Beach Drive: The Weekender 2/20-2/23


Happy weekend once again, St. Pete! We can’t wait to hit downtown and enjoy this weekend’s fantastic events. If you’re looking for what to do, look no further – we’ve got all the highlights here. Find out what’s going on below!

THURSDAY 2/20

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.

Geri-X Thursdays at the Ale and the Witch

Check out the Ale and the Witch for a night of live music by Geri-X each Thursday in February! From 8PM to 10PM, enjoy the original songs of local singer-songwriter Geri-X as she performs an anthology of her work over the month’s course. Geri was also the first musician to perform at the Ale and the Witch almost ten years ago! Find out more about her here.

Shen Yun at the Mahaffey – 2PM

Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away! Buy tickets here.

Process is Product Workshop Viewing at the MFA

Process is Product is a multi-tiered creative project involving 4 dancers/performance artists from across a diverse spectrum of age, race, gender and (dis)abilities, who will work together, improvising and thinking about improvisation in relation to performance in a museum setting. This project takes its inspiration from the ballet “Jeux d’Enfants” (Children’s games), with Joan Miro’s contributing design work to the ballet on view in the MFA’s exhibition “Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney.” Come see the art, and watch the inspired performance! Included with admission (just $10 after 5PM!). This is another of several workshops before the final performance in May. This event starts at 6PM. Find more information here.

FRIDAY 2/21

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.

Sphinx Virtuosi Concert at the MFA

The Detroit-based Sphinx Virtuosi will be at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of a special, 3-day residency, culminating in a powerful concert performance of their program, “For Justice and Peace.” Limited tickets available ($20 adults, $10 students)! The concert will feature John Williams’ “Three Themes” (arrangements from scores of “Schindler’s List,” “Angela’s Ashes,” and “Hymn to the Fallen” (from “Saving Private Ryan”); and Frank Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” a work by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. Attendees will also enjoy access to the special exhibition, “Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney,” before the performance, from 6PM to 7PM. The performance happens 7PM to 9PM.

Gregory Porter and Ledisi at the Mahaffey

Gregory Porter and Ledisi have announced a 10-city co-headline U.S. tour in February-March 2020 that will bring the two powerhouse vocalists to venues across the country. Gregory Porter is a 2-time GRAMMY winning vocalist and songwriter from Bakersfield, California whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time. Porter cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound as well as his mother’s Nat King Cole record collection as fundamental influences on his own sound. Ledisi is a 12-time GRAMMY nominated vocalist who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the Bay area music scene. Over the past 20 years she has earned a place in the pantheon of the best soul singers of her generation. The concert starts at 7PM. Tickets start at $39.50 and can be purchased here.

SATURDAY 2/22

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.

Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon

Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your dogs, and bring your friends’ dogs to the 2020 Walkathon! This free, family-friendly event includes a 3K walk and a Waggin’ Tails Festival with live music, food, vendors, and an exciting raffle drawing. The Walkathon is Southeastern Guide Dogs’ largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds help us breed, raise, train, and match our amazing dogs with people with vision loss, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or the loss of a parent in the military. This walk happens from 9AM to 2PM in Vinoy Park. More information here.

The Petty Experience at the Ale and the Witch

Join the Ale and the Witch this Saturday, February 22nd from 4-7PM for a free concert celebrating the music of Tom Petty. The Petty Experience is a local band of all-star musicians that joined together to form this tribute band, based here in the St Petersburg area. Come early to grab a seat (and a drink) and enjoy!

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Mahaffey, 8PM

Beethoven’s only violin concerto is in the hands of brilliant Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, part of The Florida Orchestra’s two-year Beethoven celebration. It is framed by Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Christoph König conducts. Join TFO for a pre-concert conversation one hour before the performance. This event appears as part of The ST. PETERSBURG CELEBRATION of the ARTS. For more about the celebration visit artsofstpete.org. Free tickets for kids and teens in advance. For more information and tickets, call 727.892.3337 or 800.662.7286. Purchase other tickets here, starting at $18.

Marvelous Motown Featuring the Black Honkeys at the Palladium

Life-skills Empowerment And Development Services, (LEADS) a non-profit with a mission to educate children, empower families, enhance communities and embrace diversity invites everyone to enjoy a night of live music, dancing, and dinner! (Ticket includes a buffet dinner, provided by Heavy’s Food Truck.) The show features The Black Honkeys Band performing music that was influenced by the Motown rhythm and blues sound of the 60’s and 70’s as we celebrate Black History Month. Dinner from Heavy’s Food Truck – Best Soul Food Truck in Tampa! Proceeds go to support the non-profit’s community work. The irresistible force of Motown made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. The show starts at 7PM. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

St. Petersburg Fine Arts Festival (Day One)

The 7th Annual St. Petersburg Fine Arts Festival showcases original artwork by more than 100 artisans from throughout Florida and across the United States. Together these artisans will create an outdoor gallery of stunning, original and handmade art from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art, metalwork and much more! This takes place in South Straub Park. Hours are 10AM to 5PM February 22nd and 23rd.

Localtopia 2020

Keep Saint Petersburg Local brings back Localtopia to Williams Park for its 7th year! Localtopia is St. Pete’s largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local” showcasing over 250 of the city’s favorite independent businesses and community organizations. It has been voted Best Festival in the Tampa Bay Times‘ “Best of the Best” Awards and nominated for Best Festival by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater! This family-friendly festival also commemorates KSPL’s 8-Year Anniversary. Please consider a (minimum) $5 donation upon arrival to spread the local love – “Donation Points” will be located at all entrances. For more information, check out the Facebook event here. This event happens Saturday, February 22nd from 10AM to 5PM in Williams Park.

SUNDAY 2/23

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.

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Mahaffey, 2PM

Beethoven’s only violin concerto is in the hands of brilliant Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, part of The Florida Orchestra’s two-year Beethoven celebration. It is framed by Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Christoph König conducts. Join TFO for a pre-concert conversation one hour before the performance. This event appears as part of The ST. PETERSBURG CELEBRATION of the ARTS. For more about the celebration visit artsofstpete.org. Free tickets for kids and teens in advance. For more information and tickets, call 727.892.3337 or 800.662.7286. Purchase other tickets here, starting at $18.

Equality Shuffle & LGBTQ Youth Art Show

Join St. Pete Shuffle for an afternoon of shuffleboard, art, champagne and fun. This free, all ages event is a chance for you to support and learn more about the work of Equality Florida including our Safe & Healthy Schools Program. Help support Equality Florida and play shuffleboard, enjoy some light bites and drinks, enter the raffle as well as view artwork from local middle and high school LGBTQ+ youth in the Clubhouse. The event if free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 per person to help cover expenses of the event. This happens from 12PM to 3PM.

St. Petersburg Fine Arts Festival (Day Two)

The 7th Annual St. Petersburg Fine Arts Festival showcases original artwork by more than 100 artisans from throughout Florida and across the United States. Together these artisans will create an outdoor gallery of stunning, original and handmade art from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art, metalwork and much more! This takes place in South Straub Park. Hours are 10AM to 5PM February 22nd and 23rd.

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. This exhibit runs through March 1st.

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.

Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney at the MFA

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is the first museum in the country to host this exhibition culled from the McNay Art Museum’s prestigious Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts since it closed December 29, 2019 at the McNay in San Antonio, Texas. The traveling exhibition features a stunning variety of over 100 scene, costume, stage and program designs created by noted artists from the nineteenth century to the present day. The works of artists presented in the exhibition, such as Henri Mattise, Natalia Goncharova, Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, and Lesley Dill, innovated the productions of some of the world’s most famous opera and ballet productions. To truly bring the art of the stage to life, the MFA is collaborating with several local and national arts organizations to present live performances on a theater built inside the gallery, as well as performance spaces throughout the museum. The museum will be animated with performances of classical music, opera, dance, theater and poetry throughout the run of the exhibition, along with special lectures and film screenings.

About the author

Gina Marks

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, ellisfashionco.com.


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