Beach Drive: The Weekender 3/12-3/15


Though the highly anticipated Grand Prix has had its general admission canceled this Thursday morning, there will still be plenty of fun happening in DTSP. Keep an eye out for changes of plan and cancelations! Remember – health and safety first! Stay home if you’re feeling under the weather and keep your hands clean. Have a great weekend!

THURSDAY 3/12

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.

The People Downstairs at American Stage, 7PM

THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS, written by Natalie Symons, is taking center stage at American Stage Theatre on select nights from March 11 – April 5, 2020. In Buffalo NY, Miles, an aging funeral home custodian lives with his middle-aged daughter Mabel, who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, Miles sets out to set Mabel up with Todd, an inept mortician. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness, and the healing power of laughter. Reserve your tickets here.

Poetry at the Dali

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. This free event starts at 6PM. Parking is free for members, as available; $10 parking for nonmembers; free after 5PM on Thursdays, as available.

FRIDAY 3/13

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 People Downstairs at American Stage, 8PM

THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS, written by Natalie Symons, is taking center stage at American Stage Theatre on select nights from March 11 – April 5, 2020. In Buffalo NY, Miles, an aging funeral home custodian lives with his middle-aged daughter Mabel, who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, Miles sets out to set Mabel up with Todd, an inept mortician. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness, and the healing power of laughter. Reserve your tickets here.

Fast Friday at the Sundial

Sundial St. Pete is getting revved up for #FirestoneGP Weekend with Fast Friday! Start your engines, and shift into gear because Sundial is kicking off Grand Prix weekend in a big way this year! Join Sundial St. Pete on Friday, March 13th for Fast Friday, a night celebrating the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg! There will be live music in the Sundial courtyard from 6 – 9PM from Ronnie Dee and the Super Stars. Make sure to also grab a photo with the racing car! Also, get 25% off and a gift with purchase (of $175 or more) from Chico’s and 30% off select items from Italian Idea Leather Goods.

Modern Business Associates Grand Prix 5K

Chase the Night – On Track! The 8th annual Modern Business Associates 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Track is set for Friday, March 13, 2020. Online registration is open for runners and walkers at gpstpete.com/5k. Location: The start/finish line will be on Bay Shore Drive NE, on the water side of North Straub Park. The race will follow a route through Downtown St. Petersburg on the Firestone Grand Prix track. Packet Pick-Up: Rococo Steak. The Moon Under Water, located on Beach Drive across from the finish line, will be offering a complimentary 20 oz pint, a glass of house wine or a well cocktail with the purchase of an entrée after the 5K. Please show your server your race metal or number tag to redeem. The race starts at 6PM.

SATURDAY 3/14

Saturday Morning Market * MOVED FOR GRAND PRIX *

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. (Find it in WILLIAMS PARK this weekend.)

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.

The People Downstairs at American Stage, 2PM, 8PM

THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS, written by Natalie Symons, is taking center stage at American Stage Theatre on select nights from March 11 – April 5, 2020. In Buffalo NY, Miles, an aging funeral home custodian lives with his middle-aged daughter Mabel, who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, Miles sets out to set Mabel up with Todd, an inept mortician. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness, and the healing power of laughter. Reserve your tickets here.

Contemporary Fiber in Florida at Florida CraftArt

“Contemporary Fiber in Florida,” a juried exhibition at Florida CraftArt showcases innovative approaches to traditional fiber techniques, includes weaving, surface design, wearable art, basketry, beading and textile dyeing. It features 40 artists from around the state of Florida, from Tallahassee to Sunrise. The opening reception and awards presentation are on March 13, 2020, from 5:30 to 7:30PM. and the exhibit runs through May 3. Artists selected for this exhibition are taking their traditional knowledge of fiber craft and bounding vibrantly into an incredible range of works that speak far beyond visuals. Visit Florida Craft Art’s website for a full breakdown of the events and workshops.

The Yard: A Free Workout Experience at Green Bench

No fee, no frills, and no roof. Every 2nd Saturday at 11AM, you can join 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. You’ll learn from some of the best trainers in St. Petersburg, as each month brings a new trainer with their own spin on an innovative and inclusive outdoor workout. Come by solo, or bring friends or family (or even a stranger!) this Saturday for a guided group workout beginning at 11AM and be sure to come back for a new experience every month.

Foeder for Thought at Green Bench

Alongside Good Beer Hunting and New Belgium Brewing, Green Bench hosts the 7th Annual Foeder for Thought celebration during Tampa Bay Beer Week! Foeder for Thought will be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2020 from 5PM-10PM. For those who haven’t been to a FFT event before, here’s what you can expect. A LOT of fantastic beer, cider and (for the first time EVER) natural wine. Your $100 includes unlimited pours throughout the night of some of the best beverages in the world.There will also be some panel discussions hosted by Michael Kiser of Good Beer Hunting, where we’ll go over some relevant industry topics, get opinions, laugh, and get friggin weird. This year, Green Bench will be keeping both tasting rooms open to the public so you can sip on GB beer all night long, but that does NOT grant you access to special event beers. For more information and tickets, visit here.

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.

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

SUNDAY 3/15

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.

The People Downstairs at American Stage, 2PM

THE PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS, written by Natalie Symons, is taking center stage at American Stage Theatre on select nights from March 11 – April 5, 2020. In Buffalo NY, Miles, an aging funeral home custodian lives with his middle-aged daughter Mabel, who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, Miles sets out to set Mabel up with Todd, an inept mortician. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness, and the healing power of laughter. Reserve your tickets here.

MUSEUMS

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.

The Life Story of Anne Frank at the FHM

“Let Me Be Myself” tells the story of Anne Frank in a modern way, addressing current day issues of identity, exclusion, and discrimination. Anne’s experiences connect deeply with today’s youth as they grow and learn that all actions and words matter. This exhibition will also feature a Virtual Reality (VR) component from Force Field VR and Oculus Studios that allows the visitor to travel back in time to Anne Frank’s hiding place, the “Secret Annex.”  Making use of large size pictures, the exhibition shows the story of Anne Frank from her birth in 1929 up to her death in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Each exhibition panel also contains images and texts about the world around Anne Frank: the rise of Hitler, the persecution of the Jews and the Second World War.

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.

Contemporary Fiber in Florida at Florida CraftArt

“Contemporary Fiber in Florida,” a juried exhibition at Florida CraftArt showcases innovative approaches to traditional fiber techniques, includes weaving, surface design, wearable art, basketry, beading and textile dyeing. It features 40 artists from around the state of Florida, from Tallahassee to Sunrise. The exhibit runs through May 3. Artists selected for this exhibition are taking their traditional knowledge of fiber craft and bounding vibrantly into an incredible range of works that speak far beyond visuals. Visit Florida Craft Art’s website for a full breakdown of the events and workshops.

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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