Beach Drive: The Weekender 11/7-11/10

It’s time for the weekend in St. Pete again, and there’s plenty to do! We’ve picked out some of the best events in DTSP this weekend. Check them out below! Highlights include – Thursday: the Royal Palm Market and Beginner Shuffle Bootcamp. Friday: Friday Night Clay and Friday Night Shuffleboard. Saturday: the Festival of Reading and the Guerilla Art Market. Sunday: Yoga on Tap with Green Bench and the second day of the Festival of Reading. Have a great weekend, everyone!


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!


StPete2050 is an inclusive, city-wide discussion about what St. Petersburg will look like 30 years from now. Its objective is to provide residents with the opportunity to lend their input on the city’s future through various engagement events. Information about the many ways to get involved and stay involved will be provided. This kickoff meeting takes place at the James Museum from 6PM to 10PM.

Beginner Shuffle Boot Camp

Want to learn how to play shuffleboard? Check out St. Pete Shuffle the first Thursday of the month! The event is free for club members, $10 for non-members, and free for children. The event starts at 7PM and ends at 10:30PM.


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.


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 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.

Salvation Army Kettle Krush 5K

The 4th Annual Kettle Krush 5K/1Mile Fun Run is a community fundraising event for The Salvation Army and for the men, women and children who lives will be changed. The Salvation Army is krushing hunger and homelessness and offering hope and a fresh start to families right here in our community. This event takes place from 6AM to 11AM. Register here.

Eric Whitacre Choral Workshop

Conductor, composer, Grammy Award-winner, and YouTube sensation – Eric Whitacre is the epitome of a choral rock star, and he’s coming to Tampa Bay. On Saturday November 9, Eric will lead an afternoon of singing his exquisite music, talk about his composition process, and answer your questions through a Q&A session. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with a modern choral legend! Seating is General Admission and is $75 or $50 Students with ID (while ages 18 and younger automatically qualify). Buy tickets here.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading (Day One)

Tampa Bay area’s largest annual Book and Author event is back for it’s 27th year. This is a free event showcasing authors, booksellers, and exhibitors. Come enjoy the day with an outdoor Book Talks, Book Signings, Book Market, Food Trucks and Exhibits on the beautiful USF St. Petersburg Campus. Admission and parking are free. Current Authors include: Dave Barry, Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine! This event runs from 10AM to 5PM each day.

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

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.


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 11AM 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.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading (Day Two)

Tampa Bay area’s largest annual Book and Author event is back for it’s 27th year. This is a free event showcasing authors, booksellers, and exhibitors. Come enjoy the day with an outdoor Book Talks, Book Signings, Book Market, Food Trucks and Exhibits on the beautiful USF St. Petersburg Campus. Admission and parking are free. Current Authors include: Dave Barry, Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine! This event runs from 10AM to 5PM each day.

Kristallnacht Commemoration at the Florida Holocaust Museum

This year’s Kristallnacht commemoration will remember the 81st Anniversary of Kristallnacht, “the Night of Broken Glass,” with a commemoration service, including prayers and candle-lighting with Holocaust Survivors. Immediately following the commemoration service, Julie Kohner, a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor, will speak. Julie’s program Voices of the Generations teaches the devastation of the Holocaust through its impact on one family. Additionally, this year’s commemoration at The FHM on November 10th will include free Museum admission from 10AM to 4PM. This program is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. To confirm your attendance, please call 727.820.0100 x301.


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 is a graduate of 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,

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