Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (11.22-24.19)

The largest Christmas Lights Maze in the world officially opens this weekend in St. Petersburg! Plus we have the CraftArt Festival, Snow at the Sundial and more in the Sunshine City.

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: 

Chocolate covered popcorn

I Love the Burg and Salty Sisters present Pelican Tracks Popcorn!

Taste the most delicious new flavor in the Sunshine City. We’re launching a brand new Pelican Tracks Popcorn with the amazing and Best of the Bay Winning Salty Sisters! It’s caramel popcorn drizzled with chocolate and mixed with peanut butter cups. YUM! Visit Salty Sisters at 107 107th Avenue, Treasure Island.

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WIN Tickets to see Chris Tucker at The Mahaffey

You’ve seen him in Rush Hour, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Silver Linings Playbook and more. The hilarious international award-winning actor and comedian, Chris Tucker will be onstage at The Mahaffey Theater on November 29. Click HERE to enter to win tickets to the show. See The Mahffey’s  full concert calendar online.


Events happening this weekend:

Friday, November 22

I Love the Burg Sponsor — Early Bird Breakfast at 2nd & Second
2nd & Second was voted the best diner in Tampa Bay in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Awards. To celebrate, the diner is now offering a special discounted breakfast Monday-Friday. Enjoy two eggs your way, hash brown, choice of toast, and your choice of breakfast meat for just $6.99. Available from 6-8am. 2nd & Second, 201 2nd Avenue North.

Enchant St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field (All Weekend)
The largest Christmas Light Maze in the world officially opens at Tropicana Field. Millions of lights will illuminate a skating rink, a Christmas Village, a holiday shopping market and food/drink vendors. Grab a hot chocolate and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit. Click HERE to reserve your ticket and entrance time. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive.

Italian Food & Wine Festival at Albert Whitted Park
Join Gulf to Bay for Food, Fun, Live Music & all the pasta, pizza, cannolis and wine you can eat and drink. Dozens of vendors will head out to Albert Whitted Park and offer at least one Italian-themed dish, in addition to their regular menus. 6-11pm. Free and open to the public. The event is pet- and family-friendly too. Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive Southeast.

Christmas Recycle Sale at Garden Club St. Pete 
Browse for recycled holiday treasures at the Garden Club. 9am-3pm. Garden Club, 500 Sunset Drive South.

Friendsgiving Block Party
Get out for a special Friendsgiving Crawl! Enjoy a FRY eating competition, Bar Crawl Bingo, and plenty more opportunities to win some big prizes such as gift cards, a cooler, a bottle of TEQUILA, and more. Guests will receive 5 included shot, and the participating bars will serve some game-changing specials on food and drinks. 6pm-midnight. Click HERE for tickets and for descriptions of participating bars.

Mountain Holler at The Independent Bar
Local artist Mountain Holler will perform live at The Independent Bar Friday night. 9-11pm. The Independent Bar, 1049 Central Avenue.

Friendsgiving Craft Night at MakeMe Studios
Join makeme to create stenciled wooden photo hangers and keychains inspired by your favorite show, F-R-I-E-N-D-S. Choose from several designs, and don’t forget to bring a friend (or five). 7-9pm. Click HERE to register. Makeme Studios, 3028 9th Street North.

Imagine Museum After Hours: Merry ThankMas
Enjoy an evening of live jazz, holiday standards and a chance to sing-a-long to popular carols as the museum kick-off the holiday season. Intermezzo will preview their Miracle at Mezzo cocktails. Zest Zone will serve up some tasty treats. Shop the Italianissimo Holiday Trunk Show! 6:30-9pm. Click HERE for tickets. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Avenue.

Back Alley Market at The Pavilion (Friday and Saturday) 
Fall clearance and other vendor offerings make this a special shopping event. Stop in the Warehouse space behind the main stores, where a variety of new vendors and artists will join the permanent shop owners to offer unique items in a flea market format. 9am-3pm Friday and Saturday. The Pavilion, 559 49th Street South.

Grand Reveal of Dram at Flute & Dram
Taste exotic whiskey, champagne, and caviar from around the world, and enjoy a live performance by The New Blue Note Generation & Shawn Brown. You could also win a $200 VIP membership to Flute & Dram. 6pm-midnight. Flute & Dram, 234 Beach Drive Northeast.

Decanting: The Process of Transference at VENUS 
A new exhibition at Venus Gallery features works by the students of USF Tampa’s REAL WORLD class, which teaches undergraduates to identify diverse opportunities and begin sustaining their creative careers. 6-10pm. VENUS St. Pete, 244 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North.

Folking Friday at Aggregate Brewing 
Folking Friday returns to Aggregate Brewing Collective for a fun night of folk music performed by John Colby. 9pm-midnight. Aggregate Brewing, 554 1st Avenue North.

Pajama Party for Toys for Tots at The Garage on Central Avenue
CAREoke is back! 2 great charities to get you in the loving spirit. Come as you are (onesie much?) for a PAJAMA PARTY to kick off the holidaze. 8pm-1am. The Garage on Central Avenue, 2729 Central Avenue.

The Jazz Phools feat. Fiona Frenche at The Dali Museum 
Dali Members and Guests – join The Jazz Phools featuring Fiona Frensche, to celebrate the opening of the Dali’s very special exhibit, Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929. Jazz performance from 7-9:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Boulevard.

St. Petersburg Opera: Pinocchio (Friday and Saturday) 
Utilizing music from Mozart, Offenbach, Verdi and Donizetti – with easily-understood lyrics in English — John Davies’ 50-minute adaptation of “Pinocchio” is the ideal introduction to opera for young people. 7-8pm Friday, 2-3pm Saturday. Click HERE for tickets. St. Petersburg Opera, 2145 1st Avenue South.

Back to the Basement Silent Party at Iberian Rooster 
Join Iberian Rooster the Friday before Thanksgiving for its grand Silent Party return to this unique underground venue. Here’s the deal: just $10 gets you your silent disco headphones for the night and full control over your musical experience. Use the dials to adjust volume and browse between our 3 DJs spinning your favorites from hip-hop, R&B, 80s, 90s, reggaeton, and more! 9pm-1am. Click HERE to register. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.

John Kelly & Friends at The Hideaway Cafe 
John Kelly & Friends join the Hideaway the weekend before the big holiday for some Kelly style festivities. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10. The Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue.

Friday Night Live with Billy Mays III at Muddy Roots Kava
Come get groovy with Muddy Roots and lose yourself in Billy Mays III’s (aka Infinite Third) ethereal music. 9pm-midnight. 6111 10th Street North.


Saturday, November 23

Wings over Weedon
During the autumn migratory birds begin to arrive to overwinter in Florida or use our state as a temporary stopping ground to rest and refuel along their flights to farther off destinations. This time of year affords birders the opportunity to see many species that aren’t found here year-round or very often at all. Local birders are invited to join Weedon Island for a guided hike led by St. Petersburg Audubon Society member Dave Goodwin to look and listen for some of the winter migrants at Weedon Island Preserve. 8-10am. Click HERE for tickets. Weedon Island, 1800 Weedon Drive Northeast.

Saturday Morning Market at Al Lang Stadium
The Saturday Morning Market features more than 100 local vendors selling plants, art, clothing, produce, delicious food, strong coffee, pastries, popcorn and more. 9am-2pm. Al Lang Stadium, 501 Central Avenue.

Yoga Poolside at The Hollander with The Body Electric Yoga
Enjoy a yoga class poolside at the landmark Hollander Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg. Salute the sun with a rotating cast of characters, and then cool off in the Hollander’s beautiful pool. All levels are welcome for this slow flow class, led by Lindsay Dixon, Gracie Mayer, Allison Moonbeam Archer, and Amanda Riker. 8:30-9:30am. $5 BE Monthly and Annual Members / $10 Pre-Registered / $15 Door. Hollander Hotel, 421 4th Avenue North.

Out of the Darkness Walk
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. The walk will depart from Vinoy Park and make a 2-mile loop around Flora Wylie Park. 7-10am. Vinoy Park, 501 5th Avenue Northeast.

Artist Talk: Brookhart Jonquil at Museum of Fine Arts
Each year, the Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the season with a holiday tree placed in the Great Hall, decorated with original pieces created by a leading contemporary artist commissioned for the Museum’s holiday celebration. Join this year’s selected artist, Miami-based sculptor Brookhart Jonquil. Jonquil was born in Santa Cruz, California and lives and works in Miami, Florida. He received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, as well as a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Arizona in 2007. 2-3pm. Included with museum admission. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood Tour 
Tour participants will experience one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods on a tour led by resident guides excited to show off their neighborhood. Kenwood is one of the ‘Burg’s five National Register designated historic districts and the neighborhood is also actively working to become a local historic district. The tour includes a stop inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. 10am-noon. Click HERE for tickets. Meet at Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Avenue.

Get Fit St. Pete: Fun Fitness Boot Camp at Lassing Park
Join #HealthyStPete every Saturday for a different Get Fit St. Pete Fitness in the Park FREE workout! 9-10am. Meet at Lassing Park, corner of 16th Avenue SE and Beach Drive.

Trolley Tour of St. Pete’s African American Heritage Trail
This trolley tour will take you along 22nd Street South which focuses on the rich cultural heritage of the neighborhood, community leaders, landmark businesses and the evolution from the Jim Crow era to desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement. 10-11am. Click HERE to register. Departs from the Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street North.

Ghostbusters in Concert at The Mahaffey Theater 
Who ya gonna call? The Florida Orchestra, of course, who will perform the iconic score live while Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedic masterpiece plays on the big screen. 7:30-9:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. The Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Imagined Realities – Virtual Reality at Imagine Museum 
The Imagine Museum is proud to announce “Imagined Realities” – its very own Virtual Reality studio experience! You can choose from six unique and educational VR programs: Google Tilt Brush, Google Earth VR, The Body VR, Apollo 11 VR, theBlu, and Earthlight: Spacewalk. Create stunning 3D artwork, explore the solar system, or visit studio glass hotspots all in Virtual Reality. 10:30am-4:30pm. $10 in addition to admission fee. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Avenue.

Fall at the Farm at Brick Street Farms
Enjoy $5 tours of Brick Street Farms! There will also be a DIY Herb Planting Station, henna tattoos, a photo booth, a Bloody Mary Bar with Urban Canning Co., and more. 10am-2pm. Brick Street Farms, 2001 2nd Avenue South.

Listen and Move with Lindsay Dixon and Infinite Third
Listen and Move invites you to explore your own creative movement using the sacred tool of music. Step out of the mind and into the body, first following Lindsay Dixon for a guided flow, and then following your own rhythm inspired by the music of Infinite Third. 6-8:30pm. $33. The Body Electric, 3015 7th Street North.

Sundial’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration
Join in the festivities as Santa makes his grand arrival! This magical night will be filled with the first snowfall on Sundial (yes, it’s really going to snow!), a tree lighting, Holiday musical entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts from Sundial Gift Shoppe, cookie decorating from Locale Market and much more! 5:30-8:30pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Courtyard Concert with Lounge Cat at The Ale and The Witch 
Lounge Cat is led by a frontman with Tom Waits – Meets – Dean Martin charm (Eddie Rosicky), a trumpet player who got on the last bus from New Orleans (Jim Morey) and a drum virtuoso that plays both drums and electric bass at the same time (William Carr). 8-11pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Gulf Coast Dance Theater at The Palladium
Gulf Coast Dance Theater’s 2019 Winter Gala opens with an excerpt from the classic ballet Paquita, staged by Resident Choreographer Nicole Stuart and is followed up by a complementary new piece by Director Anne Carollo. Performances at 1pm and 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. The Palladium, 253 5th Avenue North.

Jazz Under the Stars at Chief’s Creole Cafe
“pass a good time” again with the bluesy jazz band Heffner & Hefner Quintet and experiencing authentic taste of Cajun – Creole cuisine. Inside and outside courtyard seating. 8-11pm. Click HERE for tickets. Chief’s Creole Cafe, 901 22nd Street South.

4th Saturday Art Walk: Happy Holidays
Come visit the Pinellas Arts Village as it kicks off the holiday season with new art, gifts, live music, FREE pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and The Art Tent’s Creepy Christmas ride! 4-10pm. Pinellas Arts Village, 5663 Park Boulevard.

Saturday Nights Live at St. Pete Side Lot 
Join the Side Lot for Live Music, beer and wine, games, and more! Kid and pet friendly. Located next door to 3 Daughters Brewing in the Warehouse Arts District. 6-10pm. St. Pete Side Lot, 2133 2nd Avenue South.

Thunderclap, Prescribed by Fire at The Bends
The Bends presents a night of heavy metal and punk music. 9pm-1am. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue North.

Gryffin Presents Gravity II Tour at Jannus Live
AEG presents Gryffin live in St. Pete Saturday night. 8-11pm. Click HERE for tickets. Jannus Live 200 1st Avenue North.

Sunday, November 24

Clothing Optional Yoga for Women at The Body Electric
Join Rachel Miller for a liberating yoga session by candelight. Feel good about your body. Free yourself of negative, socially-constructed emotions like embarrassment and shame. Experience a deep connection with your self and with others that’s possible when we show courage in vulnerability. And mostly, just get those annoying clothes out of the way. 7:30-9:30pm. Click HERE to register. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Tierra Verde Sunday Morning Market
‘Tis the season to shop local! Join Tierra Verde for a special morning market every Sunday from 9am-2pm. Tierra Verde Sunday Morning Market, 1110 Pinellas Bayway South.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market
This market hosts 70+ local vendors selling local and conventional produce, plants, herbs, raw honey, take home foods, artisan products, fresh baked goods, lunch bites, local art, hand crafts and more! Fun for all ages and Dog Friendly. 10am-2pm. 300 and 400 Blocks of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach.

Pinellas Youth Symphony Holiday Concert 
The Pinellas Youth Symphony celebrates its 62nd season with this holiday concert for the whole family! 3pm. $10. The Palladium, 253 5th Avenue North.

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.