How to Save Money on a St. Pete Beach Vacation

St. Pete Beach has so many activities and attractions to enjoy. Whether you’re looking to spend time by the ocean or hide away from the heat, there are tons of options for you and your family that won’t have you leaving with an empty wallet. A vacation here doesn’t have to break the bank if you know how and where you can save money. Here are just a few activities that are just as fun as they are affordable!

Surf, Sand & Sea

One of of the biggest reasons tourists come back year after year is the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Gulf. It doesn’t cost anything to lay out on our white sugar sand beaches and listen to the sound of the waves. There are a few beaches that require you to pay for parking but, luckily, staying at the Alden gives you direct access to four gorgeous acres of private beachfront—so no transportation required! Looking for something more tailored to you? Spend time on family-friendly shores with kids’ actives and playgrounds, get your adrenaline pumping on a remote beach with hiking and biking trails, or choose a romantic spot featuring a waterfront restaurant. St. Pete’s beaches are as versatile as they are relaxing.

Soak up the Sun

The best show to watch here doesn’t even require admission. St. Pete is known for our incredible sunsets. (Don’t believe us? Check out some fabulous shots our guests have captured over on our Instagram.) It’s absolutely worth it to adjust your schedule so that you have time to catch them when you’re near the ocean which, at Alden, is all the time! Some folks even sacrifice sleep to catch the equally breathtaking sunrises over on the east side of Gulf Blvd. Day or night, make sure your phone is handy so you can capture the magnificent beauty. There’s nothing like seeing the sky awash in color and the sun sinking into or escaping the horizon.

Wild, Winged Wonders

Spend a day at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, the largest nonprofit wild bird hospital and sanctuary in the United States. This place, located just 24 minutes away from Alden, admits up to 10,000 injured birds annually. That means, 365 days a year, you have the chance to see species like owls, pelicans, and rare woodpeckers, among many other permanently injured birds, living here in this beachfront paradise. Stroll through the 1.5-acre sanctuary, learn about birds and avian medicine in the education center and enjoy the breathtaking view on the observation tower—all for the low cost of nothing (although donations are greatly appreciated)! Special presentations are hosted daily, so make sure to check the website before you visit.

America’s #1 Beach

Back in 2005, Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, awarded that title to Fort DeSoto Park—located just 27 minutes south of Alden Suites. Fort DeSoto has seven miles of powder-white sandy beaches, more than a thousand unspoiled acres and all the amenities you can imagine. There’s an extensive walking, biking and rollerblading trail, nature trails with free guided tours and a historic fort dating back to the Spanish-American War. You’ll also find plenty of picnic areas, restrooms and water fountains, play areas and even a snack bar. Want to get on the water and see some manatees? Guests can rent canoes or kayaks for a trip through the mangroves. While there is no charge to enter the park, you will need to pay 85 cents in tolls to get there—a small price for the exposure to classic American history and an escape from the norm.

The Mouse’s Favorite Wine

The only citrus winery in the state happens to also be the only Florida winery invited to participate in Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for the last 15 years. Florida Orange Groves Winery is family-owned and produces over 43 different tropical, citrus, berry and even vegetable wines—many unique to Florida—all of which are made 100% from the juice as indicated by their bottle label. The winery houses a free tasting bar and gives free tours on the half hour starting at 10am Monday through Sunday and starting at 12:30pm on Sunday until 4pm each day. The best part—it’s only a six-minute drive from Alden Suites!

Test Your Culinary Skills

Along with free wi-fi, flat screen TVs and large closets, all suites are equipped with refrigerators, cooktops, microwaves, cookware, dishes, coffeemakers and utensils. Utilizing your in-suite kitchen is a great way to cut back on costs. Grab some fresh seafood and shellfish (along with tasty seasonings and spices) at Key West Shrimp Co or just head on over to Publix if you’re looking for a larger and more familiar selection. If you’re staying with us from October to May, we also highly recommend visiting the Corey Avenue Sunday Market for homemade produce, take home foods, ready to eat lunch bites and so much more. Book a room with us now and get a suite for the price of a room with zero resort fees!

7 Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

We all want to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day but with the current situation, many of us will be unable to take Mom out to the usual Mother’s Day dinner. The Alden is OPEN and we are excited to celebrate with many families this year. But going out is not the only way we can show our mothers how much we care! Here are some ways to show our moms love from our homes or in places safe to celebrate while social distancing.

A tried-and-true classic: Breakfast in bed. Make mom feel like she’s in a five-star hotel with an indulgent experience! Here’s a great fluffy pancake recipe you could try. Toss in some chocolate chips or mom’s favorite fruit for a real treat. https://www.africanbites.com/fluffy-pancakes/

Dress up some old mason jars with this tutorial from Home Stories A to Z. Mom is always looking for the best ways to display photos of her kids, and these are colorful options that she’ll love. https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/crafts/mason-jar-picture-frame-vase.html?ref=pcrorganicgglunkwn&prid=pcseogglunkwn

Looking for some fun Florida nature to explore with Mom?  Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a wonderful place to walk, run, learn and explore! Hike with your family through clearly marked paths and enjoy a bird sanctuary and lots of local wildlife!

http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/boydhillpreserve/

Set up a salon at home to give mom a much-needed mani/pedi. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 steps to getting the perfect manicure at home.

https://www.glamour.com/gallery/10-steps-to-the-perfect-at-home-manicure

Send a silly video Record a mini clip of you reciting a mini poem about mom, singing her favorite song or just listing all of her best qualities. Grandmothers love seeing fun videos of their grandkids, so don’t forget to include them in the script.

The Pinning Mama has finally found a great use for the stubs of old crayons. Help your little ones follow these careful instructions to create a colorful candle for Mom. The best part is watching them choose which colors she’ll love most.

https://www.thepinningmama.com/diy-crayon-candles/?ref=pcrorganicgglunkwn&prid=pcseogglunkwn

Looking for a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day virtually? Set up an online call for your mom with friends, family, and siblings. Your mom would be thrilled if she sat down in front of her computer on Mother’s Day and discovered you arranged a Zoom or FaceTime call with her family and favorite friends!

We hope this list helps you celebrate mom this Mother’s Day. If you have any suggestions leave them in the comments here!

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach: February 2020

We’ve made it to month two of 2020, and so far, so good! From art events to French fry fest, get ready for a month full of fun stuff to do in and around St. Pete Beach. Whether you’re coming to St. Pete Beach for Valentine’s Day celebrations or just to escape the winter cold, you’re sure to find plenty to see and do!

2Cool Art Show

February 1st and 2nd

The 9th Annual 2Cool Art Show is happening at the historic Gulfport Casino February 1st and 2nd showcasing the artwork of over 30 of the area’s top artists in this boutique art exhibition. This fine art and fine craft show’s second yearly premier exhibition gives winter visitors a sampling of the high caliber work for which the summer Cool Art Show is so well known. The selected artists will show and sell a variety of handcrafted visual and functional works in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, digital, mixed media and jewelry.

Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney

February 1st through May 10th

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg is the first museum in the country to host this exhibition culled from the McNay Art Museum’s prestigious Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. The traveling exhibition features a stunning variety of over 100 scene, costume, stage and program designs created by noted artists from the nineteenth century to the present day. The museum will be animated with performances of classical music, opera, dance, theater and poetry throughout the run of the exhibition, along with special lectures and film screenings. https://mfastpete.org/exh/picasso-to-hockney/

St. Pete French Fry Fest

February 14th and 15th

Join Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association today for food, fun, and live entertainment during St. Pete’s annual French Fry Festival! Food trucks will be lined up serving up specialty French fries as well as offering their normal cuisine. Check out the Facebook event page to see the full lineup of amazing offers!

https://www.facebook.com/events/568468897244181/

Dunedin Craft Festival

February 15th and 16th

Stroll along Main Street in downtown Dunedin from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 15th and 16th to meet 150 of the nation’s most talented artists showcasing life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, photography, and ceramics. Their expansive Green Market offers something for every taste and budget.

http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/downtown.dunedin-craft-festival

Localtopia

February 22nd

February 22nd celebrate all things local from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.! This annual festival celebrates St. Pete’s devotion to support its independent businesses and “Keep St. Pete Local.” Nearly 250 vendors and community organizations will take over Williams Park as specialty villages showcase arts & culture, makers and merchants, a family zone, and more.

Art and Seafood Festival

February 22nd and 23rd

This month attend the Art and Seafood Festival! February 22nd and 23rd from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. , shop local art and enjoy some of the most delicious seafood prepared by the area’s top food trucks and local restaurants, all while overlooking the beautiful waterfront of Safety Harbor at Waterfront Park. https://www.safetyharborchamber.com/art-and-seafood

We hope you enjoy the new events this February at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!

Best Local Wine Bars in St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach

St. Petersburg, Florida is well known for its thriving beer scene: with 35+ local craft breweries offering artisanal beers brewed on-site, there’s no wonder we’re nicknamed the Gulp Coast! However, wine is no doubt having its own moment here. Recently, several new wine bar concepts have popped up and we’ve compiled a list of the best. Here are some of our favorite local wine bars that would make Dionysus proud!

Sola Bistro & Wine Bar

Just a few blocks away from the Alden is a St. Pete Beach favorite: Sola Bistro & Wine Bar. This European-style wine bar brings in an eclectic mix of wine from the world’s greatest winemaking regions. They pair the vino with a killer selection of tapas, including Figs & Chorizo, Pork Belly, and an Italian spin on shrimp and grits called Shrimp & Polenta. Cheese lovers will adore their generous Cheese & Charcuterie boards. ((HINT)): if you want to hang out with Chris and Dave of the Alden Cabana Bar, they can often be found here after work!

Lolita’s Wine Market

The great thing about Lolita’s (named after the owners’ precious rescue dog, Lola) is that it has a little bit of everything. It’s a wine bar meets coffee shop that features CYO (Create Your Own) charcuterie platters with an ever-changing assortment of cheeses, meats and accoutrements, Spanish/Mediterranean-inspired tapas and even a few local brews for non-wine lovers to enjoy! It’s quickly become a local favorite for its great and affordable boutique wine selection and eclectic menu that focuses on fresh products. Sit down and relax and make some new friends or take your food and wine to go and enjoy a gorgeous beach sunset or movie in a park.

COPA

Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg’s Edge District, COPA is a middle-ground for wine and beer lovers alike and boasts an impressive selection of small plates inspired by flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. Try their signature spirit-based cocktails and pair them up with their various world-infused tapas. COPA offers inside seating at private tables or in their lounge or bar and outside seating in their upscale outdoor lunge or at a private table. They also have space for patio hookah on buzzing Central Avenue! COPA is perfect for anyone looking for an upbeat environment without the congestion of late-night experience.

Annata Wine Bar

North Straub Park is located just steps from the downtown waterfront and features scenic views, a recreation trail, a stage for varied entertainment and nearly 5 acres of lush landscaping. Just steps away from it is Annata—a restaurant and wine bar that welcome you to enjoy contemporary cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service. Their menu reflects a mix of fine dishes from Italy and abroad with local ingredients sourced from their relationships with bay area farms and suppliers. Stop by and enjoy their incredible wine selection and even more impressive charcuterie boards!

Try Wine

Situated on the first level of a mixed-use high-rise building on Beach Drive, Try Wine features 88 ever-changing self serve wine by the glass selections that can be dispensed in 3 different sizes (a taste, half glass, or full glass) from the many wine vending machines located in their tasting room. Discover something new and further your wine education or grab a table and enjoy wines by the half or full glass along with some charcuterie, artisan cheeses, popcorn or other food selections from their full-service restaurant menu. If you’re a wine lover or just learning, this place is a must-try.

A Taste for Wine

Downtown St. Petersburg’s original wine bar was established in 1995. They offer over twenty different wines by the glass, a curated selection from across the world. Don’t miss them on First Fridays, when they feature live music, great food and balcony seating overlooking all the action on Central Avenue.

Dracula’s Legacy Wine Bar

A cozy wine bar in the heart of downtown, this local haunt is owned by two Transylvanians who wanted to bring a little bit of their history with them to sunny St. Pete. Boasting a wonderful selection of white, red, rose and sparkling wines to choose from, as well as a delicious hand-crafted tapas menu, Dracula’s Legacy is perfect for an after-dinner drink with friends or a romantic date night. They also host a number of exciting events throughout the month like food and wine pairings, wine glass painting, artist parties, book clubs and even yoga classes. Make sure to stop by—Max and Ramona are DYING to meet you!

St. Pete Beach Things to Do: January 2020

New year new events! We are so happy to start off 2020 with tons of cool events here in St. Pete Beach. With marathons, parades and festivals, there is no better place to start the year than here at the Alden Suites beach!

Indie Flea St. Pete Street Faire

January 4

Join the Indie Flea at Green Bench Brewing Co. every 1st Saturday of the month. It’s always free to attend, and you will find 100+ artisans and vendors, food trucks, mobile shops, DJ Hello Darlin’ Records and more. Specialty beers, ciders and meads at Green Bench Brewing Co. Plants, Vintage, Handmade jewelry, Up-cycled clothes, vegan deserts, food trucks and everything your heart desires!

https://www.facebook.com/events/504826853456025/

St. Pete Beach Classic

January 18 – 19

January 18through 19, the streets of St. Pete Beach will be full of runners participating in the St. Pete Beach Classic. There are many exciting events to participate in, so don’t forget to register in advance. There is also an awesome after-party on the beach at Run Runners after the events!

www.stpetebeachclassic.com

MLK National Parade & Family Fun Day

January 19

On January 19 celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Annual MLK National Parade & Family Fun Day in St. Pete! This is the nation’s longest-running parade honoring MLK. Following the parade, enjoy a Family Fun Day at Tropicana Field featuring a kid’s zone, entertainment, an education drive, day of service programs and more from 2:30 p.m. -8 p.m.

47th Annual Art Festival Beth-El

January 25, 26, and 27

The 47th  Annual Art Festival Beth-El comes to Tampa Bay. Art Festival Beth-El continues to grow in popularity and attracts over 10,000 people from Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. Art Festival Beth-El showcases 170+ national and international award-winning artists. This highly acclaimed fine art exhibit and sale is well known as one of the premier shows in the Southeastern United States. Enjoy this exhibit and the sale of original artwork including painting, photography, mixed media, glass, sculpture, metal, wood, ceramics, and jewelry.

http://www.artfestivalbethel.com/

Splash & Paint

All Year Round

Spring Break is coming, and that means we get to welcome lots of families to enjoy the sun and surf here at St. Pete Beach. Create your own work of art to remember your Alden Suites family vacation for years to come! It’s only $45 per person. Advance reservations are requested, so please call 727.360.7081 to join Splash & Paint today!

Midnight in Paris

January 1- April 9

When Salvador Dalí & Luis Buñuel’s film Un Chien Andalou premiered in the City of Light, Paris was an avant-garde hothouse rife with artistic conflict and friendly rivalry. Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929 immerses visitors in this particularly rich and vital creative era by examining works, friendships and clashes. Explore this unique exhibit now through April 9th 

We hope you enjoy the fun new events to celebrate a brand new decade here at the Alden!

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach: December 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year here at Alden Suites! And there’s no better place to spend it than at the beach! Here are some of the events that will make your holiday season superb in and around St. Pete Beach.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

December 1st– January 6th

December 1st  through 31st  head to Busch Gardens for some great thrill rides and to see the park transform into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment, holiday shopping, and more than a million twinkling lights!

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

Florida Holiday Boat Parades

All December

Here in St. Pete Beach, boat parades are a treasured tradition. Take a look at all the Florida boat parades taking place this December and make plans to join in the fun!

https://www.floridabywater.com/welcome/1647-boat-parades-

Holiday Lights in the Gardens

December 1st– January 4th

This season, escape into a wonderland of twinkling lights and fun entertainment! The annual “Holiday Lights in the Gardens” is back December 1st  through Jan 4th! Over 1 million LED lights are shining throughout the Florida Botanical Gardens highlighting their plants and in nature-themed or holiday-themed light displays. This is a family-friendly event with nightly entertainment, including visits with Santa. The event begins at 5:30 pm and a $5 suggested donation is encouraged for entry.

Winter Wonderland at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

December 1st– January 6th

Join the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a splashing great holiday celebration! Watch as the aquarium transforms into Winter’s Wonderland December 1st through Jan. 6. Experience Winter’s Wonderland with lights and décor all around, see the holiday-themed habitats, enjoy the kids’ fun zone in the 3rd-floor classrooms and learn about penguins and polar bears, and watch special Santa dive presentations at Mavis’s Rescue Hideaway. https://www.seewinter.com/event/winters-wonderland-2019/

St. Pete Beach Drive & Wine Tour

December 1st-10th

December 1st  through 10th  explore the beautiful waterfront Beach Drive neighborhood via the 3- hour St. Pete Beach Drive & Wine Tour. The tour meets at The Vinoy Hotel the “Grand Dame” of downtown St. Pete and while sipping a signature cocktail we explore this spectacular historic resort. The tour continues to The Birchwood Inn & Locale Market for wine and food pairing. Up next we visit Flute & Dram for a taste of the good life with a champagne and caviar tasting. Finale desserts and coffee at Cassis St. Pete.

https://www.tampabayfoodtours.com/st-pete-beach-drive-dine-wine-tour/

Tampa Bay Beaches Festival of Trees

December 7th

Join the Tampa Bay Beaches Festival of Trees! Get in the holiday spirit and support the community with your family. Bid on your favorite Christmas tree to spruce up your home or business, while enjoying a winter wonderland of fun!

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/Festival-of-Trees-5787/details

North Straub Park Snowfest

December 8th

Sixty-five tons of snow are expected to fall in North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration. Join the fake snow fun December 8th  from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalks, giant slide, “glice” ice skating, and a Kiddyland area designed especially for pre-schoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating and more! #SundayFunday http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/holidayevents/?fbclid=IwAR0e35mR4Fj1HBw_XdJQ0MooiZSfZE2CLSHFlG980YREdcpEX51aR3rtxrg

1st Annual Gulfport Santa Rampage

December 14th

Twas 11 days before Christmas and all through our ‘hood, the Santas were partying and up to no good. Grab your best Santa costume and come to Gulfport with all of your Christmas spirit for our 1st Annual Gulfport Santa Rampage! Get your Creative Claus on and get ready to elf things up as we take over the town and paint it red. For more info visit the events page here. https://www.facebook.com/events/2627068487336849/  

Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade

December 14th

December 14th  at 6 pm, enjoy the 34th Annual Gulfport Lighted Christmas Boat Parade! Each year, we all come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade. Don’t miss this treasured Florida tradition. https://sailbcyc.org/ChristmasBoatParade

First Night St Petersburg

December 31st

First Night St Petersburg is our area’s only family-friendly New Year’s Eve, Community Celebration of the Arts and each year they ring in the New Year with eight hours of music, dance, aerial arts, silent disco, fire, bubble stompin’, puppets, aerial art, creative fun, fireworks a scavenger hunt and so much more! This awesome event goes from 12 pm to 12 am so stop by anytime to ring in 20202!

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

Old Florida Finds in St. Petersburg

Got a hankering for some vintage Americana? You’ve come to the right place! St. Petersburg has some hidden treasures that will immediately transport you back to the good ol’ days—without even needing a time machine!

Sunken Gardens

In the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood, you’ll find St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, the Sunken Gardens. This 100-year-old garden is a botanical paradise filled with cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, gorgeous flowers, and more than 50,000 tropical plants (some of which are the oldest in the region). Make sure to check out their animals, too, like their relaxing koi pond and their new flock of 20 fabulous flamingos which have joined George and Lucy—the two remaining Chilean flamings from the original flock that have been on exhibit since 1956.

Coney Island Grill

Come on down to the oldest family-owned restaurant in St. Petersburg! Coney Island Grill is the quintessential mom-and-pop restaurant. Sit on a stool at the old-school lunch counter and watch speedy short-order cooks serve up delicious burgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, fries and hand-dipped milkshakes. This St. Petersburg staple has been in business since 1926 when hot dogs were only a nickel and burgers were only a dime. Prices are a tiny bit higher than that today but we promise, your meal here will be worth every penny!

St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

In between Mirror Lake and the famous Coliseum Ballroom, you’ll find the oldest and largest shuffleboard club in the world with 32 lighted courts (65 total) and an amazing old grandstand. St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club was founded in 1924 and was neglected for years until 2005 when it started hosting Friday night games and 2008 when it underwent the ultimate revitalization. Now it’s a hotspot for people in their 20s and 30s and even college students who come to hang out, listen to live music and learn the game.

Candy Kitchen

No, this isn’t Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory—but it’s the closest you might just get! Candy Kitchen is an iconic landmark on Madeira Beach that has something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Founded in 1950, this family-owned business prides itself on making homemade ice cream, fudge, Italian ice, and selling nostalgic candy from your childhood. Generations of locals and visitors have ended their trips to “Mad Beach” with stops at this mom-and-pop shop, cooling themselves off with a simple scoop of ice cream or even the famous Big Mouth brownie ice cream sandwich.

Polynesian Putter

Drive just two minutes south of Alden Suites on Gulf Blvd and you’ll come across an Easter-Island-style moai head and a giant, green coiled snake. Welcome to Polynesian Putter, a classically retro 18-hole miniature golf course built-in 1966. This roadside attraction hasn’t changed much during the last 50 years, which is great, because the crazy statues that pay homage to the once-popular Tiki culture make it the perfect spot for Instagram photoshoots! Just don’t forget to address the ball. (“Hello, ball!”)

St. Pete Beach Things to Do: October 2019

Spooky scares are in store for you this month in St. Pete Beach! Although the weather may not show it, here on the beach, Fall is here!  Embrace the change in season with autumn harvests and terrifying haunts all month long. Here are some of our favorite events in the area this October!

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market

Every Saturday



The St. Pete Saturday Morning Market is back at the Al Lang Stadium parking lot. Every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, you can explore this massive farmers market featuring quality local vendors from all over the state. Find locally made crafts and gifts, local honey, fresh flowers, tacos, coffee, kettle corn, artisinal bread and decadent cookies, plus a plethora of produce!

https://www.facebook.com/SPSaturdayMarket/

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

Oct. 1 – Nov. 2

Be spooked by unexpected terrors around every corner at this year’s Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! Experience 300 acres of terrifying horrors and merciless roaming hoards. Howl-O-Scream 2019 unearths long-buried icons of the past and new nightmares as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay celebrates “20 Years of Fear” with sinister surprises at every turn. Brave souls can venture through horrifying houses, terrifying scare zones and thrilling rollercoaster rides in the dark for 22 select nights.

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

Autumn Harvest at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

October 12

October 12th join the Autumn Harvest at The Pinellas Pioneer Settlement in St. Petersburg.  Celebrate the tradition of gathering the harvest and giving thanks at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Hayrides, crafts, games, live music, food trucks and more!  Also, join in on the pie-eating contest hosted by Village Inn. Admission is FREE. Tickets are available for purchase for activities, such as hayrides, games, crafts, and pumpkins. Proceeds benefit the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement. 

http://events.stpeteparksrec.org/events/5630

SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival

October 18-24

This October 18-24, SHINE will transform our city streets into a curated, open-air museum showcasing large scale murals painted by world-renowned artists in downtown and surrounding art districts. Additional art exhibits, events, and nightlife throughout St. Petersburg will also be taking place.

https://www.facebook.com/shineonstpete/

Stadium of Screams Haunted House & Fall Festival

October 25th  and 27th

This Halloween, kick fear up a notch and show support for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the Tampa Bay Rowdies Foundation at the inaugural Stadium of Screams! Get ready for two terrific days of frightful fun!

Friday, October 25th: experience sheer terror as you explore your biggest fears and step into a dark world ruled by Hollywood’s most horrific creations, all hell-bent on making sure you won’t make it out alive.

Sunday: turn down the screams and bring the family for fun and a little less fear. Enjoy Halloween family-classics on the mainboard, silent auction, food trucks, bounce house, and more family activities!

https://www.evensi.us/stadium-screams-haunted-house-fall-festival-lang/340299218

St. Pete Beach Community Center Trunk or Treat

October 24th -25th

Looking to trick or treat during your stay at the Alden? Experience one of St. Pete Beach’s events of the year! Trick-or-Treat safely from the “Trunks” of local citizens and businesses. Make sure to stay afterward for the Movie in the Park and as always, this event is FREE! Trick or Treating starts at 5:30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/393202468299008/

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

September 2019 in St. Pete Beach: Things to Do

School has begun here in St. Pete Beach but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! Here at Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, there are many ways to enjoy fall: mark your calendars now for Taste of the Beaches, Bier Fest, Art Festivals and the start of Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Busch Gardens Bier Fest

Aug. 17 – Sept. 8

Now through September 8th experience Busch Gardens Bier Fest! Explore craft beers from around the world at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, including over 40 new brews! This festival blends the local Tampa Bay craft scene with time-honored traditions to create a unique food and beer celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with a modern spin. Event access is included with park admission. #SundayFunday

That ART Festival

September 7

That ART Festival is an all ages, family and pet-friendly event that will paint Jannus Live vibrant this September 7, from 12 – 6 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will have a DJ supplying the tunes in the courtyard, ticket raffles, a live interactive piece for the artists and patrons to collab on, as well as a children’s creative corner with a free face painter. And of course, a ton of art!

https://www.thatartfestival.com/

St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches

September 28

September 28 experience St. Pete Beach’s Taste of the Beaches! Taste of the Beaches celebrates great music with local bands and amazing food from area restaurants & vendors. The event is a fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce as well as supporting a member non-profit, Habitat for Humanity.

https://web.tampabaybeaches.com/events/Taste-of-the-Beaches-5693/details

Rapp Brewing Oktoberfest

Sep 21 – Oct 20

Dust off your dirndls and lederhosen, grab your Rapp steins and join the fun at Tampa Bay’s first German brewery! Rapp Brewing kicks off their annual Oktoberfest event in September. Every Saturday from September 21st through October 20th , you’ll find German lagers on tap, stein specials, growler specials, limited edition Oktoberfest wristbands, t-shirts, costume contests, unique stein contest, literholden, and more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/384320205619690/?active_tab=about

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

September 20 to November 2

September 20th is the start of Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens! Now through Nov 2nd be spooked by unexpected terrors around every corner! Experience 300 acres of terrifying horrors and merciless roaming hoards. 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/

We hope you enjoy the festivities 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: August 2019

Summer is coming to an end! This is the best time to catch the tail end of the summertime fun. Enjoy the fun in the sun with your family, and create some great Summer 2019 memories here at the Alden before school starts.

Sunset Beach Song Series

August 1st

Head out to Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs on the first Thursday of every month for great live music overlooking the Gulf of Mexico! The Shakes Society will be performing Thursday, August 1st at 7 p.m. Stop by for great music and tasty snacks.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. The Marlins

August 4th

Sunday, August 4th at 6:10 pm see the Tampa Bay Rays face off against the Marlins. After the exciting game, enjoy the neighboring Edge District, which is lined with local and authentic breweries, shops and restaurants.

https://www.mlb.com/rays/schedule/2019-08

Green Beach Brewing Yoga

August 11th

Get your workout on in the Green Bench Brewing beer garden Sunday, August 11th at 11 a.m. On the second Sunday of each month, group yoga will be led by The Body Electric Yoga Company. Do a little downward dog before you down a cold craft brew! #SundayFunday

https://www.greenbenchbrewing.com/

Above the Fold

August 18th– Sept 22nd

August 18th through Sep. 22, 2019 immerse yourself in the “Above the Fold” exhibition. This display demonstrates the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami. Celebrate the artists who are redefining a traditional Japanese craft as a modern global genre and inventing unexpected forms of artistic expression. 

https://mfastpete.org/exh/above-the-fold/

PARC’s Top Chef

August 22nd

Join us for PARC’s 5th Annual foodie event, Top Chefs, and taste the flavors of some of the hottest restaurants and catering services in Tampa Bay. Guests will enjoy a night full of mouthwatering entrées, signature drinks and decadent desserts, all while supporting a great cause!

www.parc-fl.org/topchefs

Geckofest

August 31st

Explore the quirkiness of Gulfport at the annual Geckofest over Labor Day Weekend. Browse great art, listen to live music and check out some street performers from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. along Beach Blvd. This year’s theme is “Gecko Con!” A celebration of superheroes, villains, cult characters, imaginary locations and more from comics, books, movies, TV shows, anime, and other pop culture genres! 

https://www.facebook.com/events/534597447006883/

We hope you enjoy the festivities this August at the Alden! If you have any suggestions of more great events leave a comment below!