St. Pete Beach Things to Do in April 2019

With Spring in full swing there’s no better time to hit the beach. And that’s not the only fun thing to do here in April! This month is jam packed with sporting events and festivals galore.  Whether your jam is Orchids, Sugar Sand, or Soccer, there’s no shortage of great times!

Tampa Bay Rays

All Month

Rays UP! Tropicana Field hosts our hometown MLB Baseball team for showdowns against the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles this month. What a fun addition to your spring St. Pete Beach vacation!

https://www.mlb.com/rays/schedule/2019-04

Corey Avenue Sunday Market

Every Sunday

Held every Sunday between October and May from 10am-2pm, the Corey Avenue Sunday Market supports 50 – 80 vendors and caters to the greater St. Petersburg Beach area. The market supports local vendors who sell a variety of locally produced and homemade produce, plants, take-home foods, ready to eat lunch bites, handcrafts, eco-friendly and fair trade products and more. Come and join us for a morning of live music, shopping, and a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch at one of the many area restaurants – all within walking distance. The Corey Area shops, boutiques, and galleries are open for shopping! Hope to see you on Sundays for a Market-goers day of fun, relaxation in our unique shopping and dining district!

http://tampabaymarkets.com/corey-avenue-sunday-market

Tampa Bay Rowdies

April 6 and April 13

Join in the fun as Tampa Bay’s professional soccer team takes on teams from all over the world. Join Pete the Pelican to cheer on the Rowdies- April’s home matches are at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, and kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

https://www.rowdiessoccer.com/2019matches

Orchid Festival

April 7th

Bloom into spring at the annual Orchid Festival at Sunken Gardens! Today from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., you’ll learn about orchid care and meet with multiple vendors while being surrounded by more orchids than you can imagine in one place! This event is free with paid gardens admission or membership.

SunLit Festival

April 11th- 28th

The fifth annual SunLit Festival brings together cultural organizations, writers, artists, and businesses for 18 days of “litertainment.” April 11th through 28th. Produced by Keep St. Pete Lit events range from conversations with authors to interactive storytelling to poetry at The Dali and more.

https://keepstpetelit.org/sunlit-festival/

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

April 12th-28th

There’s no better way to see Clearwater Beach’s famous white sand in action than the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival. Kick-off this 17-day festival as artists begin to work their magic on the 1000 tons of sand to go with this year’s theme, “Sea the World, a Journey Around the Globe.” Let the kiddos make their mark in the Giant Sand Box and watch buskers perform tricks, unlike any other April 12th through 28th!

https://sugarsandfestival.com/

St. Pete Earth Day

April 13

On April 13, 2019, St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration to be held in Historic Williams Park. Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others and share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet.
This free event is Hosted by Chart 411 and The City Of St Petersburg along with many other environmental and civic organizations.


https://www.facebook.com/events/600111037077007/?active_tab=about

St. Pete Wing Fest

April 19th

Bring your appetite to Vinoy Park April 19th for this food truck rally featuring chicken wings and craft beer! From 6 – 11 p.m., more than 15 food trucks will be dishing out special chicken wings and chicken inspired dishes as well as their normal cuisine. Live music, beer, and craft vendors. This event is free admission and family and pet friendly.

https://www.facebook.com/events/271734896716146/

The Sunscreen Film Festival

April 25th – 28th

The Sunscreen Film Festival is back for, yet another year of star studded fun! This annual film festival hosted by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society is an internationally recognized event with an annual attendance of over 10,000 stars and film makers!

http://sunscreenfilmfestival.com/

St. Anthony’s Triathlon

April 27-28
Named as one of “10 Great Destination Triathlons” by Complete Tri, St. Anthony’s Triathlon celebrates its 36th year in 2019 with a beautiful St. Petersburg setting, great fan support, and tremendous competition. Here at the Alden, we have some athletes that have been staying with us for a long time.  This is a premier event that kicks off the season for the whole country.

https://satriathlon.com/

We hope you enjoy the festival fun this month at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below.

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach for March 2019

Spring has Sprung here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort! With the sun in full swing it’s the perfect time to hit the beach. From surfing to spring training there are so many ways to have fun here at the Alden in March.

Florida Spring Training

March 1st-26th

It’s Spring Training Time! Alden guests love watching the Major League Baseball teams tuning up here in Tampa Bay.  We’ve got The Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, The Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, and The New York Yankees are in Tampa. Check out the schedules and make your plans for a day out at the ball game!

https://www.flasports.com/spring-training/

St. Pete Beach Seafood and Sweets Festival

March 8th

Seafood sweets, and good times! What could be better?! Join the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association for food, fun and live entertainment during St. Pete’s annual Seafood and Sweets Festival! Gourmet food trucks will be lined up with special seafood inspired dishes, desserts, and their normal cuisine March 8th from 6 pm – 11 pm at Vinoy Park.

https://www.facebook.com/events/809718489365543/

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

March 8th -10th

Get your thrill on March 8th through the 10th at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. As the IndyCar Series’ season-opening race for the ninth consecutive year, St. Pete is a destination city hosting this annual motorsport tradition and offering a festival atmosphere with its downtown location. The temporary circuit is a 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration using the streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlooks the waterfront of Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina.

http://www.gpstpete.com/

St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Fair

March 23rd-24th

Continue the annual spring tradition of the St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Fair March 23rd through 24th at 595 Corey Ave, St. Pete Beach from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more, all handmade in America, will be on display. As well as 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.

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

PGA Tour Valspar Championship

March 21st-24th

Don’t miss the Valspar Championship PGA tournament. Held on March 18-24 at Innisbrook Resort, this 72-hole event is the perfect chance to watch your favorite golfers go club to club. This is a great day out for the whole family, since kids under age 15 are admitted free with a paying adult!

http://valsparchampionship.com/l

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in February 2019

Our big GOLDEN #ALDENWOW50 50th anniversary celebration continues this month, and we’ll be welcoming each guest with a gold-wrapped chocolate kiss at check-in starting today! The party continues with our February guest appreciation parties at the Cabana Bar every Tuesday. And with perfect sunny weather and lots of snowbirds in town, there are so many fun events to fill your February like a seafood festival, a play, a baseball invitational, and an art festival.

 

Alden Suites Guest Appreciation Party

Every Tuesday

Every Tuesday this month we are throwing a Guest Appreciation Party from 2-4 at the Cabana Bar. We are excited to celebrate those who have been with us since we started 50 years ago as well as our new visitors. Come enjoy free snacks and drinks at the best bar on the beach!

 

St. Pete Beach Seafood Music Festival

February 1-3

Dive into the best-known event in St. Pete Beach,the Seafood Music Festival! They will be serving up delicious food, live music, and a marketplace of arts, crafts, and fine products. This event will take place on Corey Avenue on Friday February 1st to Sunday February 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm. Enjoy the freshest Florida seafood, drinks, and the smooth sounds of some of Florida’s top artists.

http://www.seafoodfestivals.com/S-55-St.+Pete+Beach+Seafood+%26+Music+Festival.html

 

St. Pete Opera’s Kiss Me, Kate

February 2-10

Kiss Me, Kate follows A Shakespeare troupe is putting on The Taming of the Shrew, but the cast is embroiled in interpersonal relationships that lead to offstage bickering and onstage surprises.  Cole Porter’s score, performed with the original-size Broadway orchestra, is filled with great numbers such as So In Love, Too Darn Hot, and Brush Up Your Shakespeare.  Bring your tap shoes because you’ll want to leave the theater dancing.

http://stpeteopera.org/

 

St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational

February 14-17

Febuary 14th through 17th enjoy the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Complex! Check out awesome softball action in Clearwater from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the event featuring all the best University teams.

https://www.stpeteclearwatereliteinvite.com/

 

St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival

February 23-24

Make plans to head to North Straub Park in downtown St. Pete for the annual St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival. This tapestry of art is woven from works in painting, photography, sculpture, metalwork, digital art, jewelry, glass, ceramics, woodworking, mixed-media, fiber art – and much more. The festival is free and will be hosted on February 23rd and 24th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see the beautiful creations of artists from all over Florida!

http://www.paragonartevents.com/S-37-St.+Petersburg+Fine+Art+Festival.html

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in January 2019

As the Holiday season concludes and the New Year begins there’s no lack of fun things to do in St Pete Beach. In addition to fun fashion shows and festivals, we are looking forward to everyday activities sure to fill the days with wonder. Enjoy an exciting pirate cruise, deep sea fishing, or just have a relaxing day with the family strolling or swimming.

Neiman Marcus presents The Dali Benefit Fashion Show

January 10

The Dali Museum and Neiman Marcus invite you to feast your eyes on 30 surreal works of wearable art created by teen designers. The Dali’s Fashion Design program, sponsored by Neiman Marcus, invites high school students to learn the fundamentals of design, construction and runway presentation from experienced artists and designers. Drawing inspiration from Salvador Dali’s infamous dinner parties, budding Tampa Bay high school talent (grades 9-12) create tangible connections between art and fashion.

https://thedali.org/event/neiman-marcus-presents-the-dalis-benefit-fashion-show/

 

25th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival

January 12-13

American Craft Endeavors is continuing an annual spring tradition with the St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Fair, bringing contemporary crafts from more than 100 of the nation’s most talented artisans to this free 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.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-annual-st-pete-beach-corey-area-craft-festival-tickets-52617111196?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

Every Day at 2 pm and 5 pm. Extra Cruise 10 am on Saturdays

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is a family-oriented pirate-themed day cruise located right in the heart of Clearwater Beach, Florida. They pride themselves on catering to both children and adults within a family friendly atmosphere. With day and sunset cruises, it’s easy to imagine the days when these waters were rife with looting, plundering, and gold-burying pirates. The cruise also includes a special treat for adults with a third deck serving complimentary beer and wine on all cruises, with champagne complimentary on cruises after 4 pm.

https://captainmemo.com/

Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and Festival

January 19-20, 2019

Competitors from around the U.S. gather on Treasure Island Beach during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend. Come be amazed by the talented kite flyers performing to music at this two-day event in dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying in a wide array of disciplines. There will be plenty of time to be social and spend time with the family on one of the best kite flying beaches in the country as large show kites and giant bubbles paint the backdrop for an exciting competition. You might even see candy fall from the sky!

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/22nd-Annual-Treasure-Island-Sport-Kite-Competition-and-Festival-5456/details

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

January 26

Experience Star Wars as never before with Ruth Eckerd Hall’s first-ever live performance of Star Wars Live In Concert: Empire Strikes Back! This concert will feature the full- length iconic film on the big screen with The Florida Orchestra performing the iconic music of John Williams. The Star Wars saga has grown into one of the most iconic film productions of our time. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped — with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss the Premiere of the Empire Strikes Back in concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall!

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/star-wars-live-concert

The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center

If you’re looking for fun in the sun for the little ones The St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center is for you! This play area consists of a mushroom-shaped waterfall and colorful dumping cones as well as slides for older kids. It’s a great place for the whole family!

https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/profile/st-pete-beach-family-aquatic-center/8684

 

These January 2019 events in St. Pete Beach and the surrounding area are a great way to unwind from the hectic holidays as you start the new year. If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

 

Holiday Happenings in St. Pete Beach

There are so many holiday happenings to celebrate in and around St. Pete Beach this year! We’re making our list and checking it twice, making plans for holiday merriment to last all month. If you’re coming to join us here at Alden Suites for the holiday season, here are a few of our favorite festive events for making spirits bright!

Christmas Outdoor Movies

December 7, 14, 21

Bring your blanket or lawn chairs to settle in for a holiday movie in Vinoy Park at 5th Avenue NE in Downtown St. Petersburg. You’ll enjoy Christmas Classics with the entire family. The movie starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free!

Movie lineup:

December 7 – A Christmas Story

December 14 – The Santa Clause

December 21 – Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

 

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Now – Monday, December 31, 2018

Head to Busch Gardens for thrill rides and a stunning holiday transformation into a wonderland of Christmastime entertainment! Indulge in holiday shopping and more than a million twinkling lights! Santa will be available to take photos, and the park will be open until 10 p.m.

https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/christmas-town/

 

Winter’s Wonderland at CMA

Nov. 2 – Jan. 6.

Join the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a swimmingly wonderful holiday celebration! Watch as the aquarium transforms into Winter’s Wonderland now through January 6th. Get your family photo taken with Winter Claus, experience Winter Wonderland with lights and décor all around, and watch special Santa dive presentations at Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway.

https://www.seewinter.com/

 

Holiday in the Park

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Come to celebrate the holidays at Pinellas Park’s Holiday in the Park! This community-wide family event will feature children’s games, entertainment, photos with Santa, hayrides, children’s train ride and much more! The free event is going on from 12 – 10 p.m. and takes place at England Brothers Park.

https://www.pinellas-park.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=1911&month=12&year=2018&day=1&calType=0

 

There’s Snow Place Like Tarpon Springs

Friday, December 7, 2018

Venture out to downtown Tarpon Springs for a great free holiday event! The event will have a snow play area, music, children’s activities and a visit with Santa himself. The fun takes place from 5-10 p.m. on Tarpon Avenue and is a great getaway for the whole family!

 

Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach

Saturday, December 8, 2018

This Saturday join Santa along St. Pete Beach’s parade route! The Christmas Market & Parade on St. Pete Beach starts at St. Pete Beach City Hall and finishes at the St. Pete Beach Library. While at the library, enjoy Grinch themed crafts, a movie, face painting, and light refreshments.

http://www.spbrec.com/special-events/

 

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade

Friday, December 14, 2018

This year’s dazzling nautical spectacle features boats of all kinds making it the biggest lighted boat parade in Tampa Bay. Enjoy this enthralling light show on the water departing from the Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 p.m. and ending at John’s Pass.

https://www.floridabywater.com/a-boaters-blog/1647-boat-parades-

 

Candy Cane Hunt

Saturday, December 15, 2018

After the Annual Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade in downtown Tarpon head to Craig Park for the annual Candy Cane Hunt. Children up to age 12 can hunt for the lucky candy cane. There will also be crafts, music and a visit from Santa. Free for the whole family and a perfect activity for young kids!

We hope you revel in our recommendations and have a happy holiday season. If you have any more suggestions for holiday happening, please leave us a comment!

 

Top 7 Cheap Eats in St. Pete Beach

While you stay with us here at the Alden, there are a variety of delicious places to eat without breaking the bank. From breakfast to dinner there are cheap eats to please any palate right here on St. Pete Beach. There’s nothing better than spending your vacation on the beach and eating amazing affordable foods. Check out our Top 7 Cheap Eats in St. Pete Beach and make plans for your next delicious beach vacation!

Barracuda Deli Café

They are known for serving the Best Cuban sandwich, and it lives up to its reputation. But the Barracuda Deli Café offers so much more all at an affordable cost! From refreshing salads, wraps, and a variety of pressed sandwiches, to their fusion of Caribbean/Mexican dishes. Do your taste buds a favor and try one of everything! Here at the Alden, we often have Barracuda Deli cater our staff meetings and small gatherings, so we definitely recommend them if you need to feed a crowd for your Alden Suites family reunion!

https://barracudadelicafe.com/

 

Giuseppe’s Pizza

Giuseppe’s has been voted the best St. Pete Beach Pizza year after year. With so many different pizzas to choose from as well as calzones and subs, they have something to please every member of your group. If you’re tired after a long day at the beach take advantage of their delivery service and have your pie from the comfort of your room at Alden. Made fresh to order and served up fast, hot and delicious.  You will not find better pizza in St Pete Beach!

https://www.stpetebeachpizza.com/

 

Snapper’s Oasis Food Truck

You just can’t beat the convenience of our Snapper’s Oasis Food Truck, located right next to the Cabana Bar on the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort property. Stroll over to our new beachfront snack shack operated by award-winning local chef Dan Casey. Grab a Snapper’s juicy hamburger, crispy chicken tenders or a fresh seafood sandwich basket, all served up at budget-friendly prices.

https://www.aldenbeachresort.com/snapperrsquos-oasis-food-truck.html

La Casa Del Pane

La Casa Del Pane is an authentic Italian bakery that serves fresh bread baked daily from homemade dough, classic Italian style pizzas, salads, pastries, and the best coffee on St. Pete Beach. Their breakfast menu is full of favorites from omelets to chocolate croissants all at a great price. Lunch specials include gourmet sandwiches with savory spreads, made on their delicious Italian bread. Stop by for a taste of Italy you can enjoy there or take back for a snack.

http://www.lacasadelpane.us/

 

St. Pete Beach Produce & Deli

St. Pete Beach Produce and Deli is family run and has the best prices in town for farm fresh produce and Greek cuisine. They serve yummy gyros with tzatziki sauce, spanakopita, creamy potato salad and sundried bow tie pasta salad that’s simply to die for. Dine in or have a beach picnic with your family!

http://www.spbproduceanddeli.com/index.htm

 

Paradise Grille

One of our favorite ways to start the day is to walk a few yards north on St. Pete Beach up the boardwalk to The Paradise Grille. They have picnic tables right on the beach, so you can enjoy breakfast with a view at a great price. The Paradise Grille is world renowned for their Beach breakfast featuring omelets, egg platters, and famous blueberry pancakes. For lunch and dinner, they serve up a great grouper sandwich, as well as burgers, fish n’ chips, oysters, crab legs, wraps, wings, and many other gulf side treats. They also have specialty cocktails and daiquiris that will cool you off while you soak up the sun!

 

Dixie’s Dog House

Dixie’s Dog House has been serving Chicago style Dogs and fare since 1970.  Their hotdogs are made fresh to order with the finest ingredients and only use Vienna Beef. They also offer milkshakes, ice-cream, wings, and delicious chili. Nothing says vacation like a corn dog and a milkshake on the beach- who could resist!

http://www.dixiesdoghouse.com/

 

These are just a few of the best cheap eats to enjoy at St. Pete Beach. If you have any other savory spots to add, please leave a comment. We are always looking for new delicious options!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do in November 2018

We’re so thankful for all the fun events lined up for the Thanksgiving season in St. Pete Beach. We’re hitting that magical time of year when it’s an absolute joy to be outside: bright sunny skies, not too humid, with soft ocean breezes.  Festival season is upon us, plus we have a marathon and lots of holiday shopping opportunities. Start the holiday season right here at the Alden Suites Resort in St. Pete Beach.

 

Clearwater Beach Uncorked

November 3 – 4

 

Every year foodies flock to Clearwater Beach for Uncorked. The food and wine festival hosted right on Clearwater Beach is a truly unique gastronomic experience. All guests will receive a limited-edition wine glass, custom tote bag and enjoy the Grand Tasting Village with unlimited tastings from 1 to 4 p.m.  Join the festivities at Clearwater Beach from 1 – 4 p.m. on November 3rd through 4th!

http://clearwaterbeachuncorked.com/2018/ 

 

The Sponge Docks Seafood Festival

November 9 – 11

Tarpon Springs is famous not only for the world’s finest sponges, but also for some of the best Greek restaurants, markets, and bakeries in the country. This three-day outdoor festival will feature tons of fresh local seafood to tempt your taste buds, an art & craft show with up to 60 local and regional artists selling their work, continuous live music, unique retail shops and complimentary festivities for the whole family.

https://www.facebook.com/SpongeDocksSeafood/

 

Ribfest

November 9-11

Ribfest is a charity fundraiser that helps a variety of youth-oriented causes, and the festival celebrates its 30th year in 2018. They’re offering a special $5 admission deal on Friday, November 9. The 3-day festival at Vinoy Park draws the big names in BBQ and music. It features the best BBQ ribbers in the world and great musical artists such as Fire & Ice, Josh Turner, Los Lonely Boys, and the Barenaked Ladies. Stop by for rockin’ ribs and helpin’ kids!

https://ribfest.org/

 

Turkey Trot

November 22

This Thanksgiving why not make plans to participate in the Turkey Trot? It’s the largest running event in the Tampa Bay area with more than 17,000 runners burning off their Thanksgiving indulgences in advance, early on Thanksgiving morning. There’s a race for every skill level, so you can bring the whole family and enjoy. Just remember to register in advance so your t-shirt will be ready for you. It’s the 40th anniversary of the Turkey Trot this year, so it’s sure to be a fun run!

http://www.tampabay.com/marketing/turkey-trot/

 

Tarpon Springs Art & Craft Festival

Nov 14 & 25

 

On the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving, celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping local for your gift-giving needs. Kick off your holiday shopping over Thanksgiving weekend at the Tarpon Springs Art & Craft Festival. You’ll find folk art, pottery, paintings, wearable art, personalized gifts, handmade lotions and scrubs and so much more. It’s a great way to discover unique gifts and treasures from local shops, and stuff your family’s stockings with treasures they’ll truly enjoy.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1007993162711260/

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

 

Best Selfie Spots in St Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach is a great place for fun and great shots of you and your loved ones. Whether it’s by the beach, on a cruise, or with a dolphin, there’s always a great backdrop for super selfies. Here are just a few of our favorite selfie spots here at Alden Suites!

The Alden Suites Dolphin

Everyone loves taking selfies with our aquatic mascot Suite Alden. He is the perfect picture partner!

Parasailing Over the Gulf

What’s better than a selfie you can snap while floating high above the Gulf of Mexico? Book a trip on a thrilling parasail from our beachfront Suncoast Watersports kiosk and take a selfie that soars above the rest.

In front of the Alden Suites Event Board

The Alden event board is a great place to take a group selfie if you’re attending one of our many events. It’s great to get a shoutout for your event whether it’s a blogger bash or family reunion!

Sunset Cruise

The Sunset Brews Cruise by Suncoast Watersports is the perfect place for a stunning selfie. The sunset is in full view and makes for super shots.

Alden Beach

Our little stretch of pristine beach is an excellent place for a classic beach selfie. With all the colors of the sunset and water, it is a perfect backdrop for a fun photo op!

These are some of the best selfie spots in St. Pete, but there are many more. If you have any special spots to add, please leave a comment!

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!

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!