For the past 3 years, Keep St. Pete Local has championed and worked exhaustively to put together Localtopia. The celebration of all things local inspired the city and its residents to reactivate beautiful Williams Park located in the heart of our emerging downtown area.
The event brings together the finest local restaurants, roasters, artists, writers, engineers, actors, artisans, brewers and entrepreneurs in the Burg for a day dedicated to the spirit and flavor of the Sunshine City. Visitors have come to anticipate the presence of the NOMAD Art Bus, the excelsior roster of local musicians, the mini half-pipe and even the Roller Derby at the event; however, KSPL has even more up its sleeve for the 2017 incarnation of the event happening on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Bloom Art Center presents a 3D Art Maze.
Bloom Art Center is one of the finest art treasures St. Pete has to offer. Their massive space is decorated with murals that make it a sight to behold from the highway, and a gem to admire at the front door. In the last year, the center hosted several Twilight Markets, offered a trip into Candy Land and brought art lovers down the Rabbit Hole. We can expect this maze to be a wholly immersive expedition into the surreal and the exceptional.
Aside from the art maze, Bloom will also host an open air gallery and will be live painting in the Arts Village, which will feature 20+ local vendors.
Neighbors and Nomads invites vendors beyond St. Pete.
Since its inception, Localtopia has been a haven for all things St. Pete. Outside interest in the Burg, and a wide variety of vendors popping up in the greater Tampa Bay area and beyond, have allowed KSPL to invite vendors from all over Florida. Expect to pick up some goods you’ve never seen before this year.
Local Breweries join in the celebration.
This year, St. Pete breweries will be pouring their own brews on 2nd Avenue North between 3rd and 4th Street. The official list of participating breweries is still TBA. Canned beers will also be available at the Local Thirst Stations around Williams Park.
Beyond brews, visitors will also be able to fuel up at Kahwa Coffee’s Kahwagon, get a taste of the soon to open Grassroots Kava House, enjoy some healthy libations from Deep Roots Juice and, of course, indulge in the always popular drinks by Tidal Boar.
Restaurant Row Returns.
We’re still salivating over the gourmet truffle fries from Brick and Mortar from the last Localtopia event. Restaurant Row makes its triumphant return to the celebration of all things local with a few new faces. Mazzaro’s, Pipo’s, Ray’s Vegan Soul, Swah Rey, Urban Restaurant Group, KINGS Street Food, Iberian Rooster and Brooklyn South will all be serving their highly regarded mix of artisanal and traditional dishes.
The Food Truck Rally Alley will take over 4th Street North that day, as well. Beach Snoballs, Empamamas, Maggie on the Move, PB & Jelly Deli, Tropiccool and more will be out serving foodies from all over Tampa Bay.
Matthew McGee serves as the MC.
Popular local actor Matthew McGee will serve as the Master of Ceremonies at Localtopia. Following McGee is a list of local performers sure to satisfy all of the audiophiles in the Burg. Rebekah Pulley, Jeremy Thomas Band, Dean Johanesen, Mountain Holler, Lounge Cat and Damon Fowler.
KSPL launches new Localtopia website.
To help keep residents informed and up to date on the latest additions to the event Keep St. Pete Local has launched a brand new website for Localtopia. Learn more about the Villages, food, music and vendors as they’re announced.