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 Spring Training

February 2021 – March 2021

Baseball fans get double the pleasure during Spring Training when they visit St. Pete/Clearwater, because not one but two teams have southern homes in the area. The Toronto Blue Jays prepare for the long season at Dunedin Stadium, and the Philadelphia Phillies practice at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. Check out all the 2020 spring training games!

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2 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Firestone Grand Prix
April 2021

In April, 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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3 Dunedin Highland Games

Dunedin Scottish Highland Games
Saturday, April 4, 2020
April 2021 DATE TBD

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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4 Tampa Bay Blues Festival

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Friday, April 3, 2020 – Sunday, April 5, 2020

April 2021 DATE TBD

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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5 PGA Golf Valspar Championship

copperhead golf st pete clearwater
April - May 2021

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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6 Mainsail Art Festival

Mainsail Art Festival
Saturday, April 17, 2021 – Sunday, April 18, 2021

The 46th Annual Mainsail Art Festival will be held in St. Petersburg's waterfront Vinoy Park on April 17 and 18, 2021. Mainsail Art Festival features 250+ Juried Fine Art & Craft Exhibitors in Ceramics, Digital Art, Fibers, Glass, Graphics, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Oil/Acrylic, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood. There are $60,000 in Cash Awards, including $10,000 Best of Show and a Purchase Award program.

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7 Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament

Thursday, April 30, 2020 – Saturday, May 2, 2020

2021 DATES TBD

The oldest and richest Kingfish tournament in the United States comes to Madeira Beach twice every year in the Spring & Fall when the Kings are running on Florida's west coast. If you fish for Smoker Kings, you should be fishing the 26th Annual Old Salt SPRING King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament. This 3 day event kicks things off on Thursday with the Captains Meeting and goes through Saturday, when anglers will weigh-in their prize catches and claim their awards. Bring the kids out to the waterfront party on Friday where they can get in on the action during the Kids Fishing Slam! 

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

City: St. Petersburg

Address
25 2nd St. N., Ste. 160
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-898-4639

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Dunedin Scottish Highland Games

City: Dunedin

Address
1920 Pinehurst Rd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Tampa Bay Blues Festival

City: St. Petersburg

Address
701 Bayshore Dr. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-895-6153

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Mainsail Art Festival

City: St. Petersburg

Address
701 Bay Shore Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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