Beach Drive: The Weekender 2/6-2/9


Once again, it’s the weekend in beautiful St. Pete! Who else is ready to spend it checking out DTSP’s fabulous events? We know we are! We’ve compiled a list of the highlights here. Start making your to-do list and let us know how your weekend went on our social media!

THURSDAY 2/6

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.

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 will be the first of several workshops before the final performance in May. This event starts at 6PM. Find more information here.

ArtFlix – Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde at the Dali

Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant-Garde originally aired as an episode of PBS’ American Masters in 1997 and provides a succinct overview of the life of the talented Man Ray, a painter, photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for his photographic portraits of famous artists, such as Igor Stravinsky, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. The film, engagingly narrated by Stockard Channing, surveys Ray’s life while being attuned to the need to frame his life and work in a cultural and historical context. The often underappreciated Ray is given flattering treatment as director Mel Stuart makes a compelling case regarding Ray’s importance in the 20th Century art world. This screening is free and takes place in the Will Raymund Theater. This showing begins at 6PM.

FRIDAY 2/7

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.

The Blend Coffee and Wine Grand Opening

If you haven’t made it to this unique coffee and wine bar yet, now is your chance! Celebrate the grand opening this Friday with all day Happy Hour and live music by Curtis Allen Live from 6PM to 10PM. There will be food, coffee, mimosas, wine, beer, vodka spritzers, and tons of fun happening all day long. The Blend opens at 7AM and closes at 10PM.

First Friday St. Pete

Celebrate every First Friday of the month in St. Pete with a free block party complete with live music and dancing! The action goes down between 2nd and 3rd streets on Central Ave. from 5:30PM to 10PM.

SATURDAY 2/8

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.

Cupid’s Undie Run

On Feb. 8th, thousands of runners will drop their pants for charity in Downtown St. Pete! Cupid’s Undie Run is an annual ‘brief’ run to raise awareness to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF) through fundraising for Children’s Tumor Foundation. The 1-mile run starts at Yard of Ale St. Pete and is followed by an epic party inside. It starts at 12PM and is $35 to register. Sign up here.

The Yard at Green Bench Brewing

No fee, no frills, and no roof. Every 2nd Saturday at 11AM, enjoy a free community workout in the heart of the EDGE District at Green Bench Brewing! Open to individuals of all fitness levels, The Yard is a unique and fun way to trim fat, build muscle and meet your neighbors in the community one Saturday morning every month. Learn from trainers from the ANNEX Training Studio, each month bringing a new trainer with their own spin on an innovative and inclusive outdoor workout.

The Power of Youth: Activism in Action at the FHM

The Florida Holocaust Museum is pleased to present a community conversation with Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes and Claire Sarnowski, youth activists who are making change happen in the world. The panel discussion will be moderated by trailblazer Gayle Sierens, Retired Co-Anchor, WFLA News Channel 8. Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, CEO and co-founder of the Akilah Institute, the only college for women in Rwanda, and Davis College, a global network of universities offering affordable and market relevant education. Claire Sarnowski, as a high school freshman in Oregon, contacted her state senator to sponsor a bill for mandatory curriculum standards to teach students about the Holocaust and the concept of genocide. The bill became law in June 2019. This program is free to attend and happens 11AM to 1PM. Please RSVP online at https://bookwhen.com/floridaholocaustmuseum/e/ev-slzi-20200208110000.

St. Pete Second Saturday Art Walk

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 5-9 p.m. event. For a complete list of participating galleries and a map, visit stpeteartsalliance.org.

Rays Fan Fest at the Tropicana Field

Calling all Rays fans! This fun, free event celebrates your favorite local baseball team. Enjoy batting cages, players and coaches panels, clubhouse tours, and more! Claim your free online ticket here. This event runs from 11AM to 3PM.

The Ale and the Witch Boogie with the Screaming J’s

Need some more dancing in your life? Head to the Ale and the Witch for an afternoon of boogie with the Screaming J’s! This live music performance happens from 3:30PM to 6:30PM. Find out more about the band here.

Caddy’s on Central Silent Disco Fundraiser

Just $10 gets you your Silent Disco headset, tuning you in to 3 DJ’s in 3 rooms from no matter where you are in the building. If you don’t like what one is playing, just flip the switch to see what the others are spinning and you’re bound to find something to jam to. Dance, hip-hop, R&B, reggaeton, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and more will be going all night. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. This is a Leadership St. Pete fundraiser benefitting Family Resources Inc.

Guerilla Art Market at the St. Pete Side Lot (Off Beach)

Come out and buy local art from some of the area’s best artists! There will plenty of art to see and buy, live demos and a beer and wine bar. February’s event features a CARMADA pop-up with live RV painting by Jennifer Kosharek. The Art Market is from 5PM to 10PM and an open mic from local musicians and talent will provide the music. Located next door to 3 Daughters Brewing in the Warehouse Arts District.

The Music of Bond – James Bond at the Mahaffey

Be stirred, not shaken, by more than 50 years of music for the world’s most famous spy. With soaring strings and bold brass, the themes of 007 are instantly thrilling and unforgettable. Conducted by The Florida Orchestra’s own secret weapon: Michael Francis. The show begins at 2PM. Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased here.

SUNDAY 2/9

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. Petersburg Distance Classic

The second annual St. Petersburg Distance Classic happens this Sunday! With a marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K, there are options for a variety of skill levels. All races begin at North Shore Park. First start time is 6AM. For registration and more information, visit 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.

Paul’s Landing Second Anniversary Party

Prepare to party like it’s 1974! Join us in celebrating Paul’s Landing 2nd Anniversary on Sunday, February 9th at the Paul’s Landing Event Lawn. Dress up in your groovy 70’s attire and boogie with the popular Black Honkeys. Prizes will be awarded for the top three costumes. Music will be performed live by the Black Honkeys! Food and drink specials available. Pre-purchase your ticket for $3 on EventBrite and get entered to win great prizes! $5 at the door. Doors open at 4:30PM, concert at 5PM.

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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