Beach Drive: The Weekender 8/15-8/18


Happy weekend! Time to reward yourself with the best stuff to do in DTSP. This weekend’s highlights include – Thursday: Cocktails and Collections at the MFA, Mean Girls at the Dali, and Iberian Jazz at the Palladium. Friday: Stuff the Bus, 80s Jazz at the Palladium, and a Tater Tot Throw Down. Saturday: the Cider Press Café’s 4th Anniversary, 50 Years of Woodstock at Daddy Kool Records, and Celebrating Ray Charles at the Palladium. Sunday: USF Day with the Rays, Sunday Swim at the Hollander, and Rebelution in Vinoy Park. There’s no shortage of things to do in St. Pete! Have an awesome weekend.

THURSDAY 8/15

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.

Fun Home – 7PM

GROW UP. OUT LOUD. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark piece of theatre can. This groundbreaking and life-affirming new musical was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike and garnering five Tony Awards.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages. We follow her as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood in this refreshingly honest and intimate musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Head to American Stage to watch Fun Home come to life on select nights from July 17 – August 18. This weekend includes showings Thursday through Sunday. Tickets here.

Off the Yeezy at the Crafty Squirrel

This week’s theme means Kanye, because the Crafty Squirrel loves you like Kanye loves Kanye. Enjoy DJ Pezz starting at 9PM, play prosecco pong, and sip specialty cocktails like the Monster or Heartless. The night ends at 1AM.

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.

Cult Classic Summer Movie at the Dali Museum: Mean Girls

The Dali’s can’t-miss outdoor movie series ends this Thursday with Mean Girls. Grab your lawn chair, don some movie-inspired duds and enjoy free flicks, local food truck fare, and cold craft brews. Doors open and vendors start serving at 7PM Movies begin at 8:30PM.

Seating is limited and spots fill up quickly, so guests are encouraged to come early to claim a spot at the Museum’s Avant Garden. These guests are also encouraged to take advantage of their early arrival and experience. Museum galleries after hours on the night of the movie at a reduced $10 admission.

The event is held rain or shine (movies and tastings are moved inside during inclement weather). Please bring only low-seating lawn chairs. No pets, coolers, outside food or beverages are permitted.

Iberian Jazz with Ona Kieri at the Palladium

Travel to Iberia with a fantastic local vocalist Ona Kirei as she performs songs from the Iberian Peninsula as well as original jazz-infused compositions. Ona has a wide repertoire and sings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Basque, and Galician in addition to English. Joining Kirei are Pablo Arencibia, Alejandro Arenas, Dave Rudolph. The show begins at 7:30PM and ends at 10:30pm. Tickets are $24 reserved, $12 advance general admission, and $15 day of show. Buy them here.

SPCA Tampa Bay Yappy Hour at the Ale and the Witch

Happy hours are better with dogs! Meet the faces of your local SPCA, enter for awesome chance drawing prizes and show your support for homeless animals all while enjoying tasty brews with your friends and dogs! A newly released ‘Yappy Hour’ t-shirt will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the shelter. Bring a pet food donation to support our community food bank and receive a free chance drawing ticket! Open to public, family-friendly, well-behaved dogs welcome. This event runs from 6PM to 8PM.

FRIDAY 8/16

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 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.

Fun Home – 8PM

GROW UP. OUT LOUD. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark piece of theatre can. This groundbreaking and life-affirming new musical was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike and garnering five Tony Awards.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages. We follow her as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood in this refreshingly honest and intimate musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Head to American Stage to watch Fun Home come to life on select nights from July 17 – August 18. This weekend includes showings Thursday through Sunday. Tickets here.

St. Pete Stuff the Bus

It’s time once again for St. Pete to Stuff the Bus with school supplies for the back-to-school needs of deserving children in our community.

On Friday, August 16 from 8 AM – 2PM a yellow school bus will be parked in front of 1300 1st Ave. N., between the new Police Department and the temporary City Hall location to accept school supply donations from city employees and area businesses.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays VS Tigers, 7:10PM

Watch the Rays face off against the Miami Marlins this weekend! Come see 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. Tickets here.

La Lucha: 80s Jazz Party with Jamie Perlow

Hear your favorite ’80s hits jazzed up by Palladium favorites Jamie Perlow and La Lucha, featuring John O’Leary (piano), Mark Feinman (drums), and Alejandro Arenas (bass). Dress for the occasion – they will! The concert runs from 8PM to 11PM. Reserved tickets are $40, general admission is $20 advance and $25 day of show. Buy them here.

Tater Tot Throw Down

The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association hosts a Tater Tot Throw Down in Albert Whitted Park this Friday night! In addition to the usual menus, 25 food trucks will feature special tater tot dishes to try. There will also be 17 vendors to shop from. This event runs from 6PM to 11PM and admission is free. For a full list of trucks, vendors, and more, visit here.

SATURDAY 8/17

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 Williams Park 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.

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.

Fun Home – 2PM and 8PM

GROW UP. OUT LOUD. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark piece of theatre can. This groundbreaking and life-affirming new musical was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike and garnering five Tony Awards.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages. We follow her as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood in this refreshingly honest and intimate musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Head to American Stage to watch Fun Home come to life on select nights from July 17 – August 18. This weekend includes showings Thursday through Sunday. Tickets here.

Beat the Heat Yoga at Sundial St. Pete

For the love of yoga! Head to the courtyard at Sundial St. Pete for the largest FREE outdoor yoga event each third Saturday of the month. Check-in starts at 7:30AM and the yoga session will begin at 8AM.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays VS Tigers, 6:10PM

Watch the Rays face off against the Miami Marlins this weekend! Come see 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. Tickets here.

Cider Press Café 4 Year Anniversary

Cider Press Café turns four years old! Celebrate with light passed appetizers, wine & cocktail samples, and preview the upcoming Tikis & Tacos. This event runs from 6PM to 10PM.

Clear the Shelters with Friends of Strays (Off Beach)

Looking for a new pet? Now’s the perfect time! Join Friends of Strays for its annual Clear the Shelters event for waived adoption fees! Stop by between 10AM and 6PM to pick up your new furry friend(s).

Communion After Dark at Iberian Rooster

Communion After Dark returns to Iberian Rooster SubCentral for our signature Darkwave Post-punk night. This will be the only event for the summer – so drop by to hear the latest music the scene has to offer. See you Downstairs! This event is free and runs from 10:30PM to 2:30AM.

Summer of ’69 – 50 Years of Woodstock at Daddy Kool Records (Off Beach)

The Summer of Love is upon us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock! Join Daddy Kool Records for a night filled with good tunes, vibes and lots of fun from 6 – 8:30PM. There will be limited edition Daddy Kool shirts for the occasion (with the option to tie dye them!), Woodstock-themed music spun by DJ Daisy Chain, yummy bites from Good Mood Food and Katie’s Fine Cookies, and an end-of-summer clothing swap (all leftover items will be donated to CASA). Show up dressed for the occasion for the chance to win awesome prizes!

Celebrating Ray Charles with Latimore and the St. Pete Florida Blues Band

Join Latimore, the classic soul and R&B legend and the St. Pete Florida Blues Band with Roy Peter Clark, Eric Deggans, J.J. Pattishall, Dave Scheiber, Lillian Dunlap and Paul Wilborn as they celebrate the music of Ray Charles, Florida Style! The show begins at 8PM and ends at 11PM. Tickets are $35 for Tier A reserved, $22 (advance) or $28 (day of show) for Tier B reserved, and $18 in advance for students.

SUNDAY 8/18

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.

Fun Home – 2PM

GROW UP. OUT LOUD. Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark piece of theatre can. This groundbreaking and life-affirming new musical was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike and garnering five Tony Awards.

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages. We follow her as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood in this refreshingly honest and intimate musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Head to American Stage to watch Fun Home come to life on select nights from July 17 – August 18. This weekend includes showings Thursday through Sunday. Tickets here.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays VS Tigers, 1:10PM

Watch the Rays face off against the Miami Marlins this weekend! Come see 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. Tickets here.

Sunday Swim Pool Party at the Hollander

Sunday Swim pools together some of St. Pete’s open air party staples, the infamous weekly Sunshine City Disco patio extended sets and Open House Conspiracy’s boutique dance party popups, which have brought many legendary DJs to town. So don’t be surprised by potential secret special guests. No cover.

Rebelution – Good Vibes Summer Tour at Vinoy Park

Rebelution is bringing nothing but good vibes to the St. Pete’s most scenic waterfront venue, Vinoy Park! Don’t miss this live performance as their Good Vibes Summer Tour rolls through Sunday, August 18 at 5PM. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

MUSEUMS

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 23rd through July 28th. 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. This exhibit has been extended through September 2nd.

Straighten Up The World at the Museum of Fine Arts

This exhibition brings together works from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts that display the prowess and innovation stemming from self-taught artistic practices from the American south. Purvis Young used cast-off materials to capture scenes and portraits of people he saw in his inner-city Overtown neighborhood of Miami, noting “I paint them all kinds of ways…some people protesting, some happy, some white, some are black, green or purple. People that think like me. Different kinds of people trying to straighten up the world.” These artists face severe socio-political inequalities, including poverty and systemic racism, and yet created transformational artworks from materials that could easily be overlooked.  A number of their works call for change, as seen explicitly in Ned Cartledge’s Freedom is Not Free (1995). Others portray family life and religious imagery, and many, as in the work of Lonnie Holley, embody the shrewd repurposing of materials and modes of improvisation. This exhibit runs through September 9th.

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami at the Museum of Fine Arts

The “Above the Fold” exhibition demonstrates the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami. Paper is transformed into breathtaking sculpture, large-scale installations and conceptual works that express contemporary social, political, and aesthetic ideas. Visionary master folders—such as Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine (Canada/USA), Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Dr. Robert J. Lang (USA), Sipho Mabona (Switzerland/South Africa), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), and Richard Sweeney (UK)—push the boundaries of paper as a medium for creating bold and sophisticated works. The exhibition celebrates these artists who are redefining a traditional Japanese craft as a modern global genre and inventing unexpected forms of artistic expression. This exhibit runs through September 29th.

Before Dali: Goya – Visions and Inventions

Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) is one of the most important Spanish artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, celebrated for his revolutionary paintings, drawings and engravings. Goya’s life and works deeply influenced Salvador Dali in his early years, and are considered by many scholars to be the basis for “modern” art, bridging Classicism and Romanticism. Before Dali: Goya – Visions & Inventions, sponsored by Tampa International Airport,  features two alternating suites of first-edition prints, published in Goya’s lifetime, alongside three significant paintings representing unique themes of Goya’s works. The works are on loan from the Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX, home of one of the most substantial collections of Goya. This exhibit runs through November 3rd.

Imagined Realities – Virtual Reality at the Imagine Museum

Check out the newest addition to the Imagine Museum: virtual reality exhibits. With five fun, educational options (Google Tilt Brush, Google Earth VR, The Body VR, Apollo 11 VR, and Overview VR), visitors can create stunning 3D artwork, explore the solar system, or visit studio glass hotspots. Make 20 minute reservations online or at the front desk. The Apollo 11 exhibit is available at a reduced $5 price for the month of July and all other exhibits are available for $10 each. This runs from 5PM to 7:40PM on Thursdays and 10:30AM to 4:30PM on Saturdays.

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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