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St. Petersburg Welcomes Spring With Month of Outdoor Art

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 18, 2016) – From flowers and fine dining to live waterfront concerts and a community sing-a-long, arts and culture blooms in St. Petersburg in April. Here are some ways to welcome spring in the Sunshine City.

Floral Fusion – Talents of top Bay Area professional florists, hobbyists and members of the Stuart Society blossom inside the Museum of Fine Art during Art in Bloom, where Museum gardens and galleries come alive with fantastically artistic floral designs, April 7-11. Meet designers of more than 50 sumptuous arrangements and tablescapes inspired by the Museum’s current collection, or brush elbows with Alexandre Renoir, great-grandson of Pierre Auguste Renoir, whose works may be found in the Museum’s Impressionist collection. www.mfastpete.org

Catch the Blues – Part of an all-star musical lineup,headliner blues artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Aaron Neville, and Walter Trout jam during the 22nd annual Tampa Bay Blues Festival April 8-10 in Vinoy Park. Following each day’s concerts, the party continues with more great music during after-shows at the nearby Palladium Theater. www.tampabaybluesfest.com or www.mypalladium.org.

Spring for the Arts!– Enjoy a springtime stroll or trolley ride through the Sunshine City and learn why the sun shines so brightly on arts and culture during Second Saturday ArtWalk, April 9. Browse galleries, meet artists and tour studios during “opening night” every second Saturday monthly – the perfect shopping destination to start or add to your own art collection. www.artwalkstpete.com/

Table for Two - St. Petersburg sets a place for fine dining when white linen, sparkling silver and glass line Bayshore Drive April 14 for The Longest Table. The benefit allows patrons to experience epicurean delights of top Bay Area chefs al fresco with spectacular views of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. www.wusf.usf.edu/the_longest_table_2016

Art in the Park – The Mainsail Art Festival is another reason why St. Petersburg is one of the Southeast’s premier emerging arts destinations. On April 16-17, more than 100,000 people are expected to browse 250 temporary artist studios along the Vinoy Park waterfront. The annual free juried festival blends from a palette of visual and performing arts: live music on two stages, a Young at ARt student show, a kids’ art tent, culinary arts food court and more. www.mainsailart.org

Celebrate Earth – Join one billion people across the globe marking Earth Day in St. Petersburg’s Williams Park April 23. Browse earth-friendly products from local green businesses, go hands-on with family-friendly environmental activities, and get tips for a healthy, sustainable home, community and planet during the free festival. www.earthdaysp.com 

Sing, Sing, Sing –
Come out of the shower and join the Florida Orchestra in singing everything from classical compositions to popular pieces during Sing Out! Tampa Bay April 26 at the Mahaffey Theater. Enjoy your turn onstage right from your seat – all for a pay-what-you-can price. www.floridaorchestra.org

And the “Oscar” Goes To - Independent filmmakers get top billing as screenings and industry workshops provide both fans and filmmakers with a behind-the-scenes look, attend A-list parties, or walk the red carpet at the annual Sunscreen Film Festival’s version of the Oscars, April 28-May 1. Famous faces dropping by past festivals have included John Cena, Ron Perlman, Ed Asner, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Patrick Wilson and Billy Dee Williams. www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com

Magic in the Park – Talented thespians ‘break a leg’ when American Stage in the Park brings Spamalot to Demen’s Landing Park April 13 through May 8. Relax on a blanket or lawn chair for an evening of comedy under the stars during this Tampa Bay tradition of more than 30 years. www.americanstage.org

Get Creative - Embrace your inner Monet or other favorite artist en plein air during the Museum of Fine Arts’ annual free family Painting in the Park April 24. Meet local artists and learn about their craft, explore ‘erupting’ or bubble painting or make your mark through graffiti car art. Supplies provided. www.mfastpete.org  

You’re invited to immerse yourself in St. Petersburg’s arts and culture scene, which is just one part of the Sunshine City’s charm. From our seven arts districts, where The Dali, Museum of Fine Arts, the Chihuly Collection and the Mahaffey Theater sparkle alongside spectacular waterfront views; to the eclectic Grand Central and EDGE Districts where art and culture blends seamlessly with specialty restaurants, live music venues, and shopping; the Warehouse Arts District where ‘industrial’ art encompasses more than nuts and bolts; in The Deuces, where brushstrokes of the city’s African American past paint a colorful future; to the M.L. King North District, where ordinary folk rub elbows with artists and writers in a collection of locally-owned galleries, restaurants and antiques shops, St. Petersburg’s cultural scene sizzles.

In the coming months, St. Petersburg’s downtown arts district adds two new cultural citizens when the Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement and an extensive collection of Western and American Indian art belonging to Raymond James CEO Tom James open their doors to patrons.

Also in St. Petersburg, the footlights burn as brightly as the vibrant visual arts with Broadway-style shows, stand-up routines and Florida Orchestra concerts at the Mahaffey Theater or choose a more intimate setting at The Palladium and the St. Petersburg Opera Company. Meanwhile, theater buffs, can break a leg with a variety of choices with a variety of performances at American Stage, freeFall Theatre, St. Petersburg City Theatre, and Eckerd College’s A Simple Theatre companies.

For more St. Petersburg’s unique arts and culture experiences, visit www.stpete.org/events

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