artist Carrie Jadus in a yellow shirt and bluejeans standing on a ladder painting a mural in st. pete

Artist Carrie Jadus of Soft Water Studios works on a mural in St. Pete's Warehouse Arts District. 

The Warehouse Arts District

Once upon a time, this former industrial area in St. Pete caught the eye of local artists looking for big, inexpensive spaces to sculpt, blow glass and do metal work, making the Warehouse Arts District an exciting hub for creatives – and for the locals and visitors who appreciate their work. 

Though nationally known artists such as Duncan McClellan and Mark Aeling have space here – and frequent events can add a certain layer of buzz – you’ll find the Warehouse Arts District is all about its laid-back vibe.  It's innovative spirit and lack of pretentiousness means you can get up-close to the creative process here.

Where to See Art

Think big: Enormous, even cavernous, structures line the streets here in the Warehouse Arts Districts, housing eclectic studios, galleries, breweries, event spaces and a few shops with one-of-a-kind souvenirs made right in house. Here, the art is not just for viewing, it's for experiencing and participating. In fact, many studios invite the public in for classes and demonstrations. 

Then there's St. Pete's Second Saturday Art Walk, the perfect chance to gallery-hop. Find live music, food and drink along the way – as well as a chance to rub elbows with the artists themselves. Don't miss the Duncan McClellan Gallery, a local landmark, or the ArtsXchange, featuring the work of more than 25 artists. Stroll, bike or scooter from gallery to gallery, take the free trolley between clusters of artist studios. Find a handy downloadable or printable Art Walk map here.

The Factory is a shared space featuring The Fairgrounds St. Pete, an art installation that's been described as a psychedelic immersive dreamscape, as well as the super-popular Daddy Kool Records and a space for rotating art shows.

Though the name suggests it, not all of the studios and galleries are in warehouses. The Morean Center for Clay, for example, is located in a historic freight train depot. It's an interesting spot that offers clay classes as well as handcrafted wares from more than 50 clay artists.

Where to Eat & Drink

Looking for a cool beverage? Check out one of the popular breweries (3 Daughters and Bayboro are popular spots) or a distillery (Kozuba & Sons).

For food, stop in at Urban Stillhouse or Sol Bistro – or get ingredients from Brick Street Farms, which grows much of its produce on site and also sells gourmet food items.


Explore the Warehouse Arts District

The Warehouse Arts District is located between 16th Street and 31st Street between 10th Ave. South and 1st Ave. North in St. Pete. 

While there’s plenty of parking throughout the area, it’s also easy to explore by bike. Locals love accessing the Warehouse Arts District via the Pinellas Trail, not only because many of the Warehouse Art District’s biggest draws happen to be alongside it, but also because you can see larger-than-life murals along the way. 

The Warehouse Arts District Association is an active part of the community, and a resource for visitors.