Beach Drive: The Weekender August 9 – 12

The weekend’s here, and boy oh boy is this a jam-packed weekend of events in St. Pete! Things get started on Thursday as the boys of summer (the Rays) face off against the Orioles, giving you one of your last chances to support your hometown team this summer. On Saturday, downtown St. Pete will be abuzz with life as late-summer revelers enjoy a walking mural tour, live painting at Overflow Brewery, a pup crawl through downtown, an artwalk, a Star Wars play at Spitfire Theater and an Asian-inspired lounge night (with music, food and drinks) at Ichicoro ANE. On Sunday, jam out to the reggae sounds of Steel Pulse at Jannus Live at 7 pm. All of the above, plus exhibits at the James Museum and the Dali (among other museums), and you got yourself almost too many things to do to wrap up your summer in the Sunshine City.


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 $5. 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.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Orioles 7:10pm

With a solid mix of newly acquired talent and seasoned players on the roster for 2018, the Tampa Bay Rays are set to be one of the strongest teams in this season’s American League East, which many believe is the most challenging division of baseball.


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.

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.

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.

MIZE presents FRUIT BOWL Art Exhibit

Check out this funky, fruity exhibition featuring 30 local and national artists at MIZE Gallery. Each artist was assigned a fruit as inspiration for the art they created for this. Check out this see-bearing art exhibit, open July 13 – Aug 11.

Bad Jews Presented by American Stage

A seriously smart comedy about family, faith and legacy. This can’t miss performance shares the story of a hilarious family brawl between three cousins from opposite ends of the spectrum over the heirlooms of their recently deceased grandfather. DC Metro Theatre Arts calls it an “irresistibly hilarious and astonishingly heartfelt comic masterpiece.” The show runs on select nights in July – August. Visit to find show times.


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.

Live Painting at Overflow Brewery

Join local St. Pete artists at Overflow Brewing Co. as they sling paint and bring masterpieces to life right in front of your eyes! Grab a beer and watch them in action. There will be art on display, art in the making, and awesome giveaways. It’s all going down from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and is a perfect event to go to before hitting up the St. Pete Second Saturday ArtWalk.

Pet Pal Pup Crawl

This pawdy on-the-go is perfect for dogs and their humans! With five stops in downtown St. Pete, the crawl starts at Pinellas Ale Works and ends at Dog Bar. Doggie treat vendors & full bowls of water will be at each stop for our four-legged friends to enjoy. Proceeds go to Pet Pal Animal Shelter in St. Petersburg, FL. Join the fun from 4 – 8 p.m. Purchase your tickets online today.

St. Pete 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 5-9 p.m. event. For a complete list of participating galleries and a map, visit

Forced Away: A Star Wars Story

The Force comes alive in Tampa Bay’s first live-action improvised Star Wars play at Spitfire Theater in downtown St Pete! Using over 60 props, costumes, real light sabers, a life sized X-Wing and augmented digital reality, it’s a show inspired as much by Star Wars lore as the groundbreaking special effects that changed movies forever. Watch Star Wars come to life on stage every Saturday from July 28 – August 18 at 8 p.m.

Uniqorn: Blue

Uniqorn presents an Asian inspired lounge night with sounds from the Far East and beyond. A listening, drinking, and social experience at Ichicoro ANE’s intimate and exclusive Ba Lounge. Guests will enjoy complimentary light bites of their popular Karaage and Hana Yasai as well as a signature drink for the night. RSVP today to this free event to reserve your spot.


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.

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.

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.

Steel Pulse at Jannus Live

Steel Pulse are a roots reggae band and are bringing the vibe to St. Pete. Watch them perform Sunday, August 12 with gates opening at 7 p.m. You can purchase tickets online. 

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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