Beach Drive: The Weekender December 6-9


Ready for another weekend of fun in Downtown St. Pete? We are, and we’ve got a checklist for you. Thursday, start things off right with Friends Trivia at MacDinton’s or a trip to the Royal Palm Market for your holiday shopping needs. Friday is, of course, First Friday, which means a night of dancing and fun in the heart of the city. Or, relax for the evening and watch the classic that is A Christmas Story under the stars in Vinoy Park. Saturday, drink and shop to your satisfaction with Booze and Boutiques after a day full of shopping at the Saturday Morning Market and brunch at the Oyster Bar. Sunday brings things to a close in the best ways, with a morning of yoga at the Dali Museum and trivia night at the Hollander Hotel. As always, enjoy your weekend!

THURSDAY DECEMBER 6

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.

Thirsty Thursdays at Rawk Star Cafe St. Pete

If you like 10% off your drinks and you like to drink organic, this is the perfect event for you! Starting at 8pm, check out discounts on organic beers, gluten free beers, organic wines, organic sangria, and organic prosecco.

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!

St. Pete Ugly Sweater Crawl

Get that Goodwill sweater, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell ROCK! Registration is $14 – $23 and includes ugly sweater swag, live music throughout the crawl, & deals along the way. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. at Thirsty First.

Friends Trivia

How much do you know about Friends? Can you recite Chandler’s sarcastic quips by heart? Put those skills to the test with MacDinton’s night of trivia fun! There will be a $350 first prize, with $200 for second place, $100 and a $50 MacDinton’s gift card for third, and a $50 gift card for fourth. This event is 21+and runs from 7:30PM to 10PM.

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.

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.

Nightly Snowfall at the Sundial

Celebrate the season every night with snow in the heart of downtown! Snow will fall on the courtyard every half hour from 6PM to 9:30PM every night. If that wasn’t enough, if you share your photos on social media under #SundialStPete, you enter in a contest for a Sundial gift card!

Christmas Movie Night at Paul’s Landing

Cozy up with a blanket & a lawn chair in Paul’s Landing’s yard to watch the holiday classic – Home Alone. Enjoy Christmas themed cocktails and yard games that the whole family can enjoy. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 7

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.

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.

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. The bar is also hosting a holiday toy drive, so be sure to donate! For more on that, see https://www.facebook.com/events/777478469267260/.

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 5:30-10 p.m.

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.

Photos with Santa at the Sundial

Want a free photo opportunity with Santa himself? Check out the Sundial Friday evenings from 4PM to 9PM, Saturdays from 12PM to 9PM, and Sundays from 12PM to 5PM.

Nightly Snowfall at the Sundial

Celebrate the season every night with snow in the heart of downtown! Snow will fall on the courtyard every half hour from 6PM to 9:30PM every night. If that wasn’t enough, if you share your photos on social media under #SundialStPete, you enter in a contest for a Sundial gift card!

Holiday Movies in the Park – A Christmas Story

Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie in Vinoy Park at 5th Avenue NE. Tonight’s showing is the holiday classic, “A Christmas Story” starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8

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 Second Saturday Artwalk

Take in the St. Pete arts scene after hours as more than 40 galleries and studios spanning across five different arts districts stay open late, including local favorites like Duncan McClellan Glass and Morean Arts Center. Free trolleys run throughout the city’s five districts to get you around during the 5-9 p.m. event. For a complete list of participating galleries and a map, visit stpeteartsalliance.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 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.

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.

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.

Photos with Santa at the Sundial

Want a free photo opportunity with Santa himself? Check out the Sundial Friday evenings from 4PM to 9PM, Saturdays from 12PM to 9PM, and Sundays from 12PM to 5PM.

Nightly Snowfall at the Sundial

Celebrate the season every night with snow in the heart of downtown! Snow will fall on the courtyard every half hour from 6PM to 9:30PM every night. If that wasn’t enough, if you share your photos on social media under #SundialStPete, you enter in a contest for a Sundial gift card!

Booze and Boutiques

Take part in the 3rd Annual Booze and Boutiques Event on December 8th, from 12pm-5pm! This a fun filled afternoon of shopping and bubbly while supporting a great cause, Heels to Heal.  The net proceeds of this event help provide crisis counseling to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Purchase your sponsorship or tickets today.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 9

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.

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!

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.

Photos with Santa at the Sundial

Want a free photo opportunity with Santa himself? Check out the Sundial Friday evenings from 4PM to 9PM, Saturdays from 12PM to 9PM, and Sundays from 12PM to 5PM.

Nightly Snowfall at the Sundial

Celebrate the season every night with snow in the heart of downtown! Snow will fall on the courtyard every half hour from 6PM to 9:30PM every night. If that wasn’t enough, if you share your photos on social media under #SundialStPete, you enter in a contest for a Sundial gift card!

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.

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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