Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (04.21-23.17)


Cinco De Mayo Celebration with Frankie Negron at Beach – Bay Harbor Hotel
Join Beach Restaurant for Cinco De Mayo festivities on their outdoor stage featuring Frankie Negron! They will have food, drinks, a fun crowd, and of course the music! Complimentary tequila shot/drink (age 21+) for those who arrive within the first hour (6:30-7:30pm). Festivities run from 6:30-10:30pm on May 5. Enjoy a $99 room rate visit for the event. Click HERE for full details and event reservations.


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New Dining Sets at Tampa Bay Furnishings
The boutique furniture and design studio has new dining sets that perfectly complement the spring season. This Parota Table set is a mix of elegance and comfort. Visit their showroom at 3034 Dr MLK Jr Street North to browse designs and find the pieces perfect for your space. You can also learn more by following them on Facebook and their website.


Friday, April 21

Mornings with the Maestro – Opera Therapy 3: Couples Therapy at Museum of Fine Arts
St. Petersburg Opera’s unique Maestro series returns with seven new programs in which Mark Sforzini, Executive and Artistic Director, combines entertainment and education with short performances. 11am-12:30pm. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair at The Coliseum (All Weekend)
Lectures and author book signings. 115 national and international dealers selling rare and out of print books. The Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is the oldest and largest fair of its kind in the Southeastern United States. The 36th annual Book Fair will be presented in St. Pete’s Historic Coliseum. Open Friday from 5-9pm, Saturday from 10am-5pm, Sunday from 11am-4pm. $10 for a 3-day pass available at the door on Friday, $6 for single day passes Saturday/Sunday. The Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North.

Food Truck Rally: Seafood and Sweets Festival at Port St. Pete
Enjoy delicacies from the sea and some of the best food truck fare around at the future home of the Marine Discovery Center. Live music from the Avenue 43 Band. Fun for the whole family! 6-9pm. Port St. Pete, 250 8th Avenue North.

Flying Down to Rio — Collector’s Choice Gala at Museum of Fine Arts 
You’re invited to “Fly Down to Rio” for an amazing evening of art, music, dance, and food at this annual spring Gala. Membership in Collectors Circle is not required to attend, but members in attendance have the opportunity to vote on which work will be added to the MFA Collection. 6:30-10:30pm. Tickets are $250. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser at Sunshine Center
Teams of adults will compete to determine the best spellers in St. Pete – and all for a good cause! Team registrations and attendance support the Literacy Council of St. Petersburg. Each round, your team will have a specified period of time to spell a word. Correct spelling will earn points, incorrect spelling will lose points and the team with the most points will be crowned champions. Theatricality, team names and costumes are encouraged! 6:30-9:30pm. $100 per team. Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street North.

Todd’s Bubbly B-Day Tasting at Winesmith
Celebrate Winesmith owner Todd Smith’s birthday this Friday with a special bubbly tasting. Sip a rich Grand Cru Blanc De Noir Champagne, a gorgeous Premier Cru Champagne, a yeasty, funky French gem that drinks like Champagne for a third of the price, a dry, Loire Cab Franc based rosé, a bone dry, crisp Cava and an unfiltered, bone-dry Prosecco that drinks like a sour beer. 6-9pm. $20 per person. Winesmith, 1620 Central Avenue.

American Stage Presents Hairspray at Demens Landing Park (All Weekend)
Experience Hairspray!, the Tony Award winner for Best Musical, under the stars as American Stage continues its more than 30 year old tradition of outdoor performances. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable “pleasantly plump” teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do! Based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters. PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol or pets are allowed into the park, by City Ordinance. Food and beverages (both alcoholic and non) are available at concessions. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. Demens Landing Park, Bayshore Drive and 2nd Avenue South.

Funky Film & Flea at Black Crow – Calusa Commons
Black Crow is back with their Boho night market and funky flea. At 9pm they’ll screen the cult classic Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women. Urban Brew & BBQ will be serving food and Black Crow will be whipping up lattes, hot coffee, pour overs and more. The night market runs from 7-11pm. Calusa Commons, 2161 1st Avenue South.

Listening Room Showcase at The Palladium
Six award-winning acoustic acts perform showcase sets for the Listening Room Festival. Featuring Christie Lenée, Daniel Champagne, Flagship Romance, Mark Croft, Teneia, and The Currys. This showcase is the only public event of this unique music festival. Begins at 7:30pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. VIP (includes preferred seating and after party at Souzou Asian Fusion): $35 advance, $50 day of show. Click HERE to purchase. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Tampa Rays vs Houston Astros at Tropicana Field (All Weekend)
The Rays host the Houston Astros at home this weekend. Game times: Friday at 7:10pm, Saturday at 6:10pm, Sunday at 1:10pm. Click HERE for tickets. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

One Night of Queen at The Mahaffey
Great Britain’s Gary Mullen & the Works re-create a complete Queen concert, with all the pomp, power and unforgettable songs of one of rock’s greatest bands. Freddie Mercury was the consummate frontman, a magnetic and unpredictable performer. Freddie comes alive in the form of Gary Mullen from Glasgow. The Works have enthralled audiences the world over -between “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “We Are the Champions,” they will most certainly rock you! Concert begins at 8pm. Tickets from $39-$49. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.


Saturday, April 22

The Body Electric Presents Yoga Poolside at The Hollander
The Body Electric is back with their poolside class at the landmark Hollander Hotel. Practice, swim and brunch Saturday mornings. Salute the sun with Rachel Miller. Runs from 8:30-9:30am. $5 for Body Electric members, $10 for pre-registered, $15 at the door. Hollander Hotel, 421 4th Avenue North.

Paddle The Preserve: Love Tampa Bay
Celebrate Earth Day 2017 with a feel-good community paddle in Tampa Bay. The guided paddle will traverse through mangrove tunnels and over seagrass flats with stops along the way for participants to share their Love of Tampa Bay. You can share your love of Tampa Bay’s waters and wildlife with a story, a poem, a photograph, visual art, a song, or anything else you can think of. Some paddling experience is required. For more information please contact Libby Carnahan at lcarnahan@ufl.edu or 727-453-6522. Event runs from 9am-noon. $20 for adults, $10 for youth, $10 BYO kayak/canoe. Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive Northeast.

Record Store Day at Daddy Kool Records
Join Daddy Kool Records as they celebrate record store day. Enjoy RSD exclusives, sidewalk sales, limited edition t-shirts and more. 8am-8pm. Daddy Kool Records, 666 Central Avenue.

Mission: Sustainable – Letterpress Workshop and Brunch at Calusa Commons
Meet like-minded creatives and chat over coffee about how design and literature impact and promote environmental awareness. Plus, roll and keep your very own eco-friendly wood type print on 100% cotton paper at Calusa Press. Pastries and coffee will be provided by Black Crow Coffee with admission. 10:30am-12:30pm. $10 in advance through April 21, $15 day of event. Calusa Commons, 2161 1st Avenue South.

Record Store Day at Bananas Music
DJ Kalani Amicizia Blakely will perform, Kahwa Coffee, food trucks and live music courtesy of The Vultures, Jackrabbit, Reality Asylum and Row Jomah. There will also be a chance to win special RSD prizes. 9am-7pm. Bananas Music, 2887 22nd Avenue North.

2017 Green Thumb Festival at Walter Fuller Park (Saturday and Sunday)
The Green Thumb Festival, St. Petersburg’s annual Arbor Day celebration, returns for its 31st year to Walter Fuller Park, featuring activities for both children and adults with over 120 vendors to shop from, horticultural and environmental exhibits, Garden Wagon Parade, programs and seminars highlighting ways to landscape effectively, conserve natural resources, and recycle and improve the environment. Mayor Rick Kriseman will accept the Tree City USA award and present the Green Thumb Annual Awards on Saturday. Event features 1,200 trees for sale, tree care demonstrations, plant auction, plant diagnostic clinic and tool sharpening. 9am-4pm. Come for breakfast and lunch at the Food Court. Volunteers are also needed and will receive a free T-shirt. Visit their website or or call 893-7441. Walter Fuller Park, 7891 28th Avenue North.

Record Store Day at Planet Retro Records
This will be Planet Retro’s first RSD at their new location. There will be 16 bands performing live throughout the day, a donation station benefitting Girls Rock Camp, beer, bites and more. 8am-7pm. Planet Retro Records, 226 MLK Jr. Street North.

Body Electric Beach Day on Earth Day – Sunset Beach
Join The BE Yoga Co for a social to celebrate Earth Day, the beaches in our area, and the beginning of paddle board season. The BE will bring out the SUP boards for playtime, and they’ll hold a 10:30am SUP yoga practice for the first 6 interested who show up (if you bring your own board, you’re welcome, too). Event runs from 10:30am-2pm. It’s all free! Sunset Beach, 8000 West Gulf Boulevard.

Mainsail Art Festival at Vinoy Park
This free festival is a premier cultural event on St. Petersburg’s outdoor calendar, over 100,000 visitors from near and far come to enjoy and purchase quality art. The festival will feature 250+ juried fine art and craft exhibitors along with live music, a kids create art activity tent, a culinary arts food court and more. Saturday from 9am-6pm; Sunday from 10am-5pm. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

St. Pete Earth Day at Williams Park
Browse eco exhibits, environmental artists, and vendors attend engaging seminars, enjoy live music, food and more. Concert for the Earth begins at 5pm in the park — Uncle John’s Band, Apple Butter Express, Boxcar Hollow and Grandpa’s Cough Medicine to perform. 10am-5pm. FREE. Williams Park, 330 2nd Avenue North.

Earth Day Zine Workshop at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Bring a friend and learn how to create your own zines. Look through several examples for inspiration, and express yourself in an eco-friendly way. Supplies are provided, but please feel free to bring any magazines and art supplies you may have. 2-4pm. $5 (Ages 12+). Boyd Hill, 1101 Country Club Way South.

Writers, Winners and the Publishing World at St. Pete Main Library
Three St Petersburg writers will read from their latest publication, and answer your questions about the publishing world: Jackie Minniti with her book “Jacqueline”; Lori Roi with her book “Let Me Die In His Footsteps”; Steph Post with her book “Lightwood.” Winners will also be announced of the SunLit short story contest, A 2500 word or less short story beginning with the phrase “She/He walked away with so much as a backwards glance.” First place $100, Second place $50. 2-4pm. St. Pete Main Library, 3745 9th Avenue North.

Soccer Trip: Tampa-St. Pete with Downtown Crawlers
Rowdies fans in Tampa can enjoy a luxurious roundtrip soccer experience this Saturday. The Downtown Crawlers are combining the fun of a bar crawl with the thrill of watching the Rowdies play. Event runs from 3-10pm on Saturday. Begins with registration at Rock Brothers Brewing, and leaves on the Crawl Bus for St. Pete at 4pm. Full $50 package includes: Includes Roundtrip Bus Ride from Tampa, Rowdies Game Ticket, Rowdies T-Shirt and Bar Crawl entry fee including free welcome drinks and drink specials. Click HERE for full details and to register. Rock Brothers Brewing, 1901 North 15th Street.

Missy White: Funky Flow Master Class at The Body Electric
Let your fears go as you learn techniques to take flight in variations of handstands, arm balances, headstand and more! Find your inner child and come play with us on your yoga mat! Join Missy White for this invigorating Master Class designed to focus on postures that improve our stability and foundational strength in order to develop an inversion practice. 1:30-3:30pm. $35. Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Bella Voce at Opera Central
In anticipation of their upcoming production, journey with Opera Central Into The Woods. All guests will enjoy the spectacular lighting design of LJ Event Production, photography by Jim Swallow, a delicious gourmet dinner catered by Parkshore Grill, drinks, live and silent auctions featuring unique items and experiences, and captivating entertainment by Maestro Mark Sforzini and the talented artists of the St. Petersburg Opera Company. VIP entrance at 5:30pm, grand entrance at 7pm. VIP tickets are $300, grand entrance tickets are $175. Opera Central, 2145 1st Avenue South.

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Charleston Battery at Al Lang Stadium
The Tampa Bay Rowdies are back in action this week against the Charleston Battery. Get out and support your local USL team as they look to score another victory at home and further validate their pitch to become a Major League Soccer team. Game begins at 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets or call 727.222.2000. Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st Street Southeast.

Children’s Poetry Night Hike at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Celebrate poetry with this unique event tailored to children. Children will read poetry related to wilds of the night. This event is part of the SunLit Festival organized by Keep St. Pete Lit! 7:30-8:30pm. $5 ages 12 and up. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way South.

TFO Pops: Singing and Swinging: A Century of Ella at The Mahaffey
Celebrate a century of the one and only Ella Fitzgerald. Join Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford and conductor Jeff Tyzik for the music that made the “First Lady of Song” unforgettable. 8pm. $15-$45. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.


Sunday, April 23

Tchami at Beach Restaurant | Bar – Bay Harbor Hotel
Tampa Bay’s best beach parties are back every Sunday. Beach presents Tchami this Sunday with Pedro M, D3V, Gemini and Ronnie Lopez. Celebrate the weekend with the best electronic DJs and musicians in the world. Runs from 2-9pm. Click HERE to reserve tickets. Beach Restaurant | Bar at the Bay Harbor Hotel, 7700 West Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Unlock Wellbeing Festival at Station House
Fitness classes, health vendors, art, live music & more! Connect with your local community of Health Enthusiasts! Enjoy multiple fitness classes, massage and body work, live music, wellness workshops and more. 8am-2pm. $25. Station House, 250 1st Street South.

Tour de SHINE Bike Tours
Join SHINE MURAL, the official Bike Tour of the SHINE Mural Festival, for a lively, two-wheeled tour of St. Pete’s murals. Meet up at 9:30am, ride begins at 10am. $20 per person. Meet at St. Pete Bike Co-Op, 559 Mirror Lake Drive North.

City-Wide Read and Write In at North Straub Park
Join the Burg’s creative community for a city-wide read and write in in North Straub Park. KSPL will be giving out free kids books donated by the Educational Book and Media Association. Special appearance by NYT bestselling children’s book author, Sara Pennypacker. Bring your picnic blankets, favorite books, or notepads. Relax in the grass and allow your imagination to bask in the sunshine and fresh air. 2-4pm. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

TFO on the Go: Florida Orchestra Free Concert Series
The Florida Orchestra is hitting the road and performing a free concert at the Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum this Sunday. Begins at 3pm. Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South.


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