Beach Drive: The Weekender August 16 – 19

As always, the city will indulge you with a multitude of happy hours and yoga sessions, but this weekend – this weekend – is special. On Saturday at the Florida Holocaust Museum, celebrate the remarkable life of Bill Graham, the famous music promoter who not only had an uncanny ability to make rock ‘n’ roll artists famous, but who also had a keen sense of social justice. Graham arrived in the US as an 11-year-old Jewish refugee escaping the Nazis. There will also be a panel discussion about lessons from Graham’s life on Sunday afternoon at the Holocaust Museum. On a lighter note, check out Art of Body Experience (keep reading) on Saturday night at Kozuba & Sons Distillery…you don’t want to miss it!


Yoga for Lunch at Station House

This class is INSIDE in the Do Things room on the second floor of Station House for the Summer months.  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.

Happy 4 Hours

For a full four hours (3-7 pm) at The Oyster Bar, enjoy drink specials such as $5 Smirnoff martinis and $5 draft beers.

HYbar Happy Hour

Hit the bar at St. Pete’s newest hotel – The Hyatt Place St. Pete. Celebrate your long week with a cold craft cocktail or local craft brew while listening to local live music! This high brow happy hour happens every Friday night, with beautiful views and great deals.  Happy Hour runs from 4:30pm-7:30pm.

Storytellers Exhibition at the Chihuly Collection

This narrative driven glass exhibition is on display at the Chihuly Collection from June 8 – Oct 31. Tickets are included with general admission and can be purchased online or in person.


Free Yoga at Sundial

Head to the courtyard at Sundial St. Pete for a 🧘‍♀️ FREE 🧘‍♂️ yoga session hosted by The Body Electric Yoga Company. Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m. and the class will begin at 8 a.m. Don’t forget to bring a towel, yoga mat and water bottle. There will be a limited supply of free yoga mats to use during the class in case you don’t have one.

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.

Saturday Morning Market at Al Lang Stadium

St. Pete’s favorite way to say good morning is on Beach Drive. It’s full of all of the goods – and eats – to make your Saturday morning sweet. Stop by  from 9am to 1pm. For more information, visit their website:

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 10 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m. 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.

(Off Beach): Morean Center for Clay Annual Member Show

The Morean Center for Clay is hosting their fourth annual studio members show. Each year studio members are encouraged to participate in the show and exhibit 1-2 pieces of their work. While all artists participating use the same material, their mixture of skill sets, levels and techniques help to create an extremely diverse display. This year’s show features 40 studio artists working with both sculptural and functional pieces.

(Off Beach): Unexpected Color – New Mixed Media Works by Judy Vienneau

Join artist, Judy Vienneau for her opening reception at St. Pete ArtWorks on August 18 at 6 p.m. This exhibition features a study in color and its unexpected use in traditional and non-traditional scenes and collages. You’ll have a chance to speak with Judy and enjoy refreshments and an open music jam with Carole Shelton. Bring your instrument, sing and play on the sidewalk out front. The exhibition, “Unexpected Color” is on view at St. Pete ArtWorks August 14 through September 9.

Thirsty Pelican Brew Tour

Experience the Gulp Coast in style with the Thirsty Pelican Brew Tours! Get picked up straight from your hotel or from one of the other select pickup locations in Downtown St. Pete. The tour gives you an inside look at select breweries while sampling the best craft beer the Gulp Coast has to offer (all without having to worry about driving). Book your tour on their website or by calling (727) 418-7625.

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution Exhibition Opening Reception

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. From 6:30-8:30 pm at the Florida Holocaust Museum. $9 for general admisison, free for Museum members. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP is mandatory; call 727.820.0100 ext. 301 to RSVP.

Art of Body Experience at Kozuba & Sons Distillery

Artist Nicole Hays paints nude bodies. Interesting! She’s releasing a book showing off these beautiful works of art. The book’s called Art of Body Experience, and it’s perfect for the artsy individuals in your life (including yourself?). There will be a reception commemorating the book, followed by Lumiere: Escape from Darkness, a high-flying show about one woman’s search for the universe’s brightest star. Tickets start at $20. 7:30 pm at Kozuba & Sons Distillery, just a bit off Beach Drive, but worth going to.


Yoga at The Dali

Bring along your yoga mat and come ready to be inspired! Join Lucky Cat Yoga at 10:30 a.m. 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.

Masterpieces & Mimosas at the Dali Museum

Let’s get (Sur)real. What could be better than a Spanish brunch, complete with mimosas AND the wild works of Salvador Dali? No comparison. Grab a companion for your journey into weird and wonderful from 11 to 4pm in the museum’s Gala Cafe.

Legacy and Remembrance: Panel Discussion at The Florida Holocaust Museum

Special guests Alex and David Graham, sons of iconic rock & roll promoter Bill Graham, join the Holocaust Museum of Florida in this panel discussion from 2 – 4 p.m. Life lessons that are conveyed by parents and grandparents have profound effect. When those patriarchs and matriarchs endured the Holocaust, those lessons and their legacy have special resonance. $9 per person for general admission and/or free for Museum members. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100 ext. 230. RSVP is required.

Clyde Butcher: Visions of Dali’s Spain

To create this special exhibition, The Dali invited Clyde Butcher, the renowned nature photographer often called “Florida’s Ansel Adams,” to explore and visually document Salvador Dali’s homeland. Clyde Butcher: Vision’s of Dali’s Spain provides a technically brilliant, epically scaled view of Dali’s beloved environs,  to creates a euphoric experience of immersion.

James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art Presents “Art and the Animal”

A special exhibition featuring premier wildlife art from artists around the world! Organized in collaboration with The Society of Animal Artists, “Art and the Animal” will feature over 100 paintings and sculptures, with select art available for purchase. This exhibition is on display at the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in downtown St. Pete from July 28 – October 23, 2018.

Summer Redux Exhibit at Pinellas Ale Works

This summer exhibit is on display at Pinellas Ale Works until 8/24. The exhibit features the photography of Jodi Loson, the multimedia art of Alexandra Bauman and the printmaking art of Judy Bales.

About the author


Graham Colton

Graham doesn't like talking about himself...he'd rather write. He is a master's student in journalism at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. He's also a freelance writer and social media manager, who is pleased to be with Beach Drive and the St. Pete Catalyst this summer. In his free time, he enjoys reading and playing sports.

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