Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (01.26-28.18)

UPCOMING EVENTS (Mark Your Calendars)

I Love the Burg’s Winter Whiskeyfest
Join us for the inaugural Winter Whiskeyfest! Try over 12 different whiskeys, enjoy light bites, and mingle over live music as we break in the brand new La Florida event space on a Friday evening. We’re partnering with Red Mesa Cantina to showcase their beautiful downtown venue and benefit a great community cause. Tickets going fast, with room for only 250 of our closest friends and fans. Friday, February 9, 6–9pm. $75. Click here for more info and to buy your tickets now.

Yappy Hour with Friends of Strays – Postponed to 2/8/18 due to inclement weather
Join Friends of Strays Animal Shelter at the Lounge at Cassis for a special yappy hour benefitting St. Pete’s four-legged friends in need. Enjoy specials on wine, beer and craft cocktails as we make cheer for a good cause!Dogs are welcome at this event, so bring them along! All proceeds to benefit Friends of Strays, a non-profit no-kill St. Pete animal shelter founded in 1978 that’s dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless pets. 5-7pm. Cassis 170 Beach Drive NE

St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival
February 3-4, 2018 begins a new event tradition for St. Pete Beach: the St. Pete Beach Seafood & Music Festival. Join us on Corey Avenue (300 & 400 blocks) in downtown St. Pete for a unique blending of delicious foods, great musical performances and a small marketplace of arts, crafts and select fine products. Hours both Saturday and Sunday are 10am to 6pm. General admission to the event and live musical performances is FREE. Hosted by the Corey Area Business Association. Click here for more info.

Friday 1/26

Fitvine Wines
Enjoy a free wine tasting of Fitvine Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, & Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines include less residual sugar, lower calories and carbohydrates, as well as lower levels of sulfites. While tasting the wines speak with staff members of anytime fitness, who will be on hand to answer questions about gym memberships, group class schedules, and your personal fitness goals for 2018. 5:30-8p.m. 5125 34th St S.

St. Pete Indie Market – Nights Exchange
Shop this monthly night market presented by St. Pete Indie Market and Green Bench Brewing Co.! Featuring dozens of vendors by local and traveling makers, artists, and creatives, interactive installations, music, and craft beer legends! This family and pet-friendly market goes from 7-11p.m. 1133 Baum Ave N

St. Pete Craft Beer & Bites Tour
“Tap into St. Pete” and join the craft beer tour which explores four independently owned craft breweries located in the Edge and Grand Central Districts. Each of these local independent breweries offer a wide variety of unique brews and tastings will be generous. Three of the breweries will also include local food that will delight the palate.  Tour starts at 3 Daughters and visits Pinellas Ale Works, Cage and Green Bench. Tickets are available for multiple times. 3 Daughters Brewing 222 22nd St S

Treasure Island Friday Morning Market
Shop over 50 local vendors featuring fresh produce, crafts, jewelry, art, yard decor, and more! Enjoy live music and food. This free market is happening every Friday 9a.m. – 2p.m. December through April. Treasure Island Community Park 104th Ave & Park Place

Sail on The Lynx
Sail aboard America’s Privateer, LYNX, a War of 1812 Blocked Runner sailing under Letter of Marque.  Lynx is an American Treasure hailing from Nantucket Island, and docking in St. Petersburg through April. Step back in time, haul the lines, steer the ship, talk to the captain and crew as you feel 114 tons of wooden ship glide across the Bay. Tickets start at $25 and supports their educational program to give children the opportunity to explore and feel inspired to learn. Vinoy Basin 

Saturday 1/27

Mastry’s Brewing Chili Cookoff
Get ready for the 1st Annual Mastry’s Brewing Chili Cookoff! Will you be the Chili Champion? Register today to ensure you have a space in the competition! > No Fee to Register for Competition > $5 to participate in tasting & voting, all funds will be donated to charity – Competition Space is Limited – Competition Set-up Time — 4:30 – 5:45 pm – Judging Open — 6:00 – 9:30p.m. – Live Music with DeshunMusic — 6:00 – 9:00p.m. – Awards — 9:30 – 10:00p.m. Mastry’s Brewing Co 7701 Blind Pass Rd

Wildflower Walk
Get to know our many wildflowers & explore their beauty on this guided stroll through the preserve.
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S

Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible
Believe the Impossible! Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers…everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible – all rolled up into a live show!  8p.m.
Mahaffey Theater 400 1st St 

Sunday 1/28

Yoga at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Increase your strength and flexibility using yoga postures for all levels. Ages 18 and up.  1p.m. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S

Gladiola by Colleen Johnson
Gladiola explores the concept of later life divorce (sometimes called Silver Divorce) and the effect it has on older couples and their loved ones. The piece examines the role of marriage in society — whether marriage is necessary to have a fully integrated life and whether an unhappy marriage is preferable to none at all. The main character must decide what is more valuable to him, a supportive and caring friendship or a damaged romantic relationship. His grown children face their own struggles as a result of the sudden instability of their parents’ 30-year marriage. Local writer and actor Colleen Johnson wrote Gladiola as the final dissertation for her Master’s program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art/King’s College London. This project received a Distinction, the highest mark possible, from professors at RADA and King’s College. 2p.m. The Studio@620 620 1st Ave South 


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Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder and editor 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. Bailey also serves as the CEO of RKC.me, a Tampa Bay-based digital agency.