Beach Drive: The Weekender 2/28-3/3


Not only did you make it through the week, but you’ve (almost) made it through February! Bring your week and your month to a close with the best of the city’s events! We’ve got a TON of festivals for you this week: the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, the St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival, and the Awakening Into the Sun Festival! The weekend also includes First Friday (yay!), a Queen of Hearts charity ball, and the Sunshine Skyway 10K. Stop searching and start planning – all the events you need are here! Happy weekend!

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Get ready for five evenings of great jazz in St. Pete! This city-wide festival showcases talented jazz musicians, including multi-instrumentalist & singer Valerie Gillespie and band, vocalist Alexis Cole backed by the Helios Jazz Orchestra, Remembering Sam Rivers – a tribute to jazz legend Sam Rivers from his bandmates, the amazing flutist Nestor Torres with Mauricio Rodrigues and Dimas Sanchez, the Martin Bejerano Trio performing his Chamber Music America commission and more. All of the concerts are at the Palladium Theater and Palladium Theater Side Door venues. For the complete line up and schedule, go to stpetejazzfest.com.

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.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure – St. Petersburg

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.

FRIDAY MARCH 1

St. Pete Seafood and Music Festival

Florida-fresh seafood, live music and waterfront views – what more could you ask for?! Head to Vinoy Park March 1-3 for the 3rd Annual St. Pete Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy live music while savoring delectable foods prepared on site featuring the freshest ingredients by local restaurants sand food purveyors. General admission is $5 with VIP options available for $75. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the food, music and beautiful views of downtown St. Pete.

First Friday St. Pete

Celebrate every First Friday of the month in St. Pete with a free block party complete with live music and dancing! The action goes down between 2nd and 3rd streets on Central Ave. from 5:30-10PM.

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.

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Get ready for five evenings of great jazz in St. Pete! This city-wide festival showcases talented jazz musicians, including multi-instrumentalist & singer Valerie Gillespie and band, vocalist Alexis Cole backed by the Helios Jazz Orchestra, Remembering Sam Rivers – a tribute to jazz legend Sam Rivers from his bandmates, the amazing flutist Nestor Torres with Mauricio Rodrigues and Dimas Sanchez, the Martin Bejerano Trio performing his Chamber Music America commission and more. All of the concerts are at the Palladium Theater and Palladium Theater Side Door venues. For the complete line up and schedule, go to stpetejazzfest.com.

SATURDAY MARCH 2

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.

Awakening Into the Sun Festival

It’s like coffee for your soul! Awaken your senses during this annual two day festival celebrating Health, Wellness and Spiritual Connection. Join the  Awakening Your Light opening ceremonies on Saturday morning from 9AMto 12PM for the largest-ever (FREE) yoga and meditation gathering in Pinellas County. The positive energy will continue to flow with live music and vendors throughout South Straub Park until 6PM. The festival continues on Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. Find additional info at http://awakeningintothesun.org/.

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.

Free Yoga in the Park

Relax & unwind with free yoga at Crescent Lake Park on the first Saturday of every month starting at 9AM. For more information, contact Healthy St. Pete at (727) 892-5994 or visit HealthyStPeteFL.com

St. Pete Indie Market

St. Pete Indie Market is a monthly market, featuring 100+ vendors. The market showcases local artists, indie designers, vintage collectors, food trucks, jewelry makers, horticulturists, eclectic crafters and other local businesses and organizations. The market spills out of Green Bench Brewing Co. with specialty cocktails being served up at Intermezzo Coffee & Cocktails. Get a taste of St. Pete’s local vibe and eat, shop and drink the first Saturday of each month from 12 – 4PM.

61st Annual Queen of Hearts Ball

Bring your hearts (and your heads) to this charity ball, hosted in the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront! Proceeds go to Kind Mouse Productions and Great Explorations Children’s Museum, two local non-profits devoted to helping the children of St. Petersburg. The event begins at 6PM and ends at 10PM. To order tickets, please contact Beth Timberlake at bethtimberlake@verizon.net or send a Facebook message here.

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Get ready for five evenings of great jazz in St. Pete! This city-wide festival showcases talented jazz musicians, including multi-instrumentalist & singer Valerie Gillespie and band, vocalist Alexis Cole backed by the Helios Jazz Orchestra, Remembering Sam Rivers – a tribute to jazz legend Sam Rivers from his bandmates, the amazing flutist Nestor Torres with Mauricio Rodrigues and Dimas Sanchez, the Martin Bejerano Trio performing his Chamber Music America commission and more. All of the concerts are at the Palladium Theater and Palladium Theater Side Door venues. For the complete line up and schedule, go to stpetejazzfest.com.

St. Pete Seafood and Music Festival

Florida-fresh seafood, live music and waterfront views – what more could you ask for?! Head to Vinoy Park March 1-3 for the 3rd Annual St. Pete Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy live music while savoring delectable foods prepared on site featuring the freshest ingredients by local restaurants sand food purveyors. General admission is $5 with VIP options available for $75. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the food, music and beautiful views of downtown St. Pete.

SUNDAY MARCH 3

St. Pete Sunday Market

LocalShops1 will be hosting a Sunday Market at Caddy’s on Central! This runs weekly from 12PM to 4PM each Sunday through April. Sip mimosas, enter raffles, and enjoy live music as you shop a variety of local vendors!

Yoga at The Dali

Bring along your yoga mat and come 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.

Flamingo Festival at Sunken Gardens

It’s time to ‘flamingle’ at the Sunken Gardens! In celebration of their young flock’s birthday, enjoy $1 off admission on Sunday, March 3 from 12 – 4PM. You’ll also enjoy kids’ activities, face painting, and live music – all free with garden admission! Beer/wine available for purchase.

Skyway 10K

Runners and walkers of all levels will have the opportunity to cross over the span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida. In this second annual Skyway 10K, the iconic bridge, covering three Florida counties, will serve as the breathtaking setting and 6.2-mile course for a once-in-a-lifetime race. With 100% of all proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Families Foundation, the Skyway 10K will be a salute to the military families and a premiere bridge run for years to come. Take in the beauty of Tampa Bay, support our military and their families, and be a part of something historic! For registration and more information, visit here.

SUP Sunrise Salutations

Start your Sunday bright and early with SUP Sunrise Salutations. Send praises to the sun and embrace the changing of the seasons. Hop on the water to greet the day with silent meditation and pranayama followed by floating sun salutations. Max Capacity is 20 spaces with limited boards available for rent. If you’re in need of a board, reserve yours now!

St. Petersburg Jazz Festival

Get ready for five evenings of great jazz in St. Pete! This city-wide festival showcases talented jazz musicians, including multi-instrumentalist & singer Valerie Gillespie and band, vocalist Alexis Cole backed by the Helios Jazz Orchestra, Remembering Sam Rivers – a tribute to jazz legend Sam Rivers from his bandmates, the amazing flutist Nestor Torres with Mauricio Rodrigues and Dimas Sanchez, the Martin Bejerano Trio performing his Chamber Music America commission and more. All of the concerts are at the Palladium Theater and Palladium Theater Side Door venues. For the complete line up and schedule, go to stpetejazzfest.com.

St. Pete Seafood and Music Festival

Florida-fresh seafood, live music and waterfront views – what more could you ask for?! Head to Vinoy Park March 1-3 for the 3rd Annual St. Pete Seafood & Music Festival. Enjoy live music while savoring delectable foods prepared on site featuring the freshest ingredients by local restaurants sand food purveyors. General admission is $5 with VIP options available for $75. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the food, music and beautiful views of downtown St. Pete.

Awakening Into the Sun Festival

It’s like coffee for your soul! Awaken your senses during this annual two day festival celebrating Health, Wellness and Spiritual Connection. Join the  Awakening Your Light opening ceremonies on Saturday morning from 9AM to 12PM for the largest-ever (FREE) yoga and meditation gathering in Pinellas County. The positive energy will continue to flow with live music and vendors throughout South Straub Park until 6PM. The festival continues on Sunday from 10AM. to 6PM. Find additional info at http://awakeningintothesun.org/.

MUSEUMS

James Michaels: An American Pop Life Exhibition

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.

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 (now EXTENDED through June 30th!).

GLOW: The Hand-Painted Photographs of E. G. Barnhill

This special exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete features hand painted photographs of E. G. Barnhill (1894-1987) which offer a unique voyage into the natural splendors of Florida during the early part of the twentieth century.

Jewels of Imagination at the Museum of Fine Arts

The glittering jewelry designs of Jean Schlumberger were the epitome of mid-century elegance. Inspired by nature, his creations graced such notable style icons as Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. This exhibition highlights the work of this innovative artist, placing his jewelry and objets d’art as inimitable examples of twentieth-century design. This exhibition brings together the extensive Schlumberger collection of Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon, donated to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts between 1985 and 2015. It is the largest, most comprehensive public collection of Jean Schlumberger’s work in the world.

Magritte and Dali: A Surreal Exhibition

The Magritte & Dali Exhibition challenges reality with the works from the world’s two most celebrated surrealists – Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. In addition to viewing the 30+ works on display in the special exhibit, immersive installations allow you to be part of some of their most iconic pieces of art. The exhibitions runs through May 19, 2019 and tickets are available here.

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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