The Circus Runs Away To Chill in The Burg

Smith & Associates Real Estate

By now you've probably seen the gorgeous elephants in Straub Park. Their names are Snowflake and Nero. They were carved in 2012 by Kumpa Tawornprom for a festival in Sarasota. The pair have traveled to the Burg to experience the premiere outdoor lounge party in Tampa Bay. They will be featured pieces during the Chillounge Event happening this Saturday.

St. Pete is the place the circus runs away to. This Saturday, Chillounge Night returns for its 7th annual event in North Straub Park. This year's theme, "Cirque du Chill."

On Saturday night, the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota will perform epic and daring feats of strength, agility, balance and endurance. The artistry of performances mixed with the lavish ornaments that compose the insignia for Chillounge Night will make this unlike any event in St. Pete.

*Photo by Chillounge Night

What can you expect? Aside from the enigmatic Circus presentation, the event will feature a fashion show, fireworks, live performances by Kafkasso, Mikel Soulhop and the Shawn Brown band. The mis en scene will feature aerialists, a contortionist bending herself beyond belief, a hypnotic juggler, a daredevil and a crew of hand balancers. Luxe Fashion Group will provide an exhibition of high-fashion and elegant accessorizing as well. A few rather wild art pieces may even find a temporary home in the park after the party ends.

The spectacle will feature 60 ft. high towering sway poles which are the highest acrobatic masts currently available. The Wheel of Thrill will be at the epicenter of the event. Joseph Diminick Baur will walk and run inside and outside of a wheel that rotates 360 degrees on a beam in the sky. While performing this physical triumph, Baur will juggle torches and even attempt the act while blindfolded. Chillounge pulls out all the stops with a 21-ft diameter helium aerosphere balloon that will rise from behind the event's main stage. An aerial performer will be latched on performing underneath the balloon that takes nearly 5 hours to fill up! 

*Photo by Chillounge Night

This is extravagance for two worthy organizations. Chillounge benefits both Creative Clay and The Woodson Museum. The event begins at 6pm on Saturday, November 22, and goes until 11pm. In case you're concerned about the Florida freeze afflicting your good time at the event, the cold front will dissipate toward the end of the week. Saturday is projected to be a brisk and comfortable 78 degrees. 

Tickets to the event are $25 for general admission and $100 for VIP. North Straub Park 400 Bayshore Dr NE.

We want to spread the love and send a few lucky winners to Chillounge Night! That's why we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the event. All you have to do is answer the trivia question below. A winner will be chosen at random on Thursday.

 

This is event marks the ___th Annual Bert Smith Chillounge Night in St. Pete. 

 

 

 

 

Written by Dex Fabian

Dex Fabian is the co-founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. A graphic designer by trade, Dex has been witness to Tampa Bay's explosion to become one of the hottest regions in the nation. In 2009, he helped develop the brand for I Love the Burg and in 2014 developed the branding for That's So Tampa and has been a regular contributor to both ever since.