Join the #ALDENWOW50 Family Reunion this November!

Fifty years ago in 1969, Robert and Gennifer Renfrow purchased a small beachfront motel called the Alden. The Renfrow family still proudly owns and operates the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort and we are celebrating this major milestone with a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign. We kicked off the year with some major philanthropic giving, supporting our local community with large donations and hands-on work to make St. Pete Beach a better place.

Earlier this year, we shared the story of how the Alden grew from a beachside motel to the full-service resort that she is today. Our celebratory video series has taken guests on a trip through the way-back machine to the Alden in the 1960’s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Guests are sharing their stories all year round through our #ALDENWOW50 social media campaign, plus we’ve unveiled a new mural and lots of special Golden Giveaways. It all leads up to the big Alden Family Reunion set for November 9, where longtime guests will gather from all over the world to celebrate the big anniversary.

The theme of the party will be “Summer of Love”, and we’ll all be decked out in our hippie-inspired best: bell bottoms, embroidered shirts, headbands, and trippy tie-dye. We’ll have a VW van full of treats, delicious food and drinks, and 1960’s inspired decor. The band “Messenger” will play live music from the 1960s to the present day, and we’ll dance and celebrate into the night with Alden guests and supporters who’ve become a part of the family.

Want to join us for our 50th Anniversary Celebration on  November 9th?

Now you can win a free trip, including two nights at the Alden, a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card, and tickets to the big bash. All you have to do is share a story about your Alden Suites vacation.

If you want to make SURE you can be here for the party, there’s still time to book your weekend at the Alden to celebrate our big anniversary? We’re offering a 25% discount for bookings from November 8-10 for the big party weekend. There are fewer than 30 rooms still available, so make your reservations now!

Things to Do in St. Pete Beach for June 2019

Summer is in full swing and there’s no shortage of fun things to do here in St. Pete. From Greek festivals to the Grand Prix of the Gulf we are so excited to celebrate this Summer at the Alden Beach Resort!

Nerf Battle Tournament

June 8th

Come battle out against your friends and foes June 8th in the very first Nerf Battle Tournament at Horan Park in St. Pete Beach! Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams. This event is for any age as long as two team members are 16 or younger. So, sign up for some family fun!

Opa! Palooza

June 14th-15th

June 14th-15th celebrate Greek heritage and culture at the Opa! Palooza Greek Festival, held at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Enjoy food, pastries, music including a ‘Battle of the Bands,’ artists and craftsmen vendors, and more (all Greek-style, of course!).

https://spongedocks.net/opapalooza.htm

Grand Prix of the Gulf

June 16th-17th

Join in the sights, sounds, and sandy beaches of the third annual Grand Prix of the Gulf, as the P1 Powerboats display their horsepower June 16th-17th. This year the races are taking place in front of the Don Cesar, where spectators can watch the adrenaline pumping action take place along the coast.

https://p1superstock.com/

SPLASH & DASH Youth Biathlon  

June 22nd

Join the St. Pete Beach Recreation Departments Inaugural SPLASH & DASH youth biathlon June 22nd!  Kids ages 6-15 are encouraged to join, all racers will receive a free swim cap and goody bag. Sign up today and join us for a fun, fit and active day on St. Pete Beach.  http://www.spbrec.com/wp-content/uploads/Splash-And-Dash-Registration.pdf

Safety Harbor Farmers Market

June 30th

Start your Sunday right on June 30th with open-air shopping in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your grocery list to stock up on fruits and vegetables, plus specialty foods like meats, cheeses, desserts, bread and more

http://www.cityofsafetyharbor.com/72/Special-Events

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

Alden Suites Historical Milestones… 50 Years of WOW!

We’ve been taking a trip in the Way-Back Machine to learn more about the history of Alden Suites, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. Digging through files of old advertisements, postcards, and newsletters has uncovered so many fun photos and historical treasures. We’d like to share a trip back in time through Alden history for those who want to know a little more about how the Alden came to be the beautiful resort that she is today.

1954 Alden Suites Beachfront Resort was born when the original owner/developer (name unknown) began constructing 40 cottage-style units on nearly three acres of Gulf front land along St. Pete Beach in unincorporated Pinellas County. Gulf Boulevard was a two-lane road with no sidewalks.
1955 – The original Alden Motel opens.

1962-1963 – The original developer/owner adds 27 units, now called the “Bermuda Building.”
1957 – St. Pete Beach officially becomes The City of St. Pete Beach.
1965 – Gilbert Fortune purchases the Alden. Gilbert also owned the Normandy Hotel and the Odyssey Hotel, just south of the Alden, which ultimately became the Tradewinds Resort. Fortune adds another 20 Gulf front units in early 1969, now called the “Lanai Building.”
1969 – Robert P. Renfrow, his wife, Gennifer, and Dr. Sydney Nathans purchase the 91-unit Alden Motel & Apartments from Fortune.
1973 – Renfrow buys out Nathans and brings in his brother in law, Robert Featherstone, as a new investor /owner. Renfrow then buys what was two acres of vacant land immediately adjacent and to the north of the Alden property, for a whopping $200,000. (Two acres of Gulf front land on St. Pete Beach now sells for $3 to $4 million per acre!) Renfrow hires a husband-wife management team to live on property and run the day-to-day business. Eventually, they buy into the ownership group.


1978-81 – Renfrow develops a new, six story, 42-unit all-suite building on the newly-purchased land, in phases: three stories in 1978 and the additional three stories in 1981.
1984-1985 – Renfrow demolishes almost all of the remaining cottage-style units, develops the six story, 45-unit “Nassau Building,” and adds a second swimming pool, two elevated tennis courts with parking below. The resulting unit count is now up to 144 units, with all but five being “suites,” spanning 4.84 acres of Gulf front land.

1995 – The Cabana Beach Bar is added, along with the Fountain Court Conference Room, two new hot tubs, and the BBQ grill deck.
2001 – Robert Renfrow passes away at just 72 years old after a battle with cancer. Prior to his death, he names his son, R. Gary Renfrow, age 42 years old at that time, as the new president of Alden Enterprises,Inc. Gary Renfrow had spent his entire adult life working in the hotel franchising and development industry, as well as with an international accounting firm that specialized in hotel market feasibility studies and hotel operational consulting.2003 – Gary Renfrow hires Anthony “Tony” Satterfield as the new General Manager. Satterfield is eventually promoted to Vice President of Operations and a Corporate Officer.
2012-2013 – A new 12-person hot tub is added, and the Snappers Oasis Food Trailer opens for business.

2015 – Gennifer Renfrow passes away. The new majority owners become Gary and his wife, Mary Ann, and his two sisters, Leigh Renfrow and Jennie Renfrow.
Alden Suites Beachfront Resort earns the coveted TripAdvisor® Award of Excellence.
2017 – TripAdvisor®’s Travelers’ Choice Awards recognition.


2018 – The ownership team completes a comprehensive gutting, renovation and conversion of the remaining original cottage units into seven all-new beautifully appointed beach bungalows.

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2019 – The Alden Suites Beachfront Resort celebrates 50 years of ownership by the Renfrow family with a year-long #ALDENWOW50 celebration!

We’d love to hear more tales of the old days from our guests who’ve been coming for decades to spend vacations here at the Alden. Please leave your memories here in the comments. And don’t forget to post your photos on social media using the #ALDENWOW50 hashtag to win prizes all year long!

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!

 

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!

Pet-friendly Places in St. Pete Beach

Dogs are part of the family and it’s always awesome to find places you can bring your animal pals to play. Lucky for you St. Pete Beach has many pet-friendly beaches and restaurants for you and your furry friend to enjoy. Not to mention our very own dog-friendly Alden Suites which allows pets to join you on your beach getaway.

Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto is a great place to have an adventure with your four-legged friend. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the park on a leash. They also have their own beach divided into separate sections for small and large dogs. Here your furry friends can go for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. They also have cooling stations with showers and dog-level water fountains to keep your pet comfortable in the Florida sun.

Boulevard Burgers

Boulevard Burgers offers juicy burgers and a wide selection of craft beer. Their covered outdoor deck is great for dogs and they offer them water and delicious snacks. It’s a great place to enjoy bar food such as zesty jalapeno poppers and tasty guacamole while you relax with your furry friend.

Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island’s dog beach is the best place to enjoy the crystal-clear, shallow water that’s perfect for dogs to wade through comfortably and cool off. Dogs are allowed on the nature trail with a leash and have plenty of room to roam.

Nikko Mussolini Dog Boutique & Spirits

Tony Campetti wanted a place where he could have a drink with his dog Nikko, so he created Nikko Mussolini Dog Boutique and Spirits. Offering craft beer on tap, bottled brews, global wines, Chinese tea, cappuccino and espresso, Nikko’s has everything you need. They also cater to your four-legged friend with handmade dog treats and doggie apparel. It’s a drinker’s paradise for both man and man’s best friend.

Shell Key Shuttle Sunset Cruises

Shell Key Shuttle is dog-friendly! Bring your best friend to enjoy a sunset cruise sightseeing the pristine barrier islands south of Pass-A-Grille. It’s so relaxing to take in the sunset and occasional dolphin sighting with your animal pal.

These are just a few of the pet-friendly places to visit in St Pete Beach. We love our furry friends and are happy they can enjoy our resort and many fun activities throughout the area! If you have any more pet-friendly places to add to our list, just 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!