Fairgrounds, St. Pete’s Meow Wolf-inspired immersive art experience, opens next month

Tickets are available for the Sept. 2 opening.

click to enlarge St. Petersburg’s Fairgrounds immersive arts experience opens on Sept. 2, 2021. - fairgroundsstpete/Facebook
St. Petersburg’s Fairgrounds immersive arts experience opens on Sept. 2, 2021.

Hey, remember when we talked about how Fairgrounds St. Pete was probably going to become the hottest summer art attraction in Tampa Bay back in June? Well, it’s finally opening for reals now. On Sept. 2. We promise.

The immersive art experience is located at 2606 Fairfield Ave S and you have to buy a “preview” ticket to get in for now.

Over 60 artists—half of whom are women or people of color—have produced work for the 15,000 square-feet Meow Wolf-inspired project “with a narrative that celebrates weird, wacky and wonderful Florida.” 

Part of the sales goes straight to the artists as long as their work is on display “providing them additional income and empowering them to further invest in their practice and community.”

“When Fairgrounds St. Pete thrives, so do our artists,” Liz Dimmitt, Fairgrounds St. Pete CEO and Co-Founder, wrote in a release.

Advanced tickets are $27, for entry times Thursday-Sunday Sept. 2-Oct. 3, plus Labor Day. Kids 4-13 are $22, 3 and under are free. Florida residents, seniors, active first responders and college students get in for $25. 

While visiting Fairgrounds, masks and social distancing are recommended. Get your tickets and memberships at fairgrounds.art.

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