Beach Drive: The Weekender 2/7-2/10


Welcome to your weekend in St. Pete’s wonderful downtown! If you’re looking for things to do, look no further: we’ve got a list of all the best right here. Thursday starts the fun with the weekly Royal Palm Market, a shuffleboard boot camp, and a showing of Kiss Me, Kate by the St. Petersburg Opera (which runs through Sunday!). Friday includes Caddy’s on Central’s Comedy Night and Friday Night Clay at the Morean Arts Center. Saturday hosts the annual Cupid’s Undie Run (for a good cause!) and a local vegan restaurant tour. Sunday wraps things up with yoga and the Sunday market! There’s never any shortage of things to do, so get out there and get doing!

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7

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.

St. Pete Opera: Kiss Me, Kate

A Shakespeare troupe is putting on The Taming of the Shrew, but the cast is embroiled in interpersonal relationships that lead to offstage bickering and onstage surprises. Cole Porter’s score, performed with the original-size Broadway orchestra, is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot, Why Can’t You Behave?, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Bring your tap shoes because you’ll want to leave the theater dancing. Multiple show times will be available at The Palladium between February 2 – 10. Tickets are available only through St. Pete Opera Company: (727) 823-2040.

Beginner Shuffle Boot Camp

Want to learn how to play shuffleboard? Check out St. Pete Shuffle the first Thursday of the month! The event is free for club members, $10 for non-members, and free for children. The event starts at 7PM and ends at 10:30PM.

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 FEBRUARY 8

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.

St. Pete Opera: Kiss Me, Kate

A Shakespeare troupe is putting on The Taming of the Shrew, but the cast is embroiled in interpersonal relationships that lead to offstage bickering and onstage surprises. Cole Porter’s score, performed with the original-size Broadway orchestra, is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot, Why Can’t You Behave?, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Bring your tap shoes because you’ll want to leave the theater dancing. Multiple show times will be available at The Palladium between February 2 – 10. Tickets are available only through St. Pete Opera Company: (727) 823-2040.

Caddy’s on Central Comedy Night

Ready for a night full of laughter? Head down to Caddy’s on Central for Comedy Night! The show’s acts include Tampa Improv’s regular performer, William Sloan, and MTV-famed John Jacobs. Tickets are $5 in advance here or $10 day-of.

Friday Night Clay at Morean Center for Clay

Spend your Friday evening playing in clay at the Moeran Center for Clay! Be prepared to get dirty for two hours from 7-9 p.m. 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.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9

Cupid’s Undie Run

On Feb. 9th, thousands of runners will drop their pants for charity in Downtown St. Pete! Cupid’s Undie Run is an annual ‘brief’ run to raise awareness to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF) through fundraising for Children’s Tumor Foundation. The run starts at Yard of Ale St. Pete and will travel down towards The Vinoy and back. The quick run is followed by a large block party featuring a live music stage, beer garden, and dance party will all happen right on 1st Avenue North between 2nd and 3rd Street North. It starts at 12 p.m. Register here.

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.

St. Pete Vegan Delights and Desserts

Want to explore plant-based and delicious foods in the city’s downtown? Now’s your chance! Check out five different local venues with everything from chocolate to Indian food to raw food. The event kicks off at North Straub Park at 12:30PM and ends at 3:45PM. Tickets are $58 and can be purchased here.

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 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.

St. Pete Opera: Kiss Me, Kate

A Shakespeare troupe is putting on The Taming of the Shrew, but the cast is embroiled in interpersonal relationships that lead to offstage bickering and onstage surprises. Cole Porter’s score, performed with the original-size Broadway orchestra, is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot, Why Can’t You Behave?, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Bring your tap shoes because you’ll want to leave the theater dancing. Multiple show times will be available at The Palladium between February 2 – 10. Tickets are available only through St. Pete Opera Company: (727) 823-2040.

Open Chess at the Dali

In conjunction with The Dali’s Magritte & Dali special exhibition, you’re invited to drop in and engage in a day of Open Chess at The Dali. Share Rene Magritte’s enthusiasm of the game by dropping in to play spontaneous games throughout the day. Chess boards will be provided, and members of the St. Pete Chess Club will be available to coach and answer questions about the game of chess. Happening between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10

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 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.

St. Pete Opera: Kiss Me, Kate

A Shakespeare troupe is putting on The Taming of the Shrew, but the cast is embroiled in interpersonal relationships that lead to offstage bickering and onstage surprises. Cole Porter’s score, performed with the original-size Broadway orchestra, is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot, Why Can’t You Behave?, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare. Bring your tap shoes because you’ll want to leave the theater dancing. Multiple show times will be available at The Palladium between February 2 – 10. Tickets are available only through St. Pete Opera Company: (727) 823-2040.

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.

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.

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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