Spring’s arrival in St. Pete/Clearwater brings milder temperatures along with a diverse lineup of events, from high-speed to low-key. There are art festivals, cultural celebrations, sporting events and a sprinkling of major festivals devoted to art, music and food. Here’s a look at just some of the most anticipated happenings in St. Pete/Clearwater in March. The weather is perfect for getting out to explore these fantastic events with the Alden as your happy home base!
Mollusc Mania: Squid Dissection
March 2 and 4
Learn about the miraculous world of molluscs, snails, octopus, squids and more! During this squid dissection you will learn about the unique adaptations of squids. Space is limited so register online or at the front desk of the Tampa Bay Discovery Center.
All Month Long
The Grapefruit League schedule was recently revised to limit travel, so the Blue Jays will play their 28 exhibition games against the Yankees, Pirates, Phillies, Tigers and Orioles. You’ll see players following health protocols on the field, in the dugout and around the complex, but the day-to-day workings of Spring Training and the players in camp will be different, too.
For the Blue Jays, this means a heavy dose of top prospects in camp. This will be a valuable development tool for many young players, especially coming off a missed 2020 Minor League season. In a typical Spring Training, many of these prospects would be across town at the club’s training complex, which is separate from TD Ballpark. Having them over on the Major League side to start camp will provide a clear look at the Blue Jays’ young talent, and should make the latter innings of exhibition games worth watching as they get some reps.
16th annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens
Rediscover Gulfport during the 16th annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens on Saturday, March 6, 11am – 5pm.
The annual home tour will be a Covid-ready, all-outdoor event. Visitors will have the opportunity to see everything from an under-construction rain garden to a manicured backyard art gallery to meditation spaces, edible landscapes, and chickens, chickens, chickens.
Feel free to go at your own pace, seeing properties in any order. Due to Covid-19, transportation will not be proviced. The tour skims Gulfport’s waterfront district, so there will be plenty of time to take a lunch break or shop in our historic downtown.
Registration will take place at the Gulfport Rec Center, 5730 Shore Blvd., where you’ll receive a map and wristband.
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
March – April 25
Flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the Food & Wine Festival! Sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 new dishes. Serving guests every weekend from Now through April 25 with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.
Reggae Rise Up
March 18- 21
Reggae Rise Up Florida Music Festival is back at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, March 18th through 21st. It is 3 full days with positive vibes and great music! For the full music line up visit their website here. https://www.facebook.com/events/695500121061728/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%7D
Music in the Afternoon at Horan Park
The Music in the Afternoon Series is back in Horan Park on select Sundays. Lew Barrows & the Rhythm Kings will be performing live music while guest either sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Horan Park. This is a free event; seating is not provided. https://spbrec.com/382/Music-in-the-Afternoons
St. Pete Saturday Morning Market
The 2021 season of the Saturday Morning Market has joyfully begun. Not surprisingly, the Market operates quite differently during this season. In addition to very strong safety practices, the following are some notable changes: They are requiring vendors and customers to wear a face mask at all times. To maximize mask wearing within Market, there will be no eating or drinking allowed within the Market. There are a tables and chairs setup beside the stadium and on the east lawn as pleasant options for enjoying your favorite foods.
Whales: Living with Giants
All Month Long
Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a new exhibition that explores the fascinating world of whales. Whales: Living with Giants is in the newly expanded visitor center. Activities in the exhibit include multi-media exhibits, a virtual reality experience, walk-through life size whale gallery, kid’s interactive zone, and a theater featuring whale related films and speakers.