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St Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show is happening today through Sunday. Dec 5th-Dec 8th. Largest power & sailboat show on the Gulf Coast. Gorgeous weather today-sunny, clear and around 72 degrees! Tickets are available at stpeteboatshow.com

The holiday season has officially started in downtown St Petersburg, Florida! Even though it’s sunny, clear and 80 degrees here, the snowy winter scene has arrived. There are so many things to do in the next few weeks. Listed below are just a few for this weekend to get you started. For more events go to: http://www.stpete.org/portal-things-to-do.php and https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/things-to-do and https://ilovetheburg.com/

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Shopapalooza, Vinoy Park (Saturday & Sunday)
Start the holidays at the LocalShops1’s Shopapalooza. For two-days  more than 200 local vendors, music, food, kids games and more. Visit Shopapalooza’s website for details. 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Christmas Light Maze, St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field (All Weekend)
The largest Christmas Light Maze in the world is officially open at Tropicana Field. Millions of lights will illuminate a skating rink, a Christmas Village, a holiday shopping market and food/drink vendors.  To make a reservation & tickets  Click HERE    Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive. Through the end of December.

Snow!! Yes, snow in St Pete, Sundial St. Pete (All Weekend)
Shopping, dining and snow falling in the courtyard nightly. Yes, even in FLORIDA!! Snow falls from 6:30-9pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting in North Straub Park
Join the City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA and St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation for the illuminated Santa Parade & Tree Lighting on Saturday. Following the Santa Parade, Mayor Rick Kriseman lights up the downtown waterfront in North Straub Park for St. Petersburg’s annual Tree Lighting. 6-10pm. PARADE ROUTE: Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE., and runs along Bayshore Dr. to Fifth Ave. NE. Tree Lighting takes place at North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

You don’t want to miss this. Today, Sept 21st, 2019 is FREE Museum Day in St. Pete!! 
The following museums are offering free or discounted admissions. Please check with the museums for hours & discounts.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast
Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Avenue
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue
The James Museum, 150 Central Avenue
Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street South
The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Boulevard (Free admission for Pinellas County residents with ID only)

Sounds of Brazil in the Tampa Bay Area 🇧🇷!! A program with vocal artist Daniela Soledad, jazz guitarist Nate Najar and saxophonist Jeff Rupert called From Rio with Love, Bossa Nova will be performed on April 18th at the Palladium Theatre in St Petersburg.

Daniele Soledad was born in Rio but moved to Tampa when she was 16 when her mother married a Cuban American man from Tampa.

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Great graphic showing how green we are in Pinellas County, Florida. Pinellas County includes the area between St Petersburg, St Pete Beach and Clearwater Beach. In this case, the green means primarily green parks for people and animals. Check out the graphic and then come to see for yourself.

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It’s almost here-2019 Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Florida! March 8th-10th. It runs through downtown and along the waterfront! Photo taken from the Dali Museum Garden.

The 11th St. Petersburg Jazz Festival is happening this Wednesday, February 27th through Sunday, March 3rd, 2019.

All of the concerts are being held at the Palladium Theater and the Palladium Theater Side Door venues. The lineup of artists for the 2019 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival includes multi-instrumentalist & singer Valerie Gillespie and band, vocalist Alexis Cole with the Helios Jazz Orchestra, Remembering Sam Rivers – a tribute to jazz legend Sam Rivers from his bandmates, the  flutist Nestor Torres with Mauricio Rodrigues and Dimas Sanchez, the Martin Bejerano Trio.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.mypalladium.org/events/

 

 

Look which city made it into the top 20 places to visit this year in the USA according to TripAdvisor!! St Petersburg, Florida!! Yippee! For the last 13 years, I have called St Pete my home. It is surrounded by beautiful water, has gorgeous weather-especially at this time of year, tons of great restaurants representing food from around the world, farmers market, food trucks, unique shops, brew pubs, world famous museums, top-notch galleries, creative murals, waterfront parks, dog parks, boating, sports to watch or partake in, music venues, music festivals, Ribfest, Honda Grand Prix race running through the downtown along the waterfront and so much more. With an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, St Pete has the Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days). Hmmm, maybe that is why it is nicknamed “The Sunshine City” in the Sunshine State.

I love it here. Come for a visit or to buy a home, I’ll be waiting for you.

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Nicknamed the “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg is a warm and pleasant beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast with much to see and do. Springtime visitors won’t want to miss the St. Petersburg Mainsail Arts Festival, a joyful celebration with artists, food, live music, and entertainment. There’s a lot to do out on the water in St. Petersburg, like this Mangrove Kayak Tour, or a Stand up Pedalboard Tour where you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees. On a St. Petersburg Speedboat Adventure, you’ll take the wheel of your very own speedboat, exploring the coastline in style.

To see the other 19 cities, including BALTIMORE and BEND, Oregon, please go to https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2019/01/28/top-places-visit-usa-best-destinations/?fbclid=IwAR28G8o-j1FkD7sN5KIHbNvS_yBgD8wyshC9rWqL538tOaLrV0oCX_6EW1Y

How cute is this? How cool is this? I wonder how many books are in there? I want that job!! As a kid I looked forward every Thursday afternoon when the bookmobile arrived in my neighborhood shopping plaza at 3:30. I devoured books like other kids ate candy. Biographies, history, mysteries, adventure, arts, music, photography, sailing, architecture, travel, and more. I guess some things never change. Can’t wait to go see this itty bitty library on wheels!

A vintage bookmobile is road tripping all over America — and of course it’s spending the winter leg of its trip in Florida. The concept from the Brooklyn Art Library is an amalgam of creativity. Shelved inside a rebuilt 1985 Piaggio are hundreds of sketchbooks from the museum’s archives.

https://ilovetheburg.com/art-on-wheels-brooklyn-bookmobile-set-to-cruise-through-the-burg/

The minds behind the Bookmobile consider it an “installation to engage with local communities on a deeper level. More than just an opportunity to browse sketches, visitors will learn about the complex cataloging system and how to mobilize a global project.

The vintage museum on wheels will make several pitstops in the Tampa Bay region.

From December 18 through December 20 it will be posted up outside Intermezzo at 1111 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. The Bookmobile will also be in attendance at the St. Pete Saturday Morning Market on December 15 and December 22.

Want to participate in this project? You can order your own sketchbook and send it back filled with the images and ideas in your head. Your work will then travel with the Bookmobile as an ever growing, ever changing exchange of ideas.

Learn more about the project on the Sketchbook website. You can also get a bit more on the background of the Brooklyn Art Museum by visiting their website. There’s plenty of flights from TPA to La Guardia, JFK and Newark International if you’re ever itching to experience Brooklyn.

*Featured image via Brooklyn Art Library

article via https://ilovetheburg.com/art-on-wheels-brooklyn-bookmobile-set-to-cruise-through-the-burg/

Who loves boats, being on the water with friends and family and lighted boats?!?!
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Some of the Lighted Boat Parades along the Gulf coast and Tampa Bay for December 2018:
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Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st, from 6-9pm
Tampa Sailing Squadron is the host for this community event. There’s good viewing from the docks. Hamburgers and Hot dogs will be available to purchase.
Bradenton Christmas on the Braden River
December 1st, starts at 6pm
The 5th annual holiday board parade with start at Jiggs Landing, the parade will start upriver at 630pm and will end at approximately 730pm at Linger Lodge.
Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade
December 1st, from 6-9pm
Decorated boats parade through the Marina at approximately 7pm. Enjoy holiday music and smores while the kids wait for Santa to arrive by boat to lead the countdown to the tree lighting.
St. Pete Beach/Vina Del Mar
December 1st, starts at 530pm
The parade starts at Pass a Grill at Merry Pier and Sea Horse Restaurant at dusk. Santa will be there for pictures. Firemen will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.
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St Petersburg’s 32nd Annual Illuminated Boat Parade is canceled for 2018Thanks, Troy Willingham President, Rotary Club of St Petersburg for getting the info out.

Tarpon Springs Boat Parade
December 7th, from 7-9pm
The parade starts down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats. The best viewing is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou.
Madeira Beach Festival of Lights
December 6th Starts at 630pm
The parade begins on the north side of town and work through the canals to Johns Pass.
Clearwater, Islands Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade
December 8th, starts at 630 pm
The Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade is one of the largest and most popular parade. This is their 43rd year. The parade will start in Mandalay Channel and head north and weave in and out of the canals and out to Coachman Park around 8pm. They travel under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Marina.
Gulfport Lighted Christmas Parade
December 8th Starts at 6pm
The parade starts at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and out into the bay. The parade travels through Town Shores, Kipps Colony and Pasadena Yacht & Country Club on its way to Isla del Sol
Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
December 14th, starts at 620pm (Note the Treasure Island Bridge will close at 7pm to allow the boats to pass under it)
Experience the 31st anniversary of the Treasure Island Boat Parade. Best public viewing areas are 115th street, Treasure Island Causeway Bridge, Kingfish Drive at John’s Pass (Gators) and Blind Pass Bridge.
Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th, starts at 7pm decorated boats parade through the waterways
Redington Beach/Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade
December 17th, starts at 6pm
Decorated boats travel through the intra-coastal waterways from Tom Stuart Causeway to the Pub restaurant in Indian Shores
Tampa Bay, Riverwalk Boat Parade
December 22nd, starts at 630pm
Watch the parade as they go from Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside Distirct. You can watch from Channelside Bay Plaza and enjoy the parade from the open wharf.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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