Adventures in Weekending: A million things to do in St. Pete this weekend (OK, 16)

So it's not really a million, but it's a lot. More than 10, at least.

click to enlarge Just another beautiful day in the 'Burg. - EaglesFanInTampa via Wikimedia Commons/CC
EaglesFanInTampa via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Just another beautiful day in the 'Burg.

There's always something to do in St. Pete, but this weekend it seems like there are a million things to do. Planned events run the gamut of entertainment options there are food festivals, concerts, crafts shows, and some fun oddities. We could have written a much longer list, but we decided to stop at 16. It's a lot to do, but don't worry. There's really only one event you can't miss this weekend. Read to the end to find out which one we saved the best for last.

1. Block out at First Friday St. Pete

click to enlarge This isn't St. Pete, but it is a block party. - GoToVan via Wikimedia Commons/CC
GoToVan via Wikimedia Commons/CC
This isn't St. Pete, but it is a block party.


It's the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means: Central Avenue (between 2nd and 3rd Streets) will be blocked off for First Friday St. Pete. This Friday, Gamble Creek Band performs. The party starts at 5:30 pm.

2. Go to the inaugural Asian lantern fest and food truck rally

click to enlarge They won't be releasing any lanterns at the inaugural St. Pete Asian Lantern Fest, but they will decorate the park with them. - Sindhu Wijaya via Pexels
Sindhu Wijaya via Pexels
They won't be releasing any lanterns at the inaugural St. Pete Asian Lantern Fest, but they will decorate the park with them.


The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association and the City of St. Petersburg are hosting their first ever St. Pete Asian Lantern Festival. The food trucks will congregate at Albert Whitted Park, decorated with 400 lanterns for the night, from 6-10 p.m. Friday, to serve up special Asian-inspired dishes in addition to their standard fare. 

3. Celebrate weirdness at the St. Petersburg Museum of History's Two Headed Calf Fest

click to enlarge Two headed calf outside St. Pete City Hall. - via the St. Petersburg Museum of History
via the St. Petersburg Museum of History
Two headed calf outside St. Pete City Hall.


This fest, at the St. Petersburg Museum of History Friday night, celebrates "the true weirdness of St. Petersburg" with live music, food trucks and beer. Admission is $30, and includes a look at their Alligators and Oddities exhibit. You also get a chance to name the calf. Calves. Bi-calves?

4. Listen to jazz at the Vinoy and pretend it's 1925

click to enlarge Travel back in time to 1925 to when the Vinoy first opened. - Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Ebyabe via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Travel back in time to 1925 to when the Vinoy first opened.


Local jazz group Gloria West and the Gents will perform at Marchand's Bar and Grill at the Vinoy from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 am Friday night (and part of Saturday morning). Jazz really is the perfect genre at a 1920s hotel. Make your 1920s fantasy complete by dining off the 1925 Classic menu  a three-course meal for $19.25 (available only from 5-6:30 p.m.). If you want to know more about the Vinoy, take their hour-long history tour every Wednesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for $10 a person, or $27 with lunch.

5. Celebrate the first season of Tampa Bay Drag Race at the Flamingo Resort

click to enlarge The cast of Tampa Bay Drag Race Season 1. - J. Marc Photo, courtesy of Tampa Bay Drag Race
J. Marc Photo, courtesy of Tampa Bay Drag Race
The cast of Tampa Bay Drag Race Season 1.


Tampa Bay Drag Race Season 1 starts Nov. 3. The seven-week competition at the Flamingo Resort aims to crown Tampa Bay's next drag superstar. Meet the queens at the Flamingo Friday night starting at 8 p.m., and watch the show via the Tampa Bay Drag Race Facebook page.

6. Food for thought

click to enlarge Once upon a time there was a kitchen, and I cooked there. - UNE Photos via Flickr/CC
UNE Photos via Flickr/CC
Once upon a time there was a kitchen, and I cooked there.


Love food and stories? Wordier Than Thou hosts the storytelling event, Food for Thought, Friday night. Listen to true stories about food and cooking from local authors, storytellers and performers at Story Brooke Craft Coffee Bar, from 6-8 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

7. Do some holiday shopping at Florida Craft Art

click to enlarge This year, let someone else make it. - Senior Airman Megan Friedl via U.S. Air Force photos
Senior Airman Megan Friedl via U.S. Air Force photos
This year, let someone else make it.


Florida Craft Art is having the opening reception for their holiday exhibit Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get those  one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones.

8. Listen to blues at the Palladium

click to enlarge That's piano, or piana, to Victor Wainwright. - Elliott Billings via Flickr/CC
Elliott Billings via Flickr/CC
That's piano, or piana, to Victor Wainwright.


Award-winning blues artist, Victor Wainwright, is coming to the Palladium Friday night with his horn band, The Train. You'll get to hear songs from his new record, due to be released next year. $19-32.

9. See Julius Caesar performed in Williams Park

click to enlarge The Assassination of Julius Caesar by Vincenzo Camuccini - Vincenzo Camuccini [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Vincenzo Camuccini [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Assassination of Julius Caesar by Vincenzo Camuccini


The St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival takes on Julius Caesar this year. Admission is pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $10. See it at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday in Williams Park. Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket. Picnics welcome.

10. Get inspired at the Tampa Bay Home show

click to enlarge The Tampa Bay Home Show - via the Tampa Bay Home Show
via the Tampa Bay Home Show
The Tampa Bay Home Show


The Tampa Bay Home show takes over Tropicana Field this weekend. If you see some home improvements in your near future, then this event is for you. You can get a feel for the current trends while looking at hundreds of exhibits and displays. Free parking and admission.

11. Dance to the silence at 3 Daughters Brewing

click to enlarge Party like it's the 90's...or Y2K. You choose. - Dashanchia via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Dashanchia via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Party like it's the 90's...or Y2K. You choose.


3 Daughters Brewing has not one but two silent discos at their St. Petersburg tap house this weekend. Here's how a silent disco works: Instead of a DJ spinning through the PA system, everyone listens in through wireless headphones. Technically, the room is silent. So grab a pair of headphones and dance to the music in your head. Friday night has a 90s theme, and it's Y2K on Saturday.

12. Support Creative Clay at 3 Daughters Brewing

click to enlarge Drink beer so others can make art. - Regiane Tosatti via pexels.com
Regiane Tosatti via pexels.com
Drink beer so others can make art.


Remember Folkfest St. Pete? It's back with a new name — and at 3 Daughters Brewing. Now called Creative Clay Fest, it's an art and music fest this Sunday, and, as always, it benefits Creative Clay a community arts center that makes art accessible to the disabled. The fest has a 10-year history, and on top of the beer, the day features folk art, live music from local bands and regional folk artists, and food from Locale Market and Bavaro's.

13. Watch a glass blowing show in the dark

click to enlarge It's going to be a show. - Wknight94 via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Wknight94 via Wikimedia Commons/CC
It's going to be a show.


The Morean Glass Studio's annual Night Blow happens Saturday night, and it's sure to sell out. Guests sit and watch as the Morean artists create their masterpieces in the dark while the DJ spins. $25; $30, door.

14. Party at The Movement Sanctuary

click to enlarge They have parties here, too. - Jennifer Ring
Jennifer Ring
They have parties here, too.


This Saturday's a great day to check out St Pete's new fitness center, The Movement Sanctuary. On the first Saturday of each month, The Movement Sanctuary has an open house during the afternoon, followed by a warehouse party at night. Read Resie Waechter's review here.

15. Learn about fashion at the Dalí

click to enlarge The Schiaparelli signature in shocking pink. - Joules from Southern California via Wikimedia Commons/CC
Joules from Southern California via Wikimedia Commons/CC
The Schiaparelli signature in shocking pink.


Dali & Schiaparelli combines the work of Salvador Dalí with those of renowned fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli. The museum will host a series of fashion documentaries in conjunction with the exhibit. This Saturday afternoon they'll show Bill Cunningham New York, which chronicles the life and work of New York fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham.

1,000,000. Have a beer and go shopping at this year's Crafts & Drafts

click to enlarge Just add beer and shuffleboard, and that's your Saturday. - pixabay
pixabay
Just add beer and shuffleboard, and that's your Saturday.

OK, you got us — it's actually on number 16. Still, it has a million things to do there. Probably. Make your way to the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club this Saturday for our annual Crafts & Drafts event. There'll be beer, there'll be food and there'lll be over 50 craft vendors. And because it's at the Shuffleboard Club, there will also be shuffleboard. $5. Have fun!

About The Author

Jennifer Ring

Jennifer studied biology for six years, planning for a career in science, but the Universe had other plans. In 2011, Jen was diagnosed with a rare lung disease that sidelined her from scientific research. Her immune system, plagued by Scleroderma, had attacked her lungs to the point of no return. She now required...
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