St. Pete Beach Things to Do – October 2018 Edition!

We’ve got pumpkins, parties, zombies and LOTS of candy in the lineup for October 2018 in St. Pete Beach. Fall has officially begun, and but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax by the beach, and it’s a nice, uncrowded time of year to be here at the Alden. This October in St. Pete Beach we’re looking forward to a ton of fun fall events, not to mention Halloween activities. Movies, haunted houses, art festivals, and are just a few of the great St. Pete Beach things to do this October. Get out your calendars and make some plans for fall fun at the Alden!

SHINE St. Pete Mural Festival

October 6-14

This year’s SHINE St. Pete Mural Festival showcases new vibrant, creative and inspiring murals in St. Pete created by international, national and local artists. Stroll around and take in the beautiful and unique sights.

http://shineonstpete.com/

Movies in the Park

Thursdays in October

Enjoy a free movie underneath the stars every Thursday in October in North Straub Park in downtown St. Pete. Grab a blanket, low lying chair, and a picnic to enjoy music beginning at 6 p.m. and Classic movies starting at dark.

https://preservetheburg.org/moviesinthepark

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

Select Nights Through Oct 31st

Be spooked by unexpected terrors around every corner at this year’s Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! The park will be open from 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m on select nights through the end of October.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/howl-o-scream/

St. Pete Zombie Food Booze Crawl

October 19

Bring your kids to “trick-or-treat” from more than 20 food trucks, wear a costume to enter the costume contest, and watch a zombie flash mob! This spooktacular event is happening from 6 – 10 p.m. at Albert Whitted Park in St. Pete and admission is free!

https://www.facebook.com/events/329719254229631/

The Clearwater Chalk Art Festival

October 19-21

The Clearwater Chalk Art Festival brings local and regional artists, students and artist groups to transform the beach’s sidewalks into spectacular larger-than-life canvases. Make sure to stop by and get a rare glimpse into the way art is produced in all stages of the process.

https://clearwaterbeachchalkwalk.com/

 

Cooters 25th Annual Stone Crab Fest

October 25-28

Each year, Cooters Restaurant & Bar on Clearwater Beach hosts a huge four-day party to celebrate the opening of stone crab season! The party features fresh Florida stone crab, king crab, snow crab, and Dungeness crab all at deeply discounted prices. This year’s Crab Fest will kick off October 25 at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday, October 28 at 8 p.m. (or until they run out!)

http://www.cooters.com/latest_news.html

St. Pete Beach is the place to be for cool events and sunny days this October. We hope you’ll make plans to join us here at Alden Suites very soon!

#AldenWOW is in Full Effect at our First-Ever Blogger Bash!

This September, the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort family grew by a few dozen people, as we welcomed travel writers and bloggers from all over Florida to our first-ever Blogger Bash! Watch what happened as Florida’s finest bloggers experienced our beloved Alden Suites for the first time.

The party started with a gathering on our beachfront lawn, where Chris and Dave served up delicious drinks from the Cabana Bar Cart, and bloggers dressed in festive tropical attire enjoyed fresh seafood prepared by Dan Casey, the owner of Snapper’s Sea Grill.

We were thrilled to be joined by David Downing, the President and CEO of Visit St. Pete Clearwater. He shared his favorite reasons why “The West Coast is the BEST Coast” and inspired our guests with some exciting news about the many fun things to see and do in St. Pete.

Our new blogger friends were hard at work throughout the evening, capturing their best shots of our gorgeous beachfront property. Chris and Dave kept the tropical drinks flowing, delighting our bloggers with a strawberry and tequila punch he created just for the event.

Then it was All Aboard for sunset on the water. Our group walked right from the beach onto the gorgeous new Compass Rose party boat from Suncoast Watersports. We lucked out with a gorgeous sunset, and Bob Schlesinger of Tropical Focus Photography did an amazing job capturing everyone’s magical time on the boat.

We rounded out the night with some snacks and drinks at the Cabana Bar, and then everyone tucked in for the night (after some hot tub time, of course!).

Sunday morning, the bloggers gathered to meet our Mascot, Suite Alden, and the kids were delighted to choose their favorite pool floats to enjoy. All day long, our guests enjoyed Suncoast Watersports jetskis and parasailing, splashed in the hot tub and pools, and checked out our property with their families. We rounded out the day with a lunch of Publix fried chicken on our BBQ deck, and everyone went back home suntanned and happy.

Mary Ann Renfrow, Director of Community Relations for the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, says: “I really appreciated the opportunity to work on this event.  For me, it was a labor of love.  I am so very proud of all of our staff who make us shine every day, and raised the bar even higher for this special weekend.  We love sharing our family resort and our beautiful community with others.  Thank you, AdGals, for connecting us with this group and their followers so that we can expand our reach to make many more Alden friends.”

Read what our blogger friends wrote about their visit to the Alden:

My Boys and Their Toys

Celebrity Chef 4 U

Digital Nomads in Love

Cheshire Kat Blog

Orlando Em Revista

My Sweet Zepol

Sequins and Sea Breezes

Mousesteps

Simply Today Life

KatyWidrick.com

AuthenticFlorida.com

What to Do on a Rainy Day in St. Pete Beach

Rainy days can ruin your beach plans, but they don’t have to ruin your day. There are many fun indoor activities to enjoy around St. Pete Beach. Here are a few of them to save the day when sun is scarce.

Tropicana Field

Originally named the Florida Suncoast Dome, Tropicana Field’s 1.1 million square feet include unique design features and fan amenities found nowhere else in Major League Baseball. The field is the perfect place to enjoy a game on a rainy day and experience the Rays Touch Experience. This 10-minute experience is free to all fans attending home games is the first of its kind at a professional sports venue. The 35-foot, 10,000-gallon exhibit is located just beyond the right-center field fence at Tropicana Field and allows visitors to feel the majestic animals the Tampa Bay team takes its name from.

https://www.mlb.com/rays/ballpark

The Dali Museum

Salvador Dali is one of the most celebrated artists of all time. His fiercely technical yet highly unusual paintings, sculptures and visionary explorations in film and life-size interactive art ushered in a new generation of imaginative expression. The Dali Museum shares an expertly curated collection of Salvador Dali works to delight and educate visitors and provides unique programs & special exhibits. This is the perfect place for a day of relaxing and appreciation or the arts.

https://thedali.org/about-the-museum/mission-statement/

Alligator Attraction

The Alligator Attraction is located upstairs at John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach. This indoor attraction is home to 60+ live gators, 30+ reptiles, and 100 fish from around the world. It is your chance to “kiss a gator” and experience wildlife and learn about wild places from all over the planet! Their Hands-On Adventures create memories and photo opportunities that will last a lifetime.

https://kissagator.com/

Green Bench Brewing Company

If you are looking to taste a variety of delicious brews on cloudy day Green Bench Brewing Co. is the place to go. St. Petersburg’s first craft microbrewery has a 15-barrel brewhouse that sits within a 6,000 sq. ft. warehouse building on Baum Ave in St. Petersburg’s downtown Edge District. Green Bench Brewing Co. has a tasting room with a large observation window that looks out into the brewery and seating that overlooks Central Ave. In addition, there’s a 6,000 sq. ft. beer garden that adjoins the tasting room and allows for seating under a covered patio.

http://greenbenchbrewing.com/the-brewery/

Chihuly Collection

The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork in a magnificent 10,000 square foot gallery. This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose. Designed so that the art and architecture work together to create a visitor experience unlike any other exhibition of Chihuly’s art.

http://www.moreanartscenter.org/

Those are our top picks for making the most of a rainy day in St. Pete Beach. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!