St. Pete/Clearwater’s arts scene looks a lot like the inside of a kaleidoscope – vividly colored and full of possibilities. This is a place where artistic expression takes place in museums, murals, beautiful galleries, local theater and concerts.
Condé Nast Traveler named St. Pete one of the top small U.S. cities with "big-time art scenes" in 2022.
St. Pete/Clearwater is home to no fewer than seven art museums! From the mind-bending works at the Salvador Dalí Museum to the extensive art collection at the Museum of Fine Arts and gorgeous glass art at the Imagine Museum, you'll find amazing art experiences at every turn. Check out one of the newest museums, the Fairgrounds St. Pete for an authentically Florida experience.See More Art
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Interested in the wealth of arts events in St. Pete/Clearwater? The interactive Arts Navigator can help you find your way. Is a classical music concert or sand-sculpting festival more your speed? Do you prefer traditional visitor experiences or hidden local gems? Answer a few questions, and the app will come up with a custom list of curated arts experiences that will start you exploring all that St. Pete/Clearwater has to offer!
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Throughout St. Pete and nearby cities, you'll find more than 600 amazing murals decorating buildings and streets. In fact, every October, the annual SHINE mural festival brings local and national muralists together to create new works of art each year.
Appreciate the work of local artists and buy a special souvenir at one of the many independent art galleries in St. Pete. See gorgeous glass art at the Duncan McClellan Gallery in the Warehouse Arts District, shop for handcrafted items at Florida CraftArt on Central Avenue, and learn how to turn clay into a showpiece at Charlie Parker Pottery and the Clay Center of St. Petersburg. To really get to the roots of St. Pete’s vibrant local arts scene, check out The Factory, a communal creative and entertainment space in the Warehouse Arts District. A variety of tenants work there and showcase their talents.
Outside of St. Pete, look for art galleries in the region’s downtowns and main street areas, including Dunedin, Safety Harbor and Tarpon Springs. Syd Entel Galleries in Safety Harbor is a mainstay in the arts community - with 40 years of exhibiting and selling glass art and other fine art.
Listen to the St. Petersburg Opera Co. at the Palladium Theater or hear the Florida Orchestra make beautiful music at the Mahaffey Theater. Check out the schedule for The [email protected], an intimate spot that’s an integral part of the local arts scene. For wonderful theater, check out American Stage and freeFall Theatre Co. For big name musicians and traveling Broadway shows, there’s Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
Go for a cocktail and live music at the Floridian Social Club - a nearly century-old former movie house in downtown St. Pete. See an open-air concert at Jannus Live, a popular courtyard venue in St. Pete. The former bank building, built in 1924, now hosts band concerts. Another former movie house, the 1921 Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, hosts concerts and shows classic films.See All Performing Arts