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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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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

Local artist alternative holiday market in St Petersburg, Florida waterfront park

Takes place in South Straub Park November 24.  Shop local. Support local. Enable the makers and collectors in the Sunshine City to prosper while picking up a totally unique gift for a loved one. 10-5pm for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/374707542937157/

Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
The parade begins at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE., and runs along Bayshore Dr. to Fifth Ave. N. Following the Santa Parade, Mayor Rick Kriseman lights up the downtown waterfront around 8pm in North Straub Park for St. Petersburg’s annual Tree Lighting. Stay after the Santa Parade & Tree Lighting to enjoy a night in the park with games, a marching band performance, concessions and more! Starts 5:30pm. Take the downtown looper FREE to avoid the hassle of looking for parking along Beach Drive.

Thank you, Joan Walker, the Pinellas International Council Cultural Awareness Committee Chair, for putting together a wonderful Oktoberfest evening at the Imagine Museum followed by authentic German food and drink at the Hofbrauhaus, both in downtown St Petersburg, Florida. The Imagine Museum gave us a private tour while explaining the history of studio glass making in the USA. Absolutely stunning pieces of glass throughout with info on each artist. Thank you to all that attended. A great time was had by all! Let’s do this again.

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Photos by Annalisa Weller

The SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival returns for its fourth year October 6th –
14th, 2018, with special events and incredible murals scattered throughout “The Sunshine City” by a creative & diverse group of artists from around the world.

55+ ARTISTS FROM 10 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES, matter of fact!

Our city streets will change into a huge open-air museum. Enjoy our city’s gorgeous, creative & sometime whimsical murals with family & friends this weekend.

“Led by local artists and community members, SHINE is a project intended to illuminate the power of art in public spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue, and uniting communities—all while cultivating new standards of artistic excellence and reflecting St. Petersburg’s creative spirit.”

for  more info:

https://stpeteartsalliance.org/shine-mural-festival/

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Photos by Annalisa Weller    Murals of St Pete 10

Here are just a few of the great variety of things to do this weekend in St Pete, Florida. Get out there, have fun and enjoy life!

Friday, September 21, 2018

St. Pete Asian Street Food & Craft Beer Fest 
All of the food trucks will serve up Asian-inspired dishes as well as offering their normal cuisine. Located at Albert Whitted Park, Downtown St Petersburg across from the Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theatre. 6-11pm.
480 Bayshore Dr SE

Tampa Bay Boat Show   Tampa Convention Center

Showcases area boat dealers and manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies, accessories. Three-days to see available makes and models in one location. The main floor-new boats, trailers, docking and safety equipment and many outdoor-related exhibits. http://www.tampaboatshow.com/ 

Date and Hours

The event is open to the public. Admission is free but parking is $8.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Run With Rollin’ Oats Kick Off
The St. Pete Run Fest kick offs Rollin’ Oats’ 10k race and special health and wellness programming. The first 25 people to register at the event for either the 10k or Half Marathon will receive a $25 Rollin’ Oats Gift Card and some St. Pete Run Fest swag.  Free smoothie samples, meet some of the Run Fest participating sponsors Orangetheory Fitness St. Petersburg, Back 2 Normal Physical Therapy, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, Kahwa Coffee. 10am. Rollin’ Oats St. Pete 2842 Dr Ml King Jr St N

Arts Alive! Free Museum Day
Free Museum Day is Saturday, September 22, beginning at 10am and ending at 3pm. Visit your favorite museums or those you’ve always wanted to check out. This event is part of the St. Petersburg Festival of the Arts. Click here for a list of participating museums.

 

 

Had an awesome time at The Dali Museum last Saturday with my daughter and grandkids. The Dali Museum gives kids’ tours on Saturday mornings and has a kids craft room where they can create Dali-inspired art pieces. Granddaughter’s collage is below but my Grandson made an interactive movable fly & dragonfly collage. When I played, the dragonfly won the race. A good time was had by all! Thank you MY FAMILY!! So nice to have you visit-much too short of a visit, as usual.

So if you’re in St Pete, with or without kids, The Dali Museum is a wonderful place to spend the day. There are permanent displays of Dali’s work and special exhibits of other artists that have collaborated with or been influenced by Salvador Dali. SO you need to check their website calendar.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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