Beach Drive: The Weekender 3/28-3/31


Happy weekend, ‘Burgers! Downtown is ready for you! This weekend, check out the Rays’ opening games every day (Thursday-Sunday) or check out the Rowdies as they go head to head with Loudoun United on Saturday night. If sports aren’t your thing, St. Paul’s Catholic Church will be hosting their annual Festival, with rides, games, and food for all Thursday through Sunday. Or, spend your time playing shuffleboard at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club, both for their Friday night lessons and their Big Storm Coffee event! There’s even a pool party at the Hollander Hotel to really kick off the warm weather. Take a look and see what catches your eye!

THURSDAY 3/28

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.

Tampa Bay Rays Home Opener – Rays vs. Astros, 4 p.m.

Major League Baseball season opens the season on Thursday March 28th! Watch the Tampa Bay Rays usher in the 2019 season at Tropicana Field in St. Pete against the Houston Astros at 4 p.m.

St. Paul Annual Festival (Off Beach)

The annual St. Paul Festival begins this Thursday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church! Come enjoy a weekend full of rides, games, and food Thursday through Sunday. Admission to the Festival is free, with ticket sheets available for purchase for $25 at the Festival or $15 at the church before it begins , as well as unlimited wristbands ($85 for all four days, $35 for Sunday only). Hours are as listed below.

Thursday March 28 (5 to 10 pm)
Friday March 29 (12 to 11 pm)
Saturday March 30 (12 to 11 pm)
Sunday March 31 (12:30 to 8 pm)

FRIDAY 3/29

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. Paul Annual Festival (Off Beach)

The annual St. Paul Festival begins this Thursday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church! Come enjoy a weekend full of rides, games, and food Thursday through Sunday. Admission to the Festival is free, with ticket sheets available for purchase for $25 at the Festival or $15 at the church before it begins , as well as unlimited wristbands ($85 for all four days, $35 for Sunday only). Hours are as listed below.

Thursday March 28 (5 to 10 pm)
Friday March 29 (12 to 11 pm)
Saturday March 30 (12 to 11 pm)
Sunday March 31 (12:30 to 8 pm)

Friday Nights at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club

It’s not just for the older generation anymore! Join the fun at the world’s largest shuffleboard club to see why this pastime has regained its popularity in the Sunshine City. Free every Friday night from 7-11 p.m., locals and visitors alike flock to this private recreational club. If you’re not sure how to play, have no fear as volunteers are on hand to give you a lesson or two. Bring your own snacks and beverages – local craft beers tend to be a popular choice. There’s often live music or a DJ on-site to keep you shufflin’. Children are welcome and so are well behaved dogs.

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Astros, 7:10 p.m.

After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

SATURDAY 3/30

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 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.

St. Paul Annual Festival (Off Beach)

The annual St. Paul Festival begins this Thursday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church! Come enjoy a weekend full of rides, games, and food Thursday through Sunday. Admission to the Festival is free, with ticket sheets available for purchase for $25 at the Festival or $15 at the church before it begins , as well as unlimited wristbands ($85 for all four days, $35 for Sunday only). Hours are as listed below.

Thursday March 28 (5 to 10 pm)
Friday March 29 (12 to 11 pm)
Saturday March 30 (12 to 11 pm)
Sunday March 31 (12:30 to 8 pm)

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Astros, 6:10 p.m.

After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer – Rowdies vs. Loudoun United FC, 7:30 p.m.

Kick it at Al Lang Stadium and cheer on the Tampa Bay Rowdies! Experience the electrifying home games with stands packed with fans cheering the team on with age old songs and chants, top notch concessions, and an outdoor stadium situated right on the waterfront of downtown St. Pete. Gates open 60 minutes prior to kickoff.

Keeping St. Pete Special Bicycle Tour

Join Preserve the ‘Burg for a bike tour of our beautiful city! A two-hour tour, the map spans historic neighborhoods and buildings throughout St. Pete, starting at the Independent Bar. Tickets include the use of a Coast Share bicycle (for an entire month after as well!) in addition to the tour, though guests are welcome to bring their own bikes. Helmets recommended. Tickets can be purchased here – $15 for ‘Burg members, $25 for non-members.

SUNDAY 3/31

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

Come with your yoga mat and get 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.

St. Paul Annual Festival (Off Beach)

The annual St. Paul Festival begins this Thursday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church! Come enjoy a weekend full of rides, games, and food Thursday through Sunday. Admission to the Festival is free, with ticket sheets available for purchase for $25 at the Festival or $15 at the church before it begins , as well as unlimited wristbands ($85 for all four days, $35 for Sunday only). Hours are as listed below.

Thursday March 28 (5 to 10 pm)
Friday March 29 (12 to 11 pm)
Saturday March 30 (12 to 11 pm)
Sunday March 31 (12:30 to 8 pm)

Big Storm Coffee Co. Shufflin’ Into the Market

Spend your Sunday Funday at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Courts celebrating the launch of Big Storm Brewing Co.’s newest endeavor – Big Storm COFFEE Co.! From 1 – 4 p.m., they’ll be pouring their original Cold Brew & Nitro Brew with both non-alcoholic & spirited mixers for boozy coffee cocktails. Enjoy light bights & music while you shuffle your afternoon away. This event is free & open to the public!

Tampa Bay Rays Baseball – Rays vs. Astros, 1:10 p.m.

After winning 90 games last season, first time since 2013, the Tampa Bay Rays are predicted to be a force in the American League in 2019! Come watch them take the field in downtown St. Pete at Tropicana Field, recently revamped with a First Base Food Hall where fans can get a taste of local bars & restaurants. And after, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

Deep Splash at the Hollander Hotel

From 1PM to 6PM, enjoy a house music pool party at one of the city’s finest hotels! Put on your favorite swimsuit and spend your Sunday with sunbathing, swimming, and drinks. The event is 21+, so be sure to bring a valid ID.

MUSEUMS

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. See it before it leaves on April 7th!

Jewels of Imagination at the Museum of Fine Arts (Last Day this Sunday!)

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. See it before it leaves on March 31st!

A Feast for the Eyes Exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete

Dreamy landscapes and luscious still life paintings from one of the world’s greatest private collections join together in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection. This stunning exhibition will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete from March 23 through July 28, 2019. The exhibition features 40 of the finest Old Master paintings by artists from the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Germany -including Jan Brueghel the Elder and Canaletto, one of the greatest view painters of all time represented here with an iconic view of Venice.The works span from 1600 to 1750. The collection is on loan from the Grasset family of Spain, whose patriarch assembled this group of masterpieces.

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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