Beach Drive: The Weekender November 15-18

Congratulations – you’ve made it through another week! We’ve got the best ways to celebrate for you right here. Thursday starts things off with the Royal Palm Market and BOGO Bacardi at the Oyster Bar. It’s also the perfect opportunity to check out the MFA’s This is Not a Selfie exhibition or the Dali’s Clyde Butcher series before they leave on the 25th with its weekly reduced admission after 5pm. Friday marks the beginning of the second annual St. Pete Run Fest with an expo and packet pickup for each of the many events, as well as the third annual cheese-themed Oozefest in Albert Whitted Park. Saturday is filled to the brim with things to do, from the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading to Chillounge Night and a whole bunch in between. Wrap things up on Sunday with the St. Petersburg 2018 Tellabration for a night of storytelling and the second day of the CraftArt Festival for your holiday shopping needs. There’s always something for everyone! Have a great weekend!


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.

This Is Not a Selfie Exhibition at MFA St. Pete

In the current “Age of the Selfie,” this exhibition offers a compelling look at the primacy and variety of expressions within self-portraiture through the eyes of an artist. This exhibition features artists who expand the domains of self-portraiture by blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy, artifice and authenticity, and public and private imagery. This Is Not a Selfie provides an opportunity to view the remarkably innovative and diverse methods photographers use, offering new meanings into our own understanding of the self. The exhibit comes to a close on November 25th, so see it before it leaves!

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

What better way is there to explore St. Pete than a city-wide scavenger hunt? Turn your smart phone into a game device and make your way through a three-hour city tour. Start at 335 2nd Ave. NE (when you’re ready), and play at your own pace! The event runs from 9AM-8PM. Tickets are purchased per team and are $44. Find them here.

BOGO Bacardi Thursdays at The Oyster Bar

The Oyster Bar has partnered with Bacardi to bring hand crafted cocktails to St. Pete (along with a buy one, get one deal)! This takes place all day on Thursdays, with a variety of cocktails at just $10. These include the Day Dream Believer, Banana Rama, and more!


Oozefest III

Check out Albert Whitted Park for cheese galore! Check out various food trucks as they add cheese-inspired dishes to their menus from 6PM to 10PM. The John Johnson Band will provide live music as you browse and sample countless cheesy foods prepared by chefs from around Tampa Bay. Craft beers will also be available for purchase.

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.

St. Pete Run Fest Day One

Friday marks day one of the St Pete Run Fest! Pick up your packets for all of the weekend’s events in the Mahaffey Theater Ballroom from 3PM to 6PM, then check out the expo in the plaza! Get prepped for a fun, running-filled weekend! For the full schedule, visit here.

Art Fridays at the Vinoy

Visit the Vinoy Renaissance this Friday night from 5:30PM-7:30PM for a free art show! Meet the artist and view their works while supporting the local art community.

Open Bar at Yard of Ale

End your week on a good note with Yard of Ale from 8PM to 10PM! For just $10, you get access to an open bar with their signature CCB 1821 Golden Ale as well as wells and 360 vodka.

Rock & Roll Exhibition at The Florida Holocaust Museum

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.


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 at 101 1st Street SE between 9am and 1pm.

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

From 10AM to 5PM at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, check out the annual Festival of Reading! This year’s authors include Robert Olen Butler, Tyler Gillespie, and Michael Koryta among many others. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, including parking locations, click here.

James Michaels: An American Pop Life Exhibition

Starting this Saturday, the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art brings pop art vibes to its galleries with this exhibition James Michaels: An American Pop Life. This special exhibition features Pop Expressionist and Painterly Realism paintings from Michaels, a Tampa Bay artist. The exhibit runs November 17th, 2018 through March 3rd, 2019. The museum is open daily from 10AM – 5PM and until 8PM on Tuesday evenings.

St. Pete Run Fest Day Two

The festivities begin on Saturday with the Outback Steakhouse 5K run and the PeliKids Races! Packet pickup (if you didn’t pick it up on Friday) is between 6AM and 7:45AM in the Mahaffey Theater Connolade outside. The race begins at 8AM near the Dali Museum. The PeliKids packet pickup is from 9AM to 10:15AM at Albert Whitted Park and the races (the Lil’ Shrimp Fun Runs and PeliKids One Miler) begin at 10:30AM. Half-marathon and 10K packet pickup is from 10AM to 4PM in the Mahaffey Theater Ballroom. All day long, from 6AM to 4PM, check out the running expo in the theater plaza! See here for more information.

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.

Chillounge Night

North Straub Park will transform into an illuminated wonderland during the 11th Annual Chillounge Night St. Pete! Enjoy an evening of live music, food and drink, all while lounging on chic outdoor furniture that will be glowing with LED lights.

Holiday Market and Expo Day One

Visit the Coliseum this weekend and get to holiday shopping from 10AM to 5PM! There will be candies, jewelry, decor, and so much more. Check out the many different exhibitors and everything they have to offer. This one stop holiday shop will save you time, effort, and energy on your holiday ventures. Free admission and parking.

Saturday Brunch at the Oyster Bar

Start your Saturday off right with brunch at the Oyster Bar! From 11AM to 3PM enjoy dishes like Buttermilk Donuts, the Creole Scramble, or Shrimp n’ Grits, as well as Bottomless Mimosas and Bottomless Bloodies. For more menu information, see here.

9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival

The first of two Shopapalooza Festivals happens this Saturday from 10AM to 5PM! Get ahead on your holiday shopping with free entertainment, giveaways, and more. Over 130 shops, restaurants, art galleries, and everything in between come together for this event! Admission is free, and there will be a variety of children’s activities.

CraftArt Festival Day One

Just outside the CraftArt Gallery on Central Avenue, check out handmade ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, paper, and mixed media artwork just in time for the holidays! The festival goes from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday.

Sundial Tree Lighting

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Sundial is kicking things off with the holiday decorations! See the thousands of lights, get your face painted to look like your favorite reindeer, listen to the Christmas music, visit Santa himself, and experience real snow! The festivities begin at 5:30PM and end at 8:30PM, with snowfall nightly every half hour from 6PM to 9:30PM and weekend visits from Santa!

Salsa in the Burg

If you like salsa dancing and vinyl DJs, this is the perfect night for you! DJs Mike Sensation and Elias Mambo will have the best dance music at the Iberian Rooster’s Subcentral. $7 margaritas and $3 Coronas will be available all night long! Cover is $10 and capacity is limited, so get them ahead of time here.


St. Pete Run Fest Day Three

The St. Pete Run Fest wraps up this Sunday with its final races and a post-run party! The half-marathon kicks off at 7AM near the Dali Museum and the Trop 10K begins an hour later in the same place. Wrap things up with the post-run party from 8:30AM to 1PM in Athlete Village at Albert Whitted Park. See here for more information.

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.

CraftArt Festival Day Two

Just outside the CraftArt Gallery on Central Avenue, check out handmade ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, paper, and mixed media artwork just in time for the holidays! The festival goes from 10AM to 4PM on Sunday.

Six Dollar Sundays at the St. Petersburg Museum of History

Visit the St. Petersburg Museum of History for just $6! This deal has returned and continues through the end of the year. Be sure to take advantage of this and learn about the history of our beautiful city.

Holiday Market and Expo Day Two

Visit the Coliseum this weekend and get to holiday shopping from 10AM to 5PM! There will be candies, jewelry, decor, and so much more. Check out the many different exhibitors and everything they have to offer. This one stop holiday shop will save you time, effort, and energy on your holiday ventures. Free admission and parking.

Trivia Night at the Hollander Hotel

Join the Hollander Hotel in the Tap Room every Sunday through December 23rd for trivia night! The top three winning teams earn $50, $35, and $15 in Tap House Bucks.

The event takes place from 6PM to 10PM.

St. Petersburg Tellabration

As part of a worldwide celebration of storytelling for adults, the 2018 St. Petersburg Tellabration is a night of guilds and storytelling enthusiasts to use their talents. Enjoy the tales of celebrated storytellers such as Kuniko Yama and Walt Belcher (among many others) at The Studio@620 from 1:30PM to 3:30PM. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. For more information about the event, see here.

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. The exhibit comes to a close on November 25th, so see it before it leaves!

About the author


Gina Marks

Gina is a graduate of 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,

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