Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (02.14-16.20)

The French Fry Festival, The Collard Green Festival, and so much more is happening in the Sunshine City this weekend! What’s on your St. Petersburg events agenda?

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!

February 21 – Gregory Porter and Ledisi LIVE in St. Pete

Gregory Porter is a 2-time GRAMMY winning vocalist and songwriter from Bakersfield, California whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time. Porter’s mother was a minister, and he cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound as well as his mother’s Nat King Cole record collection as fundamental influences on his own sound. Ledisi is a 12-time GRAMMY nominated vocalist who has wowed fans ever since she came onto the Bay area music scene. 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Outside of a Tiny Home Festival

March 28-29 – Florida Suncoast Tiny Home Festival 

30+ Tiny Homes are rolling into the ‘Burg this March for the Florida Suncoast Tiny Home Festival, organized by LocalShops1.com. The event features the latest and greatest in tiny home living trends! In addition to the tiny structures, the festival brings a lineup of more than two dozen leading experts in the Tiny House movement. The event will also showcase local food trucks, mobile boutiques, artists and home-related businesses, plus free activities for children and more. The event takes place March 28 and 29. Early bird tickets are now on sale! Early bird tickets are $10/day, or $15 for both days. The event takes place at England Brothers Park, 5010 81st Avenue North.

Winter WhiskeyFest Returns March 21

The Third Annual Winter WhiskeyFest is back on March 21! The event will feature light bites by The Mill, gorgeous ice from The Doggery, AND your ticket benefits the wonderful nonprofit METRO Inclusive Health. Click HERE for full event details and to purchase tickets. If you already purchased a ticket, it’s still valid for the March 21 event. Please contact us at events@ilovetheburg.com if you prefer a refund for your purchase. Takes place at Urban Stillhouse, 2232 5th Avenue South.

Feb. 21 — Sphinx Virtuosi Concert at The Museum of Fine Arts: For Justice and Peace

The Detroit-based Sphinx Virtuosi will be at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of a special, 3-day residency, culminating in a powerful concert performance of their program, “For Justice and Peace.” The concert will feature John Williams’ “Three Themes” (arrangements from scores of “Schindler’s List,” “Angela’s Ashes,” and “Hymn to the Fallen” (from “Saving Private Ryan”); and Frank Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” a work by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. 7-9pm. Click HERE for tickets. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.


Friday, February 14 

French Fry Festival (Friday & Saturday)
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 food fest with a spud. CLICK HERE to get special VIP Early Access tickets to the event. French Fry Fest details available online. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Collards After Dark: An Evening with Toni Tipton Martin at Tombolo Books
It’s the kickoff to the Tampa Bay Collard Greens Festival! Join Tombolo for an intimate evening with James Beard Award–winner Tipton-Martin (The Jemima Code & Jubilee), celebrating cultural heritage and serving up some social change by promoting the connection between history, food, nutrition and a healthy environment. Ms. Tipton-Martin’s latest cookbook “Jubilee – Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking” has been named one of the best cookbooks of the year. The event will begin with a reception with Jubilee-inspired samplings. There will also be a live interview with Toni Tipton-Martin and Tampa Bay Times Food Critic, Helen Freund followed by audience Q & A. The event begins at 6pm. Click HERE to register/purchase tickets. Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Avenue South.

Valentine’s Night with Girls Rock at FreeFall Theatre
Learn the story behind the legend, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her young protégée, Marie Knight, in this celebrated play with your fellow Girls Rock Camp fans! There’s nothing more rock and roll than spending Valentine’s with your beloved rock family. 8-10pm. Click HERE for tickets. FreeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Avenue.

Shen Yun at Duke Energy Center for the Arts: The Mahaffey Theater (All Weekend)
hen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Truly, Madly, Deeply Muddy Concert with Infinite Third at Grassroots Kava 
Enjoy a night of music with the ubiquitous Billy Mays III (Infinite Third). Mays will perform live upstairs at Grassroots Kava from 8pm-midnight. Grassroots Kava, 957 Central Avenue.


Saturday, February 15 

Yoga from the Heart at Sundial St. Pete
Open your heart to relaxation + love at FREE February yoga in the Sundial St. Pete courtyard. The Body Electric Yoga will lead the class. Begins at 9am. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Minority Youth Mental Health Summit at Enoch Davis Center
Building social and emotional wellness amongst minority youth. Youth will engage in conversations and breakout sessions to discuss topics on building and empowering themselves. 10am-1pm. Registration required. Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Avenue South.

Tampa Bay Collard Greens Festival
The Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival, Inc (TBCGF, Inc.) is a charity invested in the overall health and well-being of Tampa Bay. The organization endeavors to bring a balanced mix of resources, education and assistance together in a fun and meaningful way. Collard Green Festivals are on the rise nationwide however this one has a unique twist! From fresh produce, plant cultivation, exploring diverse cooking methods, to dietary enlightenment and so much more, TBCGF embodies a communal and holistic focus towards living healthier lifestyles. The event will feature lectures, a cook off and more. The event runs from 10am-5pm. Click HERE for tickets and details. Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South.

Trans Clothing Swap & Vegan Pot Luck
Join Trans Support Network (TSN) and Outside the Binary (OTB) for a joint event. Have you started your spring cleaning? Got clothing you never wear, things that don’t fit anymore or don’t match your style? Bring them to our clothing swap, then check out what everyone else has brought and take home some new-to-you items! Please bring a meat-free, dairy-free dish to share! Feel free to bring snacks to eat while shopping, or a dish for dinner. Begins at 6pm. Click HERE to register. The event takes place at 1315 E 7th Avenue in Tampa.

Register to Vote at Tombolo Books
Did you know that the deadline for voting in the 2020 elections is quickly approaching? You must affiliated with one of the two major parties (Republican/Democrat) by February 18 in order to make your voice heard in the primary elections. So update your registration in advance of our March 17th presidential primary. 11am-2pm. Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Avenue South.

Folklove at Cage Brewing
Enjoy live music all night at Cage Brewing. Mountain Holler, Geri X, Taylor Raynor, Kerry Courtney and more will perform live at Cage Brewing this Saturday. 5pm-midnight. $10. Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Avenue South.

Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp at The Palladium 
Two grand pianos, four great boogie and blues pianists. The Palladium’s Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp returns with headliner Victor Wainwright, the “Piana from Savannah”,along with Key West legend, Barry Cuda, Los Angeles boogie master, Rob Rio, and St. Pete’s own, Liz Pennock and Dr. Blues. 8pm. Reserved tickets from $28-$38. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.


Sunday, February 16 

Tampa Bay Bridal Show at The Coliseum
Bridal experts to help plan your special day. Noon-4pm. $5. The Coliseum, 535 4th Avenue North.

Central Arts Sunday Social: Block Party Brunch
Come see what the fuss is about on the 600 Block, the most charming collection of small businesses in St. Pete! Stroll along with your friends or family at our first-ever Sunday Social, featuring the Central Arts District shops and a few of our special neighbors. Enjoy freebies (like the Fromosas over at Brutique and the Dole Whip at Pacific Counter!), delicious brunch foods, sales, discounts & specials from all of the neighborhood shops, live art from special guests such as Derek Donnelly, ZuluPainter, John Suarez, Reid Jenkins, John Gascot, Robert Riedel, Scott Hillis, and Vince Pompei. Noon-4pm. The best 600 Block of Central Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets North.

Hygiene Drive at Planet Retro Records
Planet Retro will be collecting pads only and slinging beverages for donations for homeless or low-income girls who are in need of hygiene products. For someone experiencing homelessness or poverty having the proper hygiene products provide improved health, a sense of dignity, and greater self-esteem. 4-6:30pm. Planet Retro Records, 226 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North.

One City Chorus at The Palladium
St. Petersburg’s exuberant 120-voice chorus returns with their unique blend of social justice songs and sheer entertainment. Now in their fourth season, they give performances that have been described as “joyous, uplifting and beautifully sung” by Creative Loafing who honored them with a Best of the Bay Award for “Best Voices Raised Together in Song.” 4pm. $20 in advance, $25 day of. Palladium Theater,253 5th Avenue North.

iRest Yoga Nidra with Annie Okerlin at The Body Electric Yoga
Annie Okerlin presents iRest Yoga Nidra at The BE! iRest is a meditation practice based on the ancient tradition of Yoga Nidra and adapted to suit the conditions of modern life. Begins at 2pm. Click HERE to register. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Love my Fat Asana with Monica Parkin at The Body Electric Yoga
Who said February has to be about showing love for someone else? Why not love up on your damn self?! Monica DeChaine Parkin invites you to luxuriate in a flow designed for EVERY body, especially to the voluptuous yogi. 4-5pm. Click HERE to register. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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