Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (12.20-22.19)

It’s the last weekend before Christmas in St. Petersburg! Here are the shopping events you need to hit, and the shows designed to help you relax before the hectic holiday.

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. Want to win a pair of tickets to this event? CLICK HERE to enter our giveaway!

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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 Dole Whip for 1 Year with Pacific Counter!

Are you a superfan of this frozen pineapple treat? It’s your lucky day! One lucky winner will be selected to win one 8 oz Dole Whip Per Day For a Year from Pacific Counter.  Yes, you can give your daily Dole Whip servings to a friend, this prize is transferable. CLICK HERE to enter.


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Enter to WIN One Free Cycle of CoolSculpting!

A lucky winner will receive one FREE cycle of CoolSculpting ($700 value) from Gayoso Plastic Surgery! Coolsculpting is the world’s #1 FDA-cleared, non-invasive fat reducing technology. Click HERE to enter.


Events happening this weekend:

Friday, December 20 

Wordier Than Thou Presents Read No More: Haunted Holidays (Friday and Saturday)
Who knows what lurks behind closed doors? Tour a series of short, scary plays to learn about the history and hauntings of our Read No More: Haunted Holidays house. Attendees will tour a unique St. Petersburg home, where each room will feature a short scary play produced by teams of local writers and actors in this holiday twist on the classic haunted house. Tours at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm. Tickets are $14 in advance and $18 at the door. Groups of 8 or more can get a discounted rate of $12 per ticket and should email wordierthanthou@gmail.com to purchase tickets at the special rate. Up to 15 people per tour. The address of the home is 3501 18th Street North.

Bigger Badger at Cage Brewing
Come see Bigger Badger and friends live a Cage on Friday night. Experience horns, flute, guitar, bass and keys with original electronic jazz/funk beats and original audio synthesis. 8-11pm. Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Avenue South.

Don We Now Ugly Sweater Party at Grassroots Kava House
Wear an ugly sweater, and bring your favorite sweet or salty holiday treat to celebrate some Yuletide cheer with your tribe. Let’s not forget our furry friends. We’ll be having a Muddy Paws Secret Santa. Those wearing an ugly sweater will get 10% off their bar tab, and be able to win gift card prizes for the ugliest sweater. 7pm-midnight. Grassroots Kava House, 957 Central Avenue.

Uncle John’s Band at The Palladium
Uncle John’s Band pays tribute to the legendary concert at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Hall by the Grateful Dead on Dec. 19, 1973. UJB will present a song by song recreation of the show immortalized as the No. 1 Dick’s Pick – the series of recordings named for Dead archivist Dick Latvala. 8-11pm. Click HERE for tickets. The Palladium, 253 5th Avenue North.

Cosmic Dance: A Celebration of the Solstice/Equinox
Integral Church invites you to celebrate the turning of the Cosmic Clock through drumming, dance and ritual. Join us as we call in the directions, honor the seasons, laugh, shout, grieve, sing and sweat our prayers together as a community. 9-11pm. $10-$15 minimum suggested donation. The Body Electric Yoga Company, 3015 7th Street North. 

Supertwin, Vacancy, The Path at VFW Post 39
Get ready for a night of heavy music at the VFW Post 39. 8pm. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Avenue.

Transition Holiday Market at Creative Clay
Shop for holiday gifts, cards, wrapping paper, accessories, decorations and more at the Transition Holiday Market. Closing reception from 10am-2pm. Creative Clay, 1846 1st Avenue South.

Fall Harvest Series: Making Pumpkin Kraut-Chi with St. Pete Ferments 
This workshop will equip you with the understanding of wildly fermenting a slightly spicy sauerkraut (also known as kraut-chi, an affectionate term for combining kraut and kimchi). 6-8pm. $45 – includes supplies + take-home dilly beans + instructions. St. Pete Ferments, 4922 8th Avenue South, Unit A

Folking Friday at Aggregate Brewing
Come on out as Aggregate invites John Colby back to perform for you while you enjoy some fine libations provided by Aggregate Brewing Collective. 9pm-midnight. 544 1st Avenue North.

Blue Raven Alchemists Market at Squeeze Juice Works 
Enjoy an evening of juice, smoothies, coffee and tea alchemy, food, and even beer and wine! 7-11pm. Squeeze Juice Works, 18 22nd Street South.

Blackbird Morning at The Hideaway Cafe
Blackbird Morning is an American Rock and Roll Band from St. Petersburg Florida. It was formed in 2013, and it’s members are Danielle DeCosmo (Lead Vocals/Multiple Instruments), Vince DeCosmo (Vocals/Drums-Percussion), Richard Jimenez (Vocals/Bass), and Anthony Goodwin (Vocals/Guitars/Production). 6-11:59pm. Tickets are $10. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue.

Saturday, December 21

Holiday Handmade Indie Flea at Bandit 
The Indie Flea is teaming up with Bandit Coffee Co. for a morning of holiday shopping! There will be handmade goods for sale as well as music, brunch, coffee and drinks! Free and dog friendly at the faire and on patio. 11am-3pm. Bandit Coffee, 2662 Central Avenue.

Free December Snowga at Sundial St. Pete
Sundial encourages you to get a head start, or headstand, on your New Year’s fitness goals by participating in Sundial’s FREE Saturday morning yoga. 9am-10am. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North

Holizaar 2019 at Studio@620 
The 12th Annual Holizaar will feature two dozen carefully curated vendors perfect for your holiday shopping. 11am-5pm. Studio@620, 620 1st Avenue South.

Cars & Coffee at duPont Registry 
Get out and see some of the most beautiful classic and contemporary cars in Tampa Bay, with a bit of coffee, of course. 7-9am. FREE to attend. duPont Registry, 3051 Tech Drive North.

Photography Hike at Weedon Island 
Hike Weedon Island Preserve in search of that perfect shot! Join us for an early morning hike of the trails as we highlight the seasonal features of the Preserve and search for some of the Preserve’s most charismatic wildlife like gopher tortoises, roseate spoonbills, mangrove crabs and more. The Hike is 2 miles total. 8:30-10:30am. Click HERE for tickets. Weedon Island, 1800 Weedon Drive Northeast.

Crafty Fest at Art Pool Gallery (Saturday and Sunday) 
Shop local this Saturday and Sunday at Art Pool in the Grand Central District. Dozens of local artists and makers will be selling the best handmade goods in the Sunshine City! 11am-5pm both days. Art Pool, 2030 Central Avenue.

The Family Blessing at The Mahaffey 
The Family Blessing is a story of a young girl named Aliyah, her dreams, and her Grandma Zola’s vivid memories woven together in a journey to find inspiration, courage, love and the true meaning of FAMILY! 7:30pm. Click HERE for tickets. Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Holiday Market at Pinellas Ale Works 
Join Pinellas Ale Works for a special holiday market. Dozens of vendors will be out selling the best local goods in the Sunshine City. Food trucks, raffles prizes, live performances and more all to benefit Eckerd Connects Raising Hope. 6-10pm. Pinellas Ale Works, 1962 1st Avenue South.

7th Annual Lighted Holiday Bike Parade
Light up your bikes and join the community Saturday night for a leisurely ride through Historic Old Northeast. 6:30-9pm. Meet: Flora Wylie Park parking lot- on Beach Dr NE, just north of the tennis and volley ball courts.

Danfield at Hideaway Cafe
A St. Pete favorite returns to the stage in St. Pete Saturday. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue.

Boho Holiday Wreath Workshop at Wild Roots
Join Wild Roots for an evening of knots, plants and libations! This will be a two part workshop taught by local macrame Artist, Sadie LeBlanc & shop owner, Amanda Hill. 7-9pm. $65. Wild Roots, 1949 1st Avenue South.

Open Mic at Black Crow Coffee
Join Summer and Henri for Black Crow’s monthly open mic night, and the last of 2019. 7-9pm. Black Crow, 722 2nd Street North.

SWIMM, FayRoy and Dog Island at Green Bench
Join SWIMM at Green Bench for a special holiday show. 8-11pm. FREE. Green Bench, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

Holiday Movies in the Park: The Santa Clause
Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie! It’s sure to be a fun evening for the entire family. 7pm. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Star Booty Holiday Party at VFW Post 39
t’s that time of year again! Star booty party time! This year they’re going big with Gino and the Goons, Laser Mouth, and a special DJ set by Holiday(of Reality Asylum). 8-1159pm. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Avenue.

Holiday Extravaganza w/ Luxury Mane, Fever Beam & Broom Closet at The Bends
Join The Bends for a Holiday Extravaganza! The fun runs from 9pm-3am. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue North.

Silent Nights with Amanda Riker and DJ Menscha at The Body Electric
Join Amanda Riker and DJ Menscha for Silent Nights, a unique and intimate experience devoid of distraction. Throw on a pair of noise canceling headphones for some sweet sensory enhancement delivered straight to your ears. Absorb the lo-fi beats of Menscha while being guided by Amanda’s voice throughout your flow. 8-9:30pm. $20. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Nocturnelle presents: Winter Wonderland at Iberian Rooster
Nocturnelle is an intimate, monthly pole dance showcase featuring an array of pole performers from the Tampa Bay Area and beyond. 7-10pm. Click HERE for tickets. Iberian Rooster, 475 Central Avenue.


Sunday, December 22 

IRest Yoga Nidra with Annie Okerlin at The Body Electric 
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. 2-3:15pm. $25. The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North.

Christmas Carol Breakfast with John Shirley at The Hollander
Come have some fun, enjoy our delicious All You Can Eat Big Breakfast and bloody mary bar while singing your favorite Christmas Carols, Hanukkah Hits, Disney Ditties (and everything in between) with John Shirley! 10am-1pm. Hollander Hotel, 421 4th Avenue North.

Blow Your Own Ornament at Morean Arts Center
Watch, learn and participate with your very own ornament making experience in the Morean Glass Studio! Gather a group of friends and sign up together or register on your own. Limited to 8 people per night, this event runs from 6pm-9pm, with each participant given enough one-on-one time with a professional glass artist to create a glass ornament. Click HERE to register. Morean Glass Studio, 714 1st Avenue North.

Betty Fox Band Good Sunday Revue at The Ale and The Witch
Take a break from the holiday madness and enjoy an evening of soulful live music at The Ale and The Witch. Betty Fox Band to perform from 4-7pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Dead Phis Xmas at Cage Brewing
One Grateful dead set, and one set PHISH! A percentage of proceeds from the night will be donated to the  Blueberry Patch’s non-profit. 7-11pm. Cover charge TBD. Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Avenue South.

Lessons & Carols at Green Bench Brewing 
A family-friendly evening of carols and cheer. Hang out, sing along and get in the Christmas spirit at Green Bench Brewery, brought to you by City Church and Local Church St. Pete. 6-9pm. Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue North.

Sunday Jazz w/ James, Jeremy, & Sandi at Independent St. Pete
“The Sunday Jazz Project”! This Sunday featuring all-time favorites James on trumpet, Sandi Grecco drums, and Jeremy Douglass keyboard. 3-5pm. Independent Bar St. Pete, 1049 Central Avenue.

Christmas Eve Eve Eve Show at Black Crow 
An afternoon of Indie-Folk music to relieve the stress of the holiday season featuring 3 local Singer/Songwriters. 4:30-7pm. Black Crow Old NE, 722 2nd Street North.

Winter Solstice Kirtan and Harmonic Sound Meditation
Come join sound healer and Kirtan chant artist, Stacy Frank for an afternoon of harmonic vibrational alignment, healing and an activation of your highest potential for the New Decade: 2020. 4:30-6:30pm. Station House, 260 1st Avenue South. 

A Very Merry Smithmas at The Bends 
SMITHS SUNDAY returns to The Bends for a Very Merry Smithsmas dance party and special Christmas tribute to Morrissey for all of our like-minded Smiths-fanatics. 10pm-3am, The Bends, 919 1st 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.