St. Petersburg is a year-round destination for events that attract more than 10 million visitors annually to a thriving waterfront entertainment and cultural district. Playing host is an excellent network of waterfront parks, Tropicana Field, the Mahaffey Theater/Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the historic Coliseum Ballroom, historic Al Lang Stadium (formerly Progress Energy Park), Sunken Gardens, six captivating museums, and dozens of galleries, shops and dining opportunities. Below is a sampling of the city's more popular events in a month-to-month list:
JANUARYSt. Petersburg hosts one of the largest Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in the U.S. with the Drum Major for Justice national parade, leadership awards, a drumline extravaganza and marching band festival. . . The Big Band Ballroom Dance Series brings traditional brassy sounds and ballroom dancing to the Coliseum . . . Everything you need for your home can be found under the big top as Tropicana Field presents the Tampa Bay Home Improvement Expo. . . The Trop transforms into a gridiron for the Under Armour All America Football Game featuring some of the top high school players in the nation . . . and the longstanding East-West Shrine Game, an 89-year tradition showcasing college football’s best players and top NFL prospects.
FEBRUARY - MARCH
Lightning, Sonar and Laser class watercraft maneuver around Tampa Bay waters off the bayfront yacht basins during Midwinters and various championship sailing regattas hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club . . . . The crack of the baseball bat is heard on the waterfront when teams from Canada and the Netherlands descend on St. Petersburg to compete in the international baseball spring series at Al Lang Stadium. . . And half of all Major League Baseball teams converge on the Sunshine State for spring training every March, including St. Petersburg’s home team, the Tampa Bay Rays . . . .A tradition since the 1920s, the Festival of States continues with one of the premier civic celebrations in the south, anchored by the Illuminated Night Parade, a music fest, marching bands and more . . . In late March, open wheel racing hits the streets of St. Pete with the IndyCar Racing Series Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Rays baseball opens their MLB regular season inside St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field . . . Ranked among the nation's best swim-bike-run competitions, the St. Anthony's Triathlon draws nearly 4,000 of the sport’s finest for this Olympic-distance event and weekend-long health festival . . . Along with the flowers of spring, St. Petersburg's cultural community blooms as well with the popular Mainsail Art Festival and American Stage in the Park . . . The city pays tribute to Arbor Day, Earth Day and its designation as a Tree City USA with the annual Green Thumb Festival . . . Inspired by the historic 456-mile yacht race from St. Petersburg to Isla Mujeres, the Regata del Sol al Sol fiesta celebrates the art, food, music, business, trade, sun, water and people of Florida and Mexico.
MAY - JUNE – JULY
The re-established Tampa Bay Rowdies bring NASL action to the waterfront as historic Al Lang Stadium is transformed into a soccer field every April through October . . . Summer camps abound for junior golf, sailing, tennis, Learn to Swim, Nature Day Camps and more. . . For teens, "TASCO Summer Extreme" offers extreme sports, pool and beach parties, dances, basketball leagues, and the "Mud Wars" extreme obstacle course, a sloppy summer tradition. . . A Juneteenth family festival celebrates the freedom of Americans of all colors and the legal end to slavery in our nation . . . St. Petersburg explodes with color and waterfront concerts during its annual Fourth of July Independence Day celebration. And in summer, the Saturday Market changes venues for shade, taking place in Williams Park from June to August.
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER
The boys of summer continue their major league season at Tropicana Field . . . Find out why St. Petersburg is the number one mid-sized city among Top 25 arts destinations by taking part in the city’s downtown Gallery Hop on the second Saturday monthly . . . Or celebrate the first Friday each month with the Get Downtown street party, featuring free live music and more fun than you can handle - beverage sales benefit local charities . . . . And, every Friday night year- round, the St. Pete Shuffle offers a hip new twist on an old game -- drawing students, young professionals, families and all ages alike to enjoy the free activity at the historic St. Pete Shuffleboard Courts downtown.
Now the largest one-day-a-week fresh market in the Southeast US, the ever-popular “Saturday Morning Market” downtown offers an upbeat market experience with food and plant booths, craft vendors and live music every week (Oct.-May) . . . Take a step back in time as the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement living history park celebrates the Autumn Harvest, an old fashioned farmer’s market to get you in the mood for fall . . . The Florida Orchestra launches its new season with a free symphonic concert and fireworks in the park followed by Masterworks and Super Pops Series concerts at the Mahaffey Theater throughout the season . . . Or curl up with a good book from one of your favorite authors during the Tampa Bay Times Reading Festival. . .
Ribfest entertains patrons in Vinoy Park . . . Historic Kenwood residents open their homes for the annual BungalowFest tour and weekend celebration . . . Tropicana Field presents a Home & Remodeling Show featuring everything for home improvement under the dome . . . Women’s Running Magazine Half Marathon takes runners along a 13.1 mile waterfront course . . . CraftArt celebrates contemporary fine arts and crafts during its annual winter street fair on Central. . . and it’s also time for Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s Art Arbor and the annual Holiday Gallery Hop downtown. . . The annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show draws watercraft enthusiasts from all over the world to the Mahaffey Theater / Bayfront South Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park.
St. Petersburg presents a dazzling waterfront light display throughout the holiday season, anchored by the Santa Parade and “Snowfest” outdoor winter activities, tobogganing, “Glice” skating and visits with Santa in the park, the Jingle Bell Run, craft shows, and the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. . . The Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl transforms Tropicana Field into a college football gridiron . . . The year comes to a rousing finale with First Night St. Petersburg featuring fireworks, entertainment and fun at more than 25 venues throughout downtown, including museums and waterfront parks.