Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (12.13-15.19)

It’s one of the final holiday weekends in the ‘Burg this season. Get ready to shop, celebrate and indulge in all things local 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: 

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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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WIN Tickets to The Isley Brothers at Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater

You’ve danced the night away to “Twist and Shout”, “It’s Your Thing”, and more. Now, you could win a pair of tickets to see Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, The Isley Brothers at Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater on Thursday, December 19. Click HERE to enter. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Events happening this weekend:

Friday, December 13

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.

Bohemian Reves Grand Opening
Celebrate the opening of Indie Market favorite and purveyor of exceptional candles, lotions, and decor, Bohemian Reves. The shop will be open from 4-9pm and offer 10% off everything. 4-9pm. Bohemian Reves, 1620 Central Avenue.

Free Show: Wolf Face at The Bends 
Get ready for a free night of live music at The Bends. Wolf Face will be joined by You Vandal and Laser Mouth. 9-11:59pm. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue North.

Very Merry Friday the 13th with Cannonball Cabaret 
It’s a nightmare before Christmas on Friday, Dec. 13 when Cannonball Cabaret throws a holly jolly, creepy kooky holiday show at St. Pete Side Lot featuring a little Kringle and a lot of Krampus. 7-11pm. St. Pete Side Lot, 2133 2nd Avenue South.

Boley Center’s 37th Annual Jingle Bell Run 
Please join the community for the Boley Centers’ 37th Annual Jingle Bell Run. This is the #1 family and pet friendly fun run every holiday season in St. Petersburg. The 3-mile course will take you along the beautiful downtown waterfront. Participate in the run, enjoy local bands along the route, “snow,” and the best food trucks the area has to offer. 4-10pm. Click HERE to register. Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive Southeast.

Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade
This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay.  Boats will depart from The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20pm, sail past the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7pm, and end at 8:15pm at John’s Pass. Happening around 400 Treasure Island Causeway.

Lights of Lake Park (All Weekend) 
Come enjoy one of the best holiday light displays in Pinellas County! FREE but donations appreciated. Open from 6-10pm all weekend. Lights of Lake Park, 109th Avenue North.

Holiday Gears and Cheers in Euclid St. Paul 
Come with your holiday attire, lighted bicycle, helmet and driver’s license. You’ll need to sign your waiver before departing. Registration from 6:30-7pm. FREE for 2019 ESPNA members, $5 for nonmembers and guest! Meet at 1425 11th Avenue North.

King Complex, Infinite Eights at Paper Crane 
King Complex, Infinite Eights, The Drain Outs, The Opportunists to perform live at Paper Crane. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $7. Paper Crane, 9108 5th Avenue North.

Infinite Third’s Evening for the Birds at Low Tide Kava Bar
Immerse yourself in Infinite Third’s (Billy Mays III) experimental grooves on the courtyard stage from 7-11pm. Low Tide Kava Bar, 2902A Beach Boulevard South.

Unlimited Devotion at The Ale and The Witch 
Unlimited Devotion celebrates the music of the Grateful Dead as they return to a The Ale and the Witch. 8-11pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Music in the Beer Garden at Green Bench Brewing 
Green Bench presents an evening of music in the beer garden. Jordan Esker and The Hundred Percent to perform. 8-11pm. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

Selwyn Birchwood Band at The Palladium (Friday & Saturday)
Spend the evening with the extraordinary young rising star of the blues and Florida native Selwyn Birchwood. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures. Birchwood’s high-octane blues—at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute—are played with passion and honest emotion. Performances at 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Click HERE for tickets. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

Esem Wolfe EP Release Black Crow Old NE
Join Esem Wolfe at Black Crow in the Old Northeast for a special EP release. 6-8:30pm. Black Crow, 722 2nd Street North.

Saturday, December 14

5th Annual Boyd Hill Natural Preserve 5k 
5th annual non-profit 5k fun-run at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve! Explore the beauty of these trails in this great city. 7:30-10am. Click HERE to register. Boyd Hill, 1101 Country Club Way South.

Sneak Peak at The Body Electric Athletic Company
Join The Body Electric for a tour of the new facilities at 655 31st St S. The BE is excited to show you around, answer questions, and get you stoked about taking your yoga practice into new territory. Bring your questions about schedule, programming, and pricing. 2-4pm. The Body Electric Athletic Center, 655 31st Street South.

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.

Tombolo Books Official Opening (Saturday & Sunday)
St. Pete’s new indie bookshop officially opens this Saturday. Tombolo Books is the latest addition to the booming Grand Central District. Co-owners Alsace Walentine and Candice Anderson have worked tirelessly to bring this new book hub to the Sunshine City. Expect to find the most critically acclaimed contemporary titles on the shelves at Tombolo, in addition to local authors, and a solid Florida Fiction section. Graphic novels, memoir, Children’s books and more are all available. The shop also features a reading nook for kids. Open 10am-7pm on Saturday, 11am-6pm on Sunday. Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Avenue South.

Brocante Market Warehouse Sale (Saturday & Sunday)
This is really it. The Brocante Market is hosting a final warehouse sale this Saturday and Sunday featuring fixtures, furniture, and anything else that’s left in the space. Want to know what comes next? The Tampa Bay Times has the full scoop HERE. Brocante runs from 9am-2pm on Saturday, and 9am-2pm on Sunday. Brocante Market, 2200 22nd Avenue South.

St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts at Williams Park (Saturday & Sunday)
The 6th Annual St. Petersburg Holiday of the Arts showcases original artwork by more than 100 artisans from throughout Florida and across the United States. Together these artisans will create an outdoor gallery of stunning, original and handmade art from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art, metalwork and much more. 10am-5pm both days. Williams Park, 350 2nd Avenue North.

Annual Luminary Event in Historic Roser Park 
This coming weekend, Roser Park will celebrate the beauty of their neighborhood with the Annual Luminary Event. On Saturday around 5pm, residents place bags with candles along both sides of the creek from the 6th Street bridge to the 8th Street bridge, then light them while it gets dark. Some long tables are set at the base of Prospect Court for food and drinks and socialization. Visitors can walk or drive along Roser Park Drive and see the candles reflected in the creek. Begins at 5pm.

Guerrilla Art Market at St. Pete Side Lot 
Come out and buy local art from some of our area’s best artists! There will plenty of art to see and buy, live demos and a beer and wine bar. 5-10pm. St. Pete Side Lot, 2133 2nd Avenue South.

Indulge: A Feast for the Eyes at Softwater Studios
Soft Water Studios is proud to present “Indulge: A Feast For the Eyes”, a rich juicy art show celebrating community, abundance, and the senses. 5-9pm. Softwater Studios, 515 22nd Street south.

St. Pete Santapalooza 
St Pete Santapalooza is Saturday in downtown St Pete! Come dressed as Santa or an elf, rock an ugly sweater or your Hanukkah gear. 4-10pm. Click HERE to register. Registration from 4-6pm at Park & Rec DTSP, 100 4th Street South.

Maker’s Market at Urban Brew & BBQ 
Maker’s Market sponsored by Mark’s Mark! $12 all you can eat buffet. Local vendors. Mark’s Mark giveaways. Family friendly games. Dog friendly patio. 4-9pm. Urban Brew & BBQ, 2601 Central Avenue.

1st Annual Gulfport Santa Rampage
Grab your best Santa costume and come to Gulfport with all of your Christmas spirit for our 1st Annual Gulfport Santa Rampage! Get your Creative Claus on and get ready to elf things up as we take over the town and paint it red. 5:30pm-midnight. Departing from Isabelle’s 2937 Beach Boulevard South.

Second Saturday ArtWalk 
Artists all over the ‘Burg open their doors to the public. Browse some of the most stunning paintings, sculptures, and more. Walk it, bike it, or even hitch a ride on the art trolley to see all the art in the Sunshine City. 5-9pm. Click HERE for details and a full map.

Holiday Movies in the Park 
Holidays in the Sunshine City is excited to bring you Holiday Movies in the Park! This Saturday enjoy a screening of Santa Paws. Movie begins at 7pm. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Grand Central Gallery Grand Opening
Come join the Grand Central Gallery for their Grand Opening. Meet the Artists and mix and mingle with some of the finest people in the ‘Burg. 6-10pm. 3920 Central Avenue.

47th Annual Pinellas Park Christmas Parade
Enjoy 100+ units featuring local businesses, dance units, scouting troops, car clubs, high school marching bands, and much more! Don’t miss a special appearance by Santa Claus himself. 6-8:30pm. 5800 Park Boulevard.

Holiday Rock & Roll Spectacular 
t’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time for our annual holiday show with your power pop pals PRETTY VOICES, punk rock royalty CAR BOMB DRIVER, new garage pop sensations BAD VIBRATIONS, and if that wasn’t enough, a DANK reunion show. 9pm-1am. Free. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Avenue.

Full Moon Heart Healing Sacred Sound with Eluv at The Body Electric
Experience a full moon clearing practice and sacred heart sound healing, to gently open and activate the power of your heart. The full moon supports and encourages letting go of that which is no longer needed. 5-6:30pm. Click HERE to register. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North. 

Slay: Cardi vs Nicki at The Bends 
Get out to The Bends for a night of Cardi and Nicki. 10pm. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue North.

HoneyWhat with Mountain Holler at The Ale and The Witch
HoneyWhat and Mountain Holler will perform live at The Ale and The Witch Saturday night! 8-11pm.The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Raw Music at Rawk Star Cafe feat. Infinite Third 
Join Rawk Star Cafe St. Pete for an evening of live music with the immersive sounds of Infinite Third! 5-9pm. Rawk Star Cafe, 740 Central Avenue.

Prince Tanuki, Animal Prince at Paper Crane
Enjoy a night of live music at Paper Crane. Prince Tanuki, Animal Prince, Rogerthomas, Magifern to perform. 8pm-1am. Paper Crane, 9108 5th Avenue North.

Resinated with The Ries Brothers at Jannus Live
Welcome Resinated into the new year with another epic hometown show with The Ries Brothers, Danfield, and Badda Skat. 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North.

Sunday, December 15

Gingerbread House Workshop at Cassis
Come to Cassis and decorate your very own Gingerbread House for just $35! Guests can enjoy photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus and work on your masterpiece at Cassis. Or you can take home the all-inclusive package and decorate by your Christmas tree! 4-7pm. Click HERE to register. Cassis, 170 Beach Drive.

Yart Sale at Pompei Monster Factory
Get some great art pieces by local artists! Everything is priced atleast 70% off original asking price. 10am-4pm. Pompei Monster Factory, 5681 Park Boulevard North.

Corey Avenue 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. Free parking on Corey Avenue and around the neighborhood. 10am-2pm. 300-400 Blocks of Corey Avenue.

Sunday Shorts at VENUS St. Pete
This reading group meets monthly to discuss the best of classic and contemporary short prose (fiction or nonfiction under 60 pages). For this meetup, the group is reading two short pieces: What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah, and Hell is the Absence of God by Ted Chiang. 3:30-5:30pm.

Selwyn Birchwood at The Hideaway Cafe
Another December show NOT TO BE MISSED! Join Selwyn Birchwood, Damon Fowler and Joe Louis Walker at the Hideaway Cafe! 1:30-4pm. Tickets are $30. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue.

Dirty Rotten Snake in the Grass at Paper Crane 
Dirty Rotten Snake in the Grass is an original band from New Orleans, combining a large range of influences – honky-tonk, punk, rockabilly, metal, blues, and more. 6-9pm. Click Here for tickets. Paper Crane, 9108 5th Avenue North.

Alexis Harris Holiday Soul at The Palladium 
Alex Harris returns to the Palladium, bringing his spectacular and electrifying brand of soul for a holiday show not to be missed! The production includes some of Harris’ favorite holiday tunes, classic soul songs from Motown, Stax and Atlantic, as well as his original works. This once in a lifetime holiday special with Alex Harris and his 7-piece band will leave you wanting more! 6pm. Click HERE for tickets. Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North.

DeadPhish Orchestra at The Ale and The Witch
The Deadphish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. 4:30-8pm. 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.