Seven Arts Districts: One Arts Destination
Waterfront Museum District – This district features some of St. Petersburg’s most fashionable dining and shopping destinations as well as independent galleries and museums. Anchored by the Salvador Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theater and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the district is bounded by St. Petersburg’s sparkling waterfront park system and includes the St. Petersburg Museum of History and the Museum of Fine Arts, The Chihuly Collection and the Renaissance Vinoy Resort’s History Gallery as residents. Visitors to this District are encouraged to use the Downtown Looper and Central Avenue Trolley for transportation.
Central Arts District – Independent artists, studios and galleries nestle in a blend of urban construction and historic buildings that give this district its unique profile. Studio@620, Florida CraftArt, the Morean Arts Center, Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop and Art Lofts are prominent members in this part of downtown. A thriving music scene gives the District its rhythm, with several venues featuring local and national talent seven nights a week.
Grand Central District – Located just west of downtown from 16th to 31st Streets and between First Avenues North and South, this District houses a unique blend of galleries, antique stores, specialty retail, as well as Florida’s largest new and used bookstore, Haslam’s. Host to many special events and festivals throughout the year, including one of the largest LGBTQ parades in the nation each June, the Grand Central District is surrounded by historic neighborhoods for those wishing to live, work and play in St. Petersburg.
The Edge District This historic, award-winning Main Street district is located between Dr. M.L. King Jr. and 16th Streets, and 1st Avenues North and South. It is vibrant and eclectic where art, a wide array of locally-owned, independent businesses, and frequent events make this is top Florida destination. The 7-block District is easily strolled and provides a unique visual experience, with its majestic palms, beautiful historic buildings, and numerous murals. Along the way, visitors can enjoy 16 restaurants, a microbrewery, and a multitude of bars and craft beer pubs, as well as shopping for everything from fine art to folk art, designer apparel to bohemian couture, custom-made paddle boards to custom home theatre systems, and curated coastal chic decor to the country's largest collection of mid-century modern furniture. For those craving activities, the EDGE also features an escape gaming room, SUP paddle board lessons, a yoga studio, two gyms, and two venues for painting classes. For more information, see edgedistrict.org or download the EDGE District mobile app.
Warehouse Arts District – Once the location of warehouses and light manufacturing, the Warehouse Arts District along 22nd Street South has undergone a resurgence for artists needing space for larger pieces or for heavy equipment used in the creative process. Studios are open to visitors, who may watch artists create, and every second Saturday, studios stay open late during the Second Saturday Art Walk. Future developments in the area include the Arts Xchange, which will assist artists in locating reasonably priced studio and gallery space as well as improving expansion opportunities for arts businesses.
Deuces Live District (Emerging) – Adjacent to the Warehouse Arts District, the Deuces Live District embraces the city’s rich African American heritage with a mix of locally-owned service and specialty businesses, including art galleries and restaurants. Stops include Gallerie 909, Uniquely Original Art Gallery, and tributes to the city’s African American heritage, the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and Manhattan Casino. Visitors are invited to sample the District’s ethnic flavors with a stop at either Sylvia’s Soul Food, located in the historic Manhattan Casino, or Chief’s Creole Café. The District also features a 19-marker African-American Heritage Trail, honoring St. Petersburg’s notable African American residents.
M.L. King North District (Emerging) – from Fifth Ave. N. to 34th Ave. N., this growing District comprises a variety of locally-owned retail, small business and galleries, including Jon Hair Monumental Sculpture, Bloom Art Center and the Heart Gallery. Visitors to this District are invited to sample eclectic fare from a variety of locally-owned cafes and restaurants, including The Banyan Tree, where artists and writers rub elbows with everyday folk.
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance has also developed a directory of Local Art and Creative Business across the city's seven arts districts.
The city provides operational funding for eligible organizations which enhance St. Petersburg’s cultural community through Arts and Culture Grants. In 2017, 24 arts organizations were awarded Arts and Culture Grants.