Spring Events and Festivals

Spring's arrival in St. Pete/Clearwater brings milder temperatures along with a diverse lineup of events, from high-speed to low-key. There are art festivals, cultural celebrations, sporting events and a sprinkling of major festivals devoted to art, music and food. Here's a look at just some of the most anticipated annual happenings in St. Pete/Clearwater in Spring.

1 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

In March, downtown St. Pete is transformed into an IndyCar racetrack for a few adrenaline-pumping days when the Firestone Grand Prix comes to town. Come watch drivers race at speeds in excess of 170 mph on a 14-turn course through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, circling the Duke Energy Center for the Arts - Mahaffey Theater, the stunning Dali Museum and then onto the runways of Albert Whitted Airport, all overlooking the picturesque city waterfront.

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2 Dunedin Highland Games

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Highland game days take place in many cities but there's nothing like those held in Dunedin, a town founded by two Scotsmen in the 1800s with tons of Scottish pride still today. With pipe bands, traditional dancing and athletics, you'll feel like you've landed in Scotland for the day. Enjoy food, music, and shop for a traditional kilt to take home as a souvenir. 

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3 Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training

Spring: it's synonymous with baseball, and the St. Pete area brings it every year throughout March. Whether you're a Phillies fan, a Toronto Blue Jays fan, or you just like to see a great game of ball in glorious weather--head for the stadium and catch a baseball spring training game.

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4 PGA Golf Valspar Championship

March 6 - 12, 2017

Whether you're an occasional hacker with a wicked slice or a weekend warrior with a low handicap, there's nothing more exciting than watching the pros play. You have that opportunity each Spring as the PGA TOUR's Tampa Bay Championship comes to the St. Pete/Clearwater area. The tournament takes place at the renowned Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor. According to a recent Golf Digest survey, the Copperhead Course was ranked as the highest course in Florida. This full-fledged FedEx Cup event always promises an exciting field. The tournament includes 144 PGA TOUR golfers and benefits many local area charities.

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5 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

April 14 - 23, 2017

Watch sand sculpting artists create art made entirely out of sand at this 10-day festival celebrating Clearwater Beach's sugar-white sand.

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6 Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Friday, April 7, 2017 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

Offering further proof that singing the blues doesn’t have to be a bummer, the annual Tampa Bay Blues Fest features three days of blues on the Bay. The event is held each April along the picturesque downtown St. Petersburg waterfront in Vinoy Park. In addition to the powerful vocals and high-energy riffs of the biggest acts in blues, you can also sample tasty local treats such as seafood, barbecue, Cuban cuisine and more. Festival vendors also peddle arts and crafts, and premium beer and wine.

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7 Mainsail Arts Festival

Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Sunday, April 23, 2017

You won’t be surprised to learn that St. Petersburg/Clearwater – with all of its artsy, waterfront allure – hosts one of the nation’s most magnetic art festivals. Mainsail Arts Festival, held annually over two days in April, routinely draws 100,000 attendees to downtown St. Pete’s Vinoy Park, where 200-plus visual artists and craftspeople display their work against sparkling Tampa Bay. Better yet: Admission to the festival is free.

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8 Gulfport Grand Prix

Friday, April 28, 2017 – Sunday, April 30, 2017

The first annual Gulfport Grand Prix features Formula Powerboat Racing and a boat show. Hosted in Gulfport, the downtown area will be transformed into a mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard for three days of racing and fun! Formula Race Boats with an open public pit area will make the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, and the antique boat show and the pleasure boat display will line the street. Also, enjoy food, drinks, music and more and this family friendly event. Admission is free!

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2Dunedin Scottish Highland Games

City: Dunedin

Address
1920 Pinehurst Rd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

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6Tampa Bay Blues Festival

City: St. Petersburg

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701 Bayshore Dr. N.E.
501 5th Av NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-895-6153

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7Mainsail Arts Festival

City: St. Petersburg

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501 5th Av NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-894-1000

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8Gulfport Grand Prix

City: Gulfport

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Downtown Gulfport
Gulfport, FL 33707

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