St. Pete Beach Happenings in January 2021

Happy New Year! The weather may be chilly everywhere else but here at the Alden things are just warming up. Start the New Year off right with amazing art exhibits, markets, and festivals right here in sunny St Pete!

Jurassic Quest

January 1st– 10th

Jurassic Quest invades “The Trop” from January 1st  thru January 10th. Drive through an outdoor experience featuring over 70 dinosaurs, as well as a 50 foot-long Megalodon. Visit with baby dinosaurs and its team of dino trainers. Tickets start at $49 per vehicle for up to eight people and must be bought in advance on Jurassic Quest’s website.

https://www.jurassicquest.com/events/drive-thru-tampa-fl

Treasure Island Morning Market

Every Friday

Shop over 50 local vendors featuring fresh produce, crafts, jewelry, art, yard decor, and more at the Treasure Island Morning Market! Enjoy live music and food. This free market is happening every Friday 9 am – 2 pm now through April.

https://www.facebook.com/Treasure-Island-Friday-Morning-Market-503072509871594/

The St. Pete Beach Corey Ave. Craft Festival

Jan 9th– 10th

The St. Pete Beach Corey Ave. Craft Festival brings contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artisans to this community event. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more, all handmade in America, will be on display. An expansive Green Market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend, blending nature with nurture. This free festival takes place January 9th and 10th  at 595 Corey Ave, St. Pete Beach from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/st-pete-beach-corey.area.craft-festival

From Chaos to Order

January 1st – April 4th

Now through April 4, 2021 experience From Chaos to Order the first exhibition to focus on the aesthetics of Greek Geometric art, and the first to demonstrate how stylistic principles in visual art during the Geometric period reflect a characteristically Greek idea of “the beautiful” (kallos). This exhibition brings long-overdue attention to this formative period of Greek art, a period that also witnessed the invention of the Greek alphabet, the rise of the panHellenic sanctuaries (e.g. Olympia and Delphi), and the development of the organizational structure of the Greek city-state (polis). The exhibition is entirely drawn from the collection of Sol Rabin. His is the most important private collection of Greek Geometric art. https://mfastpete.org/exh/from-chaos-to-order/

Van Gogh Alive

January- April

The Dali is the first in North America to host an art experience like you’ve never seen before. Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. From his famous “Starry Night” to his radiant “Sunflowers,” Van Gogh’s vibrant work invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings – an experience that is both educational and inspiring. Catch this amazing experience now through April!

https://thedali.org/exhibit/van-gogh-alive/

John’s Pass Seafood Festival

January 22nd -24th

As Pinellas County’s premier seafood festival, the John’s Pass Seafood Festival helps educate the public about seafood and its importance to the area’s economy. The Festival offers a wide variety of delicious seafood indigenous to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Visit Madeira Beach January 22nd  through 24th to have fun and enjoy the bounty of seafood that inhabits our coastal waters.

https://www.johnspassseafoodfest.com/

Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles

Jan 1st – March 14th

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete presents a remarkable array of Navajo textiles in the new special traveling exhibition, “Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles.” More than 80 weavings from the nineteenth century are on view from now through March 14, 2021, telling the story of Navajo history with vibrant colors and experimental design techniques.

https://mfastpete.org/exh/color-riot/

[Virtual] Historic Burg Tours

All Month Long

This new virtual walking tour of St. Petersburg will reveal parts of the city’s history you never knew — and it begins with a stroll down Central Avenue with local historian Monica Kile. The History Half Hour is a Master Class on the Sunshine City. Did you know you can learn almost everything you need to know about St. Pete through a quick stroll down the popular sprawl? Check out this virtual tour with local historian Monica Kile to learn the highlights of St. Pete’s past.

https://www.facebook.com/events/727756748150735/?active_tab=discussion

A Family Night Out for the Holidays at Sparkman Wharf

Here at the Alden, we’re always looking for new fun experiences for our guests, and we have a new one for you that’s perfect for the 2020 holiday season! Just a 30-minute drive from the Alden is Tampa’s new waterfront entertainment district, Sparkman Wharf. Built on the Tampa Bay right next to the Florida Aquarium, this open-air center is built for families to have fun together, and they’ve added some special features to make it an awesome holiday destination.

You’ll want to spend more than an hour or two at Sparkman Wharf because there’s just so much to do. On your next visit to the Alden, why not drive over at lunchtime and sample some of the amazing food that our local restaurants are offering at the food trucks? The Naked Farmer serves chef-prepared seasonal American food from farms close to home. You can expect fine-dining quality and cooking techniques, served in a fast, convenient manner. Then stop by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a cone of their locally made ice cream with a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body that makes you come back for more!

If you haven’t experienced the Florida Aquarium yet, you won’t want to miss it. With a 4-D Theater, 100,000 gallon Heart of the Sea exhibit, and an opportunity to interact with real-life penguins, your whole family is sure to be entertained and inspired. The Florida Aquarium is currently requiring reservations to limit capacity, so make sure to book your trip in advance.

Sparkman Wharf has plenty of other ways for families to enjoy time together, including Splitsville, a retro-cool bowling alley that goes WAY beyond the traditional ten-pin bowling. They have lawn and feather bowling, billiards, foosball, darts, and shuffleboard! You can even pick up a classic Southern snack from their menu inspired by two-time James Beard Award winner Chef Art Smith.

If you have little ones, they won’t be able to resist the lure of Tampa’s Pirate Ship, the Lost Pearl. Right off the dock at Sparkman Wharf, you can set sail for a Pirate’s Christmas!  The festive cruise will take your family to Holiday Island where you will get an up-close look at Tampa’s largest floating Christmas tree. Children will also write and mail a letter to Santa to drop into Tampa’s only floating mailbox. Pirate singalongs featuring Christmas carols, swashbuckling games, round out the magical Christmas event!

While you’re out and about with the family, you can even get some Christmas shopping done. Shop local and support Tampa’s small businesses, finding unique gifts for everyone on your list. Fido will be in dog heaven when you bring home a present from The Modern Paws. You can find local food products like teas, honey and jellies, plus gifts for your favorite home chef at the Main Ingredient.

And Joyful Notion offers fresh Florida fashion and The Flower Bar, where you can create your very own floral masterpiece from their abundant assortment of fresh blooms.

Hang out and watch the boats go by on Sparkman Wharf’s recreational lawn, with cornhole games, porch swings and live music. Sip on local brews under sparkling lights at the Biergarten. Take a picture with the iconic TAMPA sign and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Tampa skyline as the sun goes down.

We recommend a grand finale for your festive family day out: dinner on the patio at JOTORO. Fine Mexican provisions prepared by a Michelin-starred chef elevate your dining experience. Start with a few of their margarita flights- we did and we’re now obsessed with the Izzy Colada and the Prickly Pear Margarita. It’s a good idea to bring plenty of family members so you can share bites and try it all.

We munched through the whole menu and could not stop talking about their Mexico City Grilled Street Corn, Crispy Tempura Fish Tacos, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, and Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas. They have vegetarian and keto options so the whole family can find something to enjoy.

We know you’ll be full after all that yumminess, but make sure to order JOTORO’s house-made key lime pie. Chef Joe Isidori elevates this classic Florida dessert with a crunchy crust and cinnamon horchata sauce. It’s truly the best key lime pie we’ve ever experienced and trust us, we’ve had more than our share! And before you go, don’t forget to take a photo with their life-sized llama piñata!

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but there’s no reason not to enjoy the holidays with your family. Here in Florida, we have plenty of ways to celebrate safely outdoors, whether you’re on the balcony of your suite at the Alden, spaced out in our cabanas at the beach, or having a grand adventure at Sparkman Wharf. We hope to see you here for the holiday season in St. Pete Beach!

Things to Do: December 2020

Even the biggest Grinch is eager for some seasonal merriment after the year we’ve had, and with our wide-open beaches and fresh-air outdoor spaces, St. Pete Beach is the perfect place to celebrate. The holiday season is upon us in the Sunshine State, which means there are plenty of holiday activities, family fun events and shopping extravaganzas to attend. From sparkling boat parades on the Intercoastal to holiday movies in the park and ugly sweater contests, we’ve rounded up our favorite can’t-miss events that let you do the holidays Florida style while staying safe. Book your trip to the Alden and then fill up your calendar with these top things to do in St. Pete Beach and beyond for December 2020.

St. Pete Night Market

December 3rd

The popular Night Market is back! It will be a bit smaller due to COVID to allow room for social distancing, but it will still have some awesome vendors, music and cash bar!

Come on out and support LOCAL from 6 PM to 10 PM December 3rd!

https://www.facebook.com/NightMarketStPete/

Holidays in Horan

Every Friday

Join us Fridays for Holidays in Horan! On Dec 4th, 11th, and 18th the City of St. Pete Beach Parks and Recreation Dept. will be showing holiday classics on the big screen! each movie starts around 6:30pm but make sure to arrive early and enjoy the fun holiday activities and shop from local vendors for that perfect holiday gift this season!

Tickets are required for the movie, and each ticket is good for a space that can be shared amongst 8 people so 1 ticket = up to 8 people. Ticket cost is $5

For ticket information please visit: https://st-pete-beach-community-center.ticketleap.com/

Treasure Island Christmas Boat Parade

December 5th

Like Las Vegas on the water! This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay.  Boats will depart from The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m., sail past the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m. at John’s Pass.

A pre-parade party* will be held starting at 4:30pm at The Club TI’s pool pavilion. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The pre-parade party is open to the public with an ADMISSION of a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation, which benefits The Christmas Toy Shop of Pinellas and the Edwards Family Foundation. Prior to parade day, donations and toys may be dropped off at the Club TI, Treasure Island City Hall, and Treasure Bay Recreation Center on Paradise Island. Donors will receive a ticket for pre-parade party admission (one ticket per donation).

https://treasureislandflorida.org/News/2020/Nov/treasure_island_holiday_boat_parade.html

Blush Tea and Coffee St. Pete will be hosting their 1st Annual Holiday Bazaar.

This exciting event features several local artists, makers, live painting, live music, those amazing brioche donuts from Mana Bakery and of course delicious teas and coffees!

Tis the Season to come out and do some holiday shopping, support our local artists and makers.

https://m.facebook.com/events/642073076438192

Mistletoe market

December 11th

Find that perfect gift this holiday season and support local shops and the Mistletoe Market presented by the St. Pete Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

https://www.facebook.com/events/832445087552142

Pass-a-Grille Vina Del Mar 2020 Boat Parade

December 12th

801 Pass a Grill Way. The parade starts in Pass-A-Grille at the Merry Pier at Dusk 6:00 pm, Cash Prizes: Sail, Motor, Most Creative & Luckiest Boat. All forms can be downloaded by going to the Merry Pier website

Festivities start at the Merry Pier and Sea Horse Restaurant at 5:00 pm,

Santa will be there for Pictures with the Kids.

The Fireman will be cooking Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Luminaries along the sea wall

Carolers at the Merry Pier

Kitty Yoga at Sunshine Kitty Catfe

December 12th

Kitty Yoga is back December 12th at Sunshine Kitty Catfe! Wind down from your week and join our kitties for a 60-minute gentle Friday evening flow in our Cat Lounge as Within. yoga leads an all-levels kitty yoga

Reserve your spot meow and look forward to starting your weekend in the most purrfect way!

https://www.sunshinekittycatfe.com/visit

Eat Drink and Be Ugly Mixer

December 17th 

December 17th at The Whiskey Exchange, Eat, Drink and show off your favorite Ugly sweater. Drink Specials, food, prizes and lots of fun!

https://www.evensi.us/ugly-sweater-party-whiskey-exchange/396908404

Classic Christmas

December 20th

December 20th at St. Pete’s Mahaffey Theater enjoy music to celebrate the season from history’s greatest composers including Mozart, Handel and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite!

https://the.floridaorchestra.org/phase-1-classical-christmas-encore

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert

December 31st

Seeking a spectacular way to ring in 2021? Timeless music, dazzling costumes, breathtaking dance, stunning floral designs. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for an unforgettable New Year’s celebration that will enchant and delight audiences of all ages in Clearwater.

Freshly updated each year with a new cast and musical programme, the exuberant music of Johann Strauss and his counterparts will spring to vibrant life in a joyful spectacle featuring European singers, dancers, and a full symphony orchestra. The Maestro, an expert in Viennese music, will lead the orchestra and the audience on a journey through the Golden Age of Vienna with wit, charm, and more than a few jokes along the way.

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/salute-vienna

New Year’s Party w/ STORMBRINGER live concert & fireworks on the Beach!

December 31

New Year’s Eve Party on the Beach! Celebrate 2021 w/ Stormbringer LIVE Concert on the Beach 9pm, Fireworks at 12am. Enjoy Kentucky Par cocktails, limited menu available at 8pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/3335285283246982/

 Van Gogh Alive

Through April 11, 2021


Experience Vincent van Gogh’s works in an immersive art installation that opens a new window into the celebrated painter’s artistic genius. From his famous “Starry Night” to his radiant “Sunflowers,” Van Gogh’s vibrant work invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound. Visitors will feel the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh’s paintings – an experience that is both educational and inspiring. This exhibition will be available for viewing from November 21, 2020 – April 11, 2021.

https://bit.ly/2UJ0jCh

Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa

All Month Long

If you’re looking for safe holiday fun, Christmas in the Wild at ZooTampa at Lowry Park is the place for you!  Become immersed in an outdoor seasonal adventure featuring twinkling lights, delectable holiday treats, amazing wildlife and new jolly adventures.