ST. PETERSBURG LOVESTRUCK WITH CHARITY, VALENTINE'S ARTWALK AND THE FRENCH COAST
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (February 13, 2015) – Cupid’s arrow strikes St. Petersburg this weekend with opportunities for two Valentine’s-themed runs, a romantic stroll through the city’s arts district, two new exhibitions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Fine Arts and a Mardi Gras party in the EDGE District.
About 400 runners turn up the heat tomorrow morning, February 14, to benefit deaf education programs for children during a festive Valentine’s Day 5K on the waterfront. The 8:30 a.m. event begins and ends in Vinoy Park. Traffic and parking will not be impacted.
Later in the day, about 400 participants spread the love to raise funds for children’s tumors in the sold-out Cupid’s Undie Run. Runners sporting Valentine’s-themed underwear will race through downtown on First Avenue N.; Bayshore Drive NE; through Straub Park; and Bayshore Drive Southeast before returning to First Avenue N. and the finish line. The event gets underway at 2 p.m.
Parking restrictions will be in place along the route beginning at 11:30 a.m. Affected streets include both sides of First Avenue N/NE from Third Street N. to Beach Drive NE; both sides of Bayshore Drive NE from First Avenue NE to First Avenue SE; and the east side of Beach Drive NE at First Avenue NE. Owners of vehicles displaying Residential Parking Permits that park in the affected areas are encouraged find an alternate location to avoid a citation or vehicle relocation.
Motorists and visitors to downtown tomorrow should expect congestion along Beach Drive NE and Bayshore Drive NE between 2 and 3 p.m. Visitors to Demen’s Landing and the Saturday Morning Market should use First Avenue SE to access either location. Meanwhile, guests of the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater should enter from Fifth Avenue SE and First Street South. Marina parking spaces along Bayshore Drive will be accessible from Second Avenue NE.
Traffic will be allowed to cross the race course along First Avenue N. when gaps occur in the field. Once the field has passed under the finish line, First Avenue N. will reopen to through traffic.
Experience Valentine’s Day from a French perspective with a visit to the Museum of Fine Art’s newest exhibition, Monet to Matisse: On the French Coast. The exhibition compares and contrasts the Impressionist and Modernist views of the French Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, locations which have inspired dozens of world-renowned European painters. Or get a glimpse of seasides from around the world in Life’s A Beach: Photographs by Martin Parr, which depicts a whimsical look at the human obsession with sand and water. www.fine-arts.org
Purple reigns in the EDGE District tomorrow with a Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday celebration. The Mardi Gras event features a parade, costume contest, live music, street performers, and special shopping discounts at EDGE District retailers. Free parking is available in marked lots in the 1100 block between Central Ave. and First Ave. S. Learn more at http://www.edgedistrict.com/events.html.
Or surprise your Valentine with dinner on the waterfront before a stroll along St. Petersburg’s eclectic gallery district during the Second Saturday Valentine’s Artwalk and Warehouse District Trolley Tour. More than 40 galleries will be open until 9:30 p.m., offering an opportunity to see new works on exhibition, meet the artists and shop for last-minute gifts. http://goo.gl/ntRRsq