Beach Drive: The Weekender 8/22-8/25


The end of the summer is almost here, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down in DTSP. Check out some of the best events happening this weekend! Highlights include – Thursday: the weekly Royal Palm Market, live jazz at Dracula’s Legacy, and the I Need to Know book release party. Friday: Friday night clay and shuffleboard, a 50th anniversary Woodstock show, and the rescheduled Tater Tot Throw Down. Saturday: a Willy Wonka-themed birthday for Beans & Barlour, a tacos and margarita bar crawl, and Rowdies versus Memphis. Sunday: yoga and brunch at the Dali, Indie Flea at St. Pete Shuffle, and the Tesla Quartet at the MFA. Have a fantastic weekend!

THURSDAY 8/22

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.

An Evening of Jazz with Roger Harrison

From 8PM to 10PM, pair wine with live jazz, performed by Roger Harrison at Dracula’s Legacy (previously Wine Madonna). Whether you’re looking for a romantic date idea, flying solo, or having a night out with your friends, this evening won’t disappoint.

I Need to Know Book Release Party

Head to the Studio@620 for the release of Bill DeYoung’s latest book  –  I Need to Know, a collection of transcribed interviews with various artists like Neil Young, Tom Petty, and The Bangles. The book release starts at 7PM.

FRIDAY 8/23

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.

The Badda Skat Band at the Iberian Rooster

Check out the Badda Skat Band at the Iberian Rooster from 10PM to 2AM! Enjoy a night of live roots reggae vibes and fun.

Peace of Woodstock 50th Anniversary Show at the Palladium

From 8PM to 10PM at the Palladium Theater, enjoy a one-night only musical extravaganza capturing the joy, the exuberance and the celebration of an American generation – Peace of Woodstock. Peace of Woodstock is a 90-minute family friendly music-and-visuals show that’s an in-the-moment tribute to the celebrated Woodstock Music & Art Fair, the three-day concert in August 1969. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Buy them here.

Tater Tot Throw Down – RESCHEDULED

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 8/24

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.

Bootcamp & Brews at 3 Daughters Brewing (Off Beach)

Game of Fitness brings a bootcamp to 3 Daughters Brewing on the fourth Saturday of every month! Get ready to sweat with a one hour, high intensity workout starting at 11AM. and stay after for a well earned beer. All levels are welcome. Cost: $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members, & $15 at the door.

Beans & Barlour and the Chocolate Factory

To celebrate their first full year of business, Beans & Barlour invites you to a Willy Wonka themed extravaganza featuring an exclusive one time only menu, stilt walkers, live music, and more! Each member of the Beans & Barlour team will even be dressed as a movie character. The fun goes down from 2PM to 11:30PM.

St. Pete Tacos & Margs Crawl

Time to fiesta! The official Tacos & Margs Crawl is back, taking over downtown St Pete’s best bars for a taco & tequila-inspired bar crawl on Saturday, August 24! Participating venues include Park & Rec, The Avenue Eat + Drink, Caddy’s on Central, and more. The event runs from 2PM to 8PM. For more information, check out the Facebook event page. Find tickets here: $25 general admission, $50 VIP. 21+.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer – Rowdies versus Memphis, 7:30PM

Kick it at Al Lang Stadium and cheer on the Tampa Bay Rowdies! Experience the electrifying home games with stands packed with fans cheering the team on with age old songs and chants, top notch concessions, and an outdoor stadium situated right on the waterfront of downtown St. Pete. Gates open 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Tickets here.

Dukes of Juke and Blue Dice

The Dukes of Juke serve up blazing hot and icy cool jazz, blues and funk in an eclectic mix of music. Blue Dice perform and record their unique blend of all-original music – combining blues, jazz, funk and rock influences that stirs the soul! The event runs from 8PM to 11PM. Tickets are $30 reserved, $15 advanced general admission, and $19 day of show. Buy them here.

SUNDAY 8/25

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.

Staycation: A Trippy Squad Pool Party at the Hollander

Trippy Squad will be presenting some of its DJ’s and producers, spinning everything from house, deep house, tech house, bass house to trap. Enjoy great poolside vibes and awesome drink specials at the Hollander Hotel! For cabana reservations, call 727-873-7900. The event is free and runs from 1PM to 5PM.

Indie Flea Summer Pop Up at St. Pete Shuffle

The Indie Flea is hosting their summer series at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, the oldest and largest shuffleboard club in the world! On the fourth Sunday of the month, shop over 60 vendors and mobile shops, play shuffleboard, and savor in delicious brunch and cocktails at one of St. Pete’s historic hidden gems. This event is free admission and happening from 12PM to 4PM.

Marly Music Concert Series: Tesla Quartet at the Museum of Fine Arts

Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style or technical demand” ( The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet recently took Second Prize as well as the Haydn Prize and Canadian Commission Prize at the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion.”
The quartet performs regularly across North America, with recent international appearances in Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Having served as the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in Residence at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, from 2016-2017, the Tesla Quartet also holds a community residency in Hickory, North Carolina that includes performances and workshops at local college, universities, and in the public school system, as well as a dedicated chamber music series. Tickets include MFA admission and are $25 for adults, $15 for students with ID, and $15 for Marly Music Society members. Buy them 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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