Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (12.16-18.16)


WIN St. Pete Collection Prize Pack ($400 Value)
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Buy Tampa Bay Rowdies Season Tickets
The Tampa Bay Rowdies made waves in the soccer world after they announced their campaign to become a Major League Soccer expansion team. Included in the campaign are plans to renovate Al Lang Stadium. This will include expanded seating, updated facilities, more food option and new suites to enjoy the game and the waterfront views. How can we make the MLS dream a reality? Buy season tickets! Show the officials that St. Pete is a major league city! Click HERE to get your Rowdies 2017 season tickets.


Friday, December 16

Tampa Bay Beer Week Presents: Holiday Cheer at The Pier 
A gathering of great local, regional, national and international breweries coming together to raise a glass and your holiday spirits. This Festival is a Toy and Food Drive benefiting both Affordable Christmas Tampa and The Spring of Tampa Bay. Requesting new & unwrapped toys and non parisahble food donations at the Event and at drop boxes throughout the area. Row Jomah and Sean DeLong will perform holiday music and festive attire is encouraged! There will be four food trucks, a specialty beer raffle, and VIP area inside Hops & Props, where guests can sample a variety of limited beers, plus hors d’oevres provided by the Hops & Props kitchen. The event itself will be held in the grassy area behind the St. Pete Museum of History. 6-10pm. General admission tickets are $52.74, VIP tickets are $78.62. Need more than 1 ticket? Click HERE to purchase.

Food Trucks Around Town Presents Eat, Drink and Be Ugly at Port of St. Pete
Kick off the weekend with great food truck cuisine, drinks, live music, waterfront dining and a visit from Santa at the future home of the Marine Discovery Center. 6-10pm. Port of St. Pete, 250 8th Avenue Southeast.

holiday-lights-in-paradise-largeHoliday Lights in Paradise at Pinot’s Palette
A nice warm beach for the holidays is pretty ideal, to some. Bring that feeling home with this awesome tropical take on a holiday staple. 6:30-8:30pm. $35 per painter. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.



St. Pete City Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol (Final Weekend)
Enjoy Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a host of beloved characters as they come to life in this new, spectacular production of the most loved holiday story of all time. It’s a delightful way to celebrate the Christmas season with the entire family. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Sunday at 2pm. Tickets: Adults, $22; Students, $15. St. Pete City Theatre, 4025 31st Street South.

The Reverend Barry and the Funktastic Souls at 3 Daughters Brewing
Live Music in the Warehouse by The Reverend Barry and the Funktastic Souls. This event is Family Friendly. 8-11pm. Free admission. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd Street South.

Free Show! Pleasures/ Rogerthomas/ Panamory at Green Bench Brewing
Green Bench Live Music Showcase Presents: An evening in the garden with Pleasures, ROGERTHOMAS, and Panamory. South Florida quartet Pleasures creates a dark psych/cybernetics hybrid that’s somewhere between Manson Family fever dreams at Spahn Ranch and Blade Runner replicants decaying. 8-11pm. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

Pulse: A Celebration of the Solstice at The Body Electric
Integral Church invites you to celebrate the Winter Solstice (Yule) through drumming and dance. Bring a drum and/or sacred item for the altar. This event gets loud and sweaty. No photography is permitted, but dancers and drummers of all skill levels are welcome. 8-10pm. $10-$15 suggested donation. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Cabs Tasting at Winesmith
This Friday at Winesmith they’re tasting their most popular cabs. Bottles include at 2010 unoaked Tuscan, a 40 year old vine, french beauty, a briary 2010 from Argentina, a perfectly balanced gem from Margaret River (Western Australia) and a bold, tannic bomb from Washington State. 6-9pm. $20 per person. Winesmith, 1620 Central Avenue.

TFO: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Video Game Concert at The Mahaffey
Just in time for the holidays, “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses ” will take you back to the land of Hyrule with its Master Quest tour to celebrate 30 years of the beloved video game franchise. Both classic repertoire and new scores will be expertly timed to high definition video on a big screen, all performed live by The Florida Orchestra under the baton of Amy Andersson. Costumes welcome. Concert begins at 8pm. Tickets start at just $25. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.


Saturday, December 17


FREE Yoga at Sundial St. Pete – Dec. 17
Sundial encourages you to get a head start, or headstand, on your new year fitness goals by participating in their Saturday morning yoga! All levels are welcome to celebrate this holiday season with yoga’ls at sundial. Click HERE to pre-register. Day of registration begins at 8:30am, yoga begins at 9am. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

20% OFF Chihuly Collection Admission (Dec. 17 & 18) 
Experience the fantastic art of Dale Chihuly this weekend in the Burg. The Chihuly’s new space offers even more space to appreciate, admire and take in the exquisite glass pieces. The collection is offering 20% OFF admission this Saturday and Sunday so you can enjoy the collection with the whole family. The Chihuly is open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, and noon-5pm on Sunday. Chihuly Collection, 1209 Central Avenue.

Holiday CraftyFest at ARTpool Gallery (December 17 and 18)
Shop local for the holidays at ARTpool! Their crafty market features the best local makers and artists in the city! Open from 11am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. ARTpool, 2030 Central Avenue.

Painting Classes at Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue
The Messiah
Inspired by the song “Oh come, Oh come Immanuel”, this lovely manger scene depicts that Holy night when Jesus was born. Noon-2pm. $35 per painter.
A Walk in the Rain
A peaceful moment on a walk home in a slight drizzle with pools of rain on the ground reflecting bright colors from the surrounding environment. This woman could be anyone, your mother, friend, sister, or even you! We encourage people to customize her outfit to whatever colors they like. 6-9pm. $45 per painter.

Holizaar Handmade Holiday Bazaar! at Studio@620
It wouldn’t be the holidays without Holizaar! Join us for the ninth annual hand made art and fine craft event featuring the most fun and funky gifts you could wish for! 11am-5pm. The Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Dixie Hollins High School Choir at Sundial St. Pete
The fun of the holidays keeps going in high-gear as we welcome the heavenly sounds of Dixie Hollins High School and their magnificent choir. Their energetic and spirited hour-long set will surely get you ready for the holidays with just 7 days to go until Christmas eve. 3-4pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.


St. Pete Holiday Festival of Arts at South Straub Park (December 17 and 18)
The St. Pete Holiday of the Arts returns to South Straub Park, across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts and sponsored by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and City of St. Petersburg. Explore breathtaking original creations by painters, jewelers, mixed-media artists and fiber artist. Select from stunning creations in glass, ceramics, metalwork, fiber art and woodworking. 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. South Straub Park, 198 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

German Christmas Holiday Market at Hofbrauhaus
Hofbrauhaus hosts the Burg’s first ever Christmas Market this Saturday. The event will feature craft tents and booths, German bakery, and Hofbrauhaus’s outdoor grill with bratwurst, currywurst, potato pancakes, sautéed mushrooms with herbed cream and Christmas gluhwein, a German warm mulled spiced wine. Event runs from 4-8pm. Hofbrauhaus, 123 4th Street South.

Dark Wave Yoga Winter Solstice: Cocteau Twins Mix at The Body Electric Yoga
Believe it or not, Floridians, winter is just weeks away. Celebrate the longest night of the year with Dark Wave Yoga. The Lucky Cats: Yoga, Music, and Art Erin and Eric Wheeler present a free-spritied vinyasa class set to the innovative and ethereal sounds of Cocteau Twins. The Scottish group, active in the ’80s and ’90s, earned much critical praise and were known for the distinctive soprano vocals of Elizabeth Fraser. 7:30-9pm. $22. Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

COVE Grand Opening 
Grand opening of COVE! “Creative Opportunities & Visual Ent.” This unique structure is made of 7, 40ft shipping containers serving as a studio, home and gallery created and curated by St. Petersburg native artist and muralist Derek Donnelly. The gallery features original works by Donnelly and over a dozen other local artists! 1-10pm. COVE, 5705 Park Boulevard.

The Family Blessing at The Mahaffey (Two Performances)
From Artz 4 Life Academy, The Family Blessing inspires a young man to appreciate the blessings of the family unit. You’re sure to enjoy the story of a boy named Michael as he experiences the true blessings that come from having a FAMILY. If you liked The Chocolate Nutcracker and Nutcracker Twist, you will really enjoy this.Don’t miss this fantastic, inspiring production, which features hundreds of the Bay Area’s most energetic and fiery youth performing ballet, jazz, hip hop, African, Mexican, Cuban Dance and more. Performances at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.


Sunday, December 18

Holiday Open House & Dolls, Balls, and Books Event at Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum
Celebrate the season with a tree lighting ceremony, a wide collection of African American Santas and angels, Christmas caroling and a ginger bread house competition during our Holiday Open House. Remember to bring donations of dolls, balls and/or books to benefit community youth this holiday season. 5-8pm. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South.

festiveowlFestive Owl at Pinot’s Palette
A funky little owl to express your inner artist! Each painting is uniquely it’s own, all through the use of contrasting colors. Class runs from noon-3pm. $45 per painter. Pinot’s Palette, 1572 Central Avenue.



Seasonal Sparkle at Palladium Theater
Celebrate all four seasons in this eclectic program of orchestral, choral, and solo vocal music. Each season will get its chance to glimmer with the St. Petersburg Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and international soloists. 2pm. Reserved: $22, $37, $52, $67. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

The Tao of Tea at The Body Electric Yoga
Give the gift of this sacred, grounding tea ceremony this holiday season. Tea has been known for thousands of years as the great connector. The Leaf’s strong feminine energy has the ability to connect us to each other, to ourselves, and to Nature. 6-7:30pm. $44. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Ballast Point Brewing Victory at Sea Day at The Independent Bar
Celebration featuring several rare variations of Ballast Point Brewing’s fabulous Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter. This Saturday, experience their Peppermint, Coconut and Nitro brews. Noon-11:59pm. The Independent Bar, 1049 Central Avenue.


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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.