8 Reasons Why We Can’t Wait for Localtopia Round III

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February is on the horizon and local love is in the air. The champions of all things St. Pete are bringing the annual Localtopia event to Williams Park on Saturday, February 6.

It's hard to imagine the organization could up the ante on their past events. With a city fueled by the entrepreneurial spirit, artistic residents and a myriad of new visitors to the town, growth was/is inevitable. More drinks, more food, more art, more local.

Due to the amount of vendors that will be present and an increase in the anticipated number of attendees, this year's Localtopia event will not be pet-friendly.

Here are the top 8 reasons why the third edition of Localtopia will be the best in the series…not to mention the event of the year in St. Pete:

 

New Art Installations and FREE Books!

*Photo via Keep St. Pete Lit

The Arts Village is a cultural behemoth. The NOMADstudio Art Bus will be on hand to let St. Pete paint their love for the city on the side of the bus while Bluebird Books Bus gives away free books to the public! Keep St. Pete Lit will also be on hand with a pop-up Book Space store, Bloom Art Center will feature a pop-up shop pod and a live painting session. There will also be a special art instillation: "Wishes for Williams Park" Tree created by artist, Derek Donnelly. This is your chance to share your hopes for Williams Park's future after the event is over.

 

Futbol with the Stars

Localtopia is for the whole family. Tampa Bay Rowdies players will be present at Localtopia's Family Village, kicking soccers balls with kids and selling Rowdy merch. There will be a family rest area courtesy of Thank You Mama, Did we mention there will be TWO bounce houses?

 

The Skate Ramp Returns

*Photo via Schoolyard Skate

Returning this year in full form will be the Skate Village. School of Skatin' and Local Longboard Company have brought back the skate ramp for local thrashers. Pro Skateboarders will be signing autographs. There will also be a best trick contest (Prize pool at nearly $1,000). 

 

The Indie Market Arrives

*Photo via St. Pete Indie Market

Whether you're looking for jewelry, soaps, preserves, leather goods, prints, paintings, vintage postcards, vinyl records or glass works, the Indie Market quite literally has it all. The always anticipated pop-up market will be in full force at Localtopia with a roster of their best makers and vendors. 

 

MC Will Kuncz of The Homemade Broadcast

Kuncz has interviewed the top local personalities in St. Pete and engaged emerging artists, athletes and celebs passing through the area. His dedication to his comedic craft inspired him to begin a stand-up open mic night at Sly Bar (filling an artistic void in the city), a huge comedy event at the CL Space in Ybor, along with a slew of other events in the Tampa Bay area.

This year Kuncz will bring his signature brand of comedy to Localtopia. If you want a preview of what you can expect tune into his show The Homemade Broadcast on Radio St. Pete

 

Eat and Drink Local…on 3rd Street 

Because when you've grown as fast as the Burg, you need more than just a park to fit all the things that have come to define its character. That's why Localtopia is taking over 3rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues North). The Eat and Drink Local station will feature the returning Drink Like a Local beer truck, which serves the best brews from local Tampa Bay and Florida breweries. 

The stretch will also debut pop-up Thirst Stations, which will sell beer, wine and water. Even more exciting is the addition of The Mill. One of the Burg's, and the state of Florida's best new restaurants will be serving their signature dishes during the event. 

 

Two Entertainment Stages

During past Localtopia events residents have witnessed belly dancers, slam poets, classical musicians, blues gurus and more. Keep St. Pete Local wants to make more room for local artists this year which is why they have added a SECOND stage at this year's event. 

 

The New "World Tour" Tees 

Last year, Chad Mize created St. Pete's "World Tour" tee and since its arrival has become one of the most popular pieces of clothing in the city. Keep St. Pete Local has created one of their own.

You can get yours (featuring a few of the top festivals around the country) live screen printed at Localtopia

 

Don't miss Localtopia on Saturday, February 6, at Williams Park, 350 2nd Avenue North. This event is FREE and open to the public and goes from 10am to 5pm. Keep up with the latest announcements by joining their Facebook community

Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.