This weekend is a perfect opportunity to cross the Bay and experience what the other side has to offer. The Cross Bay Ferry will be offering free rides on Sunday, 12/18 from 7am-5:30pm. If you haven’t experienced this new transportation this is your chance! You can check out our very own James Silver’s review of the Ferry below. If you’re traveling from St. Pete to Tampa, you can stop by The Florida Aquarium, plenty of shopping and restaurants in Channelside or hop on the trolley and make your way to Ybor for an afternoon movie or Improv show. Coming to St. Pete from Tampa? The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Museum of History, and four blocks of shopping and dining on Beach Drive are all within walking distance.
On Saturday, you can enjoy free snow-ga (that’s yoga in the snow) at Sundial (153 2nd Avenue North, St.Petersburg, Florida) from 9-10am. IF you haven’t gone to see the decorations and the flurries, this is the perfect time do experience it while getting a jump start on your New Years fitness goals. Go grab some lunch and come back to the Sundial at 3pm to catch the Dixie Hollins High School Choir perform an hour long upbeat set of holiday songs!
Tampa also has an opportunity to get your fitness on with the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. On Sunday December 18th, the race is family friendly with games to occupy your little ones and all things chocolate (hot chocolate too, obviously) after you cross the finish line. The 5k will start around 7:30am, and the 15k around 8:25am in the Channelside Bay Plaza, Tampa, FL. Check out their website for more details on this fun event.
Christmas is only a couple of weeks away, and Tampa Bay is surely in the holiday spirit. Lights on houses, music in every store, the time of year for for parades, classic holiday plays, and lights is now. This weekend will be yours to do all this and more. Here are some things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend.
St. Pete Boat Parade
If you like parades but also like boats, then you’ve got to catch the Downtown St. Pete Boat Parade this Saturday, December 10th starting at 6:30pm. All different shapes and sizes of boats come through the Vinoy Basin sea wall near Demens Landing and make their way around the water showing off lights, music, and Christmas cheer. You may be able to catch a Santa (or two). This year is the first year VIP tickets ($8-$50) will be sold which includes reserved seating and serving of beer, wine, and food. Just want to catch the parade and skip the VIP? No problem. You can find a spot in North Straub or the pier approach and get a great view. Visit their website for tickets and more info.
Snow on 7th Holiday Parade
Want a more traditional parade experience? Pop on over to Ybor for the Snow on 7th Holiday Parade. Entertainment starts at 6pm, and Mayor Buckhorn and family will kick off the parade events while the snow falls. This parade is free, but get there early to get a good seat. For more info, check out their Facebook event page and the adorable countdown here.
It’s a Wonderful Life
One of the most beloved holiday movies, It’s a Wonderful Life, is being brought to the American Stage for your ears to enjoy until December 24th – but with a twist. See it come to life as It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry featuring a few local favorites, Colleen Cherry and Becca McCoy. 163 3rd St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Find info on the play, the actors, and book your tickets before they’re gone here.
It’s that time of year again, St. Pete! Ribfest is taking over Vinoy Park this weekend from Friday around 11am through Sunday evening. You don’t have to love ribs to enjoy this three day event. Music from big names like The Doobie Brothers and Huey Lewis and the News to local legends such as The Black Honkeys will be playing in the afternoons all weekend long. Bring the family down and enjoy the Family Fun Zone sponsored by Great Explorations Children’s Museum. They have a kids menu where everything from corn dogs to lemonade are only $2. Be sure to look for our agent James Silver who will be giving out coozies on Sunday (until they run out) – you just have to find him!
Second Saturday Art Walk
If you’ve never experience the art of St. Petersburg, the Second Saturday Artwalk is the best place to start. The event spans from Historic Kenwood to Downtown showcasing local artists from around the area. Hop on the trolley (see the full schedule here!) and enjoy local art while enjoying a craft hanging out at 3 Daughters after dinner. The trolley service makes stops all over downtown which gives you an opportunity to explore your city from a different perspective. At Trolley stop #2 you can catch The Photo Ninja and a live model photo shoot! Events start around 5pm 11/12 and go throughout the night.
St. Pete T-shirt Company Grand Opening
Love St. Pete? We do, too! And now you can let the world know. St. Pete T-shit Company’s grand opening will be held at its store at 655 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701 on 11/12 from 6pm-9pm. There will be live painting from local artist Chad Mize and raffles for shirts, art, and glass blowing workshop from Zen Glass Studio and Gallery. So, ya know… hit up Artwalk and head down here. Two birds, one stone! Learn more about the event here.
November is here! And with it comes all the things fall has to offer. This weekend is no exception with Folkfest St. Pete, Beer Night, and Grand Central Market. (Not to mention our open houses!) We have all the info you need on things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend.
Attention All Beer enthusiasts and Foodies!
Friday night is St. Pete Wine and Food Festival’s Beer Night. From 5:30pm-9:30pm in North Straub Park you can sample craft beer and ciders from all over the region. This is a great way to try new and exclusive drinks from some of your favorite breweries or discover a brewery you’ve not heard of. There will be food served included in the ticket price. You can purchase tickets to all of St. Pete’s Food and Wine Festival here and find out more information on all their events happening all weekend long.
Folkfest St. Pete is a favorite of local makers and musicians. Last year there was a kids station, planty of arts vendors and all the beer and food that the Edge District has to offer. There is something for everyone here from college kids to families looking for an afternoon out and about. The festival starts Saturday. November 5th at 9am and runs until early Sunday afternoon. Check out their Facebook event page for more info including their killer musical line up.
Get Started on Christmas Shopping
Saturday, November 5th is the Grand Central Market hosted by Grand Central District at Punky’s Bar and Grill. The market starts at 9am and there will be live music from 11am-1pm. This is the perfect spot to start your Christmas shopping. From collectibles to crafts, there is something for everyone. And you can’t go wrong with Punky’s weekend breakfast specials. Head on down and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Halloween is here! Time for tricks, treats, costumes and… seafood? That’s right! This weekend is packed full of good eats and family fun. We don’t want you to miss any of these things to do in St Pete this weekend.
St. John’s Seafood Festival
The the 35th year, St John’s Pass will be holding it’s annual seafood fest in on the boardwalk in Madeira Beach. Along with 100 (yes, you read that right) seafood options, there will be music, art and chef show-downs. We’ve heard rumors of their being a world record Bloody Mary toast and you definitely want to be a part of that, right? There are family friendly events including a kids costume contest on Saturday at 3pm. The festival starts at noon Thursday, October 27th and goes until Sunday, October 30th. Head over to their website for a full list of events.
Neighborhood Block Parties
Halloween is the kick-off to family friendly block parties all over the city. Some of our favorite neighborhoods are no exception, including Crescent Heights who is holding a Halloween bock party on Saturday, October 29th from 5-7pm. This neighborhood really gets into the Halloween spirit with almost every house hanging pumpkins from the trees in their yard. The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association is holding their annual Halloween Porch Party on Friday, October 28th from 7:30-10:30pm. Wear your costume and be a part of the community’s spooky event.
Fall Festival Family Fun Day
Sundial St. Pete is hosting a family-friendly Fall Festival on Sunday, October 30th from 12-3pm. The event is going to be held at the Sundial plaza. Families can enjoy a magic show, face painting, and trick-or-treating (of course). The Nomad Art Bus will also be in attendance. This event is free to the public and costumes are encouraged.