Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (11.11-13.16)

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9th Annual Bert Smith Chillounge Night in the Burg – Nov. 19

The elegant outdoor lounge party returns to Straub Park this November! The event will feature a fireworks display, a 10 foot dia rotating disco ball with laser technics, fashion show by Dona Crowley with Luxe Fashion Group and music by Smooth D and The Hunks. Runs from 6-11pm. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $120 for VIP. VIP includes: complimentary food and beverages. Parkshore Grill and 400 Beach Seafood & Tap House will provide al fresco dining offering signature items cooked on-site. They will also offer a wonderful selection of food for sale to the general public throughout the night. Click HERE to reserve your tickets and full details. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Give and Receive this Holiday Season at BellaBrava/Stillwaters

When you buy $100 in gift cards good at both BellaBrava and Stillwaters, you’ll receive an additional $20 just for you! Click HERE to purchase yours today.

Shop Local Merch in the iLovetheBurg Store! Our new “I Bike the Burg” designs are available in tees, hoodies, tanks, pillows, beach towels and more. Click HERE to shop our collection.

Friday, November 11

St. Pete Free Clinic Accepting Food Donations
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic is critically low on food donations, but the need hasn’t stopped. One in seven adults, and one in every four children, in Pinellas County doesn’t know where he will get his next meal. The Free Clinic is the food bank for mid- and south Pinellas County, and it provides food assistance to more than 60,000 of our hungry neighbors each month through its food bank and network of community partners. It’s requesting the community’s help in restocking its shelves. Click HERE for a list of needed food items. Donations are accepted at the back loading dock of our main building Monday – Friday, 8am to 3:30pm. You can also help give online. St. Pete Free Clinic, 863 3rd Avenue North.

BLUE Ocean Film Festival (All Weekend)
BLUE is a fun 4-day gathering jam-packed with great ocean related films, breath-taking photography, inspiring keynotes, captivating art, thought-provoking panels, engaging music, hands-on film & photography workshops, conservation activities and great parties. There are so many opportunities to network with amazing individuals… innovators, emerging talent, ocean icons, thought-leaders, explorers and interesting people from all walks who share common passions and love of the sea. Click HERE for a full schedule of events.

3rd Annual City of St. Pete Veterans Day Celebration at Williams Park
Michael Jernigan, USMC (Ret.), will be the recipient of the 2016 Honored Veteran Award. Michael served in the United States Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Gibbs High School Pinellas County Center for the Arts Choir will present a musical medley of patriotic songs. 8am. Williams Park, 330 2nd Avenue North.

Mornings with the Maestro: Opera’s Top 10 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. Four of the programs are previews to upcoming productions; two are themed around a common feature in opera: characters making decisions that, in hindsight, are ill-advised. The programs are humorous, often involve audience participation, and always feature SPO singers. 11am-12:30pm. $20 ($17 for seniors and students). Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Ribfest at Vinoy Park (All Weekend)
“Rockin’ Ribs – Helpin’ Kids” Northeast Exchange Club’s Ribfest. This three day charity fundraiser helps a variety of youth oriented causes. Ribfest features the best BBQ ribbers in the world, national touring bands playing classic & southern rock & country hits. Gates open daily at 11am. Click HERE for tickets. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Veteran’s Day at The Dali
The Dalí Museum celebrates Veterans Day in honor of our country’s courageous service members. The Museum will be recognizing veterans and active military personnel in a ceremony beginning at 11am in the Museum’s Avant garden, with the U.S. Central Command Color Guard scheduled to appear. After the reading, at 11:45, visitors are invited to add a wish of gratitude to the tree using red and blue ribbons in honor of this special day. The Dalí hosts a care-package drive to bring a little bit of home to those serving overseas. The community is invited to bring donation items the the Museum throughout the day, and to decorate these special ‘‘care packages’’ by hand. Begins at 11am. The Dali, 1 Dali Boulevard.

Climate Change: Global Agreements, Local Implications at The Palladium
Mayor Rick Kriseman will serve as guest panelist during Blue Ocean Film Festival’s Keynote Panel: “Climate Change: Global Agreements, Local Implications.” Panelists include St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman; Dr. Robert Richmond, University of Hawaii; and Dr. Seneshaw Tsegaye, Patel College of Global Sustainability, USF. Moderated by Charlotte Vick, Mission Blue. Begins at 11am. $15. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

An Evening with Dan Rather at Poynter Institute
Dan Rather, one of America’s best-known journalists, will share his insights and reflect on the state of the media in this special event on Friday. The Murrow program, part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, promotes the support of responsible and discerning journalism that exemplifies the work of revered broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. Rather has called Murrow his “north star” and will reflect on the life and career of this television pioneer while at Poynter. Reception at 6pm, dinner and conversation at 6:30pm. Tickets are $100. Poynter Institute, 801 3rd Street South.

Friendship Birds: Painting Event at Pinot’s Palette
Bring your best friend and enjoy creating this painting that celebrates friendship. Painting class begins at 6:30pm. $35 per painter. Click HERE to register. Use code: FRIENDS and enjoy $10 off when you and a friend register together. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.

Opening Reception and Artist Conversations – Cultural Routes: Continuing the Journey at Studio@620
“Cultural Routes: Continuing the Journey” is a joint exhibition with artists Rachel Stewart and Judith Salmon. It reflects their individual and intersecting perspectives and experiences across two different cultures – Jamaica and the United States. 6-9pm. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Disney’s High School Musical Jr. at St. Pete City Theatre
“Together, together, come on let’s have some fun…” Join the Academy at St. Petersburg City Theatre as they present the high jinks of Disney’s High School Musical Jr. 6:30pm. Tickets are $12. St. Pete City Theatre, 4025 31st Street South.

Tracy Morgan: Picking Up The Pieces at The Mahaffey Theater
Morgan’s work on 30 Rock followed his seven-season turn on Saturday Night Live, where he created such memorable characters as “Astronaut Jones” and “Brian Fellows.” After leaving SNL, Morgan went on to star in his own comedy series The Tracy Morgan Show, and voiced “Spoonie Luv” on Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers. His autobiography, I Am the New Black, was published in 2009. He brings his standup show to The Mahaffey Friday night. Begins at 8pm. Tickets are $35-$55. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.


Saturday, November 12

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading at USF St. Pete
The Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading offers readers the chance to meet dozens of authors who have written books for just about every taste. The festival includes book market for sales, author signings and discussions and an outdoor food court. New this year, join us for Books. (Brews!) Music. Authors. Food. A discussion with Dr. Eric Steimle and Jim Leonard of the USF St. Pete Brewing Arts Program Director and 3 Daughters Brewing. The two will discuss what makes brewing beer so special and some of their best tips for crafting the perfect brew. Authors include: Michael Koryta, Brad Meltzer, Michael Connelly, Tim Dorsey and Ted Geltner. Begins at 10am. FREE and open to the public. Full details. USFP, 140 7th Avenue South.

African American Heritage Guided Tour at Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum
Meet at the Woodson Museum for a guided tour of the African American Heritage Trail. 10am. Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South.

Kenwood Kidz Carnival at Seminole Park in Historic Kenwood
Kenwood Kidz presents a children’s carnival (no thrill rides, but lots of thrills for the little ones).Bounce House, bean bag can knock over, duck pond fishing, bean bag toss, popcorn, snow cones, fortune telling, face painting and other games and activities. 11am. Seminole Park, 2901 3rd Avenue North.

Wishful Snowfall and Ready. Set. Snow Painting Classes at Pinot’s Palette
Pinot’s Palette offers two chances to bring snow to the Burg this Saturday. They host a Wishful Snowfall class at noon. Click HERE to register. Ready. Set. Snow. painting session runs from 6-8pm. Click HERE to register. Use code FRIENDS and enjoy $10 off when you and a friend register together. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.

Our America – Family Day at Museum of Fine Arts
Experience the food, musical, and artistic traditions of the three largest Latino cultures represented in Our America: Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and Cuban-American. Hands-on activities, live music, and food to buy and samples will be part of this vibrant day for people of all ages. Events run from 10:30am-2:30pm. Free with Museum admission. MFA St. Pete, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Movies at the Royal Theater
Spend Saturday afternoon at St. Petersburg’s historic Royal Theatre and enjoy popular and classic movies, many based on popular novels, on the big screen! Sponsored by The Deuces Live, Inc., funded in part from a city of St. Petersburg mini-grant and a Newell Rubbermaid Literacy Grant for it “A Book and a Movie” project. Annie’s Beauty Supply hosts a movie with the same name as the paperback novel by Benilde Little,“Good Hair”. Begins at 2pm. Royal Theater, 1011 22nd Street South.

Veteran’s Day Concert at Sundial St. Pete
The Sundial salutes all of the members of our armed forces that are currently serving or have served for our country. They’re busting out the brass with a concert in the courtyard. Join them Saturday for an afternoon with the Ten O’Clock Band and Lori Hafer. 1-3pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Food Trucks at Pinellas Ale Works
Chipper’s Munchies, LLC is family-owned and operated right here in the Burg. Since their company started this year, they’ve treated every customer like they were a part of the family. Chipper prepares every hot dog and sausage with care to ensure our customers enjoy the best dining experience possible. 3-8pm. Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 1st Avenue South.

Books. (Brews!) Music. Authors. Food. at The Tavern at Bayboro
A discussion with Dr. Eric Steimle and Jim Leonard of the USF St. Pete Brewing Arts Program Director and 3 Daughters Brewing. The two will discuss what makes brewing beer so special and some of their best tips for crafting the perfect brew. And what is a beer talking without tastings? 3 Daughters and Sam Adams beers will be available for tasting. Following the talk, the Festival of Reading will host a happy hour (with those prices!). 3-3:30pm, with a happy hour after the event. The Tavern at Bayboro, 120 6th Avenue South.

St. Pete Second Saturday ArtWalk
Numerous galleries throughout St.Petersburg extend their hours for this festive evening. Visit, meet artists and enjoy a delightful evening. Joining the ArtWalk this weekend is Kozuba and Sons Distillery (1960 5th Avenue South). Stop by for a distillery and tasting. Bottle are available for purchase on site, so you can bring home a little liquid art. ArtWalk runs from 5-9pm. Click HERE for a full map of galleries.

Sound Healing Meditation with Alexis Holland at The Body Electric Yoga
Absorb the healing qualities of sound with musician Alexis Holland. Alexis has collected instruments from around the world that create profound effects on the body and mind. The therapeutic tones of crystal bowls and the Zen handpan will accompany you on your musical journey. 6:30-7:45pm. $20. Click HERE to register. The Body Electric, 3015 7th Street North.

Color My World – New Works by Beth Morean
Color My World is a ceramic show featuring new work by Beth Morean. 5-9pm. Morean Arts Center for Clay, 402 22nd Street South.

TFO Masterworks: Songs of the Sea: Britten, Elgar & Debussy at The Mahaffey
Feel the ebb and flow of the sea, with Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Elgar’s Sea Pictures (TFO premiere) and Debussy’s La Mer. Then dive into the TFO premiere of The Work at Hand by Jake Heggie, a concerto for cello, voice and orchestra based on deeply moving poetry by Laura Morefield during her battle with cancer. Features mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton and cellist Anne Martindale Williams, both in their TFO debuts, all under the direction of Michael Francis. 8pm. Tickets from $15 to $45. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.


Sunday, November 13

Sample Sale at The Body Electric
Come get brand name clothing and swimwear at bargain basement prices. That’s right, y’all – it’s Kristi’s famous sample sale in a new (bigger!) location. Cash only. The Body Electric will have items on sale, too. 8am-noon. The Body Electric, 3015 7th Street North.

Those Summer Nights and Pumpkin Spice Painting Classes at Pinot’s Palette
Enjoy two painting classes that celebrate the changing of the seasons at Pinot’s Palette. Paint a serene summer landscape “Those Summer Nights” from 11am-1pm. Click HERE to register. Get in the fall spirit with a pumpkin spice painting class from 3-5pm. Click HERE to register. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing
Excited to welcome back Jen Lowery DeBuhr and hubby DJ Menscha for a sweaty, soulful flow with big beats, and kick off another beautiful day in the Burg. Begins at 11am. $10 for the class, $5 for Body Electric annual members. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

One Day University with the Tampa Bay Times
Spend a fascinating morning with three award-winning professors as you learn about History, Music, and Psychology. You’ll experience three thought-provoking talks and countless engaging ideas – all in one morning. And don’t worry, there are no tests, no grades, and no homework. Just the pure joy of lifelong learning! Topics: National Security vs Privacy: An American Debate; Four Musical Masterpieces That Changed America; The Power of Words: How Communicating Better Can Change Your Life. 9:30am-1:30pm. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Birthday Party for the Bluebird Book Bus at Bloom Art Center
Celebrate five years of journeys with the Bluebird Bookmobile. Enjoy free books and paper crafts, painting and hands-on art with the NOMAD Art Bus, letterpress demos, poetry readings, live music, refreshments and more. 10am-3pm. Bloom Art Center, 910 5th Avenue North.

Odd Squad Live at The Mahaffey
Attention Odd Squad fans, something very odd has happened in your hometown. Ms. O needs you to team up with Odd Squad agents in this live, interactive adventure to solve an exciting case. There will be gadgets! There will be villains! There will be music! Well, what are you waiting for? Go! From the Emmy-winning PBS kids’ series. Begins at 3pm. Click HERE for tickets, or call 727.893.7832. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Sunday Funday: Coloring for Adults at St. Pete Main Library
Relax and relieve stress. They’ll provide the coloring sheets, pencils and markers.
Check back often – they have different free and fun activities for adults each week! 3-5pm. St. Pete Main Library, 3745 9th Avenue North.

Movies on the Lawn at The Museum of Fine Arts
CinemaSquatch, Sunscreen Film Festival and indyoh present this special Cinema Series. This Sunday, catch the classic film Footloose on the North Lawn at the Museum of Fine Arts. The event is for families and there will be a food truck with food available for purchase and D.J. Fresh, spinning music one hour prior to the start of the movie at dusk. 6-10pm. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.


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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. Brian is currently the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Metro Inclusive Health.