Downtown St Petersburg Florida Events

On-Going Events

TAMPA BAY RAYS
Watch the Rays hit them out of the park! Downtown St Petersburg has Major League Baseball at Tropicana Field through Sep.  1-888-FAN-RAYS  www.raysbaseball.com

TAMPA BAY ROWDIES
The Rowdies continue to top the standings in the NASL 2015 season.  Al Lange Field through Nov 1st.  877-769-3437  www.rowdiessoccer.com

FIRST FRIDAY - GET DOWNTOWN
Join the fun at St Petersburg’s dancing-in-the-street block party featuring great music, food & drink vendors and restaurants! First Friday of the month. Free.  Central Ave between 2nd & 3rd St.  5:30-10pm.  www.firstfridaystpete.com

FRIENDS & FUN
Every Friday bring a towel, your favorite beverage and your sense of humor as our clay teachers guide you through the very basics of wheel throwing and hand building in clay.  Morean Center for Clay.  6-9pm.  www.moreanartscenter.org (Event Info)

ST PETE SHUFFLE
Every Friday come out and enjoy a hip twist to an old game under the stars. On the First Friday of the month - enjoy live music from a local artist. St Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. 7-11pm.  727-822-2083  www.stpeteshuffle.com

FOOD TRUCKS AROUND DOWNTOWN
Each Third Friday, pick up dinner to take home or enjoy the sunset at Spa Beach Park. Food market booths too! Selling items like beef jerky, olive oils, bbq sauces.  Pier Approach.  6-9pm.  727-667-7001

SATURDAY MORNING MARKET
Every Saturday in Oct-May, live music fills the air at this fantastic outdoor market. With local produce, an eclectic array of food-trucks and eateries, and tons of arts and crafts. And don’t forget about Story Time for the kids every other Saturday.  Al Lang Field parking lot.  9am-2pm.  www.saturdaymorningmarket.com

SECOND SATURDAY ART WALK
On the Second Saturday of each month, studios and galleries all over St Pete swing open their doors in a fun and free evening of activities.  5-8:30pm.  www.stpeteartsalliance.org/artwalk


WALKING MURAL TOUR AT FLORIDA CRAFTART
Get the behind the scenes scoop on some of your favorite pieces of street art in the 'Burg. Saturday mornings from 10-11:30am (except on Second Saturdays tours are 4-5:30pm).  Florida CraftArt.  www.floridacraftart.org (Event Info)

DALÍ & BEYOND FILM SERIES
Every Saturday enjoy films focused on, by, or related to Salvador Dalí, Surrealism and art in general.  Dalí Museum.  1pm.  727-823-3767 www.thedali.org (Event Info)

SATURDAYS @ THE MOREAN
Every Saturday participate in free art experiences specially geared for families with children ages 5-10!  Morean Arts Center.  10am-5pm.  727-822-7872  www.moreanartscenter.org

ST PETE INDIE MARKET
The first Saturday of every month, a seasonal showcase of local artists, indie designers, horticulturists, eclectic crafters and non-profit groups take over the sidewalks of Central Ave in the 600 Block.  12-6pm.  www.stpeteindiemarket.com

GRAND CENTRAL FLEA
A monthly market with dealers and vendors selling antiques, collectables, handmade crafts, in addition to free onsite appraisals. First Sat of every month Nov - Apr.  2500 block of Central Avenue.  9am-4pm.  www.grandcentraldistrict.org

DRUMMING @ THE MFA
On the Second & Fourth Saturday each month, explore the many cultures represented in the Museum collection by experiencing them to a rhythmic beat. Feel your musical and artistic momentum grow while you drum out rhythms and use other percussion instruments to bring art alive.  Museum of Fine Arts.  10:30-11:30am.  727-896-2667
www.fine-arts.org

TAKE 5 WITH THE DIRECTOR
Each Second Saturday of the month Director Kent Lydecker brings expansive knowledge of art, history, and culture to his exploration of five favorite works in the collection.  Museum of Fine Arts.  Noon-1pm.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

YOGA + DALÍ
Dalí’s artful energy infuses the physical, mental, and spiritual inspiration that is yoga. Beginners and experienced yogis welcome.  The Dalí Museum.  Every Sunday from Noon-1:30pm.  727-823-3767  www.thedali.org (Event Info)

DEUCES LIVE SATURDAY MARKET
A market featuring live entertainment and a unique array of vendors offering home baked goods, fresh produce, fruit, flowers, plants, seafood and meats, arts and fine crafts, gifts, baskets, and more. Rain or shine every Sunday.  22nd St S & 9th Ave.  1-5pm.  727-433-8237

JASS JAM - AL DOWNING JAZZ
Every first Monday get your jazz hands ready! Jazz Jam is hosted by Dwayne White, trumpeter and a rhythm section is provided for all musicians (including vocalists) who wish to participate.  The Hanger Restaurant.  8-10pm.  www.aldowningjazz.com

PADDLE BOARD SOCIAL
Join us each Tuesday and enjoy paddling into a full sun and a setting sun. A great time to get to know future paddling buddies, introduce new paddlers to the sport, or just have a healthy night out with friends.  North Shore Park Beach.  6pm.  727-510-1921

UNCHARTED RANDOM ACTS OF CULTURE
Enjoy the Museum galleries every Thursday for “5 after 5!" The galleries are open until 8pm, and admission is only $5 after 5pm. Come gather with fellow movers, makers and forward thinkers to get an offbeat art fix or to pick up a creative craft.  Museum of Fine Arts.  10:30-11:30am.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org (Event Info)

SECOND THURSDAY ON THE PLAZA
Spend one glorious evening each month under the stars, with beautiful Tampa Bay as your backdrop. Free monthly concerts on the scenic plaza that links The Mahaffey with the Dalí Museum.  6:30pm.  727-892-5798  www.themahaffey.com

EDGE DISTRICT FARMERS MARKET
Every third Thursday, enjoy fresh, locally-grown and hand-made food and craft goods from local vendors and businesses in the EDGE.  Around Central Ave & 11th St N.  4-9pm.  www.edgedistrictmarket.com

MAY MOVIES IN THE PARK
Every Thursday in May, bring a blanket and join the outdoor fun. Indulge in music, food & drink while viewing a moonlight movie. North Straub Park.  Live music at 6pm, movies begin at dusk.  727-824-7802  www.stpetepreservation.org

OUR TOWN: CONVERSATIONS WITH ST PETE MYTHMAKERS
On the last Thrusday monthly, Dr. Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, will converse with local heroes about their visions, accomplishments, and contributions to shaping the identity of our town.  The Dalí Museum.  6:30-7:45pm.  727-823-3767  www.thedali.org (Event Info)










Special Events

May 19 - Spring 2016  DALÍ REVEALED: CANDID MOMENTS FROM THE ARTIST’S LIFE
An extraordinary exhibition that reveals moments of Dalí’s daily life, his wife Gala, their friends, and collectors. Including 48 archival photographs taken by French photographer Robert Descharnes, a close friend and confidant of the Dalí’s. Highlights include candid moments at Dalí’s home and in his studio, boating, and even at a bull fight.  Dalí Museum.  727-823-3767  www.thedali.org

Jun 20 - Oct 4  FIVE DECADES OF PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE MFA
Featuring the Dandrew-Drapkin Collection that has grown to approximately 17,000 images, making it the largest and one of the most respected in the Southeast. More than 150 works will be on view in this exhibition, the photographers represented read like a “Who’s Who in Photography.”  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Aug 14-15  THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER CABARET SHOW
The universal story of ‘blooming where you’re planted’ gets a fresh and engaging treatment in THE PEARL IN THE HOGWALLER, whose title comes from Palatka’s wildly popular and best-known attraction: a mudbog.  American Stage. 727-823-7529  www.americanstage.org

August 15  5th ANNUAL GREAT ST PETE CUPCAKE CONTEST!
Join us for some sweet fun this summer! Come and taste over 60 delicious entries. Cupcakes will be judged on the following criteria for a max score of 50: Icing/Frosting: 15 points, Flavor and Texture: 15 points, Presentation/Creativity: 20 points.  Morean Arts Center.  Noon-3 pm.  www.moreanartscenter.org

Aug 17-19  2015 ANNUAL FLORIDA MAIN STREET CONFERENCE
Join us for an exciting conference focusing on the Four Point Main Street approach and learn how you can use Arts and Culture to revitalize and re-energize your downtown and business districts!  The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.  www.stpetefms.com

Aug 22 - Jan 3  ESCHER AT THE DALÍ
This special exhibition will highlight M.C. Escher, a renowned artist, whose visual illusions puzzle and delight audiences worldwide, and is best known for his “impossible constructions” and use of tessellation. The robust exhibit will feature 135 works covering Escher’s entire artistic career, including an array of his most recognizable works such as “Drawing Hands,” “Reptiles” and “Waterfall” alongside rarely exhibited early drawings of family members, panoramas of exotic landscapes and historic architecture of Italy and Spain, original preparatory sketches, mezzotints and more.  Dalí Museum.  727-823-3767  www.thedali.org

Sep 3  3rd ANNUAL GOOD ‘BURGER AWARDS
In honor of a former Mayor of St Pete who referred to his citizens as “burgers,” the awards were established to honor a business, organization, or individual making a positive impact in the St Pete community.  Jannus Live.  6-9pm.  www.stpete.com/goodburger

Sep 4  CRATE EXPECTATIONS
Between the late 1800s and the 1960s, colorful paper labels decorated the ends of wooden crates that transported Florida citrus produce to northern markets. The exhibit is a collection of 40 citrus labels that represent the thousands used in Florida, one of the most colorful forms of advertising.  St Petersburg Museum of History.  727-894-1052  www.SPMOH.org

Sep 4  FLORIDA WILDLIFE CORRIDOR EXPEDITION
Immerse yourself in the natural environment of Florida, without the mosquitoes and humidity. This exhibit will take you on a tour through the forests, down rivers and into the swamp with Carlton Ward as your guide.  St Petersburg Museum of History.  727-894-1052  www.SPMOH.org

Sep 12  CURESEARCH WALK
Celebrating and honoring children whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer, while raising funds for lifesaving research.  South Straub Park. 8am.  www.curesearchwalk.org

Sep 12  DRIVE ELECTRIC DAY
Celebrate our past and welcome the future. Take a last spin out to the old Pier in the car of tomorrow. Take in an Electric Vehicle Car Show and Green technology for your drive, home and office!  Spa Beach Park.  10am-3pm.  www.driveelectricweek.org

Sep 12  TIGLFF 26 LAUNCH PARTY
Attend the 26th Annual Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s Launch Party and enjoy tapas, a cash bar, along with trailers of the upcoming festival films and announcements of visiting VIP & Talent during the festival.  Dalí Museum.  7-9:30pm.  www.tiglff.com

Sep 14-19  ST PETE ART & FASHION WEEK
Experience St Pete’s most stylish Festival of The Arts at this annual fashion for charity extravaganza. Workshops, boutique shows, art shows, live music, and a fashion & art gala. Various downtown locations.  www.stpeteartandfashionweek.com

Sep 16 - Oct 1  INTIMATE APPAREL
Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for "Outstanding Off-Broadway Play," Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lynn Nottage, weaves a beautiful tale of vulnerability and strength, as Esther struggles between the path society has chosen or staying true to herself.  American Stage. 727-823-7529  www.americanstage.org

Sep 19  ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE CURE 5K RUN/WALK CELMA MASTRY RUN
http://www.ovariancancerfoundation.org/onestep/index.html
Family, friends and community unite and race alongside the beautiful downtown waterfront to fight ovarian cancer. 5k/10k Start: 7am, 1 mile Start: 8:45am.  Albert Whitted Park.  www.ovariancancerfoundation.org

Sep 19  INTERNATIONAL CURRY FESTIVAL
Join thousands for a day of family fun and entertainment as Tampa Bay celebrates the culinary wonders of cooking with curry. Stroll over 50 plus vendor booths while local performers dazzle and entertain you and your family.  Vinoy Park.  Noon-10pm.  www.internationalcurryfestival.com

Sep 19  ST PETE OKTOBERFEST 2015
Returning to the Grand Central District for this all-day, family friendly event. Includes a lineup of entertainment featuring local bands, authentic German food, arts/crafts vendors, a kids’ area, a series of Oktoberfest-themed games and BEER!  2500-2900 Blocks of Central Ave.  1-11pm.  www.stpeteoktoberfest.com

Sep 19  4th ANNUAL EAT RICH, PLAY DIRTY
Join the Morean Arts Center at the Historic Train Station for a tantalizing night of live music, decadent food, drink and hands-on activities. An experience that will ignite ALL of your senses!  Morean Arts Center for Clay.  7-10pm.  www.moreanartscenter.org

Sep 24-27  ST PETE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
Sep 24  CHARITY WINE PAIRINGS DINNER

Benefitting the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, the dinner will consist of 6 courses, each paired with a specially selected wine.  Birchwood Ballroom.  7-10pm.  www.stpetewineandfoodfest.com

Sep 25  BEER NIGHT ST PETE
Celebrating St Petersburg's burgeoning craft beer industry, this upscale beer tasting will feature over 100 beers and ciders selected from top local and regional breweries.  North Straub Park.  5:30-9:30pm.  www.stpetewineandfoodfest.com

Sep 26-27  GRAND TASTINGS
The centerpiece of the SPWFF, the two grand tasting sessions feature over 100 wines and samples from Tampa Bay's finest gourmet restaurants. "Casual chic" attire and a fun, memorable experience with spouses, significant others and friends is the theme of the day. The events will also feature area artists working at their craft and an interactive community art piece.  North Straub Park.  1pm-5pm.  www.stpetewineandfoodfest.com

Sep 26  THE SUNRISE RUN
Join this 5K Run, 1 Mile Perseverance Run & Walk, that also includes a volleyball tournament, games, soccer, children’s art tent, inflatables, authors, praise and worship bands all morning, refreshments, and fellowship!  Vinoy Park.  6am-1pm.  www.firsttothecross.com

Sep 26  CENTRAL AVENUE SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
From sunrise to sunset special activities and huge deals will be held all along Central Ave to celebrate the longest day of sunshine. Each District will feature its own unique events throughout the day.  www.edgedistrict.org, www.grandcentraldistrict.org

Sep 26  ARTS ALIVE! FREE MUSEUM DAY
Celebrate the vibrant arts & cultural community in St Petersburg at this annual event. Admission is free to several museums and attractions for a special day of creative spirit.  10am-3pm.  www.stpete.org/artsalive

Sep 26  CARMADA: ST PETE 2015
Returning bigger and better than ever in its second year, featuring more than a dozen custom art cars on display, live vehicle painting, free family craft projects, DJ, food trucks, a special edition of the St Pete Indie Market, and more!  Duke Energy Center for the Arts Plaza.  www.facebook.com/carmadaFL

OCTOBER MOVIES IN THE PARK
Every Thursday in October, bring a blanket and join the outdoor fun. Indulge in music, food & drink while viewing a moonlight movie.  North Straub Park.  Live music at 6pm, movies begin at dark.  727-824-7802  www.stpetepreservation.org

Oct 3  SATURDAY MORNING MARKET RESUMES
Browse vendors offering fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, plants and flowers. Featuring local artists, live music, organic growers and green products.  Al Lang Stadium parking lot.  9am-2pm every Saturday.  www.saturdaymorningmarket.com

Oct 2-10  TAMPA INTERNATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL
TIGLFF showcases a selection of compelling film and video by, for or about the LGBT community that Entertains, Enlightens & Empowers. Palladium Theater and other Downtown & Tampa BayVenues.  www.tiglff.com

Oct 10 - Nov 30  FACE JUG SHOW
A variety of face jugs on display & available for purchase.  Hand made by contemporary US potters who are carrying on the tradition that originated in the south in the early 1800's.  Craftsman House Gallery.  727-323-2787  www.CraftsmanHouseGallery.com

Oct 10  THE SPCA TAMPA BAY’S 25th ANNUAL PET WALK
There’s something for everyone at the Pet Walk. Enjoy a beautiful walk along the waterfront. Treat your pooch to a doggie day spa, Sit n Splash Waterpark, pet wellness clinic, vaccines, microchipping, mobile pet groomers, vendor village, dog caricature artists, amateur dog agility zone, pet parade and a pet costume contest. All while enjoying food trucks & a food court.  Vinoy Park.  9am.  www.3kpetwalk.org

Oct 17  11th ANNUAL POT ROAST - POTTERY RAFFLE
Named "Top Charitable Event in the US."  Dozens of pots will be raffled off. You can also purchase pottery & fill it up with complimentary food & beverage.  Craftsman House Gallery.
727-323-2787  www.CraftsmanHouseGallery.com

Oct 17 - Jan 24  MARKS MADE: PRINTS BY AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS FROM THE 1960s TO PRESENT
This exhibition celebrates the pivotal role that women have played in contemporary American printmaking. In addition to pioneering artists like Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Anni Albers who often worked in the print medium, women also founded some of the most important print studios in the United States.  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Oct 17  MAKING STRIDES OF PINELLAS
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship - an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer's last century. Join our noncompetitive, 3.1-mile walk to help raise dollars to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Vinoy Park.  9am.  727-546-9822

Oct 17  ST PETERSBURG SCIENCE FESTIVAL: SCIENCE IN THE SUN
The 5th Annual regional celebration where families and the public can explore the wonders of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math  USFSP Poynter Park.  10am-4pm.  www.stpetescifest.org

Oct 17  MARINEQUEST 2015
Your invite to this award-winning annual open house of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). It’s an opportunity for you and your family to enjoy hands-on activities that will help visitors learn about the fascinating marine life in our oceans.  FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.  10am-4pm.  727-896-8626  www.myfwc.com

Oct 24  2015 FESTIVAL OF READING
Book lovers unite at the 23rd annual celebration of the written word. Meet nationally known authors, attend workshops, book signings, book markets, plus a variety of vendors offering tasty treats.  USF Bayboro Harbor.  10am-4pm.  727-892-2358  www.festivalofreading.com

Oct 24  SUENOS DE DALÍ
Inspired by Dalí’s now legendary 1941 fete dubbed “A Surrealistic Night in an Enchanted Forest,” the 2015 Suenos de Dalí invites guests to dine and make merry in a setting of wondrously surreal enchantment. Lavish and bizarre costumes, dazzling dishes and curious cocktails served under the stars.  Dalí Museum.  8-11pm.  727-823-3767  www.thedali.org

Oct 24  ST PETERSBURG OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK
Join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.  South Straub Park.  9am.  www.outofthedarkness.org

Oct 31 & Nov 1  ST PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL FOLK FAIR SOCIETY (SPIFFS)
Travel around the world in one day. Visit many foreign countries with cultural exhibits, a marketplace, and delicious ethnic foods. Learn about many different cultures through cultural displays, folk dancing and folk music from around the world.  Vinoy Park.  Sun 10am-9pm, Sun Noon-6pm.  727-552-1896  www.spiffs.org

Nov 6-8  TAMPA BAY HOME SHOW
Mark your calendar for three days of fun and excitement at largest home show on Florida’s west coast!  This event will feature over 500 exhibits relating to Florida homes and home improvement. Looking for kitchen cabinets, landscaping, spas/pools, home entertainment systems, remodeling or window experts? You can find all of that and more!  Tropicana Field.  Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm.  www.tampabayhomeshows.com

Nov 6-8  FOLKFEST ST PETE
Enjoy the 9th annual folk art and music festival with proceeds to benefit Creative Clay. Find amazing art, music, a family area and great food!
Creative Clay & on the 1100 block of Central Ave.  Fri 6-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.  727-825-0515  www.folkfeststpete.org

Nov 7  PURPLESTRIDE TAMPA BAY
Join us for a 5K run or 1-mile walk. Enjoy music, food, kids' activities, ShopPurple store and awards, all while raising awareness of pancreatic cancer. Choose a timed race, run for fun, or enjoy the family-friendly walk. Form a team to raise funds. Honor a loved one.  Albert Whitted Park.  7am.  310-706-3347  www.purplestride.org 

Nov 7  BUNGALOWFEST 2015
Celebrate Historic Kenwood’s recent and past history with a unique home & garden tour. The tour features homes that are completely restored and sometimes ones that are actually under renovation.  www.historickenwood.org

Nov 13-15  RIBFEST 2015
“Rockin’ Ribs - Helpin’ Kids”  Northeast Exchange Club’s Ribfest is a three day charity fundraiser which helps a variety of youth oriented causes.  Featuring the best BBQ ribbers in the world and national touring bands playing classic & southern rock & country hits.  Vinoy Park.  Gates open 11am.  www.ribfest.org

Nov 15  CLAY GAMES IX
Potters from around the world gather to compete in a decathlon of fun clay events to determine who will be the "Clay Champion of the World!"
Craftsman House Gallery.  High Noon.  727-323-2787  www.CraftsmanHouseGallery.com

Nov 21-22  CRAFTART 2015 FESTIVAL
The nation’s best contemporary craft artists & demonstrations, food trucks, craft beers and the best cultural venues on the west coast of Florida.  Central Ave between 4th and 6th St.  10am-5pm. 727-821-739  www.floridacraftart.org

Nov 21 & 28  SHOPAPALOOZA PART I & II
Our biggest event of the year brings together over 120 locally owned shops, restaurants, art galleries, service providers, and community organizations offering great shopping discounts!  South Straub Park. 10am-7pm.  727-637-5586  (Event Info)

Nov 21  8th ANNUAL CHILLOUNGE NIGHT
Chill to the sounds of smooth jazz as you enjoy fine wine and food under the stars. Brazilian Samba parade, see the latest fashions, flamenco dancing and more.  North Straub Park.  6-11pm, Fireworks 10:45pm.  941-448-0995  www.chilloungenight.com