Feeling Lucky? St. Pete Beach is the place for you this March!

March is one of our favorite months here in St. Pete Beach. We love to see the smiles of relief when our guests dip their toes in the warm Gulf waters, we can almost SEE them thawing out from those cold winter days up North. March is full of exciting activities here in the Tampa Bay Beaches area: air shows, road races, art events, speedboat races, live music, and all the green beer and shamrocks you could ever wish for. Find your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow here at Alden Suites.

March 9: Machu Peachu Release Celebration

Celebrate Mastry’s Brewing Co.’s newest release, March 9 from 2-9pm. The rustic and ancient corn beer, known as Chicha de Jora, was once a sacred drink of the Incas. It is still widely consumed in the Andean highlands and home-brewed by the locals.
Today, Mastry’s has kept up with tradition, with a post-modern approach, by using bloody butcher corn, along with mixed fermentation, to recreate this sacred beer, while adding our own twist of re-fermentation on roasted peaches. Machu Peachu is funky, sweet and tart. With soft flavors and aroma from the peaches, and sourness brought on from fermentation, this beer is sure to delight the palate.

March 13-15: 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

Follow the sound to downtown St. Pete today to check out the action after the streets have been transformed into one of racing’s most beautiful road courses. Make sure you don’t miss the 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete!

http://www.gpstpete.com

March 15: Swigwams’s Street Party

Music, Food, Fun, & Beer! From 11am to 3am, join the Street Party after the Sunday Market to celebrate the Swigwams’ 10 Year Anniversary on Corey Ave.

https://www.facebook.com/events/233295207676695/

March 20-22: Reggae Rise Up Florida

Reggae Rise Up Florida returns to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 20, 21, & 22 for 3 full days full of positive vibes and great music! This year’s headliners are Damian Marley, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Slightly Stoopid, Soja, Dirty Heads, and Iration. #stpetebeach http://reggaeriseupflorida.com/lineup/

March 21: Winter Whiskeyfest

Join I Love the Burg for the 3rd Annual Winter Whiskeyfest in partnership with Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey! Choose from over a dozen different whiskeys to taste, enjoy light bites from The Mill Restaurant, and mingle with other like-minded whiskey lovers at The Urban Stillhouse on a Saturday evening. Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1032499743761257

March 27-29: Gulfport Grand Prix

Gulfport Grand Prix features Formula Powerboat Racing and a boat show. Hosted in Gulfport, the downtown area will be transformed into a mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard for three days of racing and fun from March 27 through the 29th! Formula Race Boats with an open public pit area will make the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, and the antique boat show and the pleasure boat display will line the street. Also, enjoy food, drinks, music and more and this family friendly event. Admission is free! https://www.grandprixgulfport.com

March 27: St. Pete Beach Crab & Music Festival

Crab and shrimp on your list of favorite foods? Love listening to live music? Then we have what you need. Join us March 27-29, 2020 in downtown St. Pete Beach on Corey Avenue for the premiere of the St. Pete Beach Crab & Music Festival. Festivities begin Friday at Noon with live music performances ongoing from 4pm-10pm. The event continues Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. All weekend, all relaxation. What a plan!

https://www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-70-St.+Pete+Beach+Crab+%26+Music+Festival+.html

March 28-29: Tampa Bay Airfest 2020

MacDill AFB Presents Tampa Bay AirFest 2020 air show. The show is open to the public and includes an extensive ground display, vendors and an air show featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration team.

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Thursdays: St. Pete Beach Drive Dine & Wine Tour

The St. Pete Beach Drive Dine & Wine Tour explores the beautiful waterfront Beach Drive neighborhood via a 3.5-hour walking food & wine tour. They meet at The Vinoy Hotel the “Grand Dame” of downtown St. Pete and while sipping a signature cocktail, they explore this spectacular historic resort. The tour—which is running every Thursday from February 27 to April 30—continues along Beach Drive visiting local independent restaurants for food and drink. Dessert and coffee at Cassis. #stpetebeach https://www.tampabayfoodtours.com

Sundays: Café Gala Museum with Mimosas & Masterpieces

Raise a glass to an artistic take on Sunday Fundays at Café Gala Museum with Mimosas & Masterpieces! Enjoy a Catalan-inspired brunch, visit the galleries, stroll the grounds, contemplate the Avant-garden, browse the Museum Store and soak in all the brilliance of the world-famous Salvador Dalí Museum. Enjoy this inspired brunch weekly on Sundays between 11 am – 2 pm.

https://thedali.org/event/mimosas-masterpieces-brunch-th-edali-2017-11-26/2020-03-01/

Hotspots for Art Lovers in St. Petersburg, Florida

From incredible street murals to museums filled with works from the greats, there’s no shortage of beautiful art to behold in St. Pete. Want to see some gorgeous sights besides the ocean? Check out these must-do attractions for lovers of all kinds of art!

Morean Arts Center

American artist Dale Chihuly is one of the most renowned glass artists working today. The Morean Arts Center boasts his first permanent collection in a building designed specifically for his art. Get lost in a swirl of classy glass sculptures like colorful beach ball-sized spheres inspired by Japanese fishing floats, a delicate and dynamic forest of glass, a cascading chandelier and jumbo blooms gazed at from below through glass. Before you leave, make sure to pop into the Morean Class Studio and Hotshop to see resident artists creating glass art right in front of your eyes!

Imagine Art Center

If you love glass art, St. Petersburg is the place for you. In addition to Morean Arts Center, we are privileged to have the Imagine Museum. Featuring preeminent works from the American Studio Glass Movement and an extraordinary selection of contemporary glass sculptures from around the world. Imagine Museum has over 500 significant pieces of glass works on display from their 1500-piece collection. The Museum hosts multiple events, tours and educational programs designed to inform, inspire and uplift all who visit.  Interactive spatial computing opportunities (augmented reality and virtual reality) are part of the memorable visual experience offered. The gallery exhibitions change throughout the year to expose the viewer to new artists and new works from the collection.  

Salvador Dalí Museum

When an art-collecting couple sought a home for their droves of Daliana back in the 1970s, St. Pete stepped up and built the Salvador Dali Museum. The building that houses 96 of the Spanish surrealist’s oil paintings (as well as original drawings, illustrations, prints, sculptures, photos, videos and archival documents) is as much of a work of art as the pieces inside it. Enter the massive wavelike bubble made from more than a thousand triangular pieces of glass which envelops 18-inch thick hurricane-proof concrete exterior walls and enjoy an afternoon perusing the gigantic masterworks of the artist who’s as famous for his trippy dreamscapes and melting clocks as he is for his kooky signature curlicued mustache. Don’t forget to take a selfie in the Bubble Mirror!

Museum of Fine Arts

If you’re looking for your fix of fine artists, from the classic to the contemporary, look no further! The Museum of Fine Arts holds pieces spanning 4,500 years of civilization from antiquity to the present—the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast. From a legendary permanent collection to compelling traveling exhibitions, the MFA is ready to inspire with diverse and ever-changing opportunities to experience art.

The Duncan McClellan Gallery

The Duncan McClellan Galleryhttps://dmglass.com/, located in St. Petersburg Florida, features rotating exhibitions showcasing national and internationally recognized glass artists. With 3,000 square feet of gallery spaces and 5,000 square feet of outdoor courtyards and lushly planted sculpture gardens, the grounds are a sought after event and meeting place for glass artists, visiting dignitaries, and the community.

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art

The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art opened in April 2018 and transports visitors through the rich and diverse heritage of the American West. Its more than 400 works of art evoke the spirit of a wide-open frontier and the beauty of life in the wild. The museum engages the community through a variety of programs and educational opportunities that bring our history and culture to life.

Central Arts District

In recent years, hundreds of murals have popped up on buildings in the Central Arts District in downtown St. Pete. From interlocking rainbows to a shark that bares its jaws at passersby to a dinosaur in an AARP-sponsored mural, these murals range from whimsical to wild and since 2015, the annual Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival has been held to celebrate the popular art form. Get a sneak peek of these gigantic public works by browsing the neighborhood on your own or take the walking mural tour to hear the stories behind their creation. In St. Pete, you don’t have to shun the sun to soak up incredible art!

St. Pete also hosts frequent art celebrations like the St. Pete Second Saturday Artwalk and the twice-monthly Gulfport Art Walk. No matter where you choose to travel, let the Sunshine City feed your right brain with its diverse selection of vibrant and surprising art.