Weekly-Weekend-What-To-Do (12.27-29.19)

The holidays aren’t over just yet. Celebrate the final weekend of 2019 Sunshine City style!

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!

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Hey there, this is @harlanyoung, the writer/editor of #ilovetheburg. Every day I’m fortunate enough to work alongside the insanely talented, caring, brilliant co-founder, @decksfab, and art director, @ysann3. I just wanted to take this moment to wish all who follow and support the blog a happy holiday and a merry Christmas. Your continued engagement allows me to work this dream gig where I celebrate everything that makes @stpetefl special. I first moved to St. Pete back in 2011 to study creative writing and literature at @eckerdlife. Shortly after graduating, @brianpatrickbailey, co-founder of #ilovetheburg and unsung local hero IMO gave me my first shot out of school. Since my initial start in 2014, I’ve gotten to grow and evolve with the city itself. I spent some time away in NJ for an exciting opportunity, but moved back in August to continue to pursue the St. Pete dream, and wow did this city feel like home again in no time. I am so grateful to the small business owners who have made this city exciting, the artists who have made it transfixing, and the residents who have acted as invaluable resources for scoping out hidden gems and local treasures. Whether you call it the ‘Burg, St. Pete, or St. Petersburg, I appreciate you. The entire #ilovetheburg team appreciates you. There are a lot of unique projects ahead for 2020, including roller derby, intense yoga, pro wrestling, some fun weird history features. Once again, thank you all for allowing me to do the work that I do, and that we all do on the website. All our best!

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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 27

Spirit and the Cosmic Heart at The Bends 
Get out for live music at The Bends. Spirit and the Cosmic Heart, Cathedral Bells, and Open Culture to perform. 9pm-1am. The Bends, 919 1st Avenue North.

JT Brown at The Independent Bar
It’s not a Friday night in the EDGE without music at The Indie. Music starts at 9pm. The Independent  Bar, 1049 Central Avenue.

Grateful Dead Night at Cage Brewing
Dead Set Florida returns home to Cage Brewing. The event will feature 2 sets of electrifying Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band material. This is the final show for DSF at Cage for 2019. 7-11pm. Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Avenue South.

Damon Fowler Group at The Ale and The Witch
Join the Witch for a special performance in the courtyard by The Damon Fowler Group. Begins at 8pm. The Ale and The Witch, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast.

Christie Lenee at The Hideaway
Singer, songwriter and renowned Fingerstyle guitarist Christie Lenée is more than a musician – she’s an experience. Show from 8pm-midnight. Tickets are $20 in advance – $25 the day of the show. The Hideaway, 1756 Central Avenue.

Chris McCarty at 3 Daughters Brewing 
Get out for live music at 3DB! Chris McCarty to perform from 2-6pm. 3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd Street South.

Haunted Pub Tour with St. Peter’s Ghost 
All tours depart from the St. Pete Museum of History. 3 pubs, 4 historic landmarks, and countless possibilities! Click HERE for details and to reserve your spot. St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue North.

Moscow’s Nutcracker Ballet at Duke Energy Center for the Arts: The Mahaffey Theater 
This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. Performances at 3 and 7pm. Click HERE for tickets. Duke Energy Center for the Arts: The Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street South.

Saturday, December 28

Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood Tour
This Historic Kenwood tour, on the Saturday after Christmas, is a fun & local event for visiting holiday guests to experience! Tour participants will experience one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods on a leisurely walk led by resident guides excited to show off their neighborhood. 10am-noon. Click HERE for tickets. Meet at Craftsman House, 2955 Central Avenue.

Community Cafe’s Moving On Party (Saturday & Sunday)
Join Community Cafe for their final weekend at their original St. Pete location. The hub for art, vegan treats and more will bid farewell to one space as they prep to move into a new one. Festivities to include live music. Full details. Community Cafe, 2444 Central Avenue.

BBQ and Brews at Cage Brewing
Enjoy some beers at Cage Brewing and some delicious local BBQ. Food from 3-10pm. Cage Brewing, 2001 1st Avenue South.

Jordan Foley and The Wheelhouse at The Hideaway 
Orlando natives Jordan Foley & The Wheelhouse and Matthew Fowler team up to play Hideaway Cafe! Doors open at 6pm, music at 8pm. Click HERE for tickets. Hideaway Cafe, 1756 Central Avenue.

7th Annual Lighted Holiday Bike Parade at Flora Wylie Park
Light up your bikes and join the community Saturday night for a leisurely, lighted, holiday bike ride through Old NE! This ride will be approximately 2-3 miles. 6:30-9pm. Meet at Flora Wylie Park, 1301 North Shore Drive NE.

Become One with Your Inner Queen at The Queenshead 
Enjoy delightful evening under the stars with Jennifer Real at The Queenshead. 7pm. The Queenshead, 2501 Central Avenue.

Victoria’s Year End Bash! With LGBT Truckers & Florida Trans
Victoria’s Year End Bash! With LGBT Truckers & Florida Trans Proud. Coming together to raise money for VFW Post 39. The group is helping host a event/pageant & Drag Show to benefit the VFW. 7-10pm. VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Avenue. 

Sunday, December 29 

Writers Meet Monthly at Black Crow Grand Central 
Grab your scissors! December’s meet up will feature collage exercises to explore new modes of composition, encouraging spontaneity and interdisciplinary creation. 1-3pm. Black Crow, 2157 1st Avenue South.

Level Up Retro Video Game Night at Grassroots Kava
Bringing you some of your favorite old school video gaming systems, this group encourages all-ages to come out, grab a controller, sip a tea and take a trip down memory lane while playing some of your classic favorites. 6-9pm. Grassroots Kava, 957 Central Avenue.

BYOBaby and Flow with Abby Goodwin
Koin Abby Goodwin for BYOBaby and Flow: a session for folks and babes, with a mix of baby-wearing, baby-chilling and yoga-flowing all in one. Class structure is loose, so you’re free to get up and move around as needed. No one expects class to be perfectly quiet, so squeaks and cries are the new norm!  11am-12:15pm. Click HERE for tickets. The Body Electric, 3015 7th Street North.