Beach Drive: The Weekender August 2 – 5


It’s August! As the summer winds down and the kids go back to school, you might find yourself wondering where summer went. The good news is that there’s still time to make the most of it. This weekend it’s all about markets, art and baseball.  On Saturday, stop by good ol’ Saturday Morning Market, or maybe the St. Pete Indie Market from 10 to 2, for all of your indie art and food needs. The Brocante Market runs all day Saturday and Sunday, too. If art’s more your thing, then take your cultured self to the James Museum’s brand-new “Art and the Animal” exhibit, or to Clyde Butcher’s Visions of Dali’s Spain at the Dali. Decisions, decisions…

THURSDAY AUGUST 2

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. 

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.

(Off Beach): Project: First Dates at Flying Boat Brewing Co.

This one’s for all the lonely hearts out there…Project: First Dates combines speed dating and a dating card game into one amazing event, where the speed dates are slowed down so that you’ll actually have time to get to know your date as you answer a set of thought-provoking, romantic questions. Forget online dating; do it the old-fashioned way at Project: First Dates, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Flying Boat Brewing Company.

Cult Classic Summer Movie Series at The Dali Museum: Die Hard

The Dali’s can’t-miss summer celebration — Cult Classics — is back and better than ever. Grab your lawn chair, don some movie-inspired duds and enjoy free flicks, local food truck fare, and cold craft brews. The fun goes down the first Thursday of the month all summer long. Come early to enjoy The Dali’s extended hours on Thursday nights at reduced $10 admission, then stay for the film and festivities. Doors open & vendors start serving at 7pm. Movies begin at 8:30pm. The event is held rain or shine. Please bring only low-seating lawn chairs. No pets, coolers, outside food or beverages are permitted. For more information, please visit The Dali’s website. 

Thirsty Pelican Brew Tour

Experience the Gulp Coast in style with the Thirsty Pelican Brew Tours! Get picked up straight from your hotel or from one of the other select pickup locations in Downtown St. Pete. The tour gives you an inside look at select breweries while sampling the best craft beer the Gulp Coast has to offer (all without having to worry about driving). Book your tour on their website or by calling (727) 418-7625.

FRIDAY AUGUST 3

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.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. White Sox 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.

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.

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.

SATURDAY AUGUST 4

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: http://saturdaymorningmarket.com/

Brocante Market

Explore 15,000 sq feet of vintage treasure finds at this monthly market in St. Pete! This true vendor-run market has an amazing variety and selection of vintage items unlike anywhere else. Grab your next vintage find the first weekend of each month from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday at 2200 2nd Ave S in St. Pete.

St. Pete Indie Market

St. Pete Indie Market is a monthly market, featuring 80+ vendors. The market showcases local artists, indie designers, vintage collectors, food trucks, jewelry makers, horticulturists, eclectic crafters and other local businesses and organizations. Support St. Pete’s local community and shop, eat, and drink at NOVA 535 the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. White Sox 6:10pm

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.

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 americanstage.org to find show times.

SUNDAY AUGUST 5

Brocante Market

Explore 15,000 sq feet of vintage treasure finds at this monthly market in St. Pete! This true vendor-run market has an amazing variety and selection of vintage items unlike anywhere else. Grab your next vintage find the first weekend of each month from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday at 2200 2nd Ave S in St. Pete.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Gilbert King Comes to St. Pete

St. Pete’s newest independent bookstore, Tombolo Books, is bringing Pulitzer Prize winning author Gilbert King to town! The bookstore is in collaboration with Bob Devin Jones at the Studio@620 to celebrate the release of King’s newest book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun. King will appear in conversation with both Bob Devin Jones and Colette Bancroft of the Tampa Bay Times. Starting at 5 p.m., enjoy light snacks and a cash bar followed by book talk, Q&A, and a signing to follow.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. White Sox 1:10pm

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 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.

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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