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July 8, 2009












Tuesday - July 7

Celebrity Critter of the Week Stars and Stripes Pufferfish



The Pier Aquarium, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about and explore the habitat of a new and exciting “critter” each week. 727-895-7437 or



Old Salt Loop Tournament

Vinoy Park and Marina area. Over 30 boats participate in the Sailfish, Swordfish and Marlin catch and release tournament beginning at noon on Wednesday with the weigh-in and fun, family activities on Saturday. Sanctioned by the International Game and Fish Association and the World Billfish Association. 727-497-1060 or


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays



Tropicana Field. Tues. 7:08 p.m. 1-800-FAN-RAYS or














Wednesday - July 8

Jungle Boogie


Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. 11:15 a.m. For ages 3 to 5, from crafts to walks in the preserve, your child will learn about Florida’s natural ecosystems, animals, and plants. 727-893-7326 or



Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Tropicana Field. Wed. 7:08 p.m. 1-800-FAN-RAYS or

Thursday - July 9

Celebrate Florida’s Great Neighborhoods Conference,July 9-11


Hilton, 333 1st St. S. Times vary. Learn about the many resources available to help improve the quality of life in your neighborhood. Workshop topics include traffic calming, homelessness, landlord/tenant issues, community gardening, dealing with foreclosure, abandoned homes, dealing with crimes and emergency preparedness.For more information:



Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Tropicana Field. Thurs. 12:08 p.m. 1-800-FAN-RAYS or

City Budget Hearing


City Hall, Council Chambers, 175 5th St. N. 6 p.m. The proposed 2010 St. Petersburg city budget and reductions will be heard in addition to public input. The forum will be televised live on St. Pete TV, Channel 35; Knology cable channel 15; Brighthouse cable channel 615 or Verizon FiOs channel 20. For more information on the city budget or public forums, contact the City Clerk 727-893-74448 or



Friday - July 10

Meet the Author and Book Signing Event


Borders Book Store, Tyrone Mall, 6999 Tyrone Blvd. 2 p.m. In conjunction with the Miss Florida pageant, meet Sam Haskell, author of Promises I Made My Mother and CEO of the Miss America Organization.




Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Tropicana Field. Fri. 7:38 p.m. 1-800-FAN-RAYS or

S’ REAL Happy Hour & Opening Reception for Dali & Daum Glass

5:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy the museum’s newest exhibit of rarely seen innovative glass sculptures using the “lost wax method” of casting produced by Dali from 1968 to 1984 for Daum Cristal along with the return of S’Real Fridays. Complimentary snacks and cash bar. Half-price admission–$8.50–after 5 p.m.

Saturday - July 11

6th Annual Mid-Summer Coastal Clean-up


Entrance to Fort De Soto Boat Ramp. 9 a.m. The annual Mid-Summer Coastal Cleanup is held at Ft. De Soto and is conducted in partnership with Tampa Bay Watch. Help clean-up the shoreline, water and land. Wear closed toe shoes, hat and sunscreen. 727-533-0402 or


Clean Up Crislip Day


Crislip Aracade, between 6th & 7th Streets on Central Avenue. Volunteers are needed for a variety of cleanup work, including painting, cleaning, sweeping, and moving for morning or afternoon shifts. The arcade, designed by the city’s first professional architect, Edgar Ferdon, is being rehabbed to become an artist enclave for the St. Petersburg cultural arts community. Register at

Meet the Author and Book Signing Event




Haslam’s Book Store, 2025 Central Avenue, 2 p.m. In conjunction with the Miss Florida pageant, meet Sam Haskell, author of Promises I Made My Mother and CEO of the Miss America Organization. 727-822-8616 or,





Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays


Tropicana Field. Sun. 1:38 p.m. 1-800-FAN-RAYS or Stay after the game for the Summer Concert Series featuring Smash Mouth, whose hits include Walkin’ on the Sun, All Star, and their cover of the Monkees’ I’m a Believer.


Old Salt Loop Kids & Teens Free Fishing Tournament


8 a.m.-Noon, Vinoy Docks. Three age divisions: 5 & under, 6-12 and 13-18 years old. Registration: 8 a.m., tournament begins at 9 a.m.; awards follow. Meet former Buccaneer Mike Alstott,splash on the water slide, climb a rock wall or play inflatable games. First 100 kids receive a goody bag! 727-422-6420, 727-892-5060 or


Sunday - July 12

Peddler’s Market and Antique Stroll



Grand Central District between 24th and 26th St. on Central Ave. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a festive atmosphere and stroll through an eclectic variety of antique, retail shops and restaurants. 727-328-7086 or



Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Tropicana Field. Sun. 1:38 p.m. 1-800-FAN-RAYS or

Week of July 13

July 13 to 18

Junior Dali Docents: Children’s Summer Camp


Salvador Dali Museum, 1000 3rd St. S. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This week-long camp invites students to explore the fascinating ideas of the world’s most famous surrealist, learning about Surrealism, Salvador Dali, and the Dali Museum collection in order to lead their own public tour during the culminating Saturday reception. For ages 8 to 13. 727-823-3767 or



July 14 SP preservation plaque St. Petersburg Preservation Summer Evening Walking Tour


6-8 p.m. Take a walk on St. Petersburg’s historic side and see portions of downtown, the waterfront, historic Old Northeast, while learning about the city’s history and architecture from special guest and tour guide, Mayor Rick Baker, author of “Mangroves to Major League.” Tour leaves from the historic Detroit Hotel at the NW corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street and is free for SPP members; a $5 donation for non-members is suggested. 727-824-7802 or


July 18 Ocean Conservancy Clean-ups

Three cleanup events will be held: off of Pinellas Bayway Southheading to Fort Desoto, at Fort Desoto park from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on the Terre Verde bridge. Please R.S.V.P. for further information and directions to

July 18 Sunrise Sale


Downtown Business Association merchants open their doors at 6:43 a.m. for the once a year sale. Take advantage of rock-bottom prices, trunk sales and special sales throughout the morning and day. Wear your PJs and get extra discounts and prizes from participating merchants.



July 20

Meet the Author: Book Signing & Presentation


Johnson Branch Library, 1059 18th Avenue S, 6:30 p.m. Meet Archie Boston, designer, art director, educator,and author of “Lil’ Colored Rascals in the Sunshine City,” the story of growing up in St. Petersburg. Boston will present a DVD of photos from his childhood and answer questions before signing copies of his book, which will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. Free. 727-893-7113 or



July 24 to August 16




American Stage. Wed. and Thurs. 7;30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Matinee 3 p.m. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner! or 727-823-PLAY(7529).



July 26

Warped Tour



Vinoy Park, Bayshore Dr. and 7th Ave. N.E. Noon. to 10 p.m. Outdoor musical festival featuring local and national groups. or 1-877-578-8698.


Through August 14

Summer Enhancement Camp

Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S. For children ages 6 to 12 years. Offers exposure to art, fun and education while providing a safe and supervised setting to live and learn. Only 50 slots available, fees are very reasonable. 727-893-7803

Through August 14

American Stage Summer Camps



American Stage at St. Petersburg College, 211 3rd St. S. Seven-one week classes include puppetry, directing, acting, comedy, clowning, and much more. For ages 5-17. For more information, including camp dates and times, contact Julie Rowe, Director of Education at 727-823-1600 X 201 or or


August 21

Disney’s High School Musical Summer Celebration


Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st St. S., 7:30 p.m. It’s time for Disney’s High School Musical: Summer Celebration! You’ll sing and dance along to more than 15 chart-topping songs with a cast of performers as your favorite East High characters! This non-stop celebration will have you rocking the house with Wildcat spirit! 727-892-5767, 727-892-5798 or



August 29

Happy Birthday, Pier Aquarium!



Come celebrate the Pier Aquarium’s 20th Birthday with candles and cake.727-895-7437 or


Weekly Markets

Saturday Summer Market June 6-September 19


1st Floor Mahaffey Theater/Progress Energy Center for the Arts Parking Garage, 400 1st Street S, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (closes 1 hour earlier than regular market). Visit old friends and new in the summer location of the Saturday Morning Market on the waterfront! Enjoy covered parking ($1) and restrooms inside the theater as you browse vendors for perfect summer plants or produce.


Art in the Park is taking a summer break and will return in the fall. Contact 727-898-6061 for more information.

Saturday Antiques and Green Market at Gasplant Antiques and Ferg’s


Central Ave. and 13th St N. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Variety of produce, gourmet foods and baked goods, local artists, gift vendors and musical entertainment. 727-895-0368.




Ongoing Events

St. Pete Shuffle



Shuffleboard Courts, Fridays. 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N. 7 to 11 p.m. A hip twist on an old game. Free. 727-822-2083 or





Sunday Afternoon Fun



The Pier, 800 2nd Ave N.E. First and Third Sundays. Lars Erick Robinson, caricature artist from Fritzy Brothers One Man Circus and family fun. or 727-821-6443


Latin Nights by Greg


Captain Al’s Waterfront Bar and Grille
Waterfront level, St. Petersburg Pier
Friday night salsa
Free introductory salsa lessons 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. given by Greg of Salsa en St. Pete
Dancing:  8:00 p.m. – Midnight
Indoor tile dance floor with outdoor patio next to beautiful wide water views of Tampa bay.
Seating available both indoors and outdoors.



Oldies But Goodies Dance




The Pier, Dockside Eatery Food Court. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Second and fourth Wednesdays. Relax and listen or dance to the music of The Downtowners or the Ron Berringer Trio. 727-821-6443 or



Music Fest on the Water



The Pier, 800 2nd Ave. N.E. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Relax by the water and enjoy the melodies of local musicians. or 727-821-6443



Tea Dance



Coliseum, 535 4th Ave. N. First and Third Wednesdays. Dance instruction 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,taped music 12:30 to 1 p.m. and live music by various bands 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon dancing. 727-892-5202



Gallery Walk



Throughout downtown galleries from 30th Street N to the downtown waterfront. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Second Saturday monthly. More than a dozen galleries participate in this relaxing evening.



Exhibits and Shows

May 3 to Aug. 31
“Woven Threads Through Time: Maya Women, Weavers, and Their Stories” Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Dr. N.E. This exhibit features the textiles and photographs of master weavers from the Classic Period of Maya culture (250-900 CE) through the present day. Activities include demonstrations, videos and children’s activities or 727-463-6500

May 16-August 16, 2009

Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life and Legends

andy-mouse Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was one of the central figures of the Pop Art movement and one of the most recognizable artists of the second half of the 20th century. Through his use of mass-produced images to reflect upon our media and celebrity-obsessed culture and subliminal influence of advertising, his reputation has become celebrated world-wide. This is the first Warhol exhibition at the MFA, featuring over 70 prints, including Flowers, Muhammad Ali, Campbell’s Soup, Marilyn and the Andy Mouse series. The exhibition is organized by the Bank of America Corporate Art Program. 727-896-2667 or



May 23 to Oct. 4

In A New Light: Selections from St. Petersburg College’s acquisition of the Gulf Coast Museum of Art Collection

Florida International Museum at St. Petersburg College, SPC Downtown, 244 Second Ave. N. Tues. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun. noon to 5 p.m. Works by more than 125 contemporary Florida artists, national and international artists, and fine craftsmen from the Southeastern United States will be on display as the Florida International Museum (FIM) presents highlights from the Gulf Coast Museum of Art collection. 727-341-7918

Sept. 11 to 13

St. Petersburg Opera presents: Into The Woods

Janet Root Theater, Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 1st St. N.E. Fri. to Sun 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a Baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. It also includes references to several other well-known tales. 727-823-2040 or



2 Responses to “ Things to Do in St. Petersburg”

  1. captal said:

    in your ongoing events section you list salsa by greg of st. pete being held at baywalk. that event is no longer there but at Captain Al’s Waterfront Restaurant at the Pier every Friday, 9 PM to Midnight

  2. admin said:

    Thanks for letting us know. I verified that your information is correct and made the change.

    The odd thing is that we received that info from the city of St. Pete in their newsletter. You may want to let them know too.

    Thanks again.