Beach Drive: The Weekender 8/8-8/11


What better way is there to spend the weekend than checking out the best events in Downtown St. Pete? We don’t think one exists! Here’s your weekly guide of what to do in DTSP this weekend. Highlights include – Thursday: the Royal Palm Market, Opera at the Dali, and an Italian Argentine Wine Dinner. Friday: Yoga for Lunch, Friday Night Clay, and the Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the Big Catch at Salt Creek. Saturday: the Second Saturday Art Walk, an URBAN Brew and BBQ Shuffleboard Tournament, and a Beach Drive Dine and Wine Tour. Sunday: Yoga at the Dali and at Green Bench Brewing, the Deep Splash House Pool Party, and Erik and Martin Demaine with the Marly Music Concert Series. Find all of these events and more below. Have a great weekend!

THURSDAY 8/8

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.

Crank That at the Crafty Squirrel

This week’s theme night at the Crafty Squirrel means 2000s hip-hop! Crank That with DJ 5 Day Forecast to artists like 50 Cent and Nelly while playing games like Prosecco pong and enjoying specially themed drinks – Tipsy, Lean Back, Disco Inferno, Lollipop, and Pop That. The night begins at 9PM and ends at 1AM.

Art Show at the Vinoy

Admire the works of local artists in the Vinoy lobby from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Free admission – just head inside the hotel. This week’s featured artist is Dee Perconti, mixed media collage artist.

Opera at the Dali

Experience Opera at The Dali, as singers from The St. Petersburg Opera Company perform on the helical staircase. The performance runs from 6PM to 6:30PM. Learn more here.

Italian Argentine Wine Dinner at FarmTable Cucina

On Thursday, August 8th, FarmTable Cucina will host a wine dinner showcasing wines from two well-known regions in Italy and Argentina: Piedmont and Mendoza! Attendees will enjoy a guided tour of five spectacular wines and learn about these famous regions. Sergio Francone, the host for the evening, brings a unique perspective – his family is originally from Piedmont, but he was born and raised in Argentina.

Of course, FarmTable Cucina chefs will also prepare an extraordinary Italian and Argentine-inspired menu paired to this range of wines. Tickets are available at FarmTable.TockTix.com for $89/person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). This event starts at 7PM.

FRIDAY 8/9

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.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration at the Big Catch at Salt Creek (Off Beach)

While the restaurant has already opened, the Big Catch at Salt Creek wants to celebrate in style! Join Mayor Rick Kriseman, City Councilperson Gina Driscoll, Chamber President Chris Steinocher and other dignitaries as they cut the ribbon to officially declare the birth of the era of Flip Flop Fabulous. Enjoy live music, appetizers, and drinks all evening long. This event runs from 4:30PM to 6:30PM.

SATURDAY 8/10

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.

Beer Slushie Party

Check out St. Pete Brewing Company for delicious summer drinks! The party features sour beer slushies using raspberry and watermelon Berliner. Enjoy this hot weather treat starting at 1PM.

Second Saturday Artwalk

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.

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.

Ice Cream Social and Balsamic Vinegar Sale

From 12PM to 3PM, sample ice creams paired with 20% off balsamic vinegars at Kalamazoo Olive Company! Try flavors like strawberry balsamic or dark chocolate balsamic. The sale runs all day (10AM to 5PM), so don’t worry if you can’t make it in time for the ice cream.

97X Craft Beer Experience

Sample over 150 craft brews, ciders, meads, and wine all for just $45 at the Mahaffey Theater! All participating breweries will have a special new release this year. Also, enjoy live music by Sundive while you drink! This event runs from 4PM to 8PM. For more information, beer lists, and tickets, click here.

URBAN Brew and BBQ Woodford Reserve Bourbon Shuffleboard Tournament (Off Beach)

Join us for our second shuffle board tournament at Urban Brew sponsored by Woodford Reserve!

It will be a 16 team single elimination tournament. Sign-in for the tourney will start at 4:00 PM. Since pre-registration is required, there will be a sign up a sheet with your names (or the name of the person who registered for you) on the main bar inside so you can sign in and be placed on the bracket. If you registered for just yourself, you will be placed with a partner randomly when the bracket is made. If you registered for multiple people or know someone else attending, you may request your partner.

Registration costs $8. This includes a Woodford Bourbon cocktail OR an appetizer of equal or lesser value!

First place will receive a special Woodford Reserve/Urban BBQ prize!

Tickets are $8 and can be found here.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer – Rowdies vs. Birmingham Legion FC, 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 and more information here.

Beach Drive Dine & Wine Tour

Check out some of the best spots to eat on Beach Drive! This tour takes you from welcome cocktails and a tour at the Vinoy to dessert and coffee at Cassis, with stops at Birch & Vine and Farm Table Cucina for food and wine pairings, frozé at the Canopy, and champagne and caviar at Flute & Dram. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here. The tour begins at 2:30PM and ends at 5:30PM.

 

SUNDAY 8/11

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.

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 11 a.m. 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.

Deep Splash House Pool Party

It’s that time of year again! Enjoy the beautiful Hollander Hotel pool in the Florida summer heat. The event kicks off at 1PM with live music, drinks, and more. Call 727.873.7900 for cabana reservations.

Marly Music Concert Series: Erik and Martin Demaine Accompanied by John C. O’Leary

A father-son collaborative team, the Demaines fold, pleat, and twist paper into powerful sculptural forms that illustrate the intriguing and profound connections between mathematics and origami. John C. O’Leary III is a Mexican American jazz pianist, composer, AND neuroscientist. Together, the three scientists/artists will create a performance piece based on the intersecting notions of left and right brain, as part of our expanding Marly Music programming for 2019.

Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis. Tickets include general Museum admission. $15 for Marly Music Society Members. $15 for Students (with current ID). $25 for Adult (Non-Marly Music Society Members). Buy them here. This event runs from 2PM to 4PM.

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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