Check out the top events happening in St. Pete/Clearwater this month below!
1 American Stage in the Park: Mamma Mia!
Now – Sunday, May 12, 2019
Grab a blanket and your friends for an evening of live theater under the stars! American Stage in the Park brings comedies & modern musicals to Demens Landing Park in St. Pete each spring. This year, watch the enchanting tale of love, laughter, family, and friendship as they present Mama Mia! on select nights From April 10 – May 12.
Who's up for more than two weeks of beachy fun? With a week added to this year's event, The Clearwater Beach Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival stands out as one of the best sand sculpture festivals in Florida, with world-renown sand artists entered to win the best in show with their crazy-cool sand creations. With free live music, fireworks, and kid's play zones, there's more fun to have during the festival than grains of sand on Clearwater Beach.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer & 10 time Grammy Award Winner Carlos Santana and his band Santana will be bringing the heat to Al Lang Stadium! Don't miss them perform passion-filled songs from their 40 years of career on April 18th at 8 p.m.
Head to Safety Harbor the third Friday of each month for an evening of live music, shopping, and dining. Main Street closes off between 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and is lined with live bands, vendors featuring arts, crafts, and food, and local businesses and restaurants open late for your enjoyment. The best part, it's free!
Bring your appetite to Vinoy Park for this food truck rally featuring chicken wings and craft beer! From 6 – 11 p.m., more than 15 food trucks will be dishing out special chicken wings and chicken inspired dishes as well as their normal cuisine. Live music, beer, and craft vendors. This event is free admission and family and pet friendly.
Come celebrate the 3rd annual IRB Beach Fest! Soak in Indian Rocks Beach at this all day event (11 a.m.-9 p.m.) on the beach behind the county park at 1700 Gulf Blvd. Among the festivities will be volleyball tournaments, cornhole, paddle boarding, local food vendors, live music and more! Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
You won't be surprised to learn that St. Pete/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.
This highly acclaimed film festival draws an array of actors, production crews and film buffs alike to our area each year. Independent films, workshops and special events take center stage at various venues throughout St. Petersburg. This year's lineup includes 131 films, 30 world premiers, 4 Oscar nominated short films, Filmmakers attending from across the globe, and more! Days passes and VIP passes are available to attend screenings, parties and more.
Known for its scenic course, elite athletes gather and compete head-to-head through the waterfront streets of downtown St. Pete. There are three USA Triathlon-sanctioned races during the weekend: St. Anthony's Triathlon - Swim 1.5k, Bike 40k, Run 10k, Sprint Triathlon, and the Meek & Mighty Triathlon (for young athletes ages 7-14). As the first major race on the U.S. calendar, St. Anthony's Triathlon has kicked off the triathlon season in North America for the past 36 years. The event culminates with a festive waterfront awards party featuring live music, great food and cold beer. Before and during race day, stop to check out the Sports and Fitness Expo.
This annual music festival in Safety Harbor will feature nationally touring artists performing on three stages for three days of music magic. The different venues include Safety Harbor Art & Music Center on April 5, Margaret Haye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 6 and Crooked Thumb Brewery on April 7.
You can always get a glimpse of Dunedin's Scottish roots by exploring the small town, but the pride of Scotland pours out every year for the Highland Games. Complete with authentic music, dress, food and competition, this grand tradition is a must-see at Highlander Park starting early in the morning with piper competitions. Some of the highlights include throwing a Dunedin Stone, which weighs 100 pounds, and the sheepdog herding competitions.
Join Clearwater Marine Aquarium to kick off sea turtle nesting season on Clearwater Beach at Pier 60. All are welcome to help clean the beach for the sea turtle hatchlings and nesting females beginning at 8 a.m. Stay after for some more fun in the sun with educational activities with the sea turtle team, focusing on sea turtle nesting and conservation.
Every year since 1995, some of the biggest names in blues music have taken the stage at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in St. Petersburg. Join the fun this year at the waterfront Vinoy Park for three days of world class blues music! Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at tampabaybluesfest.com. Continue the fun at After Shows at Ringside Cafe and The Ale & the Witch featuring festival artists on Friday and Saturday nights.