Get ready to eat, shop, and enjoy the best of St. Pete. Local favorite Saturday Shoppes is hosting its 2nd Annual BBQ & Blues Fest this Saturday, a sprawling market and festival showcasing some of the area’s best makers, musicians, chefs and more.
The event is free to attend, a full afternoon of family-friendly fun and revelry. BBQ & Blues Fest takes place in Lot 1 of Tropicana Field from 12-5 pm on Saturday, March 2, showcasing a stellar lineup of live music, local chefs and food trucks, and great local small businesses.
In addition to food and music, the sprawling market will be full of local artists, makers, boutiques and more. The festival will also feature line dancing, a teen market, and even a kids area. There will be interactive arts and crafts stations, as well. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, relax, and enjoy the free entertainment while they eat, drink and browse.
Limited vendor spots remain for the weekend, and those interested in this event or future Saturday Shoppes can learn more here.
And stay tuned – we’re just one week away from the Saturday Shoppes Optum Northeast Community Day Out. Taking place on Saturday, March 9, at 8950 Dr MLK Jr St N, the event includes food trucks, a market, free doctor’s office tours, and a wealth of community health information. Learn more here.
Saturday Shoppes provides opportunity for emerging small businesses
Renee Edwards is the brains behind the Saturday Shoppes operation. The goal of the event has always been to create economic development opportunities for emerging businesses through these fast growing monthly markets. Edwards has also founded the Saturday Morning Shoppe Academy to provide business coaching, business etiquette, resources, marketing, and licensure that would allow hobby vendors to grow their business and income.
Using her knowledge and platform, Edwards is able to assist nearly 150 businesses every month by connecting incredible makers and owners to the community they serve.
Upcoming Saturday Shoppes events after this one include the Soul Fest on April 6, the Blue Crab & R&B Festival on June 1, and the Freedom Fest on June 15.