Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (01.24-26.20)

Get read for a Mural Wall Crawl! Plus The Florida Orchestra takes over the MFA, New Japan Pro Wrestling comes to town, and more in the Sunshine City. How are you spending the weekend in St. Petersburg?

Our weekend events guide is posted every Friday morning and covers the best events over a three day period. If you’re looking for more events, visit the I Love the Burg calendar. For a $5 fee, businesses/artists/organizers can also list events here. The small fee helps this website continue to do what it does best, that’s celebrating the Sunshine City!

Planning for your concert future? Visit The Mahaffey Theater’s website for a full list of concerts coming to one of the Burg’s premier entertainment venues.

Need more local and indie music in your life? Visit No Clubs’ concert calendar for a look at shows popping up across Tampa Bay.

Want your event featured on I Love The Burg’s website? Click HERE for all the details on how to submit your event.

Coming Soon: 

February 14-15 – French Fry Festival 

Get out for the special French Fry Festival! This two-day event will feature a collection of the regions best food trucks paying homage to the tasty, savory snack. This year, the event runs for TWO DAYS! That’s right, enjoy this event with a spud. CLICK HERE to get special VIP Early Access tickets to the event. Event details available online. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Flyer for a new food festival in Tampa Bay

February 1 – Florida Food & Brews Festival “LoveLocal” Ticket Deal!  

The Florida Food & Brews Festival will showcase the best bites in the Tampa Bay region! The event will feature plenty of food and brewery competitions, as well as fun tastings. Gluten-free and vegan options will be available. Tickets are on sale now for the event. Use code LoveLocal to get an exclusive I Love the Burg ticket discount! Click HERE to purchase tickets. Florida Food & Brews Festival takes place on February 1 at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Avenue North.


Winter WhiskeyFest 2019 at American Freedom Distillery!

Join I Love the Burg for our 3rd Annual Winter WhiskeyFest! The event is in partnership with Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey and METRO Inclusive Health. The event takes place on Saturday, February 1 at The Urban Stillhouse. Enjoy whiskey samplings, light bites courtesy of The Mill Restaurant and enjoy a preview of one of the most exciting new projects in the Sunshine City! Click HERE to reserve tickets today. American Freedom Distillery, 2232 5th Avenue South.


Jan. 31 – The Body Athletic Company Grand Opening

Let’s celebrate the new baby! Join us for a grand opening party and ribbon-cutting ceremony at The BE Athletic. Take a tour of the place, peek in at some classes (or jump in there), and say hello to Mayor Rick Kriseman. It’ll also be your LAST CHANCE to lock-in for life at our presale membership prices of $110/monthly, $1,200/annual BE Athletic only, or Dual BE Yoga and BE Athletic for $155/monthly, $1,530 annual. Kids’ activities AND child care will be happening with BE Athletic. There will be live music, kombucha, raffles and more! Click HERE for all the details. The Body Athletic Company, 655 31st Street South.


Friday, January 24

Shadows of Wunderland at COVE
Join COVE for its final trip down the rabbit hole here in Pinellas Arts Village! They will have a new Wunderland inspired curated group show featuring a diverse group of the Bay Area creatives! They will be illustrating their favorite character, scene etc of this timeless tale. Begins at 5pm on Friday, 4pm on Saturday. COVE, 5705 Park Boulevard North.

New Japan Pro Wrestling: New Beginnings at St. Pete Coliseum 
New Japan Pro-Wrestling hits the South East for their first US events of 2020! That’s right, some of the best professional wrestlers on the planets are coming to the Sunshine City. See Switchblade Jay White, the legend Tanahashi, the golden Okada, and the NEW NJPW Champion Naito. Keep it tranquilo this weekend. Doors open at 5pm. Click HERE for tickets. St. Pete Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North.

Inside the World of Public Art at Florida Craft Art 
This exhibit displays the exuberant spirit and creative diversity of public art that enhances the cultural life of our community. Eight artists who use fine craft techniques to create monumental public artwork in the Tampa Bay area are profiled, along with their smaller fine craft studio work. 5:30-7:30pm. Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue.

Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series: Les Standiford, Greg Pardlo, Dennis Lehane 
The Eckerd College Writers in Paradise Program Evening Reading Series continues with Les Standiford, Greg Pardlo, and Dennis Lehane. Begins at 7pm. Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South.

Tampa Bay Home Show at Tropicana Field (All Weekend) 
Come on out and meet the home improvement experts at the Tampa Bay Home Show. Plan to spend the day discovering great exhibits, giveaways, door prizes, seminars, and so much more. See the latest trends in home remodeling: from kitchen and baths to flooring, to windows and home protection. Runs from 10am-5pm Friday-Sunday. Free admission and parking. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

The Crow Show! at Black Crow Coffee Grand Central District
Start 2020 off right with a night of improv and bit shows! Doors open at 6:30pm and show starts at 7pm. Black Crow Grand Central District, 2157 1st Avenue South.

Lady Vee’s Birthday Party with DJ Sugarbear at VFW Post 39
Come and celebrate scene queen Lady Vee’s Capricorn birthday dance party with DJ Sugarbear! She requests we dress up in red and/or black. This one is going to be off the hook so don’t miss it! Doors open at 8pm. $3 or Capricorns like Lady Vee get in free with ID. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Avenue,

Fortunate Youth at Jannus Live
Fortunate Youth and Passafire to perform live at Jannus Live. 7-11:30pm. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show! at SubCentral at Iberian Rooster 
Join live cast Hell on Heels as they take you on a strange journey at the beautiful SubCentral Speakeasy at Iberian Rooster. 11pm. SubCentral at Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.


Saturday, January 25

Exhibition Opening: Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney at Museum of Fine Arts 
From the sumptuous productions of the Ballets Russes, to the riotous spectacle of avant-garde theatre, to Robert Indiana’s Pop vision for an American opera, “Art of the Stage” seductively reflects the grand history of Western art from the vantage point of the stage. This exhibition draws from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, noted for its holdings of works by major painters who also designed for the stage. Click HERE for a full list of events happening during the exhibition’s run. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Adapting Asana for Pregnancy with Jessica Freedman at The Body Electric Yoga
Calling yoga teachers and prenatal students alike for Jessica Freedman‘s “Adapting Asana for Pregnancy.” This workshop provides a toolkit for women who wish to maintain their regular yoga practice throughout the course of their pregnancy. Yoga teachers will learn to safely assist students in their regular classes during each trimester. 2-4pm. Click HERE for details and to register. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

47th Annual Art Festival Beth-El
Now in its 47th year, Art Festival Beth-El is an invitational, judged, indoor exhibit and sale of original artwork including painting, photography, mixed media, glass, sculpture, metal, wood, ceramics, and jewelry. Click HERE for full schedule. Art Festival Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Avenue South.

The Wardrobe Swap & Shift at VENUS St. Pete 
Looking to refresh or spice up your current wardrobe while doing good to our environment? Meet us here for a fashion-forward experience! 3-5pm. Venus St. Pete, 244 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North.

The Blueberry Patch Fun(d) Raiser
The area’s beloved Blueberry Patch is undergoing to major upgrades. The organizers are hosting a special warehouse party to raise money for the improvements. One of our all-time Patch favorite bands The Applebutter Express will be on hand to help the community jam out. 7pm. $15. The warehouse is located at 4029 8th Avenue South.

Reading: Peter Meinke, Helen Pruitt Wallace, Billy Collins at Eckerd College
The Eckerd College Writers in Paradise Evening Reading Series continues with a night of poetry. St. Pete Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace, Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke, and Billy Collins will all read from their work. Begins at 8pm. Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South.

Mural, Mural on the Wall Crawl 
Get out and celebrate St. Pete’s mural scene. The event begins at The Independent and will move on from there. Begins at 8pm. Click HERE for all the event details. Independent Bar, 1049 Central Avenue.

An Evening of Ira Glass at The Mahaffey
Ira Glass is the creator, producer & host of This American Life, the iconic weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around the world. Using audio clips, music, and video, Ira Glass delivers a unique talk; sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling: What inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions. 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South.

On the Cinder (Buffalo), Mosquito Teeth at VFW Post 39
Join VFW Post 39 for a night of live music. 8pm-3am. $6. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Avenue.

UNFUN at The Bends 
First UNFUN of the Boring 20s. Start the year wrong at the best worst time in town. 10pm-3am. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue.


Sunday, January 26 

The Florida Orchestra Takeover of The Museum of Fine Arts 
The Museum of Fine Arts’ first collaboration is with The Florida Orchestra, in presenting a series of musical events inspired by Art of the Stage. During this event, The Florida Orchestra will entertain visitors with multiple performances throughout the museum. The exhibit celebrates artists from Picasso to Hockney who have contributed to the innovation of costume, set, and stage design. 12:30-4pm. Free with Museum admission. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Florida Stories: A Literary Series at Weedon Island Preserve 
Join Weedon Island Preserve for “Florida Stories”, a literary series that introduces readers to the authors and histories behind their favorite tales of Florida. Each author in this series will discuss their work listed below and the inspiration behind it. 1pm. Weedon Island, 1800 Weedon Drive Northeast.

Uncle John’s Band at The Ale and The Witch 
The Ale and the Witch turns 9 years old as back on this day on 1/26/11 the Witch opened their doors for the very first time. We are excited to celebrate in true Witch stye and have Uncle John’s Band play for this occasion. Begins at 4:20pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.