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Enjoy the sounds of the St. Pete Opera, cheer on your team at the Gasparilla Bowl, make Christmas crafts at makeme studio and more this week in the Burg!

Thanks to @jengiuffre for the fantastic #instaBURG photo share! Here’s your full local events guide:

Monday, December 18

Waterfront 5k and Beer Raffle at The Ale & the Witch
Join Running for Brews Monday at 7pm for a fun/untimed run along St. Pete’s beautiful waterfront path. Free to join, all ages, and all levels of runners. Great place to meet like-minded people in St Pete. There is also a beer raffle post-run. Click HERE to register. 111 2nd Ave NE.

St. Pete Opera: Seasonal Sparkle 2017 at The Palladium (Monday-Tuesday)
After a rousing welcome in 2016 for the concept of celebrating all four seasons, Maestro Sforzini indulges us on a new evocative and magical journey through the year. From spring’s new life to winter’s family gatherings, St. Petersburg Opera Company will present an international musical tour highlighting great soloists, our stellar chorus, and our 40-piece professional orchestra. Shows start at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. 5th Ave North

10th Anniversary Celebration at The Cupcake Spot
Come help The Cupcake Spot celebrate their 10th Anniversary! The Cupcake Spot is St. Pete’s first original cupcake-only confectionery – specializing in gourmet cupcakes. They will be giving away FREE cupcakes to the first 1000 customers! 405 Central Ave.

Meditation Made Easy at Wings Bookstore
Join Wings Bookstore for a discussion on how to create a simple yet powerful meditation practice that is easy to maintain; followed by a guided meditation that will leave you feeling grounded, uplifted and deeply connected to your source. Event starts at 7:15pm. 4500 4th St North.

The Radio Theatre Project at the Studio@620
The Radio Theatre Project at the Studio@620 presents Preston Sturges’ classic, comic love story, “Remember the Night”. A NY prosecutor gets stuck taking a hardened shoplifter home to his Midwestern farm family for a country Chistmas. The RTP ensemble will tell this hilarious tale, with special guests Lisa Powers Tricomi, Christopher Rutherford, and John Huls. It will warm your heart as well as any yuletide fire. Event starts at 7pm. Click HERE for tickets620 1st Ave South.

Ornament Decorating Party at Mad Hatters Ethnobotanical Tea Bar
Come decorate some cool ornaments for your tree. They will have the ornaments and crafting supplies, just bring your smiling faces. Decorating starts at 6pm. 4685 28th St. North.

Tuesday, December 19

Drag Queen Bingo for Friends of Strays at Hamburger Mary’s St. Pete
What’s better than drag queen bingo? Drag Queen Bingo to support Friends of Strays Animal Shelter. Come for the Drag Queens, the bingo, amazing food and drinks, fabulous prizes all while helping the critters at FOS. It’s a win, win, win! In fact, their last 50/50 raffle winner left with over $600! And they think we can do even better in December, when we add in some good old holiday spirit! Bingo starts at 7pm. 2901 Tyrone Blvd North.

Gasparilla Bowl’s Battle at the Beach at Treasure Island
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl’s Battle at the Beach is a high energy pep rally style event that features the football players and band members from Temple University & Florida International University pitted against one another in friendly competition. Hosted by the Treasure Island City Hall, the event will have food, beverages and activities for all ages! The event runs from 1-4pm is free and open to the public. 10400 Gulf Blvd.

Storytelling and Prose Open Mic at Wordier Than Thou
An open mic that focuses on storytelling and fiction – no poetry or music. Come share your finest prose, or if you’re just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from area wordsmiths. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. Readings will begin around 7 pm. Cost is a $5 donation at the door. 620 1st Ave South.

2017 Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar at The Dalí
Join the talented, artistic staff and volunteers of The Dali at a holiday bazaar featuring their original art & crafts for sale. Enjoy the seasonal ambiance & holiday music. Melting clock and mustache ornaments from the Museum Store will be available for purchase, as well as the unique paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, books, glassware and fabric arts & crafts created by our in-house artists, artisans and makers. Event is free and runs from noon-3pm. 1 Dali Blvd.

Blossoms & Booze at makeme
Pour a mug of piping hot chocolate (and spike it if desired) and belly up to our flower bar and learn how to create a fabulous fresh addition to your holiday décor! This month you’ll be creating holiday peace wreaths gorgeous evergreens, berries, and christmasy accents. They’ll also be sharing tips and tricks for flower selection, design, and care so that your arrangements will bring your cheer throughout the holiday week. **twinkle lights not included. Wreaths not your cup of tea? choose to create a Christmas kissing ball instead! Event starts at 7pm. Click HERE to register. 3028 9th Street North

Comedy Open Mic at Iberian Rooster
Calling all comedians! Funniest folk of the night will win cash prizes and bar tabs. Unfunny people get tarred and feathered. Sign up starts at 9pm, open mic starts at 10pm. 475 Central Avenue.

Wednesday, December 20

Wined Down Wednesday at Beach Bar and Restaurant
Enjoy happy hour and half-off wine bottles at Beach Bar and Restaurant. Then get down to you favorite tunes with sunset karaoke. Event runs from 7-11pm. 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Painting and Pouring at Wine Madonna
Stop by the Wine Madonna and discover your inner artist while savoring your favorite vino. No experience, no problem! They’re make painting fun again. Event starts at 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. 111 2nd Ave NE.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at The Mahaffey Theater
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10thAnniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg.   This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one! Show starts at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St SE.

Lunch Truck It Wednesday at Williams Park
Join your favorite food trucks & friends downtown on the third Wednesday of every month for a Lunch Truck it Wednesdays! Brought to you by Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association. Event runs from 11am-2pm. 350 2nd Ave North.

St. Pete Moonlight Market 
St. Pete Moonlight Market is back Wednesday Dec 20th. Find food vendors, artisans, jewelers, handmade makers, photographers, printmakers, woodworkers, painters, metal workers,clothiers, & collectors of all sorts. Drink specials all night at The Blue Goose. Market runs from 7-11pm. 48 Dr. MLK Jr St North.

Lady’s Night Ugly Sweater Party at Ringside Cafe
Ringside Cafe is breaking out the wooly wears for this one! Bring your ugliest Christmas sweater for a free round and a possibly lame & underwhelming prize! Event starts at 9pm. 16 2nd St North.

Whiskey Wednesday at The Melting Pot
Enjoy The Melting Pot’s new Whiskey Wednesday! 1/2 off all whiskey cocktails. The Melting Pot, 2221 4th Street North.

Mario Kart 64 Tournament at Right Around the Corner
Right Around the Corner hosts their monthly Mario Kart 64 tournament. Test your Nintendo 64 skills for the chance to win awesome prizes. How to Train? GP 100cc with no glitches or shortcuts. It’s free to play. If you play in the tournament, you will get a complimentary Victory Beer! Races start at 7:15pm. 2244 Central Ave.

Yoga on Tap at 3 Daughters Brewing
Join The Body Electric Yoga Company for a vinyasa session at 3 Daughters Brewing. Class will be led by Katelyn Grady accompanied by the music of BUSHI! You’ll leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and recharged. Afterward, belly up with some of Florida’s best-tasting craft brews (or root beers!) with your fellow yogis. Admission is $10 in advance, $5 for Body Electric members, and $15 at the door. Yoga starts at 6pm. Click HERE to register. 222 22nd St South.

Witchgrass Wednesday at The Ale and the Witch
Witchgrass Wednesday is a live weekly open bluegrass jam from 7-10pm at The Ale and the Witch. Come and enjoy some of the area’s best bluegrass musicians as they come together and share their passion and love for the music in this open jam. Bring an instrument, your voice, or just yourself and come enjoy a fun evening of good ol’ fashioned pickin’ and tunes. Taps flow at 4pm, music starts at 7pm.

Yoga & Wine at Vino Simpatico
Wine and Unwind at Vino Simpatico’s yoga and wine event! Enjoy a fun night of yoga and wine where you will have a relaxing yoga class with great wine and great company! Cost is $20 which includes a one hour gentle yoga class and a glass of wine. All Yogi levels welcome, no experience needed! You bring the mat and they’ll bring the wine. 722 Pasadena Ave.

A Very Merry Workout + Beer at Green Bench Brewing Co.
Join Crossfit Skyway for the free Skyway LAWNWOD at Green Bench Brewing. They’ll be doing a beginner friendly workout and then all having some beers together to celebrate this fine holiday season. If you bring a friend and both workout, first round of beers is free. Workout starts at 5:30pm. 1133 Baum Ave North.

Thursday, December 21

Weedon Walkabout at Weedon Island Preserve
Hike through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve and learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve. A hat, closed-toe shoes and water are also recommended. Event is free and starts at 9am. Click HERE to register. 1800 Weedon Dr NE.

The TEN Tenors Home for the Holidays at The Mahaffey Theater
Get in the holiday spirit when Australia’s rock stars of the opera, The TEN Tenors, present their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Feliz Navidad,” and more, The Ten Tenors Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season. Show starts at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. 400 1st St SE.

Mindfulness & Meditations at Metro Wellness & Community Centers
Join Reiki Master Karen Lyndel as she guides into the silence to connect with your personal power. What can you expect? A safe friendly and supportive space to learn more about various mediation techniques to help you develop a meditation practice you can use and take anywhere! You will learn about creating a safe environment, breathing techniques, mindfulness, working with your natural energy centers, quieting the mind and connecting to your inner realms where discernment, clarity, faith and trust can more readily emerge! Event starts at 6:30pm. 3251 3rd Ave North.

Porch Party at St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
Join the MFA on the best porch in St. Petersburg from 5-7pm on the third Thursday of each month. During the warmer months of May-September, the Porch Party is held inside the Conservatory. A cash bar is available (one free drink ticket for Members) and light bites provided by varying local restaurants. Free and open to the public. Museum galleries are open until 8 pm with free general admission for members, $5 general admission after 5 pm for not-yet members. No RSVP required. 255 Beach Dr NE.

3rd Annual Brass and Brews at St. Petersburg Brewing Company
The Schoos Brass Horn ensemble will be playing all off your favorite holiday favorites side by side with some amazing fresh beer and maybe a new release from 5:30-7:30pm. Come celebrate happy hour with as you kick off your holiday festivities! They are also doing a gift card promotion. Buy a $25.00 gift card and get another $25.00 for free. Event runs from 5:30-7:30pm. 544 1st Ave North

A Christmas Story Craft Party at makeme
Celebrate the season with one of makeme’s favorite kitschy Christmas classics! Join in an evening of crafting and shenanigans inspired by the movie “A Christmas Story.” Final craft selections are super top secret – but let’s just say pink bunnies and leg lamps are involved! Dress up in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater ensemble or bring a Christmas Story-inspired snack or drink to share and receive a coupon for $10 off your next class! Event starts at 7pm. Click HERE to register. 3028 9th Street North.

Living Room Live Open Mic at The Hideaway Cafe
The Hideaway Cafe invites all singer/songwriters to join them for this Thursday’s open mic night, a.k.a. Living Room Live. Named Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay 2014 and 2017 for “Best Open Mic Night”. The Hideaway Cafe has opened up its doors and its stage for the past 8 years to countless rising talents as well as seasoned veterans who have made a career of music. Arrive early to sign up. Event starts at 6pm. 1756 Central Ave.

Gasparilla Bowl at Tropicana Field
The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will host Temple University and Florida International University for the December 21st bowl game to kick off at 8:00 PM (EST) on ESPN! Click HERE for tickets. 1 Tropicana Dr.

Yoga at The Gallery
Join Moving Meditations Thursday for this all levels, by donation yoga class amidst the art exhibit of this one-of-a-kind space in Downtown St. Pete. Yoga is from 6pm-7pm. 1 Progress Plz Suite 111.

Winer Solstice at The Ale & the Witch
Tis the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of daylight. We paired up with Bell’s Brewery for some fun winter themed ales and also with theSelwyn Birchwood Band for some hot Blues music. Event starts at 7pm. 111 2nd Ave NE.

Rudolph Is Taking Over at John’s Pass (Thursday-Sunday)
Rudolph the tortoise is turning 25 and you’re invited to help celebrate! Drop in to The Alligator Attraction from December 21st through December 24th. We’ll have lots of fun playing games, taking selfies, and eating treats. There’s even a photo contest on Facebook. All party animals are welcome! Event runs each day from noon-7pm. 12901 Gulf Blvd.

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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.