Dec. 29, 2019. On your adventure, glide along the light-adorned ice skating trail, mosey through a Christmas Market of over 40 local artisan vendors, listen as carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes, and more. All tickets are on sale now at EnchantChristmas.com and guests are encouraged to reserve their desired visit date and time early as tickets are limited throughout the run. Holiday party suite rentals and custom catering are also available now and can be reserved at EnchantChristmas.com.

SATURDAY 11/23

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.

Silent Sky at American Stage – 2PM, 8PM

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours”. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications in this luminous, witty and inspiring true story of a brilliant, history-making woman. Purchase tickets online here.

Enchant Christmas at the Tropicana Field

The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market featuring larger-than-life light sculptures is taking over Tropicana Field from Nov. 22 – Dec. 29, 2019. On your adventure, glide along the light-adorned ice skating trail, mosey through a Christmas Market of over 40 local artisan vendors, listen as carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes, and more. All tickets are on sale now at EnchantChristmas.com and guests are encouraged to reserve their desired visit date and time early as tickets are limited throughout the run. Holiday party suite rentals and custom catering are also available now and can be reserved at EnchantChristmas.com.

Stumble Creek at the Ale and the Witch Early Evening Concert

The weather is getting absolutely delightful for these early evening concerts and we are very happy to announce that Stumble Creek will be playing a Courtyard show from 4PM to 6PM. Stumble Creek is comprised of a collection of some of Southwest Florida’s most prolific musicians who create a fun, laid back acoustic/Americana sound highlighting their 4 part harmonies and instrumentations.

CraftArt Festival (Day One)

This year’s CraftArt Festival promises to be one of the best ever! Over 10,000 residents, families, and tourists enjoy this street festival featuring artists from 23 states. This family friendly event will also have a children’s activity tent and an artists’ demonstration tent where you can view masterpieces come to life. The annual CraftArt Festival not only provides a venue for artists to sell their work, it also supports Florida CraftArt which is an integral part of the rich tapestry of the arts and culture scene in downtown St. Petersburg. Visit their website for more information.

Sundial Tree Lighting

Get a head start on the holiday fun with thousands of twinkling lights, Christmas music, and REAL SNOW at Sundial St. Pete! Bring out the whole family for face painting, a visit from Santa, holiday music, family art projects and more! The festivities start at 5:30PM and end at 8:30PM.

Ghostbusters in Concert at the Mahaffey

Who ya gonna call? The Florida Orchestra, of course, who will perform the iconic score live while Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedic masterpiece plays on the big screen. All under the baton of composer and conductor Peter M. Bernstein, son of Elmer Bernstein, who composed the original soundtrack. Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City after their careers in academia go awry. The film’s co-stars include Sigourney Weaver as the Ghostbusters’ first client turned Gatekeeper, Rick Moranis as an accountant turned Keymaster, and Ernie Hudson as the Ghostbusters’ first recruit. Bonus! Ghostbusters fan clubs will don their proton packs for paranormal fun with the audience. The show starts at 7:30PM. Tickets (starting at $18/each) here.

Midnight in Paris at the Dalí: Opening Day

When Salvador Dalí & Luis Buñuel’s film Un chien Andalou premiered in the City of Light, Paris was an avant-garde hothouse rife with artistic conflict and friendly rivalry. Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929 immerses visitors in this particularly rich and vital creative era by examining the works, friendships and clashes of Jean Arp, André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Alexander Calder, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy and others. This exhibit runs through April 5th.

SUNDAY 11/24

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.

Silent Sky at American Stage – 2PM

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours”. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications in this luminous, witty and inspiring true story of a brilliant, history-making woman. Purchase tickets online here.

CraftArt Festival (Day Two)

This year’s CraftArt Festival promises to be one of the best ever! Over 10,000 residents, families, and tourists enjoy this street festival featuring artists from 23 states. This family friendly event will also have a children’s activity tent and an artists’ demonstration tent where you can view masterpieces come to life. The annual CraftArt Festival not only provides a venue for artists to sell their work, it also supports Florida CraftArt which is an integral part of the rich tapestry of the arts and culture scene in downtown St. Petersburg. Visit their website for more information.

Enchant Christmas at the Tropicana Field

The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market featuring larger-than-life light sculptures is taking over Tropicana Field from Nov. 22 – Dec. 29, 2019. On your adventure, glide along the light-adorned ice skating trail, mosey through a Christmas Market of over 40 local artisan vendors, listen as carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes, and more. All tickets are on sale now at EnchantChristmas.com and guests are encouraged to reserve their desired visit date and time early as tickets are limited throughout the run. Holiday party suite rentals and custom catering are also available now and can be reserved at EnchantChristmas.com.

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.

Midnight in Paris at the Dalí

When Salvador Dalí & Luis Buñuel’s film Un chien Andalou premiered in the City of Light, Paris was an avant-garde hothouse rife with artistic conflict and friendly rivalry. Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929 immerses visitors in this particularly rich and vital creative era by examining the works, friendships and clashes of Jean Arp, André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Alexander Calder, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy and others. This exhibit runs through April 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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