Beach Drive: The Weekender 3/5-3/8

Who else is ready for another weekend in DTSP? We can’t wait to check out this week’s fantastic events. Check out some of the highlights below!


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.

Defining Antisemitism with Mark Weitzman

The Richard Rappaport Family Antisemitism Lecture Series Presents: Mark Weitzman at the Florida Holocaust Museum.  Weitzman is an expert on the history and modern manifestations of Antisemitism and Holocaust denials. Join us as Weitzman shares how he and his colleagues worked for years to create a globally recognized definition of Antisemitism as a means to combat hate worldwide. Free to attend. Click here to RSVP.

Satyricon – Ancient Theater & the Cinema at the Museum of Fine Arts

$5 with admission. In connection with “Ancient Theater and the Cinema” (November 9, 2019–April 5, 2020), we are screening three films offering contrasting treatments of stories taken from ancient plays. Federico Fellini’s “Satyricon” (1969) is a wild adaptation of Petronious’ “Satyricon,” written during the reign of the emperor Nero and set in imperial Rome, with a lewd play embedded within it reminiscent of a Greek phlyax play. This is the only such treatment in the history of movies. The film is divided into nine episodes, following the scholar Encolpius and his friend Ascyltus as they try to win the heart of the young boy Gitón, whom they both love, within the film’s depiction of a surreal and dreamlike Roman landscape and culture. Vincent Canby of “The New York Times,” noted that the film was “the quintessential Fellini film, a travelogue through an unknown galaxy, a magnificently realized movie of his and our wildest dreams.” This event happens from 7PM to 9PM.

Artflix: Alexander Calder – Sculptor of Air at the Dali

Unique modern artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) revolutionized the art of sculpture with his distinctive modernism, freeing sculpture from its stand and adding movement to the art itself.  Contemporary and friend with Duchamp, Miró, and Mondrian, who have greatly influenced his evolution, this genius tinkerer, too often limited to his Mobiles, was fueled by artistic renewal, creating such unexpected shapes as his huge stabile sculptures now exhibited worldwide. In light of the artist’s life, this film retraces this unique quest and explores the masterpieces that have marked the history of 20th century art.Cost: Free (Parking is free for members, as available; $5 parking for nonmembers after 5PM.) Visit the Dali Museum Website for more information.

ROK Cup Florida Winter Tour Round 3 at the Tropicana Field

ROK Cup Promotions Florida Winter Tour – Round #3 featuring a new location and another new track layout, ROKKERS will descend on St. Pete at Tropicana Field. Taking place the weekend prior to the opening round of the NTT IndyCar Series, The St. Pete Grand Prix. The city will come alive, and the future and current stars of IndyCar can be seen over a ten day span in the same city! More information here.


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 Stranger: A Tribute to Billy Joel at the Palladium

BILLY JOEL Tribute The Stranger Featuring Mike Santoro is comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, this 6 piece band brings together an authentic replication of Billy’s timeless music, crowning it with soulful, spot on vocals that makes listening to a Billy Joel song so special. THE STRANGER is the complete premiere tribute to the music of one of the world’s most beloved performers, Billy Joel. General admission is $22 in advance, $25 day of show. Concert starts at 8PM. Tickets here.

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 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 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.

Rachmainoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 at the Mahaffey

Considered the “Everest” of piano concertos, Rachmaninoff’s most difficult work is a thriller to watch live – especially with electrifying pianist Joyce Yang. Also: Beethoven’s Eighth and Sibelius’ Seventh, two symphonies that pack a lot into a little space. Michael Francis conducts. Join us for a pre-concert conversation one hour before the performance. Free tickets for kids and teens in advance. For more information and tickets, call 727.892.3337 or 800.662.7286. The performance starts at 8PM and ends at 10PM.

St. Pete Indie Market

St. Pete Indie Market is a monthly market, featuring 100+ vendors. The market showcases local artists, indie designers, vintage collectors, food trucks, jewelry makers, horticulturists, eclectic crafters and other local businesses and organizations. The market spills out of Green Bench Brewing Co. with specialty cocktails being served up at Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails. Get a taste of St. Pete’s local vibe and eat, shop and drink the first Saturday of each month from 12-4PM.

Opera Through the Ages at the MFA

Free with museum admission! St. Pete Opera celebrates opera through the ages in this 50-minute program featuring three voice types (soprano, mezzo and tenor). Performing pieces featured in “Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney,” Opera Through The Ages spans nearly 200 years of opera, touching upon themes and styles beloved by audiences around the world. Beginning in the mid-1700s with two outstanding selections from Gluck (“Alceste” and “Orfeo ed Euridice”), the program moves on to “The Tales of Hoffman,” a perennial that has survived the death of the composer, who perished with the nearly finished manuscript in his hand. Next, they will explore the role of the Harlequin in opera through selections from “Pagliacci” and “Ariadne auf Naxos,” the program then wends its way into a decidedly modern opera, Virgil Thompson’s celebratory, suffrage-infused “Mother of Us All”. This event happens from 2PM to 3PM.

Awakening into the Sun Festival Day One

Join us for a combination of health and wellness activities, spiritual connection, vendor booths, food, and fun in the sun! Saturday, March 7th 9AM-6PM AND Sunday, March 8 10AM-6PM. This wellness festival is free admission and hosted in North Straub Park. There will be live music Saturday & Sunday from 11:30AM-5PM, free group yoga classes 10AM-3PM, and over 125 vendor booths. Visit for the FULL music & yoga lineup!


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.

Awakening into the Sun Festival Day Two

Join us for a combination of health and wellness activities, spiritual connection, vendor booths, food, and fun in the sun! Saturday, March 7th 9AM-6PM AND Sunday, March 8 10AM-6PM. This wellness festival is free admission and hosted in North Straub Park. There will be live music Saturday & Sunday from 11:30AM-5PM, free group yoga classes 10AM-3PM, and over 125 vendor booths. Visit for the FULL music & yoga lineup!

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.

Women of Jazz featuring Valerie Gillespie at the Palladium

In celebration of Women’s History Month, sax star Valerie Gillespie appears with an all-female band, featuring Valerie on sax and vocals, Judi Glover – piano, Jennifer Medina – bass, Meghan Lock – drums, and special guest appearances by Lindsay Arenas – flute, and singer Rose Bilal. Reserved tickets are $40. General admission is $20 in advance, $25 day of show. The show starts at 7PM. Tickets here.


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.

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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