Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (12.06-08.19)

There are TONS of local markets happening this weekend in the Sunshine City! Plus, it’s the final Brocante Market weekend ever (Tampa Bay Times has all the details on future plans for the space). There will be art openings, live music, The Nutcracker and more.

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: 

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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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NYE at The Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete

Get ready for the ultimate New Year’s Eve party in St. Pete. Enjoy a dinner, an open bar, music, and stellar views of the fireworks on the waterfront. Join the museum for a special dinner beginning at 7pm, or just hit up the party that runs from 9pm-1am. Click HERE to reserve your tickets. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast.

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Winter WhiskeyFest at American Freedom Distillery! – VIP Tickets are SOLD OUT

Join I Love the Burg for the 3rd Annual Winter Whiskeyfest in partnership with American Freedom Distillery! Choose from over a dozen different whiskeys to taste, enjoy light bites, and mingle with other like-minded whiskey lovers at American Freedom Distillery on a Saturday evening. American Freedom Distillery showcases its stunning new space and benefits a great community cause. Tickets are limited, with room for only 250 of our closest friends and fans. A portion of the proceeds benefit METRO Inclusive Health. General Admission tickets are $75 in advance, and $85 at the door. VIP tickets are $100. VIP tickets include early entry to American Freedom Distillery from 5pm–6pm; an EXCLUSIVE Distillery Tour (Time Slots: 5pm, 5:20pm, 5:40pm); 6 Whiskey Tasting stubs, 2 stubs can be combined for a full pour; and a commemorative whiskey tasting glass. Click HERE to reserve tickets today. American Freedom Distillery, 2232 5th Avenue South.

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December 8 — Hideaway Holiday Market 

Save the date for a very special Holiday Market! This time the Hideaway is teaming up with their neighbors Avid Brew Company, Lolita’s Wine Market and the Burg Bar & Grill! Sponsored by Your Neighborhood Realty Associates, Inc. Live music, craft beer & wine, and tons of local makers. This is a family friendly event. There will be a kid’s station where they can paint their own holiday ornaments. The event takes place on Sunday, December 8. 11am-5pm. The Hideaway, 1756 Central Avenue.


Events happening this weekend:

Friday, December 6

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.

Stuff & Things & Stuff Opening Cocktail Reception at MIZE Gallery
Join Mize Gallery as we turn the gallery into a holiday retail shop for the month of December. Opening will feature special giveaways and a cocktail or two. 6-9pm. 689 Dr. MLK Jr Street North.

Through Rose Tinted Glasses feat. Elle LeBlanc aT The Bends
‘Through Rose Tinted Glasses’ is a series of paintings with written accompaniments by Elle LeBlanc that deal with navigating life; being lost, down, and lonely; and finding the beauty in some of these less-than-lighthearted situations. Opening reception begins at 8pm. The night will also feature a Drake Night Toys for Tots Fundraiser beginning at 9pm. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue North.

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show (All Weekend) 
The largest boat show on the Gulf Coast featuring an impressive selection of power boats & sailboats. 10am-6pm on Friday, 10am-7pm on Saturday, 10am-5pm on Sunday. General admission tickets are $19. Takes place at 400 1st Street South.

IL DIVO at Duke Energy Center for the Arts: The Mahaffey Theater
This holiday season the group brings the sounds of the season around North America with their A Holiday Song Celebration Tour. Il Divo will perform songs from The Christmas Collection, their compilation of merry classics that was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Begins at 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. Duke Engergy Center for the Arts: The Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Lemon City Trio at The Hideaway Cafe
Join Hideaway Cafe for a night of live music with Lemon City Trio. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue.

Punk Rock at The Rooster 
A continuation in the exploration of underground music performed literally underground at Subcentral at Iberian Rooster! This one is a top shelf line up of punk rock bands leading the Tampa Bay scene! 10pm-2am. Subcentral at Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.

St. Petersburg Ballet: The Nutcracker at The Palladium
The Winter Holidays truly begin with the family attending a full-length performance of the “Nutcracker” presented by the St. Petersburg Ballet. Multiple performances between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. The Palladium, 253 5th Avenue North.

Free First Friday Improv at Black Crow 
First Friday improv is BACK! Breaking Burg has a new home and a new monthly show at Black Crow. 7:45-9pm. Show starts at 8pm. Black Crow, 722 2nd Street North.

Live Music First Friday with Lounge Cat at The Independent 
A front-man with Tom Waits-meets-Dean Martin charm, a trumpet player who plays like he just got off the last bus from New Orleans and a drum virtuoso that plays both drums and electric bass at the same time? Lounge Cat returns to the Independent Bar St.Pete for a night of live music. 9-11pm. The Independent, 1049 Central Avenue.

Saturday, December 7

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.

FINAL Brocante Market (Saturday & Sunday)
It’s the FINAL Brocante Market weekend ever. Shop stunning antiques, vintage finds, art, clothes, books and more at this celebrated local shopping event. Want to know what comes next? The Tampa Bay Times has the full scoop HERE. Brocante runs from 9am-7pm on Saturday, and 9am-5pm on Sunday. Brocante Market, 2200 22nd Avenue South.

The Burg Bar & Grill 10th Anniversary 
Celebrate 10 years of good burgers, tasty Cuban sandwiches, and the best chips in the city. There will be live music, food and drinks deals, giveaways and more. 11am-7pm. The Burg Bar & Grill, 1752 Central Avenue.

Get Fit St. Pete: Yoga in the Park 
Join Healthy St. Pete on the FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH for Yoga in the Park. Classes run by The Body Electric Yoga. Runs from 9-10am. Crescent Lake Park, 1320 5th Street North.

Crafty Fest Pop Up Market at ARTpool Gallery 
Crafty Fest Market is a buy local, handmade and vintage fabulous monthly event at ARTpool Gallery. Runs from 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Avenue.

Mistletoe Market at Horan Park
Search local vendors for that perfect holiday gift, jump in on the action and participate in a FREE Chirstmas Zumba demo, check out the Festival of Trees hosted by the Chamber and stick around for the annual Tree Lighting! 12-6pm. Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

Holiday Makers Market at The West Events
Be the first to experience our area’s newest event space, The West Events, at its inaugural event! Sip and shop for handmade gifts from 30 indie artists, artisans and makers. There will be beer, bubbles, and a wine bar. 11am-3pm. $5 general admission, $20 VIP. Tickets can be purchased online. The West Events, 13435 Gulf Boulevard.

Car-Free Scavenger Hunt 
Gather your competitive friends and create a team of 2-4 to decipher clues, take pictures at landmarks and use only Car-Free transportation options around Downtown St. Pete! Space is limited to ONLY 16 teams. 2-5pm. Click HERE to register and for full event details.

Indie Flea Street Faire at Green Bench Brewing
You will find 100+ artisans and vendors, food trucks, mobile shops, DJ Hello Darlin’ Records and more. Specialty beers, ciders and meads at Green Bench Brewing Co. Plants, Vintage, Handmade jewelry, Up-cycled clothes, vegan deserts, food trucks and more. The event is pet- and family-friendly. 12-4pm. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

Hellenic Aesthetic Pop Up Shop at Baba St. Pete
Join Baba for Hellenic Aesthetic’s pop-up shop featuring authentic Greek products! 11am-3pm. Baba St. Pete, 2701 Central Avenue.

Old Southeast Holiday Market (Saturday & Sunday)
Come do some holiday shopping this year at the Old Southeast Holiday Market! All vendors are local to the Old Southeast. 10am-4pm. Old Southeast Market, 1700 3rd Street South.

Snowfest at North Straub Park
The popular Snowfest celebration is back! Activities include a big + kiddie toboggan slides, art tent, karaoke, inflatables, Nomad Art Bus, food trucks + more.
Teens can stop by TASCO’s Teen Area to play video games, charge their phones, listen to music + hang out with their friends. 9am-2pm. Wristbands are $5 and can be purchased online. North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

St. Pete Punk Rock Flea Market at Planet Retro Records
This punk rock market will feature 40+ vendors and artists selling and displaying all kinds of funky stuff! All vendors will be displaying unique and unusual items: vintage clothing, collectibles, enamel pins, posters, zines, local music, retro decor, guitars, art, prints, handmade stickers, vintage toys, comic books, plants, handmade jewelry, vegan treats, cold brew coffee, donuts, T-shirts, and lots more. Live music from 6 killer local bands. 11am-4pm. Planet Retro Records, 226 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North.

Studio Honors 2019: Bridging Communities
Studio Honors is The Studio@620’s signature event which raises funds to support their mission: To cultivate emerging talent and foster a thriving, creative community. This year’s honorees include Eric Deggans (Author and Television Critic), The Vitale Brothers (Artists and Muralists), and Kanika Tomalin (Saint Petersburg Deputy Mayor). Ray Arsenault (Historian, Professor, and Author) will receive the David G. Ellis Award. 6:20-9:20pm. Tickets are $125. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Our Bar Grand opening
There’s a new bar in the ‘Burg. Our Bar officially opens on Saturday. Check out the new front and back patio areas, cornhole, life size beer pong, horeshoes, darts, golf, bowling, pool table, and now a full liquor bar. 7-10pm. Our Bar, 1721 28th Street North.

2019 Red & Green Party at Sunken Gardens
The LGBTQ+ holiday party of Tampa Bay is back and better than ever! Guests will have access to various parts of the garden throughout the evening, each featuring something different and unique. With an open bar featuring vodka, beer, soft drinks, and complimentary appetizers, guests can enjoy in the 100-year-old botanical garden featuring over 50,000 different types of flora and fauna. 7-10pm. Tickets are $55. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th Street North.

4th Annual Lights in the Heights 
Our annual holiday celebration. Join your neighbors and friends for an evening of beautiful decorations, tasty treats, and holiday cheer. And even with a visit from the big guy, Santa himself!
Be sure to pick up a holiday flyer at your first house. Once you have your flyer, visit the remaining houses and collect a stamp at each home for a total of three stamps and bring it to the holiday party where you will be eligible to enter a prize drawing. 6-9:30pm. 526 25th Ave N; 843 26th Ave N; 847 29th Ave N.

Deadly Rival Roller Derby
Deadly Rival Roller Derby is playing this Saturday against a team flying in from Seattle. This is Florida’s only banked track roller derby. Get out, support your local team, and watch one of the coolest sports ever!  5:30-8:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door. Slayground, 4033 35th Street North.


Sunday, December 8

Hideaway Holiday Market at Hideaway Cafe
Save the date for a very special Holiday Market! This time the Hideaway is teaming up with their neighbors Avid Brew Company, Lolita’s Wine Market and the Burg Bar & Grill! Sponsored by Your Neighborhood Realty Associates, Inc. Live music, craft beer & wine, and tons of local makers. This is a family friendly event. There will be a kid’s station where they can paint their own holiday ornaments. The event takes place on Sunday, December 8. 11am-5pm. The Hideaway, 1756 Central Avenue.

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing with Body Electric Yoga
The Body Electric Yoga Company is happy to bring you Second Sundays: YOGA ON TAP. Morning yoga happens every second Sunday of the month. Join Shila for a bendy flow and kick off another beautiful day in the Burg! 11am-noon. Pre-register is $10, $15 day of. $5 for BE unlimited members. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue.

Historic Old Northeast Candlelight Tour of Homes
This is the 22nd year for the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association’s annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. It is a traditional holiday event during which gracious residents in this beautiful neighborhood will open their homes to visitors. 3-8pm. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved online. Begins at West Minister Palms, 939 Beach Drive Northeast.

Holiday Concert at The Museum of Fine Arts
This concert will be a wonderful mix of holiday music, including Renaissance works and carols, the music of Vaughn Williams, Rachmoninov (sung in Russian), Ola Gjello and many more, including a Caribbean carol and a new work from Pink Zebra. 2-3:30pm. Open to the public. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive 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.