Beach Drive: The Weekender 4/18-4/21


Happy weekend and happy Easter! There’s plenty going on in DTSP and we’ve got the best things here. Thursday brings us Cocktails and Collections at the MFA as well as a performance by the legendary Santana in Al Lang Stadium. Friday means yoga, clay creations, shuffleboard, a Rays game, and the St. Pete Craft Beer and Wing Fest! Saturday starts the second rendition of the Mainsail Art Festival, yoga (and a pool party) at the Hollander Hotel, and Easter shenanigans at the Sundial. Sunday wraps things up with plenty of options for Easter brunch, egg hunts, and more. And don’t forget to check out the MFA’s newest exhibit! Check it all out here!

THURSDAY 4/18

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.

Look Back At It Thursdays with DJ Shannon C

Ladies, this one is for you – head on over to Yard of Ale St. Pete from 11PM-1AM for the best of the 90s and great drink and food deals ($2 Ladies Wells, $3 Ultra, $4 White Teas, $5 Stoli, LITs, $5 Chicken / Veggie Skewers)!

Cocktails & Collections at the Museum of Fine Arts

Cocktails & Collections, held on the third Thursday of each month, is a series of themed events focusing on one of the MFA galleries or special exhibitions. Enjoy live music, a customized docent tour, light bites and art-inspired signature cocktails, all inspired by the different works & artists.

Free for MFA Members, $20 For Not-Yet Members – (members must register and log in to receive discount).

Cash bar after first cocktail.

American Stage in the Park: Mamma Mia!

Grab a blanket and your friends for an evening of live theater under the stars! American Stage in the Park brings comedies & modern musicals to Demens Landing Park in St. Pete each spring. This year, watch the enchanting tale of love, laughter, family, and friendship as they present Mama Mia! on select nights From April 10 – May 12. See here for tickets and more information.

SunLit Festival

The fifth annual SunLit Festival brings together cultural organizations, writers, artists, and businesses for 18 days of “litertainment.” Produced by Keep St. Pete Lit, the festivities begin with a kick-off party from 7-9PM at the Chihuly Collection on April 11. Events range from conversations with authors to interactive storytelling to poetry at The Dali and more. Find the complete list of events at SunLitFestival.Org.

Santana at Al Lang Stadium

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer & 10 time Grammy Award Winner Carlos Santana and his band Santana will be bringing the heat to Al Lang Stadium! Don’t miss them perform passion-filled songs from their 40 years of career on April 18th at 8 p.m. https://tour.santana.com/.

FRIDAY 4/19

Yoga for Lunch at Station House

Unwind and renew with a mid-day Yoga break! A soulful exploration of the body and mind will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to embrace the rest of your day, and the weekend ahead.  In the heart of downtown St. Pete, join us for a 45 minutes flow that will get your blood pumping, body moving and soul squealing for joy! Starts at 12pm.

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 7-11 p.m., 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.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest

Bring your appetite to Vinoy Park for this food truck rally featuring chicken wings and craft beer! From 6 – 11 p.m., more than 15 food trucks will be dishing out special chicken wings and chicken inspired dishes as well as their normal cuisine. Live music, beer, and craft vendors. This event is free admission and family and pet friendly.

SATURDAY 4/20

Saturday Morning Market

Check out this week’s rendition of St. Pete’s favorite way to say good morning. It’s full of all of the goods – and eats – to make your Saturday morning sweet. Stop by at 101 1st Street SE between 9am and 1pm.

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.

HYdrate Sip N’ Swim Pool Party

From 12-4PM, hang out at the Hollander Hotel for an afternoon of fun! $30 entry includes all-you-can-drink beverages, live music from DJ DeZ, and more! Tickets here.

Salsa in the Burg

Join DJs Mike Sensation and Elias Mambo as they spin vinyl (yes, real vinyl!) for a night of dancing at the Iberian Rooster’s Subcentral. The night includes $7 margaritas and $3 Coronas all night! Come early to enjoy dinner at the Iberian Rooster before the event gets into swing. The event runs from 9PM to 3AM and tickets are $10. Purchase them here!

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Red Sox, 6:10 p.m.

After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

Mainsail Art Festival

You won’t be surprised to learn that St. Pete/Clearwater – with all of its artsy, waterfront allure – hosts one of the nation’s most magnetic art festivals. Mainsail Arts Festival, held annually over two days in April, routinely draws 100,000 attendees to downtown St. Pete’s Vinoy Park, where 200-plus visual artists and craftspeople display their work against sparkling Tampa Bay. Better yet: Admission to the festival is FREE.

Sundial Easter Eggstravaganza

Hop on over to Sundial St. Pete on Saturday, April 20th for an egg-citing day full of Easter fun! Start the day with FREE yoga in the Sundial courtyard from 9-10 AM, followed by a tasting from Mother Kombucha. Hop back to the Sundial courtyard from 1-4 PM for the Sundial Easter Eggstravaganza! Enjoy live music, face painting, a balloon artist, bunny crafts, Easter egg hunts & free photo-ops with the Easter Bunny himself! This event is free and goes until 4 p.m.

SUNDAY 4/21

St. Pete Sunday Market

LocalShops1 will be hosting a Sunday Market at Caddy’s on Central! This runs weekly from 12PM to 4PM each Sunday through April. Sip mimosas, enter raffles, and enjoy live music as you shop a variety of local vendors!

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 11 am – 4 pm. Visit the Facebook event page here.

Mainsail Art Festival

You won’t be surprised to learn that St. Pete/Clearwater – with all of its artsy, waterfront allure – hosts one of the nation’s most magnetic art festivals. Mainsail Arts Festival, held annually over two days in April, routinely draws 100,000 attendees to downtown St. Pete’s Vinoy Park, where 200-plus visual artists and craftspeople display their work against sparkling Tampa Bay. Better yet: Admission to the festival is FREE.

Vertical Ventures Egg Hunt

This Sunday, check out Vertical Ventures for an Easter egg hunt for everyone! The event runs from 10AM to 2PM.

Glass Easter Egg Hunt

Not your average Easter Egg hunt! The Morean Arts Center will hide hand-blown glass eggs along Central Avenue from 16th St. to 5th St. First-come, first-served! Two eggs will be hidden for every block, with no egg being the same in color, shape or size. Keep the egg as a token and bring it to the Morean Glass Studio to redeem a free, live glassblowing demonstration. The hunt begins at 7:30 a.m.!

Easter Brunch at Parkshore Grille

Enjoy an Easter inspired brunch on the bustling Beach Drive in downtown St. Pete! From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Parkshore Grill will be serving up a special menu created by Chef Tyson including Crab Cake Benedict, Shrimp & Grits, Steak & Eggs, Leg of Lamb and more! Reservations may be made over OpenTable, in person, or by phone at (727) 896-9463.

Easter Brunch at Cassis

Celebrate Easter on bustling Beach Drive in downtown St. Pete at Cassis! Enjoy American and French fare in a Parisian-inspired space with indoor and outdoor seating available. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Easter Brunch at Sundial

Each of the Sundial’s amazing restaurants has Easter brunch specials! For more details, see here.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Red Sox, 2:10 p.m.

After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

MUSEUMS

Rock & Roll Exhibition at The Florida Holocaust Museum

Explore the extraordinary life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham (1931 – 1991) who helped launch and promote the careers of countless rock & roll artists. This exhibition also traces the indomitable spirit of a man who was brought to the United States as an eleven-year-old Jewish refugee fleeing the Nazis, fueling lifelong passion and advocacy for social justice (now EXTENDED through June 30th!).

A Feast for the Eyes Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete

Dreamy landscapes and luscious still life paintings from one of the world’s greatest private collections join together in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection. This stunning exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete from March 23 through July 28, 2019. The exhibition features 40 of the finest Old Master paintings by artists from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Germany -including Jan Brueghel the Elder and Canaletto, one of the greatest view painters of all time represented here with an iconic view of Venice.The works span from 1600 to 1750. The collection is on loan from the Grasset family of Spain, whose patriarch assembled this group of masterpieces.

Magritte and Dali: A Surreal Exhibition

The Magritte & Dali Exhibition challenges reality with the works from the world’s two most celebrated surrealists – Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. In addition to viewing the 30+ works on display in the special exhibit, immersive installations allow you to be part of some of their most iconic pieces of art. The exhibitions runs through May 19, 2019 and tickets are available here.

Theo Wujcik: Cantos Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete

One of Tampa Bay’s best-known artists, Theo Wujcik (1936-2014), spent a decade creating a series drawn from the dark and profound literary classic, Dante’s Inferno. Now, those extraordinary paintings are the theme for Theo Wujcik: Cantos, a special exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. This exhibition celebrates the work of Theo Wujcik (1936–2014), with a focus on the literary references in his work.

About the author

Gina Marks

Gina Marks

Gina is a student at 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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