Downtown St Petersburg Florida Events

On-Going Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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










Special Events

May 19 - Spring 2016  DALÍ REVEALED: CANDID MOMENTS FROM THE ARTIST’S LIFE
Revealing moments of Dalí’s daily life, his wife Gala, friends, and collectors. 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

Aug 22 - Jan 3  ESCHER AT THE DALÍ
Highlighting M.C. Escher, whose visual illusions puzzle and delight audiences worldwide, and is best known for his “impossible constructions” and use of tessellation. Featuring 135 works, including “Drawing Hands” & “Reptiles.”
Dalí Museum.  727-823-3767  www.thedali.org

Sep 11 - Jan 31  ENCOUNTERS IN GLASS: JAMES MONGRAIN AND JASON CHRISTIAN
This new exhibition brings together two Seattle based glass artists working in Italian techniques, each with their own flair of inspiration.  Chihuly Collection.  727-896-4527  www.moreanartscenter.org/chihuly

Sep 19 - Mar 13  50 ARTWORKS FOR 50 YEARS
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the MFA aquired 50 new works for its ever-evolving collection, which range dramatically in medium, geographies, and eras.  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

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 and tells the story of what happens in the studio and the resulting artworks.  Museum of Fine Arts. 727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Nov 7 - Jan 11  CARRIE SCHNEIDER: READING WOMEN
A series of one hundred vignettes woven together into a thematic whole. Artist Carrie Schneider offers up rare moments of vulnerability that convey contentment, laughter, sorrow, as well as other, unknowable emotions.  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667
www.fine-arts.org

Nov 14 - Jan 1  THERE’S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENTS: 2015 HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE
Annual members show with a buy-local retail focus for the holidays.  Purchase a unique item for everyone on your holiday shopping list, including paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass, ornaments and arty stocking-stuffers.  Morean Arts Center.  727-822-7872  www.moreanartscenter.org

Nov 14 - Feb 28  I REMEMBER BIRMINGHAM
This technically innovative and spiritually moving installation is John Scott’s response to the tragic church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963.  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Nov 18 - Dec 13  THE 39 STEPS
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have THE 39 STEPS, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! Packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters an on-stage plane crash, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!  American Stage.  727-823-7529  www.americanstage.org

Nov 21-22  CRAFTART FESTIVAL 2015
Florida CraftArt’s annual event, features some of the nation’s best established and emerging fine craft artists with handmade works in jewelry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, paper and mixed media. The festival also features artists’ demonstrations, hands-on activities, an artists’ raffle, food trucks and the area’s best local brews.  Central Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets.  10am-5pm.  727-821-7391  www.floridacraftart.org

Nov 21  SHOPAPALOOZA PART I
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  www.ShopapaloozaFestival.com

Nov 21  CRAFTS & DRAFTS
Featuring 50 of Tampa Bay's best local artisan craft vendors, 30 craft beer favorites, food trucks, a DIY tie dye station, complimentary activities and shuffleboard, and much, much more!  St Petersburg Shuffleboard Club.  11am-5pm.  727-822-2083  www.stpeteshuffle.com

Nov 21  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. Must be 21 to attend.  North Straub Park.  6 to 11 p.m, Fireworks 10:45pm.  941-448-0995  www.chilloungenight.com

Nov 28  HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
Bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s holiday kick-off celebration. Mayor Kriseman flips the switch that turns on the downtown holiday Christmas Tree and lights. Enjoy on stage entertainment & interactive games.  North Straub Park.  5-7pm.  727-893-7441  www.stpeteparksrec.org

Nov 27 - Dec 30  WATERFRONT LIGHTS AND DISPLAY
While you stroll along the pedestrian walkway of St. Petersburg’s waterfront, see thousands of holiday lights and decorations including the unique snowflake lights. Don’t miss the Giant Greeting Card display made by local teens at St. Petersburg’s Recreation Centers.  North Straub, South Straub & Vinoy Parks.  727-893-7441  www.stpeteparksrec.org

Nov 28  SHOPAPALOOZA PART 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  www.ShopapaloozaFestival.com

Dec 3-6  38th ANNUAL ST PETERSBURG POWER & SAILBOAT SHOW
The largest boat show on the Gulf Coast featuring the very best of both the power boating and sailing worlds - with a large selection of sailboats and power boats, and three exhibition tents housing all types of marine gear whether your boat uses an engine or the wind.  Albert Whitted Park & South Yacht Basin.  Thu-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm.  www.showmanagement.com

Dec 4  TIES AND TENNIS SHOES GALA
Eat delicious catered foods, drink a selection of wine and craft beer, play games, dance the night away, shop the silent auction, and support the Take Stock in Children program while dressed in cocktail attire and tennis shoes.  Tropicana Field.  6-10pm.  www.tiesandtennisshoes.com

Dec 5  TIES AND TENNIS SHOES 5K
The 5K course includes a memorable finish line on the turf at Tropicana field. Your photo finish will be captured on Rays Vision. You can also run for the fun of it, stroll with family and friends, or show off your decorated tennis shoes. The 1 mile fun run/walk is perfect for younger kids and families! The kids dash will take place on the field, after the fun run is finished!  Tropicana Field.  8am.  www.tiesandtennisshoes.com

Dec 5  89TH ANNUAL ST PETERSBURG SANTA PARADE
Family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators. Parade starts on Central Ave and 5th St, travels east to Bayshore Dr then turns north ending at 5th Ave N. 10am.  727-893-7441  www.stpeteparksrec.org

Dec 5  SNOWFEST - A REAL SNOW EVENT
Sixty-five tons of snow are expected at this annual holiday celebration. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalks, reindeer races, giant slide, “glice” ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating, and more.  North Straub Park.  10:30am-3pm.  727-893-7441  www.stpeteparksrec.org

Dec 5-6, 9-13, 17-23  SANTA & ICE SKATING
Visit Santa in the Park (camera’s allowed) and go “glice” skating on a simulated ice rink  North Straub Park.  6-9pm.  727-893-7441  www.stpeteparksrec.org

Dec 9  BOLEY CENTERS 33rd ANNUAL JINGLE BELL RUN
The waterfront course twinkles with hundreds of luminaries and the sound of thousands of jingle bells that fill the night air. Enjoy live music and glow zones throughout the course. Start and Finish line at North Shore Park.  7:30pm.  727-821-4819  www.boleycenters.org

Dec 11-12  STUFFED ANIMAL NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: A WAITING UP FOR SANTA PARTY
See your favorite stuffed animal come to life with it’s very own Night at the Museum! Drop off your stuffed animal the night before, and come morning you’ll enjoy a hot buffet breakfast and a slide-show of all the adventures your friend had the night before. All topped off with make and take activities, an early visit from Santa and stories of the North Pole from Mrs. Claus.  9-11am.  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Dec 12  PIONEER SETTLEMENT CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE
Step back in time this holiday season with old-fashioned Victorian holiday festivities. Enjoy the tastes of seasonal goodies, live music, craft show, hayrides with Santa, and holiday shopping.  727-893-7326  www.pinellaspioneersettlement.org

Dec 13  MOVIES @ MFA: NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
Bring your blanket and watch a movie under the Kapok Tree at this free, family & dog friendly monthy event. Enjoy music and short films by local independents 1 hour before showtime. Food trucks and full cash bar with be at your disposal.  Museum of Fine Arts.  Music starts at 6pm, Movie at Dark.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Dec 19-20  ST PETERSBURG HOLIDAY OF THE ARTS
Showcases artwork of local, regional and national artisans. This tapestry of extraordinary original art is woven from painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking and more.  South Straub Park.  Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm.  941-487-8061  www.paragonartevents.com

Dec 19-27  IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
Bring the whole family to celebrate the holiday season with this heartwarming classic. Presented as a 1940’s radio show with sound effects performed live on stage, It’s Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play brings George Bailey’s timeless story to life.  American Stage. 727-823-7529  www.americanstage.org

Dec 26  2015 ST PETERSBURG BOWL
The American Athletic Conference will face Conference USA (C-USA).  Tropicana Field.  Kick-off 11am.  www.stpetersburgbowl.com

Dec 31  FIRST NIGHT 2016
Usher in the New Year together with your family downtown as the streets fill with music, lights, dance, creative fun and fireworks at 8pm & Midnight! Downtown St Petersburg.  4pm-Midnight.  727-823-8906  www.firstnightstpete.com

Jan 15  MOVIES @ MFA: BREAKFAST CLUB
Bring your blanket and watch a movie under the Kapok Tree at this free, family & dog friendly monthy event. Enjoy music and short films by local independents 1 hour before showtime. Food trucks and full cash bar with be at your disposal.  Museum of Fine Arts.  Music starts at 6pm, Movie at Dark.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Jan 23 - Jun 12  DISNEY AND DALÍ: ARCHITECTS OF THE IMAGINATION
This immersive and enriching multi-media exhibition will tell the story of the unlikely alliance between two of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century: brilliantly eccentric Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí and American entertainment innovator Walt Disney. Presented through a multimedia wonderland of original paintings, story sketches, conceptual artwork, objects, correspondences, archival film, photographs, and audio - this comprehensive exhibition showcases two vastly different icons who were drawn to each other through their unique personalities, their collaboration on the animated short Destino.
Dalí Museum.  727-823-3767  www.thedali.org

Jan 9 - Feb 28  ROLE MODELS + MOREAN INSTRUCTOR & STUDENT EXHIBITIONS
This exhibition focuses on the Florida-centric mentor/mentee aspect of the ceramic studio practice, with teachers and student’s work displayed side-by-side.  Morean Arts Center.  727-822-7872  www.moreanartscenter.org

Jan 12-13  SHEN YUN
Experience the divine culture of the Middle Kingdom. Shen Yun brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Every dance movement, every musical note, makes this a stunning visual and emotional experience you won’t find anywhere else.  The Mahaffey Theater.  8pm.  727-893-7832  www.theMahaffey.com

Jan 16  ST PETERSBURG SUNSHINE MUSIC FESTIVAL
You’ll be singing the blue with this world class line up of musicians. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Indigo girls, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue just to name a few.  Vinoy Park.  11:30 am.  www.sunshinemusicfestival.com

Jan 17  31st ANNUAL NATIONAL MLK, JR. DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE, BATTLE OF BANDS & DRUM LINE EXTRAVAGANZA
Witness marching bands from around the nation perform their exciting half-time shows.  Tropicana Field  4pm.  www.mlknationalparade.org

Jan 18  MLK DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE PARADE
Celebrate the holiday with marching bands from across the country, floats, civic organizations and lots of music.  Parade begins at 11am. 727-893-7134  www.mlknationalparade.org

Jan 20 - Feb 21  JITNEY BY AUGUST WILSON
Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for BEST NEW PLAY.  Set in 1970 in the Hill District of Pittsburgh that is served by a makeshift taxi company, JITNEY is a beautiful addition to the author’s decade by decade cycle of plays about the black American experience in the twentieth century.  American Stage.  727-823-7529  www.americanstage.org

Jan 23  91st EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME
The longest running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause. A showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tropicana Field.  Kick off 4pm.  www.shrinegame.com

Feb 6  LOCALTOPIA
Enjoy the largest “Community Celebration of All Things Local” featuring nearly 200 vendors, beer trucks serving local craft brews, live local music on park bandstand & new 2nd stage, Arts, St Pete Indie Market & Family Villages and more surprises!  Williams Park. 10am-5pm.  www.KeepSaintPetersburgLocal.org/Localtopia

Feb 6 - May 29  CONTEMPLATING CHARACTER: PORTRAIT DRAWINGS AND OIL SKETCHES FROM JACQUES LOUIS DAVID TO LUCIAN FREUD
This collection explores the evolution of portraiture from the late eighteenth century to the contemporary, reflecting the many styles and movements during this wide expanse of time. The 150 works encompass artist self-portraits, portraits of other artists, family members and friends, and famous people, among them a rare, early profile of George Washington and another of author Oscar Wilde.  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Feb 6 - May 29  THE ART OF THE CLASSICAL GUITAR
Drawn from an important private collection, this exhibition pays tribute to an instrument that has touched all of our lives and many have played.  Museum of Fine Arts.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Feb 11-14  SUNSHINE CITY SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL
National singer-songwriters in various venues throughout downtown
St Petersburg.  Featuring Patty Griffin, The Nields, & more.   727-323-2787

Feb 14  MOVIES ON THE LAWN AT THE MFA: SAY ANYTHING
Bring your blanket and watch a movie under the stars at this free, family & dog friendly monthy event. Enjoy music and short films by local independents 1 hour before showtime. Food trucks with be at your disposal.  Museum of Fine Arts North Wall / North Shore Park.  Music starts at 6pm, Movie at Dark.  727-896-2667  www.fine-arts.org

Feb 20-21  3rd ANNUAL ST PETERSBURG SPRING FINE ART FESTIVAL
Original artwork by more than 100 artisans from 25 states and overseas. Also represented are many local and regional artisans. This tapestry of art is woven from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fibert art, metalwork and much more  North Straub Park. 10-5pm.  941-487-8061  www.paragonartevents.com